Dam almost sealed – MMA Chairman

first_imgMahaicony backlands floodingBy Shemuel FanfairThe near two months of periodic flooding that has plagued the farmers and residents of communities near Branch Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, will likely end as corrective works to seal sections of a breached dam along the Perth Canal in the backlands are almost complete. This is according to Chairman of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Developmental Authority (MMA-ADA), Aubrey Charles who in an interview with Guyana Times said workmen were working to seal the two major breaches on Saturday.“The last report I received is that the two breaches are almost sealed,” the MMA Chairman noted.He also related that the operators attached to the MMA will also assess other sections of the ‘quick dam’ on the Perth Canal to ensure that the level of any “low sections” is raised so as to prevent water from the Mahaicony River from spilling over and causing additional flooding. Charles also told this newspaper that after these works are complete, any additional flooding would be as a result of new breaches along the dam.These developments have been welcomed by those in the area and it was noted that these corrective works will bring some relief to the farmers who made repeated calls for the breaches to be rectified. Guyana Times was told that because the area was wet, this contributed to some of the challenges workmen had experienced in transporting the hymac to the affected area to rehabilitate the dam.Rice farmer Deonarine Sesnarine said on Saturday that the flood waters on farmlands have decreased and he is thankful that rehabilitation of the dam is almost complete. It was only Friday that this newspaper reported that the unfilled breeches caused some amount of flooding to reoccur.According to reports received by this publication on Thursday, whenever there is high tide, persons who reside along Company Dam, New Providence in Mahaicony are inundated. One resident of Company Dam told Guyana Times that his yard normally floods and he has not been able to replant any of his subsistent crops which perished when the flood waters first inundated the area almost two months ago. He explained that when the tides come in, the lands become inundated and when it goes out, the water would eventually recede but puddles would remain.On May 20, the MMA had undertaken initiatives to ensure the rehabilitation of works to repair two major breaches along the Perth Canal after this newspaper reported on the plight of farmers in the area.The MMA General Manager had said that the spring tide overflow caused soil erosions which facilitated the widen of the breaches, occasioning the heavy levels of flooding.The dam at the Perth Canal was rehabilitated about seven months ago when the dry weather, caused by El Niño had prevailed, but it collapsed shortly after. Farmers were of the view that if the MMA and regional officials had heeded their appeals, the dam would have been repaired before the May/June rains came.They lamented the fact that they have suffered losses as they had the expensive undertaking of pumping water out of their fields.last_img read more

Sophia man who set girlfriend on fire slapped with murder charge

first_imgA Sophia, Greater Georgetown resident, who was last month charged for the attempted murder of his girlfriend, was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge, after the victim succumbed to her injuries.Wazim PereiraWazim Pereira allegedly lit his girlfriend on fire on October 10 during a dispute.The 25-year-old man appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on the attempted murder charge; however, after the victim succumbed to her injuries, the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further advice and the murder charge was recommended.On Tuesday, the case was called before Magistrate McLennan and the new charge, which alleged that on October 10, 2019, at Sophia, he murdered Olivia Defreitas, was read to Pereira.Reports are on October 10 at approximately 13:00h, Pereira visited Defreitas and requested to speak with her. However, when the woman refused, he went away.It was reported shortly after leaving, Pereira allegedly returned with a container containing gasoline, which he reportedly threw on the woman and allegedly set her afire.Reports are as the woman’s loud screams rang out, neighbours ran to her rescue. The woman was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where she was admitted and treated for second-degree burns to her face, chest, abdomen and back.She, however, succumbed to her injuries just over a week later.Pereira was remanded to prison and the case will continue on October 31.last_img read more

