Leonora, a village on the rise…

first_imgBy: Kizzy ColemanA village transcending expectations in terms of development, Leonora, West Coast Demerara, formerly called Plantation Leonora is situated in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Leonora Police StationLeonora Secondary SchoolA now thriving village with modern establishments, Leonora can be described as one of the most exciting villages in Guyana.Neighboured by Anna Catherina and Stewartville, Leonora is a clear standout.There are a number of villages in Guyana with great historical significance, and Leonora is among them.The name Leonora is derived from the Dutch who were once occupants of this country.Leonora Synthetic Race TrackIt originated from the names of two Dutch children, a boy named Leon and girl, Nora.Leonora encompasses an area of five square miles, and was once part of the Parish of St Luke.Being a close-knit community, the three leading religions (Christianity, Hinduism and Islamism) are practiced without prejudice.HistoryVisiting Leonora, the older folks were eager to delve into the history of their now modernised village.Tales were told of the old estate, the workers, and the logies.The Leonora estate which was closed down in December 1986, was ran by various proprietors, attorneys and administrators.The labour force on the estate was supplied by indentured labourers brought to then British Guiana by various countries, including India.These workers were all housed in logies that were divided into two rooms. These logies were poorly made insanitary houses built close to the estate so the workers could have easy access to plantations and for the owners to have easy access to the workers.The majority of the workers laboured in the cane fields from early morning till night—every day.Apart from the estate location in those days, Leonora was comprised of Groenveldt and pasture lands. These two areas stretched mainly along the public road, and away from the sugar estate. The rest of land that made up the area of Leonora was used for pasture, rice plots and limited farmlands. As time went by, the estate allowed some of the labourers to cultivate rice on the plots and to do limited farming.With development in the community today, those rice plots have been turned into thriving housing schemes.Leonora todayEntering Leonora today oh, how things have changed. The village has been made into one of the most developed on the WCD.Leonora is home to one of the leading hospitals in the country, the Leonora Cottage Hospital. It also houses many schools, a Magistrate Court, Fire Station, Police Station, Market and now the newly built Synthetic Race Track, the first ever in Guyana.Costing $1.084 billion, Guyana’s first Synthetic Track and Field facility was officially opened in April of 2015.Since the opening there have been major activities hosted in Leonora. It is the hope that one day Olympians will excel on the track as Guyana hopes to host the Olympics in the future.Walking around the community, excited and smiling faces could be seen as the people of the community are ready and waiting to welcome all who visit.last_img read more

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Photo library: Nature 13

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Waterfall and indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Walkway in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province:Erica plant in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province:Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park, near Storms River.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image NATURE 13: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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North Carolina Reverses Building Code Changes

