Unusual request for a face-to-face meeting

first_imgDear Editor,The unusual request for a face-to-face meeting with those interested in selling Guyana’s oil and Granger’s minions is a brazen attempt to foster corruption. Brokers do not need to sit in a room with Ministers to offer and agree on terms. The offer of bribes and kickbacks by way of phone, text or otherwise recordable media is foolhardy and can only be done safely in hushed whispers face-to-face. There can be no other reason for the demand for a meeting with brokers in Guyana. None!Contrary to local news reports, it was not Bloomberg that broke the news of this attempt at an unusual arrangement, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo informed the media of this during his weekly press conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019. I recognise that the local press is hampered in following up on information provided by the Opposition by the unavailability of anyone in Government to ask questions. If you cannot reach them, you cannot question them. The entire APNU/AFC cabal is mimicking the strategy adopted by David Granger, a perverse game of ‘hide and seek’ played on the national stage.Editor, the representatives of the company that secures this bid should be forewarned that any contract they sign with the caretaker Government is not worth the paper and may indeed be very costly to their reputation and bottom line very shortly. I do not expect any reputable firm to engage in this most unsavoury process outlined by the Granger Administration for the sale of three million barrels of profit oil. Guyanese are not without knowledge or means to pursue any firm that engages in any form of corruption. Take warning; the world has become a small place for the corrupt.The Guyanese populace has been very patient with the obduracy of Mr Granger; he would be foolish to think that this will extend to his attempt to engage in corrupt practice with our national patrimony. On the off-chance that I am wrongly imputing motives to Mr Granger, he needs to demonstrate that he is not a crook or senile and step in and put a stop to this weekend’s meetings. The redemptive effect of staving off this blatant attempt at corruption by his minions may well be the salve Granger’s soul during his remaining years. We are in a period of advent; repent!Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

COUNTY MASTERS AND INTERMEDIATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS NAMED

first_imgIvan TonerThe County Donegal teams for the National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships being held in Dunboyne, Co Meath next Sunday 23rd February.Donegal Master and Intermediate CC Teams; Intermediate Men; Master Men 35+;Gerard Gallagher,       Finn Valley.        Pauric Mc Kinney,       Inishowen.James Speight,            Finn Valley.        Ivan Toner,                  Letterkenny.Mark Hoy,                    Finn Valley.        Shane Mc Nulty,          Finn Valley. Dermot Brennan,         Finn Valley.        Kieran Carlin,              Finn Valley.Colin Watson,             Finn Valley.        Paul Mc Glinchey,       Letterkenny.Martin Mooney,          Inishowen.          Paul Ward,                           Tir Chonaill.Andrew Friel,               Finn Valley.        James Flanagan,                  Tir Chonaill.Gabriel O Leary,          Finn Valley.        Ciaran Doherty,           Letterkenny.Raymond Birch,           Letterkenny.       PJ Boyce,                     Cranford. Eoghan Mc Ginley,      Rathfarnan.        Mark Connolly,            Finn Valley.Brian Mc Crea,            Finn Valley.        Dominic Boner,           Finn Valley.Paul Leck,                    Finn Valley.        Kevin Ferry,                 Letterkenny.Master Women 35+;  Master Men 50+; Natasha Adams,          Lifford,                Dominic Boner,           Finn Valley.Catriona Devine,                  Finn Valley.        Drew Doherty,             Finn Valley.Kay Byrne,                   Finn Valley.        James Mc Mahon,       Finn Valley.Fionnuala Diver,          Letterkenny.       Mark Connolly,            Finn Valley.Donna Evans,              Finn Valley.        Paddy Ward,                Letterkenny.Catherine Dooher,       Finn Valley.        Tony Gallagher,           Finn Valley.Helen Stockdale,         Finn Valley.        Pat Mc Crudden,         Finn Valley.Theresa Doherty,        Inishowen.Master Women50+;Kay Byrne,                  Finn Valley.        Gloria Donaghey,        Finn Valley.Noreen Bonner,           Finn Valley.        Nancy Mc Namee,       Finn Valley.Mary Bond,                  Finn Valley.        Marie T Speight,          Finn Valley.Antoinette Coyle,        Finn Valley.        Mary Martin,               Finn Valley. COUNTY MASTERS AND INTERMEDIATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS NAMED was last modified: February 18th, 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:Co Meath next Sunday 23rd February.The County Donegal teams for the National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships been held in Dunboynelast_img read more