Raise could thwart reform

first_imgWhen Los Angeles’ powerful teachers union struck a deal last week for a 6 percent raise, it dealt a major blow to the authority of L.A. Unified’s new superintendent, casting doubt on his ability to fulfill his promised reforms, local education leaders say. Just three months after taking the helm as superintendent, retired Navy Adm. David Brewer III finds himself forced to cut $200 million from his budget to pay for the raises – money needed to fulfill his own visions of reform that include reducing the dropout rate, getting more kids into college and curbing school violence. Brewer’s situation is similar to that of his predecessor, Roy Romer, whose plans were thwarted when he had to find money to fund an 11.5 percent average salary increase. That deal, in which some teachers got more and some got less, was struck shortly after Romer was hired in 2000. And he insisted that he – not the teachers union – is in control of the district and that he will not let the $200 million in budget cuts derail his own plans to improve student achievement. “What you really want to do is transform this district in its existing financial construct,” he said. “The district is in control of this, and not the union.” A.J. Duffy, president of the 48,000-member UTLA, said the contract agreement will give Brewer impetus to streamline the bureaucracy. He suggested that Brewer start by eliminating the eight mini-districts serving the far-flung district. “If he cuts $200 million of fat, which is bureaucratic nonsense rather than programs, then he and I are going to be very, very collaborative and we’ll be able to accomplish a lot together as partners,” Duffy said. The contract is for three years, but the district and the UTLA agreed on only the first year’s raise. The two remaining years will be negotiated after the March 6 school board election, when four of the seven seats could change hands. Timely talks The UTLA’s second- and third-year salary demands will depend on how much state funding is available, Duffy said, and whether the union believes there’s fat in the budget. Observers say the upcoming elections, Romer’s retirement last year and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s effort to seize control of the district contributed to the UTLA being able to secure such a generous first-year raise. “It’s probably the best time for the union to be in negotiations: when they have an untested, very green superintendent who doesn’t have his people, agenda and policy in place, and a school board reeling because of the attacks of last year and so concerned about getting the right mix and right majority (after the election),” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. Sources close to the negotiations say the board – particularly President Marlene Canter – felt pressure to reach a contract before the election, before a scheduled strike-authorization vote, and before Villaraigosa could take advantage of labor strife to step in as a mediator. No pressure But Canter emphatically denied that she felt unduly pressured and said the board simply wanted to stay focused on teaching and learning. “I wanted to be able to resolve issues and move on to other issues. I think it was a good deal, it was a fair deal,” she said. “This was really a success for everyone, including the district, to resolve this effectively and efficiently.” The contract, which still must be formally approved by the board and UTLA members, bumps the average teacher salary from $60,162 to $63,772 the first year, retroactive to July. Providing full health benefits for teachers and retirees, the deal will cost taxpayers $300 million this year. The district also will phase in smaller class sizes at specific lower-performing schools, which will cost about $343 million over three years. School board member David Tokofsky also sees similarities between Brewer’s quandary and the one Romer faced. “By leaving a $200 million hole over the next two years, the superintendent has to concentrate as much on finding that revenue or cuts as he does on laying out his vision for the next five years,” Tokofsky said. “That can be horribly distracting and time-consuming and to the detriment of improved student learning.” Although Brewer had worked with unions during his 30-year naval career, he was ill-prepared for the political nuances of L.A.’s education system and the clout of UTLA, education leaders say. “He’s a well-meaning guy who came into a situation and walked into something that was possibly more complex than he had anticipated,” Duffy said. Regalado conceded that Brewer might have political difficulties initially but said the experience could serve him well in the long run. “He’s not experienced in running a school district, he’s not experienced in the kind of politics that drives urban politics and urban school districts, and he was brought into a situation with a civil war,” Regalado said. “But it’s a plus for Brewer to get something accomplished like this, even if it leaves him with some bags empty, having to find the money and having to come back to negotiate salaries once again.” Brewer’s challenge, Regalado said, will be to “carve out his own territory” in a district facing a challenge by Villaraigosa, the growing popularity of charter schools and potential political upheaval if a new school board majority is seated. “It’s going to be difficult because of the stature of the other players,” Regalado said. “I’m not sure he can’t overcome it. We don’t know enough about this person yet.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You can look at it two ways,” said charter schools executive Caprice Young, who served on the school board during Romer’s tenure. “One is that cutting $200 million out of that operating budget requires such a deep change in the way that LAUSD does business that it gives (Brewer) an opportunity to make major reforms and major changes. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to do that when you have some money and a cushion,” she said. “The other way to look at it is: He comes in and, instead of building, has to tear down.” Brewer said his staff has already identified some $100 million to be eliminated from the budget that takes effect July 1 but refused to offer specifics. He also said he plans to hire a consultant to conduct a performance audit and recommend ways to reduce bureaucracy and make the district more efficient. last_img read more

