Another family returns from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

first_imgAnother family of five, who was affected by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas returned to Guyana on Sunday evening.The Cooper familyThe Cooper family arrived in Guyana at about 22:00h at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara.Stevie Cooper, who is originally from The Bahamas, and his reputed wife, Vanessa Taite, a Guyanese, and their three children, Stevie Cooper Jnr, Steven Cooper and Steve Cooper, who were all born on the island, were welcomed to Guyana by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix.The Minister told reporters at the airport that the family’s trip was made possible by Caribbean Airlines. “The issues with respect to citizenship would be sorted out. As you are aware the husband is Bahamian and the children are born to a Guyanese mother outside of Guyana so these are issues we would have to walk them through the process to regularisation,” he added.The family will be staying with relatives in Georgetown. Next week two more persons are expected to return home.The family, who briefly spoke with the media, described their experience as “horrible”. Vanessa Taite said, “It’s nothing that no one actually live through like speaking about it you would get an impression but actually going through it is an absolute difference”.She said it was quite frightening to watch her friends and family die in the disaster but even more frightening for her was when her roof came off, leaving her young children exposed. “It’s like literally going through a scary movie,” she added.Taite, who was away from Guyana for six years, said she is glad to be home.On September 15, a family of five also returned to Guyana from the hurricane-ravaged island.Thirty-five-year-old Orin Grimmond and his wife, 35-year-old Sholme Grimmond, arrived at the CJIA with their three children seven-year-old Seraphine, two-year-old Angeline and two-month-old Kemuel.They were accommodated at the Marriott Hotel before they left for Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), to meet their family members.On September 1, Dorian, a category five hurricane, ripped through the small Caribbean archipelago with winds near 240 kilometres per hour (150 miles per hour), the US National Hurricane Center said.A BBC report stated that Dorian was the most powerful storm to hit The Bahamas.Bahamians are now facing severe health threats as they are trying to cope with the lack of access to toilets, clean water, and medication.The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has set up an account here for persons who would like to make contributions towards assisting persons in The Bahamas.Persons desirous of contributing financial donations are asked to make those contributions to the account named GBTI Hurricane Relief Fund-Bahamas # 011802963011.last_img read more

Williams gets his chance

first_img INJURY REPORT Smush Parker sprained his left ankle and was unable to practice Saturday. He is probable for this afternoon’s game but joins a long list of Lakers suffering from ankle injuries. Jackson said neither Luke Walton nor Kwame Brown would make the two-game trip, and that Brown’s ankle was feeling better than Walton’s. It will be a month Monday since Walton injured his ankle, leaving him beyond exasperated with the situation. “If it’s not better Friday, I don’t care,” Walton said. “That’s as good as it’s going to get.” In Friday’s victory over Boston, Williams was the first guard off the bench and finished with six points, four assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes. Lakers coach Phil Jackson credited Williams with playing a “very fine floor game” and added that he would continue turning to Williams and Aaron McKie – the only two Lakers older than 30 – ahead of young guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic. EL SEGUNDO-Shammond Williams now can admit that he sometimes questioned his decision to leave behind a starting job on a team that advanced to the Euroleague Final Four last season to sit the bench game after game with the Lakers. “I can’t lie to you,” Williams said. “I felt like being one of the elite players in Europe and coming here, I was like the only one that wasn’t playing. Everybody’s playing, and all these guys’ teams, I beat and with probably less talent than they had.” center_img 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

