Dear Editor,It has been reported in the media that the high tides being experienced along Guyana’s coastland have again flooded and caused extensive damages to several villages and cultivated lands located at Fyrish, Mahaicony, Mahaica, Leguan and elsewhere.These flood occurrences, particularly during the months of October and November, are being dealt with as emergency situations by the Sea Defence Board/Ministry of Public Infrastructure (SDB/MoPI) as they scramble to mobilise equipment and materials such as boulders to temporarily build earthen embankments with a rock armour to seal the breaches which have occurred. These last-minute efforts will not help much as the damages have already been done and the ravages of the sea will require formidable defences to contain them and the infrastructure is just not there.The SDB/MoPI was committed to implementing scientific approaches to the planning and execution of interventions of the country’s sea and river defences with emphasis placed on sustaining functional and structurally adequate dykes to protect life and property particularly in critical coastal areas from the onslaught of the sea. Further, the Dutch had conducted a hydrographic study of Guyana’s coastland and concluded that erosion/accretion of its foreshore was occurring with a cyclic mode and moving westwards. Presently, erosion with breaches is taking place at several coastal locations including Fyrish and Mahaicony.The SDB/MoPI has no planned programme to raise and strengthen the copings of existing seawalls and earthen embankments to counteract the hydraulic forces being impacted on them. Therefore, weak areas are being seriously eroded and breached, causing flooding and extensive damages to properties.Guyana has limited resources to spend on its infrastructures. Unfortunately, much of it is wasted on questionable projects such as elevators on road overpasses and the planting of mangroves on the foreshore to arrest erosion. Ms Annette Arjoone, one of the principal proponents of this idea should visit Mahaicony and get a firsthand look at what has happened to the mangroves there and its ineffectiveness in preventing the breach which has caused extensive flooding to large areas of valuable farmlands.It is time that the Govt through its SDB/MoPI starts constructing adequately designed sea and river defences in critical areas to protect the lives and properties of the many poor people living along the coastland from rising sea levels which is generating larger destructive forces on the sea defences.Yours truly,Charles Sohan
It was the young German’s 37th career pole and sets up the world champion Red Bull team as favourites heading into the season-opening race at Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit later Sunday.Hamilton, who has switched to Mercedes from McLaren, had looked set to nab the pole when he lowered the best lap time by 3.3secs to 1:28.087 but Vettel, under the hammer, produced a sizzling final lap to trump the Briton.Webber, bidding to join Jack Brabham and Alan Jones as home winners of the Australian GP, finished second quickest with 1:27.827.Felipe Massa was fourth ahead of his Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, while German Nico Rosberg was sixth in his Mercedes.Rosberg was quickest in Q2 from Vettel, while Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button scraped into the final stages of qualifying with flying last laps to beat the cut.Button was 11th but switched back to intermediate tyres and got to fourth fastest, while Massa improved from 12th fastest to grab fifth.The six drivers cut after Q2 were Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Adrian Sutil (Force India), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Sergio Perez (McLaren) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams).The McLaren team’s gamble on using tyre slicks cost Perez a chance of qualifying higher up the race grid.Team principal Martin Whitmarsh was seen shaking his head trackside at the team error.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MELBOURNE, Australia, March 17 – World champion Sebastian Vettel produced a flying last lap to grab the pole for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.Vettel trumped Lewis Hamilton’s best time in a Mercedes with his fastest lap of one minute 27.407 seconds, and will start alongside his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the front row of the grid.
