New policies will drive away investors – Private Sector

first_imgForeign exchange fiascoThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has condemned the new regulations announced by the Government to stabilise the foreign exchange markets. According to the Commission, the new policies announced will only drive investors away.According to the PSC, which made a statement on Friday, stricter regulations and closer monitoring of the exchange market are policies which affect the free flow ofPSC Chairman Edward Boyermoney and do not bode well for an already slow economy.It expressed consternation at Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s pronouncement on Thursday at a post-Cabinet press briefing.“The Private Sector Commission strongly condemns this move by the Government which would have the certain effect of accelerating the capital flight, which has already begun with the erosion of confidence in the economy.”The Commission warned that the stated intentions of Government to introduce restrictions will specifically affect the repatriation of earnings of foreign companies operating in Guyana.“Foreign direct investment in the economy has already slowed and a policy which prevents the repatriation of the earnings of these companies has the potential to move the influx of investment from a trickle to a halt.”The PSC stated that it wishes to remind Government that the country has gone down this path before with disastrous consequences to the economy. “The Guyana economy can ill afford the certain deleterious effects of history repeating itself.”Recently, there have been reports of a shortage of foreign currency in the system. Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Bank of Guyana Governor, Gobind Ganga, have consistently denied this.It was at the opening of Citizens Bank on January 20 that Jordan had announced that on the supply side, some exporters have been withholding sales of foreign currency to the system.This, he had stated, was possibly with the hope of provoking a depreciation of the domestic currency in order to maximise their Guyana-dollar profits.“Aggravating this untenable situation is the action of some net foreign exchange earners, who are demanding foreign currency from the market, while hoarding their foreign currency holdings.Some companies are even purchasing foreign exchange to facilitate trade for their counterparts outside of Guyana, while a few exporters and importers are conducting foreign exchange transactions bilaterally, outside of the foreign exchange market,” the Finance Minister stated.According to Jordan, the gap between the buying and selling rates for foreign currency, especially in bigger banks, had led to some level of disintermediation.“These banks act as the pacesetters in the pricing of foreign currency and interest rates. They have great influence in creating uneven competition for smaller banks. These developments have artificially stressed the foreign exchange market,” he said,Jordan had then issued an ominous warning. He stated that if the Government’s entreaties to those involved did not work, then action would be taken against the guilty parties.New measuresAt the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Harmon projected the Government’s will when he announced upcoming measures aimed at ensuring that exporters repatriate their export earnings.“The Bank of Guyana is therefore expected to issue a number of guidelines with regards to the new regulations and monitoring,” he said.Harmon added that these will include ensuring that exporters repatriate their export earnings at the banking system as is required and conducting close monitoring and examination of bank and non-bank cambios to maintain orderly market behaviour and stability.According to the Minister of State, measures were also taken to ensure that all foreign loans and grants issued are disbursed on time, so as to increase the flow of foreign currency in the country.Meanwhile, addressing reports of commercial banks syphoning foreign exchange to selective clients, Harmon posited that these new guidelines are aimed at preventing such practices. He noted that previously, Central Bank could not have stopped this practice because of the quality of oversight it had then; however, he noted that this situation will soon be reversed.last_img read more

