2most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it“Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him.”In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery.“In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.”Mauricio Pochettino hits back at Kieran Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham MAURICIO POCHETTINO is likely to welcome back major summer signing Tanguy Ndombele ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.The £68million club-record signing missed the last two league matches with a thigh injury but had the international break to work on his recovery.2Boss Poch heads into the contest under rare pressure having picked up just one win from their opening four matches.But he will also be boosted with news that Ryan Sessegnon could make his eagerly-anticipated Spurs debut.The former Fulham man has been sidelined with a hamstring injury following his summer move and his return will provide competition with Danny Rose at left-back.Right-back Kyle-Walker Peters is also in the frame having missed the thrilling draw with Arsenal.The 22-year-old has cemented his role as first choice on the right side of defence after Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid.And Eric Dier could also be in contention to make the squad after recovering from a hip injury.One notable absentee is Giovani Lo Celso who picked up an injury on international duty with Argentina.The midfielder is out of action for around six weeks and Pochettino has described his latest setback as a blow.He said: “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed.“For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football.
Scans on Wednesday night confirmed Mansour had suffered an ACL injury.”It’s obviously shattering news for Josh,” Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said. “He has been a popular member of the squad and was excellent for us against Scotland last Friday.”Kangaroos medical staff will work with Penrith Panthers on the best treatment options for Mansour.
Fifteen year-old Ruth is very optimistic about school, despite the fact that her mother hardly has any sufficient financial support to assist her with the necessities that can get her through a school day.Every morning, Ruth has to do her daily chores of sweeping her yard, wash dishes and wash a few dirty clothes before finally preparing for school on an empty stomach. By 8:00am, she walks with a few of her schoolmates to the Saint Paul River, twenty minutes from her house. There waiting is an old and unsafe canoe that crosses up to 14 students per trip over to Caldwell, where Ruth attends school.“On a few occasions the canoe ride can be very dangerous, but this is my only means of transportation to school every day. It usually takes me about one hour to cross the river and walk to school every day except when it’s raining, it takes longer. If I mind this one, I will not want to attend school,” Ruth added.‘We Need To Look At Education Again’A recent statement made by the newly appointed Minister of Education, Hon. George K. Werner, during the handing over of a newly constructed school by UNICEF reminds Liberia that ‘education’ should be taken back into account.According to Hon Werner, secondary education in Liberia is ‘doomed’ and because of historic and economical reasons Liberian girls need to be empowered urgently.“The status quo for education in Liberia, particularly secondary school is doomed. We will change that status quo and will do so by forming a broad coalition for students, teachers and the school administrators. We can only do that with the communities, parents, civil society, government officials and our partners support,” he stated.Hon. Werner strongly believes that sustainable change can only occur in the education sector when those who are paid to teach are held accountable for what they are being paid to do.“Parents need to be able to monitor all schools that administer. Students, you need to commit yourselves to quality learning and also hold teachers and administrators accountable for what they are being paid to do for you,” he added.Meanwhile, changing the direction of which education has taken is important. Hon. Werner believes education is there to service the needs of the Liberian community and economy.“If we had a merging economy, you’ll see all of the investments being made,” he added.For now, there are graduates in Ruth’s community who she says have yet to find jobs. Ruth wonders what her future will hold, or if it will hold the same uncertainties as graduates who cannot find jobs.“It feels like some people go to school just to have a paper saying that they went through schooling. But, there’s nothing happening afterwards, after you graduate and its hard continuing school not knowing if you’ll ever get a job afterwards,” she alerted.Hon. Werner, during his statement, addressed Ruth and many who may be posting the same uncertainties during the handover ceremony in the Fofee Town community.“We’re quickly educating our children but they are not finding jobs, which means that there’s something wrong with our education sector. We need to look at education again and not just give them knowledge but the skills they’ll need to work and get a job,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says sale reduced significantly Several vendors who ply their trades along Robb Street, Georgetown, at Bourda Market have raised concerns about the effects of the recent inclement weather conditions on their businesses.Guyana Times visited some of the vendors on Saturday, who explained their plights and the issues that are being faced as a result of the heavy rainfall.One of the main problems the vendors experienced was the significant reduction in sales of their produce throughout the day.This was as a result of patrons refusing to venture through the constant morning showers to obtain their goods.