Mahaicony backlands still under water

first_imgRegion 5 flooding– Residents receive medical treatmentThe flood situation in many of the communities in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) has persisted for nearly three months. Recently, farmers in the Mahaicony riverine communities have complained that they are still suffering losses, as the flooded backlands are where most farmlands and livestock are located. According to information obtained by this publication, the situation remains the same as flood waters in the backlands are said to be high.On Monday, a farmer from Pine Ground, Mahaicony River, told this newspaper that his cows are affected with diarrhoea, and worms dueScenes of the backlands flooding from Saturday in Regionto their prolonged stay in stagnant water. He requested that an anti-bacterial spray be provided for the ailing diary animals.The man who is also father of a nursery school student explained that between May and July, many children, including his, were absent from classes as the dam became impassable. This meant the parents had the expensive undertaking of transporting their offspring by boat, which reportedly costs around $2000 return per day per child. Farmers are calling for the dam to be converted into a road.Guyana Times further understands that sick residents, especially children were finally given medical treatment as a doctor on Sunday visited the Mora Point Health Centre as was expected and previously reported in this newspaper. While it was indicated that some children were still being affected by influenza and rashes, new reports stated that this is now decreasing.On Sunday, this newspaper reported that many farmers along the Mahaicony River sold their current crop of “seed paddy” on Saturday out of fear the flooding would destroy their future plots for rice cultivation.A female farmer had explained that she suffered much losses due to the prolonged flooding. The woman stated that she lost three calves and a number of crops. The farmer had estimated her losses at around $800,000 and appealed that her community be provided with food assistance.Guyana Times had reported too that the mosquitoes in the communities have since flourished with the stagnant flood water and are affecting adults and children. It was noted that heavy rains on Friday evening into Saturday morning only added to the misery of farmers and residents as the water had risen.last_img read more

Rooney ready for hostile Scots

first_imgAnd Rooney, who marked his 100th international cap with a goal against Slovenia in Euro 2016 qualifying action at the weekend, has looked to help prepare the squad for what promises to be a thunderous Scotland crowd.“You don’t realise until you actually play there what the atmosphere is like,” he said.“The atmosphere was great when I was in the crowd, unbelievable, but you don’t realise until you’re on that pitch what it’s like so maybe a few of them, you might need to speak to them and say: ‘Listen, this is going to be hostile. Make sure you blank it out, relax, and play your normal game. Don’t get involved in it’.”Rooney added: “Scotland are doing well at the minute. They seem to have found a bit of form under Gordon Strachan, so we know it’ll be a tough game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney has told England’s youngster to expect nothing less than a hostile atmosphere when they take on Scotland in a friendly international at Celtic Park on Tuesday.The Three Lions striker has previous experience of the venue, having played against Celtic for Manchester United, while he has also been a spectator for several of the Hoops’ matches.last_img read more

Fort St. John mayor at inaugural B.C. Mayor’s Caucus

first_imgAckerman, along with the mayors from Cranbrook, Smithers, Penticton, Prince Rupert and Prince George, was instrumental in organizing the first ever event. The caucus is intended to create a unified voice for municipalities, to help them get a bigger share of Canada’s tax revenue through a new collective deal. The inaugural meeting runs from today until Friday.- Advertisement –last_img

West Ham without Song until February as midfielder gets late Africa Cup of Nations call

first_img Alex Song 1 West Ham are set to be without Alex Song until February after Cameroon called him into their Africa Cup of Nations squad.Song has not played for the national team since being sent off against Croatia at the World Cup and was originally overlooked by head coach Volker Finke for the competition, which kicks off on January 17.But Finke has performed a late U-turn after seeing the midfielder, on-loan to the Hammers from Barcelona for the season, impress in the Premier League.Song will now head to Cameroon to join their training camp ahead of the tournament and will miss Tuesday’s FA Cup game against Everton as well as their Premier League clashes against Swansea, Hull and Liverpool.He could also miss their meeting with Manchester United on February 8 should Cameroon go all the way in Morocco, with the final to be held on the same day as the Upton Park clash.Sam Allardyce will also be missing Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate for as long as they remain in the competition, while Diafra Sakho could join his fellow countryman at the Africa Cup of Nations should he recover from a back injury.last_img read more

