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February 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Last month, officials with the Kenya Wildlife Service attempted to move 11 endangered black rhinos from two national parks, Nairobi and Lake Nakuru, to a third, Tsavo East. Nine of them died shortly after arriving in their new home from what an autopsy has shown to be salt poisoning.Today, the Kenyan government announced that a tenth rhino has died and that the eleventh — now the sole survivor of the translocation operation — was attacked by lions yesterday and is clinging to life.The black rhinoceros is a Critically Endangered species, according to the IUCN Red List. Only about 5,500 individuals are believed to survive in the wild today, 750 of them in Kenya. Last month, officials with the Kenya Wildlife Service attempted to move 11 endangered black rhinos from two national parks, Nairobi and Lake Nakuru, to a third, Tsavo East. Nine of them died shortly after arriving in their new home from what an autopsy has shown to be salt poisoning and dehydration.Today, the Kenyan government announced that a tenth rhino has died and that the eleventh — now the sole survivor of the translocation operation — was attacked by lions yesterday and is clinging to life.According to a report from eNews Channel Africa, Kenyan Tourism Minister Najib Balala said at a press briefing in Nairobi this morning that an investigation had determined that “negligence” by the transfer team had led to the 10 rhinos’ deaths due to “multiple stress syndrome intensified by salt poisoning.”The rhinos were taken to Tsavo East National Park in southern Kenya, one of the country’s oldest and largest parks, in order to establish a new breeding ground for the animals in the hopes that they would start a new population. The black rhinoceros is a Critically Endangered species, according to the IUCN Red List. Only about 5,500 individuals are believed to survive in the wild today, 750 of them in Kenya.Autopsies found the water at the endangered black rhinos’ new home in Tsavo East had such a high concentration of salt that it was harmful to the animals, Balala said at the press conference. The BBC reports that Balala added that the Kenyan government had sampled the water in Tsavo East before relocating the rhinos there, but failed to take the results of those tests into consideration. The rhinos ultimately died of dehydration, upper respiratory tract bacteria, and gastric ulcers.Balala also announced that the eleventh relocated rhino was in critical condition after the lion attack. The rhino “was treated and so far we are monitoring that eleventh rhino,” he said.Several Kenya Wildlife Service officials who were involved in the relocation operation have reportedly been suspended.The Kenyan arm of the WWF runs the rhino translocation program with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Though WWF Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer described the translocation process as “extremely challenging” in a statement to CNN, he said the risk was worth it given the odds stacked against the species.“At a time when three rhinos are poached on average a day for their horns, any losses are particularly painful,” Awer told CNN. “Translocating wild animals of this size is extremely challenging and not without risk, but black rhinos are under enormous threat so efforts to try and better protect them, such as translocations, are crucial for future generations.”Kenya’s Tourism and Wildlife Ministry said that nearly 150 black rhinos were translocated to new habitats in the country between 2005 and 2017, and just eight died after being transferred.Poaching driven by the demand for rhino horn for use in traditional medicinal practices in China and Vietnam is the chief threat facing the world’s remaining black rhinos. There are no scientifically proven medical benefits associated with rhino horn, which is made of keratin, the same substance as human hair and fingernails.Two black rhinos (mother and calf) in Lewa, central Kenya. Photo by Harald Zimmer, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Black Rhino, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Mammals, Rhinos, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFrom stall to grocery store to supermarketThe name “Mattai” has long signified Indian spices in Guyana. In any culture, the food is the most persistent trait that survives: but it can only do so if the ingredients are made available. Mattai was one of those that identified this need and had the entrepreneurial drive to take the risk to become directly involved in importing the spices that distinguished Indian cuisine and also just as important, move to the Stabroek Market, which was the bazaar of Guyana.The beginning: sugar and riceFounded by Nuckshed Liliah Mattai and Shamdayee Mattai, N&S Mattai started from very humble beginnings. Nuckshed’s parents arrived in Guyana from India asN&S Mattai original sign, which still hangs inside the