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first_img…as EPA’s role highlighted during public outreachThe EPA, as part of its 23rd anniversary celebrations, hosted a public outreach on Thursday at Water Street, Georgetown, in an effort to increase its visibility and inform the public of the agency’s mandate and its work being done in environmental protection and management.EPA’s public outreach at Water Street gave the public an opportunity to play games and share information on environmental issuesThe event saw a number of persons visiting the booth to learn about the work and mission of the agency, apply for environmental authorisation, get assistance with filling out applications, report environmental pollution, learn about environmental issues, solutions and more.According to the EPA’s Environmental Officer, Dillon Charles, who was present at the event, it was noted that members of the public are not aware of the role the agency plays in the protection of the environment and as a result, the outreach served to enlighten the public and share information on environmental issues.Charles pointed out that as part of the EPA’s continuous efforts in the sustenance of the environment, the agency launched a magazine in February of this year “The Grey Note” and a television programme “The Environment Matters” during the latter part of last year.These initiatives, he said, seek to foster awareness on environmental issues and build the capacity of the EPA. In observance of its 23rd anniversary, the agency had a number of events planned. On World Environment Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a tree planting and beautification exercise in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The event saw a number of staffers participating in planting 23 trees around the building, while others cleaned the compound and painted bins and other materials to beautify the area.Executive Director of EPA, Dr Vincent Adams explained, “This here is a major milestone for us of course, the 23 years of anniversary, which is today, so it’s a nice kind of coincidence that we have both celebrations on the same day”.In terms of environmental protection, he said most people are concerned about oil and gas, however, mining still plays a crucial part when it comes to the environment. Against this backdrop, the Director said he was glad that Guyana has countries to look at as examples, and hopefully not make the same mistakes.The planting of trees, he said, plays an important role in ensuring proper air quality. “Trees absorb, through their leaves, toxins from the environment and they give off oxygen and oxygen is really important … it provides shade that cools the temperature that helps mitigate against global warming or climate change,” the EPA Executive Director reminded.Dr Adams urged Guyanese to not take the environment for granted and to keep it clean since “if you don’t pay now, you will pay later”.World Environment Day is the United Nations (UN) day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.last_img read more


first_imgA shopkeeper was on Saturday morning stabbed to death by his brother during an argument at theirDead: Dexter Julesresidence.Dead is Dexter Jules, 23, of Lot 634 D Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.He was reportedly stabbed several times by his brother Orin Jules, 32, who tried to escape but was apprehended by public-spirited citizens. He is in Police custody assisting with investigations.According to information, the stabbing stemmed from an argument among three brothers at about 09:30h at the shop operated by the now dead man.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, Police were conducting their investigation but soon after another brother Wayne Jules, explained that the brother who lives in the same yard is always in the habit of threatening him and his other siblings, including the now dead man.He related that his eldest brother started with his threats since Friday evening and reportedly threatened to set the house and shop on fire and more so, to stab his young brother. However, they retired to bed and as they awoke on Saturday morning, they opened the shop as normal.Wayne, who was still trying to come to grips with what occurred, stated that the dead brother was leaving for the city to purchase stocks for the shop when Dexter and the elder brother crossed paths.“Orin was standing in the shop so Dexter ask he to leave, that that he can’t be in the shop… he tell he this because of the treats he make… anyhow, Dexter come and tell me that Orin in the shop so I went out and also tell he to get out but he de lil stubborn,” the man recalled.After sometime, they managed to get Orin out of the shop. While on the roadway, an argument ensued and it was at this time that Orin whipped out a knife and dealt Dexter several stabs to the abdomen.“I tell Dexter run, but he run and collapse not far away… when I see that I loose Orin and run and collect Dexter and take him to the hospital. By the time we reach the hospital, he dead,” Wayne stated. The distressed man noted that he later learnt that Orin was arrested while hiding in a clump of bushes.Andre Blake, a resident who went in search of the suspect after the incident, recalled being at home when he heard people in the area saying “is kill Orin go kill he.” By the time he rushed out, he saw the injured man lying on the roadway and the suspect running from the scene.Several other men in the area give chase but the man disappeared. After sometime, he was found hiding in a clump of bushes, Blake stated. He was brought to the scene, and was handed over to Police. Blake also confirmed that the man was nuisance in the community and would always threaten to harm residents.Meanwhile a knife suspected to be the murder weapon was found lying in the grass a short distance from where the stabbing took place.Guyana Times understands that the suspect recently served a prison sentence for threatening his relatives, among other offenses.The dead man leaves to mourn his mother, and four siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more