Defender commits future to Liverpool

first_img1 Martin Skrtel Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has finally penned a new deal with the Anfield club.Skrtel, 30, would have been a free agent next summer if terms had not been agreed on a new contract, but talks were prolonged as the Slovakia international held out for a suitable deal.Now he has signed his new contract he will compete with the likes of Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho for a place at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ defence.The news comes after an announcement earlier on Friday that midfielder Jordan Henderson has been chosen as Liverpool’s new captain, succeeding Steven Gerrard who has moved to Major League Soccer side the LA Galaxy.last_img read more

Swansea consider approaching Manchester United icon as potential replacement for Garry Monk

first_imgSwansea are reportedly considering approaching Manchester United assistant coach Ryan Giggs about their vacant managerial post.Garry Monk’s 22-month tenure as Swans boss came to an end yesterday after he was relieved of his duties following a run of just one win from 11 games.Former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes were the initial front-runners to succeed Monk, but The Independent believe the Welsh club regard Giggs as a viable candidate too.Giggs has worked closely with Louis van Gaal since the Dutchman took the Old Trafford reins in summer 2014 after initially acting as caretaker manager when Moyes was sacked at the back end of the 2013/14 season.While many see Giggs as an ideal candidate to graduate into Van Gaal’s successor when his United contract expires in 2017, The Manchester Evening News claim the former Wales international is open to the idea of leaving the club.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has a track record of appointing young managers after overseeing the arrivals of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers, so a move for Giggs – the Premier League’s record appearance maker – would be in keeping with his philosophy. Ryan Giggs 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Newcastle United striker leaves for undisclosed fee

first_img1 Newcastle have announced the departure of striker Papiss Cisse to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.The 31-year-old, a Senegal international, scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Magpies since arriving from Freiburg in January 2012.But having failed to help Newcastle retain their Barclays Premier League status under Rafael Benitez last season, his four-and-a-half-year spell on Tyneside has come to an end.A Newcastle statement said: “Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career.” Papiss Cisse in action for Newcastle United last_img read more

‘The following players are on red alert after Redknapp’s appointment…’

first_img1 Harry Redknapp is back in management Less than 24 hours after Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham City manager, Harry Redknapp has been confirmed as his replacement.Fans have not only been caught out by the speed at which his arrival has been announced, but plenty are coming to terms with the return of Redknapp in football management.TALKSPORT EXCLUSIVE: HARRY REDKNAPP REVEALS HE’S JOINED BIRMINGHAM FOR FREE AND CONFIRMS HIS NUMBER TWOEven with UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap general election in June, the former Tottenham and West Ham boss has been trending heavily on Twitter and we’ve rounded up the best responses to his appointment.Here’s how a selection of supporters have reacted…last_img read more

Vicious tomcat regains 9th life

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A state judge on Tuesday spared the life of Lewis the cat, whose vicious attacks on neighbors landed his owner in court, but the terrorizing tomcat was ordered confined to the house at all times. “There are no exceptions. None,” Judge Patrick Carroll told Lewis’ owner, Ruth Cisero. If Lewis gets out, even accidentally, Cisero could face up to 6 months in prison, and Lewis’ fate would be in the hands of animal-control officers. Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment because neighbors complained that the black and white cat’s long claws and stealth had allowed it to attack at least a half-dozen people. Some who were bitten and scratched ended up seeking treatment at hospitals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The judge ordered Cisero to complete two years of probation, after which her record will be expunged. Cisero had fought to keep Lewis, and rejected a previous probation deal because it was contingent on euthanizing the cat. “I never thought it would come to this,” she said. “It’s been an absolute nightmare. It’s ruined my life.” The cat’s case has drawn national attention, with Lewis appearing in People magazine and on his own page on MySpace.com. A Utah animal sanctuary offered to take the cat, but Eugene Riccio, Cisero’s attorney, said Lewis enjoys life in southern New England and wants to stay.last_img read more

