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No advice from Govt being proffered – residents

No advice from Govt being proffered – residents

first_imgPoultry continues to die on East Bank BerbiceFollowing a report that an East Bank Berbice poultry farmer had lost hundreds of birds due to a mysterious illness, other farmers on EBB have reported that birds are dying of an illness with similar symptoms and the Ministry of Agriculture is providing no advice.Several farmers who all rear bantams or what is referred to as ‘Creole’ fowls have reported that many birds have died/are dying of an unknown illness. The disease is also affecting Muscovy ducks, the farmers say.Vanessa Sampson of De Kinderen depends on the eggs from her fowls to make a living. She has lost 70 per cent of them due to the unknown illness.Affected poultry on an EBB farmAccording to her on Sunday morning she discovered that fifteen of the birds became ill overnight. They all appeared to be lifeless. Since then about fifty more have died.Another resident Indira Nauth who lost a similar amount, said the symptoms were detected about one month ago. She says most birds die a few days after becoming ill.Meanwhile, Mohan Sookhoo explained that the disease has killed many of his birds: “Sometimes it kill about 10 to 20 for you one time. The sick can’t take recovery because sometimes we try treating it with drugs from the pharmacy and it don’t help. Most times it kills the roosters, big and small they just start slowing up in movements and eating and after a few days you gon just see the head going around and when it turn round, that’s it; they can’t recover again. Sometimes it takes the ducks; but not so much the ducks.”Sookhoo says extension officers from the Ministry visited his farm on Tuesday but have provided no advice.“When the vet came on Tuesday they experimented on the chickens and take samples from the inside and say they will take it back to the lab and then give us an answer, but no advice what to do till then,” Sookhoo noted.Two weeks ago an EBB poultry farmer had reported that a mysterious disease had taken the lives of hundreds of his birds. He had told Guyana Times that when the disease hit his pen he had 1300 birds, now he is left with 70.The farmer had reported that he was getting no assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture, however following the publishing of the death of the birds in Guyana Times he received several phone calls from senior officials of the Ministry.The poultry farmers’ plight came to light after this publication reported of a possible poultry illness outbreak in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The death of over 800 chickens prompted Regional Chairman David Armogan to request that the Agriculture Ministry investigate the mysterious illness.Previously, reports had surfaced of a similar occurrence where a farmer at Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) claimed that 300 birds had died from a mysterious disease at his farm.The Berbice farmer had explained that his birds started dying on June 19 when he discovered that more than 200 had died overnight.According to the farmer, the Ministry was contacted and extension officers were said to have visited the farm and took samples from some of the dead birds.The farmer also stated that his brother went to the Agriculture Ministry to seek assistance for his plight but officials were reportedly unavailable.The allegation of the Permanent Secretary (PS) saying that the Ministry did not have the equipment to do the requisite testing was strongly denied.PS of Agriculture Ministry George Jervis had told Guyana Times that personnel from the Ministry will soon visit the farm and assess the situation.“What we will do is visit the farm, go and take blood samples and see what we can do about it,” the PS had noted. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Staff and students safely evacuated after fire at Trembley Elementary in Dawson Creek

Staff and students safely evacuated after fire at Trembley Elementary in Dawson Creek

first_imgA parent reunification process is currently underway where parents have been contacted to pick up their children if they are able to. Students who rely on the bus will be transported home at their usual time if parents are unable to pick up their children.There’s no word currently on what damage has been done to the school or when the school will re-open. Energeticcity.ca is expecting an update when further details become available. – Advertisement –last_img