Earlier in the day, Arsenal were trailing themselves before coming back in spectacular fashion to beat their fierce rivals Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium.The two victories could have a positive impact on both clubs’ attempts to qualify for the Champions League.Arsene Wenger’s side are now fourth and have ambitions to overtake third-placed Spurs, while Liverpool are seventh heading into the weekend fixtures.“We can use that (Spurs win) to our advantage in the games coming up,” said Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. “We’re there now. We’re six or seven points behind Tottenham.“Hopefully we’ll have momentum and Tottenham will drop a little bit. We want to push on and finish as high as we can.“After the last game we certainly believe we can finish not just in the top four but challenge Tottenham for the spot we deserve.”The Spurs win came just at the right time for Arsenal, who face Newcastle in their next game after Liverpool, with Alan Pardew’s men also chasing a top-four finish.“If we can repeat the Tottenham performance I’m sure we can get a result against Liverpool and Newcastle,” Szczesny added.Wenger has fitness concerns over Thomas Vermaelen and Tomas Rosicky, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to return into the midfield after starting on the bench against Spurs.Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored for England Under-21s in midweek, feels he is now ready for regular football.“To be honest, when I arrived in August the main thing was just to get comfortable with my surroundings and gain in confidence,” said the ex-Southampton midfielder.“Hopefully I already had the raw materials. I’ve learned a lot here and developed my game, but the main thing has been belief in myself.“When you play in a few games and realise that maybe you can cope in the Premier League you do take confidence from it.“That’s what I’ve done – I do thrive on pressure and being put into these situations, and I’m looking to push on now.”Liverpool’s joy at Wembley has been dampened slightly by a double injury setback.Dalglish said defender Daniel Agger was facing several weeks on the sidelines with a cracked rib while Steven Gerrard picked up a hamstring injury on duty for England.Liverpool captain Gerrard came off in the first half of Wednesday’s 3-2 friendly defeat to the Netherlands.Liverpool have yet to assess the extent of the problem, but Dalglish refused to blame England’s caretaker manager Stuart Pearce for Gerrard’s setback.“Until we know exactly what has happened it is difficult for us to presume anything,” said Dalglish on Thursday. “I have fantastic respect for ‘Pearcey’ – he played for us (under Dalglish at Newcastle).“He is a really straight, honest guy so I don’t think he would do anything harmful to the football club.”Agger was forced to withdraw from international duty with Denmark after cracking a rib against Cardiff and is set for a spell on the sidelines.Having secured the League Cup, Liverpool are guranteed a place in next season’s Europa League. But Dalglish’s side can still secure a Champions League spot if they finish fourth.They start the weekend seven points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, and Dalglish said: “We’ll just plod on.“We’ll add the points up and see where we get to. I’ve not looked at the points – I know we’ve got Arsenal Saturday and that’s all we’ve got to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 2 – Liverpool and Arsenal will face each other at Anfield this weekend after potentially season-changing performances before the international break.Kenny Dalglish’s men lifted the League Cup at Wembley after a six-year trophy drought for the club, going a goal down before eventually defeating Cardiff on penalties to end their wait for silverware.
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s players celebrate after Raphael Varane scored on November 22, 2016LISBON, Portugal, Nov 22 – Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded like a king of his return to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon, but Real Madrid showed no mercy in booking their place in the knockout stages for a 20th consecutive season with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.However, victory came at a cost for the European champions as Gareth Bale limped off just before the hour mark with an ankle injury just 11 days before Real travel to face Barcelona in El Clasico. Real had substitute Karim Benzema to thank for all three points as he came off the bench to down Sporting’s 10 men with a fine finish from Sergio Ramos’s cross.Raphael Varane had fired Real into a first-half lead, but Sporting captain Adrien Silva levelled from the penalty spot after Joao Pereira had seen a straight red card.Real still need to beat Borussia Dortmund at home in two weeks’ time to top Group F after the Germans thrashed Legia Warsaw 8-4.Ronaldo’s name was loudly cheered amidst the otherwise din on whistles that greeted the announcement of the Real team, whilst a banner with the message “Made in Sporting” was raised by the home fans with a picture of a teenage Ronaldo in their famous green and white hooped shirt.Despite leaving Sporting for Manchester United at just 18 having not even won a trophy with the Portuguese giants, Ronaldo is revered in Lisbon having captained his country to a first ever international tournament win at Euro 2016.The affection shown may even have had an effect on the normally ruthless Ronaldo as for the first time in four meetings against Sporting he failed to find the net.Sporting needed to win to keep any chance of qualifying for the last 16 alive with Dortmund already having qualified.However, after an intense