“We come out early this morning [to] sell but you hardly see anybody cause no nobody wants to come out in this rain.”Consequently, it was revealed that many of their produce remained unsold even in the late afternoon hours. Perishable goods, such as fruits and vegetables would be damaged if they are not sold since they cannot be kept for the next day. This they revealed would cause significant losses in their businesses. Those who had families to care for were even more concerned about this situation.“This is something that you can’t keep so I don’t know what [is] going to happen. We didn’t even make half of what we would make at the end of the day.”A vendor, who markets his goods along Robb Street, told this publication that the weather conditions will significantly affect their livelihoods if the number of customers remain scanty in the coming days.Apart from the loss in sales, there are other major problems that have been affecting the vendors. It was reported on Friday that approximately 30 merchants were arrested by City Constabulary officers after they were told that they were plying their trades beyond the time frame of three hours.Guyana Times understands that the vendors were given permission from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to ply their trades along Robb Street, Bourda for three hours per day, with the cut off point for them being 15:00h.They recalled that Government had urged them to plant more and to invest in farming. However, according to the vendors, the advice is of no use if they’re being hindered constantly from selling their goods.Meanwhile, at the Bourda Police Outpost, a large group of vendors were seen seated on the bench inside. When this publication enquired as to which officer could provide information as to why the merchants had been arrested, this news entity was snubbed.Vendors, who were arrested by the officers revealed that there were many attempts to hinder them from plying their trades at that location. They said it is a routine act for the City Constabulary to harass them for petty issues that are blown out of proportion.When Guyana Times contacted Town Clerk Royston King regarding the issue, the City Hall official said he had not received an official report on the matter.However, he said in prior instances, the M&CC had been experiencing some problems with the wholesale vendors who were attempting to extend their activities beyond the three-hour limit. As such, he posited that action had to be taken to bring about some order. (Rupadai Seenaraine)
An Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) vendor, who was charged back in 2018 for a $22 million jewellery heist, was hurled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts once again, but this time slapped with an attempted murder charge.Remanded: Trayon ParksTrayon Parks appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to face the indictable charge, which read that on July 10, 2019, at Bagotstown, EBD, he grievously wounded Cresheia Nero with intent to murder her.The Stabroek Market vendor was represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson, who in a bail application, told the court that his client and the victim were involved in a fight when Nero was injured.However, Prosecutor Neville Jeffers contended that on July 10, Parks attacked the victim at her Bagotstown home, and while being armed with a sharp weapon, dealt Nero several stab wounds to her abdomen.The prosecutor further requested that Parks be remanded given the serious nature of the offence and the fact that he was previously charged for stealing millions in jewellery.Chief Magistrate McLennan, after listening to the submissions, upheld the prosecution’s application to have Parks remanded. The case will continue on August 5, 2019.In July 2018, Parks along with two others, Clifford Rodney and Albert Defreitas, were charged for the offence of breaking and entering the L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons Jewellery store at the Stabroek Market.Parks and his accomplices were accused of stealing $22 million worth in gold and diamond jewellery.
MALIBU – Thanks to Danny Espinosa, the No. 30-ranked Dirtbags live to play another day. Espinosa slugged a three- run homer in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday evening, tying No. 23 Pepperdine, 7-7, before the game was postponed due to darkness. But the Dirtbags’ bullpen buckled down from there, giving the team a chance to come back by recording four shutout innings. Among four relievers, David Roberts tossed two scoreless frames and Bryan Shaw one. The Dirtbags came back with four runs in the fifth, and Espinosa hit his second HR in as many games, driving a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Jonathan Harmston over the left-center-field fence to even the score. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The game, which saw the Dirtbags (2-1) rally back from a 7-0 deficit, will be resumed April 10, when the teams face off at Blair Field for the second of two midweek contests. The Waves (1-2) scored two runs in the second inning and seemed to break the game open with five more runs in the fourth.
Daryl Janmaat [right] in action for Holland 1 Newcastle are on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign Holland international Daryl Janmaat.The Magpies are set to lose France right-back Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal and Alan Pardew has acted quickly to line up a deal for Janmaat, who has previously been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham.Sources in Holland now suggest it is only a matter of time before the Feyenoord full-back becomes a Newcastle player, with the North East club set to pay a fee of around £5m.The 24-year-old, whose contract at Feyenoord expires next summer, featured five times for Holland at the World Cup and started their matches against Spain, Australia and Chile.After coming through the ranks at Feyenoord, he made his breakthrough in senior first-team football for ADO Den Haag before joining Heerenveen and eventually re-signing for his first club in 2012.