Pet store robbed, again

Pet store robbed, again

first_imgLA MIRADA – A thief once again broke into a local pet store – and this time pilfered 10 puppies valued at about $15,000. Unfortunately for the store’s owner, security cameras at Puppy Love, 14766 Beach Blvd., don’t reveal the culprit. Owner Paul Ro showed reporters how several hours are missing from the security system’s tapes. He doesn’t know how the thief managed to erase them and is so incensed at this most recent theft that he is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can give information that would lead to the capture of the dognapper. “I can’t believe what is happening to me,” Ro said as various media gathered at his store on Friday afternoon. The thief’s haul on Friday included 2- to 3-month-old Maltese, Yorkshire terriers, Schnauzers and a Pomeranian. Ro said each had a price of between $1,500 to $2,000. Among the estimated 15 dogs left behind was a 31/2-month-old Pomeranian already called “Survivor” because she survived the first dognapping. One of the Ro’s daughters, Christina, was home from college for the holidays. The 21-year-old thinks Survivor was spared because the thief didn’t have enough time. The alarm system went off. The thief targeted the smaller, more expensive puppies. These are the teacup varieties one sees carted around in a bag by a celebrity. He spared the bigger dogs like the Shih Tzus donated to the store after the first heist. But he was cherry picking. While the culprit took a female Yorkie Schnauzer, he bypassed the dog’s two brothers. On Friday, the local sheriff’s station sent someone to take prints at the store. “We have not obtained any footage. If footage is missing that does make the circumstances suspicious,” Lt. Al Reyes said. Deputies had no suspects. Ro doesn’t know how many thieves broke into the store this time because he thinks the suspect erased the security video. He suspects the thief knew how to fiddle with the security system. “It’s the only explanation for me,” he said. Ro has no idea if the thief was the same dognapper from the Nov. 7 burglary where security cameras caught a man stuffing the puppies into a trash bag. Ro said he was sleeping at home when he learned of the latest theft. “I don’t know what’s happening. I can’t believe it myself,” Ro said. He doesn’t know if the thief or thieves will be selling the pups at some street corner or via the Internet. He pleaded with the culprits. “Please take care of them (the puppies),” he said, then added, “Don’t come back again.” On a day that is supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year, Ro and his family spent it at their burgled store instead. “I’m angry and I’m really upset. I wish I could do something for them,” Christina Ro said. Anyone with information is asked to call Puppy Love at (714) 670-7678. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I’d like to catch this guy. It’s 26 (puppies) total in two times. … I think this time of year they need money but targeting puppies is very cruel. Not right,” Ro said. Puppy Love, which has been in business for a year, was first hit by a thief two weeks ago. On Nov. 7, a man took 16 puppies worth up to $20,000 from the store. He hauled most of them off in a trash bag. Those pilfered pooches are still missing. Sgt. Liza Gonzalez of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station said the same suspect could be behind the latest break-in, which happened about 1:38 a.m., Friday. “Same pattern as the last one,” she said, adding that the thief smashed or broke the store’s front plate-glass door. There are security bars in the lower portion of the door but Ro said the thief broke the lock. last_img read more

