first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has given the assurance that the subject Ministry will look into issues of illegal mining, including allegations of unauthorised extraction of sand, loam, and stone from areas in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanOver the years, there have been numerous complaints from residents and officials in the Region against companies and individuals participating in the illegal act. The Moblissa area has been one of concern for years, though it falls under the jurisdiction of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), it is managed by the Region 10 administration. Only recently, officials, including Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, were summoned to the area over complaints. Linden has also been subjected to similar complaints over the years, particularly at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie where several illegal sand pits reportedly exist.The Natural Resources Minister also noted that there has been decades of disarray in the Region which the Ministry would be looking into. He said while he did not expect the issues to be solved overnight, they were of great concern, as he pointed out that the Natural Resources Ministry has a responsibility to look into these issues.Addressing the sand pit issue specifically, Trotman warned that if sand was being removed, then this should be done in a lawful manner, that is from an authorised sand pit.“I think we have, over the years, neglected the supervision of sand, loam, stone and so it is something we’re going to pay keen attention to. I’ve asked Minister Broomes to oversee that…So, we are going to be working with the Region and if needs be, the municipality as well to ensure there’s order brought,” the Minister explained.He added that he wanted to hear more from the Region as it related to concerns and would like to work more with the people to enhance their livelihood. In this regard, he said he wished to work closely with the relevant parties in developing the Centennial Park at Linden.2 companies apply to conduct mining in LindenThe Minister added that two companies have so far expressed interest and have made applications to conduct mining in Linden, Region 10. He said while no formal work has commenced, there would be much benefit for the Region. “They haven’t started formal work, but I believe some proprietary works are going to start. So, there’s much happening and much benefits are going to come to the Region as well,” Trotman said.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada announced that its Educational Fund program will be offering new scholarships to five schools that offer petroleum-related training programs. One of the five schools eligible for the new scholarship is Northern Lights College, which has campuses across northeast B.C., including in Fort St. John. A new scholarship opportunity has become available to five schools in Western Canada. Other eligible schools include Alberta`s Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Each institute will receive four scholarships worth $1,500 each for a three-year period. President and CEO of PSAC Mark Salkeld says “the fund provides great opportunites for deserving students to acquire the knowledge and tools to thrive, and is just one example of the petroleum service sector supporting the Canadian communities in which we work. Encouraging students at a time when they are making crucial career decisions to consider the exciting prospects available in the service sector, and helping them capitalize on opportunities by providing further training and financial support is the central aim of the PSAC Educational Fund. For more information on the PSAC Educational Fund and the available scholarships, please visit the PSAC official website.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgWhat kept UCLA from joining the elite ranks was the size of the class. The Bruins lost only eight scholarship seniors and two other players to medical issues, so they signed just 10 players, matching the lowest number in the nation and the least for a team from a BCS conference. “This class is going to (have) the quality playmakers that are going to be differences in our program in the future,” Dorrell said. “This class has been our best class so far, since I’ve been here. It’s about quality.” The group is led by Crenshaw High School defensive tackle Brian Price and tailback Raymond Carter, both of whom should play significant roles in the upcoming season. UCLA’s class was ranked 38th by Rivals.com, but the average of 3.60 stars per player ranked eighth nationally, despite the unexpected defection of Loyola safety Chris Conte. “I’m a little bit confused with how they do the rankings,” Dorrell said. “It’s hard for us to be a highly-ranked recruiting class because our numbers were so small. But if you go by terms of quality that is in the class, I would say it’s probably Top 10, or inside the Top 10.” Rick Kimbrel, who runs bruinblitz.com on the Rivals.com network, said several factors determine the rankings. “It is the quality of the player and depth of the class,” Kimbrel said. “I guess you could say, the more, the merrier.” The loss of Conte was big. He originally gave an oral commitment to California but changed his mind last month and switched to UCLA. Dorrell said he and his staff learned Wednesday that Conte changed his mind again and signed with Cal. “It was a very hard choice for him and a hard decision,” said Conte’s mom, Anne. “He maturely looked at a lot of things, not just football. I think there were a lot of intangible things he considered. He struggled and struggled and struggled with it. It’s been a pretty emotional day for him.” Conte did not return a message left on his cell phone. “Those things happens,” Dorrell said. “It’s common. It happens a lot. We got exactly the number we were targeting to get. We’re in pretty good shape the way things ended up.” It was previously reported safety Robert Kibble (multiple sclerosis) would take a medical scholarship and end his football career, and Dorrell said offensive lineman Chris Johnson (shoulder) is doing the same thing. The signees who may make an immediate impact include Price, Carter, defensive back Courtney Viney (Edison of Fresno), linebacker Steve Sloan (Archbishop Mitty of San Jose) and linebacker/defensive end Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei), safety Glenn Love (Hamilton of Chandler, Ariz.) and tight end Nate Chandler (Mira Mesa of San Diego) [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s recruiting class barely registers on the national radar, but that did not dampen the spirits of Bruins football coach Karl Dorrell. Not when, top to bottom, he signed arguably his best of five classes on Wednesday’s national letter of intent day. last_img read more

first_imgThe umpires called the game just as Matt Olson was digging into the batter’s box to face … A weather joke was in order after the A’s began the Cactus League season battling the elements on a cold and rainy day in the desert.After all the anticipation, this one didn’t last long. MESA, Ariz. — Manager Bob Melvin looked each reporter in the eye and grinned Thursday while leaning back on his leather chair inside his Hohokam Stadium office.“Well, we have our feet wet now,” he said.last_img