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Guyana’s lone zoo filled with empty cages

first_imgBy Davina RamdassGuyana’s only zoo, which is located within the Botanical Gardens that many would recall as one of the most exciting places to visit as a child has deteriorated over the years to become a habitat for birds and some reptiles.One of the many empty cages in the zoological parkDuring a visit to the once “magical” destination on Saturday, Guyana Times observed that the spark was missing in the children’s eyes, as well as the excitement in their voices shouting, “Mommy look at the lion!”Speaking of the lion, there is none at the country’s lone Zoo, Lama Avenue, Georgetown.The cages are occupied by a few birds, exotic cats, including the Jaguar and about two others. Huge snakes, caimans, turtles and monkeys were among the few animals that could have been seen in the dull environment.Over at the petting zoo, within the park were a few donkeys, turtles and goats along with a few disappointed children, who never even bothered to touch the animals.As this newspaper toured the facility, visitors were complaining of the state of the zoo even as some regretted paying their monies to enter the facility.Persons were even expressing worry over the condition of the animals, specifically the exotic cats which seemed to be sick. Persons told Guyana Times that the animals appeared to be unwell as they recall the animals were quite active a few years ago.The condition of the manatee pondConcerns would have been raised over the years about the limited space the animals are usually confined to, especially since in their natural habitat, they would be allowed to run about and climb and jump.Walking into the park, one would usually first stop at the manatee pond, which was once a major attraction at the zoo.That too has dwindled to become nothing but water covered in overgrowth, as none of the mammals could have been spotted.On the note of marine life, one would recall the zoo having quite an exciting aquatic building with a range of fish. That building was closed during Guyana Times’ visit. It was unclear what the situation was that led to it being shut.Upgrade comingWith the small number of animals in the zoo, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who has the responsibility for Guyana’s tourism told this newspaper that plans are in the making for a better zoological park.According to him, the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management  Commission (GWCMC) is considering a safari type zoo.“We would like to be able to showcase some of our wildlife but in conditions that are internationally acceptable, if that means moving the zoo to somewhere where there is more space or having a more safari type facility then so be it but I am not sure what the long-term plan is, I only know that it is being looked at and that there are regulations specifically dealing with zoological parks.”The Minister said although the Government is considering to move the zoo, no new location has been identified to his knowledge.The Minister would only say, “I know that there are plans to do some, well to implement some new regulations concerning the treatment of wildlife as well as how zoos or a whole set of regulations for zoos and a few other areas related to wildlife activities”.He added, “All I know is that it is modern regulations and it is designed to really change the way we do things when it comes to the zoo. I’m not even sure whether the zoo, as it is, is going to continue or how it is going to be operated after the regulations take effect”.The zoo officially opened its gates to the public back in 1952. Its grounds have been used as the Botanical Gardens since 1895.The filled cages with harpy eagles and hungry lions once managed to transform a child’s face in seconds from being excited when the eagles flew around to say hello to afraid when the lions roared to ask for some food.last_img read more

