Wakenaam, Leguan farmers express frustration over non-assistance

first_imgIn the face of the tremendous challenges that rice farmers countrywide have experienced as a result of the ElA rice field which is very dry due to the lack of waterNiño conditions which have resulted in them suffering major losses, they are yet to receive assistance from Government.This information was revealed to Guyana Times by rice farmers who are yet again calling for assistance.Farmers related to this publication that the General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and representatives from the Rice Producers Association (RPA) visited a number of rice farmers in Leguan and Wakenaam (Essequibo) and promised compensation and assistance for the new crop.However, since that meeting, farmers have not heard anything from the GRDB and the RPA.Speaking with this publication, a Wakenaam rice farmer disclosed that most of the farmers were considering not planting rice for the new crop as they were in dire financial constraints.“Most of these farmers don’t know what to do for the new crop, because, first of all, because of the losses that we faced, we do not even have money to plant for the new crop,” the famer explained.According to another Wakenaam rice farmer, the GRDB visited them and explained that the Board has taken note of the significant losses that the farmers have incurred, noting that discussions were ongoing to provide assistance in order for the rice farmers to restart cultivation.“They told us that they would provide paddy and so forth for us in the meeting, but it is time for us to cultivate and we are not hearing back anything so we don’t know what to do,” the frustrated farmer explained.A Leguan rice farmer told Guyana Times that they have not received any word at all which would suggest that they would be compensated.“We did not hear anything about any compensation. We need compensation because we are really struggling. I hope that the Government can really look into this, because it’s long we have been pleading for assistance, it’s really hard.”Early last month, the Regional Chairman of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Julius Faerber had announced that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) would be petitioning the Government to compensate the Leguan and Wakenaam rice farmers.Faerber told this publication that the Government needed to ensure that the rice farmers have funds when the drought period is over to replant their crop.In Wakenaam, the last report received revealed that 300 acres of rice had been lost and some 2000 were at risk.In Leguan, the situation had become so dire that 38-40 acres of rice were planted instead of the usual 4000 acres.Also in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), thousands of acres of rice have been lost because of drought.Despite the struggle, rice farmers of Region Two early last month began harvesting their fields. Rice harvesting has commenced in the north and south of the Essequibo Coast in villages such as Perseverance, Airy Hall, Golden Fleece and Lima.The farmers are hoping that as the rainy season begins, they can work towards getting back what was lost.last_img read more

His Resolution is to Smile again

first_imgWalking home this evening, I ran into a little boy, Obadious (o-bah-dee-ous) and his mother Ruth Gaye, hurriedly rushing past me; the child was in serious pain. His facial expression churned my stomach. I couldn’t imagine what this child was experiencing inside.I called the pair over and as they approached, a tear rolled down Obadious swollen jaw from his also swollen eye. I brushed a finger across the area and told him,” sorry yey,” He nodded and hummed, “mm.”Instantly his mother became my friend and began explaining what was going on with my new friend.“Two years ago his face started getting big. He was born with a small bump near his jaw bone. Since then, with every passing year, the lump grows with him. Recently it was so swollen that it affected his breathing and neck, and I had to rush him to JFK where they gave us some pain medicine and ordered an x-ray. We’re waiting for the results,” stated his mother.Obadious has not been able to smile in two years. What used to be the grin and white teeth of a toddler is now replaced with sores in every part of his inner mouth and brown teeth.“Sometimes when his face protrudes, he can only eat soft foods and would cry all day. As you can see right now, when the knot grows big, blood will start flowing from his nose and eye, like what is happening right now,” Ruth explained.I looked down at the silent child and noticed blood was seeping through his swollen eye lids. He didn’t seem to notice.According to Ruth, who says she has been going around trying to find means to cure him, she delayed in seeking treatment for the boy because the bump was so small. Now that it has swollen, Ruth says the hospital is charging her $25 to do an ultrasound to see if the tumor can be surgically removed or if there are similar ones in the child’s brain.“I don’t have that money. We walked from as far as Johnsonville for my son’s business and we are walking back gradually,” she stated.The family of this sick child is asking that someone contribute US$100 to find out what his problem is and from there they can work towards finding a way to cure it.“My problem is, the doctors say the treatment that my son would need is not handled in Liberia and I need help,” said Madam Gaye.Everyone is asked to help this child and his mother so that Obadious can finally be able to smile again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iraq withdrawal bill clears Senate

