A Sophia, Greater Georgetown man was on Monday killed after a motor lorry slammed into him along the Number 61 Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.Dead is 31-year-old, Godfrey Wayne Gomes of C Field Sophia, Georgetown.Reports are, Gomes attempted to cross the road but ended up in the path of the motor lorry bearing registration number GVV 5643.He was picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Public Hospital where he was treated and later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.However, he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.The driver was taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigation.
By Andrew CarmichaelThe bordering town of Corriverton is known for the Tapir vehicle. The vehicles which were locally made were mostly used as a means of public transportation. Today, the signature vehicle of Corriverton is fast becoming extinct.Passengers who once craved to travel in the wagon-typed vehicles, are now shunning them. According to some residents of that town, cars are more comfortable. “If you have a child, dey want de child sit on you lap an you still have to pay for the child,” a 29-year-old female told this publication.She said as a result of a bad experience, she will not be going into Tapirs again. “Tapir make me think twice about wearing a short dress or skirt…”With the introduction of hire cars in Corriverton, Suschilla (only name given) says she is able to travel alone.The vehicles were locally manufactured at Associated Industries Limited (AINLIM) in Georgetown during the 1970s and later on, parts were fabricated by fabricators in Corriverton.Some tapirs are now being convertedAccording to one of AINLIM former assemblers, Patrick D’ Andrea, 66, who now resides in Canada, the vehicles were designed by the British for basic transportation in the 1970s.He said AILIM stopped production because they were not allowed to import parts into the country under the Burnham Administration. “When the first Tapir was completed, it was a happy and sad day because on testing, the vehicle driver died; Terry Mark, his death was of no fault of the Tapir but his own. He applied more speed than the vehicle could handle… it toppled causing his death.”Meanwhile, some Tapir owners explained that the vehicles were relatively cheap during the 1980s.Cars are pushing the Tapirs out of business at the parkOwners of Tapirs in order to stay in the transportation business were forced to equip themselves with modern vehicles.One operator, Ganesh “Bama” Bola of Crabwood Creek, who operated a Tapir for 22 years, said in recent years operators were forced to modernise those vehicles, by tinting the windows and windshield, raising the back of the vehicle and having defining music. While passengers craved for these changes, it made their ride more strenuous as they were being forced to bend more forward to see where they were going.One of the first assemblers of the Tapir in Guyana, Partick D’AndreaThe once popular Tapirs started to lose popularity around 2007, forcing some operators out of business. Others realised they had to modernise in order to stay in business.Tapirs were only used on the Upper Corentyne and transported passengers between Number 50 Village and Molson Creek between 1981 and 2006. When hire cars started to be introduced into the system, they slowly took over the transportation industry in Corriverton.Another Tapir owner, Sunil Dhanie of Crabwood Creek, said he can no longer use that vehicle to transport passengers. According to the 40-year-old, he has been in the business since 1984. “I just using it for private since dem passengers refuse to travel in the Tapir.” He now operates a car.In Corriverton, while a few Tapirs still operate, today passengers can be seen saying no to Tapir operators and at the same time trying to get a car to stop for them.Dayram “Star Black” Kawlasar, who owned three Tapirs, says adults started to refuse to travel in the Tapirs by 2007. However today he still operates two but only to transport children to and from school.The first car to operate as a public means of transportation was HB 6434. According to that operator, persons started showing a preference for his car. “The passengers demand grew and other car owners followed.”Today, Corriverton’s roads looks more like the other towns in Guyana apart from the periodic passing of a ‘Corrriverton Tapir’.
For sure, Sterling Byrd will be inspired Friday night since an NCAA bid will be at stake and since he knows a loss probably will mean the end of his college basketball career. No doubt he will be playing extraordinarily hard in Long Beach State’s Big West Tournament opener at the Anaheim Convention Center for himself and for his team and for members of his family who will be in the stands observing his work. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the 6-6 forward who’s averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds – and thoroughly out-played UCLA’s more heralded Luc Richard Mbah A Moute earlier this season – candidly admits his emotions will be stirred most by a person who won’t even be present. “I’m going to be playing my heart out for coach (Reggie) Howard,” he says, referring to the 49er assistant who has been on leave for an alleged NCAA violation that resulted in three-game suspensions last month for Long Beach players Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson. “I wish he would be here for this, because I know I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for coach Howard. “To be honest with you, I never wanted to come to Long Beach State. After my second year at Yavapai (a junior college in Prescott, Ariz.), I was being recruited by Houston, Marshall, Kent State and a lot of other Division I schools, and I just wasn’t that interested in coming to a school that won six games the previous season. “But Reggie Howard kept calling me and telling me how Aaron Nixon and Kejuan Johnson were coming to Long Beach, and that by my senior year we’d win the Big West Tournament and get into the NCAA. But I just wasn’t leaning towards Long Beach. “Finally, coach Howard called me one day and said, ‘We need you.
