Canje River almost impassable

first_imgThe Canje River is almost impassable as large sections are blocked by grass.The waterway is used by loggers as well as the Regional Administration to transport fuel for major pump stations located along the River, which also irrigates Black Bush Polder, the largest rice producing area in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). The River also provides the only access for riverine communities.Concerned residents explained that they were forced to use sticks to push their boats along the grass for long distances before finding open water. On several occasions, they are forced to step out of their boats and stand on the grass to drag the boats along.A section of the River clogged with grassThose affected have also blamed the contractor responsible for cutting the grass for the current situation, which according to the residents, has caused blockage of more than 35 miles of the waterway.Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop, speaking with the media, said that the issue was raised with the Regional Administration and their advice was not being adhered to.DeRoop says the Administration will be expected to transport fuel shortly to pump stations so that farmers along the Corentyne will have water in a timely manner.He explained, “Fuel is due to go in there in another week or two and that will be a major problem for us. I am foreseeing a disaster for us. I don’t know what can be done there. If the boats cannot go in there, then the pumps will have to stop and that could mean disaster for rice farmers and cash crop farmers in the Black Bush Polder and the Corentyne. If there is no fuel there and boats cannot go in to deliver fuel, then the pumps will have to stop and with farmers now flooding their fields so it could mean disaster for us.”When this publication visited a section of the blocked river, a thick layer of grass was seen floating upriver with the tide. The residents stated that with the current spring tide, the river might not be cleared until February if drastic steps were not taken.last_img read more

New Arsenal signing ready to fight for his place

first_img Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina Colombian international David Ospina has revealed he is fully fit and ready to compete for a place in the Arsenal first-team.The goalkeeper joined the Gunners in the summer for £4million from Nice and signed a five-year contract.Ospina arrived at the Emirates Stadium with a thigh injury, but despite that the 26-year-old has admitted he is settled in north London and ready for the season ahead.“I feel very well and already settled. At Arsenal you can really focus on your job since the club provides with anything you may need,” Ospina told the Arsenal website.“Once settled, I am trying to make the most of this opportunity I’ve been given.“Physically I feel strong and 100% recovered. I was injured when I arrived to the team and that’s not an ideal situation.“Injuries don’t help at all when you are trying to settle in, but thank God now I am in a good condition.” 1last_img read more

‘Joining Leeds was a no-brainer’, insists new manager Rosler

first_img New Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler Uwe Rosler says he has been handed “the chance of a lifetime” after he was named the new head coach of Leeds United on Wednesday afternoon.The former Brentford and Wigan boss was quick to insist he had no hesitation about becoming the latest in a long line of coaches under the stewardship of Massimo Cellino, known as the ‘manager eater’ during his time in Italy.Following the departure of Neil Redfearn, who did not have his contract renewed, Rosler has become Cellino’s fifth head coach since he took control of the club in April 2014.“I’m very happy to be here,” said the German coach.“This opportunity came at very short notice and it can’t get bigger than this. It was a no-brainer.“Life is a challenge. I know what I’m getting myself into. I thrive on pressure and challenges. I’m not suicidal. If I didn’t see a chance to be successful, I wouldn’t have taken it.“I’m a hard-working person. It’s the way I was brought up, the way I played the game, the way I deal with personal problems and the way I manage. I think you need those qualities to win the crowd over here.“To be the head coach of Leeds United was the chance of a lifetime. This is a great football club with great potential.”Rosler added that Leeds wasn’t his only option, but once he heard of the their interest there was only one club he was going to join.He said: “I had a number of opportunities but I chose this one because it’s Leeds United, because of the core of players and because the owner Mr Cellino is very passionate. I also have passion and we all want the best for this football club.“My ambition next season is to get more points and improve the players collectively and individually. We’re aiming for top ten. I would call that a successful season.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed the decision announced today by Minister Michael Creed which ensures that penalty points within the fishing industry can now only be applied after the complaint has been heard by a court.Doherty has long campaigned for a change to the systemSpeaking following the announcement in the Dáil, Deputy Doherty said: “The last government created a lot of anger amongst the fishing community in respect of the controversial penalty points issue which implemented a statutory position for the imposition of penalty points on fishermen without recourse to the justice system, despite a ruling of the High Court. “It is a positive and very welcome development that the new Minister has now removed the statutory instrument of March 2016 signed by his predecessor Minister Coveney, which Sinn Féin believes discriminated against fishermen and the industry as a whole.“I welcome the fact that Minister Creed has stated that he will be giving effect to the decision either through the implementation of a new statutory mechanism or by introducing primary legislation.“Depending on the content of the new mechanism or legislation, this decision represents a significant victory for fishing communities throughout the state, including here in our county of Donegal which has a proud and long fishing tradition.”PENALTY POINTS U-TURN IS VICTORY FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES – DOHERTY was last modified: June 1st, 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)last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp reveals Joe Gomez in line to start for Liverpool against Plymouth

