Region 2 farmers affected by low rainfall

first_imgDear Editor,I want to comment on the article in your column dated January 4, 2019, concerning rainfall and irrigation for Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) farmers.The article reported that despite the pumps of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority working beyond the scheduled operating hours, the level of irrigation water in the main canal continued to be insufficient to adequately service all the rice fields in both the front and backland areas.I was an Overseer with the Hydraulics Division in Region Two before I resigned in December 1981, with responsibility for the Dawa pump station and the Main Canal. When there was little or no rainfall, the four pumps at Dawa worked 24/7. Yes, fuel was a big issue, and when funds were unavailable, Kayman Sankar paid for the fuel.The engineer reported that the pumps were working beyond the scheduled operating hours and these hours were extended.He added that should the need arise; the hours will be further extended. This is a clear indication that the pumps are NOT working 24/7. If there are constraints to operate the four pumps 24/7, then do not put blame on the weather.The article reported that the front lands were mainly affected. From my experience, irrigating the front lands was never a problem. These are the lowest lands and with the Tail Wall closed, the leakage from the main canal regulators alone was almost adequate. The third depth rice fields are the highest and are usually a problem with irrigation if the Main Canal is not at a certain level.The Tapakuma Irrigation Project was inaugurated in the early 1960s, almost six decades ago, and included the Dawa Pump Station, the Main Canal and the regulators.When I left, the pump station was falling apart due to a lack of funds. Vandalism was rampant and many of the gates for the regulators had disappeared or were totally damaged.The Main canal embankment was porous and a large amount of valuable water was seeping out at many places. Silt had begun to build up in the Main Canal.I know that rehabilitation work was eventually done to the Dawa Pump Station, but, I’m not sure if desilting of the Main Canal was ever done.The system, as was intended, will definitely boost rice cultivation in the region, only when it is properly maintained and skillfully supervised by experienced personnel.Sincerely,Mohamed MajeedFormer D&I Overseerlast_img read more

League insurer to pay $30,000

first_imgLast fall, the Rourkes settled out of court with the parents of Greg Harris Jr., the boy convicted in Jeremy’s killing. The attorney for the Harris family said it involved a small financial payment. The Rourkes initially sued the city of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Union High School District, too, but they were dismissed from the case. A state appeals court in January reduced Harris’ second-degree murder conviction to voluntary manslaughter and ordered him resentenced. He was sentenced in July 2005 to the California Youth Authority until he is 25. The appellate court found that Harris, 14, did not harbor an intent to kill. The appellate decision noted Juvenile Court Judge Richard Naranjo’s statement about Harris’ emotional state – that he was upset, angered and “in the heat of passion.” Rourke, a Highland High School freshman described by family and friends as an avid athlete who enjoyed being a junior umpire, died within hours of being hit in the head April 12, 2005, at the Palmdale PONY League baseball complex, where he was a spectator. PALMDALE – Palmdale PONY League’s insurance company will pay $30,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Jeremy Rourke, the 15-year-old killed when another boy hit him in the head with a baseball bat after a game. The league admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement, the league’s attorney said. “The small amount of money that the plaintiffs ultimately accepted confirms that Palmdale PONY had no liability in this case,” attorney Philip Weiss said. Settlement talks started after Weiss filed a motion to dismiss the case that was set to be heard Tuesday. The case was dismissed March 29. The attorney for Brian and Angela Rourke did not respond to requests for comment. While they stood in line at the snack bar, Rourke teased Harris, then 13, about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Harris hit Rourke in the knee with an aluminum bat, then seconds later hit him on the neck, severing an artery. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

West Ham close in on French midfielder

first_imgWest Ham are closing in on a deal for Morgan Amalfitano, according to reports in France.The Marseille man impressed on loan at West Brom last season and has been chased by a number of clubs.And RMC report the midfielder will terminate his agreement with the French club as they look to reduce their wage bill.That means he will be available on a free transfer and is set to fly to England to finalise his move to Upton Park as Sam Allardyce looks to beef up his squad. 1 Morgan Amalfitano last_img