Around the Region

Around the Region

first_imgJailed suspect dies in apparent suicide ALHAMBRA – A suspect being held in the Alhambra Police Department Jail was found dead early Friday in what appears to be a suicide, officials said. The discovery was made about 9:42 a.m. at the jail, at 211 S. 1st Street, Alhambra police said in a written release. The name or a description of the deceased was not available, nor was the reason he was arrested. Only force was used in the robbery and no weapons were seen, he said. A witness observed the robbery and followed the suspect vehicle, said Flores. At Graves Avenue near Sefton Avenue in Monterey Park, the two male Latino suspects and one female Latino suspect abandoned the car and fled on foot, Flores said. A search perimeter was set up in the area, but the suspects were not located, he said. Flores added that the suspects’ vehicle was later determined to be stolen. Pot-banging: Expert solution for seals PACIFIC GROVE – Experts have come up with a low-tech method to keep seals off a Pacific Grove beach: Banging on pots. The City Council got a report from its Beautification and Natural Resources Committee on how to deal with Pacific harbor seal invading Lovers Point Beach. Mother seals appear to be moving toward the beach during pupping season. Because marine mammals are protected by federal law, the public could lose access to the beach. The council was told the city should discourage the seal haul-outs by banging on pots and pans to chase them back to sea. Other noisemakers, scarecrows and human presence are also an option. USS Ronald Reagan returns to SoCal SANTA BARBARA – The USS Ronald Reagan is returning to Santa Barbara for a visit next month. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will anchor outside the harbor from Jan. 11 to 14, bringing with it more than 4,000 sailors who will take shore boats to the pier for liberty. The carrier will not be available for public tours. Local Navy League spokesman Doug Crawford says the group is working to get hotel rooms for sailors at no more than $100 a night. So far, only the Bacara Hotel and Spa in Goleta has offered 50 rooms for that price. Norco says Big Boy is Western enough NORCO – The chubby Bob’s Big Boy mascot is going to wear a cowboy hat and boots as long as he’s in Horsetown USA. There was concern in Norco that the mascot wasn’t Western enough for the equestrian community so planners said neigh to architectural plans for a 5,200-square-foot Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. Architect representative Dave Hogan told the council Wednesday that the six-foot statue would don a hat and boots. So the City Council reversed course and approved the plans. Norco is located in Riverside County, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Family wins millions in Caltrans suit SAN DIEGO – A jury has awarded $26.5 million to a San Diego family whose land was targeted for takeover by the state Department of Transportation. Last year, the agency tried to claim eminent domain over the land for construction of the new 905 Freeway in southern San Diego County. But the owners said losing the 2.8-acre parcel would cut off access to the rest of their property and make it worthless. Jurors ruled unanimously in favor of the landholders Wednesday after a three-week trial in Superior Court. Transportation officials say they’ll appeal. Black bear hunting season ends early SANTA BARBARA – California’s black bear hunting season has ended early because takes reached the state Department of Fish and Game limit. The season was scheduled to run through Dec. 30, but the limit of some 1,700 bears has already been reached. It’s the first time since 2001 that the season was shut down early. In 2002, the threshold for season closure was increased from 1,500 to 1,700 bears based on the health and expansion of the bear population. Tags show the harvest is already above 1,700. Hunters are required to return bear tags to the Department of Fish and Game by Feb. 1. They are also required to submit skulls of bears killed to DFG for extraction of teeth within 10 days of taking the bear. The teeth are used to determine the animals’ ages. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champDetectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau are conducting the investigation, police said. No further details were released. Robbery suspects flee from stolen car ROSEMEAD – Three suspects fled Friday after robbing a woman in Rosemead, then ditching their stolen car several blocks away in Monterey Park, officials said. The incident began about 4:40 p.m. when a woman was robbed of her purse on Graves Avenue at San Gabriel Boulevard, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Flores. last_img read more

