Parika/Goshen Road among major projects for 2018

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has disclosed that one of the priority projects for 2018 is the Parika to Goshen Road.Patterson made the disclosure on Saturday during the re-commissioning of the Bagotville, West Bank Demerara.He explained that the preparation for works is in its final stage with the design almost completed and “hopefully it can go through a public/private partnership and can start soon.”In January 2015, the Public Infrastructure Ministry in collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), engaged the consulting Team, J-Dos Internationalé Incorporated to provide engineering designs and supervision of works for the Parika to Goshen Road.The proposed Parika to Goshen Road is approximately 56 km long and runs within the right-of-way of the Del Conte Road on the East Bank of the Essequibo River, passing through occupied agricultural and forested lands.Additionally, from the $1.8 billion allocated into the 2018 Budget for miscellaneous roads across the country, $137 million was provided for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Other projects“We have earmarked funds for repairs to roads in La Parfait Harmonie, Belle West, Wakenaam and other areas. For main access roads, we have funds earmarked for the repairs and phrase for the Canal One and Two. In 2018, also we are proposing to continue studies for roads, the additional paved highway road from Free and Easy to do an alignment to Sandhill then from Sand Hill to Monkey Jump,” Minister Patterson saidThe feasibility study for those works should commence shortly.Other projects slated for the region include the new Demerara River bridge, sea and river defence works and completion of the Parika Stelling, for which funding is already secured from Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).“We have secured about US$15 million from the CDB [Caribbean Development Bank] for two main projects; to complete the Parika Stelling and to convert the Lethem airport into a regional aerodrome. Also in 2018 the Ministry through the Government of Guyana with a grant from the Government of Japan is procuring 1610 LED lamps and several areas in Region Three have written their requests and they will get their fair share of those lights”, the Minister underlined.Some of those communities include Belle West, La Parfait Harmonie and new housing schemes in the region.“In 2016, I described Region Three as the new frontier, I think the future of the country lies in the development of Region Three due to the strategic location and the advantages it has,” Minister Patterson noted.last_img read more

Whole Foods developer backs off

first_imgBURBANK – A proposed Whole Foods Market slated for the Rancho equestrian district is on the way out to pasture, at least for now. In yet another last-minute twist, Westlake Village-based developer Tom Davies asked the City Council in a letter Tuesday to uphold its denial of his controversial project to build a branch of the natural foods grocer at 901 W. Alameda Ave. But his request that council members reject the project “without prejudice” leaves the door open for Davies to resubmit his project to the city without the need to undergo extensive review, as required for new projects. The council was debating how to proceed late Tuesday. “He can come back in a month,” opponent Roman Gora said. “He can come back next week and reapply.” The City Council was set to proceed with a 3-2 decision rejecting a 52,340-square-foot version of the store proposed on a 76,000-square-foot lot at Alameda and Main streets. Davies had been expected to ask the panel to reconsider its decision, offering to reduce the store’s size to 40,000 square feet. But in the letter addressed to Mayor Todd Campbell and the council, he said project proponents “have not been able to create a scenario that works on the Alameda & Main parcel or any parcel in Burbank at this point in time.” Plans to build a branch of the Austin, Texas-based organic grocer in this neighborhood of ranchettes with backyard stables ignited frantic opposition from residents who believe the project will bring excessive traffic and other problems to the area. Opponents and supporters faced off at least twice in front of the council, including at a nearly nine-hour public hearing. Davies originally proposed a 60,000-square-foot store with two levels of underground parking, a plan rejected by the city’s Planning Board. In appealing the decision before the City Council, the developer reduced the proposal to 52,340 square feet. Davies had said the market can’t be any smaller, but Councilman David Golonski suggested paring the building down to 40,000 square feet. He held firm and eventually voted against the project. The council was prepared on March 15 to enact its decision – a formality. But in an unusual move, Davies said he was preparing plans for a 40,000-square-foot store. A final vote was postponed last week when Campbell was absent. (818) 546-3304last_img read more

