12 Jan

Construction of women’s home, community centres to commence soon

first_imgThe clearing of lands to facilitate the construction of a women’s home and several community centres in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been completed, with construction expected to commence later this month.This comes a year after the announcement by Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell that the United States (US) Armed Forces Southern Command (New Horizons) will be pursuing the initiative in collaboration with Government.US Army and civil engineers are expected to commence construction this month, as part of “Exercise New Horizon 2019”.Land being cleared to facilitate constructionThe women’s shelter is expected to cater for abused women seeking help, while the community centres, one which is to be built at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie; and the other at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, will be recreational spaces for the community’s youths.last_img read more

12 Jan

Trade unionist calls for investigation into Public Service Department

first_imgMay Day 2018A senior female trade unionist has called on Government to investigate the operations of the Department of Public Service within the Ministry of the Presidency, claiming that it is not treating workers and their unions fairly, while criticising trade union leaders on a number of issues.In a fiery address at the Labour Day rally held at the National Park on Tuesday, Head of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Karen Van Sluytman, said she has evidence to support her calls for an urgent investigation to be launched at the Department.Head of the GPSU’s Women Advisory Committee, Karen Van Sluytman“I believe there is an urgent need for an investigation to be launched into the operations of the Department of Public Service. The Department of Public Service ought to be functioning to the benefit of all public servants. It is not happening. It is functioning for certain public servant, friends and cronies of a few… I am asking our national leaders to please look into to that,” she stated.Sidelining womenVan Sluytman, who was passionate throughout her address to the hundreds of workers in attendance at the rally also noted that women make up close to 60 per cent of the total workforce, and stressed the need for them to be given equal opportunities like their male counterparts.“You have to take into consideration, the concerns and needs of use women workers. When we place people in authority… you have to put people of integrity and good character,” she said referring to a senior official of the Public Service Commission. The trade unionist claimed that the individual is known to have a certain agenda and does not have the best interest of public servants, particularly women, at heart.“There are many women who have committed their career as public servants in this country and 20-30 years after we are stagnated because we are being denied upward mobility by males who have been placed in positions of authority in the public service. We need to stop it. We’ve had enough of it. We have the competence, the capacity, the skills and knowledge and intellectual capacity just like the men.”Van Sluytman argued that for far too long working women have been sidelined and this must not continue to happen. The trade unionist also lashed out at the leaders of various trade unions, saying that many of them hold on to positions for decades, and it is clear that they have no intention of letting go nor making way or creating opportunities for others, especially women in the movement.“We’ve had enough of those trade union leaders who want to hold on to those unions, as though the unions belong to them, as though the property of the union belongs to them, personally. The unions belong to the membership. The property of the union belongs to the membership,” she posited. Van Sluytman was one of two trade union activists that have called for the removal of the GPSU President Patrick Yarde and some members of the union’s executive who have held on to those positions for several years.She spared no effort in criticising trade union leaders also for providing lip service to issues relating to decent work. The trade unionist says this must start at home, if leaders are to demand from employers decent conditions for workers. “You going and talk about decent work for public servants and decent work for other workers, and the people who’re working with you, you don’t have any regard for their conditions of work. You have them working overtime and not paying them…what is decent about that.”Van Sluytman captured the crowd’s attention throughout her entire speech and even offered advice to women workers to walk away and stay away from abusive relationships. She said domestic violence is becoming a major issue and women in the workforce must place their hands in the effort to combat this scourge which is taking place in many communities countrywide.The issue of sexual harassment in the work place was also discussed. She urged women to stand up to bosses who make sexual advances towards them and don’t be afraid to speak out. The trade unionist’s advice to women in these situations, is never to compromise and speak to someone.last_img read more

