Over 1000 cattle die in Black Bush Polder flood

first_imgMore than a thousand heads of cattle have died within the last few days as a result of flood waters at Cookrite Savannah in the Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).When this publication visited the Savannah on Tuesday, carcases were seen in varying stages of decomposition. Farmers have put the daily death toll at more than 20. The animals have little or no food to eat and the area stinks of rotting flesh.Animals lie dead in the floodwatersMore than 1000 acres of land are under water, up to chest high in some sections. About 40 farmers occupy Cookrite Savannah, which is situated between the four polders – Johanna, Mibicuri, Yakasary and Lesbeholden. There are about 7000 heads of cattle along with sheep, goat and horses. The farmers reported that so far, more that 1000 heads of cattle have died and close to 20 horses.Peter Crawford has 600 heads of cattle in the Savannah and already about 150 have died. Another farmer, Nico Greene, who owns 200 heads, said 50 of his animals are missing. He is fearful that they are dead. His brother, Compton Greene, who owns 400 heads of cattle, told Guyana Times on Tuesday that he lost 10 horses and 60 cows as a result of the floodwaters.The farmer watched helplessly as the animals developed fevers and then became too weak to stand. One farmer, Seenarine Deonarine, has lost about 100 of his 700 cows.Sultan Munroe reported that he has lost close to 200 of his 500 cows.Speaking also with this publication, female farmer Raberta LaRose reported that he lost 300 heads of cattle and about 100 sheep. She said efforts were made to get her animals to dry land risking the chance that they will be impounded. Cattle farmers are also doing the same. However many of them say they can only bring out a small portion.Lucy Monroe, another female farmer, has already lost about 15 of her 100 heads of cattle. She is of the view that an engineer needs to visit the savannah to find a solution to save the remaining animals.According to the farmers, only one of the three sluice doors is being operated at Adventure, while the pumps at Eversham and Number 43 Village are not being put into operation.Region Six Chairman David Armogan had previously told this publication that the regional budget for fuel was cut by close to 50 per cent and as a result, the administration will be unable to carry out much of the work it did in the past.Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop on Tuesday said he was aware of the situation and had been seeking the assistance of the cattle farmers to provide transportation to get the regional engineer to visit the area.Cookrite Savannah is only accessible by boat.Meanwhile, with no answers to the problem after two weeks of flooding, the affected farmers went to the regional office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday seeking assistance. The staff at that office, Gobin Harbhajan, told Guyana Times that he wrote the Prime Minister as well as Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on the issue. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Sterling left OUT of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia

first_imgRaheem Sterling was rested as Roy Hodgson made three changes for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.The 19-year-old was taken aside by the national boss during a walkaround at the A. Le Coq Arena on the eve of the match and was replaced in the starting line-up by Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana.Leighton Baines came back into the side in place of Kieran Gibbs at left-back, while Fabian Delph replaced James Milner in midfield.England team to face Estonia: Hart; Chambers, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Wilshere, Henderson, Delph, Lallana; Rooney, WelbeckEstonia team to face England: Pareiko, Morozov, Klavan, Jaager, Mets, Pikk, Vunk, Vassiljev, Antonov, Anier, Zenjov 1 Roy Hodgson and Raheem Sterling last_img read more

