Flooding, deplorable roads affecting Region 5 farmers, residents

first_img– cash crops regularly inundatedResidents in several farming communities across Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have voiced their concerns over periodic flooding and deteriorating roads. According to the farmers, these issues are continuing to threaten their livelihood.On Tuesday, Guyana Times was once again told that the recent heavy rains wereThe rising water level in areas along the Mahaicony River earlier this weekrepeatedly inundating farm lands, causing some damage to cash crops. These crops include bora, tomato, pepper, pumpkin and squash. It was explained that often times when it rained heavily, the fields would become waterlogged, sometimes for a few days. If prolonged, this would result in losses.Residents claimed that should the water level rise, their farmlands would be completely inundated, with one Mora Point inhabitant saying that it was since last year that the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) conducted any drainage works in the area.The MMA/ADA is a sub-agency under the Agriculture Ministry tasked to “provide water control for the coastal lands up to a distance of some 30 miles inland, by impounding the flood waters in surface reservoirs (conservancies) located in the upper reaches of the rivers, and through the construction of appropriate civil engineering infrastructure; [and] provide Drainage and Irrigation (D & I) services to the areas nearer the coast”.When contacted, MMA/ADA General Manager Aubrey Charles told this publicationResidents and farmers want the Mahaicony Branch Road rehabilitatedthat Tuesday was the first time he heard of the recent flooding. He, however, disputed the allegation that it was since 2016 that works were done in the Mahaicony area. Charles said the agency currently had a dragline working in Mahaicony.“It was earlier this year that we had works done there; we have a dragline working in the Jagdeo Canal going towards Mora Point,” the General Manager emphasised.Apart from the issues encountered in the flood-affected zones, farmers have had much difficulty in transporting their produce from their plots to be sold. This newspaper was informed that many of the farm-to-market roads were in need of serious repair. Among the areas in need of rehabilitation are: Mahaicony Branch Road, De Hoop Branch Road, roads at Burma and Abary, Esau Jacobs Access Road and Champagne Access Road.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal in an interview with Guyana TimesThe state of the road at De Hoop, Region Five explained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was aware of the flooding threat in the area. He explained that allocations from the Region’s budget were given to the MMA/ADA.“From Abary to Mahaica Creek, the RDC allocates money for agriculture purposes and will warrant that money to MMA for them to carry out the works,” he noted. For several months last year, several farming communities in Region Five have grappled with extensive flooding, which resulted in lost crops and threats to livestock. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Best Waterfront Dining at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!There’s just something so relaxing about dining on the water’s edge, an expansive waterside view sprawled out before you. Florida is a subtropical climate and sometimes the humidity makes it rough to be outside, but a nice breeze off a lake can make all the difference. Florida fall and winter weather are on their way (I promise), so enjoying a meal al fresco by the water is a must-do before summer shows up again. Here are my picks for the best waterside dining at Walt Disney World.Boathouse – Disney SpringsIt’s hard to think of any other waterfront experience at Walt Disney World that tops The Boathouse. The restaurant itself sits along the water’s edge, granting diners with a lovely view. Nautical decor is just the beginning as full-size boat fixtures line the walls. For the ultimate waterside dining experience go for sitting outside. A pier juts out into the lake, affording diners not only the joy of dining along the water, but being surrounded by it. If you don’t desire a full meal, you can grab a spot at the Dockside Bar and enjoy handcrafted cocktails and fresh seafood appetizers, all while watching those curiously cool amphicars. Boathouse Amphicar Launch by DisneyParkSavvyParadiso 37 – Disney SpringsThis restaurant was one of the first to open when Downtown Disney became Disney Springs. The vibrant flavors of Latin cuisine are showcased here. From Mexican to Peruvian to Caribbean, you can sample the varied tastes of exotic tropical destinations. Many of the tables in the dining area face the interior of the restaurant, but there is a back porch that wraps around all the way to the the side of the building and overlooks the water.Paddlefish – Disney SpringsThe building that Paddlefish occupies is an icon. This riverboat has stood at this spot since the beginning of Lake Buena Vista Village, then Downtown Disney, and now Disney Springs. Paddlefish has a bountiful menu of classic seafood dishes. The interior seating has water views, but the deck is the place to be for the best experience, and there is live music on Friday and Saturday nights.Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Disney SpringsMy Florida Native heart rejoices every time I set foot inside this Florida-centric restaurant. The mural on top of the kitchen makes me swoon. Traditionally this Florida fare eatery is not considered as a waterfront dining option. But there is a porch and outdoor seating which have great views of the fake, but beautiful, Disney “springs”. When the weather is right you’ve got to grab some sweet tea moonshine and some appetizers, and enjoy this view.Le Cantina de San Angel – EpcotNo other counter service restaurant in Epcot offers ample outdoor seating like the cantina at the Mexico pavilion. Enjoy traditional, casual Mexican food with an unbeatable view of World Showcase lagoon. You might be tempted to siesta here.San Angel Inn – EpcotOkay, admittedly this one is an unconventional addition to this list. After all, San Angel Inn’s seating is all completely indoors. Yet, most of its tables have some of the best water viewing of any Disney restaurant because it overlooks a delightful boat ride: the Grand Fiesta Tour. Grab a margarita and some delicious chile rellenos and savor that view that only Epcot can offer.©DisneySpice Road Table – EpcotWhen Disney announced they were adding another full-service restaurant at the Morocco Pavilion it raised many an eyebrow. The dining in this pavilion isn’t all that popular with the average guest. However, this lagoon-side restaurant should not be overlooked. Its expansive patio allows for wonderful views of World Showcase Lagoon. Their menu pairs perfectly with watching a sunset or Epcot’s fireworks right from your table.Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room – EpcotThis popular spot for grabbing a drink also has more than just pub grub. The bulk of the seating is indoors, but there are side and back patios, the back offering relaxing views of World Showcase Lagoon. This area is very popular around fireworks time. Flame Tree Barbecue – Disney’s Animal KingdomBefore the days of Tiffins and Nomad Lounge, my go-to meal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was always Flame Tree Barbecue. Even though the park’s dining options have expanded a lot recently, Flame Tree is still a solid choice and if you go to the seating pavilion that faces the lagoon on which Rivers of Light performed, you’re in for a memorable meal. The lagoon is lovely anytime of day.Nomad Lounge – Disney’s Animal KingdomMy absolute favorite Lounge in any theme park is Nomad Lounge. It’s beautiful, it’s relaxing, and has a great menu. The wrap-around patio overlooks the park’s Discovery River and has a view of the bridge that leads guests to the wondrous land Pandora – World of Avatar.Three Bridges Bar & Grill – Disney’s Coronado Springs ResortYou can’t get more waterside than being surrounded by water. The Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is one of many new additions to this thoroughly re-imagined resort. This spot is fantastic for relaxation or socialization, with appetizers meant to be shared. The drink menu is larger than most Disney hotel lounge menus. The views are spectacular, but are made all the better when a soft breeze crosses over the lagoon. Geyser Point – Disney’s Wilderness LodgeThis lakeside Lounge-style eatery has found a place in my heart as one of my favorites. I love the relaxed seating. I love the completely open air. And I cherish the lakeside views. The menu is great too! The brisket dip appetizer is packed with flavor, the salads are fresh and bountiful, and a great beer and wine menu add to the delights.Tips and InformationReservations are recommended for most of the full-service restaurants in this guide. Be sure to make note of your desire to sit outside when making your reservation.Arrive early for outdoor seating as it is often desired by most guests.If you wish to view sunset or fireworks from the applicable restaurant or bar, arrive early and be patient.Enjoy the view!last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Are You Really Reaching Your Employees?

