Region 10 Land Selection Committee still not in place

first_imgBy Utamu BelleWhile there have been talks over the past few months by Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian over the re-establishment of a Regional Land Selection Committee, to date there has been no notable advancement.The setting up of the committee formed part of the August 2012 Agreement signed between the Region and the previous Administration and was constituted under the stewardship of former Chairman Sharma Solomon.It was noted then that the committee would provide a platform for solving various land issues, by giving immediate relief to farmers and residents.While it was established by way of motion, Morian, after taking office had dubbed it a “rubber stamp”, owing to the fact that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was not an issuer of lands in the Region. As such, he had questioned the importance of such a committee.More recently, however, following the appointment of Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams Patterson, the regional chairman had expressed willingness in having the committee up and running. But months later, there has been no move forward, and during a statutory meeting of the RDC last week, Councillor Sandra Adams questioned the status of the committee.Adams explained that people in the region have been inquiring and she is running out of answers to give them. According to Adams, “there are a lot of land matters and confusion around the Region.”Morian then contended that since a new Land Commissioner was recently sworn-in, following consultations with him, he would move to have a Land and Housing Committee established for the Region.He had made similar utterances months ago at a statutory meeting where he had promised that the committee would be established by the time the next meeting was held.The Regional Chairman also alluded to the fact that there are numerous land issues plaguing the people of Region 10. Notably, during a recent visit by a team from the RDC to the Riverview community, a number of issues were brought to the fore, which caused residents to seek assistance. He added that the committee will now move to include an extension with housing, instead of land only.“I would have documented about 55 to 60 land issues, write them down and sent them to the Commissioner”, he stated. “We went to Riverview and recognised that the Amerindian lands, the map was redrawn to exclude about 300 yards from the river, because they were to be given to some private investor – legally redrawn. So, we got to go to the Commissioner to get that map to go back to where it was, that this land be given back to the indigenous people. I ain’t really wasting time. Now that we have a new Commissioner, I feel that it’s time for us to get the Land and Housing (Committee),” Morian stated.These matters, among others, the Regional Chairman said, would be put on the table when a visit is convened to the Land Commissioner:“One of the first things that we would want to do is to visit the Commissioner… and the Minister of Housing… so now we will have this committee functioning… I’ll tell you what, I didn’t able to sit on a committee pussy-footing all the time… the other thing that the council talked about is where to expand the boundary of the town… It’s a lot of matters,” he stated.Apart from land issues, communities in parts of Region 10, such as Linden are also faced with others involving housing, as was recently disclosed by Adams-Patterson. In January the Minister during a visit to the community outlined that there was “no available low cost house lots in Linden”.A number of problems regarding house lot allocation were also outlined.last_img read more

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24 elected unopposed in BDC polls in Kashmir

first_imgThe maximum number of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) who were elected unopposed in Kashmir Valley were from the two worst militancy-affected districts of Shopian and Pulwama.Of the 24 chairpersons elected without contest in 133 blocks in the Kashmir Valley, 10 were from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 14 were Independents. In the block elections in Shopian, six BJP candidates won unopposed and, in Pulwama, two BJP candidates won without a fight.Elections were held in 310 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Thirteen winning candidates were women.The elections of BDC chairpersons are indirect and they are elected by Panches and Sarpanches of a Panchayat falling within a particular block. The Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party did not take part in the polls, the first to be held after the revocation of the special status of J&K in August. Most cadres of the political parties, except the BJP, are in detention.The panchayat elections were held in J&K in 2018 and total of 27,281 panches and sarpanches were elected. There are 12,776 vacant sarpanch and panch seats in J&K.As many as 217 Independents won in the BDC elections, of which 101 were from the Kashmir Valley.On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the BDC polls held for the first time since 1947, “witnessed a historic turnout of 98%”. “I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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Sami Khedira signs a new twoyear deal at Juventus