God her writing teacher, author says

first_img“It’s a nonjudgmental center that meets people where they’re at,” she said. Baker said Kolf’s latest book accurately depicts the experience of doing charitable work for a faith-based group, noting accounts of the triumphs, the disappointments and what seem like miracles that occur on a daily basis and keep Grace going. “I think it’s important to understand that there’s a lot going on here beyond feeding people,” Baker said. “We’re committed to people beyond giving out groceries and feeding people. We want to see people get to know who they need to be.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All proceeds from the book benefit the center. The center’s executive director, Steve Baker, wrote the forward. Kolf, serving hot meals on Friday nights, has volunteered at Grace for five years. She said she felt compelled to share the faith-based charity’s success stories, which she attributes to group’s providing a spiritual dimension to go along with food, medical and social services. “There were just so many inspirational stories I saw and experienced that I just felt needed to be shared,” Kolf said. The resource center’s 12,000-square-foot facility on Sierra Highway near Avenue I serves more than 100,000 meals annually. It also provides services such as medical care, job training and religious counseling. QUARTZ HILL – June Cerza Kolf isn’t your typical book author. She is a religious author who has written six books, including “When Will I Stop Hurting?” Subtitled “Dealing with a Recent Death,” this account of human grief has received critical acclaim within Christian literary circles. “All my books are God-given,” said Kolf, adding that she has had no formal literary training. “There’s no reason for me to have become a writer. I’m really just a stenographer.” The longtime Antelope Valley resident’s most recent work, “Standing on Holy Ground,” which she self-published earlier this year, documents her experience working for Grace Resource Center, a Lancaster-based charity. last_img read more

Man City boss Pellegrini plays down Hart snub

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down his decision to hand Willy Cabellero his Premier League debut in place of England No.1 Joe Hart for Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Hull.Argentina international Cabellero was brought to the Etihad Stadium in a £6million deal from La Liga outfit, and Pellegrini’s former side, Malaga this summer to push Hart for his starting spot.And, having played between the sticks and kept a clean sheet in City’s emphatic 7-0 League Cup triumph over Sheffield Wednesday, he was chosen to start for their trip to the KC Stadium, with Hart looking on from the bench.However, Pellegrini insisted the decision was made in the best interests of the team.“I think for Willy it was good to play not just one game but to play two in a row,” said the Chilean“Joe played eight games in 32 days, a lot of games for a goalkeeper. I have a squad of 22 or 23 players and I make rotations because I think it is better for the team.“In this case I think it was good for Willy.”Two goals from Edin Dzeko ensured the defending Premier League champions overcame the resilient Tigers, who clawed their way back to 2-2 with an Eliaquim Mangala own goal and Abel Hernandez’s penalty having found themselves two-down in the first-half.But late strikes from Dzeko and Frank Lampard sealed what was a comfortable win in the end, and Pellegrini said he never doubted the result.“I really was very calm because I don’t think it was the rightful score in the first half,” the City boss added.“You must have personality and character when that happens to try and return to normal.“I felt during half-time the players were clear about what happened, it was not that we were playing badly.“The way we started I felt we were going to win the game in the second half and we did. I was very happy about that.”last_img read more