Local resident celebrates big day with fiesta

first_img“She is the first resident who had lived here that has reached 100,” Chavira said. More than 80 people from within William Penn Manor and from the Whittier area attended the event, a larger group than the community usually sees for Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. Stroud was born in Texarkana, Texas, and grew up in Oklahoma with her mother and father, one brother and two sisters. She married in 1936 at the age of 28, and she and husband John continued to live in Oklahoma, although they traveled widely. Stroud visited Singapore, South America, much of Europe and Canada. She also journeyed across the United States several times. Stroud and her husband had no children, and after his death in 1966, she moved to the Whittier area. WHITTIER – One Whittier resident is now a member of an elite group few can ever hope to be a part of: She is a centenarian. Residents and staff at William Penn Manor, a community for seniors, gathered Friday to celebrate Leoline Stroud’s 100th birthday with a fiesta-style party. Although her birthday was Sept. 3, Stroud spent the day with a nephew who came from Missouri to visit. Those in her senior community chose to honor her as part of an already-scheduled party for everyone living at the manor. Emma Chavira, 70, is a resident there and was in charge of planning the festivities. “Both of my sisters were living here, and I came to be with them,” she said. When her sisters passed away, Stroud moved into the newly built William Penn Manor in 1991. The building is owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and contains about 70 one-bedroom apartments for seniors with limited incomes. The staff at William Penn Manor does not provide full care, and many residents bring in outside help for daily tasks. Social events and emergency on-call services are arranged through HUD. “We are not assisted living, but we do whatever we can to help,” Resident Manager Pat Heuer said. According to Heuer, Stroud is a lively woman who enjoys participating in social events. “She’s very alert and aware of her surroundings,” Heuer said. “We had a real rip-snortin’ party for her 99th birthday.” Stroud’s caretaker and friend, Edna Guzman, said Stroud stays active, still eats well and does many tasks on her own. “She loves to have steak, potatoes and gravy,” Guzman said. “She’s amazing for her age. She still has a sense of humor.” Stroud still does her own laundry, and said she loves to read. In her work as a legal secretary, Stroud learned to type. She still types today, using an old IBM typewriter for everything, from filling out checks to writing letters to her nephew in Missouri. Stroud said she prefers her typewriter to more modern methods of communication. “I’ve never even seen a computer up close, so I don’t really know what they are,” Stroud said. Stroud has no surviving relatives in the area, but the staff and residents at William Penn Manor have become her family. Lydia Obregon, 83, moved into the building 17 years ago, at the same time as Stroud. The two have been close friends since. “She’s got a beautiful personality, and she’s a very loving person,” Obregon said. “She’s always willing to cooperate in every way she can.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV: Photographer makes stunning video for those who won’t be home for Christmas

first_imgJohn Rafferty has made a stunning video for all those who won’t make it home this Christmas.John’s two sisters will be in Australia at Christmas, and he made this video for all the Donegal people across the globe who won’t be home to remind them that we’re thinking about them, and to remember to feel proud for hailing from the coolest place in the world!The video has gone viral, with over 270,000 views since it was uploaded yesterday! DDTV: Photographer makes stunning video for those who won’t be home for Christmas was last modified: December 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:AustraliaCHristmasDDTVDiasporaJohn Raffertylast_img read more

Donegal Soccer club folds prior to 2016/17 season

first_imgSaturday League club Mulroy Celtic have announced today that they are folding as a club.The decision was made after talks with the Donegal League executive over the past number of weeks.A club statement was published on their Facebook page this morning claiming that the lack of signings and money were factors in making the decision to disband as a club. “The tough decision came after a struggle to raise money and to sign players. Its a shame to see the club go but unfortunately people just don’t have the appetite for soccer anymore.”The club which has been very competitive over the 6 years of existence will be a huge loss to the Donegal League. Enda Martin and Shane Friel were the running power behind the club. People had doubted that the club would last 6 months but the fantastic work and dedication these men put into Mulroy Celtic saw them compete for 6 years.Mulroy Celtic’s statement took the opportunity to thank the Donegal League in giving them every opportunity to remain as a club in the league.“We can only apologise to the Donegal League for the late decision but its better doing it now than during the season which would have been inevitable. A big thanks to Terry Leyden, Jimmy Haughey and Declan Sherlock who gave us every opportunity to stay in the league.” #FarewellFromMulroy Donegal Soccer club folds prior to 2016/17 season was last modified: August 16th, 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:Donegal Leaguemulroy celticlast_img read more


first_imgSINN Fein has launched an anti-water charge poster – as a Government minister apologised for the confusion surrounding the new taxes.Leo Varadkar said people are struggling with bills and the cost of living is increasing and nobody in Government wanted to scare people.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme he said the charges won’t “come into play” for more than two years. The Minister admitted that about 20% of older houses and apartments cannot be metered.He suggested the charge could be estimated based on the size on the house and the number of people living in it.The minister added the exact detail would have to be worked out by Government at a later stage.Meanwhile Donegal Sinn Fein have launched a poster – campaigning against water charges.  CONFUSION REIGNS OVER WATER CHARGES AS MINISTER APOLOGISES was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 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:CONFUSION REIGNS OVER WATER CHARGES AS MINISTER APOLOGISESlast_img read more

