Over 4000 male fruit flies were captured at Orealla, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), where there is a huge pest problem affecting vegetables and other crops.The spread of these fruit flies has recently intensified, prompting the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) to intervene.Over the past four weeks, Plant Protection Officers have been monitoring the situation and setting traps under a programme – Carambola Fruit Fly (CFF) – being rolled out by NAREI in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).According to NAREI, this pest hinders Guyana’s ability to export certain fresh fruits and vegetables to North American and European markets.Under the programme, community outreaches are being held with the aim of conducting surveys and monitoring the status of the pest and to initiate control and eradication activities, especially within the hinterland communities bordering Guyana and Brazil.So far, the communities that benefited are Orealla/Siparuta in Region Six; Mahdia, Bamboo Creek, Kanapang and surrounding satellite communities in Region Eight; and Lethem and surrounding communities in the North and South Rupununi in Region Nine.NAREI, in a press release, noted that of the areas visited, Region Eight had an alarming population of these fruit flies.“Of the sites visited, more than 65 per cent of the traps were missing…They were replaced, and those that were found were badly damaged… A total of 157 male (fruit flies) were captured from the traps found,” said Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NAREI, Brian Sears.Orealla was another area of major concern. “Twenty-two traps that were set for monitoring purposes recorded an extremely high B carambolae population. Over 4000 male fruit flies were captured. Four of the traps that were missing were also replaced,” NAREI said.Public awareness sessions were conducted within all communities to ensure residents are informed about the importance as well as the harm this pest could have on agriculture and the economy.Villagers were encouraged to participate and assist NAREI’s Extension staff, especially those working within the areas affected. Also, key community leaders and pilot farmers were trained to ensure the continuation and sustainability of the programme.NAREI said this programme will continue and be complemented with a regional programme to include countries such as Brazil, Guyana and Suriname.“This is important as control and eradication would only be possible if all the countries affected work together to implement similar and simultaneous procedures that could bring about the desired results,” NAREI noted.Importantly, NAREI will receive a dedicated budget annually that will be supported by partners such as IICA to support similar activities.Some of the fruit flies captured by traps set by NAREIA NAREI officer setting traps to capture the pests
Two seeded area girls basketball teams have reached their respective division semifinals tonight, but only one will be at home. Sort of, that is. Del Rio League champion La Serna, the No. 2 seed in Division III-A, is on the road to play Colony in a game that will be held at Montclair High. Game time is 7. Whittier Christian, winner of 15 of its past 16 games, opened the playoffs with a bye and then advanced with wins over Mojave (54-31) and Lancaster Desert Christian (51-39). The Heralds are led by Whitley Brown, averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds. Elissa Ronquillo averages 10.5 points. Maranatha (19-9) has won four consecutive games, including playoff victories over San Fernando Valley (55-26), Bishop Union (45-27 and La Reina (51-41). The Minutemen are led by Natasha Herring, averaging 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds. La Serna (26-3) is on a 22-game winning streak, including playoff wins over Santa Fe (57-43) and Walnut (54-49). The Lancers’ top player is Jenna French, the area’s leading scorer (20.1-point average) and rebounder (13.9). Whittier Christian High School, the Alpha League champion and No. 1 seed in Division V-AA, is the home team against Maranatha, but the game will be played at Biola University per the CIF-Southern Section’s mandate of using an alternate site. Game time is 7:30. Other leading players include Natalee Venegas (11.0 ppg) and Korinne Randazzo (10.