Pochettino hails ‘important’ Spurs win against SouthamptonPochettino hails ‘important’ Spurs win against former club Southampton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino found it emotional facing Southampton but the Tottenham boss was delighted to come away with a victory in his first meeting against his former club.Christian Eriksen’s first-half strike ensured the Argentine got the better of his Saints successor Ronald Koeman.Pochettino had enjoyed an impressive 18-month reign at St Mary’s before quitting to take the Spurs job in the summer, and he said: “It was an emotional game because I still love Southampton.“It was a great period for me in my life and I will always be grateful to Southampton, but the most important thing was the three points.  “It was a special moment for me, but three points in the end was important.”The win ended Spurs’ four-match wait for a league win and Pochettino added: “I think we deserved the three points.“I’m happy for the players because they deserved the win and I’m happy for the performance. It is important for confidence. Today was a great win and we need to carry on. “last_img read more

No Messi!? Kaka picks another ‘genius’ in his dream XI

first_img Attack: Ronaldinho – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Confessing it was a toss-up between Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, the Brazilian has gone with his compatriot in this XI, describing the former AC Milan man as ‘a genius’. Defence: Paolo Maldini – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Arguably AC Milan’s greatest-ever player, Maldini was described as the ‘perfect example to a player’, by his former team-mate. 11 11 Defence: Roberto Carlos – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Speaking about Roberto Carlos, Kaka described him as ‘an amazing player’. The Brazilian probably makes it into the XI on free-kick ability alone. 11 11 Brazilian hero Ricardo Kaka may be currently plying his trade in one of football’s backwaters, but that doesn’t mean the former Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t know his stuff when it comes to picking out players.Indeed in a recent interview, the Orlando City attacker was asked to pick his dream XI, and there were some pretty surprising (and a few fairly obvious) selections.Perhaps the biggest omission was Lionel Messi, who Kaka acknowledged, but decided to pick another ‘genius’ instead.Click the arrow to see who makes his XI… Goalkeeper: Dida – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Between the sticks is Kaka’s former national team and AC Milan team-mate Dida, who he described as ‘unbelievable’. 11 Attack: Ronaldo – Who would make your dream XI? Comment below… – One of the greatest strikers of all-time, Kaka holds Ronaldo in the highest regard. Pouring over every aspect of his game, Kaka describes ‘Il Fenomeno’ as ‘the best player I played with.’ 11 11 11 Midfield: Zinedine ZIdane – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Kaka may not have actually played with Zidane, but his regard for French magician remains great. ‘What he could do with a football, it was sometimes impossible to imagine,’ he said. 11 Defence: Alessandro Nesta – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – A classy defender, Nesta was the seldom heard heartbeat of the AC Milan and Italian national sides’ backlines. Kaka cites his tactical awareness as one of the reasons for his selection. Attack: Cristiano Ronaldo – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – What XI would be complete without the reigning Ballon d’Or holder? Despite being more experienced than Ronaldo, Kaka confesses to having ‘learnt a lot from him’, during his time at Real Madrid. Midfield: Andrea Pirlo – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – ‘I loved to play with Pirlo’, Kaka stated. And it’s little wonder why. The Italian veteran appears almost ageless as he still pulls the strings for Juventus. 11 Defence: Cafu – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Unquestionably one of the finest full-backs to ever play the game, it seems as though Kaka agrees. The Orlando attacker name-checks Cafu as a player ‘that I’ve learnt a lot from’. 11 Midfield: Andres Iniesta – Click the arrow to see who else features in Kaka’s dream XI – Currently one of the greatest players on the planet, Iniesta is one of the few world class players that Kaka has never played alongside. Speaking about the Barcelona star, Kaka said: ‘He makes the toughest things on a football pitch look easy.’ last_img read more