Some of the 17 kittens dumped outside a Killybegs butcher shop.The volunteers at Animals In Need Donegal have been overwhelmed by the level of public support following their appeal for 17 dumped kittens.The tiny animals were dumped in a box outside a Killybegs butcher’s shop in the early hours of Wednesday last.The 2-4 week old kittens were discovered by a local postwoman during her morning delivery round and were brought to rescue charity Animals In Need. The kittens have since been split between foster homes and because of their young ages are being bottle-fed special kitten milk formula around the clock.Ten sick kittens suffering from severe eye infections are receiving medical treatment.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contacted us with donations and offers of help. Along with a massive response here in Donegal, the kittens have touched hearts all around the country and we’ve had donations from as far afield as Cork, offers to foster from Dublin and we’ve even had calls from America.’Apart from eye infections, the kittens are in reasonable health although one kitten has a burn mark the size of 2 euro coin on his head which is healing well, another kitten has a sore leg which is being kept under observation and a third kitten had a seizure when she first arrived, most likely due to low blood sugar and dehydration, but she has made a full recovery. The Animals In Need spokesperson explained ‘When they arrived they were all very cold and dangerously dehydrated as they’d been outside in that box for several hours before they were found when they should have been cuddled up with their mothers and they’re lucky to all be alive.’She continued ‘We’ve done our best to split the kittens up into the 5 litters we think they came from and they’ve gone to experienced fosterers who have all hand-reared small kittens before, so that’s fantastic. We’ve bought them more heatpads to keep them warm and they’ve all really livened up in the last couple of days, so we’re feeling optimistic that they will all make it.’Meanwhile, the gardai investigation into the identity of the man who was caught on the butcher shop’s CCTV as he arrived on foot and dumped the box of kittens outside the shop at 5am on Wednesday is progressing, with further developments expected later this week and the ISPCA are on standby to assist if necessary.If you would like to help towards the care of the 17 little kittens who need heat pads, expensive kitten milk formula, worming, vaccinations, medical expenses for eye infections and food, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us To Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300, or on the website animalsinneeddonegal.com or by Paypal for firstname.lastname@example.org.OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR 17 DUMPED KITTENS was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 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)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Des KellerProgressive Farmer Associate EditorOn a sunny fall day with just a bit of a nip in the air, Andrew Reuschel was piloting the combine, swallowing 200-bushel-per-acre-plus corn on the family farm, near Golden, in western Illinois. In parts of the field, there were remnants of green foliage low to the ground between the browned corn rows.“There were eight species of cover crop in there that have mostly winter-killed now,” Andrew said. Those species were a mix of oats, cowpeas, hemp, rapeseed, radish, buckwheat, flax and guar (cluster bean). He pointed out a still-vibrant green radish plant that’s a volunteer from the previous year.“I may plant cover crops three times a year on a field,” 29-year-old Andrew said. “I put down only a third of the fertilizer that (most other farmers) would use, and I might not apply chemicals at all. That’s my goal for most of the farm.” In 2018, the family had a soybean field on which they used an initial burndown but didn’t use any other pesticides for the rest of the season.Andrew chuckled. “That’s where I go beyond Dad’s comfort zone.”SOLD ON STEWARDSHIPHe and his father, Jeff, 57, farm 1,300 acres. Neither are strangers to cover crops, terraces and other conservation practices. Andrew’s grandfather, Louis Reuschel, now 89, garnered attention 40 years ago for his conservation work, and they’ve continued a stewardship tradition.The good-natured tug-of-war between Andrew and his father focuses on their level of experimentation and its potential effects on profitability for their operation, where every acre is important.“When Andrew came home,” Jeff said, “in terms of cover crops, he started blowing the top off the box like there are no boundaries. I had given up on cover crops generally a few years before but kept building terraces and using less tillage all the time.”The Reuschels stopped for lunch served in the field from the back of an SUV, courtesy of Andrew’s mom, Theresa (Teri). When Andrew came back to the farm three years ago, he had lots of ideas.“We just listened to him,” Jeff said smiling. “We let him go; we let him talk.”Said mom Teri, “We reminded him that we still have to pay the bills.”TWEAK THE SYSTEMObviously, they’ve been won over — within reason. “Andrew is fine-tuning the nutrients the cover crops can provide,” Jeff said. “I’m in them for their value preventing erosion. Now, he has us interseeding cover crops in the corn at the V4 stage.”Andrew and Jeff each initially had their own plots for this experiment. They interseeded a mix of buckwheat, oats and cowpeas. Andrew’s plot was 60 acres, and Jeff’s was only 10 acres. They’ve both been pretty satisfied with the results.