Remembering the World Cup bargain who made Arsenal even stronger

first_img Gilberto Silva wasted no time on his Arsenal debut Silva slotted in perfectly and became one of their ‘Invincibles’ The adjustment from Belo Horizonte to England took some adjustment, but his impact on the pitch was immediate. Coming off the bench at half-time, he scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 2002 Charity Shield then ended the season with an FA Cup winner’s medal. 6 And he was right. Arsenal were now even stronger and Silva quickly became a favourite among the Arsenal faithful who named him the ‘Invisible Wall’ for his performances in front of the back four where he provided the protection. Arsenal’s ‘Wall’ makes another vital tackle Better still, the following year he formed a formidable partnership with Patrick Vieira en route to going the entire season unbeaten, better known as the ‘Invincibles’ season to Gooners.“Remarkable,” he said in reference to not only remaining unbeaten, but extending it to 49 games. “It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”Another FA Cup victory followed in 2005 and then a year later, Silva scored the first ever competitive goal at the Emirates in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. 6 Gilberto Silva won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil He had been part of Brazil’s World Cup winning squad and manager Arsene Wenger wanted him, which meant it was vice chairman David Dein’s job to go and make the deal happen.“Arsene would say: ‘I think this player will fit in nicely and this is where I envisage him playing,’” Dein explained to Amy Lawrence in her book, Invincible.“Then it was down to me to go and do the deal and bring the player back.” After some tough negotiating, which involved Dein pretty much sleeping on Atletico Mineiro’s doorstep to get their directors to even entertain the idea of selling, he got his man. A bargain £4.5million considering the impact Silva had.Wenger was exited. “He is a naturally gifted, world class player who has proved, by his performances in Japan during the summer, that he is a winner,” he said when unveiling his new player.“He will give us extra quality and his competitiveness in midfield will provide us with a good balance and added strength,” he added. 6 By 2008, though, it was time to move on. He wasn’t playing much and had his eyes on a place in Brazil’s 2010 World Cup squad. Greek side Panathinaikos was his next stop and he a seat on the plane to South Africa was his.His style may not have been the sexiest, but you won’t find an Arsenal fan who believes Gilberto Silva wasn’t essential. 6 6 The essential Gilberto Silva salutes fans 6 Each week, talkSPORT.com looks at transfers from years gone by; the deals that saw fans express delight in whatever the equivalent of a NSFW meme was at the time.Arsenal signed a winner when Gilberto Silva arrived in north London from Atletico Mineiro in 2002.This was the man who, according to Brazilian magazine Veja, “carried the piano for Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo to play their tunes on.”last_img read more

Tottenham now offering Carabao Cup tickets to MK Dons supporters

first_imgThe redeveloped White Hart Lane is not yet ready and Wembley is unavailable, meaning that should the new stadium open its doors this season, the club will have played home matches in three different venues.Every Spurs season ticket holder who applied for tickets for the game has been successful and tickets are now on general sale to those registered on the club’s database by 6 September.Writing on Twitter on Monday, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust said: “We understand that tickets have been made available to fans registered on the MK Dons database by the same date. We understand these seats will be in a specific, fully segregated section of the upper tier. To clarify, Watford FC has been allocated 4,200 seats for this match.”Spurs did not wish to reverse the draw and earlier in September said in a statement: “We have applied to the EFL board for special dispensation to play this tie at Stadium MK.“We appreciate that Stadium MK may not be an ideal destination for every fan to get to on a weekday evening.“However, the club felt it would not be beneficial to request a reverse of the fixture as it would have resulted in no more than a 10 per cent allocation of tickets for our supporters at the venue of our opponents.“In contrast, we shall have a ticket allocation of up to 90 per cent at a neutral venue, ensuring greater access for our fans.” Tottenham v Watford in the Carabao Cup will be staged at Stadium MK 1center_img Fans of League Two club Milton Keynes Dons have been given the chance to buy tickets for Tottenham‘s Carabao Cup game against Watford.Spurs’ decision to switch the location of the third round game on 26 September to Stadium MK has been a huge source of frustration for supporters and it appears many are choosing to stay away.last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN TOP PRIZES IN TEXACO ART COMPETITION

first_imgCáitríona McClay (16), a student at Loreto Community School, Milford is a winner in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. She is pictured with her prize-winning painting entitled ‘Pulp Fiction’. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery.Three Donegal students have won top prizes in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.In the 16-18 years age category, second prize of €1,000 was won by 16-year-old Cáitríona McClay, a pupil at Loreto Community School, Milford for her work entitled ‘Pulp Fiction’.Other Donegal winners, both of whom will receive Special Merit Awards are, Róise McGagh (15), from Magh Éne College, Bundoran for her work entitled ‘Oliver’ and Julia Chechelnitskaya (18), from Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, for her work ‘An Evening on the Lake’. Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in Dublin next month when all of the 127 top prize-winners will be in attendance.Cáitríona McClay (16), a student at Loreto Community School, Milford is a winner in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. She is pictured with her prize-winning painting entitled ‘Pulp Fiction’, with her twin sister Eimear, brother Eamonn, mother Deirdre and sister Éilís. The picture was taken at a function to announce the top winners held in the Dublin City Hugh Lane Gallery. DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN TOP PRIZES IN TEXACO ART COMPETITION was last modified: April 16th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Art competitiondonegalstudentsTexacolast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN CHALLENGES UFC STAR CONOR MCGREGOR TO A FIGHT AT A CROSSROADS