store on 4A Water & Hope Streetsindentured labourers. Starting out at the Uitvlugt Estate on the West Coast of Demerara, the family eventually moved to Hague Backdam where they started a rice mill to service the rice farmers who had bought plots of land on the ex-sugar estate. The father would have plugged all his hard-earned savings into this venture.Nuckshed worked with the family business for years until the passing of his parents. This was one of the foundations of Indian entrepreneurship: the entire family supplied their labour to the enterprise. N&S Mattai and Company was formed in 1949 with the opening of a stall in Stabroek Market. This was a bold and risky move, but the young couple appreciated that the greater number of shoppers meant greater opportunities. The risk was taken. Nuckshed and Shamdayee worked tirelessly to supply the public with basic groceries. This hard work paid off as the business steadily grew and the Mattai family moved from owning one stall at the market to owning seven.In the early 1960s, Nuckshed was able to achieve his dream of owning a businessNuckshed Liliah Mattai and Shamdayee Mattaiin Water Street – the epitome of the Guyanese business community. He purchased the building and land at 4A Water & Hope Streets, where N&S Mattai and Company still exists today. But the couple still remained rooted in the market for a number of years. Nuckshed often managed the seven stalls in Stabroek Market while Shamdayee managed the business in Water Street.Upheaval and migrationShamdayee and Nuckshed, along with many Guyanese, faced incredible difficulty in the 1970s and 1980s, when most basic food items became banned. The business was hit especially hard since unavailability of these goods undermined the company’s survival and their family’s livelihood. The couple made the decision to move with their children to Canada.Continuing the inculcated commercial drive for success, the family ran a small convenience store in Mississauga for approximately five years, which culminated in the opening of a supermarket in the heart of Toronto. During this time, the family also managed to run N&S Mattai & Company in Guyana, since the sons stayed in Guyana for months at a time with their families to run the store via a shift-like system. Nuckshed and Shamdayee regularly travelled to Guyana to oversee the business and to ensure that the company’s reputation in quality and service continued.The returnShortly after Nuckshed’s passing in 1994, Nuckshed and Shamdayee’s third son, Harry, returned to Guyana with his wife Bharati and their three children to run the business full time.After Harry returned to Guyana, he was able to demolish the existing building in Water Street and construct a new building. Over the years, additional stories have been added to create the extensive building that sits on Water & Hope Streets, and today, Harry and Bharati are proud to add to the burgeoning success of the family business with the introduction of what currently stands as the largest supermarket in Guyana: Mattai’s – The Food Market, at 13-15A Water and Hope Streets, Georgetown.Mattai’s, The Food Market, aptly named as a callback to its roots in Stabroek Market, was conceived as a means of expansion to accommodate Guyana’s diversified dietary needs and desires, offering hundreds of products from around the world, while still preserving its core specialty of spices, dhalls and masalas.N&S Mattai was the first company in Guyana to import Indian foods, spices, pickles, seasonings and snacks, catering to the growing Indian national community, as well as the wider Guyanese population, and Mattai’s continues to lead the market in this area today. In fact, on entering the new establishment, customers are met with the ‘Spice Market’, designed to resemble a time old market ‘souk’, brought to life by the aroma of various spices displayed against wooden shelves and jute bags. It is these touches that reaffirm the family’s claim over their history and inherent cultural pride. Anyone who spends five minutes with Harry and Bharati can plainly witness the contentment they feel by living the legacy and carrying on the family’s name and traditions. As if mirroring family succession, Harry and Bharati’s son, Suraj, has joined the business full time, bringing a sense of modernity and current technological trends, while their daughters, Indira and Kiran, remain involved in an effort to market, create and build on their ingrained understanding of family pride.Today, N&S Mattai and Company continues to stand proudly as a testament to the power of hard work, determination and prayer, while Mattai’s – The Food Market stands across from it as a nod to continuity, belief in progression and loyalty to a country that has provided a life for each of its generations.