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Black Bush Polder flooding…says sluice doors were operational, drains were cloggedIn light of threatening floodwaters at Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) which lasted for several days and affected numerous households, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has refuted claims that they were primarily responsible.High floodwaters in Black Bush Polder last week causing persons to save their cattle and livestockAccording to the NDIA, they commenced clearing Black Bush channels at Joppa, Adventure and Eversham about one week prior to the inundation. At the end of the operation, all sluices were operational.Just over one week ago, the polders of Johanna and Yakusari were flooded after a few hours of heavy rainfall. Cash crop farmers and those in the residential areas were the worst affected by the floodwaters. Also affected were some rice and poultry farmers.However, the Authority stated that upon investigation, it was determined that the Yakusari main drain was completely blocked with vegetation; an area which is a responsibility of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). The NDIA claimed that the local organ body refused to relinquish those duties to them earlier this year.“Upon investigation, it was determined that the Yakusari main drain was completely blocked with vegetation. The Regional Democratic Council, Region [Six], which has responsibility for the cleaning and maintenance of the main drain, had earlier in the year refused to allow NDIA to take over these responsibilities.”It was also indicated that attempts were made by the local organ body to clear the vegetation prior but this proved unsuccessful. They were called to render assistance but the pump station remained inoperable for close to one day.“The RDC sent in a contractor who unsuccessfully attempted to remove the vegetation from the Yakusari channel. To compound the problem, the contractor “cut and loose” the vegetation, which floated to the Joppa pump station, resulting in the station’s grillwork being damaged and pulled into the sump. The NDIA was called in to rectify the situation, which resulted in the pump station being inoperable for approximately 18 hours, since operating the pump without the grillwork may have caused long term damage to the pump,” NDIA stated.It has been announced that had the situation been monitored but a fully-functional pump station, the flooding would have been averted.Sharmilla Davi Pooran, a cash crop farmer, had told this publication that she and her husband cultivate ochro and during the morning, her husband had to use a pump to get most of the water out of the farm.She noted that they also cultivate rice, which was hit by a paddy bug infestation during the last crop.“We get nothing from rice and now it look like we nah gon get nothing from garden,” she said while adding that they cannot afford to continue pumping water out of the farm as the rains continue.Sudeen Ramnauth called “Lil Boy” of Yakusari also said his crop was under water.“I got to pump water, since morning my skin soak and I pumping water.” He said the canal which takes water to the sluice at Number 43 Village is clogged with vegetation. He added that the outfall channel needs desilting urgently.Ramnauth also expressed concern that the pump at Number 43 Village was not being used to assist in getting the water out to the sea.
Edgar Barajas scores so many goals for the San Fernando High boys’ soccer team that they’ve become a common occurrence, rarely generating such excitement. But Wednesday, the second-seeded Tigers went wild after Barajas’ 29th goal of the season in the final minute that gave them a 2-1 victory over visiting North Hollywood in the second round of the City Section playoffs. San Fernando defeated North Hollywood 2-0 in the Hart tournament final in December. “They were better prepared this time,” Mejia said. “If we had come in with that game in mind, thinking they would play like they did before, we’d have been in trouble. We were prepared, too.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Fernando, which extended its undefeated streak to 18 games, advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. “I was very, very relieved,” Tigers coach Norman Mejia said of his reaction to Barajas’ goal. “You saw me over there, I don’t usually get like that. It was a sigh of relief.” The score had been tied since San Fernando’s Moises Alvarez tallied in the 13thminute on a play set up by a corner kick. Erick Aguilar gave North Hollywood (14-5-6) the initial lead in the sixth minute. The Huskies had the majority of the scoring opportunities in the second half before Barajas converted his seventh shot of the game. The senior forward admitted the Tigers (20-2-3) were starting to get nervous about the prospect of having their playoff fate determined in overtime, especially against a team that was coming off an overtime win. “Yeah, we were, a little,” Barajas said. “They kind of were dominating us at the end. We got the goal when we needed it. I was confident we’d pull it out, but it was nice not to have to do it in overtime. … I’ve got to give them credit, they gave us a good game.”
1 West Ham have entered the race to sign Chelsea target Jean-Michael Seri, according to the Sun.The highly-rated Nice midfielder is reportedly in advanced talks with the Blues and wants a move to the Premier League, but the Hammers are looking to hijack the deal.Seri, 26, has a release clause of £35m, making him an attractive prospect for many clubs in Europe, including Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has made a busy start to life at the London Stadium, signing Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks already, but wants a big signing to please the fans.The Ivory Coast international has made it clear he will not be playing in France next season.Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore emerged as a shock potential signing for the Hammers, but the deal faded out after the Argentine demanded £170,000 a week.
