Region 2 rice farmers spending large sums to drain lands

first_img— pleading with Central Government for helpcores of rice farmers living within the areas of Lima, Devonshire Castle, West Bury and Evergreen in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are incurring additional expenses to pump excessive water off their lands.Most of the front lands in the Lima and Hampton Court areas are reportedly inundated and farmers have already sowed their lands.According to the affected residents, they are very fearful of what the future holds; many are alleging that there has been no support offered from the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) or the National Drainage and Irrigation AuthorityPrampatie Persaud(NDIA).The farmers explained that the pumps and sluices currently in operation are not sufficient to effectively drain the lands and are therefore lobbying for assistance from Central Government.Imram Bacchus, a rice farmer from Lima Backdam who has cultivated close to 20 acres and who has three-week-old seedlings planted, explained that he was forced to pump water off his field in an effort to save his crop. This, he said, amounts to $5000 per hour to pump water.In addition, Bacchus noted that his tractor engine is also under pressure due to the long hours of pumping and as such, is forced to spend more money on maintenance.“We have to pump; fuel using, tractor engine running, money spending, rain continue to fall; if it don’t ease up then all our crop will be lost, this is real crisis,” he explained.Another large-scale farmer, Lakeram Ramdial from Windsor Castle related that close to 100 acres of rice lands are under threat for him. He pointed out that the koker in the Lima area is not working effectively to drain water.Another rice farmer, Parmanand Chandrapaul, from Hampton Court explained that he too has been forced to pump water from his lands, as the water level keeps rising. He is also seeking assistance from Central Government for fuel, fertilisersA rice farmer pumping water from his fields in Devonshire Castleor seed paddy.Meanwhile in the residential area of Windsor Castle, one poultry farmer, Prampatie Persaud, said she lost dozens of chickens, ducks and eggs to the flooding. When this newspaper visited Persaud her land was under water, which she claims has been the case for over a week.This publication was however informed that pumps in the area are operational. During the visit, Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt made a preliminary assessment of the situation and assured that he would continue to monitor the situation.Ramdatt noted that he has already written to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, outlining the challenges rice farmers and residents are facing.Region Two has been experiencing frequent rainsl over the past week.Meanwhile, rice farmers are also calling for the upgrading of several farm-to-market roads. Currently several access dams leading to rice lands in areas such as Lima, Aberdeen, Golden Fleece, Devonshire Castle and Hampton Court are in deplorable conditions. This is further contributing to more challenges for rice farmers within the Region. Farmers are therefore calling on the Region Two Administration, along with the Water Users Association (WUA) to assist in upgrading and maintenance of the Dams thus easing some of the burdens in the rice industry. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Guinea-Bissau plan more shocks at AFCON

