Lands & Surveys mulls opening up 6000 acres of land in Region 4

first_img– to re-embark on mapping exercise after stolen computer delays projectThe Guyana Lands and Survey’s Commission (GL&SC) processes thousands of lease applicants each year and as the demand for land grows, it is considering opening up some 6000 acres of state land in Region Four for various purposes.An example of the imagery generated by LIDAR technologyThis was explained by Chief Executive Officer of GL&SC, Trevor Benn, during their end of year press conference at the Commission on Monday. He explained that as of now, this land is undeveloped, without basic infrastructure. The whole process, he noted, will cost millions.“What we have been doing over the years is land given to you, we take it back if you don’t properly occupy it and we give it to someone else. So it’s an exchange since the 1980s, because we have not opened up new areas. So we have been trying since then, to open up land.”GL&SC CEO Trevor Benn“There’s no infrastructure in the area, but we have designed a plan, consisting of infrastructure that will see us removing issues of space and ensuring that we have a more structured land use in place. We’re going to have commercial, light industrial, residential.”To illustrate the demand for land, Benn explained that for the year, the Commission has processed 3537 applications and approved 849. He further explained that a total of 489 leases were prepared by GL≻ a process Benn said is currently being digitised.“We have started with the designs. We’re working with various Government agencies to get their buy-in and input into what a modern 21st-century community should look like. And what we’re hearing and seeing from them is we want to have a community that we don’t have to go back to in 10 years to build new roads.”“To build hospital spaces. You know, when the Soesdykye-Linden Highway was developed all those years ago and most of the land development schemes, you could have known before you entered the community, where a police station as going to be built. Where a playfield would have been built. Where the school would be built. How many house lots would be there.”The CEO also noted the importance of them establishing adequate sized lots, big enough to allow persons to plant kitchen gardens if they so desire. In addition, there should be ‘green’ spaces to have mini-parks that persons in the communities could use.Also, Benn noted that they are working on putting all Land and Survey services online, so persons won’t have to visit the office for basic services. He said that another initiative being pursued is a National Base mapping process, to remap the country using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology. The whole project will cost some $3.7 billion.There has been a hitch with that plan, however. According to Benn, a laptop that belonged to the North West Geomatics Limited, the Canadian-based company undertaking the remapping, was “illegally removed” from an aircraft at one of the airports.“That work is about to start, the consultant and team is on the ground. There are two aircrafts on the ground at the Ogle airport. Unfortunately, when they arrived here three Fridays ago we had a very ugly incident, where their laptop was removed from the aircraft without their consent, at one of our airports.”“And that delayed the work and now that they have been able to replace the laptop, the rain is upon us. So it’s further delayed… we are going to be doing Region One and part of Region Four first.”Asked where the house lots will be, Benn could not say. He cited the need for mapping to be done and also the threat of squatters taking up illegal residence. According to Benn, squatters in the new areas being opened up is the last thing the GL&SC needs.last_img read more

NFL notes: Another Reid son hit with drug violation

first_imgTV time: Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher will be an analyst for CBS on the network’s “The NFL Today” studio show next season. Lawsuits: Former NFL players Bernard Parrish and Herb Adderley filed a lawsuit accusing the league’s union of inadequately representing them and the 3,500 retired players in licensing deals and allege the player’s association may owe millions of dollars in licensing fees. The suit seeks class-action status to represent the 3,500 retired players, which it says may be owed “tens of millions of dollars.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A second son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was charged with drug violations just days after the coach took a leave of absence to deal with family matters. Garrett Reid, 23, was charged with 14 misdemeanor offenses stemming from a high-speed traffic accident in suburban Philadelphia on Jan. 30, including assault, drug possession and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities also said 21-year-old Britt Reid would waive a preliminary hearing set for today over an alleged road rage encounter that same day in which he allegedly pointed a gun at another motorist. More talks: Rex Ryan, the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan, interviewed with the San Diego Chargers about their head coaching vacancy. Rex Ryan earned a Super Bowl ring as defensive line coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He just completed his second year of the Ravens’ defensive coordinator. center_img Ryan’s interview came three days after the Chargers suddenly fired Marty Schottenheimer to fix what team president Dean Spanos called a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, the San Francisco 49ers’ assistant head coach, was the first candidate to interview. Niners offensive coordinator Norv Turner, twice fired as an NFL head coach, interviewed Thursday afternoon. All done: New York Giants offensive tackle Bob Whitfield announced his retirement, ending a 15-year career with three teams that was highlighted by a Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl start. The eighth overall choice in the 1992 NFL Draft after playing at Stanford, Whitfield played his first 12 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, going to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in the 1998 season. He played for Jacksonville in 2004 and then joined the Giants. Whitfield appeared in 220 regular-season games, making 176starts, including 123 consecutive games for the Falcons. last_img read more

