Shift to higher land will have to be done gradually – Jagdeo

first_img– says efforts should be taken to defend coastal region nowIn light of the recent overtopping caused by abnormally high tides, the topic of relocating Guyana’s coastal populace to higher grounds has reignited but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said it is unrealistic to do so now and instead, it will have to be done gradually.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“It’s unrealistic to expect people to move [now]. So I see the move as a gradual one, people going to high ground but we can’t give up our productive assets on the coast. We have to defend them and we can defend them if we work smart and find smart solutions,” he contended.According to Jagdeo at his recent press conference, a lot of the country’s infrastructure and fertile lands are along its coastline.“Over time that could happen. We can’t pick ourselves up and go and that is why, in Georgetown, you need to focus on better drainage,” he posited.Jagdeo, a former President, pointed out that concrete drains need to be built across the country, particularly in the capital city. He suggested that revenues from the impending oil and gas sector can be used to do this.“That’s what we have to do, concrete drains in the city so you can clean the drains quickly, you can have better management of water, more pumping capability,” he noted.The Opposition Leader went on to give an example, saying that South Georgetown always floods so the level of the road there needs to be raised and concrete drains built.Floods in coastal communities caused by abnormally high tides two weeks agoAnother area he said needs to be looked at is better pumping systems in farming communities so that water can be better managed. Holland, he added, did that for centuries.“So we can’t move our people out and remember some of our most fertile lands are on the coast so you can’t give up on them and go all the way up to Coverden and [say], you know, ‘let’s give it up’,” the Opposition Leader stressed.Instead, Jagdeo posited that the country may need to look at reclaiming land offshore to build some resilient infrastructure. This, he said, has been done by a lot of countries.Nevertheless, with regards to moving to higher lands, the Opposition Leader posited that much needs to be done in order to get people to move.On this note, the Opposition Leader said that should his party – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – win the upcoming General and Regional Elections in March next year then they will build infrastructures to develop those higher locations so that people will want to move from the coast.“[We will build a] four-lane road going to the [Soesdyke-Linden] Highway that brings you down from the Highway into Georgetown in 20 minutes because you don’t have houses along the highway, you have feeder roads coming in. That will allow people to go and live up the highway because if they have good water, school and they can get into the city in 20 minutes to work and they can drive in, then they will move up naturally,” he asserted.Furthermore, with climate change already affecting several things such as rain pattern and sea levels and also stretching traditional infrastructure, Jagdeo said Guyana needs to prepare for this.The former President had won the United Nation’s Champion of the Earth Award back in 2010 for his role in preserving the forest to combat climate change. He had initiated the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) which saw Guyana being paid for preserving its forests.To this end, Jagdeo explained that part of their plan is to expand the LCDS initiative by using the resources earned from the sale of forest carbon to do a number of things. Among those is to build climate-resilient infrastructure.Pointing to the Hope Canal, Jagdeo said that the infrastructure which is located along the upper East Coast of Demerara is an excellent option for flood control and/or water management.“Since the canal was built we did not have a major flood in the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary area caused by blowing the water into the Mahaica River [from the Conservancy Dam]… We would lose sometimes up to US$20 million in a year [while we were in office] but we spent about US$16 million to build the Hope Canal but that effectively stop the flood at the back there,” he recalled.According to Jagdeo, the previous PPP Administration had a multimillion mangrove project to repopulate the coastline as a frontier. He noted that in tsunami-affected countries, the least affected areas were those with mangroves.“We did researches… So we had an entire plan to focus on all of these areas. We didn’t have the money but at least we had the plan,” he posited.Two weekends ago, several communities along Guyana’s coastline were inundated from the unprecedented high tides, which lasted days. Villages in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) were affected by the high water.While some of those affected residents are now trying to get back to their lives and others are still grappling with floodwaters, there is yet another bout of high tides expected later this month.In anticipation of the October 26 high water, the Public Infrastructure Minister in collaboration with the other stakeholder agencies are currently undertaking emergency works to minimise the potential impact from the impending high tides.Close to 80 per cent of Guyana’s population live in its low-lying coastal regions, portions of which sit from 19.7 inches (0.5 metre) to 39.4 inches (1 metre) below sea level.This is a worrying factor since a recent report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that global warming is accelerating melting in glaciers and ice sheets from Greenland to Antarctica, and that sea levels will likely rise more than previously projected by the end of this century if carbon emissions continue to increase.According to the report, many of the 680 million people around the world living in low-lying coastal areas will experience annual flooding events by 2050 that used to occur only once a century.last_img read more