first_imgJuventus have announced that Sami Khedira has signed a new two-year contract with the option to extend it by another 12 monthsThe German midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.Due to his expiring contract, Khedira had been heavily linked with an exit from Turin with MLS clubs allegedly keeping close tabs on the situation.Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel also suggested that he would welcome the chance to sign his compatriot for the Ligue 1 giants.But the 31-year-old has now signed off his best remaining years to Juventus.“It’s official! Sami Khedira will be a Juventus player until 2021 after signing a new two-year extension, with the option of a third year,” read a statement.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Khedira will be 34 by the time his new contract at Juventus expires.The former Real Madrid midfielder has managed 20 goals and 14 assists in 113 games across all competitions for Juventus.Juve e @SamiKhedira: la storia continua ?? Il centrocampista ?? ha rinnovato fino al 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ ?https://t.co/4YqPLIITkK #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/SlXLL3d4nK— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 12, 2018last_img read more

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Mourinho wants to keep Shaw Mata Herrera and Young

first_imgThe Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made his intention known that he wishes for Shaw to remain in the club along with other stars of the team like Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, and Ashley Young.Until recently, Shaw has had mostly a troubled time at Manchester United. However, it is obvious he has picked up from his low form judging from his current performances in the games under Mourinho.Shaw was called back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad following the improvement in his game and Mourinho does not wish to let him go when his contract expires in the coming summer. The Manchester United coach wishes to keep him at the club for more years.Mourinho also had good words to speak of Mata, Herrera, and Young and wishes to keep them as well.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about the futures of Shaw, Mata, Herrera and Young, according to Mail Online.“We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane Fellaini and I was always saying, ‘I hope he stays, I believe he will stay,’ and I say the same thing – ‘I hope they stay’.”last_img read more

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Rooney to address England players ahead of sendoff

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has asked Wayne Rooney to address national teammate before his last international appearance.Rooney will make his final appearance for England in a friendly match against the United States on Thursday, for his last and 120th cap.The former Manchester United striker is slated to come on as a substitute in the friendly match and has revealed that he will be speaking to some of England’s younger players before ending his international career.“I’m sure that [a talk for the players] will happen in the next couple of days,” Rooney told Sky Sports.“Whether it’s to the full group or to some of the younger players, we’re still working out how to do that.“I think for the players it’s important that what I say they can take what they want from it, it might help them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The important thing is they keep learning what the coaches want from them.“There was a pressure on myself which obviously when you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure on you to perform.“I’ve stepped back from that now so you can look back and analyze why that was.“There was a pressure on the team obviously to perform and sometimes having that pressure makes you try too hard and makes you a bit anxious where maybe you don’t enjoy it as much as you should.“My youngest boy has never had the opportunity to see me in an England shirt, so it will be nice to have my four boys there and to have that moment with my children and enjoy it.”last_img read more

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Premier to showcase TCIs financial rebound at London meetings

first_img Related Items:foreign and commonwealth office, His Excellency, james duddridge, Joint Ministerial Council, london meeting, peter beckingham, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – The Premier prepares to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands in December at the Joint Ministerial Council meetings in London. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham explained that “The Joint Ministerial Council is an important forum for Premiers from the Overseas Territories to meet UK Ministers, exchange views and consider key common issues…. TCI has always made an important contribution on major topics, especially security, healthcare and economic developments.” A 15 year plan will be a key focus for the countries attending that UK overseas territories meeting December 1-2. The Premier also offered his thoughts ahead of the sessions, “I know that UK Ministers will be keen to hear firsthand about our recent economic successes, not least the re-financing of the UK-guaranteed loan and the impressive turnaround in our budget over the last two years. We have a strong story to tell London and other Territories.” Minister with responsibility for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO, James Duddridge is hosting.last_img read more

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BP ExxonMobil Announce Investment In Alaska Gas Line Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) announced in March that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project, and now have investment from the companies to back it. Under the terms of the agreement signed on March 8, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to construct the project. A BP official says the company is optimistic the project’s cost can be reduced below $40 billion partially through lower product and service prices in recent years. Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced the investment Thursday at an oil and gas conference in Anchorage, stating that the investment by BP and ExxonMobil is intended to achieve a key federal permit next year. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. If that process stays on schedule, the state could get the final federal go-ahead by 2020.last_img read more

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