Charity Market Wharf vendors refuse to relocate

first_img…as wharf continues to rapidly deteriorate…calls for swift action from Central GovtBy Lakhram BhagiratDespite a report presented by the engineer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry claiming that the Charity Market Centre Wharf has sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, the vendors utilising the area are refusing to relocate until the ministry mobilises a team to execute urgent repairs.The vendors adopted that position during a consultation exercise withSome of the rotten pillars at the wharf (Dexter Ceres photos)representatives from the Regional Democratic Council and the Charity/Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council on Tuesday.Vice Chairman of the Region, Nandranie Coonjah, said the Market Centre Wharf at Charity has been engaging the attention of the region’s Works Committee since August of 2017, and that is the reason for the initial study on the wharf. She explained that the regional engineer was engaged, and he ventured below the wharf and discovered the rapid deterioration.“We are concerned about the human resources. Should the wharf collapse, a lot ofA section of the wharf that has been separated from the street due to the sinkinglives are going to be lost; so the Works Committee came up with the recommendation to have consultation and to close the wharf until something can be done. However, the meeting was organized, we had 18 vendors on board, and they vented their concerns,” she noted.The VC explained that the consultation was held on Tuesday at the Charity Market Square with the vendors, along with the Assistant Regional Executive Officer, NDC representatives, and the engineer; where a presentation on the condition of the wharf was done.“The engineer gave them a synopsis of what was happening, and what is more disturbing is that this wharf is tied to the public road and the engineer indicated that this wharf is leaning towards the Pomeroon River. Who knows about the Pomeroon knows that it is the deepest river in Guyana, and should that wharf sink in the river, then it is going to pull the entire road, and Charity is a vulnerable area due to the soil texture, and the entire housing/business area could be flooded should this wharf go overboard,” she reported.Coonjah said that all that information was related to the vendors, but despite that, the vendors are adamant that they would remain there until Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson mobilise his technical team and visit them and instruct their relocation.She said the NDC has already blocked off some parts of the wharf to prevent trucks from accessing it, so that the weight would not sink the wharf more.The VC also noted that after the vendors were steadfast in the refusal to move, the meeting ended and the team took a walk around the area. The engineer pointed out that the wharf has sunken by at least two additional inches and the cracks are getting wider.Deteriorating stateWhen Guyana Times visited the Market Centre on Thursday, large cracks were observed on the floor, with several rotting boards. Further, most of the piles beneath the wharf were determined to be no longer able to support the structure. The solid concrete wharf is thus sitting precariously on a few remaining piles, and the prognosis is that it would likely collapse.The vendors reported that they are aware of the dangers posed by the sinking wharf, but they need a solid plan before they can relocate their businesses.“I selling here over 10 years now, and I know this wharf a sink, but we can’t just pack up and move just so, because business done bad already and then we nah go know how long them go take to fix this place. We need a proper plan with the Government,” vendor Andrew (only name given) noted.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has said the wharf has deteriorated significantly, and he would have raised the issue with the Regional Executive Officer and the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He noted that one of their RDC Councillors sits on the National Sea Defence Board and would have raise the issue at that level, and a team would have visited the wharf subsequently and registered its concerns.“I think it is prudent for us to have the ministry and its technical team to give definitive answers. If we’re to move those vendors as of now, the decision to relocate and for vendors to operate they have to be given clear timelines, and the ministry needs to get on the ground and to have the interactions with our people…It is a very dangerous situation there in Charity,” he lamented.Ramdatt believes that little is being done in terms of safety and remedial works to the wharf. The structure is 32 years old and requires urgent attention, since over 30 persons utilize it for vending and countless other for other purposes. It is also a parking area for many persons using their boats to traverse the Pomeroon River.last_img read more

Ja’Quan Gardner scores four touchdowns, Humboldt State thumps Simon Fraser

first_imgIt took all of one play for Ja’Quan Gardner to add to his school-record rushing total.Gardner — who became the Jacks’ all-time leading rusher last Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl — took his first carry of Saturday night’s game 87 yards to the house and the No. 25-nationally ranked Humboldt State football team never looked back in a 56-24 win over Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.“Give credit to our players for not looking at records, dealing with a long trip and coming out right …last_img read more