first_imgA lost opportunity for consumersWhy take all the time to consider and approve new building codes only to undo most of the work six months later? That was the question from Bridget Herring, a new appointee to the council and the only person to vote against the latest revisions.“I do not have any questions other than why we would amend the code we just adopted,” she told the Code Council before the vote.Councilors, however, said it wasn’t unusual to approve a policy with the idea it would be changed later.“Rather than hold up the whole energy code, we would let something go through, knowing that we were going to revisit it again,” Robbie Davis, the newly elected chairman of the 17-member panel, told Southeast Energy News.Bill Fay, director of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, called the reversal a “slap in [the] face of North Carolina home buyers” and told the Codes Council its decision means that North Carolina is falling behind despite the fact it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country.“Why should we let the builders write the code?” Fay asked.According to the International Code Council, as of July 2017 North Carolina was one of 15 states using the 2009 version of the energy code. Eight states, including North Carolina, have adopted the 2009 International Residential Code. Other states have moved to new versions of the codes published in 2012 and 2015. A number of states have adopted parts of the codes but don’t apply them to all buildings. Are We Really Better Off With Building Codes?Are Energy Codes Working?An Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeICC Approves Changes to Energy Code A question of costDavid Smith, a builder from Wilmington, North Carolina, and the chairman of the council’s residential committee, said in a telephone call that the changes sought by the builders association affected only a small portion of the new code and that many of the committee’s earlier changes were left intact.“Cost is always a factor,” he said of more stringent energy requirements for new construction. “The more you increase the cost, the more it affects affordable housing — which is already almost an oxymoron; the cost of housing is out of sight. We try to make sure we keep the cost of housing down as much as possible so more and more families can get into homes. It’s a lot more than ‘I’m against’ or ‘I’m for’ something.”Smith said that advocates for tougher building requirements played an “extremely important part” in making code revisions, and that he understood their frustration over the council’s most recent vote.“That upset the proponents of the energy code, and I can understand it because that’s what they do, and thank goodness we have them there. We just can’t do it all. I can build a house right now that wouldn’t cost you hardly anything to heat or cool and could stand up to a hurricane or a tornado, but at what cost do you want to build that home?”If cost was a chief reason for softening the energy requirements, the council got no specifics in its December deliberations. Code Council Chairman Robbie Davis, a Rocky Mount, North Carolina, builder, said the homebuilders association didn’t say exactly how much it thought the energy upgrades would add to the cost of a new house.Privott was not available to talk about the changes. Last June, the North Carolina agency responsible for making changes in state building codes voted in tougher energy efficiency standards for new residential construction. By December, on the urging of the North Carolina Homebuilders Association, the Building Code Council had reversed course, voting 15-1 to junk some of the changes because they would be too costly.Using the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code as a starting point, an ad hoc committee deliberated for months on how to tweak the state’s residential building code. The Code Council voted in June to accept the committee’s compromise requiring more insulation and less air leakage in new houses, according to a report posted by Southeast Energy News. The recommended changes were expected to become part of the 2018 North Carolina residential code taking effect in 2019.Jeff Tiller, a sustainable technology professor at Appalachian State University who helped write the new code as a member of the committee, described the changes as “relatively minor,” and “reasonable.”But Robert Privott, a lobbyist for the North Carolina Homebuilders Association and also a member of the same committee, proposed in December that the Code Council roll back some of the new requirements, in effect retaining pieces of the 2009 IECC in the next version of the state’s residential code. RELATED ARTICLES The proposal from the homebuilders association eased requirements for U-factors in skylights and lowered code minimum R-values for insulation in ceilings and walls. For example, code changes previously approved by the Code Council would have required wood-framed walls to have R-15 of cavity insulation or R-13 of cavity insulation plus R-2 of continuous insulation in Climate Zone 3. The builders association instead suggested the insulation requirement remain at R-13, according to the agenda for December’s council meeting. The maximum permissible U-factor for skylights in Climate Zone 3 rose from 0.55 to 0.66. The next round of changes is a long way offHerring, the energy program coordinator for the city of Asheville, told GBA that the energy code changes that had been approved in June were a compromise between the 2009 IECC on which current North Carolina code is based and the 2015 version of the energy code.She said the payback from changes approved in June would have justified the investment, and that she considered the rollbacks approved in December a significant change.“North Carolina has moved from a three-year code cycle to a six-year code cycle, so we are only planning on an update every six years,” she said by telephone. “We are going to fall further behind, and there are going to be larger changes if we don’t take some small steps forward. I would rather take small incremental steps that are cost-effective, and I do believe that was a cost-effective requirement.”A pending rate increase from Duke Energy is another factor, she said. “Those slight advances in efficiency would have helped offset the cost of our increased utility rates that are potential coming down the line.”Further tinkering is still possible. The rewritten codes will become the state’s 2018 building codes and go into effect on January 1, 2019. Decisions the council makes now are still subject to review by the North Carolina Legislature, and council rules allow code changes to be proposed at any time.last_img read more