QPR fans celebrate the end of a 28-year wait for a trip to Wembley

first_imgQPR fans invade the pitch in celebration after the play-off triumph against Wigan at Loftus Road.Rangers will face Derby at Wembley in the play-off final on 24 May for a place in the Premier League.See also:Rangers confident Yun will be availableQPR’s Kranjcar passed fit for Wembley clashDerry believes McClaren’s knowledge of QPR will give Derby an advantageIn a huge game like this, players need to focus on their individual roleQPR v Derby: six key battlesFans ready as QPR’s 28-year wait endsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Call for e-visas to grow African tourism

first_img9 July 2012The introduction of electronic visas would serve both to grow tourism volumes and to create new job opportunities in Africa, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Sunday.“There are opportunities to accelerate the creation of regional visa schemes,” Van Schalkwyk said at the opening of the 2012 Routes Africa Conference in the Seychelles.“This would allow our international visitors and intra-African travellers to move more freely and efficiently, to the benefit of our continent.”E-visas are currently only offered by a few countries, such as Australia, the United States, Bahrain and India. The process of applying for an e-visa involves completing the visa application form online, on a secure website.The development of secure electronic transactions integrated into a website’s payment system has made electronic commerce an increasingly popular option; it involves a “secure electronic transaction” (SET), which makes use of several layers of encryption to protect sensitive information.E-visas are being introduced by more countries around the world as a convenient way to apply to visit that country because it is not necessary to visit the country’s consulate in person.Van Schalkwyk said the continent had a long way to go to capitalise on its unique attractions and cultural diversity, but that visa barriers still needed to be overcome. Making use of technology would help in developing high security measures while creating efficient travelling.“The bureaucracy and costs involved in applying for and issuing visas are a major impediment to foreigners wishing to visit our shores, and to our own people who travel on our continent,” he said.Another barrier, he said, was old air connectivity models. “They inhibit growth and only serve to keep our destinations dependent on air arrivals from economically hard- pressed traditional source markets.“We need a long-term plan to create an intra-continental air transport architecture that facilitates intra-African travel and trade, including tourism,” Van Schalkwyk explained.New-model lower cost airlines that could cater for market segments that are currently underserved were also needed on the continent.The African continent is on the verge of an unprecedented tourism boom over the next two decades. “In a mere three years from now, there will be just over 50 African cities with populations exceeding three million,” he and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Planting Hurdles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Keith Peters’ spring planting prep list is longer than usual this year.His central Ohio farm absorbed a record annual rainfall of 55 inches in 2018, with much of it coming throughout the fall. As a result, Peters missed the window for his fall herbicide applications, strip tillage and P and K applications.Even the work that did get done was compromised, he noted. “Of the 240 acres of wheat sown, I’ll probably only save 80,” Peters said. “We had too much rain, and it was sowed too late.” He’s also facing field compaction and messy seedbeds, and experts are predicting lower soybean seed quality and germination this spring.The current weather isn’t helping, either, Peters said. “There is no let-up in the moisture,” he said. “We are getting hammered and flooded right now.”“I wonder how widespread this is?” he added.Very widespread, explained DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. “Most of the Midwest is facing the potential for wet soils to delay the start of fieldwork,” he said. “And the late-winter pattern does not show that trend changing.”The northern and central Delta is also wading through winter after a wet fall, and parts of the Southeast are still recovering from the deluges of Hurricane Florence, he said. “In the Plains, we’ve seen some drier trends recently in the central and southwestern areas, but otherwise there are either saturated soils now or soils that will likely be pretty soaked before spring,” he added. “South-central and southeastern sectors of the Plains have the highest chance of having this develop.”