Council sends out gritters as severe ice and snow warning given

first_imgDonegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters to all primary routes across the county tonight.The gritters are to treat all routes from 8pm onwards.It follows heavy falls of snow in Munster, Leinster and in other counties. Met Eireann has issued an ice and snow warning for overnight and until 9am tomorrow warning.It is thought that Donegal may escape the worst of the weather but ice is expected tomorrow morning on some routes.Many sorting fixtures have been cancelled in Munster and Leinster while driving conditions have been described as ‘hazardous’ in parts of Kildare.Council sends out gritters as severe ice and snow warning given was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalicesnowWarninglast_img read more

Rhino poaching numbers in South Africa continue to grow

first_img20 November 2014The number of rhinos killed for their horns continues to rise in South Africa, fuelled by a multi-billion dollar illicit global trade in wildlife.The South African department of environmental affairs says 1 020 have been killed so far since January 2014, 16 more than the number of rhinos killed during the same period last year.Kruger National Park seems to be the prime spot for rhino poaching. The park recorded highest number of rhinos killed with 672 poached so far this year. By province, a total of 110 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 84 in KwaZulu-Natal, 70 in Mpumalanga, 58 in North West and 15 in the Eastern Cape.In a statement released on Thursday, 20 November, the department said curbing rhino poaching is exacerbated by the lure of big money for the poachers who are raking in huge amounts of money from their illicit deeds.However, South Africa will continue to strengthen existing measures to curtail the killing of rhinos in the country, and is working on new ways to ensure the long-term survival of the species.“Government is implementing integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa to address the ongoing scourge. This includes interventions aimed at disrupting crime syndicates,’ the department said.Some of the perpetrators have not gone scot free, though. South Africa’s efforts to arrest and bring them to book have seen some success. A total of 344 alleged rhino poachers, couriers and poaching syndicate members have been arrested in South Africa since the start of 2014.The record number of arrests this year follows an intensification of anti-poaching actions by the South African National Parks (SANParks), the police, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and provincial conservation and security officials.“South Africa’s multi-disciplinary response further includes the creation of an intensive protection zone within the Kruger National Park, the introduction and implementation of new technology, pro-active intelligence, improving national, regional and international collaboration, and translocating rhino to safe areas within South Africa, and in rhino range states,’ says the department.Speaking at a Rhino Conservation side event at the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, this week, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, said it is unfortunate that the threat of poaching has continued to escalate while various multi-faceted interventions are being implemented by South Africa.“We are concerned that poaching is part of a multi-billion dollar worldwide illicit wildlife trade. Addressing the scourge is not simple.’The public can report incidents of poaching and tip-offs using the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.SAnews.govlast_img read more