Disease aided in notorious feud

first_imgThe Hatfields and McCoys have a storied and deadly history dating to Civil War times. Their generations of fighting over land, timber rights and even a pig are the subject of dozens of books, songs and countless jokes. Unfortunately for Appalachia, the feud is one of its greatest sources of fame. Several genetic experts have known about the disease plaguing some of the McCoys for decades, but kept it secret. The Associated Press learned of it after several family members revealed their history to Vanderbilt doctors, who are trying to find more McCoy relatives to warn them of the risk. One doctor who had researched the family for decades called them the “McC kindred” in a 1998 medical journal article tracing the disease through four generations. “He said something about us never being able to get insurance” if the full family name was used, said Rita Reynolds, a Bristol, Tenn., woman with the disease. She says she is a McCoy descendant and has documents from the doctor showing his work on her family. She is speaking up now so distant relatives might realize their risk and get help before the condition proves fatal, as it did to many of her ancestors. The most infamous feud in American folklore, the long-running battle between the Hatfields and McCoys, may be partly explained by a rare, inherited disease that can lead to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts. Dozens of McCoy descendants apparently have the disease, which causes high blood pressure, racing hearts, severe headaches and too much adrenaline and other “fight or flight” stress hormones. No one blames the whole feud on this, but doctors say it could help explain some of the clan’s notorious behavior. “This condition can certainly make anybody short-tempered, and if they are prone because of their personality, it can add fuel to the fire,” said Dr. Revi Mathew, a Vanderbilt University endocrinologist treating one of the family members. Back then, “we didn’t even know this existed,” she said. “They just up and died.” Von Hippel-Lindau disease, which afflicts many family members, can cause tumors in the eyes, ears, pancreas, kidney, brain and spine. Roughly three-fourths of the affected McCoys have pheochromocytomas – tumors of the adrenal gland. Affected family members have long been known to be combative, even with their kin. Reynolds recalled her grandfather, “Smallwood” McCoy. “When he would come to visit, everyone would run and hide. They acted like they were scared to death of him. He had a really bad temper,” she said. Her adopted daughter, another McCoy descendant, 11-year-old Winnter Reynolds, just had an adrenal tumor removed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Teachers thought the girl had ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Now, Winnter says, “my parents are thinking it may be the tumor” that caused the behavior. “I’ve been feeling great since they took it out.” Her adoptive father, James Reynolds, said of the McCoys: “It don’t take much to set them off. They’ve got a pretty good temper. “Before the surgery, Winnter, when we would discipline her, she’d squeeze her fists together and get real angry and start hollering back at us, screaming and crying,” he said.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

Psychiatrist accused of molestation

first_imgAyres, bearded and wearing glasses and an orange jail jumpsuit, appeared briefly in San Mateo County Superior Court, but no plea was entered because his lawyer was unavailable. A judge reduced his bail from $1.5 million to $250,000 after defense lawyer Vincent O’Malley, who represented Ayres at Friday’s brief hearing, told the judge Ayres’ health is failing, he’s not a flight risk and he’s devoted “a substantial portion of his time to the San Mateo community.” Ayres sold his Hillsborough home in 2005 for about $2.4 million, according to records, and it was likely he would make bail and be released. Ayres, a prominent psychiatrist who retired last year, had been honored in 2002 by the San Mateo board of supervisors with a lifetime achievement award for “his tireless effort to improve the lives of children and adolescents.” He also served as president of the academy from 1993 to 1995. “The real tragedy here is that parents entrusted their children to this doctor for help, and they were victimized while in his care,” San Mateo police Capt. Mike Callagy said. “That’s so tragic.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 75-year-old Ayres appeared in court Friday on charges he molested three patients. Prosecutors said they plan to present evidence he fondled young boys in his care for decades. Ayres was arrested Thursday at his San Mateo home following a four-year investigation that led to 14 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. “It’s been the longest, hardest, scariest ride in my life,” Balfour said Friday, adding she’s relieved Ayres has finally been caught. Ayres allegedly fondled three boys repeatedly between 1991 and 1996 while they were his patients, according to the complaint. The boys were 9, 11 and 12 at the time and are now in their 20s. The statute of limitations for such crimes is 10 years or until the victim turns 28 years old. “We have many other victims who are outside the statute of limitations,” said prosecutor Melissa Mckowan, adding their testimony will be used at trial to show a pattern of behavior. The earliest case she’s aware of is from 1969 and she’s aware of at least 21 victims, but added she’s confident there are many victims who haven’t been found. REDWOOD CITY – When a New York journalist learned that a friend believed he had been sexually abused by his psychiatrist as a child, she urged him to report it. Victoria Balfour said she had no idea it would take nearly five years before the law caught up with Dr. William Ayres, the former head of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Balfour, who said she is also a victim of molestation, thought her involvement would be limited to one phone call to police and using her investigative skills to help her colleague sort through bureaucratic red tape. Instead, it led to her tracking down victims herself through news stories and Web sites and handing over her information to San Mateo police. last_img read more