Bush: Not so lame a duck?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. WASHINGTON – By any measure, President Bush had a good week on Capitol Hill. At his urging, the Democratic-controlled Congress pulled back on an Armenian genocide measure, withdrew a surveillance oversight bill and, in a high-stakes showdown, sustained his veto on spending for a children’s health insurance program. His fellow Republicans may pay a high price in next November’s elections. But that is about the only comfort Democrats could find from those recent turnabouts, which showed the resiliency of a lame-duck president with dismal approval ratings. Democrats, to their shock, have learned that the 2006 elections did not yield a mandate to start winding down the Iraq war. This month they threw their strongest domestic punch, daring Bush to veto a $35 billion increase to the children’s health program. He took the dare, and on Thursday the House upheld his veto with 13 votes to spare. ANALYSIS: Democrats fail to overturn a presidential veto and then retreat on key issues. By Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Bush may be bruised and wobbly. But the president remains on his feet after another round with Democrats. Whether his tenacity proves wise, it seems to embolden GOP lawmakers and leave Democrats looking tentative. Facing more veto threats over spending, they have yet to send him an appropriations bill for the new budget year, which began Oct. 1. Nor have they resolved House-Senate differences on an important energy bill. Senate Democrats do not seem inclined to oppose Bush’s nominee for attorney general even though Michael Mukasey would not say at his confirmation hearings that an interrogation technique that simulates drowning and is known as waterboarding amounts to torture. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, attributed the week’s setbacks to “the legislative process.” Republicans, meanwhile, reveled in the fact that the Democrats’ two-week attack on lawmakers who backed Bush on children’s health did not switch a single GOP House member’s vote on the override question. Minutes after the vote, the House Republican Conference issued a taunt suggesting Pelosi and her allies needed Alka-Seltzer. Democratic leaders say they will have the last laugh. They predict voters next year will punish Republicans for sticking with Bush on Iraq, health care and other issues. But even that seemed less certain last week. Underfunded Republican Jim Ogonowski came within 6 percentage points of winning a special House election in a Massachusetts district where he was expected to do worse. Perhaps the week’s best news for Democrats is that they began to see the limits to Bush’s powers. The president prevailed on the children’s insurance program only by resorting to the veto, his bluntest tool. “It’s the veto, and the veto alone, that is the last line of defense for a president whose administration’s life is waning away,” said Ross K. Baker, a Rutgers University professor. An embattled president facing a closely divided Congress almost always can win a veto fight, Baker said, because the two-thirds majority needed for an override is a high bar. “But the results are not really borne by the president,” he said. “They are borne by the members of his party” at the next election. In this case, Baker said, Bush “won’t be around to take his share.” Feeling that Bush is nearing the limits of his veto powers, Democratic lawmakers are discussing which bills might push him over the edge. The likeliest candidate is a long-delayed $20 billion water projects bill. Lawmakers in both parties like it – and Bush has pledged to veto it – because it has many expensive pet projects for communities throughout the country. As for children’s health, Democratic leaders believe they can make modest changes that will preserve the bill’s essence. Once that happens, they say, Bush is likely to claim victory and sign it into law. Progress in other areas, they acknowledge, may not come until more House and Senate Republicans conclude that loyalty to Bush is endangering their careers. “After the primaries are behind us, a lot of Republican members are thinking seriously about November, and I think the dynamics will change,” said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois. For the time being, however, the president can savor one of his best weeks in a long while.160Want 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


first_imgTHE victorious Donegal team are on their last leg of an enormous journey across the county.At teatime hundreds of people lined the main street of Newtowncunningham – or Newtown-SAM-ingham – to cheer on the heroes of 2012.We don’t know where these boys get their stamina from (must be all that training) because the players were out and about again signing jerseys and posing for pictures.And there was another rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches (nearly as good as Murphy). Once again Jimmy McGuinness was there; real gentleman – and smiling all the time.What a visit.Click to play the video, kindly recorded for us by Shane Wallace of Wallace Media SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF TEAM IN NEWTOWN-SAM-INGHAM was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF TEAM IN NEWTOWN-SAM-INGHAMlast_img read more