Príomhphointí na Straitéise – the 20-year plan for Irish – as gaeilge agus bearla

first_imgBELOW IS a briefing in Irish and English on the 20-year strategy for the Irish Language:Léargas Ginearálta ar an Straitéis *       Rinneadh an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge a dhearadh chun cur chuige iomlánaíoch, comhtháite i ndáil leis an nGaeilge a chur chun cinn, ar cur chuige é a luíonn le dea-chleachtas idirnáisiúnta.*       Eascraíonn an Straitéis as taighde ollscoile agus as comhairliúchán le páirtithe leasmhara.*       Leagtar 9 réimse gnímh amach sa straitéis lena n-áirítear oideachas, an Ghaeltacht, an teaghlach, seirbhísí poiblí, an geilleagar, na meáin agus an reachtaíocht. *       Spriocanna na Straitéise: *       An líon daoine a labhraíonn Gaeilge gach lá a mhéadú ó 83,000 go 250,000.*       An líon daoine sa Ghaeltacht a labhraíonn Gaeilge gach lá a mhéadú de 25%.*       Feidhmiú na Straitéise: *       Déanfaidh an Coiste Rialtais ar an nGaeilge agus ar an nGaeltacht maoirseacht ar dhul chun cinn na Straitéise agus tabharfaidh siad tuairisc don Rialtas de réir mar is gá.*       Tabharfaidh Grúpa Oifigeach Sinsearach ina mbeidh oifigigh ardleibhéil ó Ranna Rialtais ábhartha tacaíocht don Choiste Rialtais.*       Tá na chéad céimeanna tógtha chun Aonad Straitéise a chur ar bun sa Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta. Tabharfaidh an tAonad seo treoir d’fheidhmiú na Straitéise agus déanfaidh sé an reachtaíocht a dhréachtú a bheidh ag teastáil chun Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta a bhunú agus chun ceantair Ghaeltachta a shainiú sa todhchaí. *       Oideachas faoin Straitéis:Déantar foráil sa Straitéis don chóras oideachais a fheabhsú ar na bealaí seo a leanas: *       Teagasc na Gaeilge a threisiú i mbunoiliúint múinteoirí agus socrúcháin chun tréimhsí níos faide a chaitheamh sa Ghaeltacht a chur ar fáil do mhúinteoirí.*       Cuirfear thart ar 20% de na háiteanna i gColáistí Oideachais i leataobh do mhic léinn a gcuirtear oideachas orthu trí mheán na Gaeilge i scoileanna Gaeltachta agus i ngaelscoileanna agus dóibh siúd a bhaineann ardleibhéal cumais amach i scrúdú Gaeilge na hArdteistiméireachta.*       Déanfar infheistíocht níos treise san oiliúint inseirbhíse a chuirtear ar mhúinteoirí agus i scéimeanna na scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta atá dírithe ar mhúinteoirí atá ag teagasc cheana féin.*       Cuirfear leis an úsáid a bhaintear as tumoideachas páirteach chun an Ghaeilge a theagasc sa chóras bunscolaíochta.*       Tabharfar tacaíocht don Údarás um Ard-Oideachas chun clár a bhunú chun oideachas tríú leibhéal trí Ghaeilge a fhorbairt.*       An Ghaeltacht faoin Straitéis: *       Ní mór tús áite a thabhairt láithreach bonn don ghéarchéim theangeolaíoch sa Ghaeltacht. Tugadh le fios sa Staidéar Cuimsitheach Teangeolaíoch ar Úsáid na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht (2007) nach mairfidh an Ghaeilge mar theanga phobail agus theaghlaigh sa Ghaeltacht ach ar feadh 15 nó 20 bliain eile. Beartaítear sa Straitéis aghaidh a thabhairt ar an tsaincheist sin trí ghníomhaíochtaí na bpríomhinstitiúidí Stáit atá freagrach as an nGaeltacht a chur san áireamh i gcreat comhtháite um pleanáil straitéiseach teanga do phobail Ghaeltachta.*       Faoi Acht nua Gaeltachta, bunófar stádas Gaeltachta ar chritéir theangeolaíocha. Cuirfear tús le próiseas pleanála teanga a fhágfaidh go     n-ullmhófar plean teanga ag leibhéal pobail do gach ceantar Gaeltachta.*       I gcás pobal nach bhfuil ábalta na critéir sa reachtaíocht nua a chomhlíonadh, tabharfar 2 bhliain dóibh chun pleananna teanga a fhorbairt chun a stádas mar phobail Ghaeltachta a choinneáil.*       I gcás go dteipfidh ar phobail pleananna teanga inghlactha inbhuanaithe a fhorbairt laistigh den tréimhse 2 bhliain sin, ní áireofar sa Ghaeltacht iad níos mó.*       Déanfar athbhreithniú ar phleananna teanga gach 7 mbliana.