Illegal dumpsite creates fire hazard at Industrial Site

first_imgAn illegal dumpsite at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown is one of many which have been created by establishments in recent times to get rid of large amounts of unwanted waste.This has caused significant unease among other business enterprises in the area; fearing that the flames can erupt into a disastrous event when unattended.A security guard attached to a nearby business explained that fires at the illegal dumpsite is a frequent occurrence and poses a threat to establishments, which can lose millions. He added that large boxes and unwanted supplies are burned by employees of some of the businesses in the area and in most cases, they are left to burn late into the evening.Another guard in the area stated that it is the most convenient way to dispose of the large garbage generation since the two solid waste collectors – Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal – are still not operating due to payment issues. Adding to that, the growing heap of refuse subtracts from the aesthetics of the location, another nearby establishment employee stated.Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal withdrew their services seven weeks ago from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) after they were owed some $160 million.Meanwhile, last week this publication was told that the garbage contractors have resumed limited service in some parts of the city.Last year, Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan met with the collectors and officials of City Hall, where a commitment was made for Central Government to bailout City Hall and pay the owed $160 million by the end of 2018. However, this commitment was not fulfilled.In November of 2017, $475 million was owed to contractors and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon announced that Government would assist the Council by offering some $300 million.Meanwhile, in 2016, the Georgetown Council found itself in that same position and subsequently voted to ask the Central Government for a $600 million “bailout” to pay creditors and meet expenses.At present, there has been a struggle to control the large generation of waste at markets and business hotspots with many resorting to empty land spaces to dump their waste. At the Stabroek Square, it continues to linger at parapets and bus zones.“It yielded what we believe to be credible assurances that settlement of the outstanding debt will commence very shortly.  Our understanding is that the first payment will be made before the end of 2018. We have, without prejudice, accepted those assurances,” the service providers jointly said shortly after they announced pulling their services.last_img read more

The moment Brentford’s Lionel Road plans were given the green light

first_imgSeveral hundred Brentford fans cheer as they watch Hounslow Council’s planning committee approve plans for a 20,000-capacity stadium at Lionel Road. The club see the move as crucial to safeguarding its future.See also:Joy for Bees chairman after council approve new stadium plans Brentford get green light for Lionel RoadHow Bees United’s takeover transformed BrentfordBrentford’s Lionel Road move approvedBrentford receive new stadium boostFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Half-time: Brentford 0 Hull City 0

first_imgMarco Djuricin had two good chances to put Brentford ahead in a goalless first half.The striker exchanged a neat one-two with Lasse Vibe, who replaced the injured Alan Judge, and forced an outstretched save from Allan McGregor in the first minute.And then on-loan Red Bull Salzburg man Djuricin fired at McGregor’s legs from close range after being out through by John Swift.Judge missed out because of hamstring problems but that was the only change from the side that clinched a fourth straight Championship win, against QPR, last Friday.Brentford had a decent shout for a penalty just before the half-hour mark when Vibe was brought down by a combination of Michael Dawson and Harry Maguire.And Hull, who twice went close through Abel Hernandez before the break, wanted a penalty of their own when David Meyler’s long-range effort appeared to strike the arm of Toumani Diagouraga inside the box.Brentford (4-2-2): Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, Dean, Bidwell; Woods, McCormack, Diagouraga, Swift; Vibe, DjuricinSubs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, O’Connell, Gogia, CanosFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evolution’s Guiding Hand Is Far From Obvious

