Speaking as patron at yesterday’s launch of the 19th annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, Olympian Yohan Blake called for support for the charity event.Sagicor has set out to raise $60 million from the event for three beneficiaries and is hoping to attract at least 25,000 participants.This year’s Run/Walk is slated for Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 a.m. under the theme ‘Run for the Fun, Donate for the Cause’.The event was launched at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, where Blake gave an emotional appeal.”I like to speak from the heart because that’s where my blessings come from, and when Sagicor asked me to do this, I answered like Schools’ Challenge Quiz, I had to do it,” Blake said.Blake believes this year’s beneficiaries, Spanish Town Hospital’s Paediatric Unit, the Mandeville Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Bethlehem Home, operated by Missionaries of the Poor should be given full support.”It’s a miracle that God is working through Sagicor to have a heart for these kids, because most of these children can hardly walk. I want everyone to come out, because this is going to be a record statement run … . We are going to go out there and we are going to raise more than that Jamaican $60 million,” he underlined.Blake, along with international recording artiste Tessanne Chin, and Missionaries of the Poor founder, Father Richard Ho Lung are supporting the event as patrons in a bid to help raise the funds for the respective organisations.Minister of Health Christopher Tufton, while lauding the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run’s 19-year existence, said they had developed a following of interested persons who participated and contributed to the worthy cause.Chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica and Sagicor Foun-dation, R. Danny Williams, expressed gratitude to the events participants and sponsors, while Richard Byles, president and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, challenged Jamaicans to continue throwing their support behind the event.Meanwhile, donations can be made via pledge forms. Local donors can make cheques payable to Sagicor Foundation or Sigma Run 2016 and deposit funds at Sagicor Bank locations islandwide or to account number firstname.lastname@example.org
Increased feesBy Romario SamarooIn light of the increased cost hucksters have to pay for their licences, these street sellers are complaining about difficulties they are faced with to comply with the new requirements.After the move by the Administration to revise the tax laws, hucksters are forced to pay an enormous increase for their licences.According to the Hucksters Licensing and Control Amendment Bill No. 9 of 2016, hucksters plying their trade via “foot or man propelled vehicle or cycle” will pay $3500 signalling an increase of 12.5 times the amount.Those carrying out their business by means of “horse or other beast bearing or drawing burden” must now pay $12,500 rather than the $1000 previously paid. A number of vendors affected by this increase spoke at length of the strain it had posed on them.Annoyed vendors flocked to share their views on this issue with Guyana Times.Frankie, a fruit trader at Bourda Market said he feels the new fees are a burden to small vendors like himself: “It can’t work out if I got to pay that plus $1000 a day to sell out here, wen yuh wuk it out yuh wuk fa mine dem.” He reiterated the ever-so-often produce is so cheap and that “is best I close down”.Cheryll, another Bourda Market huckster pointed out that she is a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet: “I am a single mother of four and I got to pay all these taxes; what is the point?” she further said “money barely circulating”.Another single mother Patricia added that she cannot afford to pay the increased fees: “I sells from Friday to Monday, i can’t afford to pay these taxes. I ga pay lesson fees,” she lamented.Similarly, Tony is asserting his position not to pay because “they not taking care of de place and gat to pay all dese taxes.” He subsequently pointed out that “wholesale farmers would usually pay $3000 to distribute on the parapet.”Sherry also expressed her disapproval saying, “if I got to pay all of this I going an do domestic work”West Bank vendors also expressed their opinion on the increased licenses fees. Tony said he has a child attending University of Guyana and it is very difficult for him to pay the increase: “Dem prices too high, but small man na gat a say. I got to send me child UG and and all dem fee raise. They (the government) feel because we selling out here we does mek nuff money.”Savitiri said she has been selling the same load for the week because “business slow.” She went on to say, “I got to pay $4500 ‘landing fee’ for me Canter and now this”Arif also pointed out he does not sell $3500 a day and still has to pay “$1000 a day” to sell there, in addition to “$300 per pallet” of which she has four.Visiting Lombard Street now known for its horse-drawn vehicles, Guyana Times met with a few men plying their trade. In conversations, the men spoke of their unwillingness to comply with this increase due to the fact that “business on a whole was slow” and it is hard to meet that money. They went on to further point out that their “family is the main priority”Hucksters traversing the various markets and selling to individual shops using motor vehicles will pay an additional $57,500 on the former $5000 totalling $62,500 for the licence.When asked about this, one driver complained about “the other expenses I have to face already and now this” and noted “parts expensive, shop owners complaining dem ain’t gat money and now de government want we pay more”Vishal wanted to ask the government “why they don’t go tax all de drug yards than pressure legal workers?”These issues come in light of the already established difficulty the administration faces with tax collection. Vendors are calling for the revised legislation to be reconsidered.