first_imgA disgruntled man has penned a letter to The Irish Examiner which challenges UFC superstar Conor McGregor to a fight at a crossroads in Donegal.James Woods from Gortahork has become irritated and extremely annoyed by the behaviour of Conor McGregor.Woods feels the way he belittles opponents is a disgrace and reflects Irish people in a negative light. McGregor divides opinion and he’s certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, he’s like marmite you either love him or hate him.Woods believes his behaviour is something Irish sports people have never indulged in and because of that he cannot endear himself to the Dublin MMA star.In fact Woods says if McGregor gets defeated it will be the first time he’ll ever cheer and claps hands at the beating of a fellow Irishman.Woods challenges McGregor to leave the comfort of his UFC cage and come up to the hills of Donegal and fight ‘hardy bucks’ who don’t wax their chests or wear tight wee jocks. McGregor will fight for the world title against Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in July.But who knows he may well take Woods up on his offer and fight a Donegal man at a crossroads in Gortahork.With Errigal in the background it would make a scenic location for a fight and is far removed from the bright lights of Las Vegas.One thing’s for sure if it did happen it would be box office entertainment! DONEGAL MAN CHALLENGES UFC STAR CONOR MCGREGOR TO A FIGHT AT A CROSSROADS was last modified: February 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AnnoyedConor McGregorFeaturesgortahorkJames WoodsletterMMAnewsStarUFClast_img read more

Ethiopia’s Walia Antelope to gauge Cranes Afcon preps

first_imgNew skipper Onyango is one of the stars missing in Ethiopia.International friendlyToday: Ethiopia vs UgandaJune 6: Senegal vs UgandaAfcon qualifying fixtureJune 10: Cape Verde vs Uganda By Pius MagalaThe continued inactivity of a number of players that featured for  Cranes at the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon have left coach Micho Sredojevic trying out a number of fringe players ahead of the 2019 Afcon campaign.The trend is set to continue on Saturday evening when the Cranes play Ethiopia at the Hawassa International Stadium.Tony Mawejje Dennis Guma and Yunus Sentamu have all not played competitive football since featuring in Gabon. Guma and Sentamu are currently without a club while Geoffrey Massa retired from international football.With new captain Denis Onyango and KCCA players featuring in Caf competitions Micho is expected to give a chance to several players who have been on the peripherals of the senior national team.Among them is Aalborg midfielder Robert Kakeeto, who could feature in midfield alongside the established Khalid Aucho and Vipers anchorman Deus Bukenya.Forward Nelson Ssenkatuka, who scored 11 league goals for Proline in the recently-ended season, is also expected to get a look in alongside Emmanuel Okwi, who appears to be in line for more playing time following Massa’s retirement.Defender Savio Kabugo will also be granted another opportunity to regain his spot after two torrid years in which he suffered with a shin injury.“We are here to choose the best possible players that can in this moment serve Uganda with results. We want to see whether someone will convince us to be the surprise call up,” Micho said ahead of the friendly game.Up to seven players are expected to be dropped as the KCCA contingent and Onyango join the team that will proceed for another friendly against Senegal on Tuesday.The two teams are preparing for the opening games of their respective qualification campaigns with Ethiopia away to Ghana while Uganda will proceed to Cape Verde via Senegal. Tags: topcenter_img Cranes team in EthiopiaGoalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Said Keni (Proline)Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Nijemh, Lebanon), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia), Savio Kabugo (Proline)Midfielders: Aucho Khalid (Red Star, Serbia), Crizestom Ntambi (Jimma Aba Buna, Ethiopia), Deus Bukenya (Vipers), Martin Kizza (SC Villa), Robert Kakeeto (Aalborg, Denmark), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa)Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa), Nelson Senkatuka (Proline), Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka), Milton Kariisa (Vipers), Farouk Miya (Standard Leige, on loan to Royal Excel Mouscron)Comments last_img read more