Donegal chosen for launch of Referendum Commission’s campaign

first_imgThe Chair of the Referendum Commission will address students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Tuesday, April 9th at 12 30 pm.The Chair of the Commission, Judge Tara Burns, will attend the launch for the register-to-vote campaign.The launch marks the start of the Commission’s information campaign encouraging people to ensure they are on the electoral register. A referendum on the regulation of divorce will take place on May 24th, the same day as the local government and European Parliament elections.Those not registered to vote have until May 7th to get on the electoral register in time.County Donegal had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the last referendum, and the Chair will talk about the importance of voting and will answer students’ questions.Donegal chosen for launch of Referendum Commission’s campaign was last modified: April 5th, 2019 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:Judge Tara BurnsLYITReferendum Commissionlast_img read more

Humboldt State football ranked No. 22 nationally heading into Western Oregon showdown

first_imgArcata >> As September went on a season ago, the Humboldt State football team’s national ranking was on its way to becoming a thing of the past.Different year, different level of success, different kind of direction in the national rankings.A week after just missing being included in the Top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, the Jacks are now a part of the party. Following its 72-14 dismantling of Simon Fraser, Humboldt State is one of two Great Northwest …last_img

UN ‘must tackle causes of genocide’

first_img9 September 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has stressed the need to address discrimination and inequality, and to do more to prevent genocide.In her first major speech since taking up her new post, Navanethem Pillay told delegates at the opening of the ninth session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday that genocide is the ultimate form of discrimination.“We must all do everything in our power to prevent it.”An activist attorney under apartheid in South Africa, Pillay spent eight years as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and five years on the International Criminal Court in The Hague before taking up her post as the UN’s top human rights official on 1 September.Drawing on her experience of dealing with war crimes and crimes against humanity, the high commissioner called for a stronger focus on preventing genocide, as well as “the cycles of violence, the mobilisation of fear, and the political exploitation of difference – ethnic, racial and religious difference,” that lead to genocide.She noted that 2008 contains a number of important human rights milestones – including the 60th anniversaries of the Genocide Convention on 9 December, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.At the same time, she pointed out that both the Universal Declaration and the Genocide Convention “grew out of the Holocaust, but we have yet to learn the lesson of the Holocaust, as genocide continues.”Durban Review ConferencePillay, who herself experienced discrimination while living in apartheid South Africa, added that development, security, peace and justice were all undermined “when discrimination and inequality – both in blatant and subtle ways – are allowed to fester and to poison harmonious coexistence.”She urged countries not to let “diverging points of view” deter them from taking part in next year’s review of the 2001 global conference against racism, known as the Durban Review Conference, the process leading to which has been heavily criticized.“I do not believe that ‘all or nothing’ is the right approach to affirm one’s principles or to win an argument,” she said.“The process will certainly benefit from active participation by all states. Should differences be allowed to become pretexts for inaction, the hopes and aspirations of the many victims of intolerance would be dashed perhaps irreparably.”She said that former South African president Nelson Mandela had taught her that “far from being appeasement, coming to terms with other people’s experiences and points of view may serve the interest of justice better than strategies that leave no room for negotiation.”Gender discriminationIn her speech, Pillay also emphasised that gender discrimination remained a major concern.“Such discrimination makes the Universal Declaration’s promise an empty pledge for millions of women and girls,” she said.“No effort should be spared to persuade countries to repeal laws and practices that continue to reduce women and girls to second-class citizens despite international standards and despite the specific commitments that have been made to throw out these laws and customs.”She pledged to carry out her role as high commissioner in an impartial fashion, without favouring one set of rights over another. “The credibility of human rights work depends on its commitment to truth,” she said, “with no tolerance for double standards or selective application.”Over the course of the next three weeks, the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider human rights situations that require its attention, including follow-up to its special sessions on Darfur, Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, and the global food crisis.The council’s president, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, told delegates how important it was to conduct the body’s work in a spirit of transparency and mutual respect for the viewpoints of others.“We cannot afford to do otherwise, given the importance and sensitivity we all attach to human rights issues,” Uhomoibhi said.“We must continue to insist that all human rights issues be given an open and fair hearing, we must also recognise that our work in the council is primarily to promote and protect human rights for all people; to improve the human rights situation of victims, and not merely to condemn and to name and shame.