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,The consistent rainfall has taken a heavy toll on property, infrastructure and investments across the country. Overcoming the ruthlessness of the impacting damages will certainly require the strongest individual and collective resilience of our people, given the recognisable negative support emanating from the hallows of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Chambers.It is also regrettable and sad that in many rural the Local Government Areas (LGAs) which were severely affected, the impacts may have been minimised to some measure. Relevant and serious in this regard, is the stifling grip of frustrating many elected Councils that the Communities Ministry has imposed. Not only is our people’s health and livelihood threatened, the flaying economy is now deficient of millions of dollars’ worth in cash crops and livestock lost all over the country.The Canals Polders on the West Bank of Demerara is one area in particular where farmers and residents suffered very heavily.During the examination of the 2018 Budget Estimates, several questions were asked by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Opposition members, regarding the plans to support LGAs. It was not surprising that information requested from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, remained unanswered as he used his customary empty promises to lay the answers to the National Assembly at a later date. Given that Parliament is still awaiting the answers to 2017 questions, the incompetence of the Minister suggests that the enquires regarding the 2018 Budget may never be responded to in any timely or meaningful way.It is important to note that of the G$6.5 billion allocated for the Communities Ministry in Budget 2018, G$1 billion was allocated for subventions to Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and municipalities. However, the Minister was unable to answer to the very important questions regarding the allocations of these appropriations and he promised to present the information requested within 48 hours. To date, he has not given any answer.The coalition Government seems to be working in cahoots with other arms of the Government to frustrate the work of some NDCs, especially those that are managed by PPP Chairmen and Deputy Chairs. I am reliably informed that every dime spent by the NDCs must be prior approved by the Regional Executive Officers at many Regional Democratic Councils (RDC), although the amounts often fall below the threshold approved under the Procurement Act Chapter 73:05 for such agencies.It follows that if the NDCs approves the spending of $20,000 on a corrective project in its constituency, the Overseer must first frustratingly travel to the RDC to have prior approval, often spending hours and taking up valuable time for approval.The Communities Minister should expedite the requests of elected Councils and to advance the formation of District Tender Boards.Notably, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has the responsibility to make sure that some drainage and irrigation canals are kept clean and functioning. However, residents in many villages are of the strong opinion that their drainage canals are deliberately not being cleaned. The recent Canal episode is a clear example of neglect by the Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, who has control of the regional machinery and the drainage and irrigation department.The onus is on the APNU/AFC coalition Government to make sure that the LAAs are given an opportunity to function efficiently. The staff or Councils must not be held hostage under the control of the Communities Ministry. The Subventions for the Local Authority Areas must be spent in the interest of the specific districts or villages as the people so desired.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese Hindus in the US observed the auspicious festival of Ganesh Jayanti, the appearance of Lord Ganesh, as part of the festival of ten days Chathurthi festival. This celebration was brought by the indentured labourers to the Caribbean some 178 years ago and then transplanted in North America and England by immigrants. Ganesh murthis are paraded through the streets of Flushing, as they are in Guyana or Trinidad, accompanied by singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water.Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is the first of the Gods or Goddesses to be worshipped in any puja. Ganesh is the God of wisdom or knowledge. Regardless of any puja, Ganesh is propitiated as mandated by Lord Shiva.Devotees make offerings of ladoo and a tray of sweets to Ganesha. Guyanese temples were packed during evening services in the US. Ganesh Jayanti is a national holiday in India.Lord Ganesh is one of the favourite Gods in the Hindu religion. Hindus consider Lord Ganesh as the most important deities because he is the remover of obstacles. It is not surprising to find Ganesha murthis at the entrances of homes, businesses, mandirs and in doorways.Hence the worship of Ganesh daily and particularly on his birth anniversary and/or before Hindus undertake any project as well as the start of a business day.The Hindu scriptures