first_imgA competitive yet sentimental day of golf was played this past Sunday when members of the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC), including winners Mohanlall Dinanauth, Bridgelall Harry and Miguel Oviedo, bade club member and MACORP CEO Jorge Medina farewell.The event was very well attended by golfers, who came out in great numbers to honour a most beloved colleague and say farewell to an ardent golfer who had contributed in a huge and significant way to improvements of the Golf Course and to standards of play in the game.At the end of the well-supported tournament, played under the now common Flights Format, it was former Guyana Open champion Dinanauth, with 69/5, who starred in the 0-9 Handicap. He was followed closely by Club President Aleem Hussain (70/9); with good performances coming from Mike Mangal 73/8, Kassim Khan 74/8, and Munaf Arjune 75/8.In the ‘B’ flight, (h/caps 10 – 18,) the two winners were: 1st – Harry 67/16 and 2nd – Club Vice President Paton George 68/18. Also in keen contention were Fazil Haniff and Ian Gouveia, both returning 73/15; and Club Executives Aasrodeen Shaw and Rabindranath Persaud, both returning 74/15.While the ‘C’ flight was ruled by the two winners, who were: 1st –Oviedo 69/28, and 2nd – Imtiaz Subhan 70/22. Other close contenders for the flight were the honourable Jorge Medina 71/28, Mark Lashley 72/24 and Clifford Reis 75/25.During the prize-giving ceremony, Medina expressed his delight and appreciation to the Club members for the great camaraderie and sportsmanship he had experienced over the years.He expressed delight that his successor, Guillermo Escarraga, was also an ardent golfer, and expected that, through him, the great support of Macorp would continue towards the Golf Club.The Colombian Medina — quiet, dignified, friendly, a stickler for high standards — also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Macorp Guyana, and was accredited by the Government of Guyana as the Honorary Consul of Colombia. During his more than two decades of distinctive service in Guyana, his passion for golf madeWinners row! Jorge Medina (centre) is flanked by (from left) Kassim Khan, Paton George, Bridgelall Harry, Miguel Oviedo, Mohanlall Dinanauth and Aleem Hussainhim a greatly beloved personality on and off the golf course.To show the sincere and abiding appreciation for his personality and sterling contribution to the Club during his time here, the honourable Jorge Medina was given a crystal plaque of appreciation, as well as he awarded a certificate conferring on him life membership of the Lusignan Golf Club.On hand at the informal farewell gathering that followed the tournament were current US Ambassador Perry Holloway and his wife, former Prime Minister of Guyana, Samuel Hinds; Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan – an old golf buddy of Medina; and the wives and children of several golfers of the Macorp family.last_img read more


first_imgBy Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER The Los Angeles City Council moved Friday to ask voters in February to approve a $30 tax on every city property owner to raise funds to fight gangs. In a 12-0 vote without comment, the council instructed the City Attorney’s Office to craft language for a ballot measure on the plan. Chick’s audit follows a critical report by civil rights attorney Connie Rice that questioned the effectiveness of the gang programs. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made gang issues a priority and has budgeted $198 million this year for anti-gang programs. Villaraigosa has said he hopes to work with Chick and the council to develop an agreement on when to ask voters to weigh a parcel tax. Hahn said she wants to assure Chick there will be guarantees in the measure in determining how money is spent. “Even if voters approve this in February, we won’t get a single dollar until next November,” Hahn said. “That gives us plenty of time to vet the audit and determine how the money should be spent.” An oversight committee will be created to determine how money is allocated and Hahn said she wants the panel to include an appointee from the Controller’s Office. “I can assure her and the public that not one dollar will be spent until the oversight committee approves it and it’s for programs we know will work,” Hahn said. “And I think the timing is right now. The two biggest problems in the city are gangs and traffic.” Hahn said she has conducted her own polls that show 68 percent of voters would support the measure. The measure would require the support of two-thirds of voters to take effect. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The move comes despite public opposition this week from City Controller Laura Chick, who has vowed to fight the measure if the council sends it to voters before her audit of city gang programs is completed. “I think February is the time to do it and I hope we can convince the controller to support us,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said after the vote. Hahn authored the proposal, which is designed to bring in some $40 million a year to fund gang prevention and intervention programs. Chick this week renewed her opposition to placing the measure before voters so soon, saying she wants to finish a $500,000 audit of gang programs and develop a blueprint for officials to determine which programs to fund in the future. “I want us to be able to go to the voters and say this is what we’re doing right,” Chick said. “I don’t think we are ready to go to the voters in February and ask them to part with their hard-earned tax dollars when we don’t know what we will be recommending.” last_img read more


