Dear Editor,I am personally terrified about the future of Guyana with regards to its garbage disposal. While we have moved ahead with greater efforts to ensure better garbage collection, the disposal aspect is still lacking keen attention. The environmental effects of garbage on our environment are voluminous; the waste that ends up in our water will affect all ecosystems existing in the water. Sadly, this can go on to harm animals, including humans, who drink this polluted water and poison us as we drink and use this water daily and as we consume their flesh. Even further, the hazardous chemicals from the garbage that get into the soil can harm plants when they take up the contamination from their roots. Sad to say, we have continuously jeopardised our health by eating these plants that are from polluted soils.I would like to advise the City and Central Government to consider investing in a biogas digester which would turn our garbage into energy. If not, a foreign investor or the private sector can be brought in to form a partnership.I also strongly suggest a clampdown on all persons, even businesses that light fires to burn grass, household material, vegetable waste, shrubs and trees. This usually creates huge clouds of black smoke that poisons the atmosphere, affecting those with asthma. There was a time where fires were lit at the La Repentir Cemetery dumpsite and tens of thousands of people, added to the thousands already affected, started to suffer from asthma, hypertension and mental ailments. This needs to be completely eliminated! The laws of our country need to be enforced and the lawlessness must be end!The Botanical Gardens can recycle its waste products of leaves and grass converting it into compost and then even package it and market it to our local market, Caribbean partners and international traders for sale. Then they can educate persons on how they can engage in personal use of compost. Our youths can become involved in this avenue and use it as a business venture. Youth groups like the Youth Challenge and Come Alive Network can turn this into an activity for young people who have a vested interest in the environment. This will not only help to eliminate our garbage in a safe manner, but it will add to the economic viability of our youth and entrepreneurs. Waste products gathered at our market places such as vegetables, fruits and provisions can be gathered for compost; whether for personal use and/or marketing.Again, as part of the Government’s ‘Go Green’ Campaign, awareness should be given to how we dispose of garbage which contains lead and other disastrous elements. The undersign recommends that a unity event be held where Guyanese from all sectors of society can come free of cost and dispose of these batteries and demonstrations can be given on how to do so. The Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry, City Hall and the Opposition can do much good in alienating the improper disposal of garbage which have negative effects on us and the environment.I am willing to give my support to any movement or group that is advocating for the sustainable future of Guyana; I advise you my fellow Guyanese once again, let us become conscious of the environment and the future we wish to leave for the generations that follow.Yours sincerely,Roshan KhanChairmanRK’s GuyanaSecurity Services
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10 10 10 Tottenham spent £10m on Gareth Bale and sold him to Real Madrid for £85m – Spurs beat Man United to the signing of Southampton prospect Bale in 2007 and spent six years growing his reputation at White Hart Lane. Then Real Madrid knocked and Daniel Levy told them to fill his vault with vast sums of money £85m so he could swim about like Scrooge McDuck. Liverpool paid £600,000 for Raheem Sterling and sold him to Man City for £49m – Sterling earned Liverpool big bucks when he joined Man City in 2015. The Reds took him from QPR in 2010 and his move to Manchester also saw Rangers bank 20 per cent of the fee. James Rodriguez cost Porto €5m in 2010 and they sold him to Monaco for €45m in 2013 – Rodriguez was just 18 when Porto took him to Europe from Argentine club Banfield in 2010 for a small fee and a 70 per cent share of the players registration. Monaco then stumped up about £38.5m three years later, with Real Madrid paying the French club £63m in 2014. Porto have a habit of making profits on players and along with Rodriguez you can also mention the likes of Hulk (5m from Tokyo Verdy and sold to Zenit for 40m), Falcao (£3m from River Plate, sold to Atletico for £35m) and others to this list. 10 Man United spent £12m on Cristiano Ronaldo and sold him to Real Madrid for £80m – Once again Real Madrid helped another club make a profit when they paid a then world record fee for Ronaldo in 2009. He was just an exciting 18-year-old when Man United swooped on Sporting in 2003, but morphed into one of the best players on the planet prompting Real to move. He has only grown in stature over there. 10 10 Liverpool sold Jordon Ibe to Bournemouth for £15m after paying Wycombe £750,000 for him – Ibe was plucked from obscurity at Wycombe when he was just 16 in 2011, with the Reds paying an undisclosed fee, reported to be £750,000. After 58 games, Bournemouth spent a club record £15m on the winger in 2016. 