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Essequibo River farmers fume over loss of income

first_img…says diseases destroying cropsFarmers along the Essequibo River are expressing dissatisfaction over the loss of crops as a result of a disease killing their produce. This is resulting in a major loss of income for them which prevents them from being able to provide for their families.Famers are calling on the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) to implement new technology to give much-needed assistance and guidance to farmers. Generally, there is a major shortage of plantain materials and as a result, the farmers have to settle for second class materials which is a main contributing factor to the diseases infesting their crops since there is no mechanism in place for properly detecting which of these materials are good and which are not.Agriculturalist Brijesh Singh, who carried out inspections on some of the farms in the Essequibo River, on Tuesday confirmed that there are three main common diseases affecting the farmers in those areas.These include the leaf, which is affected by Black Sigatoka, the root, which has to battle Moca Disease and an issue with nematodes since farmers have difficulty identifying whether there are nematodes or just cockles eating the plants.Singh said that the shortage of plantain materials is the main contributor to the issue since the farmers are forced to accept materials that may not be of an appropriate standard. Singh explained that enhanced technology by NAREI would assist in tackling such problems and made calls for them to reestablish a bio-diversity laboratory to conduct tissue culturing which would assist the farmers in determining which materials are viable and less susceptible to diseases.“They are unable to gain advice on appropriate identification and control and as a result, they can’t identify these problems,” Singh said.He added that there are no mechanisms in place by NAREI for inspection, quality control or certification, therefore, farmers are at risk of purchasing poor quality materials which are destroying their crops and source of income at large. He added that a biotechnologist laboratory at NAREI would offer much-needed guidance in dealing with such issues which are plaguing farmers countrywide. “NAREI doesn’t even have a biotechnologist. This is unacceptable. In a technologically advanced period, Guyana is behind. There is a need for specialised people in dealing with this and that is not being done. Enough is not being done by NAREI to improve on these things,” he said.Over the weekend, farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) made calls for the intervention of NAREI in trapping and bating the palm weevil, which is killing coconut trees in the region.Singh, who carried out the inspection and discovered the palm weevil, said that it is associated with a nematode which causes the red ring virus of coconuts. Singh said that the farmers cultivate coconuts on a large-scale basis and supply businesses with thousands of coconuts per week and this plague is killing coconut trees.Singh explained that after the trees started to die, the farmers solicited his help and he carried out a general inspection on a large farm at Waipotosi Island, Essequibo River, where he discovered a few dead coconut trees and dissected one of them and this is where he discovered the palm weevil.More than ten farmers from Hubu backdam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), are also experiencing the same issue with the plague killing their coconut trees.last_img read more

