Canal No 1 farmers suffer millions in losses due to flooding

first_img…call for REO’s removalBy Lakhram BhagiratFarmers of Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara are now counting their losses, incurred from their farms having been inundated for almost three weeks. They contend that the flooding could have been avoided had the Regional Authorities paid attention to their pleas for help.A flooded yard in Canal Number OneEighty-seven-year-old farmer Dharamdeo Singh, speaking on behalf of a group of farmers in L’Esperance, Canal Number One Polder, said their farms have been under water for over three weeks, and they had made representation to both the Canals Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council and the Regional Democratic Council, but to no avail.This citrus farmer has said that more than 15 acres of his citrus trees are on the brink of dying. He explained that the flooding could have been avoided had the Water Users Association not burst the dam to install large tubes.“We are asking the Water Users Association to remove those two tubes from there as early as possible. It is at the Façade, and they burst the dam that does control the trench water and put the tube, so when the water raise it shub it pon we, and that is our plight,” he explained.Singh said he met with the Water Users Association and regional officials on Wednesday where it was related that nothing could be done to assist them as yet. He added that Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikaran had promised to visit the affected communities some two weeks ago, but to date that visit is yet to materialise.The senior citizen further related that follow-up visits to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) were unsuccessful.“The REO, he is hiding from us. He making promises, saying that he coming to see us for two weeks now, and I think they should move him from there and put somebody else who can handle the job. I don’t know what is the Government doing…I begging them to remove the REO from there and put somebody else, and we think we will get satisfaction with the movement,” Singh said.Farmers have also said that the current contractor cleans the main access canal haphazardly. They explained that the canal is laden with “shrimp moss,” which affects the flow of water, and that the contractor neglects that. The farmers also said that they were told by the NDC Chairman that the NDC is bankrupt, and no assistance could be rendered.Cash crop farmer Morlene (only name given) told this publication her entire farm is under water, and she has incurred losses amounting to over half of a million dollars.“We, the farmers here, we punishing real bad here. I lost 1,500 root of sweet pepper, all dead. Them really need to move the two tubing them have at the Façade and clean the canal better,” she said.Another farmer, Doodnauth Singh, said his entire pineapple field has been under water as high as three feet for the past two weeks. He said his pineapples have withered and his cattle have had to relocate to higher ground to access feed.“The last time we had flood I lost all the pine, and now is the same thing. Them people got to get themselves together and clean up the canal and so! I don’t live here, but my farm here, so I spend most of the time here,” he related.Collectively, the farmers reiterated their call for the REO to give up his chair, since he has done nothing to alleviate their sufferings.Just last December, the residents of Canals Polder experienced a devastating period of flooding resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Government is yes to assist those farmers, and then this current flooding came just as they were getting back on their feet.Efforts to contact Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikaran proved futile.last_img read more

Man kills father-in-law after he intervened in domestic dispute

first_imgA farmer was on Saturday killed by his son-in-law after he reportedly intervened in a fight between him and his wife at Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The dead man has been identified as 67-year-old Dennis Williams of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma. Based on reports received, about 03:00h on Saturday, the 36-year-old suspect and two of his friends were consuming alcohol outside his home and as time swiftly went by, he allowed the two friends to stay over.His wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat her and created a fracas.Upon hearing the commotion, her father who resides nearby crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. To avoid a reoccurrence, Williams reportedly stayed with his daughter until the break of day.Around 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and it was at this time his son-in-law got into a fit of rage and ran him over with a boat. Williams fell into the water and disappeared.A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the canal. He sustained severe injuries to his head as a result of the hit he received from the boat.He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was arrested and was expected to be charged with murder.last_img read more

Fire at Prince George Hotel now under Control

first_imgR-C-M-P have not yet determined the whereabouts of two persons who may have been residing in the Columbus Hotel in Prince George, which was destroyed by fire this morning.The fire destroyed the landmark Columbus Hotel, but there is a fear at this hour that 2 people may be trapped in the Hotel. There are two guest who were registered at the hotel that have not been accounted for.Prince George R-C-M-P say the old building was home to about 10 long-term tenants and six of them had to be rescued by ladder after firefighters arrived.- Advertisement -A cause of the fires is under investigation.The fire has now been brought under control.A thorough search of the scene will be performed when entry ispossible.Advertisementlast_img