10 Chelsea signed Nemanja Matic for £22m three years after using him as a makeweight in David Luiz transfer – It was quite a remarkable deal when Chelsea re-signed midfielder Matic in 2014. Three years earlier he was valued at around £3m when the club paid Benfica £21.3m for David Luiz, sending Matic to the club as part of the deal. However, Matic flourished in Portugal and Jose Mourinho corrected the mistake and was able to do so by selling Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg for around £18m. Zinedine Zidane cost Juventus £3m but he was sold to Real Madrid for £46m – In 2001 Real Madrid made Zidane footballs most expensive player after five years in Italy becoming the outstanding player we know. There is a well-known story in England where the player was apparently offered to Blackburn. However, chairman Jack Walker reportedly asked why would we want Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood? 10 10 Barcelona spent just over £2m on Luis Figo and sold him to Real Madrid for £37m – Yep, its Real Madrid again. The Spanish heavyweights are more often than not forced to pay sky rocket prices for players, but this transfer is one of the most controversial in football. Five years spent cultivating a reputation as one of footballs best players, winning successive leagues and Spanish Cups ended in 2000 with his move to Madrid. But at least Barca were well compensated for the betrayal. Juventus are about to make a HUGE profit on Paul Pogba – scroll through to see other players who did the same for their clubs – Paul Pogba is about to net Juventus a tidy profit when he joins Man United. The Italian champions picked him up for next to nothing when he left Old Trafford for in 2012 when his contract expired, with a tribunal ordering the club to pay a reported fee amounting to less than a £1m for the 19-year-old midfielder. Paul Pogba’s record transfer is almost complete.Man United nearly have their man four years after letting him leave for next to nothing and the midfielder will now not return to Juventus after his summer holiday.The £100million deal will be a record move and represents a very tidy profit for Juve. Here, talkSPORT looks at Pogba and 10 other players who have done the same for their club.Scroll through the gallery to see players who were picked up on the cheap and sold for huge sums of money. 10 Marseille spent £4m on Didier Drogba but sold him to Chelsea for £24m – In 2003 Marseille parted with £4m for the Ivory Coast striker and he smashed in 18 goals in 35 games to be crowned Footballer of the Year in France in 2004. Chelsea then took a gamble on him, but it definitely paid off with 157 goals in 341 games in his first eight-year spell with the Blues.
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A month of triple-digit temperatures isn’t all that will contribute to eye-popping Southern California Edison bills – the utility will raise rates Aug. 1 by up to 55 percent. And the increase is retroactive to January, though Edison, which serves the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, will spread that pain over a year rather than billing a lump sum, spokesman Gil Alexander said Friday. The rate increase, the third this year, was approved Thursday by the state Public Utilities Commission, the third hike this year. The revenue is needed to expand and renovate California’s power system, Alexander said. “Southern California’s power infrastructure is aging and we told the commission we believe it’s prudent now to spend money and invest in upgrading it,” Alexander said. “The commission agreed.” At the urging of the PUC, Edison has created a tiered pricing system that means lower rates for residential customers who conserve power. In January, Edison increased rates by an average 9 percent, and 5.5 percent in February. The PUC approved those hikes to cover the increasing costs of energy contracts and the rising cost of natural gas, used to run the system. The gross increase is the result of a three-year review of Edison’s operations and maintenance costs. The PUC agreed to the rate increases but the process was delayed, making it necessary to raise rates retroactively. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe latest increase applies to medium and heavy energy users. For the average customer – including residential, business and agricultural users – the three increases will amount to an additional 17 percent a year, Alexander said. In the High Desert, where energy-gobbling air conditioning is a necessity rather than a luxury, the Antelope Valley Union High School District already is paying $4 million a year for electricity. The district has been hard hit by unannounced increases in one segment of its bill – the peak load rate – and has pleaded with Edison to give officials advance warnings of increases so they can budget. “Edison will charge what they have to charge, but we need to plan. We need to budget for it, and we can’t seem to get that across,” said Larry Freise, coordinator of consolidated projects for the district. “Last year, we overran our power budget by a couple hundred thousand dollars because rates changed and we weren’t notified in advance.” Private business looks at the increase as just another hurdle in doing business in California. “It just increases your costs, it makes it tougher to compete with your competition in Asia,” said Doug Sink, chief financial of Remo Inc., a drum manufacturer in Valencia.
Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 MONEY He has helped the club climb to fourth in the Super Lig as they aim to secure a European place.And as well as the Premier League side, Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb claim Omur’s impressive performances have also caught the eye of Serie A giants Napoli.The attacking midfielder has scored twice and registered four assists so far this term. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur ahead of a proposed summer move, according to reports.The Turkey Under-21 international has made 21 appearances, starting 19 league games for Trabzonspor this season. Omur could be seen as a replacement for Adam Lallana, who turns 31 in May.The England midfielder has struggled for a recent starting place and is behind Fabinho, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson in the midfield pecking order at Anfield.Omur, who has come through the ranks at Trabzonspor, has made three appearances for Turkey’s U21 side. BEST OF shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED REVEALED no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Abdulkadir Omur is a Turkey Under-21 international
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“We’re Rangers so we always have to be challenging for the title.“You can’t be expecting anything less.“We obviously want to do well in the cup competitions and we want to do well in the Europa League as well.“The expectation of playing for Rangers is to bring trophies back to the club. “The fans expect it. We expect it. We’ve got winning mentalities.“No one signed for this club to not win anything.“Our aim is to be in competition for all the cups that we’re in.”Last season, Rangers were the top scorers in the league, but conceded the most goals out of the top seven sides.Tavernier believes the defensive frailties that proved costly last term have now been ironed out as the side are yet to concede under Gerrard.He said: “There’s obviously four new faces if you include Gregsy in goal.“We’ve worked really hard at in pre-season and it’s obviously paid off.“We’ve had five clean sheets in the games we’ve played and we’re getting stronger and stronger as the games goes on.“We’ve got a great relationship with each other“We know we’re always going to create chances in the oppositions final third but we wanted to keep more goals out of our net“I feel the players we’ve got this season we’ve got a good chance of that.“We’ve always known that we’ve had to strengthen the spine of the team“Niko and Connor are great additions to the team, solid centre-backs that have done well since coming in.“I feel that the squad as a whole is a slot stronger than before.Rangers face Osijek on Thursday night in the second round of Europa League qualifying before they head to Pittodrie on Sunday for their Premiership opener.Tavernier said they are taking it one game at a time.He said: “We’ve got to get through on Thursday, if we get another clean sheet then that creates more momentum“We’ll want to carry that on to Sunday but we just want to win these next two.” James Tavernier said challenging for the Premiership would represent a successful season for Rangers.The Ibrox side finished last season’s campaign twelve points behind winners Celtic in third-place, but the club has since gone through a major overhaul with Steven Gerrard’s appointment and the arrival of ten summer signings.The Rangers captain believes the new-look squad are better equipped than last season and said the expectation is to challenge for trophies.When asked what would represent a successful season, Tavernier said: “It would be challenging for the title.
Kontax, Africa’s first dual-language mobile novel, has drawn a wide following of young South Africans due to its accessible and enticing format. (Image: Kontax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Vosloo m4Lit Project Leader Shuttleworth Foundation +27 83 208 9891RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the internet to townships • SA internet use skyrockets • Skills via phones for rural women • Young reporters go mobileJanine ErasmusAfrica’s first dual-language mobile novel, or m-novel, Kontax, has grabbed the attention of local tech-savvy youth by offering an intriguing tale packaged in a highly accessible, exciting format.The story is available to download from the Kontax mobile site in English and isiXhosa. It can be accessed for free, although a once-off fee of R1.50 (19 US cents) is charged when registering via mobile.Those who do not have Wap-enabled mobile phones can still read the novel on their computers by visiting the mobile site in a normal web browser.Story for today’s youthLaunched at the end of September 2009, Kontax describes the adventures of a group of graffiti artists in a South African city. It’s written by award-winning scriptwriter Sam Wilson of the Cape Town-based production and content company Clockwork Zoo.Project developer Mobiles for Literacy (M4Lit) opted for a serial-release format, issuing one chapter every day over a period of three weeks, ensuring that young readers would come back for more. Chapters were no longer than 400 words to sustain readers’ interest.The mobile site encouraged interaction and discussion of the plot through polls and comments, with the best comment from each day’s release winning mobile airtime. Mobile wallpapers, featuring the characters and the book’s logo, are also available for download.At the end of three weeks registered readers were