Govt moves to close more sugar estates

first_img…as workers decry hardshipsAs Government considers its options moving forward in regard to the cash strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), more estates are expected to be closed.This was confirmed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at the post-Cabinet pressEnough is enough: Wales Sugar workers who gathered on Monday morning were promised their severance payments since late December 2016briefing on Thursday.Asked whether Government would be closing any more estates going forward, Harmon said, “Well, there are proposals with respect to diversification; and in the diversification plan, there is a proposal to that effect.”While the Cabinet Secretary opted not to go into details about how many estates would be closed, recent reports have revealed that Government is looking to privatise most of the estates within the cash scrapped industry, leaving only about three of them in operation.White PaperOn the other hand, the State Minister noted that during Tuesday’s Ministerial Conference on GuySuCo, it was disclosed that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has drafted a White Paper on GuySuCo’s future using the proposals advanced during consultations with the Opposition, Trade Unions and other workers’ representative bodies. A White Paper is an informational document issued by Governments to promote or highlight the features of a solution, product or service.According to Harmon, the draft document, which is expected to be laid in the National Assembly in the near future, deals with the findings of the Commission of Inquiry that was held into the sugar industry, as well as proposals made by the sugar corporation. It also contains submissions made during the consultations with stakeholders and those by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).The White Paper, the Minister added, also looks at issues confronting Government in making a decision on the future of GuySuCo. Those include the recovery of drainage and irrigation charges from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA); the transfer of Health Centres and the recovery of costs to Government; the fate of the Skeldon Estate; diversification of leased lands; and, most importantly, the interests of workers and their families.Workers and familiesMinister Harmon has reiterated that whatever decision is taken by Government would factor in the interests of the workers and their families on the forefront.“First and foremost will be the welfare of the workers and the families of those workers in whatever we do with respect to the sugar industry. The welfare of the workers and their families is of primary concern. The other economic concerns and so on will of course be dealt with, but the workers’ interests is at the forefront of whatever policies we are going to embrace with respect to the industry,” he promised.This position, which has been repeated several times by top Government officials since 2015, comes in light of continuous protest actions taken by hundreds of Wales, West Bank Demerara cane cutters over the non-payment of severance benefits.Following the end of sugar operations at Wales Estate last year, the sugar workers were told that they would be transferred to Uitvlugt Estate. However, many of the workers are demanding that they be paid severance on the basis that they cannot be compelled to travel 22 miles from their point of origin.“The industry ah bully we! But they want we to work but we [don’t want to work at Uitvlugt]; we want money. We want the Agriculture Minister and Moses Nagamootoo, we want (President David) Granger – all ah dem – to intervene in this matter,” Neil Mosely, an estate employee with 25 years of service in the industry, explained during one of the protest actions last month.The Agriculture Ministry had contended that all workers who had opted to take severance payment have already been paid, something which GAWU deems misleading as the workers hold out that they must be paid.The closure of the estate has directly affected hundreds of workers and farmers, and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. Among those affected are sugar workers and their families, and the local economies of several lower WBD communities, including Patentia, Vriesland, Wales, Goed Intent, Sisters & Bellvue.“Since the second week in December, we nah work nowhere and we nah get no money! We deserve we money now!” protesters claimed during one of the protest actions taken last month.During an interview with this newspaper last week, Patentia-based Hindu Priest Surendra Tiwari, who has been in practice for the last eight years, described the future outlook for the surrounding communities as “grim”. He highlighted the numerous challenges villagers and the business community have encountered as sugar processing came to a halt on December 31 last, with many of them being forced to seek alternative forms of employment to sustain their livelihoods.last_img read more