first_imgIt was never going to be a ‘little’ task for the people of Glenties.But now their world record attempt for gathering the most number of leprechauns has got a whole lot bigger!The record for a gathering of the little people was thought to be 266 which was recorded by the people of Ardee in Co Louth last St.Patrick’s Day. But it now appears that a whopping 414 people with green suits and beards in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa have since smashed the record.Glenties had been aiming for a total of 450 leprechauns come March 17th next.It now appears they will have to do just that or come close at least.Donegaldaily has full confidence in the organising committee putting Glenties and Co Donegal in the Guinness Book of Records. Anybody wishing to take part should contact any committee member or for that matter ….ask anyone in Glenties!(Picture by kind permission of Michael O’Donnell) GLENTIES’ LITTLE LEPRECHAUN RECORD ATTEMPT JUST GOT A LOT BIGGER! was last modified: February 26th, 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:GlentiesleprechaunsWorld record attemptlast_img read more

Man pleads guilty to arson at Letterkenny pub

first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Letterkenny pub.Shane McGinley appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with one charge of arson. It was put to McGinley that he caused arson on January 2nd, 2017 at The Snug Bar at Oldtown, Letterkenny.He pleaded guilty to the charge.His barrister, Mr Ivan Toner, asked the court for a probation and welfare report for his client as well as a psychiatric report.He said his client, of 8 Killylastin Heights, Letterkenny, had already spent time at the psychiatric unit at Letterkenny Hospital.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case for sentence until April.Man pleads guilty to arson at Letterkenny pub was last modified: January 24th, 2018 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:arsoncourtdonegalletterkennyOldtownThe Snuglast_img read more

Agriculture ‘key for development’