17 Dec

Soggy Sandhills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Ranchers in the Nebraska Sandhills have struggled to put up hay because of too much moisture. As a result, many in the region are faced with either buying feed or culling their cow numbers to try to trim feed costs, according to those familiar with the situation.This is the latest production-related issue Nebraska ranchers have faced following a wet 2018 and severe-weather-related challenges so far in 2019.MEADOWS UNDER WATERThe Nebraska Sandhills is a unique region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in the north-central part of the state, making up about a quarter of the state. The Sandhills sit atop the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides a natural water source for both the grass and livestock.The main source of hay for many ranchers comes from sub-irrigated meadows between the dunes where groundwater is close to the surface. The constant supply of water allows these meadows to yield abundant forages during the growing season. However, during times of too much moisture, these meadows are often underwater and ranchers are not able to bale them.Jay Jenkins, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator located in the northern Sandhills in Cherry County, told DTN it has just been too wet to put up hay in these lower areas.“It’s like a bowl — there just is nowhere for the moisture to go,” Jenkins said.The Nebraska Sandhills has seen nearly double the amount of precipitation this year, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Mike Palmerino.Valentine, the county seat of Cherry County, has had 26.79 inches of precipitation this year, 9.32 inches more than the normal 17.47 inches. In 2018, the region received 25.74 inches of precipitation, he said.Palmerino said that, farther to the southwest, North Platte has picked up 26.37 inches of precipitation year to date compared to the normal 17.39 inches. Last year, the area saw 19.55 inches of precipitation.And the situation doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, he said.“December to February are the driest months, with normal precipitation amounts of a little over an inch,” Palmerino said. “I would think that there is the possibility of at least doubling that 1-inch amount this winter.”PROBLEMS STARTED LAST YEARThe situation in the Sandhills region actually began last growing season, Jenkins said. Some ranchers couldn’t put up hay in their sub-irrigated meadows then because it was just too damp.The increased moisture continued into this growing season, he said. The region saw severe winter weather during the spring calving season, and nearly the entire state saw the effects of the “bomb cyclone” in mid-March.All the rain has caused severe flooding in the area. Several times this summer, U.S. Highway 83 was closed because of flooding.Frank Beel, who ranches with his family near Johnstown in both Cherry County and neighboring Brown County, said the area has flooded three times this year alone. The first time was in March, then again in May and September.“We were pretty dry in mid-August, but the rains came back in September,” Beel said. “We had areas get anywhere from 6 to 10 inches in middle of the month.”Jenkins said that, as a result, many ranchers tried to graze these meadows, as they couldn’t get in with hay equipment. Some also attempted to put up hay on the hills. The continuous rains didn’t make either situation ideal, as cattle couldn’t graze grass under water, and putting up hay in the hills was often not possible.Ranchers in the region are still attempting to put up hay several months after when it’s normally ideal to bale it. At this point, they might get some hay, but the quality is going to be lacking, Jenkins said.Beel said he has seen some decrease in hay production this growing season. He estimated his meadows in Brown County should yield just slightly less than normal thanks to the cooperative topography. However, his hay ground in Cherry County might yield only about half the number of round bales he normally harvests.The good news for Beel is, thanks to some hay carryover from last year and some forage grown under center pivot irrigation, he should have enough feed for the cow herd this winter. But other ranchers in his region are not as fortunate, he said.Farther to the southwest, Casey Cooksley said hay production is expected to be lower. The Broken Bow rancher puts up mainly alfalfa hay. He said both tonnage and quality will be down this year because of the excessive amount of moisture.“First and second cuttings both got rained on pretty regularly,” Cooksley said. “We are still on the third cutting, and usually we would have been done weeks ago.”LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF SURPLUS MOISTUREAll of the extra moisture is forcing adjustments in herd management for Sandhills ranchers. They are faced with the questions: Do I keep cows number the same and purchase hay/supplemental feed, or do I aggressively cull to avoid high feeding costs?Jenkins said many local ranchers are planning on doing both, almost the same type of decisions they would face in a drought situation. He said he talked to a rancher recently who was going to buy millet hay for the first time in his ranching career.Others who don’t want to buy hay have decided to cull cows. While there could be some hay in the area, the quality will be lower, requiring the purchase of more supplemental feed, Jenkins said.“One of the local sale barns around here stopped taking consignments for an upcoming sale because they were already full,” Jenkins said.Beel said when he took some bred cattle to his local sale barn back in June, cattle numbers heading to town were fairly high at that time. Many ranchers were anticipating the lack of hay even then, he said.Cooksley said his local sale barn was expecting more cull cows this fall not only due to the lack of feed but also because of poor breeding percentage. That’s a direct result of tough winter weather and the bomb cyclone, he said.“Cows have been through hell since Mid-March, and they still haven’t recovered,” he said.What could help Nebraska ranchers this winter would be fairly open weather that would lessen feed needs somewhat.Beel said he normally weans spring calves and runs calves and cows separately on his meadows. That probably won’t happen this fall, he said.“We will have adjust and run more on upland pastures,” Beel said.Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