first_imgLike Botswana, Cape Verde and Niger earlier this decade, Guinea-Bissau mocked the form book with a star-less team to clinch a first Cup of Nations appearance.The unexpected success has propelled the tiny nation from FIFA rankings obscurity to 15th in Africa and 68th in the world. They rose 78 places last year — more than any other country.Now they are plotting the downfall of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired hosts Gabon in Libreville this weekend in the African football showcase opener.Four-time champions Cameroon and 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso complete Group A and the top two finishers after a single-round mini-league book quarter-finals slots.Guinea-Bissau are the 150-1 title no-hopers among the quartet, according to international bookmakers, but 68-year-old coach Baciro Cande says he has more shocks in store.“I want to make one thing very clear,” he stressed to AFP after a training session in the capital Bissau, “we are not going to Gabon for a holiday.“My squad is composed of 23 proud professional footballers who are thinking only of bringing joy to the people of Guinea-Bissau.“The best way to achieve that is by winning matches and qualifying for the quarter-finals in our Africa Cup debut.“We eliminated former champions Congo and Zambia and can perform even better. The squad will work ceaselessly to achieve good results.”National football federation president Manuel Lopes Nascimento is equally hopeful as Guinea-Bissau prepare for the greatest moment in their sporting history.“It is wonderful to compete in the opening match and I am optimistic that we will beat Gabon. We are coming to play good football and put our country on the international football map,” he said.Football success has brought a welcome change of image to a country ranked among the 10 poorest in the world by the United Nations.Political turmoil is common and there have been numerous media reports of the country being a transit point for South American drugs en route to Europe.A couple of wins over Kenya and a victory and a draw against Zambia secured qualification, with home and away losses to Congo not preventing them finishing top of the table by one point.Before the 2017 qualifiers, the coastal former Portuguese colony of less than two million people had won just four of 22 matches in previous editions.But Guinea-Bissau football reached dizzy heights never previously imagined during 24 hours last June, starting with a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Zambia at a packed Bissau stadium.Toni Silva ran nearly half the length of the pitch to score the stoppage-time winner and Kenya upset Congo a day later to give the west Africans an unassailable lead with one round remaining.The Guinea-Bissau squad consists of 22 footballers based in Europe, mainly with lower league clubs, while striker Frederic Mendy plays in South Korea.Bocundji Ca, who has lined up for various French clubs, skippers the side and is likely to be busy in Gabon, given his defensive midfield role.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guinea-Bissau captain and defender midfielder Bocundji Ca (R) has played for several French clubs, including Châteauroux © AFP/File / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENILIBREVILLE, Gabon, Jan 10 – Debutants Guinea-Bissau achieved one of the most remarkable qualifications in the 60-year-old Africa Cup of Nations by reaching the 2017 finals, and are plotting more shocks.The Djurtus (wild dogs) topped a group, ahead of former champions Congo Brazzaville and Zambia and Kenya, that they were considered certainties to prop up.last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2, September 25

first_imgThis Sunday morning on Sportsday we react to Arsenal 3-0 victory against Chelsea at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years in charge of the Gunners.There’s also reaction to the rest of Saturday’s Premier League action, including Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Hull City at Anfield.Plus we look ahead to live Aviva Premiership action on talkSPORT 2 as Bath travel to the Leicester Tigers, MotoGP goes from Aragon and Anthony Crolla loses out in his Lightweight bout with Jorge Linares.All that plus much, much more all brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.last_img read more

Everton confirm signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas

first_img1 The Turkish striker has signed a deal until 2022 at Goodison Park Everton have announced the signing of Turkey striker Cenk Tosun on a four-and-a-half-year deal.The Toffees announced the deal for the Besiktas man at half-time of their FA Cup clash at local rivals Liverpool.A fee of £27million has been reported and the player – who has scored 41 goals in 96 Turkish Super Lig games since the start of the 2014-15 season – says boss Sam Allardyce was a key factor.“It feels great to be an Everton player,” Tosun told evertontv.“I’m really happy to be here and happy that everything is done. I’m really excited to play for Everton as soon as possible. Everton is a great club with a big history and a big culture and I’m looking forward to showing the fans the kind of player I am.“I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am. I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton.“The Premier League is a strong league, I know that, so my own physical strength will help me. Also I can use both feet the same and I believe I am a good striker in the box.“I’m really excited to work with my new teammates because Everton has really, really big names, big players. I’m excited to play with them and to learn from them as well, players like Wayne Rooney and the very good creative players we have here, too. They can help me score goals.“I know the guys as I’ve always watched Everton’s games from Turkey, so I know a bit about the team already. I hope they can make a lot of assists for me!“Sam Allardyce was a big part of my decision. He said he really wanted me here and to feel that, of course, is another big reason to come to Everton.”For his part, Allardyce does not feel he could have done a better deal.He said: “This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree.“He is Turkey’s number one striker and has scored goals in the Champions League and the Turkish League but he is desperate to play here in the Premier League.“He is an all-rounder, with good movement. He is two-footed, perhaps not the biggest but he’s very efficient in the air and in the box he gets good space to get his head on the ball.“We looked at the qualities of the player, his talent and goal-scoring, and his resilience, too. I do not think you can look any more than we have done and, for the price, he is the best in Europe at the moment.”Tosun has scored eight goals for Turkey in 25 appearances to date.last_img read more

