Bibi Shaheada Thakur’s $20 million lumber yard at Lot 40 Alliance, Canal # 2 Polder, West Bank Demerara was on Saturday evening set ablaze, allegedly by her ex-husband Ramesh Thakur; and all that remains now are ashes.The 39-year-old separated from the suspect about a year ago, and a matter concerning division of property has been filed in the High Court.The victim has said she was at home on Saturday when, at about 22:00h, she heard a knock on the window; and as she looked outside, she saw the suspect using a knife to destroy her car, PXX 509.Soon after that incident, he jumped into his Canter and allegedly drove to the lumber yard and set it on fire.The victim summoned the Guyana Fire Service upon realising that the business was engulfed in flames, but by the time they arrived on scene, sections of the lumber yard had already been destroyed.The suspect was arrested, and is expected to be charged shortly.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The ruffed grouse is one of the most prized game birds in North America and the hills of Ohio are part of its southernmost habitat range. An elusive and difficult bird to hunt due to its flighty craftiness and habitation in dense undergrowth that reduces hunter visibility and accessibility, the ruffed grouse is a real trophy for hunters in the Buckeye state. But its numbers in Ohio are drastically declining,A brown/gray-brown bird with a fan-shaped black banded tail and barred flanks, the grouse physically resembles a chicken, but the comparisons stop there. This beautiful, wary bird that prefers and needs thick, impenetrable cover — such as clear cutting regrowth — to survive, is a constantly alert master of its domain that is a revered symbol of the American forest.American author and avid bird hunter Robert DeMott, of Athens, has stalked the hills of southeastern Ohio in pursuit of grouse for nearly five decades and has harvested hundreds of the species over his hunting career. Beyond a long list of academic publications and titles, DeMott has written prolifically about bird hunting and bird dogs over the years. He edited and contributed to the book, “Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs,” and frequently writes for upland hunting magazines such as “Gray’s Sporting Journal,” “Upland Almanac,” and “The Contemporary Wingshooter.” His writings demonstrate the author to possess a reflective, intellectual pursuit of all things wild and winged and a keen, perceptive attention to his environment, his dogs, and his quarry.In a recent discussion, DeMott shared his views on the pursuit of Ohio’s ruffed grouse and the bird’s status in the state. He said that he enjoys hunting this bird because of the challenge and difficulty that they present to even the best wingshooters.Preferring to hunt grouse accompanied by his beloved English Setters, DeMott said, “The grouse is not considered the number one game bird for nothing. Killing a grouse requires patience and determination and stamina. The success rate on grouse is extremely low. They are wily and always have some trick up their sleeves to fool the hunter or the dog. The flush is always explosive; it really gets your blood going.”This sentiment is echoed in DeMott’s article, “Early Birds,” when he writes about his appreciation of “the physical immediacy of the upland moment, with its intense points, flushes, shots.”Another aspect of grouse hunting which appeals to DeMott is the physically demanding nature of the chase.“Part of the challenge and value of the hunt is that it is very strenuous, especially down here in southern Ohio, where you will walk miles in pretty rugged terrain and on steep side hills that can twist your ankles and make for a hard hike. There were times that I’d get to a dog on point and be almost too tired to lift the gun! Because we live in such a hilly part of the state, it is better if the bird dog hunts close; if it doesn’t, you have to do a lot of trekking to get to a dog on point,” he said. “Back in the day when the grouse numbers were high, it was worth it because there was a promise of action, and with my best dogs for a couple of years, I never had a grouse flush wild. We would get into the woods at 10 and quit by three or four, and that was a pretty full day. The dogs would get a little tired and lose their edge after that.”As anyone who has hunted alongside trusted canine hunting companions for years can attest, the truest joy of upland game hunting comes from observing one’s dog in the field, doing what is in its instinctive nature and breeding to do. DeMott concurs.In “These Among Many: A Gallery of Good Fortune,” DeMott writes that “A day afield with bird dogs, even when they are acting badly and not themselves and even when birds are scarce, is still preferable to most other kinds of recreation I can name.”When interviewed, DeMott expanded on this.“The older you get, the less interested you are in bagging birds. I just enjoy watching the dogs work cover, watching them go through their moves,” he said. “They are tremendous athletes. It’s all about watching and appreciating the dog’s athletic ability, its intelligence, and its gracefulness. That is more important to me than killing birds, especially given the fact that the numbers of grouse in Ohio are so low.”Though there are pockets of grouse still to be chased in Ohio, their numbers are dwindling, which makes for some tough hunting with little to show for it these days.