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NAMILCO, RHTYSC, MS to host Day of Sports on Independence Day

first_imgOn the May 26, 2019, Guyana would also be celebrating its 53rd Independence AnniversaryTHE Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC) MS is planning a Day of Sports to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the National Milling Company (NAMILCO).The event will take place on Independence Day.NAMILCO, founded in 1969, is currently sponsoring a series of activities to mark its anniversary and has joined hands with Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation to host the Day of Sports at the Albion Community Sports Complex.The day’s event would comprise a softball match between RHTYSC members and NAMILCO staff, a volleyball competition to be organised by the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) for teams in Berbice and an athletics competition among invited schools.The RHTYSC has established an Organising Committee, consisting of its members, teachers and experienced sports organisers to make sure the event is a success.The committee has invited eight primary schools and nine secondary schools to participate in the event – based on their performance at the annual Guyana Teachers Union Athletics Competition.The primary schools are: All Saints, St Therese, Rose Hall Town, Port Mourant, Tain, Leeds, Cropper and McGowan Memorial.The secondary schools are Skeldon, Central Corentyne, Manchester, Lower Corentyne, Corentyne Comprehensive, J. C Chandisingh, Port Mourant, Berbice Educational Institute and New Amsterdam.The events for male primary school students would be 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay while the females will be 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x100m relay.Male secondary schools athletes would be involved in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 1500m cycling, 3000m, cycling, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus.The events for female secondary schools athletes are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 1500m cycling, 2000m cycling, high jump, javelin and discus.Each school would be allowed one athlete per event while an athlete would be limited to only two events for the day.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the winner of every primary school event would receive an educational package worth $3 000 and the runner-up $2 000.The winner of every secondary school event would take home $5 000, an educational grant and the runner-up $3 000.Trophies and medals would also be given to the top two winners of each category.The top primary and secondary schools would collect a $50 000 educational prize while each student would also collect a large quantity of NAMILCO exercise books.Attendance to the event is free.last_img read more


USDA Touts Locks, Dams ROI

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorALTON, Ill. (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is pushing for increased spending on locks and dams in the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River so U.S. agriculture can boost sales and remain competitive in the coming decades.Perdue released a USDA study Wednesday stating that spending $6.3 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the lock and dam system would boost agricultural sales as much as $142 billion through 2045.“This is where we need to be folks, right here,” Perdue told a group of farmers, local officials and barge industry representatives at the Alton, Illinois, lock and dam.The secretary frequently pointed to the “rate of return” from boosting investment to $6.3 billion in Corps of Engineers construction funds, which would boost GDP by $72 billion over time. Perdue added that global competitors are investing in infrastructure, and he noted that China is investing in Brazilian infrastructure. “If we want to remain as the superpower for food in the world, this is what we have got to do,” Perdue said.The secretary said global competitiveness was the driver behind the report. Perdue noted the production of corn and soybeans in the U.S. has a great deal to do with access to the waterways for exports. “Everybody is for infrastructure and wants to invest in infrastructure, but what difference does it make? I’m a return on investment guy, and that is what we wanted to have was a valid argument we could take to Congress to show this is what we get back when we are willing to invest,” Perdue said.The USDA report proposes a few scenarios for increased investment in inland waterways through 2045, or maintaining the status quo and reducing investment. Increased investment in the river would boost employment by 77,000 jobs and increase gross domestic product by $72 billion. Agricultural sales would rise from $354 billion to $496 billion, or 40%, over that time. Reducing investment in locks and dams would curb jobs, GDP and agricultural sales by nearly comparable amounts, the report stated.While calling for $6.3 billion more in direct construction investment over 10 years, the USDA analysis calls for increased funding through 2045 to rehabilitate existing locks and conduct routine maintenance that would cost just under $36 billion over that time span.USDA shows the costs of a metric ton of U.S. soybeans last year to Shanghai, China, — including the farm-gate price, was about $397.45 while from Mato Grosso, Brazil, the costs were $402.80. With increased investment, those costs in the U.S. could come down about 4% to around $380.25 a ton.Also taking part in the report release was R.D. James, assistant secretary for the U.S. Army Civil Works Division. James farms cotton, corn and soybeans in southeast Missouri, but also has served multiple stints on the Mississippi River Commission, which oversees management of the river south of St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. James pointed out roughly 60% of corn exports move down the Mississippi River and roughly 40% of all agricultural exports move down the river.“I know the importance of this river and the inland waterways system to farmers,” James said.James noted most of the locks and dams on the Mississippi were built in the 1930s and ’40s. They were also built at a much quicker pace than similar Corps of Engineers projects now take today.Constant delays and repairs up and down the river all translate into widening basis for farmers, James added. The system now can often be compared to a two-lane highway in which traffic has been shifted down to just one lane, he said. James said some locks have smaller lock chambers that require barges to break apart and move through in segments, taking up hours at a time.“Improvements to this lock and dam system are crucial for the American farmer,” James said. He later added, “Basis affects all of us.”The Corps has been focused this spring and summer on flood recovery on both the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers. James said that can affect overall congressional appropriations for the Corps spending. “Congress basically has in their minds the top limits, and they are only going to give the Corps so many dollars, and if the Corps has to put that in flood recovery, they will, instead of construction projects,” James said.Perdue and James called on agricultural groups, the barge industry and local officials to begin aggressively lobbying congressional appropriators to increase funding for lock and dam projects. An official for the Iowa Department of Transportation at the meeting noted that upgrading locks and dams is one of Iowa DOT’s main priorities, because state highways cannot handle the volume of commodity traffic that the Mississippi River can carry.A full copy of the USDA study, “Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture,” can be found here: https://www.ams.usda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