Elegant Georgian House on the market in Carrigans for €995,000

first_imgAn elegant Georgian House on approximately 3.88 Ha (9.58 Acres) of private parkland with stunning Lough Foyle views is on the market for €995,000. The property also comes customed with a private lake, walled garden, lawns, converted outbuildings, barn house and a hard tennis court. Situated in the peaceful spot of Carrigans, the property is incredibly convenient to Derry City, just 6km away with City of Derry Airport only a 20-minute drive. Letterkenny is also nearby and within a 20-minute drive of Prospect House.Prospect House originally formed part of the Dunmore Estate and was built as a Dower House for the McClintock Family in the early 1800s.It was later home to Francis Heron, a Ramelton native, who emigrated to Canada and became a proprietor of the Hudson Bay Company.The village of Carrigans was a plantation town when the Scottish Stewart s and Cunninghams settled in Carrigans after the Flight of the Earls in 1607.Rich in history, Carrigans is well known for large estates and good quality agricultural land. Elegant Georgian House on the market in Carrigans for €995,000 was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest                                                                                                   Presented by AgXploreFollow Day 2 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourFollow Day 3 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourFollow Day 4 coverage of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourHere are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Ohio.Corn –164.62 bushels to the acre. Soybeans – 1107.01 pods in 3X3 foot square. 3:35 p.m.It is a race against a storm system heading toward us from the west. Just 2 more samples before we can call it a day. Pretty nice crops here. Plant health for the corn and soybeans were above average. Not the best corn stand, but big ears coming out of this field. Our yield calc is 165. Soybeans were very tall and very podded. This was the most we stood and counted soybeans at any stop throughout the day but 30 inch rows knocked our number down. Total number of pods in a 3 x 3 foot square here is 623.Madison County, IndianaMadison County, IndianaMadison County, IndianaMadison County, Indiana3:07 p.m.We took samples in Grant County, Indiana and this corn field wasn’t much to write home about. Ear count wasn’t especially high and the crop health looked average at best. Ear size was just okay as well here. Our yield guess is 156. Soybeans had a large drown out spot but we try to get to a part of the field that was representative of the entire plot. Plant counts were decent here on 15 inch rows and our pod count in the 3 foot square totaled 1175.Grant County, IndianaGrant County, IndianaGrant County, Indiana2:40 p.m.It looks as through this area of Indiana in the Blackford County area hasn’t had the rains it needed during the middle part of the growing season. If you look really closely you can see one of our scouts about 10 rows in this field. Our yield estimate here was the lowest so far at 97. The soybeans were in 18 inch rows and were lightly podded here. The fields here have been clean all day and I just saw my first grasshopper of the day. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count was 773.Blackford County, IndianaBlackford County, IndianaBlackford County, Indiana2:08 p.m.The sky is starting to look eerie as the eclipse is about 1/3 over the Sun. We made another stop in Wells County, Indiana just to get another look at the sky and some corn and soybeans around here. The corn population came up well short for this farmer and the yield was pegged at 167 bushels per acre. The overall pod count in a 3 by 3 foot square was 940 here and it was a scenario where they looked better than they actually were here.Wells County, Indiana1:41 p.m.Into Wells County, Indiana now and scouting at 55 mph down Rt 1 things do not look too good here from the road. The soybeans we found were on 30 inch rows but the plant count and pod count weren’t all that great. We found more issues in the corn here as one ear felt a little lighter than the other two, but this field looked healthier than the view from the windshield a few miles back. Peeled back the husk to find some diplodia. Other than that, very little disease pressure here and our yield calc is a solid 201 and our pods in a 3 foot square was 568, below average for our route today.Wells Country, IndianaWells Country, Indiana12:55 p.m.With a Brazilian and a Frenchman in the vehicle we wanted to show them what an American lunch is all about, so we hit a McDonald’s inside of a Love’s gas station. Anyhow, back to the crop tour. Found a different looking ear in this sample. Saw some “barbell ears” here, which according to my team of helpful agronomists, could be the result of cold shock at different stages of development. Overall, this corn was not healthy. This part of Indiana (Allen County) is extremely dry right now and the beans are starting to