Victory Valley residents voice concerns over erosion

first_imgResidents of the Region 10 community of Victory Valley in Wismar, Linden (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have voiced their concerns about the ongoing threat of severe erosion which is evident in the community.The residents registered their concerns during a consultation with Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, on Sunday. As the consultation got underway, other issues which were brought to the fore included difficulties receiving land titles, deteriorating roads and garbage issues, and the lack of job opportunities, among others.Minister Broomes also met with some small miners, who also voiced their concerns over job opportunities.A section of the gathering at the meeting in LindenAdditionally, the minister conducted a tour of the Victory Valley community, where she got a firsthand look at the situation with regard to erosion and numerous dilapidated bridges in the area.She was accompanied by outgoing Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland; Region 10 People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Party Chairman Derron Adams, and several Municipal and Regional Councillors.Speaking with this publication shortly after the tour, Mayor Holland spoke about several issues which were highlighted. “In the area of erosion, we’re trying to see what best could be done, because the drainage in the area is breaking up with the steady erosion, and several homes are under threat.“Also, the Valley is the place where they’ve had several issues with garbage, since the area was not really served (by the Linden Mayor and Town Council). And so moves were made to clean up those huge garbage heaps that were there for many years. The Council had done some cleaning on some of the garbage areas last year, and now the massive ones that were not touched in many years, they were cleaned through a collaboration with the RDC (Regional Democratic Council), M&TC, and so on…,” he pointed out.Holland had previously called for a $3 billion revetment programme to deal with the issue of massive erosion, which is occurring in several communities across Linden.“The Valley is just one area that is under serious threat of erosion. There are many other areas that have this problem. The issue was raised with Government this week again, and we’re hopeful that Government will consent to at least doing the revetment work in several areas; and I think the Valley can be one that they can start with”, the mayor said.last_img read more

Miner arrested for rape of 11-year-old

first_img…found with gun, ammoA 27-year-old miner is now in Police custody after he was arrested for the rape of an underage female and was found with an illegal gun, matching ammunition and drugs.The gun and ammunition that was found in the miner’s possessionThe suspect, who hails from the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), was arrested by police ranks from F Division (Interior locations) on Saturday night.According to a police source, the 11-year-old girl’s parents reported the rape and ranks were dispatched to locate the perpetrator.Guyana Times was told that the miner is well-known to the young girl’s family and that the rape occurred at the child’s home while she was there alone.Reports are that the officers made the arrest at about 20:30h at Garraway Stream, Potaro River, Region Eight.Upon his arrest, the miner was found with an unlicensed pistol with six live rounds of matching ammunition. He is presently in Police custody and is said to be assisting with the investigation.Several weeks ago, a miner, Ronaldo Persaud was remanded to prison by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow when a hung jury returned after hours of deliberation.Persaud, 20, of Rockstone, Essequibo River, was on trial for raping a 12-year-old girl between October 25 and 26, 2016, at 20 Miles Anarika, Essequibo River.The defendant was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir, while the State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial, Lisa Cave, and Sarah Martin.The jury, after almost four hours of deliberation, was unable to reach a verdict.Persaud will be retried at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes.Persaud was not released on bail since he is currently serving a sentence for two break and enter and larceny charges along with an unlawful possession of firearm charge.In December last, yet another miner was charged with the rape of a nine-year-old girl.Shawn Cornelius, 36, of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), is accused of engaging in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 16.last_img read more