In Assam, Congress leaders seek referendum on Citizenship Bill

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Lalu Prasad gets bail in one fodder scam case

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad was on Friday granted bail by Justice Apresh Kumar of the Jharkhand High Court in a fodder scam case in a fodder scam case on two sureties of ₹50,000. He, however, will remain in jail in three other fodder scam cases.The case is related to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹89,27,000 from the Deoghar treasury.The court asked Prasad to submit his passport, but it was informed that his passport had expired.“We requested the court to grant bail to him as he has already served nearly half of the jail term in the case and also on the ground of his old age and deteriorating health…”, his counsel Prabhat Kumar told journalists in Ranchi. Earlier, on December 23, 2017 Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in the case. Mr. Kumar said they would seek bail for Prasad in other cases as well on the same ground.Prasad is sentenced to jail terms of different years in three other cases—two cases related to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Chaibasa and one from the Dumka treasuries—in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam. He is also facing trial in another case of fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Doranda treasury. Prasad is currently admitted in the paying ward of the government’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi. RJD leaders happy The grant of bail to Prasad has excited his party leaders. They said they always had hope and trust over the judiciary and knew that sooner or later he would get justice from the court. “We’ve full faith on the judiciary, and being party leader,s we’re happy that our leader has been granted bail in a case…now, he will be granted bail in other cases too and come out of jail”, said State RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve. However, the ruling National Democratic Alliance leaders said “though, Lalu Prasad may have got bail in a case, he has to remain in jail in other cases…the RJD leaders should not celebrate this bail to their leader”.last_img read more


March 2022 deadline set for Arunachal airport

first_imgThe Civil Aviation Minister has set March 2022 as the deadline for completing a greenfield airport that triggered the fall of the Congress and the upsurge of the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.The Hollongi airport near capital Itanagar was one of a slew of projects worth ₹4,000 crore for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone in February. It is estimated to cost ₹1,200 crore.Minister of State (Independent) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, during a video conference with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, stated that the Centre would assist the State in completing the Hollongi project by March 31, 2022.The focus was also on developing helipads at five strategic places of the State apart from Tawang. The State government had suggested air connectivity between India and Bhutan via the Tawang helipad.The Hollongi project has been a touchy one for successive State governments. It was one of the major reasons why the Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki fell to eventually make the BJP come to power in the State.An airport was initially scheduled to be built at Karsingsa, also near Itanagar, and former Union Minister Shivraj Patil laid the foundation stone for it in 2008. The Tuki government rejected the site in 2012 for “geographical complications” and opted for Hollongi.In October 2015, former Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa wrote to Prime Minister Modi that the proposed airport at Hollongi be scrapped to save ₹1,150 crore, including ₹500 crore in land compensation. He advised upgrade of the Lilabari airport in Assam’s North Lakhimpur town nearby, adding he was echoing the suggestion of Opposition leaders, students’ organisations and social activists in Arunachal Pradesh. The letter said that Mr. Tuki, his cousin and former Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia and other members of their families own most of the land at Hollongi “because of which the original site for the airport was moved”.The cold war between Mr. Rajkhowa and Mr. Tuki intensified and led to the latter’s ouster in January 2016. A brief President’s rule followed, after which Kalikho Pul was sworn in to head a “rebel Congress” government that was not recognised by the Supreme Court, which reinstated Mr. Tuki in July that year.But Mr Tuki quit to hand over the reins to Pema Khandu, who first headed a Congress government that changed to the regional People’s Party of Arunachal before turning saffron in December 2016.last_img read more