King memorial gets site of honor

first_imgVisitors will pass through an entryway cut through a massive stone symbolizing the mountain of despair and once inside, will come upon the missing section marking the stone of hope, bearing a carved profile of King. It will be ringed with walls chiseled with King’s words. Obama, who has said he is considering a presidential run in 2008, spoke shortly after Bush. He imagined bringing his two young children to the memorial when it is completed and passing through the mountain of despair. “He never did live to see the promised land from that mountaintop,” Obama said. “But he pointed the way for us.” Winfrey credited King and other civil rights leaders with making it possible for her to build her talk show empire. “It’s because of them that I can be heard,” she said. “I do not take that for granted, not for one breath.” The memorial was first conceived in 1983 by members of King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. But it has been beset by delays and fundraising issues – the memorial’s foundation still has only $70 million of the estimated $100 million construction cost. Eugene Williams, a Washington resident and an Alpha Phi Alpha member, said he believed the rest of the money will be found now that people know the memorial will be built. “Absolutely, it’s coming forth,” he said of funding.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The stage in front of the crowd was filled with King’s fellow civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, politicians including Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and three of King’s children. A gospel choir sang, and Maya Angelou read poetry. Children read essays they had written about King. Clinton, who signed legislation in 1996 authorizing the memorial, received a standing ovation from the largely African-American crowd. He told the crowd of King’s commitment to nonviolence and social justice causes such as ending poverty, saying those goals still have not yet been achieved. “If he were here, he would remind us that the time to do right remains,” Clinton said. The memorial will occupy a four-acre plot on the banks of the Tidal Basin, near the Potomac River. The Jefferson Memorial is across the Tidal Basin, while the Lincoln Memorial lies to the northwest, near the river. The design is based in part on King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. Before repeating the “Let freedom ring” refrain, King told the crowd, “We will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” WASHINGTON – Martin Luther King Jr. belongs among American icons like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, national leaders said Monday at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a King memorial. “We give Martin Luther King his rightful place among the many Americans honored on the National Mall,” President George W. Bush told a crowd of about 5,000. King’s memorial, he said, “will unite the men who declared the promise of America and defended the promise of America with the man who redeemed the promise of America.” The King memorial, slated to open in the spring of 2008, will be the first monument for a civilian and African-American leader on the large park at Washington’s core. It is also probably among the last monuments on the National Mall after a 2003 vote in Congress to sharply limit development of the parkland. last_img read more

Emiliano Sala’s name included in Cardiff squad on Arsenal’s programme

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? whoops Arsenal have included Emiliano Sala’s name on their matchday programme to honour the missing striker ahead of the Premier League clash with Cardiff.Sala disappeared last week on a flight to the Welsh capital after sealing a club-record move to the Bluebirds. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker 3 REVEALED Arsenal featured Sala’s name on the matchday programme Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Earlier this week, Neil Warnock admitted he has had his ‘most difficult week’ in management following the player’s disappearance.The Bluebirds chief said he had been in contact with Sala for around two months before he signed for the club. shining Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Choo said: “At this point in time we haven’t finalised everything, but we will be wearing yellow daffodils on behalf of the club (against Arsenal).“It is a yellow flower, the flower of Wales and has significance to Nantes. We feel for FC Nantes, their fans and players. They definitely know Emiliano better than we do and it is tougher for them, at this point in time.” LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS And the Gunners have paid tribute to the striker by including him in the away squad list on the matchday programme.Sala’s name can be seen at the bottom of the list of Cardiff players next to a daffodil – the national flower of Wales.The Argentine had not been issued a squad number after signing for the club.Cardiff’s chief executive Ken Choo also confirmed the Bluebirds will be wearing the flower during the game. deals no dice REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL 3 huge blow 3 Sala has been missing since last week Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Warnock and Cardiff have endured a difficult weeklast_img read more