Ohio Poultry Association highlights award winners and looks at proactive measures for avian influenza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As always the Ohio Poultry Association Annual Celebration Banquet was an event not to be missed. The 33rd annual banquet featured great food and the chance to recognize award winners.The Ohio Poultry Association’s Golden Feather Award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves as a champion of poultry, livestock or other agriculture issues. The 2018 Golden FeatherThe 2018 Golden Feather Award from OPA went to Kevin Elder.Award went to Kevin Elder.  As a technician for the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Elder helped introduce farmers to no-till practices. He then served as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Engineering Section administrator and as an agricultural pollution abatement specialist and was instrumental in rewriting Ohio’s agricultural pollution abatement law and developing the state’s manure management program. In addition, he worked with local soil and water conservation districts and USDA agencies to design and inspect the construction of natural resource conservation practices.In 2001, Elder joined the Ohio Department of Agriculture and helped to establish what is now the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting where he recently retired as the chief and executive director. In this capacity, he oversaw environmental compliance of the state’s largest livestock and poultry farms.The Ohio Poultry Association’s Legacy Award recognizes individuals who are committed to advancingThe Ohio Poultry Association’s Legacy Award went to G.A. Wintzer & Son Co. in Wapakoneta.the mission and values of the state’s egg, chicken and turkey farmers and this year went to G.A. Wintzer & Son Co. in Wapakoneta. The sixth-generation family operation has several family members still actively involved in the business that employs approximately 120 local residents and their fleet of 200 trucks and trailers travel over 2 million miles per year. G.A. Wintzer & Sons Co. services a large amount of laying companies and feed mills throughout all of Ohio and much of Indiana. The company picks up thousands of restaurants and a variety of grocery stores, food processors, butcher shops and small food operations throughout a five state region. Additionally, they collect millions of pounds of raw material per week and recycle that material back into usable products.Terry Wehrkamp of Cooper Farms received the OPA Golden Egg Award for his commitment to advancing the mission and valuesTerry Wehrkamp of Cooper Farms received the OPA Golden Egg Award.of the state’s egg, chicken and turkey farmers. In his current role as Cooper Farms’ director of live production, Wehrkamp oversees the feed production and care of the company’s turkeys, chickens and hogs. He has been a leader on a local, statewide and national level serving on numerous boards for industry and community organizations, including the Ohio Poultry Association, Midwest Poultry Consortium, Animal Agriculture Alliance, National Turkey Federation, Paulding County Farm Bureau, and Paulding County Carnegie Library, among others. In addition, he contributed to the National Poultry Improvement Plan as an Ohio Delegate and member of the General Conference Committee, and was also a member of the Ohio Smart Agriculture Steering Committee.In addition, the migratory bird season is starting to wind down in Ohio but it was still an important topic leading up to the Ohio Poultry Association Annual Banquet. Jenna Gregorich is the Bird Health Program Manager for the Ohio Poultry Association, where she works at implementing the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). She provided an update of the program.“We are a little unique because in other states this is usually housed in the Department of Agriculture, but we work closely with the ODA and the USDA to help plan Ohio’s disease response efforts,” Gregorich said.The NPIP was established in the early 1930s to eliminate Salmonella Pullorum Disease, which was a major problem in poultry production resulting in up to 80% mortality in chicks. The bacterium Salmonella pullorum causes disease in young chicks and poults producing white diarrhea, dehydration and high mortality. Recovered birds become lifelong carriers and produce Salmonella pullorum infected eggs, which causes the disease in chicks.Through intensive blood testing and elimination of infected birds, the disease has been eradicated from commercial poultry flocks since the early 1970s. Pockets of infection, however, may remain in backyard flocks and there is potential for the disease to spread from these local isolated flocks into commercial poultry at large. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Poultry Association work cooperatively on requiring a negative Pullorum Typhoid test for birds older than 16 weeks of age prior to being entered in a swap, sale or exhibition. Primarily chickens and turkeys are affected though other species such as guinea fowl, parrots, partridges, peafowl, pheasants, quail and sparrows may also become infected.Since the start of the program in the 1930s, the NPIP has expanded to monitor other diseases — including avian influenza — in poultry flocks nationwide in cooperation with industry, state and federal agencies to improve poultry and poultry products throughout the country. Avian influenza is the focus this time of year in particular.“It is good that it is quiet right now. We are in the planning response efforts and not actively fighting a disease. My main focus is avian influenza. It is going on a little bit in other states but Ohio, knock on wood, has been very fortunate,” Gregorich said. “Our producers practice awesome biosecurity and they have really enhanced what they are doing on the farm level to keep disease out. We haven’t had any avian influenza breaks. We’re working on education, training, biosecurity and letting people know what the disease is for not just poultry producers but also consumers.”For Ohio, the risk for avian influenza is highest during waterfowl migration seasons, particularly in late winter and early spring.“Right now is prime time waterfowl migratory season. The prime seasons are in the fall when the birds are heading south and right now when they head back north. We just had meetings with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and it is just starting to slow down. Hopefully that will soon calm down and summer is our quiet time,” she said. “February and March are really the times of year things will pop up and we have to watch for the signs.”Gregorich and the NPIP have worked extensively with Ohio’s many commercial egg and poultry operations to help with the ramped up biosecurity efforts in recent years, but they also spend time working with Ohio’s smaller flocks.“The commercial producers really know their biosecurity, but there is a different thought process for some of the backyard flocks that we are trying to educate people about,” she said. “We have the NPIP program with 305 participants where we actively go out and test for avian influenza and monitor on an annual basis. We have a new website now for NPIP where you can learn about biosecurity and how to get tested. We answer questions and emails. We do a number of different workshops. Even if you only have five birds, you need to worry about how to keep them healthy and not get problems in your flock.”One of the earliest signs of avian influenza is increased death with up to 100% mortality in many cases. Birds could also show signs of sickness through respiratory symptoms, depression, loss of appetite, drops in egg production, and/or diarrhea.Consistent biosecurity practices are the best way to prevent diseases from entering a flock. The following steps suggested by OPA and NPIP can help keep birds healthy:1. Keep your distance: Isolate your birds from visitors and other birds by setting up a Line of Separation and Perimeter Buffer Area.2. Keep it clean: Prevent germs from spreading by cleaning and disinfecting shoes, tools and equipment. Handle and store feed and water in a way to limit exposure of rodents, insects and wild birds.3. Don’t haul disease home: Clean and disinfect vehicles and cages.4. Don’t borrow disease from your neighbor: Avoid sharing tools and equipment with neighbors.5. Know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases: Watch for early signs to prevent the spread of disease.6. Report sick birds or unexpected deaths to OPA (614-882-6111) or the Ohio Department of Agriculture after hours line at (888-456-3405).last_img read more

