NDCs challenged to develop planning schemes

first_img… as inter-agency taskforce established to address challengesChief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Lelon Saul, issued a challenge to several employees of the various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) to start developing their own planning schemes to regulate their communities.A section of the NDC officials at the outreach sessionSaul issued the challenge as the Housing Authority held the second of a series of outreaches with local democratic organs at the Regency Hotel in Georgetown. The outreaches are aimed at introducing new Local Government officers with the functions and responsibilities delegated to them in relation to building operations.According to the CH&PA, they have recognised over the years the communication lines between the Authority and the NDCs have not always been too clear, especially when it comes to planning permits and the management of the Government’s housing schemes.“Our focus is to help you get a better understanding of the roles and functions requirements that will hopefully get us to work together and create a stronger relationship with respect to planning control system. We hopefully improve the coordinating system of development control with respect to lands, complaints, building violations and land use contraventions,” Senior Development Facilitation Officer, Denise Pellew noted.Meanwhile, Saul said the CH&PA is empowered under the Town and Country Planning Act to ensure there is orderly development of land, cities, towns and other areas. He further stated that the Act addressed land use and planning with emphasis on sustainable development for a better environment. The CEO informed the more than 50 participants that all building developments must conform to the rules and regulations.“The Central [Housing and Planning] Authority will not be granting planning permit to developers whose activities are against the best interest of their communities or whose activity do not conform to the zoning of the particular area. The Central Authority is reminding developers that they need to obtain planning permits prior to initiating their projects,” Saul informed.“I believe that the local democratic organs must play a major role in planning and development. I therefore challenge you to initiate the development of your own planning scheme. Yes, you can do that at the local development organ, you can initiate the process and we are here to help you. At a minimum, you can zone your district, designated areas for various types of activities while taking into consideration the impact of climate change,” he said.Saul further explained that they have observed that some local democratic organs are sanctioning projects that would fall under the remit of the CH&PA, adding that he hopes the session would bring clarity to the issue, making the NDCs much more aware of their functions.Inter-agency approachMeanwhile, Senior Development Planner Fayola Azore explained that land use planning is important since it is integral as a part of the process of national growth and development and also allows for structured and coordinated approachs to making decisions on development at all levels of Local Government. In addition, she noted that the purpose of development control is not to stop development, but rather it is there to ensure that everything is done within the ambits of the law. “Instead the main purpose is to ensure that orderly, rational and progressive development of land to create sustainable settlements that accommodate a variety of land uses for the people who live in these settlements. It is important that we all work in collaboration for proper execution,” she said.“For too long the planning remit of the chap has been crowded with an inharmonious interagency environment plagues with issues of functional overlaps as well as critical issues of limited consultations and poor coordination in decision-making regarding land use and development,” Azore added.She related that the CH&PA in collaboration with key stakeholder agencies have inaugurated the Inter-agency Coordination Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to provide a consultative forum to effectively address a range of planning and development control issues such as zoning, planning permissions, building regulations, violations and land use contravention and enforcement.Azore explained that building codes are important because they are a set of standards that guide how any development can happen.last_img read more

Child Health Consultation To Be Held In Fort St. John

first_imgThe report done by the Chief Medical Health officer also pointed out that there can be big differences growing up in Northern B.C.“We know that there are some factors in Northern B.C. that are challenging for children and we want to see what improvements can be made. Those improvements need to be in partnership with other community groups. We want to listen to communities and see what we can do from our end and how we can support our partners as well.”The consultation runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight at the Pomeroy Hotel. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is holding consultations in various communities in hopes of talking about the well-being and health of kids from birth to the age of 17 across Northern B.C.This will be Northern Health’s 7th consultation in the past decade.Jonathon Dyck, Lead Public Affairs and Media Relations at Northern Health says it is all about getting people to talk about many different subjects regarding health.“What we want to do is get out into communities and talk to them about a specific topic and this time it is about growing up healthy in Northern B.C. We want to go  to communities and hear what is working for those communities, what can be improved.”- Advertisement -There will be a report released after the consultations. The consultations include a short presentation and group discussion.“The consultation builds on the Chief Medical Health Officer’s Child Health report released in April that highlights supports available for a healthy start for children in northern B.C., as well as areas that need to be addressed according to evidence-based research. The Child Health report is available under the community accountability section on northernhealth.ca.”Advertisementlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE BEATEN BY BUNCRANA

