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  • Guyana’s greatest enemies are its zero-sum politics, political culture

    first_imgDear EditorI refer to the GAWU General Secretary’s letter to the press which takes me to task for complimenting the Government for its decision to confront the sugar problem. In the process, Mr Narine reiterated his union’s narrative of the sugar workers’ plight against the backdrop of the Government’s decisions in that regard. As the labour representative of the sugar workers, I expect nothing less from GAWU.But after reading Mr Narine’s letter, I am even more convinced that Guyana has a long way to go as far as political and ethnic reconciliation is concerned. The General Secretary isolates for denunciation the part of my comment that is favourable to the Government, but completely ignores the other part that is consistent with his union’s perspective.The truth is that I complimented the Government for its decision to tackle the problem, but criticized its implementation of the plan that GuySuCo put forward. Why can’t GAWU and the PPP acknowledge that this Government took the brave decision to confront the sugar problem that everybody knows could not continue forever — a decision that made economic sense and that, if handled properly, would in the long run benefit the sugar industry, sugar workers and the rest of Guyana?As soon as the Government came into office, it set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the problem. A “rightsizing” plan aimed at making the industry viable ensued. Compensation for affected workers was included. While all of this is going on, the Government has pumped billions of dollars’ worth of subsidy in the industry, and recently committed another $30 billion towards upgrading the closed estates in preparation for their privatization. In fact, the Government’s action on the sugar industry is the closest it has come to a clear policy on anything.Yet Mr Narine, his union, and by extension the PPP, say the Government lacks compassion for sugar workers. Yes, the Government has done a terrible job at executing the plan, and in the process many workers have been negatively affected. But how does that amount to lack of compassion?Since GAWU is an experienced union, it cannot be accused of ignorance. One is left to conclude that GAWU’s narrative is inspired less by compassion for its members and more by the PPP’s project of demonization of the Government.One of Guyana’s greatest enemies is its zero-sum politics and political culture. It is counterproductive and takes our country further and further to the edge. It is not my way; I try, as I did in the comments referred to by Mr. Narine, to be as evenhanded as I can. Mr Narine and GAWU should know that the very comments for which they find me guilty of “showering plaudits” on the Government have been hammered by Government supporters, who have called me all the bad names usually set aside for Satan. Zero-sum politics and political conversation in Guyana are out of control.Sincerely,David Hindslast_img read more

  • Govt “turning blind eye” on rice sector – Region 2 farmers

    first_imgAs many of the challenges in the rice sector continue, a set of rice farmers in the Essequibo district on Wednesday met with Anna Regina Deputy Mayor, Darshan Persaud where they accused the coalition Government of “turning a blind eye”Anna Regina Deputy Mayor Darshan Persaudto the industry. They premised this belief on claims that the current Administration is not doing enough for rice, saying this would have a great impact on one of the main sources of food and foreign currency earner to the country.The Deputy Mayor who is a member of the Opposition-led People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Town Council said the sector was given “a tremendous boost” when his party was in power. Persaud expressed that the present Government is “playing politics” by neglecting the sugar and rice industries in this country, causing thousands of Guyanese to suffer financial loss. He said too that many of the senior members of the farmers’ groups which advocated greatly for cause of colleagues were allegedly given key positions in the present Government.The complaints the farmers made extended to accusations that millers are taking out 24 per cent of the earnings as dockage fees which translates to about $1200 per bag of paddy. When looking at the expenses for cultivation, many farmers say they are not in a financial position to plant the next crop.Farmers said also that even though Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson was seen “boasting on Facebook about developments of parks and recreational facilities in the region”, there is much need for the servicing and maintenance of the regional machinery. They explained that this is vital in the maintenance of farm to market roads, trenches, dams and other key areas in the agricultural sector.Guyana Times has been steadily reporting on the plight of rice farmers, with challenges including fluctuating paddy prices, crop infestation, flooded rice fields, poor infrastructure to cultivate and access their fields.Region Two Vice Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah had explained earlier this year that the farmers have been complaining about the lack of maintenance of the roads leading into their farms. They observed then that little was being done to assist them at the national level.Coonjah told Guyana Times in January that the 35,000 acres of rice which were under cultivation in the region, had represented a decline of over 1000 acres. She had pointed out that “bad lands” spilled off which led to an intrusion of salt water from the previous crop.Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt had noted that more than 80 per cent of the region’s 50,000 plus residents are directly or indirectly connected to the rice industry.Finance Minister Winston Jordan in his 2018 Budget presentation noted that the rice industry was expected to record an output of 602,087 tonnes for 2017, an increase of 12.7 per cent over 2016. He credited the increase mainly to an additional 14,000 hectares planted for the 2017 spring crop and a further 74,481 hectares planted in the autumn crop.last_img read more