“I started hunting southeastern Ohio for grouse the first year I moved to Athens in 1969. I kept at it through the ‘90s. The 1970s and 1980s was the heyday for us. The height of the grouse population was in 1983 or 1984, and then it gradually subsided after that. In the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, it was possible to find birds, but probably in the last eight or nine years, hunting for grouse has become quite fruitless around Athens, Meigs, Vinton, and Morgan counties where I hunt. People still harvest a few over the year, but it is no longer regular,” DeMott said.As DeMott notes in an essay about some of his favorite bird dogs entitled “Four Queens,” “According to the 2009 Ohio DNR survey, the range-wide flush rate for ruffed grouse in Ohio is 0.38 per hour, which is to say that something close to three hours of hunting are needed to flush the equivalent of one whole grouse. To put it another way, thirty-three hours of hunting are required for each bird bagged.”“Southeastern Ohio never had the grouse numbers as the northern tier states, but it was ample,” DeMott said. “ I always prided myself on that fact that I didn’t have to go up to Wisconsin or Michigan to grouse hunt like a lot of guys did, because I could find grouse around home. However, since 2009, I have had to take trips north to really get into birds. It is disappointing that with all of the open territory we have down here, there is not as much habitat for grouse as there once was.”DeMott said that without the fall woodcock season, when good numbers of resident and migrating timber doodles can still be found, there would be little very little game bird life in his neck of the woods for his dogs to work.“The woodcock have really taken up the slack for the dogs. Looking back through my hunting diaries, there are so many entries where I was recording flushes and harvests of both grouse and woodcock during woodcock season. Now, I am only encountering woodcock. You don’t see them mixed together as we once did, which always made for a really fine upland trip,” he said.There is far less clear cutting being done in the Appalachian foothills around Athens and that means a lot more mature forests, which is a habitat in which grouse do not thrive.Anecdotally, DeMott also thinks that the increase in wild turkeys throughout the state may contribute to the decline. Turkeys may scratch up grouse nests and maybe eat some of the same foods that grouse feed upon. Certainly, the rebound of turkeys seems to coincide with the diminishment of grouse numbers. The “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds” points out that “many areas forests are maturing, eliminating the undergrowth this species needs; where this is happening, reintroduced Wild Turkeys are increasing and grouse are decreasing.”About the future of grouse hunting in Ohio, DeMott is not optimistic. Grouse numbers are down due to habitat loss and not hunting pressure. The grouse season has been shortened by one month in the state due to the population decline and the birds continue to be few and far between.“The days are gone when we could follow multiple grouse tracks through newly fallen snow in early December or hunt some mild days in February and get into some birds. The decline in birds sure has been precipitous, and there doesn’t seem to be any rebounding,” DeMott said.Nonetheless, he holds out hope that despite the loss of habitat and disappearance of large numbers of ruffed grouse in the state, there will remain some vestiges of this regal and charming bird into future, as it adds diversity, beauty, and wonder to southern Ohio’s natural ecosystems.As DeMott tells his readership in one memoir, “Truth to tell, I can live without bringing another Buckeye state grouse to hand, but not without believing there is another bird for the dogs to find and point.”
A lot of people complain about being bored at work. They suggest the reason they’re bored is the nature of the work. That is to place the responsibility for your level of engagement on something external, instead of recognizing that it is internal. How you feel about your work is a decision. The difference between work being boring and work that engages you—or even inspires you—is your willingness to bring your best self to that work.If you decide to make any project or task a passion project, giving yourself over that work, that work will not be boring. By the very nature of the energy you bring the work, it simply cannot be boring. Your effort, your energy, and your imagination are the variables when it comes to the quality of the work—and whether or not you are bored.The fact that you infuse the project with your talents and energies magically transforms something that might have been boring into something spectacular. Or maybe even better than spectacular, maybe something exceptional. It could set a new bar for what good looks like.The more challenging the project, the more interesting it becomes. If a project causes you to stretch and grow to obtain some outcome, it cannot be boring. This is true even if what you’re doing is not your favorite thing to do. The truth of the matter is much more in line with what Martin Luther King said:“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”The Buddhists would agree with Dr. King but say it in a different way. They would tell you that how you do anything is how you do everything.If the work is not challenging, then change the outcome to set a new standard that others will struggle to follow. Raise the bar on yourself and do work that is extraordinary. If you are bored, challenge yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
