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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,The GFC was notified of the appointment of the embattled deputy Commissioner as Commissioner (ag).It has been noted in KN article January 4, 2020, that several criteria should be in place or the person holding the office must meet certain requirements. Most importantly, also, is the Minister’s approval of the person. The GFC Act 2007 outlines that legal requirement and clearly, this appointment is alleged to be in breach of the Act and can be considered null and void.The Government, being defeated by a No-Confidence Motion in December 2018, placed in a caretaker mode, and Parliament having been dissolved, the Minister and Board authority to make such an appointment are obviously restrained.Notwithstanding it is alleged that staff have pledged their full support for the caretaker and interim Commissioner.Sincerely,S Hamidlast_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWeeks after the Agriculture Ministry announced that it was working with the United Nations to encourage aquaculture farmers to rear an alternative species of fish, it is now being revealed that a stakeholder has opted to leave the industry.It was disclosed by way of public notice dated December 9, 2017 that Eden Aquaculture Inc removed its name from being a registered company in Guyana. The removal was in keeping with Section 404 of the Companies Act 1991 under the Removal from Register heading, whereby the company “voluntarily wound up” operations by Special Resolution. While the reasoning behind such action was not explicitly stated, the notice highlighted that the resolution to wind up (or to liquidate) was dated November 24, 2017.Normally, when companies “wind up” operations, it suggests that operations were brought to an end and that finances were being redistributed. While opting to end a company’s existence may be a result of diminishing prospects or returns, liquidation can either be voluntary or mandatory. Eden Aquaculture’s departure follows reports earlier this year that the Ministry was working with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on promoting Tambaqui, a South American freshwater fish.Tambaqui, which is quite a meaty fish, is principally found in the Amazon Rainforest and is said to be highly sought after. Guyana Times was told in late October that the fisheries department was working with aquaculture farmers to rear species beyond tilapia, which is popular among many Guyanese. The aquaculture station in Mon Repos was working to breed Tambaqui to sell the fingerlings, or juvenile fish, to farmers at a subsidised cost.The Ministry’s aquaculture unit offers extension services to farmers such as water quality testing on farms, technical advice for digging and constructing ponds.Agriculture is one of the most significant economic sectors in Guyana, contributing some 20 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, as the State is looking beyond the traditional sectors such as sugar and rice, aquaculture, which is the farming of fish and other marine life, was cited as one of the fastest growing industries within the sector.Moreover, the Agriculture Ministry is mandated to promote the sustainable development of the nation’s fishery resources.last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 4-1 winners on aggregate in the Europa League round of 32 tie 1 Tottenham booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a convincing victory at home to Fiorentina. The north Londoners were 4-1 winners on aggregate, with Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and a fortunate own goal handing them a 3-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane on Thursday, days after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace.Boss Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his side’s display, but has quickly turned his focus back on their Premier League title tilt and Sunday’s clash with struggling Swansea.The 43-year-old told BT Sport/ESPN: “I’m very pleased, we showed character and played very well against a team that play very well. “We fully deserve the result, happy, I’m very pleased with the performance.“Now we need to recover because the competition never stops and we need to be ready for the next game because that is on Sunday against Swansea.“I think we have a big motivation in the Premier League and now we have two competitions. We are in a good position in the table, I think the motivation is fantastic.”Pochettino is disappointed star man Alli will be missing for the first leg of their next fixture in the competition, believing his caution was harsh.However, the Argentinian paid tribute to the young midfielder’s more mature performances against Crystal Palace and Fiorentina, after receiving much criticism for an apparent kick on Viola defender Nenad Tomovic in last week’s first leg.“For me it wasn’t a yellow card,” he said.“I’m very happy after last week in Florence, he was calm against Crystal Palace and today and was only focused on the play.“Another good performance from him.”last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMONDAY PREP SOFTBALL Hillcrest Christian at Golden Valley/ BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Highland at Saugus, 5:15 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant COLLEGE BASEBALL Illinois Tech at Master’s, noon (DH). TUESDAY PREP SOFTBALL Hart at Highland, 2:15 p.m.; Rio Mesa at Valencia, 2:30 p.m. (DH). BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Saugus at Valencia, 5:15 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Canyons at Bakersfield, 2:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY PREP BASEBALL West at Hart, 3:15 and 6 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL Quartz Hill at Canyon, TBA BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Crescenta Valley at Saugus, 4:45 p.m. PREP TRACK Quartz Hill/Santa Paula at Saugus, 3:15 p.m. THURSDAY PREP SOFTBALL Hart at Moorpark, 2:30 p.m. (DH); Valencia at Chaminade, 3:30 p.m. BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Canyon at Valencia, 5:15 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL Master’s at Chico State, 6 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Canyons at Mission, 2:30 p.m. FRIDAY PREP BASEBALL Canyon at Saugus, 3:15 p.m.; Hart at Burbank, 3:15 p.m.; Burroughs at Valencia, 3:15 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL Golden Valley, Saugus at Hi-Desert tournament, TBA COLLEGE BASEBALL Master’s at Chico State, 2:30 p.m. SATURDAY PREP SOFTBALL Golden Valley, Saugus at Hi-Desert tournament, TBA BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Saugus at Mayfair tournament, TBA. COLLEGE BASEBALL Valley at Canyons, 2 p.m.; Master’s at Chico State, noon. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Canyons at Fresno tournament, TBA SUNDAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL Canyons at Fresno tournament, TBA Note: Coaches are asked to call in results immediately after events to (818) 713-3607. Send schedule updates to gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 160Want 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

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThere has been a huge out-pouring of grief across Donegal following the sudden and tragic death of young Drumkeen man Shane Patton. Having just completed his Leaving Cert, Shane had his entire life ahead of him.And then suddenly for some unknown reason it was taken from him in an instant.Messages of sympathy have been flooding in for the 19 year old who was remembered for his good nature and easy-going manner.He touched so many lives for the short time he was here. Sincere sympathy here goes to his mum Julie, dad Martin and brother and sister Jason and Deena and to all his friends and family.Removal from Letterkenny General is at 6pm today (Friday) with Requiem Mass at 11.30pm at Drumkeen Chapel on Sunday.The video was compiled by his close friends and set to music by Ed Sheeran in his song ‘In Memory’.The words for the song are below:I write this song in memory ofThe wayward smileThe boy we won’t forgetThe soul you took away from usThe river flowsThe tears that we weptMissing youIs all that needs to be saidMore than blueThe words inside my headAnd I know that you’re gone The cheeky smileOf jokes and laughsThe memories of timesWe crossed the lineThe stepping stonesAcross my mindWashed awayWe all now feel so blindMissing youIs all that needs to be saidMore than blueThe words inside my headAnd I know that you’re goneGoodbye FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC SHANE WITH HEARTBREAKING VIDEO was last modified: July 14th, 2012 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:FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC SHANE WITH HEARTBREAKING VIDEOlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spartans running back Patrick Coke helped lead the offensive attack with 164 yards rushing and two second-half touchdowns runs of 69 and 50 yards. “(He’s) had two big nights and I’m sure there’s more out there for him,’ Morrison said of Coke. “But we feel really good about all the guys we have back there.’ The Damien High School football team avenged last season’s one-point loss to Claremont High by defeating the visiting Wolfpack, 32-3, on Friday night. “We’re protecting our house,’ Damien coach Scott Morrison said. “Anybody who’s a part of this rivalry on either side will know exactly what that means.’ center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Spartans running back Tyler Thompson also contributed on offense with 51 rushing yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. “We have a number of kids that we can put in the backfield,’ Morrison said. Damien’s first score came when Spartans receiver Travis Eschardies scored on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Mark Mendrun in the second quarter. The Spartans were a force on defense as well, allowing just three points, a 42-yard field goal by Claremont’s Ryan Harper in the second quarter. The Wolfpack’s defense also made its presence felt in the first half with two interceptions by defensive back Jason Martyn. last_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA man who was driving a car in which his brother was critically injured has been remanded in custody – despite pleas that he be freed to visit the injured man.Ashley NichollAshley Nicholl was the driver of a car which crashed in Inishowen last weekend with six people inside. The emergency services had to rush to the scene of the accident at Redcastle after the car crashed into a garden wall on July 4th.Ivan Nicholl is currently in a critical condition at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.He was a back seat passenger o the car which crashed into the garden on the main Moville to Derry road at approximately 12.30am on Saturday.His brother Ashley Nicholl appeared at Buncrana District Court yesterday in relation to four charges including dangerous driving, having no license, having no insurance and driving while disqualified.Nicholl, of Craigalogue, Culdaff, was refused bail after the court heard he has previously had six bench warrants issued against him and the state felt there was a possibility of witness interference.Inspector David Murphy said: “The state feel there is a possibility of interference with prospective witnesses given the evidence.“Certain statements have been made and the fear is that the accused would seek to intimidate those who made the statements.”Solicitor Mr Pat McMyler said his client’s brother was very seriously ll in hospital as a result of the accident and he wants “to be available to his family and his brother at this very difficult time.”DRIVER OF CRASHED CAR REFUSED BAIL TO VISIT HIS CRITICALLY INJURED BROTHER was last modified: July 11th, 2015 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:Ashley NichollcrashdonegalInishowenJUDGElast_img read more

December 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Robbie Gould confirmed Tuesday he is requesting a trade from the 49ers, who placed the franchise tag on him two months ago and vowed as recently as Monday that Gould will kick for them this season.Gould’s near-flawless tenure the past two seasons with the 49ers figured to make him a hot commodity in free agency, until the 49ers franchised him at nearly $5 million, an offer sheet he’s yet to sign.General …last_img read more