start buoyed by a boisterous atmosphere, the holders slowly grabbed a stranglehold of the game and went in front on 29 minutes when Luka Modric’s low free-kick was deflected into Varane’s path and the French international swept home his third goal of the season.Madrid captain Ramos was making his first appearance in six weeks after spraining knee ligaments and came to his side’s rescue moments later to deflect Bruno Cesar’s goalbound shot behind.Cesar’s strike at the Bernabeu in September looked set to hand Sporting a famous victory until a remarkable late fightback inspired by a Ronaldo free-kick saw Real snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.And the Brazilian came close again to sending the hosts in level at the break with a free-kick that curled inches wide.Real were put under pressure at the start of the second period as Ramos cleared a dangerous cross from Gelson Martins and further disrupted as Bale hobbled off.However, Sporting’s chances looked to have gone when Pereira was shown red for an off-the-ball clash with Mateo Kovacic.Despite their numerical disadvantage, Sporting were level 10 minutes from time when Silva blasted home from the penalty spot after substitute Fabio Coentrao had been penalised for handball.Joel Campbell even had an effort saved by Costa Rican international teammate Keylor Navas as Sporting searched for the winner they needed to keep their Champions League hopes alive.Instead, they were hit with a Real sucker punch as Benzema fired low into the far corner to set up a shootout with Dortmund for top spot in a fortnight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Saving 20 gallons a day per person can seem like a “enormous commitment,” Bogaard said, but something as easy as fixing a leaky faucet can save 15 to 20 gallons a day. City suggestions to conserve water are: INDOORS Cut showers by two minutes to save five gallons. PASADENA – As the city faces the driest year since Pasadena started keeping records in 1878, every resident is being asked to cut personal daily water use by 20 gallons. So far there is no call for rationing, but with this year’s rainfall totaling slightly more than three inches – nearly a foot less than the city’s average – officials say a 10 percent reduction could make a significant difference in reserves. “There is a simple list of water conservation suggestions that should be easy for every household to follow,” Mayor Bill Bogaard said in a statement. “I ask everyone to make a personal pledge to cut back as much as possible. It’s something we can all do together.” Since dry years historically come in pairs, water use must be reduced this year to make sure there’s enough in storage for next year, officials said. Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving to save up to six gallons a minute. Put a bucket under the faucet while waiting for water to get hot and use it on your lawn or garden. Only run full loads in the washer and dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand. OUTDOORS A swimming-pool cover minimizes evaporation and saves up to 30 gallons a day. Visit www.bewaterwise.com for a watering calculator that can be tailored to your landscaping. Water in the early morning. Putting mulch around trees and plants to hold in moisture can save as much as 750 gallons per month. For more information, water conservation tips and information about PWP rebates for energy- and water-efficient appliances, call (626) 744-6970 or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – On a recent morning, commuters packed a busy Orange Line hub, some with skateboards tucked under their arms, others with children in tow. While the scene may be common in Chicago or New York, where riding mass transit is second nature, it was an extraordinary sight in the San Fernando Valley – especially on a Sunday morning. “I love (riding the bus) because it relieves me of stress of driving downtown, and I don’t have to worry about parking,” said Jeanne Polak-Recht, a retired educator who’s able to transfer from the busway to the Red Line subway for a trip over the hill. “It’s a substitute subway.” And the idea of a bus that works like a train on wheels has been the real selling point during the Orange Line’s inaugural year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “What we have tried to prove in the case of the Orange Line is if it walks like a train and talks like a train but has rubber tires, people will still respond to it like it’s a train,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board and an early busway proponent. The $330 million bus line sees more riders each weekday than the 3-year-old Gold Line, a light-rail system between Pasadena and downtown that was built at more than double the cost. The initial route has been so successful that MTA officials are planning for a six-mile extension of the western terminus to the Metrolink station in Chatsworth, which would provide the first-ever link between Metrolink and the Red Line. The Orange Line’s speed, cleanliness and reliability have proven a boon, not only to longtime users of mass transit, but to those like Polak-Recht who otherwise wouldn’t ride the bus. “In the industry, everyone is happy it performed so well and that it has performed so rail-like,” said Dennis Hinebaugh, director of the Bus Rapid Transit Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a national clearinghouse on mass transit. “The dollars aren’t there to build light-rail systems. And if you can build a half-dozen bus/rapid-transit systems in your community instead of one light-rail transit, you can serve a whole region instead of a whole corridor.” The nation’s first busway debuted in the Los Angeles area back in 1974, when