first_img20 April 2006South Africa has a unique opportunity to use its “impressive” economic recovery to help uplift the rural poor by ensuring their greater participation in agriculture, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released in Pretoria on Wednesday.The OECD is a grouping of 30 member countries who share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, the organisation is best known for its publications and statistics on economic and social issues.Although South Africa is not a member, the study reviewing the country’s agricultural policy – Review of Agricultural Policies in South Africa – was conducted as part of a cooperation programme with non-member economies.Similar studies have been carried out in China, Brazil and India, countries which, with South Africa, are members of the Group of 20 developing countries.The report notes that despite growing emphasis on reducing poverty and increasing social spending, South Africa still faces a challenge in meeting the social needs of the poor.“Because of the impressive change the country has achieved since the early 1990s, agriculture now offers opportunities to a wider range of the population and is more responsive to markets,” the OECD says on its website.“Further reducing rural poverty and inequality will require a broad range of policies to boost economic growth and tackle such enduring problems as high unemployment, social division, illiteracy and HIV/Aids. But agricultural development has an important role to play.”Investment and growthThe report says that while the current performance of South Africa’s economy is generally positive, investment and output growth are still below the levels needed for equitable income distribution.South Africa’s economy is expected to grow to an average of 4.5% over the next three years, and 6% thereafter.Agriculture contributes under 4% to South Africa’s gross domestic product, and accounts for about 10% of total reported employment.The OECD estimates that a 50% cut in import tariffs and export subsidies around the world, together with a 50% reduction in domestic support to agriculture in OECD countries, would benefit the South African economy – through higher incomes for consumers and producers – by some US$250-million (R1.5-billion).This would also benefit other developing countries such as Brazil, China and India.Exports and subsidiesSouth Africa’s main agricultural exports – wine and fresh fruit – currently face relatively low tariffs from importing nations because of bilateral agreements. But the EU, South African agriculture’s largest export market, raises its fruit import tariffs during the harvesting season to protect its own produce, hindering South African exports.“Wide-ranging reforms to liberalise South African agriculture during the 1990s have raised the sector’s competitiveness, and only low levels of subsidy to farmers remain,” the OECD says.The report found that government policy support accounted for about 5% of farm income between 2000 and 2003, similar to that found in Australia, Brazil and China – and far lower than the 20% support in the US and 34% in the European Union.Though relatively low, most policy support to South African farmers is used to prop up prices of their produce.This is one of the most trade distorting-forms of support, the OECD says, and is also unevenly distributed among commodities. Sugar receives by far the largest share of support, through high import tariffs and a preferential pricing system for South African producers.Land reformAlthough the recent performance of the South African economy has been generally positive, investment and production growth are still below the levels needed to boost jobs and reduce inequality, the report says.It adds that land reform should remain a priority but that acquisition and resettlement procedures must be improved.“For commercial farming to develop, the beneficiaries of the reform, particularly the emerging small-scale farmers, need financial support as well as training in technology, marketing and management,” the organisation says.The report says that commercial agriculture has adapted well to recent liberalisation of the sector but farmers face substantial financial pressures. The ability of the sector to grow and to respond to new market opportunities will determine any gains from global trade liberalisation.“Because of the constraints on land and water use, farming policies need to target quality and productivity improvements to boost international competitiveness further.”Government policy initiativesResponding to the report, Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Thoko Didiza said the results highlighted the reality of agricultural policy in the country and South Africa’s position in multilateral as well as bilateral trade negotiations.To ensure that all South Africans shared the country’s wealth, she said, the government was addressing issues of land ownership, equal participation in agriculture and empowerment of all citizens.The government was fast-tracking the implementation of the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme to promote agricultural production among previously disadvantaged communities.Didiza said the Agriculture Department was had also worked with the financial sector in launching the Micro-Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa.This is the first state-owned scheme to provide micro and retail agricultural financial services in order to increase support to agricultural activities in communal land areas and the emerging farming sector.Didiza added that her department had also developed the Agricultural Education and Training Strategy to address the education needs of small-scale and emerging farmers, and was in the process of developing a business plan for identified projects in the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa, or Asgi-SA.The identified areas include livestock development, the establishment of new and the rehabilitation of existing irrigation schemes, biofuels, land rehabilitation and the development of agricultural development corridors.“We look forward to meet the new challenges, to achieve higher rates of economic growth and development in the agricultural sector, to improve the quality of life for our people in striving towards realising our vision of a united and prosperous agricultural sector,” Didiza reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Milkweed for monarchs: You want me to plant what?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Commodity Classic eve, Harold Coble, a professor emeritus from North Carolina State University, had dinner with a corn and soybean grower where he talked about his research work with milkweed. As the New Orleans dinner wound down, Coble asked the farmer if he would be willing to plant milkweed on some of the odd, unused corners of his farm.The famer sat back in his seat with raised eyebrows and crossed arms and said, “I spent two decades trying to get rid of all that milkweed and now you want me to plant it back?”In short, yes. Here’s why.Coble is working with BASF on the recently announced Living Acres initiative, a research effort focused on improving monarch butterfly habitats in high-production agricultural areas. The initiative started at the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina, with the goal of helping farmers and other land owners increase biodiversity and develop best practices for establishing and maintaining milkweed plants — a critical part of the Monarch lifecycle — in non-cropland areasNorth America has seen declining Monarch populations in recent years in part because of the loss of overwintering site habitat, changing weather patterns and the reduction in milkweed habitat. Monarchs need milkweed for summer forage and larval feeding sites, and reestablishing the plant can positively impact the population.So now, in an interesting twist of fate, Coble is researching the best way to establish milkweed to finish out his career that started out trying to eliminate it.“I started my career in late 60s looking at how to control milkweed problems in southern soybean fields. That is where it all started. I looked at more milkweed plants than I ever cared to,” he said. “Most farms have a few acres here and there and if you get a few plants started, they will take over an area.”Once established, milkweeds are fairly self sufficient, but getting them started can be a challenge. BASF research found milkweed plants are most successful when established through a planting process using root sections. Though it is common to plant milkweed by seeding, only a small number of common seeds germinate. Planting root stock or buds results in the most successful establishment.“It is kind of like planting a tomato plant. If you just spread some seeds out in the field and leave them, your BLT sandwich will be mostly lettuce and bacon,” Coble said. “Plants from root sections are much more vigorous than seedlings and will grow rapidly. They can easily reach up to six feet in height under good growing conditions.”Under a grant from BASF, Coble identified seven steps for successfully establishing milkweed in non-production areas: seed/root, pot, plant, spread, water, grow and mow. While some areas of a farm may better support milkweed stands than others, this work focuses on non-cropland areas such as ditches, roadsides, alleyways and other border areas.BASF as a company is interested in the work to benefit the appealing Monarchs and also to add biodiversity to U.S. farms.“Stewardship has always been a priority for farmers, and it is becoming even more important as a vehicle for improving biodiversity,” said Maximilian Safarpour, Ph.D., Department Head, Global Regulatory and Government Affairs for BASF. “The goal of the Living Acres research initiative is to show how modern agriculture can coexist with refuges for monarchs.”At Commodity Classic, BASF announced first-year findings from Living Acres conducted on the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The research, conducted in 2015, found that creating milkweed refuges will take an upfront investment of time, but once established it should sustain themselves year after year with minimal effort.“The solution will not happen overnight,” said Luke Bozeman, Group Leader, Field Biology for BASF. “But the effort taken to improve monarch butterfly habitats will quickly make an impact.”This, of course, all made for a very unusual dinner conversation at a certain table in a New Orleans restaurant before Commodity Classic. Watching the reaction of her husband at that dinner with Coble, the corn and soybean farmer’s wife quickly informed her fellow diners of her affinity for the beautiful monarch butterflies on the farm.“And you know what?” Coble said. “I think this year he will probably be planting some milkweed plants.”last_img read more

