These plants are from a collection of Echevaria (commonly called Hens & Chickens) that grow in a dis garden. (Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)Bell shaped Clematis. (Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)First of the lilies from our pond. (Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)Old fashion Hollyhocks. (Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)False sunflower….”Sunstruck”, with honey bee. (Gil Riley)Mother nature tries to protect her young! A fawn lays flat down, trying to hide so you will not see her. Wilton (Jim Knox)A purple finch trying to hide, Wilton. (Jim Knox)The perfect roof from the rain, for a spider. (Jim Knox)A Great Blue Heron stops near enough for a picture. Wayne (Jim Knox)The Great Blue shows me its fine feathers. Wayne. (Jim Knox)Beautiful colors. (Karen Dalot)In flight. (Karen Dalot)Red winged blackbird. (Karen Dalot)Showing off some wings. (Karen Dalot)Silhouette. (Karen Dalot)Safe and sound. (Karen Dalot)This is the third turtle that we have rescued from the road this year. (Karen Dalot)Turtle. (Karen Dalot)Nature mirrors itself. Small bright suns reflect our really hot sun. (Jane Knox)Hollyhocks starting their ascent to the sky. (Jane Knox)
ILOILO City – Tomorrow, Sept. 29, isPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline for local government units to reclaimpublic roads being used for private ends. However, according to the Departmentof Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6, road clearing operationsshould be sustained to ensure no obstructions would make a return to publicroads and sidewalks. “Kasiif iwanan ito ng mga local officials,ang tendency babalik itong mga na-clear natin.Ang mga sidewalk vendors, pag wala tayong monitoring, ang tendency magbagablik,” said Iglesia. DILG also reminded all city andmunicipal mayors that they have the power to discipline village chiefs who arenegligent or uncooperative in the clearing efforts. In a statement yesterday, DILG’scentral office in Metro Manila announced its teams will be visiting localgovernment units (LGUs) for an assessment of their compliance. “It doesn’t mean tapos na ang roadclearing after the deadline. This is a continuing responsibility of all thelocal officials down to the barangay level. Itotalaga ‘yung trabaho,” said Director Ariel Iglesia. He also reminded local officials toprohibit illegal parking on public roads. In fact, said Iglesia, the President’sroad clearing order was just a reiteration of existing laws, rules andregulations that local government officials should have been enforcing. “Under the Local Government Code, youare the primary disciplining authority over your Punong Barangays, therefore,we urge you to utilize your powers – without fear or favor – whenever necessaryand make them accountable for their performance,” the DILG said./PN “Those who are found to benon-compliant will be issued show cause orders by (DILG) Secretary (Eduardo)Año before their names are submitted to the President,” according to the DILG. “We will form a team to validate theroad clearing after the deadline. Members will be from the Bureau of FireProtection, Philippine National Police, civil society organizations, and DILG,”said Iglesia. The department earlier warned thatlocal officials who fail to comply with the president’s directive would facesanctions ranging from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service.
For some years now, United and many of their fellow Premier League big-hitters have concluded the present set-up does not create a competitive environment for players outside the first team. Even a change from the old reserve sides to the present Under-21 set-up, with the potential for utilising over-age players, has done little to address the problem. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has claimed the use of a ‘B’ team in a lower league could be the answer to a lack of competitive football for younger players. And Woodward thinks the Spanish system, where Real Madrid and Barcelona operate second teams below La Liga level, is an idea worth looking at. “If we could have a ‘B’ team playing it would solve a lot of the issues,” Woodward told fanzine United We Stand. “The reserves do deliver some of the objectives, the system just isn’t as good as it could be. “Barcelona and Real Madrid have a competitive edge with their system. Ajax have got it. A team in the division below went bust a year ago. Ajax stepped in and now they are developing their players that way. “You can look at different models and what Spurs have done with Swindon. You can look at rotating players in the first team. “There is no clear and obvious answer. If you buy a top 18 year old, they could go straight in with the first team. Or they could go into the squad at number 25 or 26.” The clear issues are the traditional loyalties within the English football system and how fans of a club like Bury, for instance, would take to being reduced to the status of a feeder club. It is certainly hard to see such a structure being implemented in England, even if Woodward’s observations are shared by others at the top end of the game. Press Association