*       Féadfar limistéir nua a áireamh mar Ghaeltacht má chomhlíonann siad na critéir theangeolaíocha nua faoin Acht nua Gaeltachta. *       Údarás na Gaeltachta faoin Straitéis: *       Beartaítear sa Straitéis Údarás na Gaeltachta a athchóiriú agus Údarás nua na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta a chur ina áit. Beidh ceanncheathrú na heagraíochta seo sa Ghaeltacht.*       Tá dréacht-reachtaíocht don Údarás nua á hullmhú ag an Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta i láthair na huaire.*       Beidh feidhm fiontraíochta aige i gcónaí agus beidh sé freagrach as nithe a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge ar fud an Stáit i gcomhthéacs na Straitéise nua.*       Leanfar ag tacú le Foras na Gaeilge ar a mbeidh na freagrachtaí céanna i ndáil leis an teanga ar bhonn uile-oileáin.*       Cistiú don Ghaeilge as an Státchiste sa bhliain 2011:Tá an Rialtas tiomanta i gcónaí don Ghaeilge agus don Ghaeltacht.  *       Is é €36 milliún an leithdháileadh iomlán don Ghaeilge agus don Ghaeltacht i Meastacháin na Roinne Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta don bhliain 2011. Ní áirítear leis sin cistiú as an Státchiste d’Fhoras na Gaeilge, do na hoileáin (atá sa Ghaeltacht, den chuid is mó) agus do na meáin chraoltóireachta Gaeilge. Cé go raibh sé riachtanach cistiú caipitil don bhliain 2011 a choigeartú, déanfar seirbhísí duine le duine a bheidh riachtanach d’fheidhmiú na Straitéise a chosaint.*       Is é €12 milliún san iomlán buiséad caipitil iomlán an Údaráis don bhliain 2011 (ioncam coinnithe san áireamh). Is infheistíocht shuntasach sa Ghaeltacht é an cistiú caipitil seo ar fiú isteach agus amach le €30 milliún é agus a chuirfear ar fáil don Údarás idir 2010 agus 2011.*       Cistiú don Straitéis: *       Is Straitéis 20 Bliain í an straitéis seo agus cuirfear i bhfeidhm í ar dtús trí úsáid a bhain as na hacmhainní reatha atá ar fáil.*       Chuir an Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta €1.5 milliún i leataobh as na hacmhainní reatha chun tacú leis an Straitéis, de réir mar is gá, i gcéad bhliain na Straitéise. Is leor sin toisc go mbeidh an obair thosaigh dírithe ar phleanáil, ar reachtaíocht agus ar leasú struchtúrach.*       Tacaíocht Traspháirtí:Is cúis áthais é an leibhéal tacaíochta traspháirtí a tugadh don Straitéis go dtí seo. Bhí ról an-chuiditheach ag an gComhchoiste Oireachtais a bhíonn ag déileáil leis an nGaeilge sa phróiseas ónar eascair an Straitéis seo. Rinneadh 37 moladh sa tuarascáil ón gComhchoiste Oireachtais agus cuireadh an chuid ba mhó díobh sin san áireamh sa Straitéis.As bearla *       The 20-Year Strategy is designed to promote a holistic, integrated approach to the Irish language which is in line with international best practice.*       The Strategy is the culmination of university research and stakeholder consultation.*       It sets out 9 areas for action including education, the Gaeltacht, the family, public services, the economy, the media and legislation.*       Targets of the Strategy: *       Increase the number of daily speakers of Irish from 83,000 to 250,000.*       Increase the number of daily speakers of Irish in Gaeltacht areas by 25%.*       Implementation of the Strategy: *       The Cabinet Committee on Irish and the Gaeltacht will maintain oversight of progress of the Strategy and will report to Government as necessary.*       A Senior Officials Group made up of high-level officials from relevant Government Departments will support the Cabinet Committee.*       The first steps have been taken in establishing a Strategy Unit in DCEGA that will direct the implementation of the Strategy and draft the legislation for the establishment of Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta and define Gaeltacht areas in future.*       Education under the Strategy:The Strategy provides for improvements in the education system: *       Strengthening of Irish-language teaching in initial teacher training and extended Gaeltacht placements for teachers.*       Up to 20% of places in Colleges of Education to be retained for students educated through Irish in Gaeltacht schools, in gaelscoileanna and for those attaining a high performance threshold in Irish in the Leaving Certificate.