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North Carolina ~ Sales and Use Tax: More Counties Are Eligible for Hurricane Matthew Tax Relief

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe North Carolina Department of Revenue has issued an important notice noting that 14 additional counties have been designated as “Disaster Counties” eligible for state tax relief as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The additional counties are Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington.The complete list of counties includes Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson (collectively “Disaster Counties”).The tax relief offered by the department is the waiver of penalties associated with the failure to obtain a license, failure to file a return, and failure to pay tax when due (collectively “Late Action”) for any period in which the time for filing a federal return or report or for payment of a federal tax is extended under section 7508A of the Internal Revenue Code because of a presidentially declared disaster. Interest cannot be waived except in the limited case of interest on taxes imposed prior to or during a period for which a taxpayer has declared bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of Title 11 of the United State Code.Important Notice: More Counties Eligible for Hurricane Matthew Tax Relief, North Carolina Department of Revenue, October 19, 2016last_img read more

Ready for CAG or judicial probe: Kalmadi

first_imgCornered by allegations of corruption in the Commonwealth Games’ preparations and isolated within his own party, under-fire Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday said he is ready to face any CAG or judicial probe into the financial transactions related to the event.”I, as Chairman of the Organising Committee, am prepared to face any scrutiny by (Comptroller and Auditor General) CAG or even a judicial probe for all financial transactions being reported by the media. All the people found guilty will be punished and brought to book,” Kalmadi said in a statement.Kalmadi’s statement came a day after more allegations of irregularities and the Indian High Commission’s e-mails being ‘doctored’ came to light. The Congress party also distanced itself from Pune MP.Kalmadi reiterated that the all transactions were carried out by the full approval of the OC’s various finance committee and he did not have any individual say on these matters.”The financial procedures at the Organising Committee are well laid down and transparent. Any proposal that is prepared by the Functional Area Head first gets vetted by the OC Finance Committee which has two representatives of Government of India, and after that it is referred to Finance Sub-Committee, comprising of three Senior representatives of Government of India,” he explained.”Thereafter, the proposals are submitted to the Executive Board for its final approval. Chairman OC, in his individual capacity, does not have any financial powers,” he added.Kalmadi said, nonetheless, he has taken note of the various reported bunglings. . “60 days are left for the start of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in New Delhi and 43 days for Games Village to open when about 8000 athletes and Officials from all continents of the world start arriving to participate in the Games,” Kalmadi said. “During the last week, media has come out with various stories regarding the irregularities in the orders/ procurement etc. of QBR Launch Function at London/Overlays and association of M/S Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM) in obtaining the Sponsorship for the games.advertisement”I have taken a serious note of these reports and appointed a three member committee headed by Mr. Jarnail Singh, the Chief Executive Officer and two members, Mr. G. C.Chaturvedi, Special Director General and Ms. Gurjot Kaur Chief Vigilance Officer of Organising Committee to look into all the details of QBR Launch Function, Overlays and SMAM issues. The Committee has been asked to submit its report by August 5, 2010,” the statement read.The Indian Olympic Association chief was left red-faced on Tuesday when the Ministry of External Affairs said that the e-mails from the Indian High Commission that he made public to justify huge payments to a UK-based firm were ‘doctored’.His back against the wall, Kalmadi has been isolated in the OC as well with some his own colleagues demanding an emergency meeting to discuss allegations of corruption, which have also been highlighted in a Central Vigilance Commission report.last_img read more

ATA ANNOUNCE NEW APPOINTMENTS

first_imgThe ATA has identified the need for an expansion in it’s high performance program with the role of National Coaching Director now focusing on development of the sport at grass roots level. A specific High Performance position has been created as well as a role to service local level. As a result of this, the ATA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Stanley as National Performance Analyst and Dennis Coffey as National Coaching Director. The position of National Performance Analyst comes from a review of the ATA’s High Performance programs through events such as the World Cup, Youth World Cup and also discussion with the national coaches. Ian Stanley’s primary role will be to assist in the improvement of the performance of national level players and coaches in Touch and to assist in developing and implementing ATA’s high performance strategies and programs. He will also provide leadership for players and coaches within the national teams regarding opportunities, performance improvement and strategy. The National Coaching Director role stays with the ATA’s Board of Directors desire to increase assistance to the grass roots level coaches. The major focus for Dennis Coffey in this role will be to assist in the growth of the sport. This will include updating and reviewing coaching policies, coaching resources and park level education. He will also be involved with training and dealing with coaches beginning their careers at a community level. Dennis is keen to hear your views on community coaches issues so please feel free to voice your opinions to Dennis through the ATA, by emailing technical@austouch.com.au. The ATA are confident that these appointments will have a positive effect on Touch and the Australian Touch Association. “Both positions will be enormously beneficial to coaches and players of Touch in Australia,” said ATA’s National Game Development Manager, Peter Topp. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