glorify the Supreme Almighty who has the sole power to remove all obstacles on the path of the spiritual seeker towards the attainment of Godhead. This seems to be a part of the meaning hidden behind the holy worship of Ganesh also called Ganapati Baba.Lord Ganesh’s birthday is accompanied by ten days of a massive Ganesh street festival and celebrations all over India. The same is observed in Trinidad, Suriname, and some parts of Guyana, and parts (Flushing, Edison, Dallas, Houston, Orlando) of the US.I witnessed the festival a few times during visits to India where there are huge street processions, and on the final day, beautifully decorated clay murthis are immersed in the rivers or ocean.It is a sight to behold and experience – a spiritual hair-raising experience.The tradition is copied in Trinidad and Guyana and Suriname as well.In NY, Guyanese and Trini devotees made offerings at the Atlantic Ocean. For Ganesh Jayanthi, mandirs are beautifully decorated and streets swept clean as processions with multi-coloured electronic lights and tassa music make their way to the waterfront, and people dance in celebration. New Yorkers went to the Rockaways.In Hinduism, as is the case in other religions, there is only one God or Goddess but He/She takes the names of different deities (such as Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Lakshmi, etc) when he (she) makes his (her) appearance on earth. He could appear as a God or as a Goddess (Durga, Latchmie, Parvatie, etc) because Hinduism does not discriminate between the genders.For each God, there is a corresponding Goddess and each came into the world to perform specific tasks showing people how to live their life. There is a lot of symbolism in the worship of Gods and Goddesses.Lord Ganesh made his appearance to symbolically offer protection to people. He demonstrated great courage and honesty in standing up against powerful forces and was richly rewarded for his duty. And so people pray to Lord Ganesh to remove obstacles in their path.With Lord Ganesha being known as the remover of obstacles, Hindus turned out in massive numbers at the temples listening to the pandits’ katha, make offerings, sing bhajan, and partake in aartee and bhojan.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,I am appalled to learn that the tuition fees for University of Guyana (UG) students will increase by 35 per cent over the coming three years. This is yet another assault on education. Since the beginning of the Governments’ term, there has been an unrelenting attack on education in Guyana. In less than two years, education is now significantly more expensive and harder to access. This goes against the utterances of promotion of education and, instead, aims at reducing the country’s already limited human capital.This assault has its genesis upon the coalition Government’s ascent to public office, when the initiative which provided cash grants for student across the country were eliminated. Through the elimination of this subsidy, the Government has increased the burdens on parents and this has possibly forced some to drop out of school.Unlike the Ministers of Government who earn exorbitantly and gave themselves a humungous increase, ten thousand dollars mean a lot for many families in the country. If the Government was aware of the reality, they would understand.After the cash grants were discontinued, the next and most vicious assault to date came in the form of VAT on education .This is the assault that has consumed the news since the petty bourgeoisie was most affected. The middle class generally gets what it wants but if the middle class had been as affected by the loss of the cash grants as the lower classes were, the outcome would have been significantly different. However, it’s not just middle class people that are affected. Many families in Guyana make significant effort for their children to receive a better education, as highlighted by a private school operator; some students arrive in BMWs while many others arrive on foot.Then came the latest attack on education, a 35 per cent fee raise on UG over the coming three years. As it stands, many students already find it difficult to amass the current tuition fee. The 35 per cent increase will surely cripple them. There are many students at UG who are from rural areas in the country. This has the effect of added burdens on the parents of these students who would have sacrificed meals and basic amenities in a concerted effort just to see their children pursue higher education; how can one justify this unconscionable act?We are faced with a Government that is making education access and affordability considerably more expensive at every possible opportunity. And Guyana is a country that is in dire need of education. As such, it should be the reverse with government subsidising the sector more. Fees at the University of Guyana should be used as a tool to rectify the imbalance between social and natural science at UG. More than two-thirds of students