first_imgSTEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY MUSIC CORNER IS SPONSORED BY WWW.IRISHMUSIC.CO.UK – FREE DELIVERY TO DONEGAL!Hello Everyone and welcome along to the Third Edition of Country Corner, Many thanks to everyone for contacting me during the week and wishing me the best of luck with it. Congrulations to Laura Smyth – on winning the 2 tickets to Daniel O Donnell Concert in The Millenium Forum last night Wednesday, thanks to everyone for taking part. It was a fantastic show by Daniel. Singer & Songwriter Shunie Crampsey from Malin in Co.Donegal – has released his new single which is entitled – Sometimes It Isn’t Easy Being Me – go to http://shuniecrampsey.com/beingme.html – for a free download to get shunies new single. Jenny Rae from Northern Ireland has released her new dvd – Love As We Once Knew It – check it out.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz_fJXJ7oF0&feature=player_embedded Mick Flavin is currently in the recording studio – putting down songs for his new CD which will be out later in the year – Mick tells me he has a new single out in about 2 weeks time, check out Mick’s website www.mickflavin.com John Hogan is releasing a new single in the next few weeks and its an original song penned by John himself.  Great News to hear new music coming from John, John is a great singer. Dee Reilly from Nashville Tennessee is currently putting together her new Tour Details for Sept.  Big M Promotions tells me hes looking forward to getting Dee back on the road again, more details when we get them. Carmel Mc Loughlin from Co.Roscommon has just released her brand new 12 track cd entitled Mothers Song, some great numbers on it – The Lights Of Rosslare Harbour and a few original songs on it and of course the lovely irish ballads as well, a great cd and its great to see the Glor Tire Winner of 2009 bringing out her new cd. Don’t Forget Clonmany Festival is just around the corner and the details will be here next week, all your favourite acts are performing at it including Nathan Carter, Mike Denver and Robert Mizzell, Mick flavin to name a few and the new boys in the country scence – Derek Ryan and Gerry Guthrie. Check out there website which is http://clonmanyfestival.com/ Dancing Dates Thursday 07th July 2011 Biddy Friels (Drumoghill – Letterkenny)Dominic Kirwan & Band Friday 08th July 2011Josies Country Tavern (Letterkenny) Robert Mizzell & Band Friday 08th July 2011Mellon Country Hotel (Omagh)Declan Nerney & Band Fri 08th July 2011Fundraising Concert in Plaza BuncranaDancing to Nathan Carter & BandDoors Open 10pmBand on Stage at 11pmAdmission €10.00Over 18’s – ID Required Sat 09th July 2011Riverclub (Castlefin)Patrick Feeney & Band Competition Time: To Win a copy of Patrick Feeneys new cd – Good Thing Going Down please answer the following question – Q: Patrick Feeney new single is called Love – fill in the blanks Answers to info@donegaldaily.com – closes on Mon 11th July at 6pm. Good Luck Dont forget to tune into me on ICR FM – www.icrfm.ie every Tuesday between 3pm and 4pm for the best in Irish Country Music and Interviews – this Tues 12th July I will be talking to Stephen Smyth. You can also get in touch with me  at stephendoherty2008@gmail.com or visit my website which is www.keepitcountryradioshow.co.uk.STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY MUSIC CORNER IS SPONSORED BY WWW.IRISHMUSIC.CO.UK – FREE DELIVERY TO DONEGAL!CLICK ON WWW.IRISHMUSIC.CO.UK TO FIND OUT MORESTEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER was last modified: July 7th, 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:STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNERlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who was arrested after a number of near crashes during a 100kph chase told Gardai he was driving to have his car scrapped.Raymond Hepburn, 40, of Drumbeg, Raphoe, was already banned from driving for 10 years when he met a Garda checkpoint on October 12th, 2011.He fled the scene and led Gardai on a high-pursuit chase through several villages before abandoning his red Seat car in the middle of a road. Along the way several cars had to drive into ditches to avoid Hepburn.Letterkenny District Court was told that a truck even had to take evasive action to prevent being hit by the Hepburn.He was charged with seven cases of dangerous driving and driving without a license.The court was told that the accused already had 20 previous convictions for various offences including drink driving and forging a driving license.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was only taking the car to the scrapyard as it was worth just €200.He accepted it was probably the end of his driving career for the moment.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation and community service report on the father-of-two and adjourned the sentence until October 15th.BANNED DRIVER CLAIMED HE WAS GOING TO HAVE HIS CAR SCRAPPED was last modified: July 21st, 2012 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:bannedHIGH SPEED CHASERaphoeRAYMOND HEPBURNlast_img read more