the El Monte busway zoomed past lines of bumper-to-bumper traffic on the San Bernadino Freeway. Two years later, officials converted the bus-only route to a car-pool lane, which today is used by about 1,400 cars and buses each hour. Many in the transit world now foresee busways as the wave of the future. The Federal Transportation Authority has set aside millions of dollars to fund busway projects in Las Vegas and Eugene, Ore. The Orange Line was built along a former rail line, connecting Warner Center, one of the region’s largest job centers, and the subway system in North Hollywood. Traveling the 14-mile length of the route takes an average of 40 minutes – longer than a subway trip would take, but much shorter than traveling surface streets or even the freeway during rush hour. Taft High School student Aja Washington, 16, used to take three buses to travel from her home in Van Nuys to the Woodland Hills campus, a trek that could take two hours if she missed her connection. With a ride on a Rapid bus and the Orange Line, her one-way travel time has been cut by more than half. “I am impressed with it … You can get anywhere quick.” email@example.com (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“But I’m not surprised.”When host Danny repeated the fact De Gea cannot play on Sunday as he is on the treatment table, Margaret made clear her belief that the goalkeeper is feigning a knock so he doesn’t have to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.“Injured my foot,” she replied in an exasperated manner. “I’m not having it!”You can watch Margaret’s full rant about Man United, above…Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network AFP or licensors The glovesman pulled up while taking a goal kick during the second half of La Roja’s Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Sweden, and was quickly withdrawn with Kepa, the Chelsea no.1, replacing him between the sticks.But Margaret says injuries are not the reason Pogba and De Gea are sidelined for the visit of Liverpool – in fact, she accused the pair of ‘bottling’ the match during a rant on talkSPORT.“De Gea and Pogba are not available for Sunday,” she began. “Any Man United fan worth their salt will know that is not a surprise.“They are not up to the fight. They have bottled it!“They’ve been given massive contracts and they are not up for the game, and I am so mad they are not up for it. LIVE on talkSPORT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dealt a huge blow when De Gea pulled up with an injury Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week One truly irate Manchester United fan could not contain her emotion while slamming Paul Pogba and David de Gea on talkSPORT.Margaret the Red Devils supporter joined Drivetime with Danny Kelly and Darren Bent to preview Sunday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool – and she laid into the Old Trafford pair.Both Pogba and De Gea are to miss the highly anticipated match-up due to injury, with the former continuing to deal with an ankle issue that has plagued him for much of the season.De Gea, on the other hand, looked set to feature until he suffered an apparent groin injury while playing for Spain on Tuesday. Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2 1
Brendan Rodgers said he was confident Celtic possess the quality to go to Athens and get the result they need to keep their Champions League hopes alive.The Hoops must score at least once in Greece if they are to progress to the play-off round after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park by ten-man AEK Athens.Callum McGregor handed Rodgers’ side the lead on 17 minutes, but Athens restored parity before half-time through Viktor Klonaridis.The visitors were reduced to ten men for the last half-an-hour but Celtic were unable to find a winner. “But we went there and produced a really good performance and won the game. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that here, we respect that they are a good side but we also showed we can dominate the game and create chances.“We’ll have to put in a big performance but I have great confidence the players can do just that.”Celtic dominated the opening stages of the Parkhead contest and drew reward for their work when McGregor tucked home Keiran Tierney’s cut-back.The Hoops’ good work was undone, though, when Klonaridis pounced in the box to bring the visitors level.Rodgers added: “If we were sat here at 1-0 I’d be talking about a fantastic performance.“I’m still very proud of how we played, we started the game so well in every element.“Our shape with the ball and pressing was at a real high level, we were in control of the game.“Athens were probably looking to get to half-time to regroup but obviously we conceded.“Whether with ten or 11 eleven, they set up in a deep block.“I suppose our only frustration is we couldn’t make the final pass count in the final third.“Overall, we are still in a good position. “It was always going to be a difficult game over there, but certainly after seeing how we played tonight it gives us great hope of going there and getting a result.” Asked if he believed Celtic had the ability to score in Athens, he said: “There’s no question of that, we’ll have enough of the ball and have the players of quality to score.“We’ll have to defend well, it was always going to be a difficult game for us over there, whether it was 1-0 or 1-1 I always felt we’d have to go there and score anyway.“It’s still very much in the balance, of course it swings a bit to them because they are at home but we know we have the quality to go and perform well.”He added: “Everybody was wondering last year at the same stage if we could go out to Rosenborg and get a result.