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 66 steals). email@example.com (562) 6098-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Participants must secure a launch vehicle for the probe, either by building it themselves or contracting with an existing private rocket company. Private rocket company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said it will subsidize use of its launch vehicle to interested competitors. The company, headed by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, has not had a fully successful launch in two tries. If there is no winner, the purse will drop to $15 million until the end of 2014, when the contest expires. There is also a $5 million second-place prize and $5 million in bonus money to teams that go beyond the minimum requirements. At least one group has expressed interest. Famed roboticist William “Red” Whittaker of Carnegie Mellon University said he is putting together a team to build a lunar rover. Last year, Whittaker was in charge of two autonomous vehicles that competed in a robot race across the Mojave Desert. The competition comes at a time of revived interest in lunar exploration among foreign governments since the Cold War space race. Government agencies in the U.S., Europe and Asia are gearing up to return to the moon. Japan’s space agency, JAXA, plans to launch its long-delayed orbiter SELENE from a remote Pacific Island today. NASA next year will rocket a lunar orbiter and impactor, the first of several lunar robotic projects before astronauts are sent to the moon next decade. Government lunar missions can cost upward of hundreds of millions of dollars, but the X Prize Foundation and Google hope the private sector can do it for considerably less. Space technology experts say a moon landing is achievable, but teams will face financial and regulatory hurdles. Chief among them is planning a mission that will be cheap enough to make the prize worthwhile. “There’s no reason why the private sector cannot band together and execute a lunar mission,” said Paul Spudis, a lunar expert at Johns Hopkins University, who is building imaging radar for two upcoming government moon launches. The partnership between Google and the X Prize Foundation comes as no surprise. Earlier this year, Page hosted a star-studded charity auction for the foundation at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. Page is a trustee of the X Prize Foundation. The Google Lunar X Prize announcement, also a flashy event, was attended by Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and featured a video message by sci-fi film director James Cameron. Google has had previous forays into space albeit via the Internet by launching Google Mars and Google Earth, Web browser-based mapping tools that give users an up-close, interactive view with the click of a mouse. The X Prize Foundation is also holding competitions in rapid genetic decoding and creating super-efficient vehicles. But the moon prize is by far the largest in its 12-year history.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Google partnered with the X Prize Foundation for the moon challenge, which is open to companies worldwide. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit prize institute is best known for hosting the Ansari X Prize contest, which led to the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. The Google Lunar X Prize joins another prize already dangling in front of potential competitors: $50 million that hotel magnate Robert Bigelow is offering the first private American team to rocket a manned craft into orbit by 2010. The race to the moon won’t be easy or cheap. But whoever fills the requirements in the Google contest by December 2012 gets $20 million. The winning spacecraft must be tough enough to survive a landing and be equipped with high-definition video and still cameras. And it must be smart enough to trek at least 1,312 feet on the moon and send self-portraits, panoramic views and near-real-time videos back to Earth that will be streamed on Google’s Web site. “I hope that a ? very ambitious team of people will allow us all to virtually go back to the moon very soon. I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Google co-founder Larry Page said at Wired magazine’s technology show in Los Angeles. By Alicia Chang THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Google Inc. is bankrolling a $30 million contest that could boost the commercial space industry and spur the first nongovernmental flight to the moon. The bulk of the prize will go to the first private company that can land a robotic rover on the moon and beam back a gigabyte of images and video to Earth, the Internet search leader said Thursday.