first_imgDonegal artist Kevin Sharkey has settled a dispute with the makers of hit RTE show Love/Hate.Artist Kevin SharkeyThe Killybegs man launched legal proceedings against Octagon Films and the national broadcaster after three of his paintings appeared on the show.The pictures appeared in the apartment of slain gangster John Boy in the first series of the show. Sharkey launched legal proceedings surrounding copyright and right-of-use.The case was due in the High Court this week but it has now ben withdrawn.All three parties agreed a confidentiality clause.  DONEGAL ARTIST SETTLES CASE AGAINST MAKERS OF HIT TV SHOW ‘LOVE/HATE’ was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:artistdonegalKevin SharkeyLove/HateRTElast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Friday’s bean rally may be attributed to the Brazilian Central Bank propping up their currency, which will likely slow farmer selling there in the short-term. Also, dry weather in Australia is helping support wheat prices. With both beans and wheat prices higher, corn also increased. U.S. farmers aren’t selling going into harvest, which is supportive. Soybeans and corn both closed technically strong, with potential for more upside next week. However, fundamentally it may be difficult, now that harvest is in full swing.The Chinese visited the U.S. this week and announced they would buy 500 million bushels of soybeans. The announcement was not a surprise to many in the trade as the Chinese consume 60% of the world’s soybeans. The contract details were a bit vague though. The bushels purchased have no guaranteed time frame and no letters of credit have been established. It was a great photo opportunity for all involved, but follow through with commitments will still be needed over the next several months.Corn yield reports are wide-ranging. It seems yields are higher than estimated in areas where conditions were good, but below estimates where conditions were poor. As harvest moves north, I expect corn yields to improve. Early estimates indicate the national yield could be lower than previously estimated, which would support prices. However, harvest has only begun in much of the Corn Belt. We are 30% done harvesting on our farm in Nebraska. Dryland corn is 35 bushels above APH yields (similar to last year) and irrigated is near normal (which was expected). Moisture levels ranging 14%-19%.Early bean harvest results are great north of I-90. Some are suggesting the national yield could be increased. However, as the harvest moves southward, the areas in the south where stands look questionable may not produce as well.What should a farmer do with grain in a commercial facility?I am a big advocate of 100% on-farm storage because of the flexibility and profit potential options. It’s difficult for farmers to optimize their grain marketing strategy to its highest profit potential without it. But, many farmers don’t have 100% on-farm storage. Often these farmers ask me what crop should be stored at home versus commercial storage. There isn’t a one-size fits all formula, because each farmer has their own unique situation. Farmers need to understand all the costs associated to make that decision.Here is an example of a common scenario: a farmer may only have 50% home storage capacity with operating loans on most of the crop and little grain priced for 2015.Keeping grain in commercial storage costs money. Not only monthly storage rates, but finance costs too. Finance costs need to be considered because farmers could just sell all their grain after harvest to pay off all the expenses of raising a crop. Farmers need to be aware of all the costs they face holding grain once its put into storage. How do I calculate those costs?First, farmers need to calculate the operating loan cost by multiplying the interest rate to the grain’s cash value at harvest. Let’s assume 5% interest on the average operation loan and today’s cash prices of nearly $4 corn and $8.75 soybeans:– Corn = 1.6 cents/bushel/month($4 cash value x 5% interest = 20 cents for an entire year / 12 months = 1.6 cents per month)– Soybeans = 3.6 cents/bushel/month($8.75 cash value x 5% interest = 43.75 cents for the entire year / 12 months = 3.6 cents per month) Second, farmers need to calculate the cost to store grain at a commercial facility. Typically it is around 5 cents/month. This means that storing grain costs about 6.6 cents for corn or 8.6 cents for soybeans per month in a commercial facility.But, the price of grain could explode if yields come up shortObviously this is a very common thought among farmers judging by how little of this year’s crop is already sold. Most farmers don’t realize that the futures price potential is actually irrelevant to grain storage decisions. When the cost of storage at a commercial facility is factored, neither crop makes good financial sense to hold. It would be better if farmers sold the grain for cash value and then rebought the grain “on paper” using futures. Why would farmers want to do this?If a farmer sells the grain for the cash value right away, it frees up money that can be used to pay down operating notes and reduces their cost per month significantly by eliminating storage fees and interest charges. Farmers could then buy back the grain with futures, waiting for the futures price they are hoping to get. How does this work?To buy back the grain using futures, the CBOT requires about 40 cents per bushel to be placed in the farmer’s account (i.e. margin). Typically, I suggest clients have an additional $1 per bushel more in their hedge account to cover any additional margin call. This would eliminate any margin calls unless the price dips below $3 for corn and $7.75 for soybeans. (This $1 per bushel extra is not required upfront, it’s whatever the farmer is comfortable with doing as long as they understand they could be responsible for more margin requirements.) Remember, you just sold your grain for cash ($4 for your corn or $8.75 for your soybeans), so the $1.40 per bushel amount should be easily covered, plus you will get this money back when you finally sell the futures. The loan expense equivalent on this amount would only be .6 cents per month ($1.40 at 5% = 7 cents per year or .6 cents per month). This is far less than the 6.6-8.6 cents per month to store the grain. Doing this, the farmer still has unlimited price risk, just as they did when they left it unpriced in the bin. What about basis appreciation?There is no guarantee the location the farmer delivers grain to at harvest will have the best basis later in the marketing year. Variances from rail shutter loader locations to ethanol or soy crush plants are wide-ranging making basis bids uncertain from location to location throughout the marketing year.While I have seen basis for both corn and beans to rally 6.6-8.6 cents/month, it has not been that common. Basically, owning grain on paper versus storing it in a commercial facility eliminates risk and improves cash flow.Most farmers don’t realize that they have the same risk using a futures account as they do to storing unpriced grain in a commercial facility. So while the basis could improve, the cost of storage and interest of the operating note will likely make the risk to store commercially unpriced grain too high.Sadly many farmers either don’t know how or don’t use all the tools available to them that would make their farm operations more profitable with less risk.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. 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first_imgA mob beat up a local trader to death in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Monday on suspicion that he is a thief. Superintendent of Police, Cooch Behar, Bholanath Pandey, said two persons were beaten up by a mob of about 300 suspecting that they are cycle thieves. The incident occurred under the Kotwali police station in the heart of the district in north Bengal..“Abu Sahaj, 55, succumbed to his injuries and the other person has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition,” Mr. Pandey said.Both were spotted by locals at Chilkirhat Natun Bazar on Monday and were beaten with bamboo sticks and rods.last_img read more