first_imgFor Democrats – who were joined in the Senate by Republicans Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon Smith of Oregon – a lack of evident political commitment and progress on the part of Iraqis has been key in their eroding patience with the current deployment of nearly 30,000 more U.S. troops. Republicans, meanwhile, have remained willing to give the administration more time to see whether the ongoing surge of military forces – which should be completed by mid-June – helps quell the violence in Iraq and helps stabilize its government. Lawmakers from both parties seemed eager this week to hear the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, who has been the lead commander of operations in Iraq during the first two months of the troop surge. But Petraeus’ observations did little to change the course of the congressional debate, as he qualified even his most positive reports on recent developments in Iraq, such as the relative peace achieved in Anbar province, the dismantling of a car-bomb network in Baghdad responsible for the deaths of more than 650 Iraqis and a two-thirds reduction in sectarian violence across the country. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Senate took the rare step of attempting to end an ongoing war Thursday, calling on President Bush to withdraw most American troops from Iraq by next April on the same day that the United States’ top commander in Iraq gave a notably cautious assessment of the military campaign’s progress. The Senate’s action outlines an exit strategy but also pitches the nation into a period of political brinkmanship and uncertainty as Congress and Bush dig in for what is likely to be a protracted showdown over terms of the bill that would fund continuing war operations. The president has promised to veto the legislation as soon as it crosses his desk, probably early next week, saying that setting dates for withdrawal will embolden the insurgents fighting U.S. troops. The House and Senate do not have the necessary votes to override such a veto, but neither has shown a willingness to compromise, at least not publicly. “It is amazing that legislation urgently needed to fund our troops took 80 days to make its way around the Capitol,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. “Democrats have known that if the bill was sent to \ in its current form, he would veto it.” But Democrats say the president’s unwillingness to discuss an exit strategy is out of touch with the country. A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 60 percent of Americans support the idea of a troop withdrawal from Iraq by August 2008. “This is a responsible plan for redeployment, not a precipitous withdrawal,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “For a president that took us to war under false pretenses, he now needs the courage to admit his policies have failed and work with us to bring the war to a responsible end.” The $124.2 billion spending bill, approved by the Senate 51-46 after House passage Wednesday by a vote of 218-208, provides more than $90 billion for war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next several months. The remaining funds were earmarked for a variety of domestic ventures, including an increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25, aid for Gulf Coast states hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and additional health-care assistance for veterans and children. In both chambers, votes were split largely along party lines and correspondingly differing interpretations of the situation on the ground in Iraq. last_img read more

Matasi is my first-choice keeper, says Migne

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has disclosed he will stick with Tusker FC shot stopper Patrick Matasi as his first-choice goalkeeper for Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.Matasi has been for long the first-choice custodian for the national team especially with the absence of the most experienced keeper Boniface Oluoch. The Gor Mahia custodian is currently out of the squad nursing a shoulder injury. “For the next game I have three keepers in the camp. I think it is not a secret that it will be Matasi who will be the first one on Saturday. He won CECAFA and he gave a good performance in the competition. It was also interesting in India in June, and for sure, it will be him in the first 11,” Migne said after conducting the Wednesday morning training session.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes a point to his players during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn camp, Migne has Matasi, Bandari’s Farouk Shikhalo who has been in impressive form keeping a total of 18 clean sheets in the league so far as well as Zambia based Ian Otieno who has been a regular starter with his club Red Arrows.Oluoch has had an inconsistent season with Gor and since allowing two easy goals against Yanga in the CAF Confederations Cup in Dar es Salaam last month hasn’t featured for the club, save for a few bench appearances.The tactician says he has a clue of his starting team, though it is only the goalkeeping department that is already decided for him.With Victor Wanyama absent with injury, Migne has at his disposal Teddy Akumu and Johannah Omollo while in defense, the absence of David Owino who pulled a minor hamstring strain on Wednesday will be a real headache.“I am glad that I had 24 players in training with most of the foreign based players in. It is good to see everyone though only for three days which is not enough to know the players but we have to adapt and try to get something,” the tactician further stated.Zesco United teammates David Owino and Jesse Were slide in for a challenge during a Harambee Stars training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I have an idea on who are in my first team, but we have a few more training sessions to look again then we will decide. I am confident I have a strong team,” a confident Migne offered.He has already named his final match day squad and most of the local based players, including the unattached Massoud Juma have been axed from the squad.However, impressive Bandari winger Abdallah Hassan has been handed a place in the final 24-man squad and is on line for his very first cap for the senior team.Final SquadGoalkeepers; Patrick Matasi, Farouk Shikalo, Ian Otieno.Defenders; Philemon Otieno, Jockins Atudo, Dennis Odhiambo, Joash Onyango, Benard Ochieng, Abud Omar, David Ochieng, Eric Ouma, Joseph Okumu, Musa Mohammed, David Owino.Midfielders; Francis Kahata, Abdallah Hassan, Anthony Akumu, Eric Johanna, Ismail Gonzalez, Johanna Omollo.Forwards; Piston Mutamba, Jesse Were, Michael Olunga, Ovella Ochieng.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five challenges facing Solskjaer as Man Utd manager