KICKBOXING: BRIAN CROSSAN CROWNED KING OF THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS

KICKBOXING: BRIAN CROSSAN CROWNED KING OF THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS

first_imgKICKBOXING: Brian Crossan has done it once again and has picked up his third Irish title. This time he made the move to low kick rules and to yet another organisation to unify three of the major organisations titles, he now holds the WKA, WKU and WRSA Irish titles in his collection. Crossan secured his latest accolade in the performance of his illustrious kickboxing career in the Maldron Hotel in Derry on Saturday night in front of a sold-out venue. The affable fighter brought a huge support with him from Letterkenny and they could be heard in their full glory as Crossan made the walk to the ring to take on the teak tough Stevie Mc Nutt from KCAM Kickboxing in Dungannon. Both fighters are seasoned veterans of the sport and this could be seen in what many regarded as the most technical fight of the night with Mc Nutt coming forward with hard and heavy boxing and Crossan countering with kicks and and some lovely angles. TThe first two rounds were back and fourth affairs with both competitors scoring some lovely shots, the third round was when crossing came into his own, known for his fitness and durability Crossan started to pick up the tempo with more movement and angles forcing Mc Nutt to miss with his attack and cross landing heavy with the counters. # The bout went to the title distance of five rounds and when the judges score cards where collected it was a unanimous decision to the letterkenny native to the delight of his coach and all his supporters. Another letterkenny man was also on the cards in the form of young Rhys Nugget, at only 17 years ond he is one for the future, after having difficulty getting the youngster matched young Aaron Coyle from Joe Wilsons black dragon stepped up and offered to do an exhibition bout(no decision). This was one for the crowd to watch as the two youngsters put on a masterclass in K1 rules kickboxing (low kicks and knees allowed) with a very technical display. Nuggets coach Tommy Mc Cafferty said he was very happy to see the first of his Muay Thai students making the move into the competative arena and Nugent after just over a year of training definitely impressed the crowd and the judges on the night with his technical ability and craft. The future is bright for Kickboxing and Muay Thai with Tommy Mc Caffertys Kickboxing LK at the forefront of the future generation. KICKBOXING: BRIAN CROSSAN CROWNED KING OF THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS was last modified: March 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Brian CrossanchampionKickboxingnewsSportlast_img read more

DANA GETS COUNCIL SUPPORT

DANA GETS COUNCIL SUPPORT

first_imgDANA Rosemary Scallon has been formally nominated by Donegal County Council at a meeting in Lifford today.On a recorded vote, councillors voted 19 votes to 0 to support her right to be on the ballot paper for the Presidency next month.Cllr Dessie Larkin said the vote was “important for democracy.” Dana said she was “absolutely delighted” to have been supported by Donegal County Council.DONEGALDAILY.COMDANA GETS COUNCIL SUPPORT was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:danalast_img read more

GRANTS OF €77,000 FOR DONEGAL HEALTHCARE GROUPS

GRANTS OF €77,000 FOR DONEGAL HEALTHCARE GROUPS

first_imgThe Department of Health has announced funding for healthcare-related and social care services under the latest round of National Lottery Grants, with Donegal set to receive €77,000.Minister of State, Joe McHughThis once-off funding will make a significant difference in the provision of healthcare services in Donegal says Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD.“This is the first of two announcements that will take place this year, in which the Department of Health provides once-off grants to organisations to community groups and voluntary organisations. Some of the local organisations set to receive funding include:· Irish Wheelchair Association Donegal, €40,000· Letterkenny Youth and Family Service, €10,000· Inishowen Development partnership, €7,000· North West Alcohol Forum, €20,000Minister McHugh added “This funding will make a real difference to groups, volunteers and of course their clients in communities throughout Donegal. The grants will help to provide equipment, upgrade facilities and provide health related services.”GRANTS OF €77,000 FOR DONEGAL HEALTHCARE GROUPS was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfundingJoe McHughlast_img read more

Oakland Athletics: “Our best baseball is yet to come.”

Oakland Athletics: “Our best baseball is yet to come.”

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s returned home Thursday after a challenging seven-game trip, convinced there are great days ahead.A 3-4 trip against division leaders Minnesota and Houston did nothing to dent the A’s confidence. Oakland begins a nine-game homestand with the first of four games against the struggling Texas Rangers, and there are reasons to believe the A’s are in this for the long haul.“Our best baseball is yet to come. Everybody feels that way,” center fielder Ramon Laureano said.Part of …last_img

Is Darwinism Useful Explaining Cognition?