first_imgKashmir witnessed fresh snowfall as the minimum temperature rose several notches high, the MeT department said Wednesday. Moderate snowfall in plains and heavy precipitation in the higher reaches of the Valley has been going on since early hours, it said. The weatherman said the precipitation brought major respite to residents and the minimum temperature increased several degrees across all weather stations.Drass, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, saw the mercury rise by more than 12 degrees from minus 30.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 18.0 degrees Celsius. In Leh district, the mercury settled at a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, he said. The minimum temperature in Srinagar Tuesday night settled at minus 0.3 degree Celsius — four degrees up from the previous night, the official said. The MeT said Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, while nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius Tuesday night. The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius compared to Tuesday night’s low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius Tuesday night, rising significantly from the previous night’s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam tourist resort, in South Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius — 10-degree rise over previous night, the official said. The MeT has forecast rain or snow at most places across the state over the next five days. Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan — the 40-day harshest period of winter when chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. Chillai-Kalan will end Wednesday night, but the cold wave is expected to continue in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) and 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).last_img read more


first_imgMohammed Shami has been given the ‘go-ahead’ by the BCCI to turn up for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Kerala on the condition that he will bowl only 15-17 overs per innings.The decision to limit his workload in the Ranji game has been taken keeping the Test series in Australia in mind.India physio Patirck Farhat will also be updated every day on Shami’s fitness as he was rested after the first two ODIs in the series against West Indies.The series opener begins at Adelaide on December 6 and will be preceded by three T20s against Australia starting November 21.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging warThe Bengal pacer is the leading wicket-taker for India in Tests with 33 wickets this year. Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary played down the advisory from the BCCI.”Shami is a quality bowler, we have faith in his abilities and I don’t think we will need more than 15 overs per innings from him,” Tiwary said.Also read – Warner and Smith bans should not be reduced, says Ian ChappellBengal are yet to win a match this season and have six points from their matches against Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the Raji Trophy Elite Group B.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more


first_imgWMN Staff, March 31, 2014 zoom Dutch shipper Universal Marine has placed an order, its biggest yet, for four 2,350 TEU containerships to be built at Sainty Marine Corp. Ltd.The construction of the vessels will begin in 2015, with deliveries scheduled to start from 2016.The total value of the contract is estimated at $166 million.During March, Sainty Marine has booked orders for ten 64,000 dwt bulk carriers and six 12,000 dwt multi-purpose vessels.last_img