“So far, I’ve liked the interseeding,” Andrew said. “The cover crops aren’t competing with the cash crops, and they provide erosion control and weed suppression.” He recalled going into the field in the middle of summer on a 100 degree Fahrenheit day.“I stuck the soil-temp probe into the ground at 3 inches under the canopy, and it was 77F and moist — at 3 p.m.,” Andrew said.LOOKING TO THE FUTUREJeff remains somewhat skeptical for different reasons. “You have to prove to me the nutrient value over time,” he said, acknowledging that he doesn’t want to stand in the way of the practices and techniques that can help additional generations of his family continue to operate.Andrew served five years in the U.S. Army after high school — including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan — before returning home and going to college. He and his wife, Emily, have a 2-year-old son, Everett, and a second child on the way. They also recently purchased and are renovating a home.Jeff and Andrew have also begun work on a new farm shop that has literally been in the planning stages for decades. The new facility will include a parts room and a fabrication station for Jeff, who has plans to design and build a planter specifically for interseeding. He is keeping his eyes wide open toward the future.“All my life I wanted a new shop,” Jeff said. “When Andrew went into the military, I didn’t know if he was coming back to farm. There was no use for just me to expand. Now, 20 to 40 years from now, we’ll look back and say we did a good job building a shop.”Jeff wants to be able to say the same thing about the techniques and ideas that Andrew is now fearlessly bringing to their farm.“If this (extensive use of interseeded cover crops) is part of the next big thing and really pans out, I want to be there with it,” he said. “I don’t want to be a laggard.”He motioned to what was a field of no-till soybeans prior to harvest. The soybeans had been planted into a green rye cover crop in the spring. They did the typical practice and sprayed a post-herbicide two weeks later.“I was thinking we didn’t need that herbicide,” Jeff said. “As it turned out, we didn’t have to do anything else in that field. The weed pressure was minimal compared to other farms, and it was all due to that rye, I know it was.”Back in the combine, Andrew acknowledged that with two families involved, they will always be on the lookout to farm more land, but that isn’t their primary goal.“We told our banker that we’re not trying to grow horizontally, we’re trying to grow vertically,” Andrew said. They want more out of the land they have, while not spending as much on crop-protection chemicals and synthetic fertilizers.“Once you stop judging everything based off of yield and base it off profit per acre, it changes the way you manage your risk and the way you market and the way you look at everything.”(ES/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Maine project developed by university researchersThe Maine project is important because turbines can be deployed in water too deep for conventionally anchored platforms. Designed at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono, the VolturnUS , as it’s called, is a semi-submersible concrete hull with a composite superstructure. Pilot projects designed to test three different approaches to anchoring offshore wind turbines have won backing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), making each eligible for as much as $40 million in new funding. In an announcement, the department said that projects in Maine, on Lake Erie and in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey, all show “significant progress toward being successfully completed and producing power.”Offshore wind has a 25-year history in Europe but has been slow to succeed in the U.S. A project off the southern New England coast called the Block Island Wind Farm finished installing five foundations late last year and is scheduled to put its turbines online sometime this year, according to the website of Deepwater Wind. Yet at the moment, there are no operating offshore wind farms anywhere in the country.Each of the three projects named in the latest DOE funding announcement are a little different. Two of them — the projects in Lake Erie and off the New Jersey coast — will test new ways of anchoring turbine towers to the seabed. The Maine project, which already has been successfully tested with a 1:8 scale model, uses a semi-submersible design for deepwater installations where turbines will be tethered to the ocean floor but not connected directly. Projects in New Jersey and Lake ErieFishermen’s Energy of New Jersey hopes to install six 4-MW turbines about three miles off the coast at Atlantic City in relatively shallow water to test what’s called a “twisted jacket” foundation. Legs of the supporting structure are angled around a central column, according to DOE, in a design that is easier to manufacture and install than competitive designs.It includes an access ladder that makes it safer for workers to get aboard a support vessel that’s riding up and down in the waves, according to the DOE.Seven miles off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio, in Lake Erie, LEEDCo will install six turbines, each with a capacity of 3.45 MW, on “Mono Bucket” foundations.This is another design that promises lower installation costs and environmental impact compared with foundations that require piles be driven into the lakebed. A