30 Nov

Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’d love to explore it,” Spieth said. “It’s just a matter of, like I’ve said every year, I try and figure out what’s going on the next week, let alone a year from now.”Spieth will play next week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where tournament host Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf. Wolves beat Booker-less Suns “It was a great finish,” Spieth said. “I felt like I hit a lot of really beautiful shots that weren’t necessarily rewarded today based on just trying to judge the crosswinds.“That’s all it was today. I really felt like I shot 62 today and it was 67, I had so many looks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth was coming off his longest layoff since his college days, nearly seven weeks since last playing in the Presidents Cup.Spieth was also playing without his regular caddie, Michael Greller, who stayed in the U.S. after the recent birth of his son. Spieth’s longtime coach, Australian Cameron McCormick, was on his bag the week Spieth was trying to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years.He won the Australian Open in 2014 in his first appearance in the tournament when it was played at The Australian. He won again last year in a playoff at Royal Sydney. In 2015, he finished in a tie for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.He said having his coach as caddie was beneficial.“I was just kind of voicing a lot more than I would have ever voiced to Michael,” Spieth said. “I thought it was important for Cam to kind of hear how I’m feeling hole after hole, day after day and about different situations. I think we actually made a lot of progress in that sense, or at least have a good starting point to make some progress this off-season.”Spieth was non-committal about making another trip Down Under for next year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 10th hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth’s difficult week in Sydney ended on a positive note Sunday — the American eagled the 18th hole for a 4-under 67.Spieth never seemed comfortable at The Australian Golf Club earlier in the tournament and couldn’t break 70 over the first three rounds, posting earlier scores of 70-71-70 for a tournament total of 6-under 278.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police 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 Citylast_img read more

7 Nov

Women’s Health says Touch Football is the best team sport

first_imgThe April 2018 issue of Women’s Health magazine gives these four reasons for why NRL Touch Football is the very best team sport there is:1. Anyone can play. The evidence: there are five-year-olds, mums, dads and grannies all in the one team. It doesn’t matter what your age, experience, ability or fitness level is, it’s an accessible, inclusive game. And it comes without the pain factor of tackle sports.2. NRL Touch Football is played year-round. It’s largely considered the summer sport played in rugby league’s off-season, but it’s also a winter game. To find a club near you and see if they’re about to tap off, head to: touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play. You can register a whole team or enquire about joining an existing team as an individual player.3. You can play in mixed gender teams, which means lifelong friendships and even romances can strike on the field (without having to swipe right). One example? Dylan Hennessey, regarded as the best Touch player in the world, and his wife Emily Hennessey both play for Australia. Love.4. It fits with your life. A game of NRL Touch Footy is over in just 45 minutes – that’s two 20-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. And there are no training expectations. Arrive, play, head home… or to the pub with your new mates.To find your nearest touch footy club, go to touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-playlast_img read more