Globally, companies are struggling to find talent in a market saturated with applicants. For most organizations, the problem is the gap between available skills in the talent pool and their current job requirements. There are simply not enough people with the requisite experience, education and knowledge to drive and fuel innovation and growth. Yet, the headlines are full of stories about high unemployment. The Economist reported last year that, “Of all the big, rich Group of Seven economies, America has the lowest share of ‘prime age’ males in work: just over 80 percent of those aged between 25 and 54 have a job. In the late 1960s 95 percent worked.” The McKinsey Global Institute recently reported that “demand for high-skill labor is now growing faster than supply, while demand for low-skill labor remains weak.” How did we get here? Two different studies suggest technology and education as key drivers in effect well before the economic downturn. Authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee posit that “more work was being done by, or with help from, machines. For example, Amazon.com reduced the need for retail staffers; computerized kiosks in hotels and airports replaced clerks; voice-recognition and speech systems replaced customer support staff and operators; and businesses of all kinds took advantage of tools such as enterprise resource planning software.” In their working paper, economists David Autor and David Dorn found similar technology trends in addition to shifts and declines in education levels. In a related article, Autor states, “Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, the rise in U.S. education levels has not kept up with the rising demand for skilled workers.” Could approaches to education be compounding the issue? Ann Stone references E.B. White’s book “The Trumpet of the Swan” to illustrate the pitfalls of teaching to the test at the expense of critical thinking. From the chapter “School Days”: The fifth-graders were having a lesson in arithmetic, and their teacher, Miss Annie Snug, greeted Sam with a question. “Sam, if a man can walk three miles in one hour, how many miles can he walk in four hours?” “It would depend on how tired he got after the first hour,” replied Sam. The other pupils roared. Miss Snug rapped for orde “Sam is quite right,” she said. “I never looked at the problem that way before. I always supposed that man could walk twelve miles in four hours, but Sam may be right: the man may not feel so spunky after the first hour. He may drag his feet. He may slow up.” What can we do? One solution is increased corporate responsibility. In 2009, Accenture created the Skills to Succeed program, which focuses on building skills that enable people around the world to participate in and contribute to the economy. By the end of fiscal 2011, the program has equipped more than 160,000 people—nearly two-thirds of its goal of 250,000 people—with workplace and entrepreneurial skills. Ultimately, those of us in a position to do so — whether that is business or government — will need to find ways to ensure we are developing the right skills for today and the workplace of tomorrow.
Who among us hasn’t dealt with the need to implement and manage change? Whether focusing on a large-scale organizational change or a small-scale “in my department” adjustment, every leader is faced with the responsibility to execute and manage change. Some of us become excited and energized by the possibilities while others are much more hesitant and, quite frankly, terrified. No matter the initial reaction we realize the importance of the tasks ahead of us as well as the need to “lead the change” by bringing others along with us on the journey. Quite often we characterize this move as “needing to get everyone reading from the same menu.” As a leader with change management responsibilities, whether one is eager or reticent, there are a few general steps to follow in order to make any initiative successful: Define the Purpose – It’s crucial to identify why this is being done including the reason and the necessity. The change leader will start by defining the business case including why it’s necessary to move forward with the change. In addition, it’s important to clarify why it’s good to undertake the endeavor and why it would be bad if no steps are taken and the status quo is maintained. Lay the Foundation – The leader has the responsibility for laying the groundwork for how the change will be accomplished. This includes steps, timelines/deadlines, roles, procedures and processes. At this stage the leader can identify champions who will assist in this high-priority planning stage and who will then have critical roles in various steps of the change process. Share the Message – Throughout all phases of the change continuum the leader must be honest, authentic and truthful. Individuals involved will want (and need) an answer to the classic question “What’s in it for me (WIIFM)?” Success will become much easier if people are free to ask questions, explore ideas and express their apprehension. Listen to the Feedback – As the process moves onward it’s imperative that the change leader regularly listens to all involved. Do people still understand the purpose of the change? Have newly formed assumptions taken anyone off-course? Are there rumors that need to be addressed? Resistance will occur which may be either outright and visible or subtle and hidden, sometimes surfacing as passive-aggressive behavior. But rather than viewing this as an obstacle or impediment, it can be invaluable to view this resistance as an opportunity that provides one with the chance to reinforce the meaning and purpose, adjust the processes (if necessary) and communicate the message once again. As the change initiative unfolds the leader will serve in a role similar to Chef de Cuisine – stirring the dish, adding additional seasoning and adjusting the temperature. Merely announcing that change will come without the accompanying how, why and what will not get people reading from the same menu. Let alone give them the opportunity to enjoy the meal.