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Marketing plans for the big crop looming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe upcoming corn and soybean harvest is expected to generate the largest crop ever. Combine that with one of the largest carryouts ever and it’s panicking both farmers and end-users without enough storage. As a result, basis levels are at mid-harvest levels before we even begin, suggesting end-users are overwhelmed with grain arriving on their doorstep as farmers clear out space to make room for the crop that will be arriving in a few weeks. The market is paying to store any part of this crop for a while, which may spur some creative storage solutions.On a positive note, corn futures seemed to bounce off the bottom by 10 cents this week, which may suggest this year’s corn low has arrived. If this turns out to be the case it would be the third year in a row for that to have happened at the end of August.However, last year harvest was slow and as a result the market was able to consume quite a bit of the excess grain. This helped keep prices from dropping and basis from being even lower. This year the harvest looks like it could be early which is putting added pressure on the logistics for the entire grain complex, which is already overloaded. Prices could still find their way heading lower as harvest begins.Any beans futures rally seems like a gift at this point. Basis levels are lower than last year’s harvest. In the Dakotas for example, some cash value bids are in the $6s. Cash beans don’t really have an export home because of the trade issues with the world’s largest bean buyer. Beans seem to have more downside risk than upside potential for the next 45 days. Plus, recent comments from the White House suggest relations with China are far from being fixed. Without a trade resolution, bean prices may find it difficult to rally until after harvest. What I’m doing with my remaining ’17 corn?I priced my remaining ’17 corn with futures by exercising some $3.60 Sep puts. That corn is physically stored in my bins and I fully intend to hold it until after the ’18 crop is harvested. These bushels represent about 35% of my ’17 crop and I have plenty of on-farm space to store this corn and all of my 2018 crop.I’m choosing to make this marketing decision because the basis is already at the lowest level I have seen in two years. However, because my futures sales are against the Sep futures which are now in the delivery process, I had to move them forward to another futures contract. Thus, I had to “roll” my futures positions forward to capture carry and look for a better basis opportunity down the road. What does “rolling” my futures position forward mean?Rolling futures is also the process by which I collect market carry. I had an options position that turned into a short Sep futures position or a sale. This means that I have to deliver my grain immediately, unless I moved this sale forward. So, I bought back those Sep futures and immediately sold Dec futures, which were trading 15 cents higher than the Sep futures on 8/30/18. This meant I collected an additional 15 cents that can be added to the value of my corn.Note, the value of the Sep and Dec futures at the time of the trade don’t matter, only the spread value between the two futures contracts matters (i.e. the 15 cents). That spread value is the profit of the market carry. Why not just sell the corn for cash?Mathematically it’s a lot more profitable to store the grain longer, since I have enough on-farm storage. The following illustrates why. Price and profit if I sold corn for cash nowFriday’s Closing Futures Value: $3.52Basis Value Today Near My Farm: -$.43Cash Value I Would Receive: $3.09Farm Operating Note Interest: 5.5%If I take the 5.5% interest rate on the $3.09 cash corn value, which is my cost to not physically move, sell and collect a check on the corn in the bin and pay down my operating loan, the corn costs me 1.4 cents/month to continue to hold it in storage. (The math I used: $3.09 x 5.5% = 17 cents for a year / 12 months = 1.4 cents per month) Price and profit if I sold corn in DecMarket carry profit (detailed in trade above): 15 cents profitBasis value in December (if locked in today) near my farm: -$.18 (25 cents more than today)Operating note Interest (3 months): -4 centsTotal profit for holding my corn until December, if I locked the basis in today would be a guaranteed 36 cents per bushel better price.If I raised the national average yield of 177 bushels per acre last year I could guarantee myself more than $63 per acre of additional income.I had the opportunity to set the basis at -.21 the Sep instead of the -.43 the Dec that is posted today. However if we apply the value of the spread at 15 cents to the Sep basis we find that -.21 the Sep is/was actually -.36 the Dec. So really all I have seen is a drop in basis of 7 cents from the best value this summer. Either way, it’s remained a better decision to hold the grain until after harvest. Why didn’t you lock in the basis today?I didn’t lock the basis in today because I might want to hold the corn until March pending what the basis levels and the market carry show in the futures. There could be even more opportunity down the road but I will want to see how the corn looks in the bin after harvest as well. I have some risk the basis might not be as strong in the future, but there is a carry in the futures market until summer so I think I’m ok in waiting.I have grain quality risks, but I have been practicing the past couple years on holding small amounts of grain and I think I have figured out how to mitigate this risk in my bins. The market tells me what to doWith the large carry and huge basis improvement until after harvest the market is begging someone to store grain. That’s why I’ve been building bins on my farm the past couple of years and experimenting with longer term storage. This is not the first time that the market has wanted someone to store corn until well after harvest. Values almost this good have been present the last several years in the corn market.I can take advantage of these opportunities to get more profit on my corn. This is especially needed when the market remains unprofitable for long periods of time, like it has the past 18 months. This is just another example of why considering alternative solutions to increase profits and being prepared to take advantage of opportunities can help farmers during tough market times. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