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Caen 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: Stalemate closes Emery tenure as Caen survive Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:53 5/20/18 Getty Images An experimental PSG line-up featuring Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku played out a 0-0 draw that ensured Caen’s Ligue 1 survival. Paris Saint-Germain closed their title-winning campaign and the Unai Emery era with a 0-0 draw at Caen that preserved their hosts’ Ligue 1 status.Emery makes way for Thomas Tuchel with a domestic treble to his name but there were few of the thrills his team have provided throughout the season after he named an experimental line-up.Timothy Weah, son for former PSG and AC Milan star and current Liberian president George, was handed a first Ligue 1 start and turned in a lively performance, although a lack of fluency in an unfamiliar PSG attack hindered the 18-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Caen enjoyed a smattering of chances – most notably for Romain Genevois and Ivan Santini late in the first half and Ronny Rodelin inside the final 10 minutes – but generally demonstrated why they have been the most shot shy team in Ligue 1 this season, with only 27 goals.Patrice Garande’s team will at least get the chance to improve that return next time around, with the point good enough to condemn Toulouse to the relegation play-off despite a 2-1 win over Guingamp.We are witnessing Thiago Motta’s final match with PSG tonight #SMCPSG #GRAZIETHIAGO pic.twitter.com/rAx3Oefwpi— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 19, 2018Javier Pastore should have converted Weah’s cutback in the fourth minute following a poor clearance from Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba.Caen almost took a fluke lead when an over-hit cross from left-back Adama Mbengue hit the top of the crossbar.In the 13th minute, Christopher Nkunku should have given PSG the lead but fired Thomas Meunier’s cross too close to Samba.PSG’s experimental line-up resulted in an open game, with home forward Santini smashing a loose ball in the box wide before veteran holding midfielder Thiago Motta – named captain on his farewell appearance for the champions – forced Samba into action with a low drive.Alphonse Areola saved a powerfully struck effort from Caen right-back Genevois in the 43rd minute and was out quickly to deny Santini on the stroke of half-time.An uneventful start to the second half suited Caen in terms of their survival requirements, although Toulouse surging into a 2-0 lead increased the pressure on Garande’s side.Rodelin’s ambitious and wayward long-ranger suggested news might have reached the pitch, although PSG were doing little to threaten.Motta powered a header wide as he sought to make a forgettable game one to remember personally in the 71st minute.Rodelin showed fine technique to swivel and fire goalwards, but Areola – called up to France’s World Cup squad this week – dealt with the shot in unfussy fashion to preserve his 17th clean sheet of the Ligue 1 season. read more
Arsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will go up against controversial anti-pipeline activist Tzeporah Berman in duelling speeches next month.Notley says she needs to go, in her words, “to counter misinformation and ensure that the whole story is told.”Notley and Berman will not go head to head but will speak at different times on Oct. 13 at an Alberta Teachers’ Association convention near Edmonton.Berman has been an outspoken critic of the oilsands and the oil and gas sector, and became a political lightning rod after joining a provincial oilsands advisory group early in Notley’s mandate.Berman has not been on that committee for over a year, but the opposition United Conservatives continue to remind Albertans of her involvement and the symbolism of anti-energy activists helping steer government policy.Notley, heading into an election next spring, dismissed suggestions that the speeches have a political dimension, and says she doesn’t view Berman as a political albatross that her NDP must find a way to shrug off.
German systems integrator S4M – Solutions for Media is to change its name to Arvato Systems S4M within the next few weeks. Arvato Systems, a subsidiary of arvato AG and a provider of professional IT services, has held an 80% stake in S4M shares since 2006.“Together with all arvato Systems entities our aim now is to be even better prepared to meet the challenges of the future. This includes both improving our market position and boosting our profile by promoting a uniform market presence,” said Manfred Heinen, managing director of S4M. “Under the corporate arvato Systems brand we are able to even better bundle our competencies and support our customers.”
Russian satellite reception equipment provider General Satellite is to invest in a new pay TV platform for Pakistan. According to General Satellite, the new platform will be targeted at a wealthy segment of the population, with the aim of attracting one million subscribers by 2020.According to Russian reports, the platform will likely be created via a joint venture with a local partner with an existing satellite licence, given that the Pakistan government has said it will not issue new licences.Kaliningrad-based General Satellite, which provides the technology platform for Russia’s leading DTH provider Tricolor TV, joined the board of the Russian Business Council for Cooperation with Pakistan at the end of December, and the company’s director of foreign broadcasting projects, Sergey Dolgopolsky, became that organisation’s vice-president.In July last year, General Satellite announced the first of what it then said was a series of planned international pay TV ventures in Cambodia, in partnership with Cambodia’s Royal Group. Dolgopolsky said at the time that the company planned to launch a number of broadcasting ventures in territories including Pakistan, Bangladesh, other Asian countries, the CIS and English-speaking Africa.