crisp up like many of the yards around here are doing as well. Our corn yield estimate is 105 bushels per acre and our 3 x 3 square foot pod count was 1163.Allen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaAllen County, IndianaOur Ohio averages for my route was 171.5 bu/a for corn and 1013 pods in a 3 x 3 ft square.11:52 a.m.Our last stop in Ohio was in Paulding County and we saw a unique corn field here with 38 inch rows. I know, we thought we were crazy too, but we met the farmer here who confirmed that he is still old school. That and a high ear count didn’t do this field too many favors as the tip back really set this yield back. Our number here is 122. Soybeans were back to respectively good pod counts at 1135 pods per 3 x 3 foot square.Paulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, Ohio10:50 a.m.Paulding County crops are struggling along our route. Most bean fields will trip you up this time of year, but walking through the rows here were quite easy. Our sample wasn’t in the wet spot you see pictured, but there were plenty of these to be seen from the road along 127. This was our worst stop for corn at 137 bushels per acre and soybeans were nothing special either with 778 pods in a 3 foot square.Paulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, OhioPaulding County, Ohio9:49 a.m.Van Wert County, Ohio is our next stop and these fields both have a long way to go. These were the youngest soybeans I have seen over the past 2 weeks and it didn’t take too much time to count these pods. There is still a ton of flowering so potential is here, if weather cooperates. The corn was planted later as well but the stand was solid and ears were nicely filled. Our yield calc here is at 196 for the corn and the soybeans only clocked 201 pods in a 3 foot square. Both of these fields need a drink.Van Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, OhioVan Wert County, Ohio9:22 a.m.After being on the Ohio Crop Tour last week, what we saw here did not surprise me as much as it did the other scouts. Corn just in the blister stage. Not sure if this is a replant or just a late plant but it has quite a ways to go. Wide cracks in the dirt show a desperate need for some rain. Lesions on the leaves and firing on the stalk found here too. Our yield guess (which will be like throwing darts for a field like this) is 147. Soybeans were planted before the corn here and things look nice. Saw a Japanese Beetle or two, but nothing of significance. We had a pod count of 1237 in a 3 x 3 square.Allen County, OhioAllen County, Ohio8:45 a.m.In Hardin County, Ohio now and the corn looks short. Population was very high and the ears showed that a little bit. This was a sandier soil and it was dry. This field was very far along compared to what we saw earlier, with about 1/2 milk line. Our yield evaluation here is 171 bushels per acre with two ears 12 around. Soybeans were coming along nicely here and pods were plump and full. We had a 1230 pod count in a 3 by 3 square.Hardin County, OhioHardin County, OhioHardin County, OhioHardin County, Ohio8:09 a.m.We are in Logan County, Ohio now and after being behind a school bus for a while on the first day of school in this area (lots of pictures and such) it is nice to get back on 33 and make up some time. We are guessing this is a non-GMO field because we weren’t the only ones in this field as we found some worms in multiple ears. Our yield number for this corn was 191. Weeds were prevalent in this soybean field but pod counts were high. The ground had some more moisture here and the plants were a little easier to pull. Our pod count by a 3 x 3 square is 1238.Logan County, OhioLogan County, OhioLogan County, OhioLogan County, Ohio7:42 a.m.Just 15 miles up the road this corn was no where nearly as far a long as it was not even close to dent. Saw some tip back here already as well The population was high, but ears were small. Our yield guess is still solid here at 187. Soybeans were planted in 7.5 inch rows and pod count was pretty good. They could use a rain here and may get one today or tomorrow. Pods in a 3 foot square was 1510.Union County, OhioUnion County, Ohio7:00 a.m.My driver today is Indiana farmer Steve Fellure. I have been in his truck a few times now over the years and it is always an enjoyable trip. Our route will take us up to Lima and across to Ft. Wayne and back down to our final destination of the day, just north of Indianapolis. Our other scouts are from Brazil and France. Every year there is a very eclectic list of foreign guests hoping to figure out just what type of crop the U.S has every year. Our first stop of the tour was in Union County, Ohio. I sampled the soybeans along with the Frenchman and he was surprised that our pod count was so long for how great these beans looked from the road. The pods were just not there. Our count in a 3 x 3 foot square was 790. Corn here was really nice and our first field yield calculation was 201.Union Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, Ohiolast_img read more