15 Enterprise Products in 30 Words

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As part of the Enterprise Startup Spotlight I’ve asked each submitter to provide a one sentence explanation of the company and an explanation of how it’s different from the competition. I’m beginning to think I should have collapsed both of those fields to two words.Why? Because so many of the strongest enterprise 2.0 companies can be summed up in just two words. Here are 15 products explained in two words each.Chatter – Salesforce.com IntegrationConfluence – Developer CollaborationDrupal – Open CMSHuddle – External CollaborationJive – Everything SuiteLotus Connections – Social AnalyticsMindtouch – Social DocumentationNewsgator – Usable SharePointPBWorks – Agency CollaborationQontext – Contextual IntegrationStreamWork – Decision MakingSocialcast – Embeddable Microbloggingtibbr – Universal InboxYakabod – Secure SharingYammer – Freemium SocialThis is by no means an exhaustive list of companies that have a strong, clear position. But these companies practically own these market positions, and standing out against them them is tough – even if they’re not the best products in their category.Yes, some might fit more than one description. For example, Huddle is also a freemium service. But its external collaboration that it has staked its business on, and it’s done a good job of owning that position. Likewise, it’s hard to compete with Yammer for the freemium position. Mindtouch has an open source product, but it’s the focus on documentation that sets it apart.Many are trying to compete with one or more of these positions. There are other everything suites besides Jive – but today it’s difficult to set oneself apart from Jive based only on a feature list. tibbr managed to differentiate itself from Jive not by stuffing every conceivable social feature under the sun, but by making it easy to add activity streams from other enterprise applications. In so doing, it made itself standout from Jive and other established players like Socialtext.As the enterprise 2.0 market matures I hope to see more products with clear, distinct value propositions that can be defined in only two or three words.Photo by Kioan IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Retract decision to demolish Mangu Mutt: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik on Saturday, urging him to retract his government’s decision to demolish the Mangu Mutt in Puri, which is associated with Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.Mr. Singh described as unfortunate the move to demolish the mutt, which has age-old significance for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev visited the holy site to spread his message.‘Shocking decision’“It was shocking that while the whole world was getting ready to commemorate the 550th ‘Prakash Purb’ of the first Sikh Guru, the historically important mutt, a symbol of the connection between Sikhism and the Jagannath Temple, was sought to be demolished by the Odisha government,” said Mr. Singh in a statement.The Mutt is among many structures within 75-metre radius of the Jagannath Temple that are being demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th century shrine, following a decision of the Odisha government led by Mr. Patnaik.Opposing the move, several organisations earlier said at least 12 major mutts and shrines associated with the Jagannath Temple are located within the 75-metre demolition radius.last_img read more

Exercise and children

first_imgAlternative NamesChildren and exerciseInformationChildren should have many chances to run, bike, and play sports during the day. Experts recommend that children get 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day.Moderate activity means you breathe harder and your heart beats faster than normal. Some examples are:Walking fastPlaying chase or tagSwimmingPlaying organized sports (such as soccer, basketball, and football)Younger children have a shorter attention span than older children. They may be active for only 10 – 15 minutes at a time. The goal is still a total of 60 minutes of activity every day.WHY EXERCISE?Children who exercise:Feel better about themselvesAre more physically fitHave more energyOther benefits of exercise are:A lower risk of heart disease and diabetesHealthy bone and muscle growthStaying at a healthy weightGETTING STARTEDNot all children are the same. Some kids are very athletic and love getting outside and being active. Others would rather stay inside and play video games or watch TV.If your child is not athletic, find ways to motivate your child to be more active.These ideas may help non-athletic children become active:Let them know it will give them more energy, make their body stronger, and make them feel good about themselves.Encourage them to be active, so they know they can do it.Be their role model. If you are not active yourself, start getting more active.Make walking a part of your familys daily routine. All you need are good walking shoes and rain jackets for wet days. Dont let rain stop you.Go for walks together after dinner, before turning on the TV or playing computer games.Take your family to community centers or parks where there are playgrounds, ball fields, basketball courts, and walking paths. Its easier to be active when the people around you are active.FIND A GOOD MATCHadvertisementIt is important to find an activity that excites your child. Some children like to do individual activities, such as swimming, running, skiing, or biking. Others prefer group sports, like soccer, football, or basketball.Choose an exercise that works well for your childs age. For example, a 6-year-old may play outside with other kids, and a 16-year-old may run at a track.Organized sports and daily activities are good ways for your child to get exercise. Daily activities can use as much, or more energy than some organized sports.Some great daily activities are:Walking or biking to schoolTaking the stairs instead of the elevatorRiding a bike with family or friendsTaking the dog for a walkPlaying outside (such as shooting a basketball or kicking or throwing a ball around)Playing in the water (at a local pool, in a water sprinkler, or splashing in puddles)Dancing to musicSkating (ice skating, skateboarding, or roller skating)Doing household chores (sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming floors, loading the dishwasher)Taking a family walk or hikePlaying computer games that make you move your whole body, instead of ones that make you move only your fingersRaking leaves (and then jumping in the piles before bagging them up)Mowing the lawnWeedingReferencesFeigelman S. Middle childhood. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 11.US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Recommendation statement. 2008. Accessed March 20, 2011.Review Date:3/20/2011Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more