Cemex declares truce on mine

first_imgAmid strong community opposition, Los Angeles County officials rejected plans for the mine, a decision that Cemex challenged with a lawsuit filed in federal court. County supervisors ultimately granted a mining permit in June 2004 under a court-approved consent decree, which was upheld last fall by the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the temporary truce announced Tuesday, the two sides will work toward a comprise the rest of this year – and longer if it appears that progress is being made. If an agreement cannot be reached, Pulskamp said, the dispute will simply pick up where it left off. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein conveyed their support for the negotiations. The city has dismantled its campaign against the mine, which included billboards, a video, a commuter bus wrapped in anti-mine messages, a mail-in postcard drive and an extensive anti-Cemex link on its Web site. Officials also said the City Council will proceed with plans to annex 1,885 acres of city-owned land in Soledad Canyon, but will exclude the proposed mine site for now. If Cemex ultimately walks away from the Soledad Canyon project, the U.S. secretary of the interior could devise a plan for the company to mine another property, officials said. And BLM officials said they’ve been updated on the plan for Cemex and Santa Clarita to pursue a compromise. “The Cemex situation has not changed for us,” BLM spokesman John Dearing said. “We still have a contract with Cemex and they’re permitted and should be ready to go. Any activity going on now is between Cemex and the city of Santa Clarita.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cemex officials said the city’s vigorous campaign convinced them to reconsider their initial plan. “The dispute had become a significant distraction toward exploring a solution,” Executive Vice President Rick Shapiro said. The plan may hinge on federal legislation introduced this year, modeled on a measure that failed in 2006. That earlier bill would have canceled Cemex’s lease to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel from Soledad Canyon and limit future mining to 300,000 tons a year, while compensating the company for its expenses. The issue dates back to 1990, when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management awarded a 20-year contract to Transit Mixed Concrete Co., in return for $28 million in royalties. Cemex later bought TMC and inherited the leases in 2000. SANTA CLARITA – After an eight-year, multimillion-dollar battle with the city, Cemex officials said Tuesday they’ve called off plans to open a massive gravel mine in Soledad Canyon next year and want to negotiate a compromise instead. The city had spent roughly $8 million on a campaign to scale down the project or get it barred from the area between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. Opponents claimed the mine would pollute the region’s air and increase heavy truck traffic on local highways and surface streets. City Manager Ken Pulskamp stopped short of calling Cemex’s announcement a victory for Santa Clarita, but said officials were optimistic about a favorable outcome. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Cemex,” Pulskamp said. “This is a major step forward.” last_img read more

Things To Do

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays June 2-July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Circus Vargas will be in town, Monday-Thursday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Kids are invited to watch the big top as it is lifted up, 2 p.m. Monday. For tickets to the circus, visit www.circusvargus.org. “Wartime Romance” will be presented, 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and June 4 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in Room 120 at City Hall. Call (661) 251-7870 or visit www.wartimeromance.com. last_img read more

DDTV: MICHAEL MURPHY HAS THE X FACTOR AS HE SINGS FOR PETTIGO CROWDS

first_imgTHE people of Pettigo always come out for a Donegal homecoming. But last night was that wee bit more special as the triumphant Donegal team returned to the village with the Sam Maguire.There’s a decent video here of some of the event – including a rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches by team captain Michael Murphy.Good enough for Boot Camp or the Judges’ Houses?Click to play and decide!  DDTV: MICHAEL MURPHY HAS THE X FACTOR AS HE SINGS FOR PETTIGO CROWDS was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: MICHAEL MURPHY HAS THE X FACTOR AS HE SINGS FOR PETTIGO CROWDSlast_img read more

HEARTACHE AT FUNERAL OF DONEGAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER MARIE

first_imgMarie Fleming and husband TomTHERE were emotional scenes today at the funeral of Donegal native Marie Fleming, the multiple sclerosis suffer who had campaigned for the right to die at a time of her choosing.Ms Fleming passed away last week, months after losing her legal bid to change the law here.But her partner Tom Curran told mourners at her funeral in Avoca, Co Wicklow, that Marie loved life. He said she was a unique, beautiful person who “had strength and determination beyond belief.”Mr Curran said caring for his partner for the last two decades was the most important thing he ever did in his life.She is survived by her children Corinna and Simon and stepson David, as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren.Corinna read a letter that her mother had written for the service. In the letter Marie thanked her legal team, saying it was better to have tried and failed then not to have tried at all.In a message for Tom, she had written: “Thank you for loving me, caring for me.” HEARTACHE AT FUNERAL OF DONEGAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER MARIE was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 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:AvocadonegalMARIE FLEMINGMSTom CurranWicklowlast_img read more

SOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE NEW SEASON FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURES SUNDAY 17-8-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Cup Letterkenny Area:Lagan Harps v Drumoghill F.C.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Rathmullan CelticWhitestrand United v Bonagee UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic v Milford UnitedDonegal Area:Cappry Rovers v Letterbarrow CelticEany Celtic v Donegal Town St. Catherines v Dunkineely CelticGweedore Area:Gweedore Celtic v Glenree UnitedGlenea United v Keadue Rovers Gweedore United v Dunlewy CelticLifford Area:Lifford Celtic v Kildrum TigersBallybofey United v Deele HarpsCurragh Athletic v Convoy ArsenalCastlefin Celtic v Raphoe TownWEDNESDAY 20-8-2014 K.O. 6.45 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick CupArea Semi-FinalsLetterkenny Area:Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. / Rathmullan Celtic v Lagan Harps / Drumoghill F.C.Kilmacrennan Celtic / Milford United v Whitestrand United / Bonagee UnitedDonegal Area:Eany Celtic / Donegal Town v Cappry Rovers / Letterbarrow CelticSt. Catherines / Dunkineely Celtic v Copany RoversGweedore Area:Glenea United / Keadue Rovers v Gweedore Celtic / Glenree UnitedCranford United v Gweedore United / Dunlewy CelticLifford Area:Ballybofey United / Deele Harps v Lifford Celtic / Kildrum TigersCastlefin Celtic / Raphoe Town v Curragh Athletic / Convoy ArsenalSOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE NEW SEASON FIXTURES was last modified: August 9th, 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:DONEGAL LEAGUE FIXTURESlast_img read more

Bengo suspended by Wakiso Giants

first_img Tags: BengoFUFA Big League 2018/19Steven BengotopWakiso Giants Bengo signed with Wakiso in July (file photo)KAMPALA – Former SC Villa Captain Steven Bengo has been suspended by FUFA Big League side Wakiso Giants.The artistic midfielder who joined the Purple Sharks afew months ago is believed to have been abseenting him self from duty on numerous occasions, something that was confirmed by Wakiso Giants through a press statement signed by the club’s CEO, Sula Kamoga.“It has come to the notice of the club that you have absconded from duty without permission or approval from club authorities for more than two months, read the statement.“This amounts to indiscipline, breach of contract and player conduct at the club.“In our bid to maintain the club brand image and to reach the club’s mission and goals, such behaviour can never at any time be tolerated.“In respect to the above, you habe been indefinitely suspended from the club.“You are not expected to come any nearby the club premises, office or training ground.Bengo was expected to be one of the senior players at the club but has barely featured in both League and Friendly games.Wakiso are currently top of the pile in the Elgon Group of the Big League and are yet to lose a game this season.Comments last_img read more

Don’t Tell the Creationists

first_imgJohn Horgan, a blogger for Scientific American, wanted to use this headline 20 years ago, but the editor didn’t let him.  Now that editor is gone, so Horgan let the cat out of the bag: “Pssst!  Don’t tell the creationists, but scientists don’t have a clue how life began.”  Well, he just did.    Horgan lamented that the situation is even more lamentable today.  Based on Dennis Overbye’s “romp into theories of the cradle of life” published in the New York Times last month, Horgan concluded, “Geologists, chemists, astronomers and biologists are as stumped as ever by the riddle of life.”  You name it: protein-first, DNA-first, metabolism-first, RNA World (an erstwhile leading contender) – they’re all stumping the scientists with insurmountable problems.    “The RNA world is so dissatisfying that some frustrated scientists are resorting to much more far out�literally�speculation,” Horgan continued.  By that he means panspermia.  He realizes that Crick’s old escape route doesn’t solve anything: “Of course, panspermia theories merely push the problem of life’s origin into outer space.  If life didn’t begin here, how did it begin out there?”    Horgan ended by comforting himself with the argument that creationists have a similar problem, how to explain the origin of God.  “And at least scientists are making an honest effort to solve life’s mystery instead of blaming it all on God.”Creationists don’t blame God; they thank Him and worship Him for the marvel of life.  Do you see the anti-Creator hysteria that leads evolutionists to frantic rants of desperation to keep from admitting the obvious—that life was created?  Thanks to John for being honest enough to admit the problem (something the snooze media almost never do), but then he played dog in the manger: “We might be clueless, frustrated, desperate, empty-handed and broke, but nobody else gets to play the origins game.”  Let’s fix his last sentence: “At least we clueless power-hungry pseudo-scientific demagogues can blame God instead of making an honest effort to follow the evidence where it leads.”    In the new anthology about naturalism, The Nature of Nature (ISI, 2011), Christian de Duve (see 03/01/2011) tried to defend methodological naturalism as the best approach for science, but then had to confront the problem of the origin of life.  Even though he clearly admitted that the problem is unsolved, he appealed to vast periods of time for the improbable (online book) to happen and expressed his faith that naturalism would solve it some day over the rainbow.  He thus issued promissory notes for futureware backed with the collateral of reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007).  But it’s not God-of-the-gaps when the gaps get wider; it’s naturalism-of-the-gaps (03/02/2011).    Could any other human activity get away with this?  Does the losing team get to play the series?  Does the town drunk get to be Grand Marshall? (maybe in the Doo-Dah Parade).  Does the least qualified get the job? (only with affirmative action).  Does the loss leader get to push out the competition? (Well, sometimes, but that is tactics, not honest business.)  All right, then; if evolutionists are the losers, the Darwine drunks, the least qualified, and the loss leaders, let’s call for reform.  Get the dogs out of the manger.  How about a showing up with a nice kitty: a huge sabertooth cat (02/28/2011).    For a response to Horgan’s old chestnut about who created the Creator, watch sabertooth Sarfati pounce on CMI.(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tesla Will Sell Home Batteries