first_img1 Joe Gomez will make his first Liverpool appearance in more than a year on Sunday.The England Under-21 international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in October 2015, shortly after Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as Reds manager.Gomez, a central defender or full-back, had enjoyed an impressive start to his Liverpool career after a £3.5m move from Charlton.The 19-year-old returned to training in October and is now deemed fit enough to return for the first team against Plymouth in Sunday’s FA Cup clash at Anfield.“It will be his first game for a long time,” Klopp said of Gomez.“It is the next step on a long way to go. He has already had a long way but everything is good.“It is nice for all of us because we are really happy for him. He is fit now.” Joe Gomez [right] in action for Liverpool against Arsenal last_img read more

LAUSD bill called unconstitutional

first_imgSACRAMENTO – On the eve of a key vote on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school-takeover plan, a new state legal opinion issued Monday reaffirmed that the proposal appears to be unconstitutional even after it was amended to address legal concerns. The opinion from state Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine echoes a review she issued earlier this summer finding that the Legislature does not have the legal authority to give a mayor control over a school district. “I think it’s pretty clear that the current language is unconstitutional,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, an opponent of the bill who requested the new opinion. “But I think further than that, it makes the argument as to why any language will be unconstitutional. I think that’s the hurdle the mayor has to deal with.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAfter Boyer-Vine’s office issued that earlier opinion on July 17, Villaraigosa and bill author Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, amended the bill to address concerns raised by her and by the city’s legislative analyst. Those amendments included giving the county superintendent of education authority to approve Villaraigosa’s proposal for a new mayor-controlled community partnership to directly oversee the lowest-performing schools. The idea behind that amendment was to allow existing educational agencies to have the ultimate authority, similar to a concept used in the law allowing charter schools, which successfully withstood constitutional doubts. Runner had requested that the Legislative Counsel’s Office review the new language. The opinion she issued Monday, signed by deputy counsel Gerardo Partida, was nearly identical to the previous document. The opinion notes that no court has addressed the question, but case law and a reading of the state constitution lead to the conclusion that the constitution “would be construed by a court to prohibit the Legislature from transferring by statute authority or control over educational functions currently performed by a school district to the mayor of a charter city.” But Villaraigosa and his allies remain undeterred. Thomas Saenz, the mayor’s legal counsel, noted that the legislative counsel’s review is just one opinion, and that the office has been wrong on other bills in the past. The Legislature is free to ignore that opinion and allow the courts to decide the matter, he said. “It is our view that even without the county superintendent provision, with due respect, the opinion is wrong and the law would be upheld,” Saenz said. “We added the county superintendent piece just as an additional protection against a legal challenge.” The opinion was issued as Villaraigosa returned to Sacramento again to try to round up votes for his proposal, which is expected to come to a Senate floor vote this week. Los Angeles Unified School District board President Marlene Canter also returned to Sacramento, her 13th trip, to lobby against the bill. “Whenever it goes on the Senate floor, my hope is that it moves as quickly as possible,” Villaraigosa said. “I imagine there will be a vigorous debate.” Canter said in speaking to legislators one of the common concerns was about the constitutionality of the bill. She also thinks the effort will interfere with progress the district has made in improving test scores and other academic measures. “The last thing you want is a mess,” Canter said. “And this has the potential of being one. And that’s not what the kids of L.A. need. I continue to think that there are better ways to go about doing this.” (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Final entry of 490 confirmed for Donegal Half Marathon

first_imgThe official entry for this morning’s Donegal Half Marathon in Letterkenny was confirmed last evening at 490.442 individuals and 13 relay teams (three people per team) have entered, meaning almost 500 will take part in the 2019 event.Pictured are a couple from Canada, Drew Markham and Edwina Keats, who will compete today, picking up their numbers and race-packs earlier at the Aura Centre yesterday evening. They have been on tour in Ireland and will take in the Donegal Half before competing in the Longford Marathon next weekend.This morning’s race gets underway at 9.20 at Ballymacool and will finish at the track at the Aura Leisure Centre.Final entry of 490 confirmed for Donegal Half Marathon was last modified: August 18th, 2019 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