Overlay is crazy

first_imgRe “Overlay is the right way to go for new Valley area code” (Our Opinions, Oct. 25): The editors got it wrong this time. In the past, when an area code is split, it was split geographically. Every area code in SoCal is by geography. Splitting the Valley is most logical thing to do. It doesn’t make sense to have to dial 10 digits to call your neighbor or have to dial 4 extra numbers if you don’t have to. Overlay is just another example of NIMBYism or NIMACism. If you’re wondering, I don’t mind switching to the 747 area code. – Ngan Adams AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Boston – Phooey! So the Red Sox have the best home team record in baseball. Why, you ask? Because they have an (unfair) advantage over the visitors because they play in a jai-alai palace instead of a ball park. Balls bouncing off the monster. No doubles defense. Bullpen banging on the walls. Give Manny a big “scooper.” This place should be condemned and torn down. But no! The “Bastan” fans go there to worship in this obsolete “house of horrors.” Ever wonder why New Yorkers can’t stand the Sox? Now you get the idea. – Thomas Wierzbicki Van Nuys PIOs work hard Re “Last P.R. hero” (Our Opinions, Oct. 26): Your Friday editorial regarding public-information officers took a “broad brush” approach to communications during a disaster and does not recognize the hard work performed by PIOs, especially in the wake of the recent fires. Here in Santa Clarita, our L.A. County fire and sheriff PIOs worked day and night, hand in hand with the city of Santa Clarita PIO to provide verified, up-to-date information to our residents around the clock. Our city Web site ( was updated minute by minute, a bulletin board was used on our local cable channel and we even set up a hotline for residents to call, which was utilized 6.4 times per minute Monday. The first priority was communicating with our residents, helping them through the disaster, not providing photo opportunities for our elected officials. – Gail Ortiz Communications Division manager/PIO City of Santa Clarita Chimneys survive Once again I am looking at photos of homes destroyed by the fires. Once again, the only surviving structures seem to be the chimneys, standing like obelisks in a smoldering landscape. Why can’t homes be built like chimneys, or am I missing something here? – Ann Harootyan Van Nuys Phone-users tax Re “Now we know” (Your Opinions, Oct. 22): George Timko is not the only one fuming about the corruption in L.A. city government. We do not need a telephone-users tax put on the ballot. We could make up the $270million just by taking away all the perks city officials get, letting them drive their own cars, paying for their cell phones just as we the taxpayers do, freezing their salaries, reducing the staffs that each council member has, getting rid of the assistant city attorneys because anytime there is a lawsuit they have to hire outside help and make a stipulation for city employees when hired that they can’t sue the city if they are fired. And put an end or cap to the outrageous lawsuits brought on by L.A. city firefighters who couldn’t take the heat. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Jewishness Re “They are Christians” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Richard Sharfman has in a few brief sentences casually disregarded centuries of philosophical debate about “what is a Jew.” The answer depends on who you ask. Hitler considered Jews a race. I have known and been friends with several Jews and none of them believed that they were defined by their religion. Nor are they a nation. Some consider themselves a tribe or a clan. In the Bible, they are referred to as a tribe. According to Sharfman, anyone in the world who believes in and practices Judaism is a Jew and those who don’t, aren’t. That is a simplistic view to a very complex and as-yet unanswered question. – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Where there’s a will The administration should finance the health bill the same way it finances its war in Iraq. – Chuck Crawford Newhall160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Misuse of county funds