Signal lights coming to Simpson Trail in Fort Nelson

first_imgConstruction of intersection improvements and signalization at Highway 97 and Simpson Trail in Fort Nelson is scheduled to begin in mid-June. The $1.86 million contract is to be shared between the B.C. government and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipalities.With the opening of the new recreation centre in Fort Nelson, traffic volumes have increased at the Simpson Trail intersection.“The new traffic lights, turning lanes and traffic islands will increase safety and mobility for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles accessing both the new facilities to the north and the park to the south,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.- Advertisement -This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government’s 10-year transportation plan to improve the province’s transportation network.Work will be done by IDL Projects Inc. of Prince George and is expected to be completed in late September.last_img read more

24 years later, recipient of crucial heart surgery gets to thank Nancy Reagan

first_imgAbout two years ago, Halvorson decided he wanted to meet Reagan and thank her personally, but his early efforts to contact her were unsuccessful. More recently, after tracking down a retired New York Times editor who wrote a story about Halvorson’s and his sister’s experience with Reagan in the early 1980s, he was able to reach an assistant of Reagan’s through the library, Halvorson said. About two weeks ago, he was asked to write Reagan a letter, which led to an invitation to meet at the library Friday. “I’m nervous. I’m excited,” he said before the reunion. Priscilla Halvorson, who also has two biological children, attended Friday’s meeting. Brett and Diana, whom she adopted about a year after their surgeries, share a special bond, but still had the typical sibling rivalries growing up, she said. One of the Gift of Life founders, Robbie Donno, said kids who go through the program typically go on to succeed in life because they have a tangible reminder of what someone else did to keep them alive. “The rest of their lives, the scar on their chest is a reminder that someone saved their life,” he said. The program began in 1975. By 1983, the group had sponsored nearly 100 children for the procedure, he said. That number skyrocketed after Reagan decided to get involved. Today, the Gift of Life and the scores of other participating Rotary clubs around the world have helped nearly 10,000 kids worldwide, Donno said. Given that the surgeries are risky, Reagan’s desire to help was courageous, he said. “She’s a brave lady because the whole world was watching,” he said. “She was willing to take that risk because if something goes wrong, a good story ain’t so good anymore.” After the successful procedures for both children, Reagan visited them at Saint Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, and gave them both Cabbage Patch Kids, that Christmas season’s most popular gift. While Halvorson doesn’t remember much about the operation or his trip on Air Force One to the White House – except the plentiful supply of jelly beans, Ronald Reagan’s favorite – he does know he wants to participate in the program and help other children the way others helped him. With Friday’s long-awaited meeting with Reagan over, Halvorson said he’s ready to move on to other chapters in his life. Although he loves Korean food, he has forgotten most of the language and has not been back to his native country since he was adopted. He wants to see his biological family, he said, adding, “That would be a great next chapter.” 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! SIMI VALLEY – When 4-year-old Lee Kil Woo walked onto the White House lawn after arriving on Air Force One in November 1983, he had no idea first lady Nancy Reagan had arranged for him and Ahn Ji Sook, 7, to come to the United States from South Korea to undergo life-saving heart surgeries. In the years since, his understanding and appreciation over that act of kindness grew, and he wanted to say thank you. So two years ago, he started researching how to get hold of Reagan. After a conversation with a reporter led to him writing a letter to the former first lady, he got his wish Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “There was a tear in my eye,” said Woo – who was adopted with Sook by an Arizona family and given the name Brett Halvorson – about the emotional meeting. “She’s my hero. I realize now she did a great thing for me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reagan greeted Halvorson in front of a large photo of her hugging him and Sook, now named Diana, as children, shaking his hand and remarking how tall he’d gotten since their last meeting about 20 years ago. “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it,” Reagan said when she spotted the 28-year-old Washington state insurance broker. Halvorson and his adopted sister, who are not blood relatives, came to the United States for their operations through the Gift of Life program, a nonprofit effort begun by the Manhasset Rotary Club in Long Island, New York, to provide life-saving heart surgeries to kids worldwide. At the time, Nancy Reagan was in South Korea on a diplomatic trip with the president. She was contacted by Harriet Hodges, who worked with the children’s program and asked the first lady for help. The children’s trip and subsequent surgeries made headlines throughout the United States. last_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES GAA TEAM QUITS FACEBOOK