first_imgAFP Sports looks at what comes next and the challenges that lie in wait for Solskjaer.Top-four finish a prioritySince Solskjaer’s arrival, United have cut the gap to the Premier League’s top four from 11 points down to two but a strong finish to the campaign is still needed to secure Champions League football next season.Manchester United are two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League table © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBeat Watford at Old Trafford and United will pull level on points with third-placed Spurs, who have taken just one point from their past four league games and travel to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.“Now we’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in the top four, even the top three,” said Solskjaer on Thursday. “That’s got to be the short-term target.”Strengthen the squadRegardless of whether United are in the Champions League or Europa League next season, Solskjaer faces an intense summer of rebuilding.Could Jadon Sancho be heading to Manchester United? © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS“Now it’s easier to be clear about what we need to do because we will do some business this summer,” said the Norwegian.England wonderkid Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund has been widely reported as a top target for a club record fee but it is in defence that Solskjaer’s former teammate and United captain Gary Neville believes most change is needed.“Defence is the main priority in terms of getting the centre-back pairings right because there have been so many changes,” he told Sky Sports.“Solskjaer is not going to be a success at Man Utd unless he gets the right people around him on recruitment and gets the right players in. That is absolutely essential.”Sanchez for the scrap heap?Interest in Sancho casts even more doubt over Alexis Sanchez’s future.Alexis Sanchez has disappointed since signing for Manchester United © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFThe Chilean became the club’s highest earner in January 2018 but has scored just five goals for the club, only two of which have come in 23 appearances this season.Solskjaer has previously said only Sanchez himself can recapture the form he showed at Arsenal and Barcelona but at 30 his best days may be behind him.Unless the Norwegian can spark a revival in Sanchez, United will likely have to pick up some of the tab for his reported £14 million a season wages just to ship him out.De Gea a prioritySanchez’s deal has not only been problematic given his own lack of form, but it set a new benchmark for United’s wage bill.Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEDavid de Gea’s contract expires in 2020 and the Spanish goalkeeper, who has won United’s player of the year award for four of the past five seasons, reportedly wants at least parity with Sanchez.During a disappointing period for the club under three previous managers, De Gea has been a rare shining light and keeping hold of one of their world-class talents is vital.“To know who is the manager for the club next season is helpful for any player to decide where he wants to play,” said Solskjaer.“We’ve got a couple of players we are in talks with and hopefully we can get their futures sorted.”Reign in fiercest rivalsThe Premier League title race makes for grim viewing for United fans as historical and local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City battle it out.Manchester United have been dislodged as top dogs by Manchester City © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISSolskjaer has made ending a title drought since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 a top priority but is also realistic that there remains a huge gap to breach.“There is a lot of hard work still to do in the coming months and years to get Man Utd back to where it was before,” warned Neville.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s new full-time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has achieved his first target by landing the Manchester United manager’s role on a permanent basis but plenty of work remains for the Norwegian to do, starting with Watford’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.The 46-year-old was a popular choice to become full-time successor to Jose Mourinho after an impressive caretaker spell in which United won 14 of his 19 games in charge.last_img read more

Red Hughs: Underage and senior AGMs to be held this weekend

first_imgRed Hugh’s Underage AGM will be held on the 6th of January at 8pm. We hope to see our existing coaches continue their fabulous work but we also have a shortage of coaches within the club at underage structure to continue to progress and improve and really need additional help.If you would like to get involved with our underage teams next year can you get in touch with Damien Wilson on 0874110811. We are seeking managers and assistant coaches at all age groups from U6 to minor. Our Club AGM will take place on Sunday 8th January at 5pm in the Clubhouse. Nominations are invited for all positions. Nominations and Motions for discussion should be returned to Club Secretary, Kathy Kelly to be received before 5pm on this Friday the 6th of January. Kathys email is secretary.redhughs.donegal@gaa.ieHappy new year to all our club members, players and supporters. Let’s make it a good one.Red Hughs: Underage and senior AGMs to be held this weekend was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