Angels notes: Weaver not on mound yet

first_imgWeaver didn’t begin throwing until recently, leaving him unable to extend himself in the early days of camp. “He’s feeling good and getting there, but there is no need for him to be on the mound right now,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll see where he is and hopefully get him on the mound shortly.” Roster issues: Scioscia said he is set on an 11-man pitching staff and is unlikely to carry three catchers into the season. One of the more interesting battles of the spring will be for the final bullpen spot. After the five starters, the bullpen seems set in five of six spots with Darren Oliver, Hector Carrasco, Justin Speier, Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez. Scioscia isn’t leaving many pitchers out of the mix for the final spot on the staff. He said Dustin Moseley, Chris Resop, Phil Seibel, Chris Bootcheck, Greg Jones and Matt Hensley are all in the mix to break camp with the team. As for the catchers, carrying three does not seem to give Scioscia enough flexibility. “Three is probably a long shot although there are a couple things that can help us with three,” Scioscia said. “Most likely it’s going to be two.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Jered Weaver did not throw from a mound on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, and the day of his first bullpen session remains in question. Weaver, who dealt with a bout of biceps tendinitis lastseason that delayed his first start of the second half, came into camp behind schedule. After throwing a combined 200 innings between the minor and major leagues last season, Weaver notified the Angels in the winter that his shoulder needed a break. center_img It could be that Weaver’s holdout year of 2004 has finally caught up with him. He pitched just 76 competitive innings at two minor-league levels in 2005. Then came 77innings at Triple-A Salt Lake last year and 123 with the Angels. Light work: Bartolo Colon and Francisco Rodriguez were the only other pitchers limited to long toss Thursday. Colon appears at least three weeks away from taking a mound, while Rodriguez got in some innings in winter ball in December. “Frankie just wants to stretch it out,” Scioscia said. “There’s no need for him to get on a mound. We’ll get a better indication from guys when they get their long toss going.” Rodriguez said he plan to continue playing winter ball. “To me it is because it helps me to come into spring training in pretty good shape,” said Rodriguez, who expects to throw a bullpen session this weekend. “My arm is feeling better. To me, it also means a lot because my family gets a chance to see me play there and at the same time it gives me a little work to get my arm in shape.” last_img read more

Videos spur talks on technology policies

first_imgWhile social networking Web sites have caused many problems, Salerno said parents and students are more aware of the potential for bad behavior and some of the danger that these Web sites can attract. School officials acknowledge that policing Web activity is difficult. If district equipment was used, then it is easier to fix the situation. More often though, students post and update their user profiles on their home computers. And most school districts are not actively looking at student profiles; school administrators often become alerted to a situation when someone complains. Officials have to balance the rights of students to express themselves online with the safety of students exposed to ridicule, said Cindy Bird, assistant superintendent for Bassett Unified. Some administrators are concerned that students are not respecting the privacy of their peers. “It is our responsibility to educate students to be responsible citizens,” Kennedy said. Officials add that monitoring behavior of faculty is difficult and they rely on principals and vice principals to be on alert if a teacher mistreats students. School districts, including El Monte Union High School, Baldwin Park and Glendora Unified, require students to sign a contract where they agree to use district equipment only for education-related projects. Web sites like MySpace and YouTube can’t be accessed on school computers; education sites or news sites can be viewed. Officials are concerned they could be hit with a situation of unsuspecting teachers finding video of themselves online. Many noted there is a heightened awareness among faculty of electronic gadgets, but the districts can only be vigilant to a certain point. “This could happen in any city,” Salerno said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Many San Gabriel Valley school districts have adopted technology and electronics policies over the last few years in response to students’ increasing reliance on cell phones and Web sites to communicate with each other. After unflattering videos of some Southern California high school teachers began appearing on the Web site YouTube, educators have been discussing what types of technology are allowed on campus and asking how districts can shield themselves from similar controversies. Cell phones with video recording devices ultimately led the Baldwin Park Unified School District to review its cell phone and technology policy in 2004, said Lynne Kennedy, associate superintendent. District officials saw students could potentially record testing information or videos of their peers and teachers. “We saw in the community that many people had cell phones and saw they could record anything,” Kennedy said. Some districts restrict cell phone use to before or after school and during lunch. During class time, cell phones must be turned off. Teacher permission is required if a student wants to record a lecture in many districts. IPods and other music devices are banned, largely because of the potential for the gadgets to be stolen. Many of the problems scrutinized by media outlets and facing administrators are related to social networking Web sites like MySpace. Postings on a student’s profile have led to fights, culminating in suspensions, said Nick Salerno, assistant superintendent for education services at El Monte Union High School District. last_img read more