SOUTH EL MONTE — A 20-foot-high, 100-foot-long mountain of dead plants has been piled near the Whittier Narrows Equestrian Center so long, some people in the area think it is a natural hill. “I just thought it was a mountain,” said Barbara Grand, a new horse trainer at the center. But those with a little history know better. “It’s been there for about — at least three years,” said Doug Leak, who lives at the nearby Pellissier Village Equestrian District. “The (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) dredged the river out, and whoever they contracted to do it must have run out of money, because half of the stuff from the dig just got piled up and left here.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Pellissier Village is a small unincorporated neighborhood just east of the Equestrian Center where residents are allowed to keep horses. People who live in the village do most of their riding in the Whittier Narrows area. Leak and others who live in the Equestrian District say the hill of rotting plants is ugly, smelly, dangerous and home to vermin. They want it removed. “Oh God, it’s nasty, especially when it rains,” Leak said. “We have horse shows in the arena right there, and it used to be really nice. People would park under pine trees, there were wood chips on the ground. It was a nice, clean, level area. Now it’s just an eyesore. It’s been there so long, more of the bamboo-looking plants are starting grow out of the dead ones.” Those bamboo-looking plants are Arundo donax, a tall, hardy species considered a weed because it takes over areas that used to have native shrubs. It also sucks up water that would have been used for drinking-water supplies. In an effort to give native plants a chance to thrive in the nearby Rio Hondo riverbed, the Army Corps about three or four years ago hired a crew to remove the Arundo donax, said Jay Field, a spokesman for the Los Angeles District of the Army Corps. “It’s a pest, so our project was to remove about three square miles’ worth,” he said. The contractor removed more of the plants than Army Corps officials expected, so the contract did not cover all the disposal costs, Field said. “Our fiscal year (ended) … Sept. 30, so we are … looking at different alternatives of what to do with any money left in our budget,” he said. “We are going to try to find a way to get rid of the pile.” Getting rid of Arundo donax can be tricky, he said. “We have to be careful of how we dispose of it, because it is so invasive it can take over an area,” he said. As for why it has been left so long, Field said it was not a major priority since the Army Corps also maintains bridges, machinery and dams in the area. “It’s more an eyesore than anything,” he said. “But we certainly recognize the concern by people in the area. We want to get rid of it.” Leak said the residents have waited long enough. “I hope they get it before the rainy season,” he said. “It blocks the natural flow of water down into the Rio Hondo, and it creates a big mud pit at the base of the hill.” Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.BREAKING NEWS: Portuguese authorities have approved Met Police plans to dig for evidence in the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007.Madeleine’s grandparents are from Donegal, and she visited here just weeks before she disappeared.Forensics officers will use ground penetrating radar equipment to aid the search at three sites in Praia da Luz, said Sky News. Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt, speaking from the police investigators’ base in Faro, described the move as a “breakthrough” in the investigation.Last week, Kate McCann told Sky News she needs to know what happened to her daughter even if it was the “worst case scenario”.She said: “Madeleine’s either alive or she isn’t and we can’t change that.“Obviously our hope is that she’s alive and being well looked after but regardless of the outcome, we need to know. We all need to know.” Madeleine disappeared from the apartment she was staying in with her parents and two siblings on May 3, 2007. She was three years old at the time she vanished.In April, police revealed they were investigating five new cases in which young British girls were sexually abused during holiday home break-ins in the Algarve. POLICE TO BEGIN DIG IN SEARCH FOR MADELEINE McCANN was last modified: May 6th, 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)
Donegal is in for another night of heavy wind and rain after Storm Georgina hit Ireland and the UK on Tuesday. Rain and hail downpours, with a risk of isolated thunderstorms, are forecast for another unsettled night. Temperatures are set to drop again to lows of 1-5C as Met Eireann warns of a risk of frost in places.The north west is not set to experience the coldest of conditions (lowest temperatures 3-5C), but high winds will be particularly strong in coastal areas. The cold and windy conditions will prevail into Thursday morning. Further heavy showers and thunder risks are forecast for the morning. The rain will ease off by the afternoon ahead of a cold night with risks of frost and ice.Donegal County Council are not deploying gritters tonight, but have warned motorists to be on alert during periods of heavy hail that may cause slippy roads.Temperatures dip tonight as stormy weather batters on was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:storm georginaweather