Field renovation nearly complete, Corning district officials say

first_imgCorning >> There was a bit of extra excitement around campus Wednesday for Corning High School’s opening day of fall semester. Construction crews remained busy working on the roughly $1.6 million project to renovate Cardinal Stadium and track. Associate Principal and interim Superintendent Jared Caylor said despite about a two-week setback due to issues with irrigation around campus, the project — funded by local taxpayers as a part of Measure K — will be ready Sept. 1 when Corning football …last_img read more

Green light for Walmart deal

first_img1 June 2011 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has given US retail giant Walmart the go-ahead for its R16.5-billion acquisition of a controlling stake in local retailer Massmart, with conditions.“Today the Competition Tribunal approved the merger between Walmart and Massmart subject to certain conditions,” the tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday.No further details were given. Full reasons for the tribunal’s decision will be made public within 20 working days.In January, shareholders voted to accept Walmart’s bid to acquire 51 percent of Massmart for R148 a share in a deal worth around R16.5-billion.The Competition Commission initially recommended the deal go ahead without conditions. However, it later changed its mind based on new evidence and recommended that Massmart reinstate 503 retrenched workers and the new merged entity be forced to honour existing agreements with trade unions for the next three years.Earlier in May, the tribunal held hearings in Pretoria during which trade unionists and government departments argued that jobs and local procurement in South Africa could be jeopardised by the deal.Unionists argued that Walmart was known to be anti-union and hard on labour.Unions and government wanted the tribunal to either decline permission for the deal to go ahead, or alternatively impose enforceable conditions on Walmart.However, Walmart argued that imposing conditions would violate numerous international trade agreements signed by the South African government. It would also give an unfair advantage to the merged entities’ competitors.Walmart said it was prepared to commit to no retrenchments for two years, and that the merged entity would honour all labour agreements to which Massmart was a party.Massmart and Walmart also vowed to spend R100-million to develop local South African suppliers over the next three years.Government said it was concerned about Walmart’s procurement policies. It argued if Walmart were a country, it would be China’s eighth largest trading partner.Walmart’s belief in low prices governed its procurement policies and that there was a substantial public interest in the deal and its effects, according to the government.The Massmart group includes Game, Dion Wired, Makro, Builders Warehouse and Masscash.Walmart operates around the world, including Canada, Brazil, China, Chile, Japan and Mexico. It wants to buy the stake in Massmart in order to get a stake in emerging African markets.Sapalast_img read more

Geocaching Finds Its Way To the Classroom

first_img SharePrint RelatedHow Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community” By: Kara BonillaWest Mercer Elementary Students geocachingTeachers for all grade levels have begun to use the location-based treasure hunting adventure of geocaching as a teaching tool. Teachers say students learning through geocaching enjoy benefits far beyond learning outside of a classroom setting; geocaching makes learning more enjoyable and creates unforgettable learning opportunities for students.Ellis Reyes, a fifth grade teacher at West Mercer Elementary in Washington, USA, has been using geocaching in the classroom for the past two years. He integrates the activity into several subjects.Ellis hides different types of geocaches for his students to find on campus and in nearby local parks. One of his favorite ways to utilize geocaching involves using multi-step puzzle caches to teach math. Ellis calls this “GEO-metry Caching.”A lesson involving geocaching in Ellis’s classroom tasks students to use several sets of skills, especially problem solving and advanced math skills.Ellis says the students are excited to explore geocaching in school, “The kids love using geocaching to learn. It’s about solving puzzles and creative thinking, and getting out of the classroom, what’s better than that?” With other subjects, such as language arts, Trackables come in handy for Ellis’ class. The students drop their own Trackables in geocaches close to school. They then follow each Trackable’s movements as a class. Ellis has each student create a background story for their personal Trackable. When the Trackable makes a stop, Ellis has his students add more to the story. Soon, the students develop a narrative about the Trackables journey.Students develop the required skills in the curriculum and learn critical thinking and spatial concepts with the combination of geocaching and additional lesson planning.A “GEO-metry” lesson plan from Ellis ReyesFourth grade teacher Eva La Mar has had a portion of her classes dedicated to teaching geocaching for the past eight years. At Riverbend Elementary in Oregon, USA, Eva teaches the various tools students need to go geocaching, including directional knowledge, the concepts of latitude and longitude and how GPS signals work.“I love the sport, the exercise, the thinking that is involved.  Seeing students motivated and connecting with learning is what education is all about.  This is real-life learning.” Eva also incorporates geocaching into other fourth grade studies. Geology being a fourth grade topic, EarthCaches fit perfectly into her lesson plan. Through EarthCaching and other variations of geocaching, studying the Oregon Trail becomes very real to students. The geocaches students find as a class show the many stops along the trail, helping them understand the concept of “trail-blazing.” Eva’s students love geocaching so much, she says, that most of them have turned geocaching into a family affair. This last year, Eva held a geocaching field trip that both students and parents attended.Use of geocaching as a teaching tool has become very popular. There are already books and web pages dedicated to geocaching and education, making it easy for teachers to integrate geocaching into their classrooms. Groundspeak is actively working on a project to create easier ways for all teachers to use geocaching in their classrooms and to share their experiences and work with other educators. There’s even a geocaching guidebook for teachers.Watch this video of students learning through geocaching: Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Three Imperatives for Revenue Growth