Commander of G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands), Superintendent Crystal Robinson, who suffered tremendous losses after a fire of unknown origin razed her Stewartville, West Coast Demerara (WCD) property last weekend was the recipient of an undisclosed sum of cash and a food hamper from the Guyana Police Force.Acting Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie, DSM, hands over the cheque to Commander RobinsonActing Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie, DSM, handed over the items to Robinson in the Commissioner’s Conference Room in the presence of several senior officers and once again assured of the Force’s commitment in supporting victims of disasters.Robinson was extremely pleased for the assistance and expressed sincere thanks to the Guyana Police Force for its support.
Snyder said communication efforts were stepped up after last year’s walkouts. The school invited several speakers to discuss different sides of the issues with students and parents. There was even a play at school that highlighted the immigration journey. “We’re all a little more comfortable with each other,” Snyder said. As with last year, students were told that anyone caught walking out would be considered truant and could be subject to tickets and Saturday school. But Jackie Ponce, a community liaison at McGrath Elementary School in Newhall, said many students and parents might have stayed home out of fear. It was reported Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were picking up undocumented immigrants, who had received deportation orders, in the Newhall area. SANTA CLARITA – All was quiet Tuesday at Santa Clarita high schools, unlike a year ago when at least 200 students marched to City Hall with flags in hand to protest immigration policies. In sync with student protesters nationwide, Santa Clarita’s teens this year heeded the advice of teachers, administrators and community leaders and stayed in class. Jacque Snyder, principal of Golden Valley High School, said that last year kids felt personally affected by the immigration debate. “I don’t think it is as personal this year,” Snyder said. “We talked to our student leaders, and they said they had nothing planned.” “Mothers were calling me, crying; everyone is scared,” Ponce said. email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SIMI VALLEY – The operators of Lost Canyons Golf Club are proposing to build hundreds of luxury homes on land now occupied by one of the club’s two public courses, turning the entire club into a private venue. Club officials want to convert the golf course on Tapo Canyon Road, which is now open to the public, into a private club with 364 multimillion-dollar custom homes around it, according to an application they turned in at City Hall last week. “It’s a good thing for Simi Valley,” said John McClure, vice president of Hillwood Capital, which owns Lost Canyons. “It’s something that doesn’t exist today.” Lost Canyons, which opened in 2000, has been rated as one of the top clubs in the nation by Golf Magazine and has attracted celebrities including Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Marcus Allen and Eric Dickerson, officials have said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “From the sounds of what they’re proposing, it’s something that would need serious consideration,” Councilman Glen Becerra said. “It would be unlike anything we currently have in the community. This is the next level of housing.” The homes would be built on land currently occupied by the Shadow Course and surrounding area, leaving Lost Canyons with only the Sky Course. The plan consists of 312 custom homes and 52 “casitas” in two canyons and would preserve much of the site as open space, according to the application. The development, in the hillsides north of Simi Valley, would contain private roads and security gates. “The luxurious residential product type would enable Simi Valley to offer a community in the upper strata of the market for the first time,” the application reads. The City Council will hold a hearing in January on the request, which will determine whether developers can apply for a zone change, said Peter Lyons, the city’s deputy planning director. If the council agrees to consider the project, the plan would go through the formal review process. “It takes a while for a big project like this,” Lyons said, adding that it could take about 18 months. The upscale homes would offer “more variety to our community,” Councilwoman Barbra Williamson said. Although in the preliminary stages, she warned the plan will have to comply with the city’s hillside restrictions. “The first thing we ask is, ‘Is it going to invade the hills?”