Announcing the February Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_img SharePrint RelatedFebruary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsApril 10, 2012In “Community” Many people know February’s Featured Geocacher of the Month for his ability to entertain as a Comedy Magician. To Vancouver geocachers, as well as many other geocachers, magicman65 is recognized for his ability to engage the geocaching community with creativity, commitment, involvement, stewardship, and encouragement.Congratulations to magicman65 for pulling in a magical 65 votes to be nominated as the February Featured Geocacher of the Month. We greatly appreciate your positive contribution to the geocaching community.February Featured Geocacher of the Month, magicman65Magicman65 is the Vice President of the BC Geocaching Association as well as an active member of the Mid Island Geocaching Association and the Vancouver Island Geocaching Association. In addition, Magicman65 teaches geocaching and hides many creative caches.According to one geocacher, “magicman65 sets an example to other cachers- he carries a knapsack with him filled with logbooks, plastic baggies, and swag.  When he comes across a cache that needs maintenance, he will fix it right there on the spot and then he will send a private message to the cache owner informing him/her that the cache is fixed, saving others a trip.”Magicman65 will receive a collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. Those nominees not chosen as the featured Geocacher of the Month receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here. The geocaching community is encouraged to renominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the March featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by April 1oth.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

New country souvenir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Geocache of the Week: Top of Bosnia and Herzegovina

first_imgThe border around Bosnia and Herzegovina is shaped like a heart, so it’s only natural that we show some love by announcing it as our newest Country/Regional souvenir!  SharePrint RelatedStari Most GC28FXB – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 9, 2012July 9, 2012In “Community”New country souvenir, Costa Rica, with Geocache of the Week: Rainbow Valley CacheMay 15, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”I FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for SloveniaNovember 16, 2015In “Community” Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina N 43° 16.870′ E 018° 43.980′ Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. A moderate hike to a beautiful overview of the entire country and a classic cache container to log and share your visit with those who will follow. Sarajevo is a growing destination for world travellers and listed as one of the best cities to visit world-wide. If you’re not a thrill seeker or hiker, Sarajevo is more your speed. Sink your teeth into some traditional ćevapi (the Balkan equivalent to a cheeseburger) or burek (a pastry filled with meat) to fuel your geocaching adventure. Like most seasoned athletes, it’s important to fuel up so you have the energy to check out these two caches at the ruinous 1984 Winter Olympics site: We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here. What’s a better way to see the country than from at the top of it? Climbing mountains is good for keeping things in perspective, both in realizing how small of a world we live in and reflecting on the landscape in front of us. Bosnia and Herzegovina is blossoming with nature. Tumbling mountain ranges, hidden away castles, and ever-expansive forests draw in tourists from all over the world. Roughly 40% of the country is covered in pine, beech, and oak trees, teeming with wildlife. These forests aren’t the only tree-covered ecosystem in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it remains the only country in Europe to have a jungle. It’s called Perućica Rainforest, and some of the trees are over 300 years old. Malo Polje Igman Olympic Jumps: GC4K5A8 Traditional GC58W8A by raumangst Far outside of the capital city at an elevation of about 7,828 ft (2,386 m) is our Geocache of the Week: Top of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maglić is the tallest mountain in the country. The hike to the summit is roughly 3 miles (4.7 km). Along the trail you can see herds of sheep chewing away at the long brown grass, rock faces peeping out between the patches of it, and a deep blue heart-shaped lake can be seen once you’re at elevation. At the top there’s a flag and below it is the cache.  [Lost place] Olympic bobsleigh track Sarajevo: GC7VD5R Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty: 1 Terrain: 4.5last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb’s New Look: Better-Looking Content, Better Commenting, Better Sharing, Better Cowbell