first_imgA recent example of applying evolutionism to everything was seen on Science Daily and PhysOrg last week.  Some psychologists are telling us that evolution taught us to take turns.  “It’s not just good manners to wait your turn — it’s actually down to evolution, according to new research by University of Leicester psychologists.”    Cooperation among animals of a species and between species is well known.  These psychologists came up with an evolutionary reason for it: there is an “invisible hand,” they said, “that guides our actions in this respect.”  The study by Andrew Colman and Lindsay Browning “has helped to explain the evolution of cooperative turn-taking.”  It’s coming in the September issue of Evolutionary Ecology Research.  They didn’t say whether they took turns writing the paper.    But how does the guiding hand of evolution bring about results in a population?  Humans have the advantage of language; didn’t Mom teach us to wait our turn?  But “It is far from obvious how turn-taking evolved without language or insight in animals shaped by natural selection to pursue their individual self-interests.”  The psychologists looked into game theory for answers.  They created selfish digital organisms in their computer.  They found that a variation of “tit for tat” produced a stable equilibrium of turn-taking “only after a species has evolved at least two genetically different types that behave differently in initial, uncoordinated interactions with others.”  It requires genetic diversity, therefore, but once begun, the pattern persists like a stable oscillation in physics.    Colman said that their dumb, robotic digital organisms started out purely selfish but ended up taking turns.  “Our findings confirm that cooperation does not always require benevolence or deliberate planning.  This form of cooperation, at least, is guided by an ‘invisible hand’, as happens so often in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.”OK, let’s all play this game.  Do whatever comes naturally.  It’s what your genes are telling you to do.  There are no morals, no plans.  Benevolence is an illusion.  Mom telling you to take turns is not really Mom; it’s one of the robots.  She can’t help herself.  You don’t have to listen to her.  Language has no meaning.  If you feel like taking turns, do it.  If you don’t, don’t.  Whatever you do, don’t let any moralizing preacher tell you what you should do.  If he does, tell him you decided to be a rude pig because Darwin told you so.  You saw his invisible hand.    But, wait: that was an illusion, too.  So was the supposed scholarship of these psychologists.  They pretended to be making a scientific explanation, but it was all a put-up by that invisible hand of Darwin.  They couldn’t help themselves.  Making up silly stories and playing games with dumb digital organisms is what they do because of their genetic diversity caused by their mutations.  It is a consequence of millions of years of natural selection in their ape past.  We can’t listen to these psychologists and expect to learn anything.  We can’t…    Oh no; it’s becoming clear now: nothing makes sense, because sense is an illusion, too!  So is fairness.  Even illusion is an illusion.  We understand nothing.  We perceive nothing.  We are all selfish dumb robots.  What I wish to do, I don’t do, and what I don’t wish to do, that I do, because of the Darwin that is within me.  Who will deliver me from this body of death?    But then, wait a minute; why did I have this sensation that sense even existed?  Why did I perceive illusion as illusion?  And who is the “I” asking this question?  Reach for the lifeline, quick!. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

London Olympics: Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos wins gold in women’s road race

first_imgDutch cyclist Marianne Vos took the gold in the women’s road race on Sunday after leading a three-rider breakaway that took all the medals at the London Olympics on Sunday. Lizzie Armitstead was second for Britain with Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya took the bronze after the trio broke away from the peloton in the last hour of the race.Vos now has two Olympic gold medals after winning the points race in the velodrome in Beijing four years ago.For Britain, Armitstead’s silver is a consolation after the highly-rated men’s team led by Mark Cavendish failed to come close to the medals on Saturday.The result meant that both the men’s and women’s road races were decided by breakaways rather than a bunch sprint.Breakaways are more likely to be successful at the Olympics, where riders are not allowed the radios they use at other major events, making it harder for the peloton to judge the necessary pace to reel in escapees.last_img read more

Liberals face pressure to act on safer drug supply amid opioidrelated deaths

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government is facing pressure to make safer opioids available to people who use street drugs as overdose deaths continue to increase.The push is coming from public-health advocates and from at least one Liberal MP from Toronto, Nathaniel Erksine-Smith.British Columbia’s provincial health officer has called for Ottawa to look at the issue of supply, saying B.C. and other parts of the country are grappling with a poisonous street-drug supply that is killing people because they can’t tell what’s in the drugs they use.Richard Elliott, the executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said it is necessary to address the toxicity of the drug supply to reduce the number of deaths.His organization was part of a coalition that pointed to toxicology results from across Canada showing opioids on the illegal market are often contaminated with extra-potent fentanyl.Health Canada said in a statement that its minister, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, asked officials in the fall to explore options to address the toxic supply.Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two new sales team appointments for Globus

center_img Monday, April 29, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Eva Montenegro is the new BDM for Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley in B.C. for the Globus family of brands.She comes to the company with more than 15 years of sales experience within the travel industry, most recently with Travelzoo and Rocky Mountaineer. She can be reached at [email protected], 778-239-1833 or 1-888-268-1928. Her BDM colleague in B.C., long-time Globus staffer Peter Ouzounov, will now be responsible for agencies in Vancouver, the Interior and North and West Shore.In other news, Ron James has been appointed to the position of supervisor, inside sales. Most recently involved in event management for the city of Toronto, he can be reached at [email protected],  (416) 787-1281 or 1-888-268-1928.  He replaces Alex Mantios who has been promoted to the newly-formed position of business analyst.last_img read more