first_imgNAOMH COLMCILLE NOTESNaomh Colmcille vs Buncrana1)GaryMcdaid​ Brendan friel2)Ricky Hegarty​ Joseph Blaney3)Alex Devenney. Paddy Hegarty4)PaulFriel​ Aidan Heraty 5)Gerard Curran. ConormcGonigle 6)John Fullerton. Ronan McAteer 7)Oran hilley​James Coyle8)Daniel Clarke. Ryan McGonigle9)Ryan McErlean. KevinMcGonigle10) Michael Fri​Alan McAteer11)Willie Gillespie ​Seamus Friel12)MarkDowds​Niall Carr13) Eddie Gillespie​ Michael Sweeney14) Joe Dionaghey​Paul Coyle15) Conor Grant​ Match dayEarly goals by William McLaughlin and Oisin O’Flaherty laid the foundations for Buncrana to defeat Naomh Colmcille 2-15 to 0-12 at The Scarvey.Buncrana led 2-6 to 0-4 at the break and Naomh Colmcille’s poor run continues with another defeat, meaning Francie Martin’s men – Intermediate finalists last year – are still without a win from their opening four games.With Odhrán Doherty and Oisin Doherty on song, Buncrana were never in danger.Daniel Clarke (0-5) and Joe Donaghy (0-3) were the pick of the scorers for Naomh Colmcille, but they couldn’t get close enough to mount a challenge. Club lotto:There was no winner of this weeks jackpot which rolls over to next weeks jackpot of €3,200Weekly winners:Mick o haraMarie FarrenDavid o BrienAll €25 eachTraining: Under 18’s Training is already up and running, contact Joe Donaghey for further Details.Under 16’s will be starting in the coming weeks contact padraig carberry for further details.Under 14’s are continuing with their circuits down in the Club House on Monday nights @ 7pm. Contact Adrian Marsh for further details.Registartion:****Registration must be paid and filled out prior to the competitions starting as failure to do so will result in you not being covered in the case of injury******The CCC have released the fixtures for all competitions for the coming year, the Seniors and reserves have been entered in the Tim Farren and Philadelphia Cups respectively with the fixtures for all being posted in due Course GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE BEATEN BY BUNCRANA was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur in swoop for Championship star

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 Grealish has been a star man at Villa Park for many years And the 22-year-old has gained the attention of a host of Premier League clubs, with Spurs looking to steal a march on their rivals.As first reported by Sky Sports News, Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring the England Under-21 international to the club.Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester City are also understood to be monitoring Grealish’s situation at Villa Park, with the club preparing for another season in the Championship.After beating Middlesbrough over two legs in the semi-finals, Steve Bruce’s men were defeated 1-0 by Fulham in the Wembley showpiece. The creative midfielder made his debut for the club in May 2014 while they were still in the Premier League.After joining the Villans aged just six years old, he has gone on to make 92 appearances in total – scoring six goals in the process. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The 22-year-old is adored by the Villa Park faithful – he was hoisted aloft after the Play-Off semi-final win over Middlesbrough Tottenham Hotspur are understood to have tabled a £15million bid for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.With Villa in dire financial trouble after failing to gain promotion to the Premier League, their prized asset Grealish is expected to be sold this summer to raise funds. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 REVEALED Despite an overall optimistic board meeting on Monday, the Villans are expected to sell their prized asset this summer.Grealish has two years left on his current deal and refused to sign a contract extension midway through last season. targets IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer Rumours Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets RANKED last_img read more

FINN HARPS FACE AWAY TRIP TO TOLKA PARK IN LEAGUE OPENER

first_imgKevin McHugh will lead Finn Harps out in their season opener against Shelbourne.Finn Harps have been handed a difficult fixture in the opening match of the season as the fixtures for the Airtricity First Division campaign was officially announced.Ollie Horgan will take his side to Tolka Park on Friday March 6th.They then welcome newcomers Cabinteely FC to Finn Park in their first home game of the season. They then face a trip south to take on Waterford United before entertaining Cobh Ramblers at home.Then they travel to Dublin to play UCD, before hosting Athlone Town at Finn Park.Harps will finish off the first series of games away to Wexford Youths.Harps have strengthened their squad by capturing Raymond Foy, Marc Brolly and Garbhan Friel. All three will feature for Harps in their pre-season friendly match with Cork City in Roscommon on Saturday morning.One player who won’t be available is Gareth Harkin, the influential midfielder misses out after sustaining a nasty elbow injury.Packie Mailey is still recovering following a knee operation in December.  FINN HARPS FACE AWAY TRIP TO TOLKA PARK IN LEAGUE OPENER was last modified: January 30th, 2015 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:finn harpsfixturesnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Another Living Fossil Challenges Darwinian Explanations