December 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThis just in: Tight end George Kittle of the 49ers can’t block.Says who? Doug Gottlieb, the man of a million takes, apparently all undercooked. Here comes the verification:“George Kittle, not really a blocker, unbelievable talent but not really a blocker” – @GottliebShow pic.twitter.com/CFjyXfEo7C— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) December 3, 2019 Gottlieb, a Fox Sports radio host, seems to be a bit of a hit-run artist. Recently, Gottlieb decreed that Fresno State should not have …last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEco-tourism in South Africa’s winelands is thriving, with visitors to the Western Cape increasingly as interested in exploring the wealth of eco-tourism activities on offer as they are in sampling the region’s famous wines.The Mount Rhodes wine estate near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Eco-tourism in South Africa’s winelands is thriving, with visitors to the Western Cape increasingly as interested in exploring the wealth of eco-tourism activities on offer as they are in sampling the region’s famous wines.In fact, these days you don’t even have to taste wine to enjoy a day in the winelands. From accommodation, farmer’s markets and literary festivals to rock music festivals, mountain bike trails and full-moon hikes, eco-tourism is creating huge public awareness around sustainability issues including recycling, energy conservation and minimising environmental footprints.Eco-tourism has become key in conserving biological and cultural diversity within a region. Job creation within local communities is one of the positive spin-offs. The high-yield, low-impact tourism model is a good fit in the winelands, which typically offers highly personal and exclusive experiences to small groups of visitors at a time.Eco-tourism is broadly defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” (The International Ecotourism Society, or TIES, 1990). The mutually beneficial relationship between conservation, local communities and sustainable travel is at the very core of successful eco-tourism.The Cape Floral KingdomMost of South Africa’s vineyards lie in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the world’s smallest yet richest plant kingdom. Recognised as a global biodiversity hot-spot, and with World Heritage site status since 2004, the Cape Floral Kingdom and its two main vegetation types, namely fynbos and renosterveld, has come under increasing threat due to urban development, agricultural expansion and invasive alien species.Unlike fynbos, which happily grows in poor soil conditions, renosterveld prefers the sort of fertile, fine-grained soils that are also ideal for cultivating wheat and vines, placing this natural vegetation under even greater threat of being wiped out.Since 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom is privately owned, it has become obvious over the years that landowner participation in the conservation process is imperative.In 2004, with a mere four percent of pristine renosterveld left untouched and much of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s lowland fynbos ecosystems under threat, the wine industry developed a conservation partnership with the Botanical Society of South Africa, Conservation International and the Green Trust, which led to the establishment of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative.One million bottles of South African wine are sold daily worldwide. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Biodiversity and Wine InitiativeIn a nutshell, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) aims to minimise the loss of threatened natural habitats, as described above, and contribute to sustainable wine production through better land management practices on farms.In the past, individual members of the BWI have worked hard to establish conservation management plans for their land. While they have done great things in raising the profile of biodiversity conservation and eco-tourism, many of them are working in isolation.To put the widespread support of the BWI in perspective, there are over 150 accredited members. Members contract to conserve a minimum of two hectares of natural or restored vegetation on their land, while champion members (of which there are currently 15) are those who have established a full conservation management plan and have committed to conserving at least 10% of their natural land area.In 2008, conservation history was made when the conservation footprint in the winelands exceeded the vineyard footprint for the first time. What this means is that in less than four years, the wine industry has succeeded in setting more area aside for long term conservation than is currently planted under vineyard.With this achievement, South Africa is leading the world in the conservation of biodiversity in this environment. It also illustrates the industry’s commitment to protecting our unique natural heritage.Conservancies joint eco-tourism activitiesRight now, one of the most exciting emerging trends in eco-tourism in the Western Cape is the way in which wine regions are getting involved by establishing conservancies and developing joint eco-tourism activities, drawing on the network of producers within the same area and pooling their resources.The result is of far greater benefit to the individual, while also raising the profile of the entire region.Engaging with environmentally aware travellers has never been more fashionable or more important. By teaming up with their neighbours, producers are no longer competing for individual attention and business but are rather maximising what’s on offer in terms of accommodation, entertainment and diversions within their region. This not only keeps visitors in the area for longer but also heightens awareness.BWI is focusing on assisting the cooperation of individual landowners to form regional conservancies, says Inge Kotze, BWI project coordinator.World’s first biodiversity wine routeA fine example of this is the Green Mountain Eco-Route, the world’s first biodiversity wine route, incorporating the area around the Groenland mountain and including Bot River, Elgin, Grabouw, Houw Hoek and Villiersdorp.Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the scenic beauty of the route is ideal as a weekend getaway. Visitors may choose from mountain biking, hiking, luxury farm accommodation, local produce markets, restaurants and wedding venues, not to mention exceptional wine tasting opportunities at participating BWI member farms (Paul Cluver, Beaumont Wines and Oak Valley to name a few).Paul Cluver, in partnership with Slowine, has also introduced a biodiversity trail around the Groenland mountain. The “Take a Hike” five-day hiking trail brings you up close and personal with the natural beauty of participating farms and wine estates, some of which provide overnight accommodation facilities.The Darling Wine RouteDarling, again less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is the first wine producing district to be awarded BWI membership status as a district, with all individual farms, including Cloof, Burghers Post, Groote Post, Ormonde and Darling Cellars, achieving accreditation.The Darling Wine Route offers numerous attractions, from glorious wildflower displays in the spring to guided game drives and walks.Rocking the Daisies is an annual music and lifestyle festival held in October. Held at Cloof Wine Estate and endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund, its motto is suitably eco-friendly: “play hard, tread lightly”.Groote PostGroote Post has recently celebrated 10 years of wine making, has a long history in conservation and hopes to become a BWI “champion” in the near future. It was one of the driving forces in establishing the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, which incorporates the Groote Post farm and stretches from the Milnerton lagoon to Langebaan.Groote Post is home to 2 175 hectares of conservation worthy natural vegetation, including the endangered Swartland granite renosterveld, Swartland shale renosterveld and Atlantis sand fynbos.Eco-tourism opportunities on the farm include wine tasting, Hilda’s Kitchen (a country restaurant named after local cook Hilda Gonda Duckitt), nature walks, game drives to view the farm’s many antelope, and excellent bird-watching. The farm also holds great appeal as part of the famous West Coast spring flower route.Biodiversity and Wine WalksIn the Helderberg Basin, the Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy recently launched its Biodiversity and Wine Walks (“Walks for Wine”) in the Sir Lowry’s Pass area.Participating in the project are six wine farms, namely Waterkloof (wine tasting and a smart new restaurant is on offer here), Onderkloof (with a tea garden), Mount Rozier, Journey’s End, Wedderwill, and Da Capo together with other landowners over whose properties the walks will traverse.The aim is to restore and preserve the land within the Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy identified by the City of Cape Town as critical and irreplaceable biodiversity corridors. A large part of this area was ravaged by devastating fires in February 2009.The guided walks follow these biodiversity corridors, educating the public as to their importance while raising funds towards their restoration and preservation.Greater Simonsberg ConservancySome 24 landowners around the Simonsberg have joined forces and established The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in an attempt to save the Cape Floral Kingdom.The Delvera Agri-tourism Centre is a focal point of the Conservancy, and offers retail therapy (from olives and ceramics to fashion and wool), a choice of restaurants, a plant nursery, activities for kids and very well organised outdoor pursuits including walking, hiking, birdwatching, and mountain biking (Delvera is also the headquarters of Dirtopia Trail Centre).Particularly popular are the full-moon hikes each month. Hikers walk to the top of Klapmutskop, where there is an indigenous yellowwood forest and wraparound view of False Bay, Table Mountain, Franschhoek and Paarl.There are many more examples of wine farms joining forces to protect their heritage. For BWI’s Inge Kotze, “it’s incredibly rewarding to see members progressing from individual membership to compliance at a district level, demonstrating how this project is all about action on the ground through the ongoing dedication and commitment to conserving our unique Cape winelands”.The Alternative Winelands TourDreamcatcher is a unique organisation that focuses exclusively on community-based tourism in South Africa. It was established 25 years ago with the aim of empowering local people, in particular women, through tourism.The Alternative Winelands Tour, facilitated by Dreamcatcher, offers a heart-warming and educational alternative to the mainstream Cape Winelands experience.The tour features insights into the lives of labourers who worked the land during establishment of the Western Cape’s wine estates, enabling visitors to learn about the challenges of hostel and farm life and how the community has developed to present day.The tour visits wine estates that have demonstrated a commitment to employees (such as providing access to land and technical assistance to start their own wine label), and features a unique opportunity to prepare (and sample!) traditional food during a cook-up with the “Kamammas” (local women from the area).According to Jennifer Seif, Executive Director of Fair Trade Tourism South Africa, The Alternative Winelands Tour “is an excellent example of professionally organised community-based tourism,” opening a window on the lives of ordinary South Africans “through food, story-telling, wine, music and truly South African hospitality at its best.”The tour communicates the diversity and majesty of the Cape Winelands through sight-seeing, wine-tasting and personal interaction with farm workers and community members who open their homes to guests.The involvement of the Dreamcatcher Foundation ensures that tourism revenue is ploughed back into community and enterprise development programmes, so the tour is not only enjoyable and educational, but also sustainable.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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