24 Oct

BCJ Wraps Up Western Jamaica School Tour

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) wrapped up its sensitisation and awareness meetings in western Jamaica on Wednesday, March 20, with a successful session at Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland.More than 150 students took a break from the annual sports day activities to participate in the interactive one-hour session, where they were addressed by Executive Director of the BCJ, Cordel Green.Some of the topics discussed were: ‘Digital Switchover’; ‘Children’s Code for Programming’; ‘Managing Your Digital Self’; and ‘Traditional and New Media’.Speaking to JIS News after the meeting, Mr. Green said the three-school tour, held as part of the Commission’s media literacy programme, was an “overwhelming success”.He said the media literary programme is ongoing and the Commission will be seeking to reach more schools in western Jamaica under other phases. He said that discussions have already commenced for early follow-up sessions at Godfrey Stewart High.“They want us to go beyond their students and to engage with the parents as well. This will never stop because media literacy is an on-going exercise which is transformational,” Mr. Green said.Mr. Green in his presentation to the students, said the Commission is placing focus on the regulation of the electronic media, in light of the changing broadcasting landscape.“We are talking about the revamping of that legislative framework and revisiting the meaning of broadcasting, which is now taking in other platforms. We are not thinking about whether to regulate Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), rather the issue is whether the same regulatory approach to free-to-air television and cable would be extended to IPTV,” he stated.He said the large electronic billboards, which are “large programmable television screens” are also up for examination in the new electronic media policy, “which is on its way to the Cabinet, with a view to effecting changes sooner rather than later.”Grade seven teacher, Jody-Gaye Cummings, told JIS News that she was “very happy” for the Commission’s intervention.“The students needed it, because it will allow them to become more conscious of the social media, of the television, of the airwaves and the work that goes into protecting them as students so that they are not exposed to certain things that may damage their character and their psyche,” she stated. “They are now also more cognisant of the pros and cons of social media, which will influence their actions and better allow them to use these tools to their benefit rather than to their detriment,” Ms. Cummings told JIS News.The other schools visited were the St. James High School on March 6; and Barracks Road Primary in Montego Bay on March 7.The BCJ’s media literacy programme seeks to educate students about the pending change from analogue to digital broadcasting, called the “digital switchover” and challenges in the new media landscape.More than 20 educational institutions and 3,400 students have been engaged over the past two years.By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

13 Oct

Analyst says shippers switching to CP Rail as CN Rail service deteriorates

first_imgService on Canadian National Railway Co. has deteriorated to the point that clients are switching their cargoes to rival Canadian Pacific Railway, Walter Spracklin, a financial analyst for RBC Dominion Securities, said Thursday.But a spokesman for the Montreal-based company said many of the short-term service problems are weather related and the company is investing capital to address other longer term concerns.Recent complaints about CN service by the CEO of energy services firm Halliburton, along with service disruptions on CN lines in areas such as the Port of Prince Rupert terminal in British Columbia, have raised questions among CN investors and caused “irreparable damage” to shipper relationships, Spracklin charged in a report.Spracklin said weekly performance numbers show CN’s train speeds are down 17 per cent year-over-year compared with nine per cent for the railway group, and “dwell” — the time trains spend stopped at a terminal — is up a “staggering” 43 per cent compared to the group’s nine per cent.“We highlight that CP has the capacity to handle the higher volume, and that they are negotiating new business away from CN — but on terms that are favourable to CP (to avoid experiencing similar “digestion issues”),” he wrote in the report.“We expect continued negative news flow on disruptions and disclosure of further customer shifts, which in our view will make CN’s premium valuation less appealing and as a result we expect further shifting from CN over to CP.”CN spokesman Patrick Waldron responded that winter weather in Western Canada has been so severe it forced CN to run shorter trains about 75 per cent of the time, which means more trains are needed for the same volumes.“This combined with increased volume levels across our business has resulted in congestion for all commodities and customers along our busy Chicago-to-Edmonton mainline corridor,” he said in an email.“We are working with our customers to manage all traffic and clear backlogs for all of customers in the coming weeks.”He said CN Rail is buying and leasing locomotives and hiring and training hundreds of new employees, adding CN’s $3.2-billion capital program in 2018 will address infrastructure pinch points and add capacity.Waldron didn’t address the question of whether the railway is losing customers to rival railways.Analyst Daniel Sherman of Edward Jones said in a report issued after the railway posted disappointing 2017 results that it appears to have expanded volume on its network beyond its capacity.“We anticipate that management will catch capacity up to demand as we move through 2018,” the report said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)last_img read more

