Region 6 admin to write Govt on hijacking of agriculture budget

first_img…after Cabinet instructs $$$ be handed over to NDIAThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has taken a decision to write Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan on its disappointment by moves by the Agriculture Ministry to have the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) take over the agriculture budget for that region.Regional Chairman David ArmoganThe decision was made at a special sitting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Wednesday.Regional Chairman David Armogan told the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) that it was a Cabinet decision to have the $114 million from the capital budget transferred to the NDIA.The Region has a capital budget of $221 million for agriculture and of that amount $106 million will be spent to purchase a bulldozer.Armogan also noted that a further $108 million, which represents the current budget, is also to be transferred to the NDIA. The entire agriculture budget for the region is $370 million.He said the administration was informed by a letter from the NDIA of the situation. However, there was no memorandum from Cabinet.Councillor Zamal HussainHe explained that the Region has 18 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and many could not adequately provide all the needed services for residents and as such, the regional administration would include in its budget projects for those NDCs.“These works would have entailed the continuation of the primary drainage system as well as the sluices and other structures that are related to drainage and irrigation. So it is not only clearing of the primary system, it also has to do with sluices…”Armogan also noted that the regional administration has responsibility for drainage and irrigation, outside the declared NDIA cultivation areas.No consultationAddressing the issue, Councillor Zamal Hussain argued that there was no consultation with the RDC on the issue nor was any approval given by the RDC for its budget to be handed over to the NDIA.“It (RDC) is the second-tier government of the governance of this country. It is being constituted by an election with voters from the Region. The people of this region have mandated the Regional Democratic Council to make decisions for them at any level. In any democracy, there should be respect for an elected council,” he noted.He said the NDIA has not been performing as expected in Region Six, adding that several pieces of equipment have been out of service for several months.“The mini-excavators – they have 12 and only one is working. The large excavators, they have six and most of them are down,” Hussain added.He said if the NDIA is allowed to have the regional agriculture budget, hundreds would lose their jobs. These, he added, are persons in the Region who work on the maintenance of canals utilising funds from the current budget.“It is a political move. The RDC needs to wake up and enforce the law.”Hussain added that the RDC would welcome the NDIA to monitor its work, but it must respect the RDC.Cabinet’s decisionAnother Councillor Haseef Yusuf, weighing in on the issue, pointed out that the National Budget was approved in December 2018 and questioned when Cabinet made such a decision, noting that such a decision was in violation of Article 9 of the Constitution.He also quoted President David Granger, who at the National Congress of Local Democratic Organs in July 2018, said that RDCs and NDCs were bound by the Constitution to provide certain services, which include drainage and irrigation.He called on Cabinet to withdraw its decision.“They are trying to hijack the sovereignty of the people of Region Six,” he said.Prime Minister Regional Representative Gobin Harbhajan, in his capacity as a Regional Councillor, told the RDC that he communicated with the Agriculture Minister and the Head of the NDIA, Frederick Flatts prior to the meeting.He said he was told by Flatts that there was a consultation in the Region with the Regional Executive Officer (REO).“I don’t know how it was done … Minister told me that a committee was set up headed by the Minister of Communities, the Minister of Public Works and (Agriculture) Minister (Noel) Holder.”He said the committee came up with two proposals – 1) to have the RDC take care of the entire D&I system or 2) to have the NDIA and Central Government handle the regional D&I system.Both proposals Harbhajan said were presented to Cabinet.Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop explained that in 2018, the NDIA was unable to give the two Water Users Associations their subventions and as such, it was the RDC that had to chip in.He also noted that the NDIA did not clear any of the three outfall channels along the Corentyne Coast last year, forcing the Region to utilise its savings to undertake that project.Following the debate, a decision was then taken to first pen a letter to the Communities Minister. The RDC has also agreed to write the Agriculture Minister on the issue.last_img read more

