Mangroves must be replanted to prevent future flooding – Mahaicony residents

first_imgRapid erosion of land due to decreasing mangrove presence has been one of the leading causes of flooding in Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) – a situation that is heightened during the high tides. Feeling the effect of this, persons within the community are now calling for the authorities to replant this natural barrier and protect the eroding dams. Speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, one concerned resident, Mahadeo Bindranauth, explained that it is crucial to replace this resource at the earliest. If not, the persistent flooding will continue to affect livestock and farmlands. “The mangrove is essential to what we do here. For two years now, we’re seeing a loss and now it gone completely. This used to hold the dam together and then whenever we have these waves coming in, it would break it so people around here would never get the full impact. Even flooding, the water might raise up a little but we could always handle that and prepare,” he related. The concerned resident noted that the rushing waves are making their way onto their properties at much ease, creating a devastating effect during every high tide. Adding to that, they are living in fear as to when another flooding will be experienced. Villages along the area have been facing heavy floods this year, due to the decline in mangrove presence to protect the dam. Now that this important resource is lacking, the natural soil barrier is susceptible to erosion. “Everybody that living close to the dam are taking precautions but we’re talking about meters of water. If the mangroves are not planted here, we’re looking at a [serious] consequence and people might not be able to live here anymore. Right now the area is like a swamp, all around,” he described. During last month’s flooding, officials declared that more than 300 acres of rice were destroyed and hundreds of acres were under threat of destruction by saltwater. Apart from the destruction of the rice, the flooded land became salty and could no longer work for rice production. It was the third flooding of that magnitude for this year and several villages were affected, including Dantzig, Columbia, Glazier’s Lust and Prospect. An affected resident, Riyaad Bacchus, had explained to this publication that many farmers were left with no choice but to move their livestock and cattle to higher grounds. While he would have succeeded in doing so, other persons in the area were not that fortunate as many animals would have drowned, or could not survive in the high waters. This was as persons were recovering from flooding which occurred four weeks prior at the Dantzig foreshore after a sea defence breach.last_img read more

‘Spurs need to be more transparent over new stadium delays’ – talkSPORT host

first_img Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed – AGAIN talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist have called for Tottenham Hotspur to be more transparent with supporters over the ongoing troubles with their new stadium.Spurs have apparently been dealt another big blow in their hopes to move into their yet-to-be-completed new £1billion home, and face spending the ENTIRE SEASON at Wembley Stadium. 2 Sports Breakfast host Brazil has had enough of the constant speculation surrounding the new Tottenham ground, saying it’s time Spurs fans were told the TRUTH by their club.Alan said on Thursday morning: “This is bad!“Now, I don’t know if the FA or the Premier League can implement this, but can’t they make Tottenham stay at Wembley?“Can’’t they say to Tottenham: ‘I’m sorry, but you’re messing around too many teams and too many fans – you will play at Wembley for the rest of the season’?“I just think Tottenham have got to come out and be more transparent!”Listen to what Alan and Ally had to say on Tottenham’s new stadium situation below… 2center_img Tottenham were initially due to play their first Premier League game at the ‘new White Hart Lane’ in two weeks’ time, against Liverpool on September 15, but the club had to move that game to Wembley following a number of construction delays.More games soon followed suit, and it appears supporters will be watching their team at the Home of Football for the foreseeable future.Reports emerged on Thursday claiming Spurs have extended their Wembley deal until December as a ‘safety net’.But it is also suggested club officials have been warned there will come a point where they MUST commit to playing all their home games at the national stadium this term. Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is coming under fire following their new stadium’s delays. ‘Supporters deserve transparency!’🏟️ #THFC could be ordered to play their entire season’s home games at Wembley by the Premier League!🗣️ Alan and Ally McCoist say whatever happens with the new stadium, the Spurs fans must be told the truth by the club! pic.twitter.com/RxoP2jHxrg— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 6, 2018last_img read more