Kubo all revved up for Powerade Series

first_imgWhen it comes to import drag racing, very few competitors could match the talent and skill of Lisa Kubo. Now the Chino Hills resident, winner of nine national events in the National Hot Rod Association Sports Compact Series and three world championships in various series, wants to try her hand at the Powerade Series. Enter veteran Funny Car driver Frank Pedregon, who has brought Kubo aboard his limited-funded nitro coupe team to teach her the ropes with the hopes of eventually putting her in a second flopper. “Right now, I’m under Frank’s wing,’ Kubo recently said in an interview on Speed Channel. “It’s part of his diversity program (which includes a possible Top Fuel ride for J.R. Todd, an African-American). It’s not just me. There is J.R. Todd. He wants to be in Top Fuel. I’ve always been the loopy one and want be in a Funny Car. “I’ve known Frank for a long time. I’ve always asked him, `I want to do this. I want to do this.’ He kept telling me, `One day, one day,’ and boom! One day is here.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Kubo understands that she must learn to walk before she can run in the highly-competitive fuel racing class. “I’m learning a lot of duties of what a driver (in this class) should know,’ Kubo said. “I listen to whatever they say, the crew chief, Frankie … everyone. “I’m OK learning real slow and taking my time. I need to learn how to warm up the car, then do a burnout and line up the car on the line. That’s how I’m going to work it because up here it’s a whole different world.’ But her transition may be fast. Kubo said she could possibly be in the driver’s seat by next season. “If everything works out, I will definitely be out there next year,’ she said. “I don’t want to set the world on fire. I just want to be in the car, line up (and go race).’ center_img Tony Schumacher and Greg Anderson all but locked up series championships in their respective classes while winning at the Fall Nationals near Dallas last weekend. Schumacher won in Top Fuel for his seventh victory of the season and moved 268 points ahead of second-place Larry Dixon with two races remaining. He can clinch his second consecutive title and his third since 1999 by making just one qualifying pass at next weekend’s ACDelco Nationals in Las Vegas. Anderson won for the fifth time in seven events and moved 244 points ahead of second-place Kurt Johnson. He can clinch his third consecutive Pro Stock title by qualifying eighth or better next weekend. The racing in Funny Car is a bit closer with 13-time John Force holding a 36-point lead over second- place Gary Scelzi, who had led since the U.S. Nationals in early September. Force gained 79 points on Scelzi last weekend by winning in Dallas while Scelzi lost in the first round. NHRA announced this week the four finalists for the 2005 Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. Robert Hight, who led the Funny Car standings for two months between July and early September, tops a list that also includes Jack Beckman (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Bike). The winner will be announced at the Powerade Series Awards Ceremony on Nov. 7 in Palm Desert. Hight, driver of the Auto Club Funny Car for John Force Racing, will make an appearance at the Thunderfest car show in downtown Covina on Saturday. He will sign autographs from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is free with parking available on Citrus Ave. between San Bernardino Road and Badillo Street. Steve Ramirez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2161, or by e-mail at steve.ramirez@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgKeith Cowan scored a super header to secure all three points.A second-half header from towering centre-half Keith Cowan ensured Finn Harps secured all three points in a top of the table clash with Athlone Town.The Ramelton man is a top-class defender and has become a mainstay in the side over the years and has amassed well over one hundred appearances for the club.His header was the difference and sends Harps clear at the top of the table. Both sides were evenly matched and neither really stamped their authority on proceedings at Finn Park in what was a cagey and defensive match.It was clear from early on in the encounter that one goal could settle it, and so it proved when Cowan headed superbly past Shane Cusack on 67 minutes.Harps held on for the victory rather comfortably and earned a crucial three points that sees them go clear at the top of the Airtricity First Division.Shelbourne are currently drawing with Wexford Youths at Tolka Park and if that game ends in a draw Harps will go FOUR clear at the top of the table. Harps are still unbeaten after half a dozen games and there is now real genuine belief that Ollie Horgan’s side could get out of this division.A play-off spot seems well within their reach after six very impressive performances form Harps.It’s an extremely tough league and Harps are geographically challenged with some horrendous long journeys but they’ve created a great early season buzz around Ballybofey and hopefully more people can come out and cheer them on for the challenges that lie ahead.Final score at Finn Park Finn Harps 1 (Keith Cowan) Athlone Town 0.SUPER KEITH COWAN HEADER SENDS FINN HARPS CLEAR AT THE TOP was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Finn Harps FCHome-page SportKeith Cowannewssoccerlast_img read more

