NORTH HOLLYWOOD – In a neighborhood where condominiums sell for $500,000, the prospect of a brand-new, two-bedroom condo at almost half-price seems too good to be true. But not for the Yoo family. They were the lucky winners of a lottery for a below-market-rate condo Wednesday night. They’ll pay between $275,000 and $290,000 for their new two-bedroom home, depending on their income, in a building where units have sold for up to $400,000. “I’m so very happy. This is our first home,” said an elated Jane Yoo, 46, a South Korean native who has lived in the United States for 27 years. Suresh Gupta developed the new 36-unit building at 11124 Burbank Blvd. and he agreed to sell one condo below market rate in exchange for permission from the CRA to build residential dwellings in a commercial zone. “There’s an affordability crisis. It’s our goal to get affordable into every rental and for-sale development that’s built,” said Steven Brady, real estate development agent with the CRA. The Yoos’ new condo has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, patio and parking spaces for two cars. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Yoo, her husband Simon, 45, and sons Timothy, 14, and Benjamin, 11, will soon move into their Burbank Boulevard home, which was sold at a reduced price under a city affordable housing program. The lottery was held by the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, which screened and helped prequalify three first-time homebuyers for the drawing. Councilman Tom LaBonge drew the name. The candidate families are all considered “moderate-income” and earn less than $55,100. The median price for a condominium in North Hollywood is $500,000, and you’d have to make about $120,000 annually to afford it. It’s nearly impossible for a low-income family to buy a condo or a small house in the current market, said Jo-An Turman, marketing director for Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services. “Where else can you buy unless you go way out of Los Angeles? It takes a situation like this, where an opportunity comes and you can buy a property below market value. This comes around so seldom.”
Arcata >> Months before Chase Krivashei wore a Humboldt State football jersey for the first time, the then-senior at Centennial High School in Corona made a list.The basis was not only to set goals for his upcoming collegiate career, but to serve as even more motivation as he got ready to go to the next level.“I had an idea about the record coming into Humboldt State, honestly,” Krivashei said. “I came out of high school with a chip on my shoulder, and I just wanted to be the best player I …
“Dinosaur feathers” are all over the news again, thanks to a paper in Science revealing feathers in amber found in Canada. But whose feathers are they? Inferences from other sources, not from the amber, were brought into the interpretation, even though the discoverers admitted, “There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area.” And modern-looking feathers of diving birds like grebes were also found in the same amber, leading to numerous questions about what can rightly be inferred from the fossils themselves. No matter; most of the media loved the evolutionary implications and trotted out their headlines that feather evolution from dinosaur to bird has been proven.McKeller, Chatterton, Wolfe and Currie combed through 4000 amber samples in two Canadian museums taken from around Grassy Lake, Alberta. The strata are said to be late Cretaceous and dated at 80 million years old, way into the period in the evolutionary timeline when birds already were flying like modern birds. The amber samples were already well known for their diverse insect inclusions, but for the first time, feathers were found, in a variety of forms.“Although amber offers unparalleled preservation of feathers, only isolated specimens of uncertain affinity have been reported from the Late Cretaceous,” the authors began their paper in Science.1 “This contrasts with the rich Early Cretaceous compression assemblage from northeastern China leaving a substantial temporal gap in our understanding of feather evolution,” to say nothing of a geographical gap (the only other alleged dinosaur-to-bird “transitional form” being Archaeopteryx from Germany – but see 7/21/2011 and PhysOrg reinterpretation and new questions). Considering these two substantial gaps, how could the authors claim they were watching feather evolution in action, from dinosaur to bird?For one thing, they found a variety of feathers and feather parts that they fit into the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers.” Evolution was, therefore, assumed from the outset. They found single filaments (stage I in the model), tufts (stage II), simple feathers (stage III), barbed feathers (stage IV), and advanced veined feathers (stage V) suitable for flight or for diving (as found in grebes). It didn’t bother them that all of these stages can also be found on modern birds, or can represent degenerate structures from modern feathers in fossils.For another thing, “Although