StatCounter: Bing Just Beat Yahoo Worldwide

first_imgBefore the folks over at Bing break out the party hats, though, here’s some advice: StatCounter hasn’t always been the most reliable of Web tracking services in the past. For example, in 2009, StatCounter found that Bing had passed Yahoo in the U.S., then fell back to the #3 position. Meanwhile, competing firm comScore said that Bing’s search share in the U.S. was doing well, even climbing up percentage points, not losing them.So when does Bing get to celebrate? When multiple firms independently publish the same findings. Until then, cautious optimism is prescribed. Related Posts sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to analytics firm StatCounter, the Bing search engine has just overtaken Yahoo for the first time worldwide during the month of February 2011. From StatCounter Global Stats, Bing closed out the month with a 4.37% search share compared with Yahoo’s 3.93%. However, both still fall far behind Google’s search share of 89.94% of the global market.“It is significant that Bing overtook Yahoo globally for the first time,” said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen, “but it remains a tough battle to claw back Google’s search market share.”Cullen also noted that this past month was the first time Google dipped below 90% since August of 2009, but that it shows “little sign of losing its global dominance any time soon.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#search#web#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Desperately seeking Netaji ahead of LS polls

first_imgSamajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh could find himself in a dilemma of choosing between son Akhilesh and brother Shivpal, both of whom will be celebrating his 80th birthday separately on Thursday and seek his “blessings” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The uncle and nephew parted ways in 2016 after Akhilesh removed Shivpal as the SP’s State president and last year, a national convention nominated the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as party head replacing Mulayam. Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSPL) has planned State-wide celebrations, including events at the party’s office at 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, here and Saifai, the native place of the Yadav clan, in Etawah. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP), which has also planned to celebrate Mulayam’s birthday across the State, will have an event at its office in the Uttar Pradesh capital. The PSPL has decided to celebrate his birthday as “Dharm Nirpekshta Diwas” and organise a ‘dangal’ (wrestling event) in Saifai as Mulayam was a wrestler once and known for his skills in the ring. “We will be celebrating the day as Dharm Nirpekshta Diwas (secularism day) as ‘netaji’ (as Mulayam is fondly called) is the one who stood against communal forces with full force. “The objective of the day will be to strengthen social amity and ideology of secularism,” Shivpal’s son and PSPL general secretary Aditya Yadav said.The Samajwadi Party is not far behind as it has also announced State-wide celebrations like those of previous years and asked its district officials and workers to organise events. “The SP has asked its district and city cadre to celebrate Mulayam Singh Yadav’s birthday. We have been organising his birthday earlier also. He is not only our party’s founder but also a samajwadi icon,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.last_img read more