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Rural areas being ‘left behind’ as government fails to bridge gap, councillor warns

first_imgA Glenties councillor has expressed concern over the disrepair and lack of funding being provided to rural areas in west Donegal. Cllr Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig raised concern over the summer after an elderly wheelchair user and his extended family had been left trapped in their homes after heavy rain washed away a bridge leading to their property. Meanwhile, a resident in the area also told Donegal Daily how ‘something drastic’ was going to happen on the Glen Road in Angaire if it wasn’t repaired by Donegal County Council. The concern comes as Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have become embroiled in an argument in recent days in relation to government funding for rural communities.Now further concern has been expressed, with Cllr Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig highlighting a deteriorated footpath in Anagaire, suggesting to Donegal Daily that it was a testament to how the people in rural west Donegal had been ‘forgotten’.He said: “If you look at the footpath, it is completely crumbling away. How is that acceptable?“And for me as a councillor, one of the major frustrations is that stuff like this is cropping up every day and it shouldn’t be. “This should be fixed by the council and a big issue shouldn’t be made about it, but it isn’t being done and that is a problem.“I shouldn’t have to fight for these issues or highlight them one after the other.“The government are failing to adequately fund the council and that means we are scraping the bottom of the barrel.“And when small projects, like the footpath in Anagaire, occur it means you have to go in search of money.“We have a situation now were our footpaths are overgrowing with weeds and they are not being maintained,” he added. “We need to have the council-funded adequately because rural parts of this county are being left behind and forgotten about.”Rural areas being ‘left behind’ as government fails to bridge gap, councillor warns was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Photo library: Buildings and structures 19

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 19: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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New independent power plant for SA

first_img18 July 2013 South African mining group Exxaro Resources and French independent power producer GDF Suez have signed an agreement to develop a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant outside Lephalale in Limpopo province. The proposed site is 17 kilometres northwest of Lephalale in the Waterberg region and adjacent to Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine. Fuel for the plant will be supplied by Exxaro’s prospective opencast greenfields Thabametsi mine on a surface conveyor belt. “The mine will supply up to 3.8-million tonnes per annum of run-of-mine coal to the power plant post ramp-up,” Exxaro said in a statement on Monday. It is expected that coal will be supplied to the plant for up to 25 years, as coal will continue to form a large part of South Africa’s energy mix. “South Africa urgently requires the installation of additional electricity generation capacity in the near future due to the combination of a low reserve margin and growing electricity demand,” Exxaro said. “GDF Suez and Exxaro are global leaders in their respective industries and are pleased to be able to combine their strengths to positively impact the baseload power generation capacity, with the aim of assisting in alleviating South Africa’s power supply challenges.” The plant’s capacity can be expanded to 1 200MW, depending on water availability and grid integration constraints. “GDF Suez’s partnership with South Africa is gaining momentum, with several agreements successfully concluded during the second quarter of 2013,” said GDF Suez Energy CEO for South Asia, Middle East and Africa Shankar Krishnamoorthy. “Successful public-private partnerships in the power sector will contribute to the adequacy and efficiency of South Africa’s electricity industry, which is key to the country’s economic development.” As a key play in the country’s coal mining sector, Exxaro is integrated in the power and energy production value chain, according to CEO, Sipho Nkosi. “We have taken advantage of the opportunities provided from current regulatory development in South Africa’s mineral and energy sectors to develop a coal mine that can supply new power generating capacity,” Nkosi said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Deep-Set Brickmold Trim for ‘Innie’ Windows

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members If you install flanged windows on the exterior side of a sheathed 2×4 or 2×6 wall, and you then install exterior rigid foam, you end up with an “innie” window. Innie windows work well. Before you can install furring strips and siding over the exterior rigid foam, though, you need to come up with exterior trim details (sometimes called “exterior jamb extensions”).Anyone installing innie windows needs to install weather-resistant (and waterproof) details to trim the exterior jambs, the exterior head, and the wide exterior sill. This isn’t impossible, but it’s fussy work that is rarely detailed well. Some builders use solid PVC trim (cellular PVC like Azek); some builders use copper flashing. Almost all builders who come up with site-built details like this end up using peel-and-stick flashing for the tricky spots, covered with some type of durable material to hide the peel-and-stick.During a recent visit to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska, I saw a wall mockup that displayed an intriguing new way to trim innie windows. Ryan Tinsley, a research scientist at the CCHRC, explained that the trim system was developed (and is now sold) by Northerm Windows of Whitehorse, Yukon. (Capital Glass in Anchorage, Alaska, is a U.S. distributor of Northerm Windows.)One architect who specifies the detail is John Berg of Stantec, an architectural firm in Whitehorse, Yukon. I called Berg on the phone and asked about the use of deep-set brickmold.  “We struggled for at least twenty years with these window details, as more and more insulation was installed on the exterior of the structure and our walls got thicker,” Berg told me.This window mockup at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center shows cutaway versions of vinyl components sold by Northerm Windows. The photo is taken from… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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LOCAL 7 FIREFIGHTERS GOLF FOR CHARITY GROUPS