Auto Racing: Thorn survives rough and tumble SRL race

first_imgEUREKA >> Redwood Acres Raceway was at full capacity this past Saturday night for Bear River Hotel and Casino/Renner Petroleum Night at the Races. In addition to four local classes of roadrunners, bombers, mini stocks and Legends, fans were treated to the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series’ third visit to the 3/8-mile paved oval. The SRL’s Renner Petroleum/Bear River Hotel and Casino 125 proved to be a memorable race for a variety of reasons.Bethany Rapp was fast time for the California State …last_img read more

Garden Route is now a biosphere reserve, says Unesco

first_imgThe Garden Route in South Africa has been added, along with other areas around the world, to Unesco’s list of biosphere reserves.Unesco declared the Garden Route a biosphere reserve, in June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Priya PitamberSouth Africa’s Garden Route had been included on a list of global biosphere reserves, said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris, France, on 14 June 2017.New @UNESCO_MAB #BiosphereReserve: Garden Route #SouthAfrica https://t.co/t0Fr2tC68o @environmentza @FMEnvng @SANParks pic.twitter.com/OZKkbNL6OT— UNESCO (@UNESCO) June 14, 2017“Biosphere reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Unesco.“New sites are designated every year by the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) which is composed of representatives of 34 elected Unesco members.”WelcomedSouth African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, welcomed the news. “The positive response to the application to declare the Garden Route a biosphere reserve is most encouraging, not just for us as a country, but also for the people of the region,” she said.“The Garden Route, one of South Africa’s prime tourism regions, is an area rich in terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems where conservation of the rich biodiverse region is ably reconciled with sustainable use practices.”It is the ninth reserve in the country. Sites are nominated by national governments and are voted for by the MAB council, but they remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states in which they are located.The status of such sites is internationally recognised. The official launch of the Garden Route biosphere reserve will take place later in the year.The Garden RouteThe Garden Route biosphere reserve, located within the Cape Floristic biodiversity hotspot region, has a total area of 698,363ha and the population sits at 450,624 people.The area includes the Tsitsikamma, Goukamma and Robberg Marine protected areas, Wilderness Lake Ramsar site, Garden Route National Park and two components of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage site: the Nelson Bay Cave and the Langkloof Valley, the latter being critically endangered.“The Knysna estuary is of great importance for the conservation of this biodiversity,” said Unesco. “The eastern part of the biosphere reserve is characterised by the presence of wetlands in which farming practices and urban development could have a negative impact. Faunal diversity includes large mammals such as elephants, rhino and buffalo.”Other reserves around the worldSites across the globe have also been included in Unesco’s list, some crossing national borders and spilling over two countries:Mono Biosphere Reserve in BeninMono Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Benin and TogoSavegre Biosphere Reserve in Costa RicaMoen Biosphere Reserve in DenmarkLa Selle / Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Dominican Republic and HaitiBosques de Paz Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador and PeruMajang Forest Biosphere Reserve in EthiopiaBlack Forest Biosphere Reserve in GermanySan Marcos de Colón Biosphere Reserve in HondurasTepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo Biosphere Reserve in ItalySobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve in JapanMinakami Biosphere Reserve in JapanAltyn Emel Biosphere Reserve in KazakhstanIndawgyi Biosphere Reserve in MyanmarGadabedji Biosphere Reserve in NigerItaipu Biosphere Reserve in ParaguayCastro Verde Biosphere Reserve in PortugalKhakassky Biosphere Reserve in RussiaKizlyar Bay Biosphere Reserve in RussiaMetsola Biosphere Reserve in RussiaGreat Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Russia and KazakhstanBacko Podunavlje Biosphere Reserve in SerbiaJebel Al Dair Biosphere Reserve in SudanMono Biosphere Reserve in TogoShare your #PHOTOS ? of @UNESCO Biosphere Reserves on Wikipedia to inspire the world?. More info ? https://t.co/9NpUoYLuSZ pic.twitter.com/lDjx3lWyI5— Man and Biosphere (@UNESCO_MAB) June 18, 2017See images of the Garden Route:(Images: South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more