World Cup diary: Vodka breakfasts, a guide to Goughie and bye St Petersburg

first_img Adrian bumbs into a couple of Argentina supporters Producer Emma and I then went off into town and encountered two Argentina fans who were absolutely loco. Eddie and his girlfriend were so wonderfully and irrationally passionate about Argentina that they completely dismissed the notion that Brazil had any remote chance of winning this World Cup.There really is nothing like the tribal nature of football to turn even the most level-headed person into a deluded fool. It’s pretty much daylight by 3am in St Petersburg, which is quite annoying, especially as the curtains in my hotel room don’t quite stretch across to make the room totally dark.  The distinct lack of night-time is the only downside of this city and I’ll be sad to leave it when I fly to Sochi for the Portugal v Spain game. I’ll be basing myself in Moscow after that.So having woken up super-early, Goughie and I recorded our Daily Vodka shot slot. In Poland for the Euros six years ago we first discovered the habit of some Eastern Europeans of having vodka for breakfast. It really does happen, although I have never seen anyone pour vodka on their cornflakes – that seems to be very much an urban myth.I’m not a massive vodka fan (as explained in previous diary entries at this World Cup), although I found downing a shot of ice cold vodka first thing to be refreshing, a wake up for the whole body. Darren had his with an espresso and claimed it was magnificent. Always remember, drink responsibly.  And that includes you Alan. Our evening meal together was the last we’d share as a team of four on the trip. Darren was due back in England for the one-day series with Australia. It’s fair to say we made the most of it, although I am extremely glad I retired to bed before the vodka shots.I’ve done a number of trips with Darren and spent a lot of time in his company over the nine years we’ve been doing the show together. I consider him to be a friend, and his energy and humour will be missed by the team. But here’s my guide to “Being with Goughie”, and always be aware that he’s from Yorkshire and therefore doesn’t suffer fools gladly.When Darren needs food, drop everything and eat.When Darren needs the toilet, find one.Make sure you’ve got wifi because he’s just discovered Instagram and there’s no way he’s paying for data bolt-ons.Get him talking about the Tudors. Darren loves history, he even brought a book on the Tudors with him on this trip.When Darren needs a pint, you’re best off ordering two for him.He’s a good lad Darren Gough, I’m glad I’ve got him on my side in life’s battles. So we then decided to go on a boat trip, but of course it wasn’t a tourist day out. We decided to record some of the show on the boat, which was going fine until a rather aggressive bloke stormed to the back, where we were sitting, to tell us to shut up. It looked like he was just trying to impress his wife, so we carried on.The rest of the people on board seemed to love what we were doing. In fact we interviewed one of them for the show. Orlando the Peruvian had come to Russia with his family to watch the World Cup. Nice guy, and decent salsa dancer too. Him and Darren had a little dance off. Darren’s still got it. 5 Adrian Durham and Darren Gough are presenting talkSPORTs Drivetime show live from Russia 5 5 5 Adrian Durham is keeping us up to date with all the goings on in Russia as talkSPORT brings you unrivalled coverage of the 2018 World Cup.In his latest diary entry, the Drivetime presenter talks breakfasts with a difference, offers a guide to surviving Darren Gough and much more!   5 Visit talkSPORT.com on Friday for another update from Adrian Durham in Russia.last_img read more

Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel

first_imgA cloud of immense sadness has fallen on the Fanad community following the passing of Áine Friel. Ms Aine Friel, RIPMs Friel, who was an inspirational and popular local woman, died on Sunday at the age of 28.She passed away peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital. Ms Friel had countless friends in her local area and beyond, as her positivity and passion touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.Born with brittle bone disease, Ms Friel was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities. She lived independently in Fanad and was also a keen ambassador for the area through her beautiful photography.She was well-known for her bright smile, her upbeat spirit, her advocacy and, of course, her style.She is predeceased by her parents Emmanuel and Margaret and her sister Shiela. Her funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, 3rd April in her home parish.Áine’s remains will repose at her home at Cashelprehan, Portsalon from 6pm on Monday evening (1st April).Removal on Wednesday (3rd April) at 10.30am going to St. Columba’s Church, Massmount, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. Rosary each night at 9pm.A memorial bench is being arranged for the Friel family. Donations in lieu of flowers will go towards the placement of this bench c/o Annette Curran or Mc Ateer Funeral Directors.Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Aine FrielFanadRIPlast_img read more

Panthers fall to 0-3 in Big 5

first_imgThe Del Norte boys basketball team came out hot and never let up against McKinleyville on Thursday in Thunen Gymnasium in Crescent City. The Warriors jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and continued to build onto their advantage throughout the final three quarter en route to a 68-39 victory over the Panthers.“I thought that was the best that we have played all year, for a complete game, hands down — on both ends of the floor,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “We …last_img read more