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now You want revenue growth? You want to make your goals? Here are your three imperatives.Create Enough OpportunitiesTo improve your revenue numbers and reach your goals, you need to generate opportunities. You might be able to acquire enough opportunities within your existing client accounts, but it isn’t likely. Opportunity acquisition is your very first problem and it should be your first priority each week.You create new opportunities by prospecting.If you want growth, you have to dedicate time to the activities that generate opportunities. If you put some other activity in front of opportunity acquisition, those activities will like crowd out the time you need to prospect and nurture your dream clients. If your honest with yourself, you know this is true.Put opportunity creation first and dedicate the necessary time to prospecting.Improving Your Win RateEvery sales interaction counts. It’s imperative that you execute your sales process and that this process helps your buyer navigate their buying process. You can generate all the opportunities that you want, but if you’re not effective enough at the moment of truth you don’t advance opportunities—and you don’t win them.You improve your win rate by following your sales process. You also improve your win rate by planning the outcomes of your sales interactions. Deep down, you know that opportunities are too rare to squander. Winging it isn’t a plan for value creation. Your effectiveness during sales interactions is the key to winning.Focus on executing and improving your win rate.Capture More ValueThe final imperative is to capture more value from each and every opportunity. You need to create the most value possible for your clients so that you can capture the most value for you and your sales organization. It’s easier to win small deals and it’s often faster. But you need an average deal size that allows you to reach your goals.Capturing more value requires that you build bigger deals. It might also mean you increase the size of target accounts. It almost always means improving your ability to create enough value to capture more of it yourself (i.e. selling well enough that you don’t have to discount).Focus on creating the maximum value for your clients and capturing some of the value that you create.These are the three imperatives for revenue growth: creating opportunities, improving your win rate, and capturing more value.QuestionsAre you creating enough opportunities? Are you dedicating enough time to opportunity acquisition?Is your win rate improving? Declining? Are you executing your sales process and preparing for each sales interaction as if it matters?Are you selling your clients what’s easy or what they really need? Are you selling small prospects instead of the dream clients you really need to build your business?last_img read more

Zaheer leads India comeback after Watson’s slow ton

first_imgAustralia’s strong start gave way to an Indian comeback on Day 1 of the Mohali Test. Opener Shane Watson’s fortuitous, sedate hundred was followed by Zaheer Khan’s fine old-ball spell.Scores – India vs AustraliaBrief Scores: Australia 224-5Dropped on zero by Virender Sehwag at gully off the day’s second ball off Zaheer, Watson was let off again on 37 by MS Dhoni off Pragyan Ojha.After the fall of Ricky Ponting (71) and the end of their 141-run stand, Australia slowed down as Watson crawled to his second Test hundred off 258 balls. The dull finish to the day was spiced up only by Ponting’s spat with Zaheer.Ponting, having elected to bat, had some luck himself. He was caught down the leg-side off a no-ball from Ishant Sharma, who was wayward, bowled plenty of no-balls and then left the field in the noon session after a knee problem.Ponting’s run-out, thanks to a direct hit from Suresh Raina, turned things around. Australia’s scoring rate slipped dramatically, from a little under five runs in the morning, to under two in the evening.After Ponting’s fall, at 154-2 in 41.4 overs, Australia made 90 runs today at 1.86 runs in 48.2 overs. Watson too slowed down near his hundred, partly since he’s been out three times in the 90s.Zaheer had earlier in the day trapped Simon Katich in front with the in-swinging ball. The delivery would be used again with the old ball to remove Mike Hussey and Marcus North, all left-handers.Hussey played inside the in-coming ball and was hit in front, while North left a similar delivery which gently dislodged the off-bail on its way.advertisementThis is Watson’s third hundred in a week, having made two in Australia’s warm-up game against Board President’s XI at the start of this tour.While Pragyan Ojha continued to be economical, Harbhajan Singh, like Ishant, was off-colour but made up with the wicket of Michael Clarke in the evening session. World No. 1 India had had the better of Australia when the two had last met in a Test series, in India in 2008.The hosts had won 2-1 the series in which Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly retired from Test cricket.The Mohali wicket, normally known for pace and bounce, is expected to get slower and lower as the game progresses.India have left out Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Sreesanth for this game. Cheteshwar Pujara too would have to wait longer for his Test debut.Raina and Ojha have been retained, while Gautam Gambhir returns to the team after a break.Australia are playing by their strengths, going in with three pacers and Nathan Hauritz as the lone spinner.  Teams:Australia (Playing XI): Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Tim Paine (w), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.India (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