first_imgThis latest controversy creates a double dose of distrust. Not only will taxpayers view the agency with increasing uncertainty, but events held in cooperation with the DCFS to raise funds for foster children might also come to be viewed with suspicion. Corporate and individual donations could wane. We hope that’s not the case. We’re confident that county supervisors will insist on doing everything possible to implement all the reforms recommended by Auditor-Controller J. Tyler McCauley to revise purchasing policies. The county should also insist that anyone who used funds inappropriately pay restitution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Agency employees usurped money meant for foster children. There has been no shortage of disturbing headlines in the past few years about the county agency charged with protecting children. The criticisms about the Department of Children and Family Services included these: In 2005, more than 900 children under the DCFS’s care ran away from their foster homes. In June, a grand jury blasted the DCFS for not funding an abuse-prevention program despite rising fears about the safety of children in foster homes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In August, an audit found that the agency had lax oversight of a $177 million services and supplies budget. An audit released this week is certain to increase doubts about the agency’s ability to do its job. A study of DCFS’s procurement operations found that tens of thousands of dollars which were supposed to go to children and foster parents to buy necessities such as food and clothing were misused. Instead, the funds went toward buying gift cards for nonessential goods and services from businesses such as the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Glenn Ivy Hot Springs-Spa, Starbucks and Red Lobster. Many of these cards were given to DCFS employees, mentors and volunteers. DCFS funds were also tapped to pay for 160 tickets to a musical play, at a cost of $14,000. Only 53 of these tickets went to children, auditors found. The audit discovered that one DCFS office spent more than $200,000 on entertainment since March. The money trail ought to provide evidence of fraud and theft of public funds. DCFS officials say that the employees involved will be subject to discipline. But it should go further than that. Terminations and criminal prosecutions are also in order. The agency must send a clear message that people who take funds that were meant for some of the most vulnerable people in our society will be dealt with severely. last_img read more

Snowshoes shrink as appeal grows

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – Over the past 30 years, snowshoes have shrunk. Once resembling huge wooden tennis rackets strung with catgut, most models now are about twice the length of your boot and only a few inches wider. Snowshoers say the design changes have revolutionized the sport, making winter hiking and backpacking more popular while drawing more endurance athletes into long-distance racing over snow. “The market used to be people that harvested maple syrup … trappers and ice fishermen,” said Richard Havlick, whose company began making snowshoes in 1965 in Mayfield, in the Adirondack foothills. With aluminum frames about 8 inches wide and 25 inches long, most snowshoes now have plastic decking, bindings and sharp metal crampons underneath for gripping ice and hard-packed snow. A pair costs from $100 to more than $200. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Most snowshoes weigh less than two pounds each. Racing models tend to be lighter and smaller, typically worn over running shoes instead of boots. Sanctioned races require a minimum 120-square-inch functional surface, said Mark Elmore, United States Snowshoe Association sports director. Even for backcountry hiking, they seldom are more than 10 inches wide and 36 inches long. The oval bear-paw design, with wood frames and traditional laced decking, is still preferred by a few traditionalists, especially for deep powder in open areas. According to Adirondack guide Dennis Aprill, snowshoes were invented 6,000 years ago in Central Asia for hunters and trappers to float over deep snow, and they stayed essentially the same until the 1970s, when Sherpa Inc. introduced aluminum frames. A pivot bar at the opening where boots attach to bindings made it possible to affix crampons or cleats for traction, and the solid neoprene deck could float more weight, permitting a smaller surface. “No longer did the snowshoer have to walk ‘Popeye-like’ with wide awkward 13-by-39-inch bear paws. The gait could be more natural,” Aprill wrote in “Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond.” Havlick recalled attending a 1977 race at Ticonderoga in the eastern Adirondacks, which commemorated the snowshoeing exploits of Rogers Rangers in the French and Indian War. “Some teams came down from Canada. Mostly everybody was running on big old wooden snowshoes,” Havlick said. “They were running and tripping and falling. It was kind of fun.” Jeff Clark of Saratoga said the racing equipment has evolved even in the past six years. “When we first started out, everybody wore a type of snowshoe that had long pointed tails, which throw up a lot of snow,” he said. “When you started a race, it looked like a snow cloud.” Racing shoes are generally more oval now, Clark said. “It’s important to make sure you have a good harness and a good support,” he added. “Without a good harness, you whang the snowshoes against each ankle as you go. It’s never good to come home with bruised ankles.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgForensic experts helping police in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, have carried out an extensive search of a hidden pit found in a wasteland close to where she was vanished seven years ago.Madeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared in 2007.Madeleine’s grandparents are from West Donegal, and she had visited Dungloe just weeks before her disappearance.Madeleine was three when she disappeared from Praia da Luz in the Algarve in early May 2007. The forensic team wore specialist masks and blue overalls during the search and then dramatically decided to seal off the hole that had been discovered by sniffer dogs just 24 hours previous to that.Scotland Yard who are leading the investigation, refused to reveal whether or not anything had been discovered inside the pit, or if it was significant in the search for missing Madeleine.It is believed officers are looking for objects that may have been abandoned soon after Madeleine was taken.Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are being kept informed and are reportedly bracing themselves for ‘significant news’. The search site is located 300, from the apartment complex that Madeleine was taken from.The deserted wasteland is also close to where a tourist reportedly saw a man with a girl in his arms the night she disappeared.MYSTERY PIT FOUND BY SNIFFER DOGS IN HUNT FOR MISSING MADELEINE was last modified: June 5th, 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:2007donegalinvestigationMadeline McCannMystery Pitnewsportugallast_img read more