A doctor to heal the earth

first_img“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent,” says Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, director of Miss Earth South Africa. (Image: Miss Earth South Africa)With a passion for people, planet and health, it is no surprise that Nozipho Magagula was announced as the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino, that honoured the finalists and ambassadors for the environmental and community work done over this year.The 4th year Medicine student has been hard at work balancing her studies and responsibilities as a finalist and has proven that if you want something done, giving it to a busy person, is a good idea.Announced as the 2016 ambassador, she will go on to represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth event next month in the Philippines, as the focus turns to Eco Tourism.The gala evening was attended by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom who has been an avid supporter of the community work done by the Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme.This young woman is set for an exciting year of work and community engagement across the country and globe. Born in Atteridgeville, West of Pretoria, Magagula is determined to use the year that lies ahead as an opportunity to make an impact, not only on schools and communities, but within the medical sphere as well.She says her long term plan is to go into public health and family healthcare as these have a deep sense of community and the social impact that can be made is huge and she is resolute on using her love for medicine and her platform as Miss Earth South Africa 2016, to leave a legacy.Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, Director of the programme said; “It’s rewarding to see the growth and influence of the Miss Earth South Africa programme, over a period of more than twelve years.“We aim to continue to empower young women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.”It has been an intense few months for the finalists who have been hard at work, with a mission to change the perception and understanding of waste through the 2016 campaign #WasteStopsWithME which was launched earlier this year with partners Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg.#WasteStopsWithME was executed through many different kinds of projects, campaigns and events.These young women met with pickers in their communities, the staff working at landfill sites and those that depend on sorting recyclables from landfills just to survive.The challenges we face on waste are immense and these young women took up the challenge and working closely with the Pikitup teams on the ground they moved across the breadth and width of this sprawling city of Johannesburg to talk to people, influence behaviour change and to start conversations and discussions with corporate partners and stakeholders alike.Finalists have been staying at the Tsogo Sun, Palazzo Hotel, in Johannesburg for the past week where they got to share their community work with an esteemed panel of judges, unpacking their commitment and hunger to leave green footprints in their cities across the country.Finalists were joined by the Tsogo Sun team in Diepsloot last week as they installed a Vegetable Tunnel with Nedbank, for student at Muzomuhle Primary School and did a clean-up around the school as part of their #WasteStopsWithME campaign.Ella Bella also said, “The finalists demonstrated clear leadership qualities, creative thinking, strength of mind and of character, and most importantly, a passion for making a sustainable difference in their communities.“The programme has been exciting and challenging and, whilst ensuring that these young women have made an impact on the communities around them, they have also delivered a service and compassion.“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent.”The evening was hosted by young up and coming South African comedian, Lihle Msimang, who added her comic flavour to the evening featuring an impressive guest list including UN dignitaries, South African actresses such as Kgomotso Christopher, Khabonina, Maps Maponyane and Yvonne Chaka amongst others.The group of winners included Jeanine Keet, as first runner up, second runner up Elne Coller, and third runner up Mireesha Narsai.The four winners are joined by their official ambassadors for the year, Mandisa Mqolombeni, Hasesha Naidu and Annie Kirsten.The organisation is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Tourism with Minister Molewa stating that; “Through your work locally and internationally, you continue to make our country proud.“I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world.”Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides said; “Climate Change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes, and it’s up to us to realize that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow.“Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.”SA’s green girl goes home with a very special prize package including a fully paid for international trip to the Philippines next month where she will represent the country and the work of the organisation.The programme is proud to work throughout the year with Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg alongside Tsogo Sun, the official home and venue partner of Miss Earth South Africa, and strategic partners SAPPI and Newsclip Media Monitoring.last_img read more