Saudi woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

first_img\R Le Castellet (France), Jun 24 (AFP) Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals today when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of today’s French Grand Prix. On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of her national motorsport federation, took the wheel of the same car in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. She was part of a Renault ‘passion parade’ hours ahead of the first French Grand Prix in a decade and the first to be held at the Le Castellet circuit for 28 years. Aseel, who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motor sport enthusiast who took part in a training day on June 5 at the circuit. “I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible. “It is a genuine honour to drive in front of the crowds at the team’s home race in France. “I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream.” Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)HMBadvertisementlast_img read more


A timeline of the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the Canadians detained

first_imgOTTAWA — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she takes her “extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously” and that the final decision on extraditions lies with her. Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau says Canada will shortly be granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Mesut Ozil is a doubt for Arsenals trip to Man United

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil remains an uncertainty ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Manchester UnitedThe Gunners will take the trip to Old Trafford on the back of their stunning 4-2 derby comeback win over rivals Tottenham on Sunday.One notable absentee in the North London derby was Ozil due to back spasms pains.The German playmaker didn’t show up in training on Monday with his teammates and looks set to miss another big fixture for Arsenal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I said on Sunday that he’s had a backache since last Tuesday,” Emery told reporters on Arsenal.com. “He couldn’t play in Kiev or on Sunday.“At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester. Today he was working alone, I don’t know if he’s OK for Wednesday.”Ozil hasn’t featured for Arsenal since their 1-1 draw with Wolves on November 11 after starting 10 of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures.Arsenal will also be without the suspended Granit Xhaka on Wednesday with Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos all still sidelined with injuries.last_img read more


Its time for your second Hepatitis A vaccine

first_imgHey, if you got a Hepatitis A shot last year, time for a needed booster. Please don’t neglect it, six months after first dose, must have booster to stay protected pic.twitter.com/eJ603BuIZu— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) June 21, 2018Over the past 16 months, over 150,000 first doses and 18,000 second doses of vaccine have been given in San Diego. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended as a two-dose series, with the second dose to be given a minimum of six months after the first to complete the series and assure long-term protection.Regardless of where you received your first vaccination, you can receive the second dose from a County-sponsored vaccination event, your regular health care provider or pharmacy, or you may also go to a Public Health Center.To find a Public Health Center or Community Health Center close to you, please call 2-1-1 San Diego. Visit the HHSA hepatitis website for more information. June 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ed Lenderman, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A timely and, very necessary reminder:  If you got a Hepatitis A shot last year, you need a booster to stay protected.A good sub-headline today:  Who remembers that during the height of the Hepatitis A out break last fall, and the large public vaccination events that were going on, that six months “after” the vaccination, a booster shot is need to continue long-term protection.Thanks to the County’s public health people, we are passing along the reminder.  Because while the first dose is considered 95% effective, it will eventually begin to decrease.  A second shot boosts immunity for between 20 and 40 years.  If you were vaccinated before December 1st, it’s time for a booster shot.  After, December, same rule applies– six months, a booster.County Public Health has already had three booster events that were related specifically to food handlers.But anyone, including the homeless, or people in contact with the homeless such as providers,  and who got vaccinated, is encouraged, for they’re own long-term health, to get a booster shot in a timely manner.center_img KUSI Newsroom, Ed Lenderman Posted: June 21, 2018 It’s time for your second Hepatitis A vaccinelast_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

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