neither avian nor dinosaurian skeletal material has been found in direct association with amber at the Grassy Lake locality, fossils of both groups are present in adjacent stratigraphic units,” they said. “Hadrosaur footprints are found in close association with the amber, and younger (late Campanian and Maastrichtian) strata of western Canada contain diverse nonavian dinosaur and avian remains.” By interpretation, they meant plain old dinosaurs (nonavian) and plain old birds (avian). None of these feathers were found on dinosaurs, and no one doubts that dinosaurs and birds coexisted; the question is whether dinosaurs evolved into birds. Despite these questions, they gunned the inference engine:There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area. However, the discovery of end-members of the evolutionary-developmental spectrum in this time interval, and the overlap with structures found only in nonavian dinosaur compression fossils, strongly suggests that the protofeathers described here are from dinosaurs and not birds. Given that stage I filaments were present in densities relevant for thermoregulation and protection, and that comparable structures are preserved as coronae surrounding compression fossils, it becomes apparent that protofeathers had important nonornamental functions. Specialized barbule morphologies, including basal coiling, suggest that Campanian feather-bearers had already evolved highly specialized structures similar to those of modern grebes to enhance diving efficiency.This remarkable paragraph indicates that they were already assuming that simple filaments and tufts were protofeathers; i.e., dinosaur integumentary structures evolving into true feathers. The prefix “proto-” turns on the power of suggestion that these structures were evolving upward instead of devolving downward. It also reveals that they were assuming that feathers first evolved on dinosaurs for “nonornamental functions” such as thermoregulation – yet many modern birds, like geese, also use some of their feathers (down feathers) for thermoregulation. Moreover, the pieces of amber could not show where on the body of any animal, whether bird or dinosaur, they came from. Clearly these authors were eager to fit their data into a dinosaur-to-bird sequence. But since these feathers appear so late in the geologic column, the most that can be claimed by believers in dinosaur-to-bird evolution from these amber pieces is that early primitive dinosaur feathers, if they existed, hung on for a long time, even after modern flight feathers had already evolved.Nevertheless, Mark Norell in the same issue of Science was ecstatic.2 Co-author of an annual review on feather evolution with famous Chinese “feathered dinosaur” hunter Xing Xu, he bragged about all the fossil evidence birds evolved from dinosaurs, and said, “Feathered animals abound and extend deep into nonavian history—even, perhaps, to the base of dinosaurs themselves.” The press flew into a frenzy, with the BBC News leading the flap with its headline, “Dinosaur feather evolution trapped in Canadian amber.” Science Daily flew into formation with, “Tree Resin Captures Evolution of Feathers On Dinosaurs and Birds.” New Scientist showed a little more scientific restraint in its headline (but not in the body of the article) with, “Advanced birds lived alongside ‘hairy’ dinosaurs.”Only Live Science took “a closer look” at the data and asked other paleontologists for alternative interpretations:The fossil record of this evolution from simple to complex feathers is spotty. Researchers actually have older records of more modern feathers than they do of the simple dinosaur protofeathers….[Zhonghe] Zhou [Chinese Academy of Sciences] also noted that some of the feathers were more difficult to classify based on type, so scientists can’t really be sure if they are bird or dinosaur feathers, or somewhere in between. Mike Benton of the University of Bristol had the same reservations.“Modern feathers are diverse in morphology,” Benton told LiveScience in an email. “Many degenerated [feathers that have turned back the evolutionary clock and become more simplified] or specialized feathers are comparable in morphology to the protofeathers.”This means that the so-called protofeathers could have been bird feathers devolving into simpler structures, rather than being dinosaur structures evolving into bird feathers. The authors of the paper added two other caveats:None of the additional morphotypes observed in compression fossils of nonavian dinosaurs or amber were found here, suggesting that some morphotypes may not represent distinct evolutionary stages, or may not have persisted into the Late Cretaceous.The snapshot of Campanian feather diversity from Canadian amber is biased toward smaller feathers, subcomponents of feathers, feathers that are molted frequently, and feathers in body positions that increase their likelihood of contacting resin on tree trunks.All they could offer, therefore, was a “snapshot” – not an evolutionary sequence – of a few feather types that were around a particular lake at a particular