first_imgSIOUX CITY FIREFIGHTERS WHO WERE OFF DUTY TUESDAY SPENT THEIR DAY ON THE GREEN VALLEY GOLF COURSE FOR A GOOD CAUSE.LOCAL SEVEN FIREFIGHTERS UNION SPOKESMAN NEAL PAULSON SAYS THE FIREFIGHTERS 16TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL CHARITIES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GOLF.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….SUPPORT SIOUXLAND SOLDIERS. :11PAULSON SAYS THE FIREFIGHTERS ALONG WITH MEMBERS FROM THE WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WERE ALSO COMPETING FOR VARIOUS PRIZES WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR THE CHARITIES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GOLF2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…ON THAT ONE. ;15NOT EVERYONE WAS ON THE COURSE THOUGH.FIREFIGHTERS ON SHIFT THREE WERE MANNING THE STATIONS AND RESPONDING TO CALLS TUESDAY.last_img read more

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Insurance coverage concerns may leave Ubers expansion to Winnipeg at curb

first_imgWINNIPEG – The ride-hailing company Uber is considering giving Winnipeg a pass over concerns about insurance rates its drivers may have to pay to operate.In a submission to Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board, Manitoba Public Insurance is proposing four different rate options that would see Uber drivers pay five per cent above their all-purpose coverage.The provincially owned insurance company says the rate model is fair, gives drivers choice and prevents other vehicle owners from subsidizing Uber vehicles.But Uber argues such a policy could be cost prohibitive for some drivers and says unless a blanket insurance model is chosen it won’t offer its service in Winnipeg.The city and provincial government have previously paved the way for ride-hailing companies to start March 1, 2018.The city’s cab industry has been critical of the decision, saying Uber drivers will pay lower rates and create an unfair playing field.MPI’s proposal says rates for ride-hailing drivers would be different depending on the time of day the operator wants to pick up passengers, or whether it’s on a weekday or weekend.Uber’s submission to the utilities board says those time bands could be cost prohibitive for drivers who work part-time only.“Based on the deficiencies in the MPI proposed product versus the type of insurance that is available to ridesharing companies in cities across North America, Uber will, unfortunately, be unable to consider expansion of services to Winnipeg on March 1, 2018.” wrote the company.Uber rival, Lyft, said in a statement to CTV that it also has serious concerns about the insurance proposal.“We don’t believe it would allow true ridesharing to operate in the province. We look forward to continuing to work with the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation to find a way forward that expands Manitobans’ access to affordable, reliable transportation options like Lyft.”MPI, in a statement to the same network, said the proposed insurance rates for private vehicle-for-hire operators is consistent with other jurisdictions.“The proposed insurance model ensures that vehicle-for-hire operators are insured in a separate insurance class that will prevent cross-subsidization of loss experience with other major vehicle classes. Under the model, there is flexibility for vehicle-for-hire operators to select specific time bands in which they intend to provide for-hire services,” said the Crown insurer.Manitoba Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who has backed the cab industry and its concerns, said MPI’s rate application is reasonable.“It seems a little surprising that Uber is saying things aren’t fair when they’re being offered the chance to operate in Manitoba for something like 25 per cent of what the taxi industry has to pay to do business here.”A board decision on MPI’s application is expected Monday. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Ackerman says taking bull by the horns helped city rise in best