*       Strengthened investment in in-service training for teachers and in Gaeltacht scholarship schemes for serving teachers.*       Expanding partial immersion approaches to teaching through Irish in the primary system.*       Support for the HEA to put in place a programme to develop third-level education through Irish.*       An Ghaeltacht under the Strategy: *       The most immediate priority is the linguistic crisis in the Gaeltacht. The Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht (2007) indicated that Irish has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years as a community and household language in the Gaeltacht. The Strategy proposes to address this by including the activities of the main State institutions with responsibilities in the Gaeltacht within the framework of an integrated strategic language planning for Gaeltacht communities.*       Under a new Gaeltacht Act, Gaeltacht status will be based on linguistic criteria. A language planning process will be instigated whereby a language plan will be prepared at community level for each Gaeltacht district.*       Communities that cannot comply with the criteria in the new legislation will be given 2 years to develop language plans to maintain their status as Gaeltacht communities.*       Communities that fail to develop acceptable sustainable language plans with the 2-year period will no longer be included in the Gaeltacht.*       Language plans will be reviewed every 7 years.*       New areas may also be included in the Gaeltacht if they meet the linguistic criteria under the new Gaeltacht Act.*       Údarás na Gaeltachta under the Strategy: *       The Strategy proposes to reconfigure Údarás na Gaeltachta as a new Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta. Its headquarters will be based in the Gaeltacht.*       Draft legislation for the new Authority is being prepared by DCEGA.*       It will retain an enterprise function and it will also have responsibility for Irish language matters throughout the State in the context of the new Strategy.*       Foras na Gaeilge will continue to be supported and will maintain its existing responsibilities for the language on an all-island basis.*       Funding by the Exchequer for the Irish language in 2011:The Government remains committed to the Irish language and the Gaeltacht. *       The total allocation in the Estimates for DCEGA for 2011 for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht is €36m. This does not include Exchequer funding for Foras na Gaeilge, for the islands (most of which are in Gaeltacht areas) and for Irish language broadcasting media. While it was necessary to make adjustments for 2011 in capital funding, front-line services that will be vital to the implementation of the Strategy will be protected.*       The total capital budget for Údarás in 2011 is €12m in total (including retained income). Capital funding of some €30m over a 2-year period from 2010 to 2011 for the Údarás is a very significant investment in the Gaeltacht.*       Funding for the Strategy: *       This is a 20-Year Strategy which is to be initially implemented within existing resources.*       €1.5m has been set aside by DCEGA from within existing resources to support the Strategy, as required, during its first year. This will be adequate since the initial work will focus on planning, legislation and structural reform.*       Cross-party support:The level of cross-party support received by the Strategy to date has been impressive. The Joint Oireachtas Committee that deals with the Irish language played a hugely constructive role in the process culminating in this Strategy. There were 37 recommendations made in the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee and the majority of these were included in the Strategy.Príomhphointí na Straitéise – the 20-year plan for Irish – as gaeilge agus bearla was last modified: December 22nd, 2010 by gregShare 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