first_img(Visited 894 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The excuses that Darwinists make up for evidence against their theory need to be exposed and shamed.Some rare beetles have been found in Burmese amber 99 million Darwin Years old, according to Phys.org. The Chinese discoverers are calling them “living fossils” — organisms that show no evolution over vast stretches of time. Any living fossil should be an embarrassment to Darwinians, but masters of storytelling that they are, they know how to convince the unsuspecting populace into thinking that living fossils actually support Darwinian evolution. It’s up to perceptive readers to not let them get away with it.The DataHere are the facts:  In Burmese amber, two specimens of Clambidae beetles have been found. They belong to a small order of polyphagan beetles consisting of two families that live in isolated parts of Indonesia, Australia and South America. The beetles are preserved in exquisite detail down to the tiny leg hairs. Measuring only 0.7 to 2.0 millimeters in length, these beetles typically live in leaf litter and rotting wood.The ConfessionsHere are the indications that these fossils should be problematic for Darwinian beliefs:There is no evolution in spite of the vast time period alleged.The fossil specimens are identical to living species, in spite of being dated at 99 million years old.“Both species are extremely morphologically close to their living counterparts, and can be placed in extant genera.““The discovery of two Cretaceous species from northern Myanmar indicates that both genera had lengthy evolutionary histories, originating at least by the earliest Cenomanian, and were probably more widespread than at present.”The SpinGiven these problems, Darwinians should have their work cut out for them explaining the stasis in these fossils. How do they mask the blushing on their faces? They use Darwin-Brand Theater Makeup, clear their throats, and proclaim, “Two tiny beetle fossils offer evolution and biogeography clues.” Whatever the clues (even if the Darwinians are clueless), they are evolutionary—always evolutionary. But no evolution occurred! Watch the masters of disaster at work with their slick chicanery:It is well-known that living fossils exhibit stasis over geologically long time scales. Examples are the panda and ginkgo. Now, two tiny beetles trapped in 99-million-year-old amber may join this group.Passive voice is the last refuge of scoundrels. “Is is well-known” — by whom? You and me? This semantic trick allows them to sweep everyone into their web of belief where every falsifying anomaly can be explained away by simple assertion. They have just turned a well-known fact against Darwinism into a claim for Darwinism! How brash can one get? Think about this. If Darwinian evolution is some inexorable process that changes everything over time, and has the power to turn bacteria into biologists, why is it “well-known” that “living fossils exhibit stasis?”The origin and early evolutionary history of polyphagan beetles have been largely based on evidence from the derived and diverse core polyphaga, whereas little is known about the species-poor basal polyphagan lineages, which include Clambidae and four other extant families.It’s never just history. It’s always “evolutionary history.” Same with origin; it’s always evolutionary origin. But there was no evolution! These fossil beetles look identical to living ones.They are important for understanding the early evolution and biogeography of the family and even for polyphagan beetles.Who wants to understand early evolution? Do you? The statement implies that they certainly don’t. The evidence implies that they don’t, either. Propagandists can sweeten their lies by adding words like “biogeography” to the difficult words like “evolution.” Everybody likes biogeography. A teaspoon of biogeography makes the evolution go down.The discovery of two Cretaceous species from northern Myanmar indicates that both genera had lengthy evolutionary histories, originating at least by the earliest Cenomanian, and were probably more widespread than at present.Circular reasoning here: using evolution belief to assert evolutionary belief. There are no “lengthy evolutionary histories” indicated by these fossils. They just appear in a piece of amber from the ground. The evolutionist picks up the amber from the ground in 2019, not millions of years ago. He uses it like a divination tool, imagining a long-lost history he never saw. He sees two bugs in a piece of hardened sap in his hand, and divines that they “were probably more widespread than at present.” On what basis?Remarkable morphological similarities between fossil and living species suggest that both genera changed little over long periods of geological time, which is usually considered to be a feature of living fossils.One redeeming feature of this article is its illustration of how to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. No evolution is evident. Isn’t that a problem? No; that’s simply a “feature of living fossils,” he announces. Like software salesmen say, ‘It’s not a bug; it’s a feature.’ Well, yes, but he should be crying about that, not celebrating it. Note also that it is “usually considered” that way – more passive voice trickery.The long-term persistence of similar mesic microhabitats such as leaf litter may account for the 99-million-year morphological stasis in Acalyptomerus and Sphaerothorax.Here they offer an explanation that should, in principle, be testable: all living fossils should live in similar microhabitats, so that they can escape evolving. This sounds reasonable when you don’t think about it. It fails as an excuse, though. (1) Living fossils inhabit all possible habitats. (2) Everything is supposed to evolve in its habitat anyway, not stay the same. (3) Other organisms live in leaf litter that did not become living fossils.Here’s the upshot: evolutionists cannot abide their own theory. Things should change over time, especially over millions of years, but these beetles did not. Stasis is not a prediction of Darwinism. It is falsification of Darwinism. So rather than admit their theory is false, they spin-doctor everything to make out sound like this is not a bug; it’s a feature. If people catch on to what is going on in biological science these days, all the king’s hordes and all the king’s yes-men won’t be able to put Humpty Darwin back together again.Humpty Darwin sits on a wall of foam bricks held together by decayed mortar. Cartoon by Brett Miller commissioned for CEH. All rights reserved. Note: Living Fossils brick is outside the frame.last_img read more