“Heading into the spring, growers always have to have a Plan B,” concluded Kevin Nelson, an independent agronomist based in Illinois. “But when looking at a season like this, they really need a plan C and maybe a D, E and F, too.”MISSED FALL FIELDWORKPeters’ spring to-do list is a familiar one to many Illinois growers, Nelson said.“That crop was in the field so late, there really wasn’t a chance to finish the season the way most farmers would — with tillage, burndowns and fertilizer,” he said. “There’s a whole lot of stuff hanging over their heads right now that they will have to think about in late March and April.”Missed fall herbicide applications will likely be among growers’ first concerns, as unchecked winter annuals begin to sprout in March.Henbit, pennycress, purple deadnettle and chickweed are common winter annual concerns in the Midwest, but marestail is by far the most problematic, Nelson noted.The weed overwinters well as small rosettes and emerges early and aggressively in the spring, often carrying multiple types of herbicide resistance, most commonly glyphosate and ALS-resistance.Early-emerging summer annual weeds could cause problems, too. “The later the burndown is pushed back, the more likely lambsquarter, ragweed and waterhemp can come up and cause problems,” Nelson said.Fertilizer retailers and farmers could also face a crush of work early on in the spring, as nitrogen and nutrient applications were also among the casualties of the long, wet fall and delayed harvest. “I have almost no P and K applied,” Peters said.SEEDBED MESSSoils paid the price for the wet harvesting conditions this past fall. Compaction from heavy machinery on wet soils can cause problems throughout the season, from poor emergence to shallow-rooted plants.Ruts will also be a problem, Nelson said. “Almost everyone has some field damage to think about,” he said of north-central Illinois. “Especially if growers are no-till, the damage from rutting and heavy machinery are things that take a while to work out.”Peters, who farms some low-lying river bottom fields, also has to contend with floodwaters and the sodden piles of debris and crop stubble left behind. “We have a big mess to clean up in the bottoms,” he said. “When you get bean or corn stubble piled 6 inches deep or higher, it just never dries out. We plowed some with a bulldozer last year, but others we had to plant around.”SEED QUALITY CONCERNSSoybean seed quality will likely be lower than usual this year, after many bean fields in the Midwest and South endured multiple wetting and drying cycles and a delayed harvest this fall. See the DTN story here:….“I’m hearing that there is a ton of germination rates that are less than 90% from a lot of different vendors,” Nelson noted.Growers will have to handle beans as carefully and infrequently as possible, he cautioned. “Seed coats are more fragile, and too much handling can lower germination rates even further.”Agronomists recommend growers double check their seed germination rates before planting and calibrate seeding rates to adjust for lower germination. Seed treatments can also help preserve seed quality, but don’t expect it to increase your germination rate, Nelson said.“Seed treatments will protect what you have and give every seed the best chance it has to become a viable plant,” he said. “It will not take a dead seed and bring it back to life.”SPRING WEATHER AHEADPeters’ plans for spring planting prep hinge, as always, on the cooperation of the weather.Anderson isn’t optimistic about that for many growers this spring, however.“For the Midwest, Delta, Southeast and most of the Plains, spring could be a slow season to get going,” he cautioned. “It looks like April and May will trend drier, but with the rest of February looking quite cold, and continuing into March, the time frame for getting fieldwork done will be shorter than what we need in many areas.”Some fields may not be salvageable, Anderson added. “It’s not out of the question that prevented planting could be a bigger feature this year,” he said.Other parts of the country may fare better, however.“It looks like the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have a drier spring — producers would welcome that after battling wet conditions last fall,” Anderson said. “The western and northwestern U.S. is mixed, with some easing of drought. The southwestern and western U.S. are of course the driest regions right now.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Truth About Stopping Your Dream Client from Going Dark