  • Power is a strength of Gorneault

    first_img Halos host Royals Ervin Santana will be limited to 30 pitches as the starter in today’s Cactus League opener. The Angels will play host to the Kansas City Royals at noon (1 p.m. local time) with the game to air on KSPN/710. Joe Saunders is scheduled to start Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Mesa. Anderson update Garret Anderson might not play in a Cactus League game until early next week as he continues to round himself into shape. Anderson struggled with a sore arch last season, an injury that started in spring training. “Garret historically doesn’t need a lot of at-bats,” Scioscia said. “We really want to make sure that everything is where it needs to be as far as his conditioning. He’s in great shape, he’s running well, this just gives him a way to ease into it a little bit with a couple more days of workouts.” Vladimir Guerrero is expected to start in right field today. Injury report Francisco Rodriguez (hamstring), Justin Speier (sore legs) and Scot Shields (shin) will not pitch in games until the weekend at the earliest as they overcome nagging injuries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Of all the Angels’ candidates for a backup outfielder spot, Nick Gorneault brings the most power potential. The only problem is that Gorneault is the one without any major-league experience. It leaves the 27-year-old with the prospect of spending a third full season at Triple-A Salt Lake unless he can jump Tommy Murphy and Reggie Willits on the depth chart. And even then it might not be enough. Getting in shape is the first step. Gorneault fractured his kneecap on a foul ball June 18 of last season but missed only 25 days. The setback still showed in his numbers as he hit 15 home runs with 78 RBI, a year after pounding 26 home runs at Salt Lake with a league-leading 108 RBI. He said that injury is well behind him, but now he must fight through some nagging leg problems. A sore quadriceps early in camp led to a sore Achilles tendon that Gorneault battled through enough to start in Tuesday’s intrasquad game. “Nick is a player that has made strides every year,” Scioscia said. “He was very raw when he came into professional baseball with terrific upside. He’s got big-time power, he can hit. He’s learned the game. He’s a guy who’s on our depth chart and we’re going to look at it closely.” Even though power sets him apart from the other outfield candidates, Gorneault is focused on an overall game. “The Angels stress that and they stress that in the minor leagues so that when guys come up to the big leagues they’re prepared,” Gorneault said. center_img “I was once told that the only thing you can control in this game is how you prepare yourself, then you just go out there and play,” Gorneault said. “I’m not trying to outperform anybody, I’m just trying to take care of my game and do my thing and let the people who make decisions make decisions at the end of spring training.” last_img read more

  • Lack of trust

    first_imgAS if we needed it, even more evidence of how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services fails children came to light last week. According to an audit, the DCFS payroll is a huge mess with overpayments, underpayments and unaccounted-for time. A mere sampling of workers in 2005 found at least $100,000 in unwarranted expenses. Extrapolated out, that suggests that a lot of money is being misspent. Wasted money means less service to needy children. And it suggests that if payroll controls are so slapdash, the department can’t be trusted with the lives of children. County officials say they are working diligently to clean up bad operations at the DCFS. It just can’t come fast enough for the children. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • England fans were angry with the referee in their World Cup win over Tunisia

    2 The referee for England v Tunisia, Wilmer Roldan, has a complicated history with VAR. Last year’s Confederations Cup match between Cameroon and Germany saw a case of mistaken identity and a yellow card turned to a red all in the same incident and Roldan was in charge. https://t.co/92sDbMpijP— Anton Toloui (@SkyAnton) June 17, 2018 Tunisia were awarded a soft penalty in the first-half to the disbelief of the England players So done with this referee. It’s a total farce.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) June 18, 2018 How poor was the referee?? #ENGTUN— Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) June 18, 2018 Kane nods home England’s last-gasp winner It’s never a good thing when the referee is the main talking point of a football match.However, Colombian referee Wilmer Roldan, who was put in charge of England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia, made a number of decisions that made him a big talking point. 2 But despite the jubilation across the country, many supporters took to Twitter to voice their reservations over the referee, including the likes of England’s record appearance holder Peter Shilton and England cricket legend Alec Stewart.Below you can see what just some England fans thought of Roldan. Got a feeling this referee doesn’t want England to win.— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) June 18, 2018 Great result for England dangerous from set plays and Kane did what a captain should.Some real positives but also one or two disappointing performances. Room for improvement also hope we don’t get such a bad referee again! @England @FIFAWorldCup— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) June 18, 2018 Watching Exeter in league two every other week, you get used to bad refereeing, this includes a horrorshow masterclass from now (somehow) Premier League ref Roger East.Wilmer Roldán though. WOW.#ENGTUN— Ben Pikssoc (@benpikssoc) June 18, 2018 Although England managed to win the game, many fans were not happy with Roldan’s officiating.REPORT: Tunisia 1-2 EnglandReplays showed Harry Kane was hauled to the floor numerous times in the box during the game but England were not awarded any penalties.And to anger the England faithful even more, Kyle Walker was penalised for an arguably soft clash in the box with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.Ferjani Sassi scored the resulting spot-kick to peg England back after Harry Kane gave the Three Lions an early lead.It looked like it was going to be another frustrating game at a major tournament for England but Kane’s 90th-minute header gave Gareth Southgate’s men all three points. In short, VAR has left us at the mercy of just how weak or strong a referee is. Which is not progress.#ENGTUN— Danny Baker (@prodnose) June 18, 2018 Wilmer Roldan is the worst referee at the #WorldCup . Last year at the Confederations Cup sent off the wrong player. Four years ago at the World Cup disallowed two good Mexico goals for no reason.— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) June 18, 2018 VARVariably Accurate Referee#ENGTUN— Dave Mountain (@twiddlemeister) June 18, 2018 Probably the first bad referee of the World Cup, and the same referee responsible for sending off the wrong player in the Confederations Cup, and also being responsible for River Plate’s Copa Libertadores exit after missing a blatant handball and penalty decision.— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) June 18, 2018 read more