13 Oct

Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy.Amid popular discontent about high energy prices, Macron said Tuesday that France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order.Yet he said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50 per cent by 2035. That is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor, Francois Hollande.France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France’s economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.The Associated Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

Chelsea face tough task to match Liverpool and Man City quality Sarri

first_imgLondon: Maurizio Sarri admitted on Friday that Chelsea face a “very difficult” task to reach the levels of Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and Manchester City as he prepares his team to face Manchester United. The Italian believes the Blues must close the gap in a maximum of two seasons, though his position at Stamford Bridge remains under threat. Chelsea head to Old Trafford on Sunday, where the winners will take a significant step towards a top-four finish to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSarri, 60, told reporters at his pre-match press conference the points tallies earned by Liverpool and Manchester City — both closing on 90 points — were “incredible” and said he wanted the chance to elevate Chelsea to that level. “It’s incredible because Manchester City, in the last season, gained 100 points,” said Sarri. “To gain 100 points in the Premier League is really incredible, really very difficult. In this season, two teams, I think they will finish with about 97, 96, 95 points. That’s incredible. It’s very difficult to cover the gap. Really very difficult. We need to work. We need to improve. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Of course, this one is the third season of (Pep) Guardiola at City, and the fifth I think of (Jurgen) Klopp at Liverpool (Klopp is in his fourth season at Anfield). So it’s a long way (to go). But in one or two seasons, we have to recover the gap.” Sarri said his team, currently in fourth spot in the Premier League, are improving despite taking just a single point from their past two matches. “Tactically, we are improving,” he said. “Mentally, too. Because two or three months ago, at the first difficulty in a match, we were not able to fight or react. “Now my feeling is different. Now we are able to fight and react. But of course to recover the gap will be really very difficult for us, but also the other teams.” He said Chelsea had to improve their away form at their top-six rivals after league defeats at the hands of Arsenal, Tottenham, City and Liverpool this season. “We need to face difficulties because for sure against these teams away you have to face difficulties,” he said. “We need to be able to stay in the match in the 10 minutes of difficulty. Sometimes in the second part of the season we lost the match in 10 minutes.” And Sarri said he was surprised Eden Hazard did not feature in the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the year despite an outstanding season for Chelsea. “Eden deserved to be in the top XI of the Premier League, but I also think the table is clear,” he said. “There is City, there is Liverpool, and then the other teams. The vote was influenced by the table.”last_img read more

12 Oct

No respite for Gurugram residents as dust storm continues to make air

first_imgGururgam: There seems to be no respite for the residents of Gurugram as dusty winds have resulted in the city’s air being in the very poor category.On Monday, the particulate levels of 2.5 microns in Gurugram was registered at 350 micrograms per cubic metres. This is way above the prescribed limits of 60 micrograms per cubic metre set by the world health organisation (WHO). According to the met department, dust storm conditions are making the situation in the city worse. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Dust particles from the Thar in Rajasthan are blowing towards this region. That is a major cause of continuous deterioration in air quality. Also, wind direction is west-south-west, leading to the transportation of more dust particles from the desert,” said the Met official. If weather conditions were not favourable for the air to breathe what made the matters worse was the dust and vehicular pollution in the city. There was a high concentration of posonous gases like nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide that is mostly emitted by the vehicles. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn order to save the cost, there are a large number of vehicles especially the three-wheeler that use low quality fuel that further causes more harm to the people breathing the air. Large scale construction activities and the receding green cover has resulted in dust being the major contributor to pollution in the Millennium city. Even as strict orders have been issued by the National Green Tribunal to not allow the burning of the waste, the brazenness of not following the law can be seen even in the crowded area of National Highway-8. “There is a need for sustained and committed effort in dealing with such a major challenge. Unfortunately, a few days of favourable weather conditions cannot help us escape from the big challenge that surrounds us.” “The citizens and the government must collaborate together to fight this menace. Unfortunately, even though the awareness about pollution has improved, the pro-activeness about it has not changed much,” said Shweta Narang, a city resident. Most of the citizens from the city have taken to digital platforms to highlight the challenges that are resulting in a spike of deadly air levels.last_img read more