time in Canada. But they were certain that, “Despite these limitations, the assemblage demonstrates that numerous evolutionary stages were present in the Late Cretaceous, and that plumage already served a range of functions in both dinosaurs and birds.” Did the amber really say that?Update 2/17/2012: In Science,3, Dove and Straker criticized the paper, saying that the tiny inclusions classified as dinosaur-like could actually be plant material or mammal hair. McKeller et al. stuck to their guns,4 but admitted there’s no way to be sure without destroying the amber samples to get at the material. Since they collected 100,000 pieces, analyzed 4,000 of them, and only found inclusions in 11 of them, they consider them too rare to break open.1. McKeller et al., “A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber,” Science, 16 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1619-1622, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203344.2. Mark Norell, “Paleontology: Fossilized Feathers,” http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6049/1590.summary, 6 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6049 pp. 1590-1591, DOI: 10.1126/science.1212049.3. Carla Dove and Lorian Straker, “Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi:10.1126/science.1216208.4. McKeller et al., “Response to Comment on ‘A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber’,” Science, 17 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6070 p. 796, doi: 10.1126/science.1216484.Look now. Perhaps some dinosaurs did have feathers. Perhaps someday the evidence will be so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one could ever question it (evolutionists already believe it is). Perhaps there will be a T. rex or Velociraptor found in situ, dragged up from under tons of strata, with no possibility it was tampered with, that will show it sitting on a fossilized nest in a fossilized tree, covered with feathers, with a fossilized fish it just caught like an eagle and brought to its fossilized chicks. Even so, there seems little justification for the wild stories being told about feather evolution based on this amber. What is so overwhelming, so overpowering, that no one should question it, is the desire on the part of evolutionists to force any data they find into an evolutionary story.So let’s ask a few questions that most reporters are not asking (thank Live Science for bringing a little sobriety to the party). Did they find any dinosaur in the Grassy Lake strata with feathers on it? No. Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in Canada? No. Did they find any dinosaur with feathers anywhere in the western hemisphere? No. Did they find a succession of feathers, increasing in complexity, from deep strata to shallower strata? No. Did any of the feathers have a tag on them, saying, “Property of Susie, the T. Rex”? No. Are simple filaments and tufts diagnostic of dinosaurs? No.Do some birds have simple filaments like these? Yes. Do some birds have all five stages of feathers described in the “currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers”? Yes. Is the currently accepted evolutionary-developmental model for feathers a case of circular reasoning? Yes. Is the motivation to force data into an evolutionary model strong? Yes. Are the only non-avian theropod “feathered dinosaurs” found in China (land of the Archaeoraptor hoax that dragged National Geographic to the confessional), brought to you courtesy of Xing Xu, the scientific wunderkind who has a knack for finding them in collector shops? Yes (7/21/2011). Is it odd to think that feathered dinosaurs flew from China to Canada, leaving no trace? Yes. Are reporters loaded like catapults to launch headlines into cyberspace at any hint of a vindication for Charlie? Yes. Are reporters too lazy to check the data and do their own analysis? Yes, with few exceptions (like here, and once again, thanks to Live Science for showing some restraint). Are you, the reader, savvy enough to discern the situation, filter out what is going on in the media feeding frenzy, and make up your own mind whether the data warrant the evolutionary interpretation? Fill in the blank.(Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like one of those years when growing conditions start off great but then we move into dry and hot conditions at the peak of summer. With such conditions we will have an increased potential for livestock poisonings. As summer progresses the preferred forages for grazing dry up and become less available and animals are forced to consume plants they might otherwise not eat. Therefore, there are recognizable circumstances like drought, overgrazing, nitrogen fertilization and summer storms that all have the potential to contribute to livestock poisoning. So what are some plants of concern for grazing livestock during these dry conditions in Ohio?Buttercup: Beautiful small yellow flowers are common in pastures. Buttercup starts blooming in June and produces many typically bright yellow flowers of five or more petals with flowers spreading .75-inch to