Castlefinn Community NewsFr PolkeEveryone at the CPI would like to extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Fr Desmond Polke who died last week. he was a prominent member of the community and he will be sadly missedLiving On a Shoestring Project: This free 3 week cookery course funded by DLDC and facilitated by Wendy Long, Millstone Cookery School continues from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Doneyloop Youth Club Building on the following dates: Wed 28/5/14; Thur 5/6/14 and Wed 11/6/14. The course focuses on preparation and cooking of delicious, nutritious and wholesome food on a budget. All are welcome to attend – why not come along and learn from Wendy’s extensive expertise in this area. DD NOTICE: DLDC TO HOST THREE-WEEK COOKERY CLASS IN CASTLEFINN was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LOCAL: DD NOTICE: Castlefinn Community NewsFeaturesNotices
The formal launch of the Donegal Sports Star Awards will take place next Monday evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 6pm.The Donegal Sports Star Awards Chairperson Neil Martin will announce the name of the special guest for the 41st Awards function, which takes place on Friday the 27th of January in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The launch will also provide significant details regarding the Donegal County Council sponsored event including ticket information. The committee has also confirmed the attendance of a number of past winners at next Monday evening’s launch including David Patterson, Colm McGonigle, Bryan Harkin, Richard Eaton, Donal Reid, James Cullen, Danny Ryan, Michael McGarvey, Anne-Marie Meehan, Jack McLaughlin, Charlie McAteer, Nicola Harris, Eamonn Giles, Fr. Michael Sweeney, Stephen Friel, Danny McDaid, Sean Boyle, Paul Giles, Christine Russell, Anne McGrath and Seosamh MacCeallabhuí.Chairperson Neil Martin expressed his delight at confirmation of the past winners attendance.“We have welcomed past winners to the launch over the past two years and it’s something that we intend to do into the future,” Mr Martin said.“The committee is delighted to be honouring more past winners next Monday evening at our launch. “It’s the annual opportunity for us to formally launch the Donegal Sports Star Awards and we’ll also have other guests present from sporting organisations in the county.”Donegal Sports Star Awards to be launched next Monday was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
The Villans’ owner, Chinese businessman Tony Xia, has been locked talks with an Egyptian group, to relinquish his control of the Championship club and negotiate a co-ownership deal.Dr Xia has spent the summer looking for fresh investment to fix the club’s financial problems.He needed to plug a reported £40million deficit after Villa failed to win promotion back to the Premier League last season – losing the play-off final to Fulham at Wembley Stadium in May.A return to the top flight, having been relegated in 2016, would have seen the Midlands outfit bank in excess of £170m.A statement issued by the club said: “Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club announce that NSWE, a company that is jointly owned and controlled by businessman Nassef Sawiris’ group NNS and businessman Wes Edens, will immediately inject significant investment capital into the club.“At the same time, Dr Tony Xia will become co-chairman and remain on the board.”Egyptian Sawiris is estimated to be worth $6.8bn (£5.2bn), while American financier Edens co-owns the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise.This forthcoming season will be the last of Villa’s parachute payments following relegation from the Premier League but Xia said the club remain “focused on strengthening the squad” and mounting another promotion challenge.“I am extremely pleased to have formed a strategic partnership with Nassef and Wes. We have a common goal of delivering future success for Aston Villa and I look forward to working together to achieve this aim,” he said.“To have come so close to achieving promotion last season was a humbling experience. In finding such strong partners as Nassef and Wes we’re gearing up to fight again and bring back the success that this Club deserves and we all so want to provide it with.“The future is exciting on a number of fronts and I look forward to exploring further business collaborations.” Aston Villa have announced they will receive “significant investment” from billionaire businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. Aston Villa have been rescued from their financial troubles by billionaire businessman Nassef Sawiris 1