Old Man Michael Vick Beats LeSean McCoy in Sprint

Michael Vick might be old in NFL football years, but he can still run like a track star. Just ask speedy Philadelphia Eagle teammate LeSean McCoy.Vick beat the running back in a 40-yard dash at practice after the running back had been calling him “old.”Vick, who will turn 33 next month, outran the 24-year-old McCoy and then tweeted about it after several teammates posted about the race on Twitter.“So today at the field 1 of my teammates called me old,” he wrote, adding that the teammate begged him to race the 40-yard dash. “Anybody want to guess which player?”“Beat him by a few yards too lol,” he wrote, adding #SpeedKILLS to the tweet.ProFootballTalk.com, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that McCoy had been giving Vick a hard time for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging him to a race. Vick reportedly had laughingly dismissed McCoy’s challenges until Thursday.According to the report, Vick asked Chip Kelly whether he would allow the two to race, and the coach granted them permission.Eagles teammates buzzed about the race through their own Twitter accounts.Tight end Clay Harbor wrote: “The rumors are true… Vick dusted McCoy in the 40yd dash.”Defensive end Clifton Geathers marveled at Vick’s win and took the opportunity to inform some of his former Cowboys teammates about the result. He tweeted: “Never seen a QB beat a runner back by 4yards until today Vick is a fast as mug @JayRat90 [Jay Ratliff] @hatcher97 [Jason Hatcher] @Fast_Teddy [Teddy Williams].McCoy took the loss in stride, joking on Twitter that Vick “cheated.”He gave Vick credit, however, writing that Vick was “Top 3 fastest man on the TEAM.”Vick made sure to let McCoy and his followers know there are no hard feelings between the two players.“Love you Lil bro @CutonDime25,” he wrote. read more

BAHAMAS Ohio UAB Come Together to Swim with Dolphins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – They may be rivals on the football field this week but players from Ohio and UAB came together Tuesday afternoon to swim with dolphins at Atlantis Paradise Island resort.The Blazers and Bobcats players come from teams with intimidating mascots, but they were in awe when they got up close and personal with the world-famous dolphins.“It was amazing,” Lee Dufour, UAB’s redshirt sophomore center said.   “It was something I have always wanted to do.   To come out here and get to touch and interact with the dolphins was incredible.”The players watched the dolphins leap, flip, shake hands and even cry like a baby during their hour-long experience.“It was really cool getting to see all of the tricks up close,” Javon Hagan, Ohio’s redshirt sophomore safety added.   “The best part was watching the dolphins do front flips in front of us. I have never seen dolphins before.”With some incredible memories created, the two teams will return to the gridiron Wednesday as they continue preparation for Friday’s Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Are Tolls Coming to the BWParkway

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROTraveling along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and I-270 could come with a toll if President Donald Trump and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have their way.The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Governor have signed an agreement to consider transferring ownership of the BW-Parkway from Uncle Sam to the state of Maryland or install toll lanes but such an agreement would have to be approved by Congress.A photo for the exit to the Baltimore Washington Parkway. (Courtesy Photo)Completed in 1954, the 29-mile federal highway is a road, park and monument all in one. The parkway, which is lined with trees and prohibits big trucks, is dedicated to former Prince George’s County lawmaker and Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman and it ferries thousands of cars between Washington D.C. and Baltimore daily. But in recent years, the aging roadway is better known for its many accidents and interminable backups.Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke signed the agreement earlier this month to consider the transfer to Maryland.  Governor Hogan signed the document June 22 that calls for a study to determine if installing tolls or transferring the roadway would be “an appropriate use of this Federal resource.”While Hogan has enjoyed support from Democrats, this move couldn’t have come at a worst time. He is certain to be challenged on the proposal by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Hogan administration has promised to work with Maryland’s Congressional delegation on a bill that would transfer control of the parkway to the state either as part of a sale or trade of property to the Maryland Transportation Authority.The Baltimore-Washington Parkway is part of a $9 billion effort proposed by Governor Hogan to install toll lanes around the state. He also wants to install tolls on the Capital Beltway in Maryland and on Interstate 270 up to Gaithersburg. The tolls would pay for the multi-billion dollar expansion.In what could be a traffic nightmare on a corridor often plagued by accidents, Hogan also wants to widen the road with additional lanes in each direction. Maryland officials have crafted plans to add privately operated toll lanes on the parkway and 270.The public has several opportunities to weigh in on the BW Parkway and I-270 proposals:July 17Eleanor Roosevelt High School.7601 Hanover ParkwayGreenbelt, MD 20770.*************************************************July 24Central High School200 Cabin Branch RoadCapitol Heights, MD 20743.*************************************************July 25Thomas W. Pyle Middle School6311 Wilson LaneBethesda, MD 20817last_img read more