Fire-displaced wildlife readjusts

first_imgAs firefighters watered down hot spots Thursday to fully contain the Griffith Park Fire, rangers and wildlife experts turned their attention to the many animals that roam the sprawling park grounds. Fire officials today hope to announce full containment of the blaze, which scorched an estimated 817 acres and threatened homes and historic landmarks in the park before it was brought under control. The park itself, all its golf courses, the Los Angeles Zoo and all other attractions will be closed today. The Greek Theatre will remain closed, but its scheduled performance tonight will take place in the Gibson Ampitheatre (formerly Universal). After the fire started Tuesday afternoon, the fast-moving flames and smoke sent deer, coyotes and cottontail rabbits scurrying for safer ground. Within 48 hours, the 4,218-acre park’s animals had lost about 20 percent of their habitat. “This is spring time in the park, and there are many animals with babies and birds with nests,” said Albert Torres, city Park Ranger Division chief. “This is a time of heightened activity for the animal kingdom in Griffith Park.” Torres said it’s difficult to estimate the number of birds, animals and reptiles killed in the fire, but he doesn’t think it was highly significant. “What we lost was habitat,” Torres said. “It will affect food sources. However, I would urge the public … to not feed the wildlife,” Torres said. “It is not to their benefit and could cause problems.” Torres said there were some reports of wildlife in the neighborhoods surrounding the park. His rangers are on the alert for animals like deer, which roam in patterns, but when confused and frightened, can stray and wander into somebody’s backyard. “One of the things that we want to do is stay out of the way of wildlife.” Torres said he has already seen some hopeful signs that nature will take its course in the park – for example, spotting his first oriole of the season. Wendell Bowers, captain in the city’s Department of Animal Services, said his agency is urging residents to be patient and show restraint if they spot a wild animal in their neighborhood. On Wednesday, residents near Marshall High School had a chance to test that advice after spotting a prowling bobcat. “Actually, we had two dozen deer that ended up on the golf course, which is good. … Once it cools, they’ll find those little islands (in the mountains) that didn’t burn and move back in,” Bowers said.. “If they stay on the greens (for now), other than the golfers getting upset, they should be OK.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want 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

NEW DONEGAL JUDGE ASKS FOR HIS GAA PLAYERS BACK!

first_imgDonegal’s newest Judge is looking for his GAA players back!Judge James FaughnanJudge James Faughnan is filling in for District Court Judge Paul Kelly. He was welcomed to Letterkenny District Court yesterday by fellow Leitrim man and well-known local solicitor Kieran O’Gorman.The pair came to the conclusion that there was very few people left in their native county as most had moved away.Judge Faughnan even suggested that Donegal should send any footballers that are now living in Co Donegal back to Leitrim to help out the county squad.NEW DONEGAL JUDGE ASKS FOR HIS GAA PLAYERS BACK! was last modified: February 19th, 2015 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:courtdonegalJudge James Faughnanlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho looking to add quality not quantity ahead of title challenge

first_img1 The Red Devils disappointed on the domestic scene after finishing in sixth place Manchester United are targeting three or four high-quality summer acquisitions as Jose Mourinho looks to turn his side into title contenders.The Portuguese has enjoyed a promising first season in the Old Trafford dugout, with EFL Cup and Community Shield success followed by Europa League glory on Wednesday.The 2-0 defeat of Ajax brings with it a welcome return to the Champions League, having finished sixth in a frustrating Premier League campaign.However, the seven-point gap to fourth is less of a concern than the 24 points that separated Mourinho from champions Chelsea – something the club is determined to close next term.Transfer planning has long been afoot as Mourinho looks to strengthen and it is understood the club intend to bring in three or four quality targets.Unlike the sweeping summer signings made by Louis van Gaal, United are looking for quality over quantity as they attempt to build a squad capable of challenging for the title.Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is said to be top of their summer wish list, with the France international recently admitting there was a six out of 10 chance of joining United.The attacker has a 100 million euros (£86.7million) buyout clause in his contract, while Burnley’s Michael Keane and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic are among others reportedly on United’s radar.“(The agents) don’t have my number,” Mourinho told BT Sport.“It doesn’t matter if it’s Champions League or not, Ed Woodward (the United executive vice-chairman) has my analysed (targets).“He has what I want, what I would like, for more than two months.“So now it’s for him, for the owners, for the people that work with him and I just wait but I don’t care about football now.”Behind the scenes at United there is an expectation that the transfer market will be crazy this summer.The increased financial clout of those in the Premier League means smaller clubs can now reject huge offers and vie for higher profile players, while investment at clubs abroad has made the market harder to operate in.United, though, are in a stronger position than most given finance and history has been complemented by securing Champions League qualification on Wednesday.There are also likely to be outgoings this summer.After the lifting the Europa League, captain Wayne Rooney says he has “more or less” made a decision about his United future but will speak with his family before making it public.Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future is unclear as United’s injured top scorer is out of contract this summer, when Michael Carrick – awarded a testimonial – also sees his deal at expire.David De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid – a club he was so close to joining two years ago – and several other first-team members are the subject of speculation.Andreas Pereira should get a first-team chance in pre-season after a promising loan spell in LaLiga with Granada, but Adnan Januzaj looks set to leave after an underwhelming time at relegated Sunderland.Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and James Wilson have seen their star fade this season, so too Guillermo Varela.By contrast 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe has bolstered his chances of being a first-team regular, while Josh Harrop, Scott McTominay, Angel Gomes, Zak Dearnley, Demetri Mitchell and Matty Willock have been involved in the first-team squad recently.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U14’S DEFEATED BY ROBERT EMMETTS