BJP to corner Naveen govt. over ‘corruption’

first_imgThe BJP State unit on Monday announced a massive campaign to corner the Naveen Patnaik government on issues of alleged corruption and misrule. “We are going to stage demonstrations in front of every block office from October 27 to 30. Blocks have become centres of corruption. Development work is being ignored while the BJD leaders are busy collecting funds by misusing different schemes,” said State BJP chief Basant Panda at a press conference here.‘Only for BJD workers’ “In the name of its own State food security scheme, foodgrains are being distributed only among BJD workers and the government machinery is being misused,” he alleged. Mr. Panda also announced that a padayatra would be taken out in every village from November 1 to 30 against 19 years of the BJD government’s “misrule”. “The signature campaign being carried out by the party demanding implementation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha has received a huge response. We will submit one crore signatures to the Governor very shortly,” the State BJP chief said. “The people of Odisha have understood the conspiracy of the government… they are being deprived of the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The State government is not letting the people of Odisha take advantage of Central schemes,” he charged. Issues and strategies were discussed at the party’s extended State executive meeting here on Sunday.last_img read more

India underlines rising sporting prowess in Asiad

first_imgA month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Toni Collette Named As Global Ambassador For Concern Worldwide

first_imgEmmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and star of the Broadway play “The Realistic Joneses,” Toni Collette, has joined the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, as its first official Global Ambassador.Award-winning actress Toni Collette joins humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide as Global Ambassador.“I am deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador,” says Ms. Collette. “I know I am becoming part of a global team of men and women committed to transforming care and empathy into real, direct and effective action that creates lasting change in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Collette will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. In this role, Ms. Collette will travel to Concern’s program areas, which include 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Caribbean, to bring much-needed attention to the conditions of those living in extreme poverty and in emergency and conflict environments.“We’re so grateful that Toni has agreed to make Concern Worldwide her chosen cause because we know that she can have a transformative impact on our work,” says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S., the organization’s affiliate headquartered in New York City. “Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as part of our Concern Gifts program in the last two years. Now, as our ambassador, she can help us reach millions more and strengthen our effort to change the lives of the world’s poorest people.”Video: Toni Collette talks about Concern WorldwideIn 2012, Ms. Collette lent her celebrity to Concern’s global campaign to fight malnutrition and hunger and later to a holiday appeal to make a difference to families across the world through gifts such as livestock, clean water, and health care. Together, the campaigns raised money that helped Concern fight poverty, hunger, and disease, and ultimately save lives.Ms. Collette is currently starring alongside Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei on Broadway in “The Realistic Joneses,” a play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold. Her upcoming films include “Lucky Them” (May 2014), “The Long Way Down” (July 2014), “The Boxtralls” (September 2014), and “Glassland.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “The Sixth Sense” and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for her performance in Showtime’s hit series “The United States of Tara.”last_img read more

Alves reacts to losing Messi assist record

first_imgDani Alves is not happy about no longer being the player who provided Lionel Messi with the most assists in La LigaThe Brazilian’s record tally of 26 assists for the Barcelona star was overtaken by Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Valencia.After Ezequiel Garay had put Valencia in the lead, Suarez traded passes with Messi before the Argentine then scored a 32-minute equaliser for Barcelona from 20 yards.Until then, nobody had provided Messi with more goals at Barcelona than Alves.Reacting to the news on Twitter, Alves seemed to take it in good humour by saying: “Nooooooo!!!” and including two tears of joy emojis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Alves ended an eight-year spell with Barcelona in 2016 to sign for Juventus and now plays his club football at Paris Saint-Germain.Nooooooo!!! 😂 😂 https://t.co/qLt9JMlTp3— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) October 9, 2018last_img read more