Movies in the Gym at Taylor Elementary School

first_imgSkeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbours believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real. For more information contact Brianne Cairns (250) 261-3920 or email peewee_director@taylorminor hockey.comMonsters IncMonsters, Inc. is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 2001 film, of the same name, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The original film was followed by a prequel film, Monsters University, released in 2013.Candyman 1992Advertisement TAYLOR, B.C. – The first Movies in the Gym is being held at the Taylor Elementary School being hosted by the Peewee Taylor Tornados Hockey and Distribution NOW.Friday, November 1st, 2019, there will be two movies shown, Monsters Inc for the younger kids and Candyman for the older group.The cost of admission at the door is $5.00. $20 for families of four plus and children 5 and under are free.- Advertisement -Times as follows;5:00 PM – Doors open5:30 PM – Monsters Inc7:30 PM – CandymanThere will be a BBQ concession available;$5 for hot dog, chips, pop$7 for Smokie, chips, pop$3 for a hot dog$5 for smokie$1.50 for chips$1.50 for pop or water$2.00 for popcornFor a link to the FB event page; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Reports – Chelsea move for top Arsenal and Tottenham target

first_img1 Chelsea have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Morgan Schneiderlin, according to reports in France.The midfielder very nearly left Southampton last summer as the south coast club endured an exodus of some of its top stars.In the end the Frenchman stayed and his performances this season have helped Saints climb to within touching distance of a European spot.However, Arsenal and Tottenham have not given up hope of signing the 25-year-old this summer and will battle out for his signature.According to L’Equipe though, the north London duo will be joined in their pursuit by Premier League leaders Chelsea.The Blues reportedly scouted the France international against Everton last week and are now weighing up a move for him. Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin last_img read more

McKnight’s day is coming fast at USC

first_imgThe fluid running style only heightens the anticipation among those who broach the subject. A running back who can turn a game around? A guy who is already zig-zagging through coverage teams on punt returns? The fans want Reggie again. They’re not going to get him. McKnight will introduce himself at the appropriate time, and all the folks who are breathlessly waiting for the next gamebreaker will likely have more breathtaking moments. But they will be his own, not some apparition from a bygone era. How do we know this? In early August, one assistant coach was asked for an honest assessment of the 19-year-old prodigy. “Ridiculous,” came the answer. “There’s no secret why we wanted Joe McKnight so badly,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. “We’ve seen what a guy who was similar to him was able to accomplish.” Now, is it up to McKnight to live up to the expectations built by the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner? Can a kid who has already been the primary subject of a long profile in Sports Illustrated from his high school days be the shining star on a team seemingly overflowing with talent? “I really haven’t thought about that,” McKnight said. “I just don’t let things get to me. I stay away from it.” The excerpt in SI was from Hurricane Season, a book documenting John Curtis Christian School’s football season when life was interrupted by Katrina two summers ago. It not only detailed the plight of Louisiana and one football team, but also McKnight’s home life. Or lack thereof. For accuracy’s sake, McKnight was asked about the depiction. “I just heard about it,” he said, “but I never read it.” At every turn, McKnight flashes reminders of Bush. And then comes the next turn, in which McKnight and those shepherding him in his career push aside any comparisons. “I just laugh,” McKnight said. “It feels good to be compared to him, but I’m not there yet. He’s on a way different level than me.” Still, there’s little doubt that McKnight is the rising tide that raises all ships. His last two seasons in high school resulted in state championships for the Patriots. “I think Joe grew up in our environment where he knows the importance of team, and knows the importance of how he fits into that scheme,” said his high school coach, J.T. Curtis, in a phone interview from River Ridge. “He is not a person with a huge ego, not an `I’ guy, and that is going to serve him well in college. Just give him the opportunity to compete and he will not worry about his feelings being hurt. “He’s not Mr. Superstar.” Long before camp opened, the USC legend surrounding McKnight began to grow. Coach Pete Carroll watched only a snippet or two of videotape before he was convinced of McKnight’s talent. When McKnight arrived, he was prepared, unlike many his age entering the college game. He wanted not only to get on the field, but he wanted to grasp the mental aspects. And that served him well during his period of inactivity. A knee injury two weeks before the season opener could have been a severe setback for the average freshman. McKnight’s sprained knee simply meant more time studying tape. “He’s a sharp kid and he takes his football seriously,” running backs coach Todd McNair said. “He has a good approach at a young age.” McKnight has shown a knack for adapting. “Nah, I’m not bummed out, and I think I need to show a little more,” McKnight said. “But the coaches are caring for me and what my best interests are. I think I’ve done OK.” Yeah, just OK. During the first week of camp, Carroll already had his assessment. “His ability is jumping out,” Carroll said at the time. “He’s doing something every day, like we always talk about. We look for guys with spark every day and after a while you just know those guys are the right guys.” There are hints that Saturday against a wounded Stanford squad could be the moment. But whenever McKnight’s talent surfaces, then comes the tricky part. Everyone involved in the program understands that if/when McKnight does become more than a contributor, the pressure of being a marked man will mount. McKnight appears to be equipped for it with a quiet resolve, an ability to remain on an internal track that outsiders have no chance of seeing. “He’s not real needy. He goes about his business,” McNair said. “I don’t think he’s a real serious homesick projection guy. … He’s similar to Reggie in that way. Reggie kind of stayed to himself a little bit.” Which would be fine for USC. And the final question: What is it about Joe McKnight we haven’t yet learned? He shakes his head slowly and a tiny smile emerges. “People are going to have to find out for themselves,” he says. “I really don’t know either.” phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Trojans’ freshman is compared to Reggie Bush. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER Is it showtime yet? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityUSC can’t wait for the unveiling. The Trojans have talked and talked, but so far, it’s only been baby steps for Joe McKnight. Soon, perhaps Saturday, we’ll see McKnight walk the walk. And what a dazzling stroll it promises to be. It seems that all anyone knows to this point is that almost every time McKnight’s name pops up, it’s accompanied by two words: Reggie Bush. A soft-spoken kid from River Ridge, La., the 6-foot, 180-pound McKnight possesses flat-out speed plus moves that might break an opponent’s ankle. Hmm, we’ve seen that act before. McKnight has only offered glimpses of his act so far, but there was a familiar reverse-field run and a punt return that was nearly broken for a touchdown against Washington State. last_img