first_imgA CO DONEGAL ladies GAA club is quitting Facebook as a reaction to online bullying.The Ardara girls teams will quit the social networking site throughout the month of February.The decision was made in an effort to raise funds for the club, and to send a message to online bullies. Parent and coach Thomas Boyle said it was a reaction to that.“We needed new training tops for the underage girls and we were looking at how to raise funds,” he said.“We thought it would be a good thing to do for sponsorship so all of the girls are leaving Facebook throughout the month of February.“It is also a response to recent deaths of children as a result of what happened to them online.” As part of the campaign Donegal Daily is making a donation to the Ardara Ladies GAA club.Other parents in Donegal are also launching a new campaign to close down the Ask.fm site after a huge increase in the number of cyber bullying incidents in the county. DONEGAL LADIES GAA TEAM QUITS FACEBOOK was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 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:DONEGAL LADIES GAA TEAM QUITS FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Avalos outlasts Dhaouadi

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week By Mile 21 on Anaheim Street by Recreation Park, Dhaouadi was no longer in sight, and Avalos cruised the rest of the race. “I started out too fast and started to get tired at the fourth mile,” Avalos said through an interpreter. “I had to concentrate then, but after that, I felt great, only a little tired.” Still, for the the majority of the race, it appeared as if victory could go either to the 36-year-old Avalos or Dhaouadi, who won the half-marathon in Long Beach last year. Dhaouadi, however, said that marathons aren’t his strongest races and that he typically does better in shorter distances. That doesn’t mean he came in with a defeatist attitude. “No doubt, I thought I could win it,” Dhaouadi said. “But for some reason, my legs tightened up. Really, I just didn’t have enough mileage in the marathon to do it.” Dhaouadi finished in 2:32:53, beating third-place Fermin Sequen by nearly three minutes. Dhaouadi, a 33-year-old from Tunisia who is training out of Albuquerque, N.M., had such a comfortable lead for second place that he was able to walk briefly at Mile 23. Sequen won last year’s Long Beach Marathon, but a repeat looked unlikely early in the race. “Last year, I ran and won and didn’t have pressure,” Sequen said through an interpreter. “This year, there was more pressure to defend the title.” Sequen, a 37-year-old from Guatemala who trains in Santa Monica, said this was only his fourth marathon. He typically runs 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races. He added that the surface of the course felt different this year, that somehow the ground was harder. Not taking into account the hard, asphalt street for most of the race, conditions were close to ideal. It was windy at times, but cool enough to not hinder the runners. Though the times by the top three finishers are impressive to the majority of marathoners, it should be noted that race promoters’ focus is not to attract elite runners from around the globe. Avalos won $1,500 for his first-place finish, and promoters raffle off $10,000, eligible to anyone who runs in the race. So while the marathon is competitive, the focus is more to attract runners without elite status. In fact, each of the top three finishers said he considered the race part of training. But that should not diminish Avalos’ dominant victory. The native of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, was a magnet for cheers throughout his run. He looked at ease, not pained at all, and when he hit Ocean Boulevard on Mile 24, repeatedly got cheers from half-marathon runners whom he was passing. Dhaouadi, who won the 2002 Salt Lake Marathon and was runner-up in the “Race for Literacy’ 8K in San Diego in May, said that he was surprised by Avalos’ impressive showing. He had seen Avalos compete and did not realize he had the potential to beat him and win. Avalos said he expects to return next year, after running a few more marathons. “I’m just looking forward to the next marathon,” he said. “I’m going to keep it up and just keep running.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most runners compete in the Long Beach Marathon for personal reasons or to behold the course’s breathtaking beauty. Only a select few actually come into the marathon with an honest chance at winning. For Lionel Avalos, he was one of those select few believing he could win, and he left the race with something new on his resume the title of “international race winner.” center_img Avalos, a native of Mexico, won his first marathon outside of his homeland, finishing in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 17 seconds to take the 21st running of the Long Beach Marathon on Sunday. He won by a safe margin, more than five minutes ahead of second-place finisher Chokri Dhaouadi. Avalos and Dhaouadi shared the lead between Miles 6 and 19. By Mile 20, on Atherton Street by Whaley Park across from Long Beach State, Avalos separated himself. last_img read more