invited to submit their ideas for a Kontax sequel. The competition runs until 20 November 2009, offering a grand prize of ($261.45) R2 000 airtime as well as two runner-up prizes of ($130.68) R1 000 and ($65.24) R500 worth of airtime respectively.Big in JapanMobile novels evolved from text messaging, and are said to have been started by Japanese women writing about their romantic experiences. The genre is hugely popular in Japan, with several websites luring authors with prizes of up to $100 000 (R766 316), and generous offers to buy the print publishing rights to their novels.In 2008 six of the 10 best-selling books in Japan began life on the tiny screen. Some have criticised the growing trend, saying that it is unacceptable for a country with a rich, thousand-year legacy of reading, but Japanese youth pay no heed.As Bernard Kedge, manager of 107-year-old Cambridge bookshop Galloway and Porter, put it: “This is sometimes how education works. Anything that actually encourages people to read more is a really excellent idea.”Building a love of readingM4Lit is supported and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Project leader and ICT specialist Steve Vosloo, also the foundation’s 21st Century Learning Fellow, and his team are exploring the significance of mobile literature as a tool for increasing literacy and a love of reading among South Africa’s youngsters.In many areas of South Africa, as well as in other developing nations, it can be easier to access a mobile phone than the internet or even a printed book, and teens tend to be well-versed in mobile applications such as MXit.“In South Africa there is about 10% PC-based internet connectivity,” Vosloo blogged on Tech Leader during October 2009. “While the number of people with access to mobiles ranges from 60% to 90% (depending on which community you look at). Of those phones, a high number are Wap-enabled and can access the internet,” he said.The objectives of the project are to encourage youth to read and write more through the mobile medium, to assess the response of youth to mobile sites such as that of Kontax, and to fine-tune the medium in order to entrench the mobile reading culture.“We know that Japanese m-novels are very popular and for South Africa, this is the beginning of more to come,” said Vosloo.According to the M4Lit website, readers have described how the novel is helping them stretch their literary muscles, saying that they turn to the dictionary for words they don’t understand, thereby broadening their vocabulary.Intrigue and moralityKontax is essentially a mystery novel involving the four-member Kontax graffiti team of Sbu, K8 (Kate), Songezwa and Airtime. Each person plays an important role in the team, bringing strengths of vision, training, technique and creativity.Graffiti is their life and they practise their craft wherever and whenever they can (and even where they shouldn’t). At a party Sbu meets a mysterious girl who then disappears, leaving only her mobile phone. Attempts to trace her prove fruitless, as her mobile contact list offers no help at all. The team senses danger but presses on, and eventually the characters find themselves in the middle of a kidnap drama.Wilson also added a couple of moral dilemmas to the novel for youth to ponder and discuss. One examined the acceptability of going through a person’s private information when his or her life may be in danger.Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
Minor petty larceny charges often become felonies punishable with prison time under a policy retailers employ against shoplifters, according to a new report from Manhattan public defenders.A month-long investigation conducted by New York County Defender Services data analysts found that 39% of its clients charged with burglary in the third degree — a felony — had actually taken items worth less than $1,000, a crime typically prosecuted as misdemeanor petty larceny.The reported thefts took place at 14 different stores: Bloomingdale’s, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s, Rite Aid, Sephora, Fine Fare, Macy’s, Century 21, DSW, Duane Reade, the Apple Store, Walgreens, the Gap and Lord & Taylor. Several of the stores, including Duane Reade, had reported shoplifting incidents at several Manhattan locations.- Sponsor – Outside Manhattan, petty larceny cases rarely become third-degree burglary charges, said Christopher Boyle, director of data research and policy at New York County Defender Services. The reported thefts took place at 14 different stores: Bloomingdale’s, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s, Rite Aid, Sephora, Fine Fare, Macy’s, Century 21, DSW, Duane Reade, the Apple Store, Walgreens, the Gap and Lord & Taylor. Several of the stores, including Duane Reade, had reported shoplifting incidents at several Manhattan locations.Outside Manhattan, petty larceny cases rarely become third-degree burglary charges, said Christopher Boyle, director of data research and policy at New York County Defender Services. “This has been going on for more than 20 years,” he said. “You don’t see this in the other boroughs, but you see it here.”Of the 47 accused shoplifters whose charges were boosted to felonies, 18 — or 38% — were homeless, the data shows. Thirty-five — 74% — had bail set at between $1,000 and $30,000 while they awaited trial.Twenty of the 29 cases for which the defenders have sentencing data — 69% — resulted in jail or… NY Daily News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now