TAKE A BOW CHLOE! RAPHOE STAR’S END OF YEAR DOUBLE SUCCESS

first_imgPROUD: CHLOE MAGEEDonegal badminton star Chloe Magee ended her 2012 season on an impressive note as she won the women’s singles and mixed doubles titles at the Turkish Open.The Raphoe woman beat France’s Sashina Vignes Waran 21-18 23-21 in the singles final.The Frenchwoman was number one seed in the tournament. Double Olympian Chloe then teamed up with her brother Sam to land the mixed doubles title.The Magees defeated Germany’s Fabian Roth and Jennifer Karnott 21-14 21-10 in the mixed decider. TAKE A BOW CHLOE! RAPHOE STAR’S END OF YEAR DOUBLE SUCCESS was last modified: December 23rd, 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:TAKE A BOW CHLOE! RAPHOE STAR’S END OF YEAR DOUBLE SUCCESSlast_img read more

Cech admits Chelsea’s Champions League loss is ‘a sad moment’

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said Juventus’ ability to take their chances proved to be the difference in Turin.The Blues’ 3-0 defeat leaves them facing the prospect of becoming the first holders to fail to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.They must now beat beat Nordsjaelland in their final Group E game and hope Juve lose to group leaders Shakhtar Donetsk.Cech told ITV: “The first half was very difficult but we did pretty well and created some chances. In such an important game, if you create a chance you have to take it.“Deflections went their way but they put in a very good performance and did really well.“It’s a sad moment. Last year winning the Champions League was a dream. This is a huge disappointment.”More reaction to follow later. See also:Defeat in Turin leaves Blues on the 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

All About Water Heaters

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img If you want to save energy, there are lots of exciting appliances and building materials that you might want to specify for your home: triple-glazed windows, an efficient refrigerator, and compact fluorescent or LED lighting, for example.When it comes to choosing a water heater, though, clarity evaporates. Simple, affordable water heaters aren’t very efficient, and efficient equipment is complicated and costly. So how do you go about choosing a water heater?Most homeowners ignore their water heaters. About once every ten years, the average homeowner goes down to the basement or out to the garage and notices that the water heater is sitting in a pool of water.Since the family needs to replace the leaking water heater right now, the $350 special at Home Depot (or whatever model the nearest plumber is willing to install) looks good. Although a rush replacement job is understandable under the circumstances, it’s not the wisest way to choose a water heater.The overwhelming majority of water heaters sold in the U.S. are tank-type water heaters heated by natural gas, propane, or electric resistance elements. Tank-type water heaters are widely available and inexpensive. Of the three most common fuels, natural gas is by far the cheapest, except in a few areas of the country with very low electric rates.If natural gas is unavailable, an electric-resistance water heater makes more sense than a propane water heater, since electric water heaters avoid potential problems with backdrafting and flue-gas spillage.What if you want to heat your water more efficiently — or in a more environmentally friendly way? Well, there are many options, all of which require a much bigger investment in equipment.Options include:Most of these high-tech water heaters are more efficient than typical tank-style heaters. Unfortunately, all of these options have… last_img read more

Man dies after wall collapses in toilet at Patna railway station

first_imgA 70-year-old man died on Tuesday after a wall of a washroom collapsed in the second class passengers’ waiting room at platform number 1 at Patna railway station.The man, Veer Bahadur Singh, was a resident of Vishunpur area of Mahnar in neighbouring Vaishali district. He was to catch a train from Patna to Kolkata. A train ticket of the Howrah-Patna Janshatabdi express had been found in his pocket.He was sitting inside the waiting room before going to the washroom. The wall of one side of the toilet fell on him and he later succumbed to his injuries. Some other passengers too are believed to have been injured. However, rail authorities have not yet confirmed them.There was renovation work going on inside the toilet, said railway authorities. Railway employees at the Patna platform said tile work was under construction on the wall of the toilet.“Officials have reached the spot and it is being looked in to how the wall fell down and whose fault this was. Let more details come and then we’ll be able to say more on it”, said a senior railway official at the Patna junction.last_img read more