18 days agoChelsea winger Christian Pulisic: I hear things, I see things

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic: I hear things, I see thingsby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is well aware of his doubters.Pulisic admits the criticism has hurt, although he insists the level of expectation which comes with his £58m price tag has not weighed him down.Pulisic said: “You can’t completely ignore it. I don’t live under a rock. I hear things, I see things, but I do my best to block it out. I’m just working hard for myself.“The outside opinions don’t matter as much to me as to what’s in the team and myself and the people who care about me. So I’m just going to keep working and do my best and not worry about it.“This number (£58m) doesn’t mean anything to me. Obviously, I go out and try to give my best every time I’m on the pitch.”I’m not sure what the price tag means to you, but I just have to keep trying to perform at my best for myself and for the team.“I did the best I could with the minutes I got. I tried to help the team as best I could. I guess I’m happy but I going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop to try to get more minutes.“The level of competition has been great. Competition in the team can only make me better and I think that’s what makes teams, it’s guys who are maybe not the second or third man, but they are pushing each other in training every single day. That’s what a good team is all about.” last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Announces His Wife Is Pregnant With His 7th Child

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be a father – for the seventh time, in fact. Monday, Harbaugh announced at one of his program’s camps that he and his wife Sarah are pregnant with their fourth child together. Harbaugh, now 52 years old, also has three children with his former wife, Miah.Harbaugh’s first marriage, which lasted from 1996 to 2006, saw three children – Jay, James and Grace. Jim and Sarah, who were married in 2008, also have three children – Addison, Katherine and Jack. Sarah is 38 years old, if you were wondering.Jim Harbaugh is having another kid. Found out yesterday. “Attacking this pregnancy with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”— Matt Pargoff (@MaizeBlueNews) June 20, 2016Jim Harbaugh announces at camp his wife is pregnant— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) June 20, 2016Congrats to the Harbaugh family.last_img read more

dAmico Widens Net Loss but Bullish on 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Italian tanker shipping company d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) suffered a full-year net loss of USD 55.1 million in 2018 as a result of the weaker product tanker market.The company’s net loss widened when compared to a loss of USD 38.1 million seen in 2017.DIS’ daily spot rate was USD 10,798 in the full-year 2018, against USD 12,026 in the full-year 2017. The freight market hit historically low rates in the third quarter of the year but rebounded to profitable levels towards the end of 2018. At the beginning of 2019, they are showing clear signs of improvement, according to the company.Time charter equivalent (TCE) earnings stood at USD 244.9 million in 2018, compared to USD 257.4 million recorded a year earlier.“2018 was unfortunately one of the worst years for product tankers in the last decade. However, DIS managed to mitigate the effects of such a negative market, thanks to a prudent commercial strategy coupled with a constant focus on strengthening its financial structure,” Paolo d’Amico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DIS, commented.“We were very pleased to see our market rebounding to profitable levels towards the end of the year, with clear signs of improvement confirmed also at the start of 2019, relative to the prior year.”As explained, the company’s main focus will be to strengthen its financial structure. With this objective, DIS’ Board of Directors approved on March 20, 2019, a share capital increase amounting to the USD equivalent of EUR 44 million, with preferential subscription rights offered to its existing shareholders and the new shares issued at a discount to the theoretical ex-rights price (TERP) of 15%, based on DIS’ reference share price on March 19. DIS’ controlling shareholder, d’Amico International SA, fully guarantees the offering. With this move, the company intends to reduce its financial leverage and improve liquidity position.Referring to the outlook on the product market, Paolo d’Amico believes it is positive. Specifically, the net fleet growth of the segments DIS operates in is expected to be limited and below 2.0% over the next two years. Additionally, the sulphur cap in 2020 is expected to generate demand for the company’s vessels already from mid-2019.“I believe DIS’ recent investments and our prudent commercial strategy, together with … fleet and organization, will allow us to benefit in full from the next expected positive shipping cycle. Our investment plan based on 22 newbuilding vessels we began to order in 2012 is now coming to an end, with the last LR1 ship expected to be delivered in Q3 2019,” DIS’ CEO concluded.last_img read more