‘ she said. Building the large homes could take years, Becerra said. Most of the lots are expected to be custom-made, with people buying estate lots and building their dream home. “They’re looking at re-creating themselves,” he said. “They’re proposing to do an exclusive, high-end, private, gated country club.” Bob Wilson, former mayor of Thousand Oaks, is an avid golfer and has played at Lost Canyons. He said scaling back to one course is practical under the current economic conditions. “There’s quite an abundance of golf courses right now,” he said. “They’re all struggling to make money. Cutting down to one course would help other golf courses in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 February 2007Construction of a multi-million rand salt plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) outside Port Elizabeth is scheduled to start in February.The R54-million project is part of an R85-million relocation and expansion into the Coega IDZ announced by salt maker Cerebos in 2006.The expansion into the new plant will see Cerebos using technology never used before in sub-Saharan Africa to produce high purity salt through an environmentally friendly process.Cerebos MD Len Chandler said at least 100 jobs would be created during the construction phase, and 140 jobs when operations begin.The new plant will be a purpose-built pure vacuum-dried (PVD) salt crystallization facility.“Local demand for PVD salt exceeded our supply so we had to turn some customers down, but all that will be history when plant becomes operational in September 2007,” Chandler said.Coega Development Corporation (CDC) spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika said the project would help position South Africa as a platform for manufacturing and export through foreign and local investment.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterMANHATTAN, Kan. (DTN) — The Kansas winter wheat crop could produce an average yield of 47.2 bushels per acre (bpa), according to the final estimate of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour. That’s up from USDA’s final yield of 38 bpa last year, when dry conditions hampered wheat yields early in the season.The wheat tour’s final estimate is an average of three days of wheat yield estimates produced by crop scouts who scouted and measured wheat throughout Kansas as well as southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma. On the first day, crop scouts produced a yield estimate of 46.9 bpa, on the second day 47.6 bpa, and on the third, 46.2 bpa.Overall, the 74 participants on this year’s HRW wheat tour visited 469 fields. Muddy boots and wet pants quickly became routine, as scouts encountered unusually ample soil moisture in many parts of the state, although dryness has crept into some southwestern counties.In addition to yield, the tour’s participants each ventured a personal estimate of Kansas’s total final winter wheat production, for an average projection of 306.5 million bushels of wheat, up from USDA’s final estimate of 277 million bushels last year.Tour organizers and wheat industry leaders stressed that the yield and production estimates should be viewed as a useful snapshot of the crop’s potential at this particular moment — but much could change between now and harvest.“It gives an assessment of the crop at this point in time,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. “It’s the potential. If all things were to remain equal, this is what the number may be at the end of harvest. The problem is that, between now and then, we could have floods, rains, drought, hail, wind, disease, pests, and that wheat crop could have a lot to go up against.”Nearly half the crop is already battling the consequences of late planting: Many fields are short and running weeks behind normal development. One farmer in Marion County told scouts his fields weren’t planted until Nov. 1 — and they got 4 inches of snow a week later. His wheat field wasn’t at flag leaf yet this week, when it would normally be in boot stage or heading at this time of the year.Low prices have discouraged many growers from investing in these late-planted fields. In the south-central counties of the state, crop scouts viewed some fields that had been sprayed out with glyphosate, in order to plant to a different crop. Winter wheat acres, pegged at 7 million planted acres by USDA, could drop significantly before harvest.There is reason to remain optimistic, however. The spring has provided plentiful moisture and moderate temperatures so far, and if that trend continues — as forecasts suggest it will — it could benefit grainfill.“Winter wheat is a cool season grass,” Harries noted. “We have our biggest yields in Kansas when it stays nice and moderately cool in May and we have good rainfall, because that encourages the plant to produce more starch, which increases the yield.”These conditions do appear to be on the menu for the Southern Plains in the coming month, but the serving might be larger than desired, noted DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.