REVEALED gameday cracker Tottenham star Dele Alli and Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha have had their names taken for simulation, but Dyche believes referees need to start getting these calls right more often for the sake of football.He continued: “I want it cleaned up, but no-one wants to do it! No-one wants to take responsibility for it and it needs to be cleaned up – the game needs to be cleaned up.“That was a key moment today that could show the difference, that’s my point.” Sean Dyche was brutally honest in his post-match interview and claimed football needs to be ‘cleaned up’ after watching Grady Diangana was booked after being fouled in the box.According to the Burnley boss, the West Ham United youngster failed to produce any theatrics after being caught by Steven Defour in the box during their 4-2 defeat at the London Stadium. no dice 2 shining Latest Premier League News REVEALED “I guarantee if he rolls around, flinging his arms around – credit to him for falling normally. But I’ve seen it back and they get a penalty.“The point is the bigger picture in football. I’ve been telling the referees they’re now giving dives for penalties and yet the lad actually fell normally, credit to him because he got a foot on the top of his foot, and he fell normally like a kid in the school playground.“He gets nothing and gets booked for it. We’ve had people in our games dive ridiculously and get a yellow card. But it means nothing; it ain’t going to stop them from doing it!”Brazil star Neymar received constant criticism during the World Cup for his supposed play-acting. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Dyche watched on as the referee failed to award West Ham a deserved penalty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Diangan caused the Burnley defence all sorts of problems huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT As a result, referee Roger East not only failed to award a penalty, but booked Felipe Anderson for protesting the decision.However, Dyche admitted Diangana’s honesty prevented him getting a decision and flailing around may have warranted the award of the penalty.And that, according to the former no-nonsense centre-half, is not acceptable.“Because he falls normally, nothing is given and it is a penalty,” he told journalists after the game. tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Though the program educated Leticia Aguirre’s two children and helped thousands more, its troubled history worried her and other employees. “The only reason we are sad is because it’s been here so long,” said Aguirre, supervisor of the Delores Huerta site in San Fernando and a 14-year employee. “But right now we are hopeful that something better will come in here.” County officials nearly shut down the agency in 1993 after finding gross mismanagement and illegal expenditures. A 2003 county investigation found its practices “deficient.” In March, the Los Angeles Office of Education terminated its contract with LACA, citing mismanagement and failure to provide health care services. The federal Administration for Children, Youth and Families then allowed LACA to apply for funding directly. But the application was denied after the federal agency found the program inadequate. As class let out on Friday at the Huerta site, few parents knew about the program’s checkered past. “I don’t want to see them go,” said Esmeralda Gutierrez, a 32-year-old Sylmar mother whose son Alexander Garcia had gone through the program. “They speak our language, they know us.” Indeed, the program, begun at a city park by local activists who wanted to help poor children in the San Fernando Valley, became a symbol of community empowerment for the poor Latino community. But as problems have mounted at the organizations, support has weakened. At an emergency board meeting held late Friday night, several former employees pleaded with the board to oust the executive director, Irene Tovar. “It’s a shame because the children are losing now,” said Marcelino Moreno, a former administrator who resigned in 2003. “This is not about being Latino anymore.” Tovar was unreachable Saturday. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – In a last-ditch effort to save the Latin American Civic Association – the San Fernando Valley’s largest provider of Head Start programs – a handful of activists met Saturday to plot out the organization’s future even as hundreds of its employees applied for new jobs. Federal authorities ordered the 42-year-old association, which cares for 1,435 poor children in the Valley, to turn over operations of its 26 centers on Tuesday to a federally appointed transition company, Denver-based Community Development Institute. “We are going to fight with everything we got,” said Javier Flores, a former board member and director of Pueblo Y Salud, an anti-alcohol group that hosted the meeting at its San Fernando offices. The turnover order came earlier this month after the Administration for Children, Youth and Families – the federal agency ultimately administering Head Start – found LACA failed to prove it could provide the proper nutritional, social and health services.