Gender violence ‘remains key challenge’

first_img8 August 2013Gender-based violence, poverty and joblessness are the three biggest challenges facing women, says Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko.Speaking on behalf of Premier Nomvula Mokonyane at the launch of the Women’s Month programme in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Mazibuko said violence against women and children remained one of the key challenges for government.“As much as a lot has been achieved since the dawn of democracy, things such as gender-based violence, poverty and unemployment continue to be a big problem for women,” she said.The Gauteng provincial government also plans to use August to pay tribute to all women who were champions of women’s rights in 1956.This year’s Women’s Month marks 57 years since the historic protest march – on 9 August 1956, some 20 000 women marched to the seat of government, the Union Buildings, to present a petition to the Prime Minister, J G Strijdom, against the carrying of passes by women.‘Focus on women’s struggle heritage’Mazibuko said during the month of August, the provincial government would also focus on women’s struggle heritage, economic empowerment of women through co-operatives and engaging women, especially young women, on the Gauteng they would like to see in 2055 through Vision 2055.“As the provincial government, we have taken a special interest and focus on the education of the girl-child. We want to encourage young girls to stay away from sugar daddies and focus on their education,” she said.“Young women must go to school in order to have a better life.”Other MECs attending the event included the MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC for Infrastructure Development Qedani Mahlangu and struggle stalwart Sophie de Bruyn.It was attended by women of all colours and ages, a true model of that Thursday in August 1956. The launch also saw the unveiling the women’s living heritage monument’s model. Phase 1 of the construction of the monument is currently under way.“We are hoping the project would be completed by August 2014 and be ready for use,” Mahlangu said.She said the monument would be a site of remembrance and reflection of the diversity of South African women.“The monument will consist of a training facility, a recreational centre, arts and culture centre and early childhood centre, amongst other things,” she said.“It is dedicated to the spirit of womanhood and humanity. This spirit helped overcome the world of divide and rule and gave birth to unity in diversity and hope.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Easy Luma Mask in FCPX

first_imgA simple plugin makes it easy to get clean luma masks in Final Cut Pro X. Download the plugin and see it in action in this FCPX video tutorial.Want to add an animated style matte with a luma mask? In this post we share a plugin (and corresponding tutorial) that makes this simple in FCPX.Graphic artist David Walsh created a Luma Mask template for FCPX that’s available as a free download. First, head over to FCP.co to snag that plugin and install it on your system.Then, check out the tutorial below by our friend Kes The NLE Ninja, who shows how to use it effectively in your Final Cut Pro X projects.Previously you had to add to add the stencil alpha or luma matte in FCPX and turn it into a compound clip. This plugin simplifies that. Additionally, you can use the luma mask template to create unique transitions.Thanks David and Kes for sharing!last_img read more

Goa CM discharged from hospital

first_imgAiling Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was on Tuesday evening discharged from Goa Medical College & Hospital (GMC), where he was being treated since Saturday for complications arising from advanced pancreatic cancer. Mr. Parrikar was admitted on Saturday following internal bleeding. An official statement said, “Chief Minister has been discharged from GMC. His health parameters are stable. Will continue with his treatment at home.” He was taken to his private residence after his discharge.As news of the pre-dawn attacks came in on Tuesday, a tweet by @Manoharparrikar said, “I salute the #IndianAirForce for its daring operations. It is a testimony to the IAF’s unparalleled strike capabilities. The new India under Shri. @narendramodi ji believes in its forces, & makes no compromise on terrorism & national security.”last_img read more