at UG are in the social sciences; the reverse should hold whereby the fees should be used to correct this misallocation of human resources rather than to crowd out the poor. We plead with the Government to reverse these policies and let education be a human right and not a luxury for the wealthy, or a distant dream for the proletariat.Sincerely,Stephen Kissoonlast_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe national federation has subsequently appealed to world body FIFA’s Players Status Committee for the release of the ITC from relegated South Africa’s Premier Soccer League side Amazulu.Were, who penned a six-month deal on the night of the June transfer deadline day, is ineligible to play for the back-to-back KPL champions until the world governing body resolves the matter.Gor assistant Secretary General, Ronald Ngala told Capital Sport the federation is to blame since they requested the ITC late despite the club having applied immediately after Were agreed terms on June 30.“The matter is now being handled by FIFA’s Players Status Committee who will either decide to give him (Were) a provisional ITC or decline to issue him with one.“If they say no, that means he will not be eligible to play in Kenya but can play in South Africa since the transfer window is still open. Amazulu indicated they would release him but they delayed issuing him the letter which they did on June 26,” Ngala told on Tuesday.“He (Were) also took time in making up his mind before we applied for the ITC that required his approval,” he added.The speedy winger, who is training with K’Ogalo, mutually ended his three-year contract with Amazulu becoming a free agent after securing the move from Leopards.Head coach, Frank Nuttall who was looking forward to work with the attacking midfielder will however, field striker Enoch Agwanda whom they acquired from KPL rivals Sofapaka when they host Thika United at Nairobi City Stadium on Wednesday.Were, was in Stars head coach Bobby Williamson’s plan for 2016 CHAN return-leg clash against Ethiopia before being dropped from the squad that was bundled out at the preliminary round after failing to get the ITC.He joined Gor a fortnight after scoring the opener in Stars 1-1 draw 2017 Afcon qualifier away to Congo Brazzaville.This is not the first time unbeaten K’Ogalo are having issues with ITC.In April last year, they were forced to sideline former Harambee Stars winger, Patrick Oboya from their squad after FIFA threatened to impose sanctions on them for irregular signing of the player who was released at the beginning of the season.Meanwhile, the club has announced tickets for their Thika match will cost Sh600 for VIP and Sh300 for terraces reflecting a hike in the prices.The champions who are unbeaten in 16 welcome the tricky side who are seventh who are on a high after flooring archrivals Leopards 1-0 in a tempestuous home encounter where police were forced to lob teargas and fire live bullets to quell rioting fans in violence that spilled from Thika Sub-County Stadium to the streets to the town.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Were trains with Harambee Stars on Friday. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, June 7 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have intervened to have winger Paul Were play for Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia as the former AFC Leopards star’s extended wait to feature for his new club continues.Were was snapped-up by K’Ogalo on KPL transfer deadline day but he is yet to get clearance to take on to the field having also missed Saturday’s CHAN qualifier for Harambee Stars due to complications with securing his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIt came after a breezy 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, but Mourinho knows that his side cannot afford to take risks against Walsall, who are flying high in League One.“I want to go match after match,” said the Portuguese, whose side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in last season’s final.“Walsall is a cup game, a cup that we won and a cup that we don’t want to throw away. We want to try to win. Wednesday is one more difficult match.”Mourinho will shuffle his pack for Wednesday’s trip to the Bescot Stadium, with captain John Terry expected to return at centre-back after being left on the bench in the stormy win over Arsenal.Walsall have already eliminated Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Brighton and Hove Albion and are currently second in League One, a point behind Burton Albion, following a 1-1 draw at Peterborough United.Arsenal have now lost twice in a row, having previously crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, and face an awkward third-round assignment away to local rivals Tottenham.“It’s not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row,” midfielder Aaron Ramsey told the Arsenal website.“Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday. It will be a feisty game with hopefully some goals in our favour.”