first_imgIntroducing Disqus commenting Tags:#community#Features#web Related Posts seamus condron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… More sharing optionsIn the example below, you’ll notice that there are now sharing options available to you in the post preview. For our main channel stories, we’re including the latest share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and our newest addition, StumbleUpon. For our six additional content channels, we’ll be experiementing with new share buttons from popular tech sites including Reddit and Hacker News. On the bottom of each story, you have additional sharing choices available including email, print, and additional ShareThis options. We’ll be constantly monitoring the performance of each service and adjust the buttons based on what our community interacts with the most. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img This is huge. After getting by for a long time on Movable Type’s native commenting, we’re thrilled to be launching Disqus site-wide today. In the short few weeks that Disqus has been running in beta on some of our content channels, the increase in conversation has been evident. The even better news is that since we’re running the VIP version of Disqus, we have an arsenal of tools that will make the experience even better, including rich analytics and insights that will help us better understand how you consume and interact with our stories. We’ll also have the ability to really pimp the aesthetics. What you’re seeing now is a fairly out-of-the-box Disqus implementation, but in the coming weeks you’ll start noticing very cool tweaks and hacks. In the meantime, we encourage you to take full advantage by logging in with your Disqus account or through one of the many authentication options including Twitter, Facebook and OpenID. Beginning in 2011, we’re going to begin showcasing our most active community members in all kinds of fun ways. So while you’ll still be able to comment anonymously, having a commenting identity (complete with a snazzy avatar) will definitely have its advantages. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More cowbell coming!While everyone here is excited about today’s launch of new features, what you’re seeing is only phase one. We’d love your feedback on this round of enhancements, and if you’ve got suggestions for future ones, please leave them in the comments. A big thank you to our tech team for making this all happen! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As you sit down for another glorious day of tech news and analysis from ReadWriteWeb, you may have noticed that we’ve given our homepage and other aspects of the site a spiffy new upgrade. For many weeks we’ve been thinking of (and coding) better ways to deliver our content to you, as well as a better way to engage and discuss that content. We’re please to officially debut those improvements today! We’ve written this handy overview of what you see.Better optimization for timely and popular storiesWhether a story is hot off the wire or just plain hot, you’ll know it with our special new “Top Story”, “Breaking” and ‘Featured” badges.New story capsulesRight below the first story on the RWW homepage, you’ll see a much-improved visual capsule featuring some of our newest and most popular stories. Sharp!last_img read more

It’s Official: Apple is Back in the Enterprise Game

first_imgklint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#mobile Today Apple sent out a promotional email titled “Mac in the Enterprise,” marking the company’s official return to the enterprise marketplace. This should come as no surprise to those that read our article on Apple poaching enterprise sales people from RIM. However, Apple’s enterprise strategy has been a mystery for the past couple years. As InfoWorld reports, Apple’s VP of enterprise sales left the company in 2008 and was never replaced. Apple also recently announced it will shut down Xserve at the end of this month.Last summer, Steve Jobs expressed his distaste for the enterprise market:What I love about the consumer market that I always hated about the enterprise market is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves. They go yes or no. And if enough of them say yes, we get to come to work tomorrow. You know? That’s how it works. It’s really simple. That’s why in the enterprise market it’s not so simple. The people that use the products don’t decide for themselves. And the people that make those decisions sometimes are confused. We love just trying to make the best product in the world for people, and having them tell us by how they vote with their wallets whether we’re on track or not.However, the iPhone and iPad have been gaining traction in the enterprise, as have Macintosh desktops. Meanwhile, Apple has taken steps to improve enterprise support for iOS. So it’s been clear for some time that Apple hasn’t abandoned the enterprise market altogether.I haven’t seen a copy of Apple’s email yet, so I don’t know the details. InfoWorld reports that it is “chockfull of information for large businesses on how to integrate Macs, iPhones, and iPads into their IT ecosystems.” This, combined with its enterprise sales force, is clear evidence that Apple is back in the enterprise game.With interest in iPads and iPhones, and ever-present concerns about the security of Microsoft Windows, 2011 could be the year that Apple starts making serious gains in the business market.last_img read more

