NDIA, West Berbice to upgrade drainage system

first_imgWork on the office to house the  National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA)  at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) which began last year, has been completed.The NDIA office, which is situated alongside the Headquarters of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), will seek to upgrade the drainage system and make better provisions for drought in the Region.The soon-to-be commissioned Region Five office of the NDIAActing NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Hicks said recently, “The NDIA knows that farmers anywhere, who have a 50 per cent fear of losing their crops or livestock to floods or drought, will not bother to farm. So the NDIA in Region Five, in particular, will work and support the agencies in doing whatever is necessary to boost farmers’ confidence in the D&I system and have them feel encouraged to  cultivate  and even expand their production of crops and livestock within the Region.”According to Hicks, all that is required to get the office up and running is the installation of connections for electricity to the building.The office will be manned by a senior engineer of the NDIA assisted by ancillary staff and he will support the MMA/ADA; the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the Region to implement and monitor projects aimed at increasing the discharge capacity of rain-flood waters and the provision of irrigation for agricultural purposes during El Niño (drought) weather conditions.NDIA projects for 2018Among the projects the Region Five NDIA office will spearhead and support in 2018 are the upgrading of resuscitated sea sluices along the West Berbice Coast; the establishment of additional sluices and the provision of another electrical pump for drainage of West Berbice at Trafalgar. The NDIA will also look to increase the hydraulic efficiency of the tertiary and secondary drainage systems in Region Five with the provision of nine excavators. These machines will be at the disposal of the Regional Administration for routine remedial and emergency works along the Region Five coast.The NDIA’s office will also seek to boost the efficiency of drainage in the riverine areas. Projects to be undertaken in this area this year will include extending the polder behind  Pine Ground to Gordon Table along the right bank of the Mahaicony River to protect cultivation plots from water coming in from the backlands; and installing a dual purpose pump at Mora Point, Mahaicony River, to provide either drainage or irrigation when necessary. The pump is to be acquired from India. Other projects include infrastructural upgrades for replenishment of the Abary Conservancy with water from the Berbice River and the drawing down of water from the upper reaches of the Mahaica River at Kuliserabo to supply the Perth/Biaboo Main Canal for the benefit of low-risk rice production aback Mahaicony.The NDIA will also fund the replacement of tail regulators for all the high-level irrigation canals within the MMA/ADA project area in West Berbice. This is to ensure better management of irrigation water supplies and less stress on the drainage system from free-flowing water into canals without tail gates.Hicks said the NDIA was assisting the MMA/ADA since that agency did not have the financial resources at the moment.last_img read more

Police link theft, vandalism clues to rape suspect

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – Richard Ruelas allegedly almost got away with rape, but police said his fondness for graffiti and ladies’ fashion magazines landed him in jail. San Fernando police arrested the 22-year-old Sunday evening after a bizarre string of weekend crimes. He confessed to all the charges within an hour, police said. “His past history has been nonviolent – drunk driving on a bicycle, vandalism, some marijuana when he was younger,” Detective Anthony Vairo said. “Unfortunately, he graduated to the big leagues in a big way.” Around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man who’d been talking to a friend who was on her way home from a party. She suddenly screamed and the line went dead. The caller, then the police dispatcher, tried reaching the woman, to no avail. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter police tracked her down at home several hours later, she reported a man had attacked her near Celis Street and San Fernando Road. He dragged her into some bushes and raped her, she told police. Major crimes rarely occur in this 2.4-square-mile town, and rape is one of the least common. SFPD has logged just two this year. As officers investigated the scene, they discovered copies of Cosmo Girl and other magazines scattered not far away. At the same time, dispatchers received a call of a burglary at a newsstand at 1240 Truman St., where the owner reported vandalism and the theft of several women’s glossies. At the bank next to the newsstand, someone had etched the name “Nobek” onto a bank window – a moniker used by Ruelas in a previous tagging arrest, police said. Officers recalled the name, pulled his mug shot and presented it to the victim. She identified him as the rapist, and detectives scrambled to get a warrant. Officers swarmed Ruelas’ home at 6 p.m. Sunday. “As officers were making their way in the front door, he was trying to make his way out the back,” said Sgt. Nichole Hanchett, who linked Ruelas to the earlier vandalism arrest. “My lieutenant stopped him at gunpoint, I hopped a couple fences and put the handcuffs on him. Walking him down the street to the car was quite gratifying.” Within an hour, Vairo and Detective Al Martinez were grilling Ruelas, who eventually broke down in tears. Vairo said he admitted everything. He faces charges of rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary and vandalism. “For sexual assault victims, the trauma keeps playing out far from the scene,” Hanchett said. “If the suspect’s not arrested, they’re going to wonder for the rest of their lives, `Is that him? Is that him?’ Now, she knows he’s going to get punished.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FHFA Announces New Leadership

first_img April 26, 2019 672 Views The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Friday that Sheila M. Greenwood was named Director of External Relations, effective April 29, 2019. Greenwood will oversee the Office of Congressional Affairs and Communications, including stakeholder outreach.Greenwood brings many years of housing, financial services and government experience to the Agency.  Her prior experience includes two posts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, serving as Secretary Dr. Ben Carson’s first Chief of Staff in 2017 and as the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in a previous administration. Prior to her arrival at FHFA, Greenwood was a Policy Associate Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.“I am pleased that Sheila will be joining me at FHFA.  Her management and housing experience are uniquely suited to the mission of FHFA,” FHFA Director Mark Calabria said. The FHFA regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $6.3 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions. in Headlines, News FHFA Announces New Leadershipcenter_img FHFA HUD new hire 2019-04-26 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more