Solskjaer ‘one game away from the clouds circling again’, warns Neville

first_img Marcus Rashford scored a the crucial goal for Man United in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have improved in recent weeks but have not completely escaped the spotlight 2 Getty Images – Getty Gary Neville has revealed he was ‘panicking’ before Manchester United vs Liverpool and claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still ‘one game away’ from being under pressure again despite the team’s ‘mini revival’.United went into the October 20 clash just two points clear of the relegation zone after their worst ever start to a Premier League season, while the Merseysiders were eight points clear at the top of the table.Many supporters, including club icon Neville, feared the worst, but the Red Devils produced one of their best performances of the season at the best possible time as they claimed a 1-1 draw with their rivals at Old Trafford. Since that result United have gone on a bit of a run, with three straight wins over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League, Norwich City in the Premier League and Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.Next up is a trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, where three points could lift them up to fifth – depending on other results – and further ease the pressure on the team and manager Solskjaer.However, Neville – ever the pragmatist – knows United are just one bad performance and result away from being right back where they started.“As a United fan, I went into the Liverpool game panicking,” he said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, which took place before the cup win over Chelsea.“I was thinking this could be a bad day, this could get moody in the stadium, Liverpool are a great team and they could go 3-0 up – but United played really well.“Ole had been questioned tactically but he got it right on the day and that was the start of this little run they’re on, beating Partizan and then the Norwich win was big. 2 AFP or licensors “I don’t think they would have been capable of going to Norwich and winning pre the international break. That Liverpool game gave them a little bit of confidence to think: ‘We’re better than this, let’s be positive and beat Norwich’.“So there has been a mini revival, but I don’t think Ole will be sat comfortable in his chair. I think he realises he is one game away from the clouds circling again.“Ole is looking up the table rather than look down, so it’s an important game.”Listen to a clip of talkSPORT’s interview with Gary Neville aboveSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Bournemouth vs Man United at 12:30pm!last_img read more

Cloud ERP: 2015 will be a Turning Point for SaaS ERP

first_imgERP software has been a straggler when it comes to moving to the cloud.  The complexity of ERP software, the worries of cloud security and performance, and the many existing integrations with on-premise ERP systems are factors that have held back businesses from moving to the cloud.  But 2015 looks like a turning point for cloud ERP software.  PwC predicts that on-premise ERP system will decline another 30 percent by 2016 while cloud ERP sales are growing rapidly.The top five characteristics that users are looking for in their new ERP systems are from a 2014 Epicor survey:Fast to achieve good ROISimple for all usersEnables collaboration with customers, suppliers and employeesEnables mobile accessProvides options for on-premise, cloud and hybrid deploymentsTraditional ERP vendors like SAP and Oracle are moving aggressively to provide cloud options and hold onto their existing customers.  Newer vendors, primarily cloud-based, include Workday, SalesForce, and NetSuite.Oracle, for example,recently announced that to date they’ve signed up 600 cloud ERP customers, 250 just in the last quarter.  For Oracle, ERP revenues are now growing faster than 80 percent.Similarly, SAP is pushing cloud ERP, recently releasing a new version of their SAP suite called S4 Hana. Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said that SAP cloud revenue grew 45 percent in 2014 and that they are targeting 30 percent annual cloud growth over the next five years.  2018 is expected to be the year where SAP cloud surpasses revenues from SAP on-premise.Doug Henschen, Executive Editor of InformationWeek, quoted Erik Johnson, vice president of technical strategy at Epicor, as saying that “where you also see demand for cloud increasing is at the bottom of the market, where you see small shops that don’t want to run infrastructure, and at the top of the market, where multinationals are buying plants and companies and want to get them up and running in the cloud. In the latter scenario, it’s a two-step ERP deployment with corporate most likely running SAP.  The ‘grand middle’ tends toward on-premise or hybrid deployments because they’re used to buying on capex terms, they have infrastructure and IT in place, and they have a ton of integrations.”last_img read more