Recent news stories about Mars can be categorized into past, present, and future.Mars past: How Mars formed is a convoluted story. That is evident from a report on PhysOrg that might suggest Mars modelers are drinking too much to relieve stress: “‘Marstinis’ could help explain why the red planet is so small.” Mars seems the right size for itself, but for modelers, it is too small for their theories. The article describes a kind of complex billiard game requiring Mars to migrate outward before it could grow its expected size. As it went, it perturbed smaller planetesimals, objects the modelers dubbed “Marstinis.” Those, in turn, might have gotten perturbed by giant planets, which were also migrating at the time. This complex scenario has the benefit of simultaneously providing source material to explain another mystery – the Late Heavy Bombardment, needed to explain cratering on the moon. Divining Mars history in meteorites was discussed in another article on PhysOrg. Studying wafer-thin slices of meteorites thought to have landed on Earth from Mars, scientists look for clues indicating large impacts on the red planet. From conclusions reached, they try to infer impact effects on subsurface water and the production of carbonates, serpentine, clay and methane. A scientist promised, “We are now starting to build a realistic model for how water deposited minerals formed on Mars, showing that impact heating was an important process.”Mars present: Several sources reported the surprise that Mars’ sand dunes can change quickly: Space.com, the BBC News, and PhysOrg among them. “Scientists had considered the dunes to be fairly static, shaped long ago when winds on the planet’s surface were much stronger than seen today,” according to analysis of images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera. “Several sets of before-and-after images from HiRISE over a period covering two Martian years – four Earth years – tell a different story.” Scientists are seeking to understand how carbon dioxide sublimation – a process not occurring on earth – contributes to the rapid changes. “There’s lots of debate about whether features we see on Mars could be produced in the current Mars climate or whether they require different conditions,” one scientist commented. “The numbers and magnitude of the changes have been really surprising,” another said. Meanwhile, the THEMIS infrared camera on the Mars Odyssey orbiter, NASA’s longest-running Mars mission, is studying Mars dust. Dull as that sounds, it is actually an important source of information on Mars, as PhysOrg explained. Principal investigator Philip Christensen has a puzzle: “There’s a good question why Mars isn’t a billiard-ball planet covered by a kilometer of dust,” he said, considering that scientists believe it has been there 4.5 billion years. Explaining why the dust layer is thin required imagination: “Well, maybe throughout most of its history, Mars has had too thin an atmosphere to make dust or initiate saltation or wind abrasion,” he said; “No dust devils, no storms.” Mars seems poised on the brink of global dust storms that occasionally obscure the entire surface of the planet with dust as fine as talcum powder. Calculations show that 100 meters of dust should blanket the planet in 4.5 billion years given current estimated dust creation rates. To wriggle out of that anomaly, Christensen imagined that the atmosphere cycles in and out, actively creating dust only 2% of the time. Even so, that would have produced 2 meters of dust on Mars, which he says is “about right,” provided he be forgiven for tweaking an unseen history to match the observations.Mars future: Interesting missions are being planned for Mars. The big one is Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s long-awaited Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), nicknamed “Curiosity,” scheduled for launch in the fall. Science Daily talked about its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument (SAM), which, along with other instruments, “will check for the ingredients of life.” Ingredients is the operative word. MSL will be unable to detect life, but may be able to determine once for all whether organic molecules are found on the Red Planet. An article about future Mars missions on PhysOrg has illustrations reminiscent of sci-if comic books. The Center for Space Nuclear Research at Idaho National Laboratory is working on fleets of “Mars hoppers” they feel would be more efficient explorers of the Martian surface than rovers. CSNR’s mission design includes a method for sample return – delivering Martian material back to Earth for analysis. “A single rocket launch from Earth could deploy several hoppers at once,” the article explained. “A few dozen hoppers could map the entire Martian surface in a few years…. Hoppers could also serve as a network of weather stations monitoring the Martian climate and could collect a trove of air, rock and soil samples to send back to Earth.”Meanwhile, back on Earth, a volunteer crew of six have “reached Mars orbit” in a simulated experiment testing how humans might endure long term space travel. PhysOrg reported on the milestone of “Mars200” project, now 244 days into their experiment living and working in hermetically-sealed modules as if traveling to Mars and back. On February 14 (Valentine’s Day) they get to emerge onto a simulated Martian surface. The “arrival” back on Earth (a place they never really left) occurs in early November.Mars exists in the present. We don’t see Mars in the past, or in the future. We see effects produced by an unobserved history, and can extrapolate current processes a reasonable amount forward. When scientists tweak too many parameters in their imagined scenarios – moving the planet in and out, imagining lucky-strike impacts at certain times and places where needed for theory, turning the atmosphere on and off to maintain a belief in billions of years, we have good reason to doubt the infallibility of their science. Remember that scientific explanation is an entirely different enterprise than scientific discovery. Let’s discover! Go forth and conquer with Curiosity and better instrumentation. Hop to it. Data clear the fog and put storytellers out of business. But always keep a wary eye on the opinions of scientists who practice divination, or who make reckless drafts on the bank of time.