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesSeniors and reserves had no fixture this week. Fixtures at Milford are scheduled for next weekend. The U14s were beaten at home by Robert Emmetts in their second Division 2 championship match on Wednesday evening. The visitors raced into a 2-2 to no score lead by the 10th minute and had a half time lead of 3-6 to 1-5. Further goals for the visitors in the second half proved decisive as they ran out winners on a Naomh Colmcille 2-12 6-7 Robert Emmetts full time scoreline. Naomh Colmcille: CJ Gibson, Daniel Mugan, Jason Fitzpatrick, Mark Friel, Oran Downey, Ryan Higgins, Oran Devine, Brendan Barr, Ryan O’Donnell, Bradley Doherty, Keenan Diver, Caoimhin Marsh, Jordan Gallagher, Mark McDaid, PJ McBrearty. Subs Sean Marsh, Ronan McKinley, Shane Monaghan, Rory Simmons.The u12s hosted St. Eunan’s B on Monday evening. Well done to both teams from each club for producing tight competitive matches.This year’s Run for Funds takes place on 31st May at Kernans. More details to follow.This year’s Cul Camp runs from the 7th to the 11th of July for all children aged 6 to 13 years. Camp runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather! Tuck shop provided. All children will receive a full football kit and a bag (Donegal colours). Cost is €55 for the first child and €45 for each child thereafter. A week of fun and craic with qualified coaches. Contact Sharon on 087-9685558. The Club are now taking Registrations for Adults, Family, Senior and underage players. Cost is €25 Adult, €50 Family, €50 senior player and €10 underage player. Particular reminder for adult non-playing members that you need to be registered to request Donegal tickets. The deadline for registration is fast approaching. Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559) or Breda Friel (087 6393503).The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please hand in the collected vouchers so they can be sent away.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. Away fixtures at Milford scheduled for next weekend. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. Training tbc.U16. See Facebook and website for updates during the week. U14. The Division 2 championship match scheduled at Malin on Wednesday is being changed. See Facebook page for updates during the week.U12. Scheduled match at home to MacCumhaills on Monday 26th May. Players to be at clubhouse for 6:00 pm. Remember drink and mouth guard.U10. Training continues Friday 30rd May at 6:30 pm.U8. Training continues Friday 30rd May at 6:30 pm.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 3, 6, 17, 22, 23 and the most correct winners (matching three numbers) are Margaret and Eddie Friel, Anthony McDaid and Helen Patton who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €5,400. The club are seeking volunteers to act as Lotto sellers and join the existing rota. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U14’S DEFEATED BY ROBERT EMMETTS was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