Surprise, you are in the data business

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Is Big Data really such a big deal?Now, “Big Data” sounds scary. But the truth is, because we all have a hand in creating and distributing it, we share both control and responsibility. The first step to harnessing that control and taking that responsibility is being aware. Data sharing and analysis can bring great benefit, and not just to businesses. Realizing benefits, however, and guarding against attendant risks requires that we acknowledge our parts. Only then can we create ways to keep ourselves safe, prepare for and combat worst-case scenarios, and, most importantly, positively contribute to the ecosystem in which we all operate.I won’t pretend covering these bases is easy, or fast. It is, however, possible, and the first step—knowing how to keep ourselves safe—begins with trust. Trust is currency. Without it, the data economy, the very basis of how we communicate and how commerce happens today, would grind to a halt. Companies must earn it, and customers must bestow it wisely. So since we’re all customers, consumer trust seems the best place to begin, by asking: How do we know who to trust with our data? And how much responsibility do we—or should we—bear for ensuring that data stays private, secure, and within our individual control? Trust is the epicenterDeciding whether or not to share personal information—name and address, credit card number, email—with a retailer, for instance, is usually where conversations about consumer trust begin. But sharing information is actually step two. Understanding that you have a choice comes first, and we as consumers often skip right past this consideration. You do not necessarily have to trade personal information to use online services. The amount and type of information an online retailer or social media platform requires you to share—and how transparent they are about that requirement—in order to make a purchase or use their service is your first indication of how trustworthy they are.  At the same time, companies need to realize their most valuable asset is their trustworthiness. Regaining lost brand credibility is difficult at best, often impossible, and at the very least incredibly costly. How much doubt are you as a company willing to risk inviting in order to gather information about your customers? Who will benefit most from the data you collect? What will you do if that data is compromised, or if your practices are called into question?If we return to the advance of the IoT and the increasing number and types of connected devices—from watches to refrigerators to family cars—it’s plain to see how easily questions of trust become more complex. Not only can we produce new devices and apps more and more quickly, they’re happening further and further from true tech. What then gets thrown into relief is companies’ and customers’ intent. Did I as a fitness tracker user intend for my average heart rate data to be exposed in the cloud and stored indefinitely, just so I could improve my health? Did I as a doll manufacturer intend when adding a recording feature, to capture and store minors’ private conversations without parental consent, just to deliver a personalized experience for kids? Harvey Anderson Related Posts Follow the Puck Are more laws the answer?Of course we need ways to hold businesses and individuals accountable, but we simply can’t implement laws quickly enough to keep up with tech changes. Further, laws that are rushed through can have unintended, unpredictable consequences. Most important, though, is that even the most thoughtful legislation won’t address the core issue here: awareness. But being aware that you’re in the data business isn’t enough—you need to be aware of what to do about that, and why. If we as vendors and consumers can influence more people to acknowledge and grasp this principle, we can then, for instance, write and enact standards and best practices, such as those I’ve been part of creating with the Online Trust Alliance. Then we’ll have actual criteria for deciding (when we’re consumers) who deserves our trust, and (when we’re businesses) whether or not we’re earning it. I look forward to sharing in upcoming posts more specific guidelines for consumers and companies to follow in making crucial purchasing, data-sharing, and business decisions in the IoT.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Do you share information digitally, with other people or with companies, in your personal or professional life? Then you’re in the data business.That may come as a surprise to anyone who doesn’t work in Silicon Valley, or even in the tech field. The millions of people in manufacturing, healthcare, or education may not think they’re in the data business. But they are—we all are. The emergence of the Internet of Things and “Big Data” has blurred the line between being connected and offline in almost every way imaginable. Home and work lives overlap, industry borders are complicated, and the distinction between being a customer and a supplier is the most fluid it’s been. In fact, that line may no longer exist at all. Tags:#AVG#data#data security#IoT#iot devices#Online Trust Alliance What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

EPL: Liverpool, Manchester United share spoils in 1-1 draw

first_imgMicah Richards: Can’t write off Manchester City in EPL title race Red-hot battle on cards! Manchester: Manchester United ended table-toppers Liverpool’s winning streak with a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford yesterday. Liverpool failed to record what would have been a record-equalling 18th straight Premier League win. Adam Lallana’s late equaliser saved the European champions from certain embarassment Manchester United’s wily forward Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils a 1-0 lead going into the lemon break. Divock Origi was brought down during a challenge by United defender Victor Lindelof in the build up to the goal and a free-kick should have been given instead. However, VAR decided that the goal should stand. Late into the second half, the United defence left substitute Lallana unmarked at the back post and he levelled with five minutes to go.Related News Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crownlast_img read more