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Megan Lohmiller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Lady Demons (13-7, 5-1 SLC) swept the weekly awards after a pair of 3-0 victories over Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana. Brister racked up 29 kills and a pair of service aces, while Lohmiller collected 36 digs and five assists throughout the week, placing NSU third in the latest Southland standings.Northwestern State returns to action Tuesday night on the road against Central Arkansas. First serve against the Sugar Bears is slated for 6 p.m. inside the Prince Center.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.Brister totaled 29 kills with a 4.8 per set average to accompany a .314 hitting percentage in the Lady Demons’ two sweeps. The Paincourtville, La., native recorded her third one-error match of the season in addition to her second-highest hitting performance of the year against Lamar (.455).Honorable Mention: Meghan Wozniak, Nicholls; Ashley Lewis, Sam Houston State; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State – Sr. – Libero – Heath, TexasLohmiller bolstered the Northwestern State defense with 36 digs over six sets last week in the Lady Demons’ pair of clean sweeps. The senior helped NSU hold opponents to a .079 hitting percentage on the week, while turning in her sixth match of the season with 20 or more digs on the road against Southeastern Louisiana.Honorable Mention: Ebonie Ballesteros, Houston Baptist; Kate Hoerdemann, Nicholls; Kaira Hunnicutt, Sam Houston State; Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
A would-be carjacker is in custody and Police are hunting his accomplice, after their intended victim put up a fight and managed to detain one of his attackers.The accomplice did manage to make off with the white Toyota 212 car, HB 4955, belonging to Garfield Griffith, during a brazen midday attack on Wednesday.Guyana Times spoke with the 54-year-old Griffith, who resides at Crane, West Coast Demerara, and he related his ordeal.Garfield Griffith subdued one of his attackersGriffith told this publication that he usually engaged in construction work and when not doing this, he would operate his car as a taxi.On Wednesday, he went to a Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara (ECD) worksite where he was doing a construction job, along with three workmen.According to Griffith, about noon, the workmen decided to take lunch. They were seated under a nearby building, while he decided to sit in his car to take his lunch.He related that while taking his lunch, two young men, appearing to be in their mid-20s, rode up to his vehicle and enquired if he had any jobs available.Griffith stated that he told the young men he was unable to employ them at this point in time and they subsequently rode off towards the seawall.He said about 10 minutes later, he noticed one of the young men walking back towards the car.Griffith said he observed the other young man, also heading towards the car but from another direction.He added that the first young man to approach him asked if he had a ‘spanner’ to lend him, while the second one said to him “big man, we gah get wuk”.Griffith told Guyana Times while responding to the young men, he noticed one of them reaching into his crotch area and retrieved a bottle before throwing some kind of noxious substance on his face and punching him.Griffith said he was seated in the passenger seat of his car during the altercation, but as soon as the young man attacked him with the noxious substance, he immediately lunged out of the car and grabbed him.While he was wrestling with the young man, the other one jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle, started it and made good his escape.His accomplice was not so lucky, as Griffith did not relent and soon managed to overpower the would-be hijacker, who was subsequently tied up, and the Police summoned to the scene.Guyana Times was told that the young man has since been refusing to cooperate with the Police.Up to press time, there was no word as to whether his accomplice had been arrested.
The semi-nude body of a Canje, Berbice man was on Thursday morning discovered on the roadway.Ramlall Bassant’s body covered as residents and Police gathered at the scene of the discoveryDead is Ramlall Bassant, also called “Doc” and “Rope” of Lot 12 Goed Banana Land, East Canje.The 54-year-old unemployed man was discovered lying face up at about 06:30h by a passerby, who was on his way to work. The man was clad in a shirt and a pair of jeans that was below his waist. He was not wearing underpants at the time.The Police were summoned to the scene and an investigation was launched.The now dead man was last seen at about 20:00h on Wednesday evening leaving his mother’s home.Dead: Ramlall BassantBassant lived with his 81-year-old mother, Lilian Bassant. She told Guyana Times that she was asleep when her son left.His body was discovered at a street, which villagers refer to as ‘Pandit Runner Dam’; a place where his sister, Chandakaeali Bassant, said he never went.According to Chandakaeali, her brother had no reason to venture to that area since most of his outings were to a cousin who lives along the main access road, which is a few houses away.Bassant leaves to mourn two sisters and his mother.“He was with his mother since he born. He grow in this same yard; it is not easy for this family after losing one a few days ago,” the sister said.Police are investigating.