The very concept of sales creates a lot of anxiety for some people. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles for most sales professionals. But fear isn’t the only thing that does you a disservice; there are other responses you need to shed to perform better in professional sales:Panic: Unless your physical safety is threatened, there are not a lot of great reasons to panic. The flight response that may have served you on the plains isn’t very useful when it comes to First World problems. If something bad is happening, expending a lot of negative emotional energy isn’t going to help anything. Fear in all its forms deprives you of your resourcefulness. As a leader, panic also causes others to panic. You are better served by working on solving your problems, whatever they are.Anger: Being angry doesn’t improve any situation. Expressing your anger doesn’t help you influence people or inspire them to take action on your behalf. Expressing how upset you are and venting might make you feel better, but it does nothing to improve the underlying condition that you chose to respond to with anger.Awfulizing: Awfulizing is making things worse than they really are. You can identify language that indicates that you are awfulizing because it often starts with a generalization, like “No one ever does what they say they will do.” Or, “this is the worst thing that’s ever happened.” Thinking things are worse than they are doesn’t make things any better. Only trying to make things better makes things better.Fearing the wrong danger: It’s not the first time I’ve written this, I know. It isn’t helpful to fear the wrong danger. It’s helpful to face the right danger. If you are afraid of being rejected, the real danger is not making the call, having the conversation, or making the attempt at all. It doesn’t serve you to fear something with little consequence for failure while avoiding doing something with larger consequences for failure.Blame: You are never served by blaming someone else. Blaming others is how you avoid responsibility. But if you are not responsible for the outcomes that make you unhappy, then you are not empowered to do something different to produce a better outcome. It’s not the fault of the economy. It’s not the fault of the President. It’s not the fault of your manager. You serve yourself by taking full responsibility.Excuses: You are never served by making excuses. One of the ways our ego protects itself is by absolving itself of responsibility when we make mistakes or when we do wrong. But if you made the mistake or did wrong, the excuse changes nothing. You are better served taking responsibility, apologizing, and making things better.Pessimism: You gain nothing by being pessimistic. You lose much by not being optimistic and hopeful. Deciding that you are a “realist” is really a form of pessimism. There is a difference between looking at what might go wrong and doing something about it, and believing that nothing can go right. An optimist can look at what might go wrong and still believe they can succeed. Negativity never serves you.Trying to control the uncontrollable: Almost everything is outside of your control. And because it is outside of your control, there is very little you can do about almost everything. The fastest way to become frustrated is by wanting to control things, especially other people. You serve yourself by accepting that there are things outside of your control, and moving on to areas where you can make a difference.Not using your influence where it is useful: Even though you may not have control, there are things that you can influence. You can’t control your employees, but you can invest in their personal growth and well-being and, by doing so, influence how well they perform. You can’t control your prospective clients, but you can have a presence, listen deeply, and care enough about their outcomes to create a preference for you and your solution. It doesn’t serve you to worry about what you can’t control, but it does serve you to influence what you can.
Manoj Tiwary staked his claim for a spot in the Indian Test team with a determined knock of 93, helping India A recover from a wobbly start to reach 369 for nine on Day One of the three-day warm-up game against the touring England on Tuesday.Tiwary’s knock came after quick-fire half-centuries from opener Abhinav Mukund and comeback man Yuvraj Singh as India A skipper Suresh Raina elected to bat after winning the toss at the Brabourne Stadium.The Bengal captain faced 150 balls and hit 11 fours in his 202-minute knock, looking set for a deserving century before he got out trying to play across against England’s pacer Tim Bresnan. At stumps, R Vinay Kumar (25) and Parwinder Awana (11) were at the crease.Tiwary, who came in with India A struggling at 140 for four, pulled the innings together, putting on a century partnership with Irfan Pathan (46). The duo put on 110 for the seventh wicket in 168 balls to take the team past the 300-mark.Earlier, Mukund made 73 with 16 fours after living dangerously in the beginning while Yuvraj, dropped first ball by Samit Patel off Tim Bresnan, slammed four sixes and seven fours for his 80-ball 59 before both fell to England’s main spinner Graeme Swann on either side of lunch.In the battle for the no. 6 spot in the Indian Test batting line-up, Yuvraj definitely impressed more than Raina, who could manage only a tentative 20.Off-spinner Graeme Swann (centre) finished with 3 wickets for 90 runs.Click here to EnlargeThe home team lost Mukund, Murali Vijay (7) and Ajinkya Rahane (4) in their first session total of 113 and then surrendered the wickets of Raina (20), Yuvraj and Wridhiman Saha (20) in the second session.advertisementPathan was out leg before to Swann after tea while Bresnan got rid off Tiwary and Ashok Dinda off successive balls. He ended with figures of 3/59 in 20 overs, having earlier taken the wicket of Rahane, while Swann claimed 3/90 in 23 overs.England XI were handicapped by a right thigh injury to pacer Steven Finn while fielding, who limped off after just four overs and has been ruled out for the rest of the game.