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Bajaj Auto commences production of Kratos, its most powerful bike ever

first_imgBajaj Auto has commenced the production of its biggest and most powerful 400cc bike. The first batch of the bike was rolled out today at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant.What makes the roll-out even more special is that this came out of an assembly line that is managed only by women engineers. This is a milestone event for Bajaj Auto as a manufacturer embracing the best technology as well an organisation committed to gender diversity.Also Read:  Comparison: Hero Achiever 150cc vs Bajaj Pulsar 150ccThis is a historic moment for Bajaj Auto as exactly 15 years back in November 2001 the company had launched its iconic brand Pulsar which went on to define the sports motorcycle market in India. Pulsar continues to be a market leader in the sports segment for 15 years. The new big bike model, which is scheduled to be launched around mid-December 2016, is also expected to dominate Indian roads in this segment for the coming decade.According to Mr. Eric Vas, President (Motorcycle Business), Bajaj Auto, “We are proud to announce this historic roll out at Chakan today with our all women assembly line. Our new bike will set new benchmarks in its segment. There is already a lot of buzz, anticipation and excitement about the bike and its features, price and name. However, all our patrons and bike enthusiasts will have to wait for some time, till we share details of the new offering during the launch next month.”last_img read more

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Stage is set for State of Origin 2014

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWhat will the 2014 State of Origin series deliver?That is the question many are wondering as the hours tick down to the opening games of the 11th series.Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries – New South Wales and Queensland – go head-to-head across 14 divisions, three matches in each grade and over two days of exhilarating, adrenaline-charged touch football of the highest order.Sunshine Coast Stadium will not know what has hit it as mateship is put aside and replaced by state pride.Much like Queensland in that “other” State of Origin series during the rugby league season, it has been a domination for one state.New South Wales have won the past four State of Origin series, however, the 2012 series in Port Macquarie saw the rise of the Queenslanders.New South Wales won the series seven divisions to six but lost the open divisions 2-1 with Queensland winning men and women’s open competitions.It was the first time Queensland took the men-women open double in 10 years.Across the 14 divisions, there are four divisions that are separated by one win – mixed open, women’s 20s, women’s 35s and men’s 45s.Queensland lead 11-10 in the head-to-head stakes in mixed open and women’s 20s, while it’s the reverse for women’s 35s and men’s 45s.So tight the mixed open, women’s 20s and women’s 35s competitions have been, not a lot separate the teams in terms of touchdowns in those particular divisions.Queensland have scored three more touchdowns than New South Wales in women’s 20s and women’s 35s, while they have scored four more than the players in blue in the mixed open.So whoever you support, two questions will be answered at the conclusion of the series – Will New South Wales continue their domination? Can Queensland win on home soil?There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseries Related LinksState of Origin previewlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson assures Man City: Liverpool will get beatenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says victory at Manchester City won’t hurt thei title chances.The result has delivered Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with a golden opportunity to leave the champions trailing when the top two meet back at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.“I don’t think Pep [Guardiola] will be concerned about it,” said Hodgson, himself a former Liverpool manager.“There are still 20 games to play and no matter how Liverpool play they will come against a game like this. “Someone, somewhere will beat them against the odds.” last_img

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a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Fornals a quality player

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Fornals a quality playerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea full of praise for West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals.The 27-year-old is determined to record another shutout and one of the players he may have to stop is Fornals, his international team-mate with Spain who joined West Ham in the summer.“I know him from the national team, we’ve been called up together in the same squad once or twice,” De Gea told manutd.com. “He’s a quality player and I think he can contribute very well for West Ham. He really showed what he could do at Villarreal and he has a lot of talent and he’s a top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Ohio State Fan Gets “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South” Tattoo

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State and Alabama met in the Sugar Bowl this past January, and, as we all know, the Buckeyes emerged victorious behind a 230-yard rushing performance from running back Ezekiel Elliott. One OSU fan has decided to ink herself in honor of Zeke’s big day.The Ohio State fan, Veronica Chapa, went a bit of a different route, though. Chapa got a tattoo that mimics a tee shirt that Eleven Warriors sold in the aftermath of the contest. It’s titled “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South.” It honor’s Elliott’s 85-yard run that gave Ohio State a 42-28 lead late in the fourth quarter.Tattoo perfect, still number 1!!#GoBucks #BuckeyeForLife #BuckeyeNation #Buckeyes #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/CWDWiXwdUY— Veronica Chapa (@veronicalchapa) October 22, 2015The wait is over. Get your “85 Yards Through the Heart of the South” tee now. http://t.co/igvja54KZd pic.twitter.com/GmRzIuHhOE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 20, 2015Ohio State fans – what do you think?last_img read more