Cinematography Tip: How the Pros Frame a Close-Up

first_imgThe close-up shot is considered a building block of film. It has become a staple of cinema, featured in nearly every motion picture.Cover image: 2001: A Space Odyssey via MGMThe close-up shot, or CU, tightly frames a character or object. The technique dates back to the 1890s. Typically close-ups are used to portray a character’s emotions, while only framing their face. They are also used to show specific action, like a hand picking up a knife. Close-up shots are also used as cutaways to highlight a specific plot point for the audience.  The First Close-UpImage: Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze  from the Library of Congress via WikipediaIn January of 1894, the Edison Manufacturing Company filmed Thomas Edison’s assistant, Fred Ott, sneezing. Fred Ott’s Sneeze, also called Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, was filmed at the Black Maria studio by William K.L. Dickson. The Black Maria was the first movie studio in America.This seven second film was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. It is considered to be one of the earliest – if not the first – uses of a close-up shot in film. (Dickson followed this film with the action-packed sequel Fred Ott Holding a Bird.)In modern terminology, this shot would now be classified as a Medium Close-Up or MCU. It’s the halfway point between a Medium-Shot and a Close-Up. This shot features Fred Ott’s shoulders and chest. The modern close-up only shows an actor’s face.The Passionate Close-UpImage: Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc via StudioCanalPerhaps to most notorious film to feature the close-up was the 1928 drama The Passion of Joan of Arc. The film ran two hours and was almost entirely made up of close-ups. Director Carl Theodor Dreyer wanted the film to use a great deal of close-ups. He felt that the emphasis on the actor’s facial expressions would help the audience feel the fear that Joan felt.There were questions, there were answers- very short, very crisp… Each question, each answer, quite naturally called for a close-up… In addition, the result of the close-ups was that the spectator was as shocked as Joan was, receiving the questions, tortured by them.Ready for My Close-UpBy the 1950s, the close-up was associated with fame. Having a close-up in a film could turn an actor or actress into a celebrity. The 1950 film Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Norma Desmond, a silent film star turned recluse. In regard the the films of the silent era, Desmond declares, “We didn’t need dialogue, we had faces.” It was true, as film audiences would develop the feeling of an intimate relationship with the stars of films. The same film would deliver one of the most iconic lines in film history, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Video from MovieClipsThe Psychotic Close-UpIn 1960, director Alfred Hitchcock terrified audiences with his use of close-ups in his thriller Psycho. By focusing on certain details, Hitchcock was able to circumvent the ratings board. The film seemed much more graphic than it actually was, which is all due to the film’s editing.Video from Roman Holiday (who cuts out of a key shot too soon for some reason)Once Upon a Close-UpImage: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly via United ArtistsDuring the late 1960s, director Sergio Leone would go on to redefine the close-up. In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, he would use it in nontraditional ways. In the above image, the audience first sees a wide shot of the desert landscape. It is then that this face appears right in front of the camera. Since a wide angle lens was used to capture the desert, the man’s face seem stretched and disoriented in this close-up.However, it was the close-ups during the standoff at the end of the film that made The Good, the Bad and the Ugly the epic western it is. Leone uses a series of close-up shots to build tension, constantly cutting between shots of the actors’ faces and their guns.As we await for the first person to draw, Leone then moves in to a series of Extreme Close-Up shots. We only see the eyes of the actors, ultimately moving in a a series of fast-paced quick shots before the first gun is drawn.Video from MovieClipsLeone would follow this film with Once Upon a Time in the West, another western saga that opens with a great series of close-ups of three mysterious men waiting at a train station. This time the audience does not hear the traditional Ennio Morricone musical score or even much dialogue. The audience waits in the abandoned quiet desert surrounding the train station. Using only sound effects and close-up shots, Leone creates an intense amount of drama.Leone’s use of the Extreme Close-Up (XCU or ECU) went on to influence a generation of filmmakers, most notably Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson.Not only has Tarantino gone on to use extreme close-ups throughout his films, his westerns feature nods to the work of Leone. Most notably, Tarantino uses the music of Ennio Morricone.video from Jacob T SwinneyAnderson had always declared his love for the extreme close-up, but he always felt he could push the technique further.I loved extreme close-ups for the longest time, but for some reason, I always felt like, No one is getting it exactly the way I want to see it. The way I want to see an extreme close-up.Video from Jacob T SwinneyThe Close-Up of TodayThroughout the 1980s and 1990s, director Jonathan Demme would center his actor’s in the middle of frame during close-ups. It was that technique that created the terrifying look of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.Video from Jacob T SwinneyThe close-up is also a favorite of director Edgar Wright, who uses the technique for cutaway transitions.Video from Jaume LloretIn fact, Wright is so passionate about his love for the close-up, he talked about his influences like Martin Scorsese in this interview with David Chen from Slash Film.Video from Slash FilmThe close-up is also still used to build tension, just as Leone had done with his standoff. In fact, the pulse pounding pace and stressful story of Whiplash perfectly captures the intense pressure the main character feels.Video from Between FramesWe couldn’t cover every close-up, so we probably missed your favorite. Which close-ups did we leave off? Want more historical posts like these? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Neil Nitin Mukesh gets his ears pierced for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

first_imgWe all know that Neil Nitin Mukesh is playing Salman Khan’s brother in Rajshri Productions’ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.Neil, who is playing a grey character in the film, was asked to sport earrings in the film. So going by more professional route, the actor got his ears actually pierced and has been spotted wearing earrings recently.Neil Nitin Mukesh posted this picture on Twitter.Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, the film has Salman Khan’s double role and also stars Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.The film is being co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Rajshri Productions.last_img read more