HARPS THROWN €20,000 LIFELINE BY COUNTY COUNCIL

first_imgDonegal County Council have agreed to throw financially troubled Finn Harps a potential life-line.The Ballybofey club needs to raise €48,000 by 21 December to meet certain debts in order to comply with the requirements for applying for a First Division licence for 2012.At a meeting tonight, local councillors backed an emergency motion to provide €20,000 for the club. Councillors spoke about the importance of the club to the county and said that it would be a tragedy if the club, which joined the League of Ireland in 1969, went out of senior soccer.HARPS THROWN €20,000 LIFELINE BY COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: November 28th, 2011 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)last_img read more

CHAMPION JASON THANKS PEOPLE OF DONEGAL FOR SUPPORT AS HOMECOMING PARTY PLANNED

first_imgPure Gold: Jason QuigleyEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL’S greatest ever boxer Jason Quigley has thanked the people of Donegal for their support – with a massive homecoming party planned for the Twin Towns on Monday.The 22-year-old Finn Valley ABC Boxer was crowned Champion of Europe in Belarus on Saturday.And his success – coupled with the Nicky Rackard Final win by Donegal’s hurlers – has made it a glorious weekend for Donegal sport. The gold medal winner added the senior title to wins at junior and U-23 level and will hope to be Ireland’s welterweight representative at the World Championships in October.Our story on Jason’s win yesterday saw record numbers of people on Donegal Daily as we brought the result of his win to you first.The boxer was over the moon as he spoke of his triumph. And had a good laugh in the process.“I’ve won Junior and U-23 golds at European level but this is a man’s medal now,” he laughed. “It means Paddy Barnes and the boys can’t slag me any more about having an underage gold medal!” Jason beat Romanian Bogdan Juratoni, the No2 seed, in a pulsating final of the 75kg middleweight division.“I’ve had a hell of a week,” said Jason.“The plan was to go in and win the first round and it worked from there.“I beat the No1, the No4 and the No2 to win and it doesn’t get harder than that, so it makes it so worthwhile to win gold.”He may be coming home with two black eyes for his troubles but that won’t matter to the people of the Twin Towns. Donegal Daily can reveal that Jason will be a special guest at a homecoming parade on Monday with the Finn Valley Sports Centre expected to host the event.But there will be a homecoming in Dublin first – this evening at the airport.The Irish Amateur Boxing Association will hold a press conference at Dublin Airport immediately after welcoming home Ireland’s European Championships heroes.The ten-man Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 7.40pm. John Joe Nevin (Gold), Jason Quigley (Gold), Paddy Barnes (Silver) and Michael Conlan (Silver) finished in podium positions at the 40th European Championships in Minsk, Belarus.Nevin also scooped the Boxer of the Championships award in the Belarusian capital.CHAMPION JASON THANKS PEOPLE OF DONEGAL FOR SUPPORT AS HOMECOMING PARTY PLANNED was last modified: June 9th, 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:BallybofeyEUROPEAN CHAMPION! DONEGAL BOXER JASON TAKES GOLD IN U-23 FINALFinn Valley ABCJason QuigleyStranorlarlast_img read more