giant steel bucket is lowered from a barge and set, open side down, on the bottom of the lake, an article at Modern Metals explains. Once water is pumped out of the bucket, a combination of gravity and water pressure forces the steel structure into the lakebed.Buckets would be up to 52 feet in diameter, and designed to penetrate the lake bed by as much as 40 feet. The design is intended for sites with soft sediment layers over bedrock where traditional monopiles wouldn’t work well or would be environmentally disruptive, Modern Metals said.Water at the proposed site is only about 60 feet deep. Reversing the operation and pumping water back into the bucket allows the foundation to be moved. RELATED ARTICLES A one-eighth scale model of what will be the New England Aqua Ventus I project was tested for nearly 18 months near Castine, Maine, and became the first offshore turbine connected to the grid in the Americas, according to the website of Maine Aqua Ventus, the spinoff company that is developing the project. It was removed from the water late in 2014 after university researchers had a chance to test the design.The university, which has several partners in the project, hopes to install two 6-megawatt turbines off Monhegan Island. The Bangor Daily News reported that the money will allow the consortium to push ahead with construction of the two full-sized turbines, and then attract private investment in a larger wind farm.The latest DOE announcement represents a welcome reversal of fortunes for Maine wind. In 2011, the Norwegian energy giant Statoil had a deal mapped out with the Maine Public Utilities Commission for providing offshore wind after responding to a request for proposal. But an intervention from Governor Paul LePage forced the PUC to give the University of Maine project get another chance, and Statoil dropped out of the running.Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told The Bangor Daily News earlier that there is the potential for 150 gigawatts of offshore wind energy off the coast, 70 times the energy the state of Maine consumes. Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in MaineWork Begins on First Offshore Wind Project in U.S.Floating Wind Turbines Hit Rough SeasCommercial-Scale Wind Power Not everyone is a winnerThe news from DOE wasn’t good for everyone. While the three new projects are being nudged ahead, Dominion Virginia Power lost $40 million in government grants that would have helped pay for two 6-MW turbines, according to a post at UtilityDive.The utility wasn’t able to guarantee that the turbines would be finished by 2020, and Dominion also faced cost and regulatory challenges, UtilityDive said.Dominion had estimated that the turbines could be built for $230 million, but an initial round of bids from developers came in at between $375 million and $400 million; a second round of bidding dropped the cost only marginally.“Naturally, we are disappointed in the DOE’s decision because we still believe that offshore wind has a great potential to deliver clean, renewable energy to Virginia,” Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president at Dominion Energy Solutions, said in a statement. “However, we also recognize the unique regulatory and cost challenges involved in our project and appreciate the DOE’s desire to support other projects that may have an earlier opportunity for fruition.”
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its earlier stand that international STEM students undergoing optional practical training (OPT) cannot be placed at customer work sites. The USCIS made changes on its website on Friday night removing these restrictions, but reiterated that employers need to meet their training obligations. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
The acrimony between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena is set to cast its shadow on the Nashik mayoral election to be held on Friday.In what is touted to be a humdinger of a contest, the Sena, in league with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties, is trying hard to queer the BJP’s pitch.While the BJP has a clear majority of 65 corporators in the 122-seat Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), it faces a major split in the civic body owing to the machinations of Balasaheb Sanap, former BJP MLA and rebel who dramatically switched to the Sena last month.Mr. Sanap, the former Nashik city unit chief of the BJP, wields considerable clout in the NMC and was the BJP’s first mayor in the NMC as well.The Sena and Mr. Sanap — their Trojan horse — along with the NCP are combining forces to keep the BJP away from power. The Sena has 34 corporators in the NMC, while the Congress and the NCP have six each and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has five.The Nashik drama has been a microcosmic replay of the power struggle going in the State. Earlier this week, the BJP moved all its corporators at a safe remove from Nashik to a resort in Sindhudurg district, the bastion of BJP leader Narayan Rane. However, in a major setback to the BJP, 12 of its corporators, most of whom are said to be close to Mr. Sanap, have not gone to the resort and are reportedly incommunicado.As many as 11 candidates have filed their nomination for the mayoral post, of which six are from the BJP, four from the Sena and one from the Congress. Of them, Kamlesh Bodke, a rebel BJP corporator said to be a protégé of Mr. Sanap, has filed his nomination for both the mayor and the deputy mayor’s post in defiance of the party top brass’ orders.