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sifiso Skizo Nhlapo wants to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in the country. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do. Injuries, breaks and bruises are all part of the game. If you don’t crash then you aren’t learning. Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.(Images: Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mark Squire+ 27 82 445 5551Wilma den HartighSouth African BMX racing champion Sifiso Nhlapo has secured his spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But for Nhlapo his participation in the Olympics is about more than the adrenalin rush and winning medals, his dream is to get more kids onto bikes by developing the sport in South Africa.When Nhlapo, better known as Skizo (a childhood name used to distinguish him from another boy at school with the same name) was a youngster, he never had any aspirations to become a professional BMX rider. In fact, he wanted to be a policeman. He liked the action, the cars and racing around to catch the bad guys.Cycling around the neighbourhood on his BMX bike with his friends was just for fun. He remembers sticking up posters of his racing heroes on his bedroom walls, but he never thought BMX racing would one day be his profession.“I never thought I would become a successful racer,” he says. “My bike gave me freedom and it was just a mode of transport. I had friends at school who raced and it was a cool thing to do.”Fortunately his mom, who he names as his hero, quickly spotted her son’s talent. “She always supported me when I was young,” he says. “Where many parents would get nervous about child being involved in such a dangerous sport she could see it made me happy.”Another go at the OlympicsNhlapo started racing when he was 13 years old, which is considered a late entry into the sport. However, at 25, he has reached the top of his game and he has a huge fan base.This will be his second time at the Olympics – he first participated in the games in 2008 in Beijing when BMX racing made its debut to join the road, track and mountain bike events.Unfortunately he crashed in the finals, but he says that just qualifying and having an opportunity to compete in Beijing was a major achievement in itself.“My first experience of the Olympics was just awesome. It was a great honour to represent my country.”Two weeks before the 2008 games no one knew that South Africa has a professional BMX racing champion, and since then the BMX Olympian has achieved superstar status.Now, just weeks before competing against the world’s best BMX racers in London, Nhlapo is calm and focused. And he believes that this is the way it should be. His day at the Olympics is going to be just another day on the track.“I try to have fun on the day and I try not to think too much about the competition,” he says.Staying calm and focused in high pressure situations is an important skill for a BMX racer. It is one of the more difficult sports to master and requires a great deal of technical expertise and mental ability.‘You have to work hard and never give up,” he says.Nerves of steelPerhaps even more remarkable than Nhlapo’s talent and skill on the bike is his determination to continue racing despite numerous setbacks, some that could have ended his career.“Challenges taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of achieving,” he says.His career has been filled with many ups and downs, and one of his most serious injuries occurred in 2009 when he broke his neck after a big crash while training in Norway. He underwent surgery and although some people thought that he should stay off the bike, he wasn’t about to give up so easily.“I always knew that I would come back. The only thing that would have stopped me was being in a wheelchair,” he says. “Crashing is part of the game and if you don’t crash then you aren’t learning.”After 10 months of intensive rehab, he was back on the track, doing what he loves most.“BMX is all I know. It is my life,” he says.Nhlapo says he is thankful to get another chance. “You respect all the chances you are given,” he says. “I can use my arms and legs and I’m grateful for the gift. It made me the person I am today.”Sport development in SAOne of Nhlapo’s biggest dreams is to use his professional status to promote BMX racing in South Africa. BMX was very popular in the 1980s, but since then the sport has declined. Bringing back the cool factor – that also first got him interested in BMX – is what he wants to do.“With television games and TV kids are no longer getting out there and getting dirty,” he says.He’s involved in BMX development initiatives, and has hosted the Red Bull Under My Wings workshop, aimed at educating young BMX hopefuls on what it takes to build a successful career.The aim of the Red Bull program is to provide young athletes with valuable tools such as one-on-one guidance and expert mentoring to develop their skills in the sport they love.He believes that getting the sport into schools can increase the popularity of BMX again, and even encourage some children to pursue it more seriously.“My dream is to campaign for BMX to be part of the school curriculum,” he says.He says that good old-fashioned playing outdoors is just what children need. “It would give kids something to do after school. It is a constructive activity to keep them busy and off the streets.”The lack of proper training facilities is preventing the sport from taking off in South Africa, but one day Nhlapo would like to develop and manage more BMX facilities in the country.“The sport has great potential and I would like to build something sustainable,” he says.And his advice to anyone who wants to accomplish something great? “Never give up on your dreams.”