Club kids pitch in to design play site

first_img The complex, on 20th Street East at Avenue R near Palmdale High School, is one of the properties certified under the city’s Partners Against Crime program, which provides training to landlords and managers about how to keep down crime and avoid other problems. City and sheriff’s officials said the complex is well-run. “They do a really good job of applying the principles of what we teach in the class,” sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. “Our biggest problem is the high school kids coming through.” The same company recently took over the Palmdale Q apartment complex on Avenue Q and 10th Street East, where city officials said they had trouble with the previous owners failing to evict tenants who were dealing drugs and causing other problems. The new owners have evicted problem tenants, spruced up the complex and are creating a computer room for use by residents. “They’re doing a fantastic job,” Bistline said. InSite and Ironwood have applied for KaBOOM! playgrounds at other local apartment complexes, as well at a proposed new park in downtown Lancaster, Rodriguez said. Created in 1996, KaBOOM! has brought together businesses and volunteers to build nearly 1,000 playgrounds and renovate 1,300 others nationwide. Last year, the organization and Home Depot announced an initiative to create or refurbish 1,000 play spaces. The Home Depot pledged $25 million and nearly 1 million volunteer hours toward the play spaces, of which more than 360 have been finished, Gallagher said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The kids were so excited. The parents were so excited,” said Autumn Rodriguez, regional manager for Ironwood Management, the property management arm of apartment owner InSite Development. The children’s suggestions will be sent to a professional architect, who will come send back three designs. One will be chosen. The playground is to be built May 11. About 200 volunteers are expected to take part. Home Depot pledged 150 volunteers and $47,500 for materials and other costs, spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher said. Home Depot workers who volunteer are all on the day off. “We get out there at 8:30 a.m. and we’re done by 2:30 p.m. By 2:30 it’s a completely finished playground,” Gallagher said. PALMDALE – Youngsters who live in the Palmdale Desert Club apartments will be getting a new place to play thanks to a nationwide campaign to create a playground within walking distance of every American child. Washington D.C.-based nonprofit agency KaBOOM! and its partner Home Depot are sponsoring the effort to build the 80-unit complex a playground, which is to be created in one day with the help of scores of volunteers. Dozens of youngsters who live in the complex sat down with crayons and paper Thursday to draw up their ideas for the playground. Sponsors didn’t take one boy’s suggestion of a roller coaster, but the playground will include swings, a spiral slide, modernized teeter-totters, a bridge and other features in a 50-foot-square section of what is now a lawn. last_img read more

DR McKENNA CUP: DONEGAL DRAWN WITH DERRY, FERMANAGH AND QUEEN’S

first_imgNew Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.RORY GALLAGHER’S Donegal have been drawn with Derry, Fermanagh and Queen’s University Belfast in the 2015 Dr McKenna Cup. The winners of Section A and B meet in the semi-finals with the team that tops Section C facing off against the best runners-up.Bank of Ireland have been announced as the new competition sponsors. 2015 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna CupSection A: Jordanstown, Down, Cavan, MonaghanSection B: Queens, Fermanagh, Donegal, DerrySection C: St Mary’s Belfast, Armagh, Antrim, Tyrone The competition will start on Sunday 4 January with further group games scheduled for 11 and 14 January. DR McKENNA CUP: DONEGAL DRAWN WITH DERRY, FERMANAGH AND QUEEN’S was last modified: November 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:2015donegalDr McKenna Cuplast_img read more

DDTV: PAUL DURCAN MAKES STUNNING SAVE AS HE HELPS CLUB TO ALL-IRELAND TITLE

first_imgDONEGAL ‘keeper Paul Durcan has added an All-Ireland club medal to his All-Ireland county medal to join a special GAA club of players who can claim to have both.He flew in from Doha to line-put for his Dublin club team Ballyboden St Enda’s.And he played a massive role in the stunning victory of Castlebar Mitchels with excellent kicking and a safe pair of hands throughout. “Paul Durcan has been outstanding, kickouts on point, agility of a cat, and a monster under high ball,” boasted the AIB GAA twitter feed.‘Boden outclassed the Mayo men to win 2-14 to 0-07.Any chance of a comeback by Castlebar was snuffed out when Durcan pulled off a stunning save to prevent the goal that would have helped the Mayo men in the second half.The former Four Masters man then claimed it was a wide – even though his touch had sent the ball onto the post and out for a ’45. You can watch the save below: DDTV: PAUL DURCAN MAKES STUNNING SAVE AS HE HELPS CLUB TO ALL-IRELAND TITLE was last modified: March 17th, 2016 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:BallybodenPaul Durcanlast_img read more