first_imgHave you ever said, “The prospect has gone dark?” Or have you ever complained that your dream client “ghosted you,” engaging with you through some part of the sales conversation only to cut off all communication? Maybe the call didn’t go as well as you believed, or maybe your dream client had a new priority take over their time and attention.But perhaps there is another cause of their disengagement that you may have caused or that you could have prevented. Maybe you didn’t sell the prospect the value of going through the process. If you want to stop your dream client from going dark, you have to sell the process.What Do You Sell on the First MeetingSadly, there are still salespeople who believe they need to sell themselves and their company during a first meeting, pitching their company and their solutions to create an opportunity. They think they are selling their prospective client on buying from them based on factors like their company’s history, their big important clients, and their full range of products, services, and solutions (yawn).Others believe a successful first meeting is a discovery meeting, something I would broaden to Explore, as one of the best outcomes is helping the prospect discover something about themselves, and not answering the question, “What’s keeping you up at night?” While a good and productive conversation that includes exploring change is evidence of progress, it isn’t the only—nor it is the most important—outcome.The most important outcome is selling the process, gaining the commitment to what comes next (something that’s easier to accomplish if you create real value for the prospect in your first meeting) and the one that follows.How You Lose Control of the Process“But wait,” you say. “Iannarino, I did create value, and I did ask for the next meeting, and the client told me to call them next week. Now they are ghosting me.”When the client asks you to call them next week, they may or may not actually intend for you to call them, even though I am skeptical that right now there are thousands of heartbroken prospects sitting next to their phone and mumbling to themselves, “I wonder why Johnny didn’t call me this week. I thought we agreed he would call. Where is he?” Whether or not your dream client really wanted you to call, one thing is certain: the prospect did not commit to any next step, even if the salesperson believes they committed to a phone call.This is how you lose control of the process. You cede control to the prospective client, and you end up calling, leaving voicemails (some of which sound desperate), and relentlessly emailing them in attempt to get them to reengage.How to Control the ProcessThere isn’t much disagreement about how to open a sales call. You say thank you, you establish an agenda, you share what next steps might be, and you ask the client to share anything they want to add to the agenda. Some things are so fundamental that they don’t change much over time. What you might have missed is the part where you “establish what next steps might be,” should this meeting be valuable.Saying the words “next steps” is an indication that there is a process, that there are other items you need to discuss and things you will need to do together to help your dream client move from their current state to the better future state you can help them create.You can use words like, “Can I share with you what tends to work best for the clients and companies we work with?” Or you can say something like, “What we have found to be most helpful for making the change we have been exploring is to schedule a meeting with the people who are doing this work to get a better understanding of how we might help them.” Whether it makes sense to share the whole process or the next step, the way you help your client is by helping them commit to the process.From Commitment to CommitmentThe sales process and buying process are often drawn on PowerPoint decks as a linear process, starting on the left side of a slide and ending on the right. There is nothing wrong with an orienting generalization that helps one locate themselves in space. However, just like a map isn’t the terrain, the process shows you some things while deleting others; too much detail can be as harmful as too little.In the Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, I outlined the ten commitments most prospects seem to make in a B2B sale (even though this framework is visible in B2C sales, even if it takes fewer meetings and fewer stakeholders).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Here is what these commitments look like:You gain the Commitment for Time so you can gain the Commitment to Explore Change.You gain the Commitment to Explore Change so you can build the case for the Commitment to Change.You gain the Commitment to Change so you can obtain the Commitment to Collaborate on the right solution and the Commitment to Build Consensus around that solution.You gain the Commitments to Collaborate and Build Consensus so you can justify the Commitment to Invest, even though you may need to do this earlier in the process, as all of this is non-linear. You can gain any of these commitments and need to go back over ground you have already covered.When you have gained the Commitment to Invest, you next gain the Commitment to Review your solution to make sure it is perfect, and then the Commitment to Resolve Concerns, the commitment you need to prevent your client from going dark when you hand over your proposal only to hear, “We are going to talk this over as a team, and we’ll get back to you in a couple of weeks.”The ninth commitment, if you are keeping count, is the Commitment to Decide, meaning you ask your dream client to buy the solution, having done all the work to have earned the right to ask and the right to a solid “yes.” This is the commitment necessary to the Commitment to Execute.Always Be ClosingThe directive to always be closing is still valid, but instead of closing for the sale, you are closing on the process, the next step your dream client needs to take to be able to move closer to the better results they need.If you want to be a consultative salesperson, it is your responsibility to know what—and why—the client needs to do what comes next, successfully selling them on the process. Without having the necessary conversations, your client isn’t likely to find their better future. This is why they need your help.If you can’t sell the next steps, you won’t have any next steps. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more