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman woke up on Tuesday to see the Energetic City climb 145 spots since last year on Money Sense magazine’s best places to live in Canada.Ackerman explained that when she found out that Fort St. John was ranked the best place to live in B.C. and 15th best in Canada she was ecstatic.“To see that Fort St. John has made this significant standing as the number 15 in Canada and number one in B.C. place to live is pretty phenomenal,” said Ackerman. Ackerman added that much of the city’s improvement has been due to city council taking the bull by the horns in ways of recruiting more workers and listening to resident feedback.“We’ve done a lot of public consultation over the last decade. We have listened to what the people have wanted and quite often over different council meetings we have gone to the public and asked ‘what do you want?’”Ackerman mentioned that they have focused heavily on community economic development because when there is a beautiful community, the economic development will develop itself. Making sure cores services stay maintained such as water, sewers and lights was a key point for the city.“We have to continue to demonstrate leadership and environmental responsibility. We are on the world stage with our passive house and to be able to showcase Fort St. John for just that one amenity is significant.”Ackerman went on to say that the city would soon unveil a community plan to focus on the community’s vision and work hard on making the city even more livable in the winter.last_img read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces Top10 opponents in Wisconsin and Minnesota

Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Buklić (13) spikes the ball while team watches on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorIn its final home series of the season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will host No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 3 Minnesota this weekend at St. John Arena.The team has four matches remaining on its schedule that will mean a lot for its postseason hopes.“If we win our next four matches, which obviously is a daunting task, but if we do it, then we will actually make the [Big Ten] tournament so we’re still in that mode a little bit,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The competition will be tough for Ohio State. Minnesota is on a 17-match win streak, and is 22-2 and 16-0 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin is 18-6 and 11-5 in conference play. The Buckeyes have lost 10 of its past 11 matches. “We’re really trying to educate and help this young group understand what it’s going to take to win,” Carlston said. “We’ve laid out three to five benchmarks that we’re going to try to lock in in our last four matches.” Carlston specified error percentage and opponent hitting percentage as “benchmark statistics” the team will focus on for the remainder of the season and into next year. The Buckeyes’ focus will be tested against Wisconsin sophomore middle blocker Dana Rettke, who leads the Badgers with 344 kills and 133 blocks.“She’s able to get the ball even when the pass isn’t there,” Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte said. “They force balls to her. She’s 6-foot-8 so she can get on top of our blocks, which is something that our defense is going to have to work around.”Senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson has been starting for Minnesota for the past four years. She has 937 assists and 26 service aces this season. “If she’s not there, that’s a different team,” Carlston said. “You have a four-year starting setter who’s been running the offensive flow. That’s a pretty big benefit for any attacker. That’s basically your quarterback running the show. Having someone like that for four years and never missing a match is a big deal.”The Buckeyes will continue to build on their experience in the upcoming years. The team signed four players on Wednesday to join the 2019 squad: Gabby Gonzales, Reilly MacNeill, Kylie Murr and Mac Podraza. Witte said the team will be young again next season, but still have experience in its favor.“We might be young on paper but the fact that sophomores and freshmen had such a big year this year experience-wise, they won’t seem as young,” Witte said. “They got so much playing time that they’ll be ready for next year.”The Buckeyes will host both teams at St. John Arena. Ohio State faces Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Capello announces retirement

first_imgFabio Capello has ruled himself out of the running for the Italy vacancy by announcing his retirement from football managementThe Italian was recently dismissed by Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in March and had been touted as one of the leading candidates for the vacancy as the new manager of the Italian national team.But Capello, who has managed the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid in his 36 year managerial career, has now ruled himself out and announced his retirement.“I’ve already had the experiences of managing England and Russia national teams,” said the 71 year-old, according to Sky Sports.“I wanted to train a club team again and being in charge of Jiangsu was my last football experience.“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did and now I’m delighted to be a commentator – you always win in this role.”Following the dissmissal of Gian Piero Ventura, Italy have been actively pursuing their options with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini being Capello’s preferred option.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Roberto is a coach of experience who has traveled the world.” said the former England coach.“His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.“We are good coaches when we have good players.“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”last_img read more

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