TERRIFIC TURN-OUT FOR GLENSWILLY GAA DINNER DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgGlenswilly Reserve Team that celebrated their successful year after winning the Donegal County Reserve Championship at the Station House Hotel. All pictures by kind permission of GERALDINE DIVERA super crowd turned out for Glenswilly GAA Club’s annual dinner dance at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny at the weekend.After a terrific year on and off the field for the club, pride of place went to the club’s senior reserve team who won the county championship.But there were many other awards on the night which reminded those present of the great spirit that exists within the club. Chairman Peter McConnell welcomed all to the evening.In his address, Peter said that when it came to help, there was no greater community than the people of Glenswilly to offer their services.A special picture presentation was made to the Glackin family whose father, and club stalwart, Finbar Glackin, passed away during the year.It was a poignant reminder of the great people who have helped to put the foundations in place as the club goes forward with a purpose of strength. Thanks was also paid to the Station House Hotel who put on a fine meal and to The Cufflinks who had the young (and the not so young!) dancing away until the small hours.The following is a list of those who were honoured on the night:Senior player of the Year: Darren McGinleySenior reserve player of the Year: Patrick McFaddenThirds player of the Year: Michael McDaid Ladies player of the Year: Marie BoyleYoung ladies player of the Year: Niamh GallagherYoung men’s player of the Year: Caoimhin MarleyClub person of the Year: Paul Lapsley Appreciation award: Hugh McClaffertyDarren Mc Ginley receives Glenswilly Senior Player of the Year from Sarah Gallagher sponsored by The Sandwiche Company at the Presentation night held at Station House. Photo: Geraldine DiverThe Mc Fadden Family at Glenswilly Gaa Presentation NightPaddy Tinney Donegal Asst Treasurer, Bryan Faul Glenswilly Treasurer, Ashling Mc Daid Glenswilly Secretary, Presentation Guest and Donegal Administrator Noreen Doherty, Peter Mc Connell Glenswilly Chairman and Mick Murphy Glenswilly County Delegate at the Glenswilly Presentation Dinner Dance held in the Station House Hotel. Photo: Geraldine DiverGlenswilly’s Young Ladies Player of the Year Niamh Gallagher with her mother Annmarie at the Glenswilly Presentation Dinner Dance at the Station House. Photo: Geraldine Diver.Ashling Mc Daid presents Paul Lapsley with the Glenswilly Club Person of the Year Award at the Presentation night held at the Station House.Hugh Mc Clafferty receives an Appreciation Award from the Ladies Committee Deirdre Mc Daid and Pauline CarberrySean Gallagher recieves Glenswilly Thirds Player of the Year on behalf of Michael Mc Daid presented by Martina Mc Grenra sponsored by Joe Kelly Dry Cleaners.Caomhin Marley receives Young Player of the Year from Rodger Mc Daid, sposnsored by Rodger Mc Daid Tyres, at the Glenswilly Presentation Dinner Dance held in the Station House.Marie Boyle receives Senior Ladies Player of the Year Award from Hugh Mc Daid at the Station House, Letterkenny.Paddy Mc Fadden, Glenswilly Reserve Player of the Year receives his award from Amanda Faul, Amanda’s Kennels and Cattery,TERRIFIC TURN-OUT FOR GLENSWILLY GAA DINNER DANCE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: February 1st, 2016 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:dinner dancedonegalGlenswilly GAA Clublast_img read more

FARMER IN DOG WARNING AFTER SHEEP MAULED (WARNING: PIX IN THIS STORY ARE GRAPHIC)

first_imgA WEST Donegal farmer has warned dog owners that they can turn into ‘wolves’ when allowed to roam free – after four of his sheep were attacked at the weekend.James Boyle, from Lettermacaward, also revealed that he had to put his animals to sleep himself as he was unable to get a vet.Three sheep belonging to another farmer were also mauled in the attacks. Mr Boyle is well known throughout the county for rearing award-winning ewes. Just last month he won a major award at the Finn Valley show.And he is also a generous man – praising the owners of the dogs responsible for the attack for coming forward.He told donegaldaily.com: “I contacted you because I want you to highlight this issue.“The sheep were horribly mauled; I had to put them down myself because we couldn’t find a vet to come out to deal with it. “The dogs which attacked my sheep were ordinary family pets; labradors. But once any dog gets into the company of one or two other dogs, the whole mindset of those animals can change and change for the worst.“The owners are good people and they’ve taken responsibility for what has happened.“But I would appeal to dog owners that they must keep them under control. They cannot be allowed to roam the countryside because if they do, this is what happens.”He said the issue also highlighted how difficult it is for many farmers in west Donegal when it comes to getting emergency veterinary care.He said he does use a vet in Letterkenny and in most cases he can care for an animal while waiting for a vet to arrive. “But in this situation, we had to do it (put them down) ourselves,” he said.FARMER IN DOG WARNING AFTER SHEEP MAULED (WARNING: PIX IN THIS STORY ARE GRAPHIC) was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Lettermacawardrossessheep attackslast_img read more

Sharks catch a series of breaks in win over Habs

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer anticipated a low-energy game and that’s what he got.With several of his players battling the flu this week, DeBoer sensed that the Sharks might need to fight through an ugly game to earn two points on Thursday. Fortunately, the Sharks drew the Montreal Canadiens as an opponent, extending the Habs losing streak at SAP Center to 12 games with a 5-2 win.The Canadiens haven’t picked up a win in …last_img