What we’ve learned from the first quarter of the Warriors’ season

first_imgThe Warriors have played 21 games, a little more than a quarter of the way through the 2018-2019 NBA season, and they sit in first place in the Western Conference standings, as was expected.But the way the Warriors have arrived at this point has been anything but expected.Here’s what we learned about the Dubs through the first quarter of the season.1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder — and makes the Warriors a pedestrian teamGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) gestures after a …last_img read more

Go for Gold halts two-game skid, turns back Perpetual Help

first_imgQuarters: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu tallied 14 markers and eight boards, while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang got 11 points apiece with the win.“I think we’re slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there’s still some room for improvement,” said Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGo for Gold’s defense allowed it to establish a 59-47 lead, but turnovers allowed the Altas to get back into the game, 59-55, at the end of the third frame.Luckily for the Scratchers, Alejandro was there to restore order and a 10-2 blast to open the fourth period kept the Altas at bay for good. PBA IMAGESJ-Jay Alejandro showed the way as Go for Gold snapped its two-game skid after an 81-69 victory over University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The former NU Bulldog fired nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, while also collecting five rebounds and four assists for the Scratchers, who evened their record at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES “Today, we still can’t be happy because we’ve already built big leads but we turn the ball over too much and that allows our opponents to come back,” said Tiu, who was shaking his head after his side gobbled the ball up 30 times.Rey Anthony Peralta led Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kim Aurin got 17 markers and four boards in the defeat.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