  • HONOUR FOR A DONEGAL HERO – ELITE ATHLETES PAY HOMAGE TO OLYMPIAN DANNY

    first_imgDanny McDaid at the track naming ceremony today in LetterkennyIT RAINED and it rained and it rained – but nothing could dampen the incredible spirit at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny today as elite athletes gathered to honour the Donegal great Danny McDaid.The track at the centre was named in his honour today, unveiled at a fantastic ceremony which was a curtain-raiser for a superb day’s athletics organised in its usual brilliant way by Letterkenny Athletic Club.An attempt to break the 4-minute barrier for a mile at the track failed by just over a second….Joathan Kiplimo finished the race in 4.01.2. But nothing could take away from a superb event, which was well-attended despite the weather.Danny told Donegal Daily: “It was a superb day and I want to thank everyone who attended the event.“It was a top class field and it was an honour for me; but it was especially an honour for my family.”Kiplimo just missed outFionnuala Britton took on the men in a mixed 3k  Kiplimo put in a superb race Jerry Kiernan unveils the plaque in Danny’s honour today Ruairi Finnegan in action Looks like you Danny     HONOUR FOR A DONEGAL HERO – ELITE ATHLETES PAY HOMAGE TO OLYMPIAN DANNY was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:HONOUR FOR A DONEGAL HERO – ELITE ATHLETES PAY HOMAGE TO OLYMPIAN DANNYlast_img read more

  • JUDGE ORDERS DESTRUCTION OF PERVERT’S PORN STASH

    first_imgA Judge has ordered that hundreds of items seized from notorious sex offender Michael Ferry be destroyed.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.Ferry from CarrickBoyle, Gaoth Dobhair is currently serving a 14 year sentence for child abuse. Among the items to be destroyed are cameras, computers, DVDs, CDs and video tapes.The items were seized during an investigation into Ferry on grounds of child sex abuse, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.Solicitor for Ferry, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client consented to the destruction of the items, apart from item 33 which was a silver revolver with a 5 shot capacity.He said his client believed the gun to be of historical significance as it was used in the war of independence and civil war.He said his client suggested the gun could be donated to a local museum.Solicitor Frank Dorrian representing one of Ferry’s victims said his client was anxious that no files on the case be destroyed.He was assured this was not the case and that any material downloaded from items seized had been preserved by gardai .Judge Paul Kelly consented to the destruction of 868 items and asked solicitor Patsy Gallagher to gather more information on the gun.He then adjourned the case until February 26th.Ferry was convicted in 2011 of abusing four boys in Gaoth Dobhair between 1990 and 2005 while working as a caretaker in Ard Scoil Mhuire, an Irish college.He was sentenced to 18 years with 4 suspended . On December 11 last he was sentenced to a seven years behind bars for abusing a teenage boy between 1984-1987 . That sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he is serving .JUDGE ORDERS DESTRUCTION OF PERVERT’S PORN STASH was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Judge Paul KellyMickey Ferryporn stashlast_img read more

  • UP, UP AND AWAY FOR A GREAT CAUSE BY STUDENTS

    first_imgStudents in Letterkenny will be full of hot air next Tuesday but it’s all in a good cause.Students are hoping to fill the sky around Letterkenny with balloons.Students at Colaiste Ailigh will be releasing hundreds of balloons in aid of the Simon Community who help fight homelessness.Each balloon will cost €1 and will be sold around the area. The balloons will then be released at 3pm from the car park of the school on the High Road and will hopefully fill the skies over the town.  UP, UP AND AWAY FOR A GREAT CAUSE BY STUDENTS was last modified: September 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:balloonsColaiste Ailighletterkennylast_img read more