Is Darwinism Useful Explaining Cognition?

first_imgOne would think the evolution of mind involves a straightforward account of improving cognition as one progresses up the evolutionary tree.  It’s not so simple, said two researchers in a Nature essay:1 Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is broadly accepted among biologists, but its implications for the study of cognition are far from clear.  Few within the scientific pale would argue against the proposition that life on Earth has evolved and that this general principle can be extended to the process of thought.  But in taking an evolutionary approach, biologists have tended to assume that species with shared ancestry will have similar cognitive abilities, and that the evolutionary history of traits can be used to reveal how we and other animals perform certain mental tasks.  A closer analysis suggests things aren’t so simple.Johan Bolhuis, a biologist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Clive Wynne, a psychologist at the University of Florida, asked, “Can evolution explain how minds work?”  It’s not that they were denying Darwinism and Darwin’s insights – it’s just that there are no simple evolutionary explanations for the observations, and the explanations provided are not all that helpful in guiding research.  Some birds, for instance, are better at cognitive tasks than chimpanzees.  It appears that convergence is more important than common ancestry and natural selection.    Don’t we want to understand functions and causes more than some tale of an animal’s evolutionary history, anyway?  These questions are intertwined, they claimed; “It is unclear, however, what an analysis of the evolutionary history of cognitive behaviours could add to our understanding of how they work, even if such an analysis were possible.”  So it’s not only incredibly difficult to come up with an evolutionary analysis, it’s not clear it would help.  Their conclusion warns against Darwinist na�vet�:We are not suggesting an abandonment of Darwin’s insights.  Rather, we call for care in their application.  When reconstructing the evolutionary history of cognitive traits, there is no a priori reason to assume that convergence will be more important than common descent or vice versa.  In addition, evolutionary theory may suggest hypotheses about the mechanisms of cognition, but it cannot be used to actually study these mechanisms.    As long as researchers focus on identifying human-like behaviour in other animals, the job of classifying the cognition of different species will be forever tied up in thickets of arbitrary nomenclature that will not advance our understanding of the mechanisms of cognition.  For comparative psychology to progress, we must study animal and human minds empirically, without naive evolutionary presuppositions.1.  Johan J. Bolhuis and Clive D. L. Wynne, “Can evolution explain how minds work?”, Nature 458, 832-833 (16 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458832a.Can anyone find a reason in this article to waste precious scientific resources on evolutionary explanations?  Rescuing Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller from embarrassment doesn’t count.  A little red flush would look becoming (11/03/2006 commentary).  They could use a change of face (03/03/2009 commentary).  About face.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

first_img15 April 2008South Africans’ use of public healthcare services has almost doubled over the past eight years, with 101-million visits to clinics being recorded over the 2006/07 financial year.Addressing the opening of the National Consultative Health Forum (NCHF) recently, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said the increase was due to improved access as a result of building more than 1 600 clinics closer to the communities, improved package of care available at clinics and the removal of user fees.“Efforts have also been made to decrease the inequalities in the funding amongst health districts and have led to significant improvement in service delivery and health outcomes,” she said.Immunisation coverage currently stood at 85% and the average number of new cases of diarrhoea per 1000 children under the age of five dropped by more than half, from 258 in 2005 to 119 in 2006.“These successes are a result of determination of our health workers to deliver services to our people, there are some promising signs with respect to both HIV and TB,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.Success against HIV, TBShe further said that the 2006 antenatal survey showed for the first time a decline in HIV prevalence particularly amongst young people and that TB cure rates were improving annually while defaulter rates were declining.Tshabalala-Msimang told BuaNews that the significant decline in HIV prevalence on pregnant women under the age of 20 meant that young people had taken the department’s message seriously.“Peer groups go a long way in changing attitudes,” she explained.She added that the department was on the right track in terms of resource availability in clinics with 86% of health facilities having all the resources needed.ChallengesThe NCHF noted that while there were many achievements in the delivery of primary healthcare services in the country, there were still many challenges.This included improving access to primary healthcare services and equitable allocation of resources, the availability of adequate human resources for healthcare, improving quality of care, strengthening district management and increasing community participation.The forum called for a revised primary healthcare strategy for South Africa, in which per capita expenditure on primary healthcare would be doubled over the next 10 years.It also resolved to ensure that primary healthcare provided by the private health sector was made more affordable to the public.The NCHF represents government, public and private health sectors, statutory bodies, academics and research institutions, community organisations, civil society, non-governmental organisations and organised labour.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more