Water levels in Kwakwani fluctuating – CDC

first_imgEven as residents are desperately praying to see soil again, reports are that the water levels in the community of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) have been fluctuating, causing some persons to lose hope.This is according to the acting Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, who told Guyana Times that the water level had seemingly begun to recede, but he has received reports of the water level returning to its initial height of approximately nine feet.He explained that the abundant rainfall the community has been experiencing isAn aerial view of the extent of the flood in Kwakwani, Upper Berbice Riverlikely responsible for this phenomenon, and another batch of food supplies has been sent to the community, which is very much in need of same.Colonel Craig said food supplies have been distributed to the villagers by volunteers who can traverse the village only by boat.Several food hampers supplied by the CDC were distributed on Wednesday, for the first time since severe flooding besieged the community.Over 300 households remain affected by the disastrous situation, and although the residents have adopted adaptive measures, most homes are completely flooded, and occupants have been forced to move to higher ground.On Sunday morning, some residents also received utensils, medical supplies, and supplies of cleaning agents from the CDC. These include soap powder, bleach, soap, long boots and other cleaning agents.Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, a resident of Kwakwani, has expressed the residents’ appreciation for the CDC’s effort in promptly responding to their call for help.“I am pleased they were very prompt. I am very pleased that they have come on board to assess the situation and to also provide help, just two days after,” Adolph said.Adolph said one of the challenges facing the residents in the present situation is transportation. He said high fees are being charged, especially by canoe operators plying the flooded routes, to transport residents who live on the outskirts of Kwakwani into the central location for shopping and other business-related purposes.Regional Vice Chairman Adolph is calling on the relevant officials to consider raising the level of the main access road, so that when flooding occurs in the future, transportation would not be affected.Residents have even made a call for the Government to consider commencing irrigation works in the area as soon as the water recedes, to prevent the situation from recurring.Flooding in Kwakwani commenced in April and intensified over the months because of heavy rainfall coupled with overtopping of the Berbice River. Persons living on Lamp Island and the Waterfront are the most severely affected.The water rose to as high as eight feet in some areas, but reportedly is receding slowly. Residents are currently forced to utilise boats as their main mode of transportation, since the roads are inundated.last_img read more

Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

first_imgThe international channel does not have the television rights to show World Cup matches but says it will provide “live text commentary” and reports.The Manchester United boss appeared in a jaunty video accompanying the announcement in which he pretends to coach an RT crew about how to cover the World Cup.“Guys, I know you are nervous. This is a huge tournament and a huge amount of pressure,” Mourinho said to the stunned-looking RT journalists in the whimsical clip.“We will show the world a great game — the greatest game.”Mourinho added in a statement that he was “very happy to join the team at RT” and share his insights into the five weeks of matches that kick off in Moscow on June 14.The signing is set to give RT a ratings boost at a difficult time for the Kremlin-backed project that was launched in 2005 and originally called Russia Today.RT has been dropped by a number of American TV providers after being wrapped up in the controversy surrounding the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.It was forced to register as a “foreign agent” by the US Justice Department in November for being part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” — a charge RT denies.Russia forced nine smaller US media outlets to register as “foreign agents” in retaliation.RT has several foreign language services besides English and is particularly active on YouTube.It is also trying to expand further into Europe and in December launched a Paris-based French-language channel.That decision came despite French President Emmanuel Macron labelling RT a spreader of “deceitful propaganda” in May 2017.RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan welcomed Mourinho into the fold.“We continue to put together the RT dream team. Now we have a coach,” she said.The channel already has two former Premier League players as presenters: ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore.RT has a history of hiring high-profile but controversial presenters.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conducted his own show from inside Ecuador’s London embassy in which he has been cooped up since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault claims.RT currently airs programmes hosted by former British MP George Galloway and one-time Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed up to present World Cup coverage for the Kremlin-funded RT channel © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMoscow, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience.last_img read more