14 December 2004The European Union has unveiled a multi-million rand package to boost economic development in KwaZulu-Natal.The six-year, R281-million package was announced by the European Union’s ambassador to South Africa, Michael Lake, at a function hosted by Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize in Durban on Friday.The money will go towards development projects in four district municipalities in the province. Ugu on the south coast, Mkhanyakude on the north coast, and uThungulu and Mgungundlovu in the midlands will all benefit from the fund, that will be made available over a six-year period.Lake said the EU was positive that the province would make full use of the fund, saying the success of the programme would “be based on individuals and groups deciding to accept the challenge and make a difference in the province”.Lake added that the funding programme would lay the basis for expansion to other provinces.“As the EU’s ties with South Africa grow ever closer, we want to share more than just our money with you – we also wish to share our own experiences of tackling our homegrown development problems”, he said.Mkhize said the funding would have a positive impact, as the province was gearing itself for more growth and job-creation opportunities.According to Mkhize, the funds will also go towards “Gijima KZN”, a programme designed to kick-start the economic development of district municipalities.Through the Gijima KZN programme, the government aims to reduce unemployment by assisting households who earn less than R800 a month.The programme will be grant-based, and will support projects that create employment, enterprise development and an enabling environment for economic development, the MEC said.The first phase of the programme will be implemented in January 2005.Source: BuaNews
Are Printed Houses in Our Future?Q&A: Paperless Home Design-BuildRobotics Comes to Homebuilding RELATED ARTICLES Great potential aheadAs the article in Wired notes, architects and construction companies have been tinkering with 3-D printing technology to create buildings for a number of years. In 2013, a Chinese company printed 10 houses in one day, and later a six-story apartment building, and then an 11,000-square-foot mansion.A San Francisco-based company called Apis Core printed an igloo-shaped house for about $10,000 in less than 24 hours at a site in Russia. The head of marketing for the company told Wired that the technology could be used to provide affordable housing for a large number of people in a short amount of time.The prototype in Austin, however, is apparently the first printed house that could meet local code requirements and was ready for people to move in. ICON envisions upgrades to the process that would allow the robotic installation of windows after the walls have been printed, with drones spray-painting the walls. It may even be possible to develop techniques for printing roofs as well, although that’s not possible with materials and techniques currently available.In addition to offering speed and lower construction costs, 3-D printing also makes it easy to create features that would be difficult with conventional construction. Printing complex shapes and curved walls, for example, would be no more difficult than building a plain box.The printer ICON developed for the Austin house had to meet a number of conditions set by New Story, and overcome some technical hurdles in its inaugural run. Lafci told Wired that the plan now is to ship the device to El Salvador later in the year where it be put to work printing its first community of houses.The Austin house is the only one that ICON’s Vulcan has printed to date, so how the printer performs on real job sites has yet to be seen. The process is still being refined, Quartz reports, but New Story hopes it will soon be possible to print an 800-square-foot house in just six hours. New Story, a housing charity based in San Francisco, can build a community of 100 houses in El Salvador or Haiti in about eight months, with each dwelling costing about $6,000. But in a partnership with an Austin, Texas, technology company called ICON, New Story can look forward to building a new home in a single day at a cost of $4,000.What’s putting this within reach is ICON’s 3-D printing equipment that created a 350-square-foot prototype house in Austin earlier this month. The building, described by Quartz as the first 3-D printed house to be code-compliant and approved for occupancy, was unveiled at the South by Southwest conference.ICON’s Vulcan printer dispenses a concrete blend in strands roughly 1 inch thick, laying up the walls of the house layer by layer. The mix retains its shape as it’s placed and allows the printer to continue its programmed journey until the walls are complete. A crew must still install windows and doors, and frame the roof, but the entire process can take place in a day.The houses may not look like high-end architectural award-winners, but they offer a way of providing safe, comfortable housing in regions of extreme poverty, and at a pace and price far superior to conventional construction. Alexandria Lafci, a co-founder and chief operating officer at New Story, told Wired magazine that ICON’s technology is attractive because it can help alleviate a critical housing problem in much less time than conventional building programs could.“There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions in what we call survival mode,” Lafci told the magazine. “How can we make a big dent in this instead of just solving it incrementally?”
Despite record paddy production in the last Kharif season, farmers in Ganjam, the home district of Odisha Chief Minister, are suffering because of large-scale irregularities in the government’s paddy procurement process, peasants’ organisations — the Rushikulya Rayat Sabha (RRS) and the Odisha Chasi Surakshya Abhiyan (OCSA) — have alleged.According to these organisations, the 2016 Kharif paddy yield in Ganjam district is the highest in the past 20 years. “Data from the agriculture department shows that during this Kharif season, paddy production was around nine lakh tonnes. But ironically, the government target is to procure three lakh tonnes from Ganjam district. This means that the farmers are being compelled to sell the rest of their produce to dubious traders at lower rates,” said RRS secretary Simanchal Nahak. The convener of OCSA, Rabi Rath, said the government should have taken into account the real state of production before fixing the target of paddy procurement. Mr. Nahak and Mr. Rath alleged that because of this, farmers of Ganjam district are not going to earn much from their paddy yield despite a bumper crop.Irrigated landAs per government norms, 18 quintals of paddy is procured per acre of irrigated land and 12 quintals from an acre of non-irrigated land. “At several places in Ganjam district, farmers have resorted to use of SRI or other scientific methods of agriculture due to which their yield is 25 to 28 quintals per acre. Due to lack of proper machinery, the farmers are unable to sell off their paddy at good rates and at many places stored paddy has started to germinate,” said RRS president Trinath Biswal. The peasants’ organisations calculate that farmers in Ganjam district are losing income worth more than ₹20 crore due to irregularities in paddy procurement. They claimed that there were around six lakh farmers in Ganjam district and of them three lakh are share croppers. But for paddy procurement, only one lakh farmers have been registered.Share croppers“It means most farmers, especially share croppers, have been left out of the paddy procurement process,” said Mr. Rath. As the government is yet to provide official recognition to share croppers, they are unable to sell their produce in government mandis, said Mr. Nahak.Delay in opening of the paddy procurement mandis is also said to be a reason behind the distress sale by small and marginal farmers.