first_imgUPDATED on May 7, 2015 Sungevity also offers batteries for homeownersTesla isn’t alone. The Oakland, California, based solar company Sungevity has announced that it will begin offering a home battery system manufactured by Sonnenbatterie, a German company, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Sungevity’s chief product officer, Peter Graf, made the announcement two days before Tesla, but said it was not so much an attempt to upstage Musk’s announcement but a response to customers who have been been clamoring for home storage.Even so, the details of the Sungevity offer are yet to be worked out. Graf didn’t disclose any technical details on the batteries, and offered no official pricing, although Greentech Media said it had been told by Sungevity that the system would cost less than $10,000.Graf told The Chronicle that Sungevity and Sonnenbatterie were still discussing whether to sell the systems, lease them, or both. The home battery system will apparently become available in the second half of the year.Sungevity does business in more than a dozen states, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, New York, and California. Less expensive than lead-acid battery optionTesla’s lithium-ion battery appears to be a cheaper option for battery backup than the lead-acid batteries that have traditionally been used for off-grid photovoltaic systems, says Fortunat Mueller, co-founder and co-owner of ReVision Energy in Portland, Maine.It would take six EnergyCell 200H batteries to form a 7 kWh bank and eight batteries to make a 10 kWh bank, given certain assumptions about the battery discharge rate and depth of discharge.Each of those 12-volt batteries costs $545, so the 7 kWh sealed lead acid battery system could be set up for $4,200 and the 10 kWh bank for about $5,500, he said, if you include the cost of a rack.Mueller added that cheaper batteries are on the market, but they aren’t maintenance-free.“But all in all, if Tesla’s quoted prices are the retail price for a fully capable battery with a real 7 or 10 kWh of useable energy storage in a heavy cycling application, then they definitely have an attractive price point and will substantially improve what is available in the market today,” he said in an email. “We’re eager to actually get our hands on one and see what they can do in the real world.”center_img Later this year, Tesla Motors will begin selling two versions of a lithium-ion battery to homeowners who either want to store power generated by their photovoltaic (PV) systems or store utility electricity purchased when rates are low.The lithium-ion batteries for home use, called Powerwall, is part of a rollout announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The product line also includes batteries for businesses and utilities, all derived from the batteries that power Tesla’s Model S electric vehicle.Batteries will be connected to the internet, allowing them to be managed remotely by Tesla, according to an article in The New York Times.Powerwall batteries have three potential uses, according to Tesla’s website:Backup power for times when the grid is down.Storing electricity purchased at low, overnight-rates for use during the evening when peak rates typically apply, what the company calls “load shifting.”Storing power generated by PV systems for use at a different time of day.Batteries will be available in two configurations: a 7 kilowatt-hour version for $3,000, and a 10 kWh model for $3,500. They will be able to provide 2 kW of continuous power and 3.3 kW of peak power, and up to 450 volts. Two or more batteries can be paired for houses that need more storage capacity. The batteries will carry a 10-year warranty.last_img read more