Canadian actor Adam Beach walks a fine line as an ambassador for

first_img(Adam Beach was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Vision Quest conference)The Canadian Press Actor Adam Beach finds himself walking a fine line after agreeing to be an ambassador for the federal government’s Canada 150 celebrations.Beach, who overcame a troubled childhood on the Dog Creek reserve in Manitoba to star in Hollywood blockbusters such as “Flags of Our Fathers,” feels he should help pay tribute to a government that has funded some of his films, as well as his film school for Indigenous students in Winnipeg.But he also feels that in celebrating Canada, the mistreatment of indigenous people is often downplayed or ignored outright – something he could help change.“I am a reminder that we will not forget the atrocities that have happened to the aboriginal people of this country,” Beach said in an interview in Winnipeg following a speech at Vision Quest, an annual conference aimed at promoting indigenous economic development.“But I am also a reminder of the successes that can happen when one finds their ambition to succeed in the struggles of identity that a lot of our younger generation have in this country because of the horrific past.”Beach, 44, is one of 150 people who have been selected to help promote the sesquicentennial of Confederation. He sees his role as helping to balance the story of the country’s history to make sure that the dispossession of indigenous persons, the impacts of residential schools and more are not forgotten.“The struggle to change the one-sided story will always be an unfortunate, honest struggle, because when it comes to native people of Canada, there is a history that is horrible _ it’s like a horror story _ that needs to be told to our future generations.”Beach’s efforts to augment the voice of indigenous people are best illustrated by his film school in Winnipeg _ the Adam Beach Film Institute _ which is aimed at training indigenous students in all aspects of filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera.Eventually, he’d like to see Indigenous artists be able to work outside the Hollywood or Canadian government systems, and put forward their own perspective in everything from documentaries to comedies.“It’s going to take years for us to do that, but when we join forces like this – and in the future have our own independent film fund to support our young filmmakers – we will have a voice that the world will recognize.”Beach said he’s been fortunate to have a career that has been successful to the point where he can be picky about what roles he takes. Having made his mark in the 1994 film “Dance Me Outside” and the 1990s series North of 60, he later landed roles in major Hollywood films such as “Windtalkers,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Cowboys and Aliens.”In his speech to several hundred people at the Vision Quest conference, Beach recounted the time he first went to Hollywood and bunked with a friend who was dating American actress Alyssa Milano, whom Beach had a crush on.“The day that I met her, my buddy introduced me and said, ‘Hey, this is my friend that I was telling you about. This is the Indian,”’ Beach recalled with a laugh.But Beach said he does not feel stereotyped in the industry. His roles have included a wide range of characters _ from a highly educated mixed-race Sioux doctor in the television movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” to the chef and owner of a French restaurant in Montana in the upcoming film “Juanita.”Beach’s roles are also no longer confined to “the Indian.” In last year’s movie “Suicide Squad,” he played the villain Slipknot, also known as Christopher Weiss.“I play Slipknot, who’s a Jewish chemist. Now that I’m playing him, he’s a native Jewish chemist. But that’s not from my point of view. It’s from all the other people saying, ‘Wow! I didn’t know (Slipknot) was Indian.’news@aptn.calast_img read more