September Legislative Preview – Hurricane Season for Congress Too

first_imgCongress returned to Washington, DC on September 5 for a fall sprint that is chock-full of must-pass legislation, some by the end of this month and others before the end of the year.On September 6, President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress struck a short-term deal to relieve the growing pressure of approving a down-payment Hurricane Harvey relief, along with temporarily extending the federal debt ceiling limit and funding for the federal government before the end of September. Under the agreement, the debt limit and federal government funding will be extended until December 8 – guaranteeing that Congress will be in session through December. Congress is expected to vote on this agreement today and President Trump is expected to sign it as soon as it reaches his desk.This short-term deal will give Congress time to work out longer-term solutions to fund the government beyond December 8, to finalize a new federal debt ceiling limit into 2018 or beyond, and to pass more long-term disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey (and likely Hurricane Irma, which is bearing down on Florida as we go to print). While each of these measures on their own would be a monumental lift to complete for any Congress, together they could become a perfect recipe for a Category 5 legislative storm come December on Capitol Hill. The failure to pass any of these measures could unnerve financial markets, damage any economic gains made during the first year of the Trump presidency and add to the intense dysfunction currently gripping Washington.While Congress threads this fiscal needle over the coming weeks and months, it still needs to address in the short-term a series of reauthorization bills for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program – all scheduled to expire on September 30.  In addition, efforts are underway in the Senate to craft some form of bipartisan Affordable Care Act (ACA) fix that could temporarily stabilize the individual health care insurance marketplace. It is likely that a bipartisan proposal will include a provision to delay or adjust the employer mandate penalty, among other provisions. SHRM will continue to advocate in support of the employer-sponsored system as lawmakers work towards such a proposal. If a bipartisan effort is reached, it will still have a long road to hoe just garnering support in the Senate, let alone make its way through the House and onto the president’s desk for his signature.  Now that the pressure of the debt ceiling and government funding has been temporarily alleviated, Congress will also attempt to pivot to the issue of tax reform – a key priority for President Trump and GOP lawmakers. After failing to repeal and replace the ACA, House and Senate Republicans, along with the White House are eager to move forward on this policy priority. It is unclear if comprehensive tax reform will be achieved anytime soon, but House and Senate committees of jurisdiction on tax policy are moving forward on relevant hearings in the coming weeks.If that sounds like a lot to grapple with in a short amount of time, it is.  But as then-NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz famously remarked when responding to the Apollo 13 mishap back in 1970 that threatened the lives of three astronauts who were hurtling to the moon, “Failure is not an option.” Time will tell whether Congress and the President can find long-term solutions to the litany of maladies awaiting action before December, but SHRM will keep you informed about is being discussed and what it all means for HR professionals.last_img read more

Google Docs Adds Translation for 53 Languages

first_imgTags:#Google#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting From Wikipedia articles to visual recognition and translation with Google Goggles, Google is constantly working to rebuild the Tower of Babel and enable frictionless multi-lingual communication.Its latest effort brings translation to Google Docs, making translation even simpler. Rather than cutting and pasting text from Google Docs into Google Translate, users now can translate their documents within the editor into any one of 53 languages. The translation is quick and opens the translated in a new tab, which offers to replace the original document or copy the translation into a new document.Amusingly, Google-created browser Chrome immediately offered to translate the doc back into another language, recognizing that much of the text was not in the default English. Auto-translation became a part of Chrome last March and helps to illustrate just how integrated translation is becoming at Google. At this rate, it’s becoming more and more believable that Google will offer real-time translation on mobile phones within a few years’ time.center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CES 2012: Find All The Gadgets With Google Maps for Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#CES 2012#conferences#Google#mobile#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img If you’re attending the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week and have an Android phone, you’ll be able to use Google Maps to navigate inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Select resorts and casinos on the Las Vegas strip are also covered, as is McCarran International Airport.Google has also partnered with some Las Vegas-area Best Buy stores, so it can guide gadget-addled convention-goers straight to the cash register. Today’s update also releases the floor plans of some of the first locations submitted to Google.The update to Google Maps for Android that launched in November contains indoor maps of participating locations. Google is extending its mobile reach until it can be the end-to-end provider of finding what its users are looking for, period.There’s a mobile arms race heating up here. Apple’s Siri intelligent search assistant on the iPhone 4S skips Google and goes to Yelp when you search for a local place or business. Apple has also been snapping up 3D mapping technology. Meanwhile, Bing Maps has provided inside mapping since August of last year.Mobile mapping inside buildings is an important trend, but Google has an advantage of scale. As the map provider for the biggest smartphone platform and the iPhone (for now), the majority of smartphone users are comfortable with Google Maps.To understand the value of this strategy, look no further than Google’s partnerships with Las Vegas-area Best Buy stores during CES. Google has a piece of every step of the sales process except the cash itself, and it wants in on that, too. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement jon mitchelllast_img read more