– Daunting week –Another team looking for a League Cup fillip are City, whose perfect start to the Premier League season was abruptly ended by Saturday’s loss to West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to Sunderland, the top flight’s bottom club, on Tuesday and record signing Kevin De Bruyne believes City will prevail if they attack the game in the same manner, provided they show a sharper cutting edge.“We just have to play like we did in the second half, but the only thing we have to do is score goals and then obviously we can win that game,” the Belgian winger told CityTV after scoring his first City goal.Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth left them at the foot of the table and they face a trip to Manchester United at the weekend, but midfielder Jack Rodwell says they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves.“We have got to pick ourselves up now. We have got two big games coming this week,” said the former City midfielder.“We have no time to dwell, but that is a good thing, really, and we can bounce back as much as we can. Hopefully we will do something good.”Manchester United, second in the Premier League after winning 3-2 at Southampton on Sunday, enter the competition on Wednesday with a home game against second-tier Ipswich Town, while Liverpool host League Two Carlisle United, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.Aston Villa tackle Midlands derby rivals Birmingham City on Tuesday, with in-form pair Leicester City and West Ham facing off at the King Power Stadium and West Bromwich Albion visiting Norwich City in two remaining all-Premier League ties.Fixtures (1845 GMT unless otherwise stated):Tuesday:Aston Villa v Birmingham, Fulham v Stoke, Hull v Swansea, Leicester v West Ham, Middlesbrough v Wolves, Notts County v Crawley, Preston v Bournemouth, Reading v Everton (1900 GMT), Sunderland v Man CityWednesday:Crystal Palace v Charlton, Liverpool v Carlisle (1900 GMT), Man Utd v Ipswich (1900 GMT), MK Dons v Southampton, Newcastle v Sheff Wed, Norwich v West Brom, Tottenham v Arsenal, Walsall v Chelsea0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the Premier League match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, September 15- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned his players not to let their standards drop as they prepare to begin their League Cup defence away to third-tier Walsall this week.Chelsea belatedly kick-started their defence of the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday, with Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham United allowing Mourinho’s side to close to within eight points of the summit.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTwo days after the alleged altercation took place, Peyton claims that Petrowest CEO Rick Quigley told him that he was banned from the Site C construction site until further notice. He also claims that though his former employer requested his account of the alleged altercation itself, the employer did not request information about the circumstances preceding the incident. Peyton claimed one of the project’s directors sent a memo to all Peace River Hydro Partners employees stating that Peyton was not longer employed by PRHP. Peyton subsequently received a letter on June 20th informing him that his employment with Peace River Hydro Partners had been terminated.Neither Petrowest Corporation or Peace River Hydro Partners have yet filed responses to the lawsuit, and Peyton’s allegations have not yet been argued in court. reached out to Peace River Hydro Partners for comment, but the company did not respond by press time.Peyton’s B.C. Supreme Court filing can be found below. VANCOUVER, B.C. — A former manager overseeing excavations on the construction site of the Site C dam has filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit claiming he was fired for raising concerns about worker safety.Kent Peyton is suing Peace River Hydro Partners, which is the Site C dam’s main civil works contractor, for wrongful dismissal. Petrowest Corporation is also named as a defendant in the case.Peyton claims in his lawsuit that he was hired in January, 2017 to get construction of Site C on schedule and on budget. He said that he was responsible for managing all high-level decision-making related to excavations, and was also in charge of worker health and safety.- Advertisement -In his civil claim notice in B.C. Supreme Court, Peyton said that back in May operations on a cofferdam excavation site were significantly behind schedule, which he said was due to inefficiencies before he was brought on board. He claims that in order to speed up construction, other officials gave workers instructions that were dangerous and likely to cause a workplace incident.Peyton said that while visiting the site on May 10th, he discovered that at least seven excavators, three bulldozers and six drills were all working in a watertight pit, which he said were within “unsafe” proximity of each other. He also claims he pointed out that the pit’s access access roads were steeper than permitted.Peyton said that when he instructed one of the officials to immediately relocate some of the workers to an adjacent site that his instructions were not followed. Instead, he said that the official initiated an altercation, used abusive language in front of other workers, and that the unnamed official accused Peyton of striking him. Peyton denied that allegation.Advertisementlast_img read more