Brand South Africa to host a Nation Brand toolkit engagement

first_imgBrand South Africa in partnership with the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will host the Marketing Metrics Masterclass with an objective of enhancing and understanding of the application of a range of mathematical and financial tools that can assist to formulate to plan and measure the results of strategic marketing efforts.The engagement will be hosted on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The key speaker at this masterclass will be Prof Geoff Bick from UCT School of business.“Brand South Africa is mandated to manage the country’s image and reputation and as such it continuously seeks to engage in public and private collaborations with an objective of strengthening relations and promoting cohesive approach when marketing Nation Brand internationally”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela“The Marketing Association of South Africa is therefore ideal as it encourages the development and education of Marketers which enhance the skills of South Africans in the marketing profession”, adds Ms Ntombela.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi Ntanzi on: +27 11 712 5071last_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more

Dipa becomes 1st Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Apr 18 (PTI) Dipa Karmakar today created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event here. The 22-year-old garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held here in August. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years. Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics. The International Federation of Gymnastics (Federation Internationale de Gymnastique) has confirmed Dipas Rio Games qualification in its official release. “Following the Womens Qualification Competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the world body said in its release. Dipa has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of womens artistic gymnast who have qualified for the Rio Olympics. Her first vault, the much difficult Produnova, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among the 14 competitors. But a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worse among the 14 participants. The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises. Deepak Kagra, an international referee, said that afters Dipas strong performance it was certain that she would qualify for Rio Olympics. “It was a very good score from Dipa and we were certain that she would qualify. Now the world body has published the names of the gymnasts who have qualified for the Olympics and her name is there. The gymnastics community is proud of Dipas achievements,” he told PTI. The 22-year-old could not clinch an Olympic berth in the World Championships in November last as she finished outside the podium (fifth place). She was earlier put as second reserve for the ongoing Olympic Test event in Rio but was informed last month that she had sneaked into the shortlist of participants. Dipa had created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to win a medal — a bronze — in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. He then became the first Indian woman gymnast to feature in the finals of World Championships in November last. The sport of gymnastics has been in turmoil in the country in the the last few years with rival factions holding elections and claiming to be the national federation. Even the camps for the gymnasts has been held under the aegis of Sports Authority of India. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Indias Manushi Chhillar is Miss World 2017

first_img(Eds: Adding details, Chhillars tweet)By K J M VarmaBeijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya.”Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This ones for India,” Chhillar wrote on her official Twitter handle.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza at the event, which was televised live globally.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.Chhillars win brings India at level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant.Taking to the Twitter, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chhillar and said, “I congratulate Haryanas daughter Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World crown.”According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.Chillar studied at St. Thomas School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medicine degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat.She aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RBlast_img read more

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