one-inch in width.Tall buttercup and creeping buttercup are very aggressive perennials in pastures and can quickly overtake the field. Buttercup contains a bitter, irritating oil called protoanemonin that is poisonous to livestock. The toxicity is reported to vary depending on plant age, growing conditions and freshness of the forage. The oil in fresh plant stems cause irritation and blistering of the skin, lining of the mouth and of the digestive tract. Thankfully, buttercup does not taste good so animals avoid it if possible. In dry conditions this may be one of the few green plants available and livestock are more likely to eat it. The toxic oil evaporates quickly, so hay containing buttercup is not toxic. NightshadeIn Eastern Ohio, horsenettle, groundcherry, black and bittersweet nightshade are most common. Some quantity of nightshade can be found in many pastures and are usually left alone. Consequently, nightshade populations slowly begin to occupy larger and larger portions of a pasture. During a drought livestock will consume the leaf and berries of these plants and they can be deadly. Dogbane and milkweedThese are closely related perennial plants commonly found in pastures and hay fields. If you have ever removed a leaf from these plants you will notice a very sticky white milky substance. The leaves and stems of these plants are considered toxic when fresh or dried. These plants don’t mind a little dry weather and consequently become more attractive to livestock during these conditions. Jimson weedThis is a summer annual that looks more like a small shrub with reddish stem. You often see this plant around brush piles, hay feeding areas and barn lots. The fruit of this plant is encased in a very sharp and spiny outer covering. The leaf is large, waxy and looks something like an oak leaf. This plant is very common and not often eaten. The tropane alkaloids in this plant and seeds are considered extremely toxic when fresh, dried or in silage. Black locust treeThe black locust is a common and fast growing tree. It has sharp short spines and small, oval, fern- like arrangements of leaves. It is common along fence rows and livestock may have grazed in these areas for years with no apparent problem. In dry conditions root sprouts can become prominent in adjacent pasture fields. Young inquisitive animals may find this plant palatable. The bark and new growth are the most toxic. Yew or taxis evergreen shrubSo you needed to trim the bushes, and you thought you would help the livestock by providing a little extra fodder? Hope it wasn’t a yew. These evergreen shrubs with flat needles and a red berry are readily consumed by livestock and are highly toxic. These shrubs are poisonous wet or dried.As we move into dryer conditions be aware of your forage availability and identify plants which may be of concern. We have only mentioned a few plants and there are many you should know. Watch your livestock closely, daily observing for signs of distress contact you veterinarian immediately if you suspect plant poisoning.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector. By implementing the program enacted by Congress, we are expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing our reliance on imported oil.”Some key elements of the EPA’s action:• Non-advanced or “conventional” renewable fuel increases in 2017, meeting the 15 billion-gallon congressional target for conventional fuels.• The standard for biomass-based biodiesel — which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to petroleum-based diesel — grows by 100 million gallons. The required volume of biomass-based diesel for 2017 is twice that of the minimum congressional target.• Cellulosic biofuel — which must achieve at least 60% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — grows 35% over the 2016 standard.• The advanced biofuel standard — comprised of biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, and other biofuel that achieves at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — increases 19% over the 2016 standard.• Total renewable fuel volumes grow 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6% increase. Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for 2014-2018 20142015201620172018Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)33123230311n/aBiomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.631.731.92.02.1Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.672.883.614.28n/aRenewable fuel (billion gallons)16.2816.9318.1119.28n/a “The EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also welcomed the release of new standards to support American jobs and energy security..“The real winners with this announcement are American consumers who will now have access to even more cleaner burning, advanced biofuel,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “These benefits extend far beyond the biodiesel industry, supporting high paying jobs and clean air across the nation. Though we are poised to top these numbers this year, growth in advanced biofuels still sends positive signals to the marketplace.”