January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“What we’re feeling now is a sense of justice,” said Kelly Lord, Northridge East Neighborhood Council president, who lives two blocks away from the houses. “We were concerned the neighborhood was going downhill.” The homes, which were being rented out by the Greek organizations, are up for sale. On Friday, beer cans littered the overgrown lawns and junk was piled in the front yards. Upset neighbors said they put up with rowdy parties, traffic, fights and gutters filled with fast-food wrappers, beer bottles and condoms on their streets for far too long. “We didn’t want a precedent that you can open a frat house anywhere,” said neighbor Steve Patel. “It was a hard and long battle.” This isn’t the first time the city has intervened to shut down a fraternity house. In 2002, members of Pi Kappa Phi were kicked out of the house they had occupied in the 17800 block of Parthenia Street. NORTHRIDGE – The city has ordered members of two off-campus CSUN fraternity houses to pack up and leave, ending a decades-long effort by neighbors to dislodge the sometimes-rowdy residents from the neighborhood. Over the years, the Zeta Beta Tau and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity houses on Halsted Street have been cited for disruptions and code violations. For more than 25 years, neighbors complained to city and university officials, trying to resolve the problem. Last month, the Safe Neighborhoods Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office informed the Northridge East Neighborhood Council that the houses would be empty by the end of this month. “Sometimes justice moves slow,” said Anthony-Paul Diaz, a prosecutor in the Safe Neighborhoods division. “It’s a good example that if you stick to something, it can have a positive resolution.” Members of the fraternities could not be reached for comment. Jamison Keller, the Greek life adviser at California State University, Northridge, said in the eight years he’s been advising fraternities at CSUN, he has not had one quiet Monday. The university has no jurisdiction over the fraternities when they are off campus, but the school does have a code of ethics that all student organizations must adhere to. “We tell them to be respectful and good neighbors,” Keller said. “But for many of these students, it’s the first time they are away from home. There is a bunch of them living away from home, and at 18 or 20 years old, their concept of noise is a lot different than what their neighbors hope it to be.” CSUN, unlike most colleges including University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California, does not have a Greek row, a street of fraternity houses. Jamison said that over the years, the fraternities have made numerous attempts at creating a Greek center for the campus, which has more than 40 different fraternities and sororities, but to no avail. Roya Saberzadeh, designer at Rochie’s Greek Row, a shop selling university and fraternity and sorority merchandise, said she felt that CSUN and the surrounding community have always been “anti-Greek.” “But the kids who join the Greek organizations are very spirited,” Saberzadeh said. “They are very much involved with all aspects of college life. They run for office and they are big philanthropists.” (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img Man United target Jasper Cillessen Ajax coach Frank de Boer admits he is concerned about losing goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to Manchester United before the transfer window closes.The Red Devils are trying desperately to keep hold of No.1 stopper David de Gea but the Spaniard looks set to leave for Real Madrid after he was left out of the squad for United’s Premier League win over Tottenham at the weekend.Ajax are keen for Cillessen to remain in Amsterdam this summer but De Boer concedes the situation may be taken out of his hands.“If it takes a long time before it happens, we are increasingly in trouble,” De Boer told Ajax TV.“We will keep ourselves tight together, unless there is something incredible, but it is not true we have replacements in line.“We’d love to keep Jasper. I do not expect him to go away, but that is my hope.”Read more:Exclusive – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ‘doesn’t trust’ transfer target Jasper Cillessen, claims Peter SchmiechelExclusive – Manchester United told: Forget Jasper Cillessen and get Hugo Lloris 1last_img read more