“I think the weather pattern over the next couple weeks is going to be less than ideal for the Southern Plains wheat crop,” Anderson said. “The forecast is cool and wet, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation. I don’t look for heat-related stress on the heading crop, but these conditions will keep the environment favorable for fungus and rust development that could affect the final yield prospects.”Disease is one of the biggest remaining wild cards for the crop, particularly for the late-planted fields, where producers may not be inclined to invest any more inputs.“Diseases will often build up to higher levels on that late-maturing wheat,” said Erick DeWolf, Kansas State Extension plant pathologist. “The amount of yield loss that occurs to the crop is also related to the time the disease begins damage. The earlier it gets established, particularly on the upper leaves, the greater the yield loss.”“The weather conditions we experience in the next couple weeks will really influence the amount of disease — and yield loss from it,” DeWolf added.Beyond the final yield and production numbers, the HRW Wheat Tour and its summer counterpart, the Hard Spring Wheat and Durum Tour, serve another purpose: to bring together the various arms of the grain industry, said Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council and tour organizer.The 74 participants of the tour represented wheat industry groups, millers, bakers, grain marketing companies, universities, seed companies, federal and state government representatives and members of the media.You can reach Emily Unglesbee at Emily.email@example.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(CZ/BE)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Tags:#E-Books#web IRex officially launched its new eReader today. As we reported last month, the iRex DR800SG will feature an 8.1-inch touchscreen with stylus navigation, and have wireless connectivity over Verizon’s network. The device, which will retail for $399, will be closely linked to Barnes & Nobles’ eBook store and users will be able to buy books from there over the wireless connection. Best Buy will carry these devices in its stores and will set aside space in its stores to showcase eReaders from iRex, Sony, and other eReader manufacturers.Who is iRex?As Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps point out, iRex has to overcome some challenges because its brand is relatively unknown in the US. According to the New York Times, iRex wanted to release a Barnes & Noble branded version of the DR800SG, but those negotiations apparently didn’t go very far. At the same time, though, iRex also has some advantages, especially in Europe – a market that other vendors have mostly ignored for now. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts At this point, however, it’s not even really about the launch of yet another eReader anymore – with Amazon, Sony, Asus, iRex, Plastic Logic, Coolreaders, and a growing number of other contenders, the market is now wide open and competition is already bringing prices down. Prices now start at $149 for refurbished 1st generation Kindles and go up to $489 for the Kindle DX, with Amazon’s competitors hitting every price point in between. For most consumers, any price over $99 is still too high for an eReader, but then, hardware prices always come down sooner or later and it is only a matter of time before somebody is going to release a decent $99 eReader.At $399, the new iRex reader is obviously one of the more expensive readers on the market right now, though its price is in line with competing wireless eReaders like the Sony Reader Daily Edition. Sony, however, offers a real touchscreen on some of its high-end readers though, something iRex has disavowed for now because it reduces the contrast of the screen.Getting eReaders Into the MarketplaceAnother important aspect of this announcement is that Best Buy will now set apart some space in its stores to feature eReaders. Until now, Best Buy only sold eReader on its website. Even though public interest in eReaders is high, only a relatively small number of people have actually held one of these devices in their hands. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEarlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
BERLIN – Maria Belibasaki was happy and moved with the silver medal she won at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships that is held in Berlin.“I tried very hard. I was feeling very good before the race and I was ready to win… I wish good health to everyone. I feel very sorry for the situation in Greece, the people are suffering”, she stated and dedicated her medal to the victims of the wildfires in Greece.The 27-year old sprinter from Crete finished in 50.45. Her performance is a new is a new national record for the 400m event. It was the fifth medal for Greece at the 2018 European Athletics Championiships.Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)TweetPinShare1717 Shares