Enter the Afri-Can Guitar

first_img13 August 2002A South African company that manufactures performance-quality guitars from oil cans is making inroads into the local music industry and establishing a presence in overseas markets, marketing a unique blend of modern guitar technology and African tradition and innovation.Launched in January 2002, Afri-Can Guitars has created a quality musical instrument based on the original concept of the oil can guitar that has been played in South Africa since the early 1900s, when aspiring guitarists too poor to buy expensive wooden instruments began making their own using empty five-litre oil cans.“Having played Paul Reed Smith guitars for the past seven years, I was familiar with a professional musical instrument of rare quality’, says Graeme Wells, himself an accomplished guitarist and Afri-Can Guitars’ founder, designer and production engineer.The Afri-Can ‘Ndebele’, hand-painted by local artists“I have always been fascinated by the unique sound and look of African musical instruments . the African oil can guitar has always had a tonal quality not found in any conventional guitar.’Based in Bellville, Cape Town, Afri-Can Guitars is South Africa’s first production guitar design and manufacturing company, and the creator of the first South African designed and patented production guitar.“By combining the essential elements of the original African Guitar, ie the oil can body, with properly measured and machined components, the instrument takes on a whole new feel, yet the sound remains truly African’, says Wells. “Each Afri-Can Guitar is manufactured on the latest CNC manufacturing equipment to exacting tolerances, using only the finest materials available. With Indian Rosewood for the fretboard and neck, proper frets, machine heads, a fully adjustable bridge and a good set of strings, the oil can guitar has all the features of a “real’ guitar.’Afri-Can Guitars currently produces between 10 and 20 guitars a week and sells about 50 a month. There are standing orders worth more than R400 000 a month, and new orders are coming in fast.Almost 90% of the materials used in the production of the guitars are sourced locally, with the remainder imported from the US and Asia.Each Afri-Can guitar is handmade and individually fine tuned. The acoustical version, dubbed the “Township model’, costs about R1 200, while the electronically amplified “Professional model’ sells for R3 800.Some of South Africa’s top artists already play the company’s guitars. These include David Kramer, Steve Hofmeyer, Blk Sonshine, Valiant Swart and Pieter Koen. International artists such as UB40, Aashid Himmons of the US and Spiro Giro also play the Afri-Can Guitar. Kramer, South Africa’s highly acclaimed and original “tin can’ guitarist, has endorsed Afri-Can’s new range of “David Kramer Blik’ guitars, being assembled to Kramer’s own specifications and bearing his signature.The company has opened distributor outlets in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, France and Germany. It also has a shop at the V&A Waterfront complex in Cape Town and two outlets in Johannesburg.Wells currently employs two guitar builders whom he personally trains. Plans to expand the business are at an advanced stage. These include employing two more guitar builders, renting more floor space at the Bellville factory and increasing the number of distribution outlets.The company’s guitars were on display at the National Association of Melody Makers International Show in Nashville, US – reputedly the world’s largest guitar exhibition – in July 2002. George Gruhn, a commercial guru of the guitar world, has also endorsed Afri-Can’s guitars and represented the company at the show.SouthAfrica.info reporter. Source: Afri-Can Guitarslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 29, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain arrives later this afternoon and we will see some significant changes to our short term weather pattern, at least for a couple of days to finish the work week. A strong cold front is working across the corn belt from northwest to southeast and has some cooler air with it. We are going to leave rain totals alone this morning for the coming 18 hours or so. We see rains of .25”-1” with coverage at 80%. We are not quite as concerned about thunderstorms but will grant you that we can’t rule them out. The action starts in west central and NW Ohio later this afternoon and then continues to trek across the state through the overnight and may not completely exit eastern and southeastern Ohio until closer to late morning tomorrow. The map above shows rain totals through midday tomorrow.We are going drier tomorrow afternoon and Friday, as the air mass change coming behind this front looks to be more substantial. WE think we see mixed clouds and sun for both days and no significant precipitation threat. Temps will actually be below normal for these days, quite the contract from earlier in the week. This cold front just has not seen its edge erode away, and the air mass has not modified as it has trekked across the corn belt so far…so we are making this tweak.Warm and humid weather returns over the weekend as south flow works back into the area. We also see scattered showers and thunderstorms moving through, favoring the northern half of the state. Precipitation potential has a wide range at this point, anywhere from a tenth to 1 inch combined for the 2 day period. However, coverage is only 60%, and that again is skewed more to areas from I-70 northward. We wont rule out action in southern Ohio completely. Temperatures will return to above normal levels this weekend.Monday should be dry. However, we see that general unsettled weather pattern we have mentioned before (pretty much every day this week) back over the area for the rest of the week. This yields scattered showers for Tuesday and Wednesday at least, producing .25”-.5” rain totals each day, and nearly 70% coverage each day too. This set up does not bring rain all day, but chances are there through each day, Tuesday and Wednesday. We should be mostly dry Thursday, but then a minor front is back, threatening for Friday. The moisture with the Friday front is not impressive yet, but we think it may be able to build as we get closer to the end of next week. We have no reason to deviate from our thoughts on an active extended period too, keeping scattered showers as at least a possibility at least 4 days of that 11-16 day period.Temps will mostly be above normal for the next 10 days to 2 weeks. WE are cooler today than previous days and will be below normal tomorrow and Friday, but then we spend the rest of the forecast period anywhere from 2-8 degrees above normal.last_img read more