Health Ministry On Mission To Reduce Obesity

first_imgStory Highlights In line with its promotion of healthy lifestyle habits to ward off NCDs, the Ministry launched the Food Dietary Guidelines in 2015. The manual provides broad guidelines for healthy food portions, such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and proper food-preparation techniques. It also advises persons on items that should be reduced or removed from the diet, such as excess salt, sugar and processed foods. Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica 2013 to 2018, the Ministry and its partners are implementing innovative measures to address obesity. “Data from the survey showed that about 99 per cent of the population is eating below the recommended level of fruits per day. The recommendation is two servings of fruit per day. The recommended guideline for vegetables is about three servings per day. Less than two per cent of the population is meeting those recommendations,” she tells JIS News.The survey also indicates that the prevalence of obesity in Jamaica is increasing, causing many NCDs, including Type 2 diabetes,  which affects some 150,000 Jamaicans, with one quarter suffering from high blood pressure. Other chronic illnesses arising from obesity are heart disease, stroke, cancers, infertility and osteoarthritis.Information in the report shows that obesity and age, coupled with poor lifestyle habits, are associated with increased rates of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol in both males and females.In response to this, the Government has embarked on an aggressive, multisectoral action plan in the fight against obesity by promoting healthy lifestyle habits.Director of the Health Ministry’s Nutrition Unit, Sharmaine Edwards, tells JIS News that the Ministry is taking a multipronged approach to address the obesity epidemic by promoting exercise and healthy dietary choices.In April, the Ministry launched its ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign to highlight the importance of physical activity for overall health. It encourages Jamaicans of all ages to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise for a minimum of five days per week for good health.Regular exercise has many health benefits, including assisting in weight control, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, as well as strengthening and toning the body while promoting mental well-being. Another initiative introduced by the Ministry is the Food Industry Taskforce, which will make recommendations for healthy food options and support the State’s response to NCDs.“We are going to be looking at front-of-package labelling so that persons understand what they are putting into their bodies, because we don’t pay enough attention to that in terms of sugar, salt and fat. We want to engage the industry players to do some reformulation in reducing these levels of sugar, salt and fat or have an alternative so that persons have a choice. This is the dialogue that has begun,” she explains.As it relates to the burgeoning local fast food industry, Ms. Edwards said the Taskforce is in dialogue with restaurants and itinerant vendors operating cook shops to provide information on choices as well as to display the nutritional value of food served in these establishments. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is being consulted in this regard.“We are asking these franchises to have information (displayed) on the contents of their meals so that persons can make informed choices. We are not banning them, but we are saying, ‘let the people know what they are consuming’. Some franchises already have that in place in terms of the nutrient content of the meals that they serve,” she informs.This initiative engages all stakeholders in the food and beverage industry, government ministries and policymakers, as well as key quality-control agencies, such as the Scientific Research Council (SRC), the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the United Vendors Association.In line with its promotion of healthy lifestyle habits to ward off NCDs, the Ministry launched the Food Dietary Guidelines in 2015. The manual provides broad guidelines for healthy food portions, such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and proper food-preparation techniques. It also advises persons on items that should be reduced or removed from the diet, such as excess salt, sugar and processed foods.center_img “Data from the survey showed that about 99 per cent of the population is eating below the recommended level of fruits per day. The recommendation is two servings of fruit per day. The recommended guideline for vegetables is about three servings per day. Less than two per cent of the population is meeting those recommendations,” The Ministry also deploys health workers and health-promotion officers to educate persons on healthy dietary practices.In addition to its programme of prevention, the Ministry also assists persons living with NCDs by providing specialised clinics each month at health centres across the island to manage these conditions. The Ministry of Health is leading a multisectoral approach to reduce the number of persons suffering from obesity.Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica 2013 to 2018, the Ministry and its partners are implementing innovative measures to address this condition.Known as a ‘silent killer’, obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it negatively impacts an individual’s overall health.This is not to be confused with overweight, which is where a person has more body fat than is recommended for optimal health.President of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD), Vanessa White-Barrow, says that a healthy diet consisting largely of fruit and vegetables plays an important role in weight control.Data from the 2007-2008 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey II conducted by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), of persons aged 15 to 74, show that nearly half of the population is not eating sufficient portions of these nutrient-rich foods.Mrs. White-Barrow says the study shows that an unhealthy diet, high in fat and low nutritional value, coupled with low levels of physical activity, is a major contributing factor to the high level of obesity in the country.last_img read more