Amid E-Book Growth, Students Still Prefer Paper Textbooks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Students love a bargain. Survey respondents said they often buy previous editions of a textbook (16% did this for their current class ) or international versions (18% did this at least once).Piracy is pervasive. More than 40% of survey respondents said they bought a textbook from a pirate website, or know others who have. In addition, many respondents reported copying their friends’ textbooks. Some learning tools have high value. Print study guides, Campus Learning Management Systems — such as Blackboard and WebCT — and diagnostic self-tests held high value for survey respondents.Some learning tools have low value. Online tutoring, audio study guides and “clickers” used in the classroom by instructors held low value for survey respondents.The 12% who did favor e-textbooks — “mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners” — said they valued the “lower cost, convenience and portability.”Textbook photo by Nina Scaletti | other sources: ResourceBlog A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Over the past half-year, we have written extensively about e-books and e-readers. We’ve discussed the merits of e-books over paper books. We’ve covered Kindle e-books outselling hardcover best-sellers and their strength over the holiday season. We’ve even included the growth of e-readers and e-books in one of our Top Trends of 2010 posts. But, as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus discussed in “5 Ways that Paper Books are Better than E-Books,” everything from price to packaging to, most importantly, the feel of physical books may keep them on the shelves for a long time to come. Now, in a study called “Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education,” another round in the debate has been settled on the side of paper. 75% of student preferred old-fashioned, paper-and-board textbooks over electronic versions.The surveying entity, the Book Industry Study Group, announced the results yesterday. The 75% who preferred paper textbooks cited “a fondness for print’s look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold.” Additional findings:last_img read more

Happiness in the air — a green lung space from a big heart

first_imgProsperity is a pre-condition to charity. But between the two lies the connector and facilitator called generosity, an essential. A small entrepreneur in Bhawanipatna, district headquarters town of Odisha’s Kalahandi, has converted his 12-acre farm into a park where the general public enjoy unhindered access.50-year-old Pramod Khamari, a businessman running a small hotel chain in this western Odisha town, started off dirt poor and became rich. And, it’s his way of paying back to society. He named ‘Bhagirathi Park’ after his father.On the outskirts of Bhawanipatna, with its meticulous landscape planning and features, Bhagirathi Park is on par with any in bigger urban centres.On any given holiday, the park is teeming with visitors not only from Kalahandi, but also from neighbouring districts such as Balangir, Nuapada and Rayagada. It’s also an integral part of the itinerary of tourists from Chhattisgarh coming to this region.Why a park of all things? “I believe parks reflect the quality of life of a community. But, Bhawanipatna, where I have grown up and succeeded in life, did not have a proper green lung to breathe. I realised that my 12-acre mango orchard could contribute to creating happiness and fill the major vacuum. I decided to make it a park which should be a gathering place for people irrespective of their age and social status,” said Mr. Khamari.It was not an easy task to translate the fancy idea into reality. One, funding was difficult. Since the park was close to his heart, Mr. Khamari decided to pay for it from his other ventures. Even harder was to organise everything and make it run efficiently. He found a motivated friend in Rabindra Patnaik, a science teacher in the local government high school.After visiting a few parks in Odisha and elsewhere, both carefully prepared the park’s landscape without disturbing the orchard. Children’s corner, water fountain, variety of flowering plants, replica of different wildlife and statues of gods and goddesses were placed as per a detailed plan.Bhagirathi Park is distinct from others in its use of waste materials and typical traditional tribal huts depicting tribal life and their customs. “Used bottles to prepare figurines, discarded commodes for planting saplings and other waste materials have been utilised to send out a message on environment. Of late, it has turned into a laboratory for local school and college students,” said Mr. Patnaik, who upkeeps the park without any remuneration.To avoid non-serious visitors, the management charges ₹20 entry fee per person per day.last_img read more