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Integrating Kashmir

first_imgThe dream nurtured by the RSS-Jan Sangh for decades about scrapping Article 370 has finally been sought to be achieved by the BJP. Since dispensing with the Article, which confers special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will require judicial and parliamentary approval, it is yet to be seen whether BJP will have the legal arguments or the numbers in Parliament to push through the measure. But the point is not so much the passage of the move which has been called a “second” independence day by a BJP spokesman as the bulldozing methods adopted by BJP to try to enact a controversial provision. Also Read – A special kind of bondIf Kashmir’s “independence” is supposedly the objective of the dramatic step, it is odd that the sun of “freedom” had to rise in the midst of secrecy and subterfuge with the government claiming that the massive deployment of troops, the unprecedented curtailment of the Amarnath yatra and the evacuation of tourists from the valley were due to a terrorist threat. Before the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, the National Conference and the People’s Conference were put under house arrest, they had been assured that no “precipitous step” would be taken in Kashmir. Also Read – Insider threat managementNow, at one stroke, the unifying idea of Kashmiryat, insanyat, jamhooryat, which has been the guiding principle of successive governments, including that of Atal Behari Vajpayee, extolling the distinctiveness of Kashmir along with the principles of humaneness and peace, has been obliterated. In its place, the Hindutva mantra of ek bidhan, ek nishan, ek pradhan (one constitution, one flag, one chief), which has a fascistic ring, has been established. The stationing of a large number of troops and the incarceration of mainstream parties may enable the Narendra Modi government to tide over any immediate problems that can arise from what Omar Abdullah has called an “aggression” against the people of the state. But the huge contingents of the armed forces cannot remain in Kashmir for long. Nor can the leaders of the established parties be kept in detention indefinitely. The secrecy which preceded the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah’s announcement recalls the demonetisation move which also hit the public like a bolt from the blue. In a way, this is BJP’s style of functioning, especially in contentious matters. It is not known what the impact this “aggressive” move will have on the Muslim community elsewhere in the country. Until now, the latter had seemingly appeared to be largely indifferent to the events in Kashmir. But they are unlikely to be enthused by the government’s latest initiative. In Kashmir, there was the peace of a graveyard on the day the fateful step was taken to “integrate” Kashmir into India, as BJP likes to say. This sepulchral quietness was due to the presence of the security forces and the shutting down of the Internet and even landlines, rendering the whole state incommunicado. But what the popular mood is under this funereal silence will only be known after some time. For all the disquiet expressed by BJP’s opponents like Congress, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and a few others, the ruling party will be pleased by the support it has received from BSP, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress and some others. These regional parties have virtually been acting as BJP’s “B” team earlier, too, as over the passage of the legislation on the Right to Information or the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Among the BJP’s allies, the Janata Dal (United) is formally opposed to the abrogation of Article 370, but whether it will help the government by walking out at the time of voting is yet to be seen. There is little doubt that the removal of Article 370 will further boost Modi’s image among his supporters by reinforcing his macho, decisive reputation. What is more, the opposition parties will be careful with their responses lest they are labelled anti-nationals yet again. They are also hamstrung by the absence of capable leaders, especially Congress (which still has no party chief) so that they can take up the cudgels against the “constitutional monstrosity” enacted by the government. Although the issue of Articles 370 and 35A have been pending for long on BJP’s agenda, why did it choose the present moment? A possible reason is to divert attention from a critical economic situation. As attention is turned towards the new Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir which may become a victim of both Pakistan-sponsored insurgency and local unrest, the concerns over the economy will take a back seat. But it will take several months before the full effect of what has been done will be known either within the country or at the international level.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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