In addition, the U.S. could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win Tuesday.The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria.The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England. They beat Greece on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a shootout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Cubs’ bullpen implodes in Game 2 loss to Nationals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Waston has three international goals, including a 4-yard header from Christian Bolanos’ 68th-minute corner kick on March 28 that gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw in qualifier at Honduras.Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.The U.S. is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.Goal difference has become key: the U.S. is plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven.A draw would be enough for the U.S. to qualify unless Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the U.S. in total goals, currently nine.ADVERTISEMENT In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez’s header from Romell Quioto’s cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.In the fifth of a minimum six minutes of stoppage time, a long ball from deep in Costa Rica’s end following a throw-in was headed from about 23 yards out by Hernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiancarlo Gonzalez headed the ball toward the right flank. Bryan Ruiz flicked the ball ahead to Rodney Wallace who, marked by Bryan Acosta and Emilio Izaguirre, played it back to Ruiz.Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston. The Vancouver Whitecaps defender outjumped Maynor Figueroa and Johnny Palacios to head the ball past Donis Escober to the goalkeeper’s left from 8 yards. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Costa Rica’s Kendall Waston, left, celebrates after scoring his team’s equalizer against Honduras during a World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. The draw allows Costa Rica to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos’ second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments
Jonathan Powyer is a high achieving referee with a difference.Jonathan is deaf but this hasn’t stopped him from achieving incredible things in Touch Football. At last weekend’s New South Wales Touch Association Referees Awards night, Jonathan was recognised with an elevation to a state referee, Level 4, currently the highest level a deaf referee has achieved in New South Wales, his next goal will be his Level 5 at the National Touch League.Jonathan is a committee member and one of the driving forces behind Deaf Touch Football, also managing to officiate and play at the Deaf National Championships. The Deaf National Championships is now an annual event with third event being held in Brisbane late last year.Jonathan’s passion for Touch Football has seen him travel around the country, refereeing the sport he loves. With an innate ability to read the game Jonathan’s rise in the refereeing stakes shows no sign of slowing. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and thank him for his contribution to the game.Related LinksNSW Referee Awards
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds, which are expected to be disbursed on Monday (June 5) will be used to repair several breakaways. The Government will be allocating $35 million to repair several roads in St. Thomas that were damaged during the recent flood rains. Story Highlights The Government will be allocating $35 million to repair several roads in St. Thomas that were damaged during the recent flood rains.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds, which are expected to be disbursed on Monday (June 5) will be used to repair several breakaways.This provision is in addition to $30 million, which he said was allocated to assist in clearing several roads across the parish that were blocked also as a result of the rains.The Minister was speaking with journalists during a tour of communities in St. Thomas on Friday, June 2.While pointing out that not all of the damaged roads would be repaired, Mr. McKenzie assured that a short-term solution was being pursued.“As more funds are available, we will ensure that disbursement is (done) in a timely manner, so that (the) response to the needs of the parish can be as quick as possible,” he said.In this regard, the Minister said it was imperative that the National Works Agency and St. Thomas Municipal Council discuss how this would be effectively undertaken, while commending both entities on their quick response in clearing the blocked roads recently.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie emphasized the need to reduce the risks which roadways with breakaways posed for users, until the repairs are carried out.To this end, he has asked officers attached to the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation to immediately erect warning signs in the vicinity of these areas in the interim.Mr. McKenzie also indicated that a multi-agency approach is being embarked on to carry out clean up and recovery work in the communities of Cave Valley and Douglas Castle in St. Ann, which suffered extensive flooding and damage. Mr. McKenzie also indicated that a multi-agency approach is being embarked on to carry out clean up and recovery work in the communities of Cave Valley and Douglas Castle in St. Ann, which suffered extensive flooding and damage.