London Olympics: Satisfied with my effort, says Mary Kom

first_imgThe atmosphere at the Excel arena was incredible as Indian icon Mary Kom and local favourite Nicola Adams slugged it out for a berth in the 51kg final in front of an appreciative audience. Match photosAt the end of four rounds, each lasting two minutes, the Briton had sealed her spot in the London Olympics final but Mary Kom walked out smiling having won millions of hearts at home and in the United Kingdom.As Mary Kom wore the bronze medal around her neck and remembered her twin sons, she became emotional. “I am sorry I could not win gold but at least I am taking back a bronze medal home,” said the 29-year-old supermom who has made millions of sacrifices for this day.Having won five world championship titles in the 48kg category and moved to the 51kg category for the Olympics, Mary Kom was at a disadvantage.But the way the diminutive Indian boxer threw in effort, though it did not translate into points on the computers, Mary Kom was superb.The Indian’s 6-11 loss to Nicola may sound bad, but Mary Kom made everyone forget it as she had a medal to show.Nicola did take control of the proceedings from the opening bell. Fast on her feet and landing punches with panache, Nicola was smart.With British prime minister David Cameroon also watching the bout, Nicola got that extra zing into play as she adopted a smart strategy of coming in and scoring points and then moving back. It was a pattern which the Indian had not bargained for.advertisementOnce into the second round, Nicola landed two thudding upper cuts while continuing to punch beautifully off the back foot. At the end of the third round the score was 8-4.Mary Kom knew she had to show aggression in the decider as there was no other go against an opponent whose footwork was slick. The sad part for Mary Kom was despite throwing all the weight she could, the points were not being scored.As the raucous audience lapped up every minute of the action, it was clear when Nicola was declared winner, there was a huge roar.However, Mary However was not disturbed as hundreds of media personnel waited for her to speak in English and then Hindi.”I have been living this Olympic dream for years and I know what it means to me and my country. All the sacrifices I have made in this life have been rewarded through this medal,” said Mary Kom.Asked about the scoring system, Mary Kom shot back: “I am scoring but they are not pressing the button and scoring!”However, Brig Muralidharan Raja, secretary of the Indian boxing federation said there was nothing to complain about. “It was a fair contest and we cannot complain about anything,” said Raja.Mary Kom’s medal means so much for women in Indian sport. It also puts her state Manipur prominently on the India map as they have faced a clutch of problems in day to day life.As the brand ambassador for women’s boxing, Mary Kom has left an indelible mark. This is the first time two Indian women have won medals in one Olympics and Mary Kom deserves all the praise and rewards for her efforts.She has spent invaluable time away from her family. “I cannot explain my feelings and emotions and I know I had millions praying for my medal,” said Mary Kom.To be sure, unlike men’s boxing, women’s boxing is not a glamorous sport at home. The total number of women boxers who compete in India is just in hundreds and not even a thousand.So for Mary Kom to come out tops with women’s boxing making its debut at the Olympics is a big deal.”We do expect that this medal will be an inspiration for women boxers in India,” said Raja.The magnitude of Mary Kom’s achievement will only be underlined when she returns to India. After all, it is her medal which has enhanced India’s medal tally to an all-time high of four in one Olympics.last_img read more