TimeManagement Tips for Mobile Professionals

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. As a topic, time management is about as exciting as watching flies buzz around a no-pest strip. But would you be interested in learning about time management from someone with only months to live?The time management expert in this case was Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away on July 25 at age 47 from pancreatic cancer. Along with his now-famous “last lecture” about achieving your childhood dreams, Pausch also delivered a lively, inspiring speech on time management to the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science in November 2007. You can watch a video of the lecture or read the transcript.Pausch’s comments weren’t revolutionary, and he admitted to adapting some of his points from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson’s The One Minute Manager.But Pausch’s talk combined practicality, compassion and self-effacing humor, peppered with the wisdom and bravery of a man whose days were numbered. I highly recommend his speech to anyone who feels time-starved–and who doesn’t these days?By now you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about Pausch and his speech in a column called “Mobile Computing.” The reason: Efficient time management is especially challenging for mobile professionals. You spend a lot of time in airports, in the air, or driving long distances. In addition to these time constraints, you’re got the constant waves of e-mail, voice mail, and other interruptions everyone else has. So it’s more challenging–and therefore more important–for mobile professionals to maximize their time. If you don’t, you forfeit time you could have spent with people you love, something Pausch understood all too well.Here are some tips Pausch offered in his talk, along with a few of my own.Use Multiple MonitorsSet up multiple computer monitors on your office desktop, Pausch recommended. He had three screens connected to his computer. One displayed his To-Do list; on the middle monitor was his e-mail program; and on the third, he displayed his calendar.Pausch argued that you save time by not having to toggle between multiple programs all day on one screen. Having all that screen real estate is like “the difference between working on a desk.and trying to get work done on the little tray on an airplane,” Pausch said.Most laptop users can easily connect one or more external monitors to achieve this effect. Read “Step-by-Step: A Three-Screen Workstation for $230 or Less” for tips and how-to advice. Also read fellow PCW contributing editor Steve Bass’s blog, “Dual Monitors–The Only Way To Go.”Encourage Callers to Leave E-MailPausch’s outgoing voice mail message used to say, “Hi, this is Randy, please send me e-mail.” The idea was to minimize the frequency and length of daily interruptions.That’s good advice. I would add that encouraging callers to leave e-mail instead of voice mail can save mobile professionals time on the road. Instead of having to check both voice mail and e-mail, you could often just check e-mail (provided you’ve got an e-mail-capable phone). Also, it’s much faster to read the typical e-mail than to listen to the typical voice mail.Services like GotVoice and Vonage Visual Voicemail convert voice mails into transcribed e-mail. I’ve tested these two services, and I recommend them, for the most part.Reclaim ‘Down Time’Pausch’s oncologist recommended he maintain an exercise routine. So Pausch spent an hour a day riding his bike, as often as possible. Keenly aware that this would be time away from his family, Pausch often spent that hour on his cell phone, getting work done. In fact, Pausch’s did much of the work on his book, The Last Lecture, during those hour-long bike rides.Pausch’s bike rides raise an interesting question we should all ponder: How can we reclaim time that would otherwise be unproductive? There are lots of ways to do this, and just as many tools.For example, one tool I’ve come to rely on is a Sony digital voice recorder. I will sometimes dictate parts of this column into my Sony ICD-MX20 while taking a brisk 45-minute walk. When I’m back in my office, I connect the recorder to my PC and launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software. The software does a great job of transcribing my recordings into text (unless there was a lot of background noise while I was dictating). The text is added to a Microsoft Word file.Stay Focused on What’s ImportantI’ll leave you with Pausch’s conclusion to his time-management talk.”The last thing is.make a note for 30 days from today.and ask ‘What have I changed?’ If [you] haven’t changed anything, then we still had a pleasant hour together. If you have changed things, then you’ll probably have a lot more time to spend with the ones you love. And that’s important. Time is all we have. And you may find one day you have less than you think.”Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Brought to you by PCWorld October 14, 2008last_img read more