DANIEL INUNDATED WITH SUPPORT FROM FANS SINCE MOTHER’S FUNERAL

Heartbroken Daniel O’Donnell has been hit by a wave of support from fans since the death of his beloved mother Julia.Daniel and late mum JuliaHis supporters have swamped him with almost 5,000 personal messages of sympathy to his personal Facebook page this week.The messages, which include many heartfelt personal poems, have come from fans around the world including Australia, America and across Ireland. The outpouring of grief include messages from fans who recalled meeting Julia with Daniel at the Viking House Hotel in Kincasslagh which he used to own.Daniel’s message on his Facebook account announcing his mother’s passing has been supported by more than 16,000 of his fans.Julia’s remains are brought to the church today with her native Owey island in the background. Picture by Joe Boland.Daniel, 52, and his siblings Margo, Kathleen, John Bosco and James said an emotional farewell to their 94 year old mother on Tuesday last at St Mary’s Church in Kincasslagh.Daniel is due to fly to Canada where he will perform for the first time since his mother’s death on Monday next at the Sid Buckwood Theatre in Saskatoon. On the night Julia passed away at Dungloe Community Hospital, Daniel was due to play a fundraising concert for the struggling medical unit.The gala concert was canceled but friends say Daniel has given a commitment to return and play the concert at a future date.“Daniel is very friendly with many of the staff at the hospital and he really appreciated how well Julia was looked after.“He was determined to play the concert as a ‘thank you’ to them for all the care and love they had shown Julia.“He obviously couldn’t after Julia passed away but he is determined to come back and play the concert at some stage in the future,” said the friend. DANIEL INUNDATED WITH SUPPORT FROM FANS SINCE MOTHER’S FUNERAL was last modified: May 24th, 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:daniel o’donnelldeathdonegalfansfuneral read more

Why You Hate Your Sales Force Automation (and what to do about it)

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Recently I dropped into a salesperson’s sales force automation to look at a couple of opportunities. What I found was disappointing.The first deal had five stakeholders attached to it. I was inspired. But other than names and contact information, there was nothing useful there. There was a record of the dates and times of meetings and phone conversation, but not a word regarding the content of those calls. The salesperson lost the opportunity the last time they competed for it, and what I found in the sales force automation was less than helpful in understanding what happened or why.The second opportunity was worse. There was only one stakeholder on the deal, and that one was from outside of the company. There wasn’t single note, but there was an attachment. That attachment was the pricing they emailed the prospective client. Uninspiring.You hate your sales force automation because you believe it only serves management and their forecasts, and you’re mostly right. You hate it because you think it is unnecessary data entry work, and you couldn’t be more wrong.How To Use Your Sales Force AutomationIn that first deal, I wanted to know what each of the stakeholders wanted or needed, what were their individual preferences, who was engaged, who had influence, who had authority, at what stage of the buying cycle they were in, what were their challenges, what would motivate them to buy, what would keep them from supporting us, the questions they asked in meetings, and any email correspondence (which could have easily been forwarded to the software).I would want to know who won the deal last time, why they won, and any communication that occurred with the company between the date the salesperson lost the deal and the day I popped in to look at it.Your sales force automation is a record of your relationships. As you sell, you gather tons of information, information that may later prove useful, information that may later help you appear as if you have command of the details, information that gives you context for future discussions.Don’t be lazy. Don’t be short-sighted. Use your sales force automation to help you sell better. You’ll soon discover that management buys it for the forecasts, you use it to help you manage your relationships and win deals.QuestionsDo you use your system like it belongs to you or your management?Who made the decision to use it that way? Is it serving you?What records would keep? Where should you keep them?No matter how good you believe your memory is, it’s not better than a computer.last_img read more