China not to accept international tribunal ruling on SCS: Li

first_imgFrom Anil K JosephUlaanbaatar (Mongolia) Jul 14 (PTI) China will not recognise or accept the adverse international tribunal ruling on the South China Sea and the issue should be solved through bilateral negotiations by relevant parties on the basis of “historical facts”, Premier Li Keqiang said here today.”The South China Sea (SCS) issue should be solved through bilateral negotiations by relevant parties on the basis of historical facts and in accordance with international law and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC),” he said here in the Mongolian capital in his first comments on the issue.Li made the remarks while meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, which will be held here from tomorrow.The ASEM summit will be the first major multilateral diplomatic gathering since the July 12 ruling by a UN-backed tribunal that struck down Chinas claims of “historical rights” in the SCS on a case brought by the Philippines.Besides the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan challenged Chinas claims.The Chinese premier called on Vietnam to value the hard- won momentum in the development of bilateral relations and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the SCS with China.On the verdict issued by an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Li said, “China has been very clear on its stance of not recognising or accepting the award. The DOC has helped maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea over the past years.”advertisementThe DOC, signed in 2002 by China and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, including the Philippines, stipulates that the parties concerned undertake to resolve their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Nguyen, on his part, said Vietnam respects Chinas stance on the arbitration, which was unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, and Vietnam maintains that the disputes should be solved peacefully through negotiations, the Xinhua report quoted the Vietnamese Premier as saying.On bilateral ties, Li said China-Vietnam relations have shown a positive momentum since last year, with early results yielding in maritime, land and financial cooperation.Vietnam stands ready to push forward the mechanism of bilateral maritime negotiations and properly manage differences with China, so as to contribute to regional peace and stability, Phuc said. PTI AKJ ZHlast_img read more

French Open: Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashes out in quarter-finals

first_imgWhen the time comes, proud champions are supposed to relinquish their crowns after fighting and snarling to the last moment. Novak Djokovic effectively waved the white flag, bowing out of the French Open with a whimper on Wednesday.The 30-year-old Serb, who has prevailed in some of the sport’s epic battles on the way to 12 major titles, was barely recognisable as he capitulated in a 7-6(5) 6-3 6-0 defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.After squandering two set points in the opener on a blustery Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic’s renowned fighting spirit ebbed away quickly and he surrendered the third set in 20 minutes.The result was all the more remarkable as in five previous matches with the 23-year-old he had lost one set and last month thrashed him 6-1 6-0 in Rome — a result that suggested Djokovic had found his mojo, missing since he won the French a year ago.Sixth seed Thiem, who to be fair played superbly in the first set but must have thought he was facing a Djokovic impersonator thereafter, is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament but his next task is a daunting one.”It doesn’t get any easier,” Thiem, beaten by Djokovic in last year’s semi-final, said on court when asked to comment on the prospect of facing favourite Rafa Nadal in the semis.While Thiem’s part in Djokovic’s downfall should not be overlooked, it was the Serbian world number two’s astonishing collapse that was the talk of Roland Garros.advertisementDouble French Open champion Jim Courier, commentating on the match, said the Serb had shown ‘no fight’.LISTLESS DJOKOVICThat was certainly true after the first set as Djokovic, whose new coach Andre Agassi had already flown home, appeared lost and listless, misfiring a succession of lame backhands.”Obviously nothing was going my way and everything his way. Just pretty bad set,” said Djokovic, who split with his long-term coaching crew last month and announced shortly before the French he would be working with eight-times major winner Agassi.”It was decided I think in the first set today. I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second, and he started serving better, backing it up with the first shot. He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player.”It was Djokovic’s first defeat before the semi-finals in Paris since 2010 when he was also beaten by an Austrian, Juergen Melzer in the quarter-finals.The danger signs were already there in the early stages when Thiem broke the Djokovic serve in the third game. However, Djokovic responded to break back twice in a row, only to drop his own serve at 4-2 with a forehand error.Djokovic piled on the pressure when Thiem served at 4-5 and he had his man in trouble at 15-40. Thiem saved the first set point with a volley, then forced a backhand error on the second.The tiebreak was nip and tuck with a succession of points against the serve but Thiem took it when Djokovic shovelled a tight-looking backhand into the net.Djokovic dropped serve at the start of the second set and the expected backlash never materialised as Thiem marched towards the last four with unexpected ease.Djokovic raised his fist to the crowd after winning a point early in the third but it was a hollow gesture.He did save one match point but was already walking towards the net to shake hands when Thiem sent a backhand fizzing past him a few seconds later.Thiem, who has 22 wins in claycourt matches this year and reached finals in Barcelona and Madrid where he lost to Nadal, is the second Austrian man to reach multiple grand slam semi-finals after former French Open champion Thomas Muster.last_img read more