  • A 300 Million-Year-Old Fully Modern Beetle Causes Astonishment

    first_imgDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. by Jerry Bergman, PhD A newly discovered bug—a beetle—has really bugged some Darwinists. As explained in a report based on a study by Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet scientists in Jena Germany, the half centimeter-long beetle that closely resembles a modern beetle is “currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and paleontologists.”[i] The beetle, one of the oldest known beetles ever discovered, “is throwing a completely new light on the earliest developments in this group of insects.” The report, published in the current issue of the leading scientific journal titled the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, is about a fossilized beetle found in a former marshland in Belmont, Australia.Previously known beetle fossils have all belonged to a beetle lineage that exhibited a series of what were judged as primitive characteristics, such as wing cases (elytra) that were not completely hardened, or a body surface densely covered with small tubercles. Both of these traits are very different from modern beetles. Modern beetles have wing cases that are completely hardened, and have a largely smooth body surface.The problem was these very modern traits were found on a beetle claimed to be 300 million years old. Furthermore, the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion on the ancient beetle also show modern features, including antennae resembling a string of beads, and antennal grooves.[ii]  Beetles preserve better in the fossil record than many other kinds of insects due to their unusually robust reinforced exoskeleton.[iii] The claimed modern features were determined from elaborate reconstructions of the fossils using computer 3D models of the complete fossil preserved by a “snapshot” kill caused by a sudden volcanic ash dump. Consequently, much fine detail has been preserved, allowing a detailed study of the insect. Because of its combination of ancestral and modern characteristics, this beetle does not fit in any of the current system of four suborders of beetles. Thus, some evolutionists decided that the evolutionary tree must be greatly revised.The problem Darwinists have is, what is a modern beetle doing in the same geological strata with ancient extinct beetles? This is like discovering the fossil of a fully modern western man buried in a geological stratum next to an animal believed to have become extinct 300 million years ago. Either the dating of the fossil is grossly inaccurate, or our beliefs about modern and primitive beetles are totally wrong. I discuss a third possibility below.The difference between the ancient and modern beetles could be due to their lifestyle difference. The newly discovered beetle did not live under the bark of trees like most of its contemporaries. Instead, the beetle lived on the plant’s surface, and thus was exposed to the atmosphere to a greater degree than other beetles living at this time. This explains its completely hardened wing cases, and its largely smooth body surface.This explanation seems to be the most logical, and judgments about primitive vs modern features appear to have distorted the scientist’s conclusions. We simply have two different beetles that were different because of lifestyle adaptation differences. They may simply be two more different types of the approximately 350,000 known beetle species on Earth, and the possibly thousands more yet to be discovered. Beetles now account for around 25 percent of all known life forms existing on our planet.[i] Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena. “300 million-year-old ‘modern’ beetle from Australia reconstructed.” ScienceDaily, 24 July 2017.[ii] Evgeny Viktorovich Yan, John Francis Lawrence, Robert Beattie, Rolf Georg Beutel. At the dawn of the great rise: †Ponomarenkia belmonthensis (Insecta: Coleoptera), a remarkable new Late Permian beetle from the Southern Hemisphere. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 2017; 1 DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2017.1343259.[iii] Evgeny Viktorovich, 2017. p. 4. Recommended Resource: Dr. Bergman’s book Fossil Forensics analyzes every animal and plant category, showing that the fossil record does not support Darwinian evolution.(Visited 696 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • South Africa’s ’30-day TV advert’

    first_img18 August 2009 While most television advertisements only last for 30 seconds, the 2010 Fifa World Cup offers South Africa the opportunity to stage a 30-day advertisement to the world, says 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said the World Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity for South Africa. “Think of the tournament as a 30-day commercial for South Africa – a 30-day television commercial to be watched by a cumulative audience of billions around the globe – this is the scale of our opportunity for South Africans to present this country effectively and proactively,” Khoza said. The LOC chairman said it was up to South Africans to decide what the message of the “30-day commercial” would be. The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be played in nine South African cities over a period of 30 days, with 32 teams playing 64 matches in the battle to be crowned football champions of the world. Assessed in terms of the number of worldwide viewers, the World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event. It is expected to draw in a cumulative worldwide television audience of more than 26-billion spectators in 2010 – for Germany 2006, the total cumulative television audience was 26.3-billion. Using Monday’s occasion to give a 2010 stadium construction update, Khoza said the six stadiums that have not yet been completed are 80 percent complete and would be complete by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the latest research indicates a major shift in confidence among South Africans regarding the country’s ability to pull off a successful World Cup. During the first quarter of 2009, a Fifa-commissioned survey revealed that 88 percent of South Africans felt a sense of pride at being the first African country to host the World Cup, while 77 percent predicted the tournament would be a success. And in May this year, a separate survey by African Response found that 89 percent of South Africans believed the World Cup would benefit the country. Source: BuaNews / South Africa 2010last_img read more