More confusion from Jordan

first_imgDear Editor,I have written about the quicksilver nature of this Government with regard to vitally important economic decisions which have had negative effects on our country, and the fact that our citizens will continue to suffer the ripple effects of those decisions for generations to come.The media reported in an article under a caption which reads ‘$15 billion to Reopen Estates’ that “Gov’t seeks funds to restart operations at Skeldon and Enmore”, according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Now, after many criticisms from the public, the Finance Minister has changed his tune, not unlike the US$18 million signing bonus. An official from the Ministry of Finance has stated, “I can confirm to you that the Minister was misunderstood. The finance being sourced is for the operations of GuySuCo and its three estates — Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt; it has nothing to do with the four closed estates. This is being handled separately”.If this is so, then how come the SPU is involved in the negotiations of the $15 billion loan from the commercial banks? The SPU is involved in the preparation for sale, and the sale of the closed Estates, and NOT the operational Estates. The closed estates are separate entities. Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt are still being run by GuySuCo, and not NICIL! Something is definitely fishy here!Furthermore, Minister Jordan was reported to have said that the revenue from the sale of the estates and land will be used to repay the proposed $15 billion loan within 3-5 years. He stressed that, “This will be a government debt, so that when we get a buyer, we will service the debt”.When this is evaluated from the statement made by the same minister — that there is a new model of operation which will make GuySuCo more ‘cost efficient,’ and therefore profitable — it leaves us in a quandary as to the real reason for the requirement of the proposed loan to finance existing operations at the three estates. Why not use this ‘model’ on the three estates being operated by GuySuCo?I still do feel that another lie will be forthcoming in regard to the financing of the closed estate, to facilitate ‘miniature operations’ and to avoid the ‘moth balling process’!It is also reported that 30,000 tons of canes will be harvested at Enmore to produce sugar for DDL. Let us do a simple calculation about the revenue factor. At a TC/TS of 15, it means that 1200 tons of molasses will be produced with 2000 tons of sugar. This should bring in an approximate income of $19.5 million from molasses and $212 million from sugar sales at US$500 per ton, a total income of $231.5 million. However, if all the canes are utilized for molasses purpose only, then approximately 4500 tons of molasses will be produced at a local market value of $73.3 million, and a loss of approximately $158.2 million will result!How will this bring profits to GuySuCo? In addition, we need to be given some estimates and some hard facts by the Minister of Finance how the injection of $15 billion will result in profits? Or is this a ‘figment of his imagination’?We have been exposed to ‘voodoo economics’ by this Coalition Government for too long!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor– Region 6last_img read more

Gunmen invade Berbice market vendor’s home

first_img− escape with cash, jewelleryA New Amsterdam Market vendor was on Wednesday evening beaten along with her family and robbed of a quantity of jewellery at their Palmyra Village home. According to reports, vendor Nadira Permaul was at her home along with her son Vijai, 28, and husband Tom Kissoon, 69, when three armed masked men entered their home. At the time Kissoon had just left the veranda to go into the house when the men entered.”He walk in and leave the door open and all we see is three men welcoming themselves in the house,” Vijai said. The intruders jumped into the veranda and went through the open door, and immediately told Vijai not to move, while demanding cash and jewellery from the family.One of the men held a gun to Nadira’s head while demanding that she take him to where their valuables were.Tom was hit in the face and other parts of the head while Vijai got several gun butts. The men left with $500,000 worth in gold jewellery, $180,000 cash, one 18k diamond ring and two cellular phones. The incident occurred at about 19:45h.Police were informed and responded. They have since been following several leads; however no arrests have been made up to press time.(Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Another Venezuelan deported

first_imgVenezuelan national Barbara Anyndharain was on Thursday fined $30,000 with an alternative of four weeks’ imprisonment when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge of illegal entry into Guyana.She was also charged for failing to produce her travel documents to Police officers on January 16, 2018.The Prosecution is contended that, on January 16, Anyndharain was travelling in a minibus to Mabaruma, Region One, when the vehicle was stopped by Police for a routine search. She was then asked to produce her travel documents, but failed to so do.Before the Chief Magistrate on Thursday, the woman admitted to entering Guyana through Brazil on December 28 without presenting herself to an Immigration Officer. In her defence, Anyndharain told the Chief Magistrate that she was brought into the country by a male friend, and she did not realize she had overstayed her time, until she was stopped by the lawmen. She has been ordered deported.last_img read more

Rose Hall sugar workers protest harsh working conditions

first_img…demand owed severanceOver 100 sugar workers have downed tools and held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice (Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne) in response to the harsh working conditions meted out to them for several months.Workers protesting against harsh working conditionsAccording to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the workers were transferred to the Albion Estate after the closure of the Rose Hall Estate back in 2017. From that time onwards, serious difficulties ensued in carry out their daily functions.During the second day of the picketing exercise, the workers held placards highlighting their plight. They related that they were unable to earn on many days due to the insufficient punts to load the sugarcane. Consequently, it takes two days of work to achieve a daily earning.Adding to the list of hardships, the distance travelled to reach the Albion Estate is greater, and workers would reach late to their work sites, impeding productivity. Usually, work would begin as early as 05:30h to capitalise on the favourable weather conditions, but the present situation results in them commencing at 08:30h, when the sun is scorching.According to GAWU, the protestors claimed that the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s initial position was that they would be working in a section of the Rose Hall cultivation which was annexed to the Albion Estate. As the matter unfolded, they realised that this was not the case.Workers calling for their severance paymentsAfter the protest ensued earlier this week, GUYSUCO wrote the Union to inform that disciplinary action would be taken against those participating in the picketing exercise.GAWU responded, insisting that the workers are subject to freedom of expression, and further opened the floor for dialogue between the mediating parties.GAWU, in a response dated April 03, 2019, pointed out to the sugar company that workers, as Guyanese, have a right of expression. “The possibility of disciplinary action could be seen as impinging on that inalienable constitutional right…The workers, during today’s (Thursday) picketing exercise, echoed similar views, and called on GuySuCo officials to engage them in frank dialogue,” the Union stated.The workers are also calling on GuySuCo to pay them their severance pay. They have already sought legal advice from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on the matter.“At this time, the law is being examined to see what possibilities present themselves, and the Union will be accordingly guided”, the Union has said.In December 2017, some 181 workers from the Rose Hall Estate lost their jobs when the estate closed its doors. Most of those who were transferred to the Albion and Blairmont Estates were from the East Bank of Berbice.While many await the second half of their severance pay, many of the jobless workers are finding it difficult to secure employment. This, several workers have said, has forced them to utilise the first half of their severance to meet their expenses and obligations.Last December, workers from the closed estates protested in front of Parliament Building during the budget debates in a bid to have their voices heard in regard to the owed severance payments.last_img read more

Musa Mohammed terminates Tirana contract

first_img“Yes, I have made the decision to terminate my contract because of several issues, some personal, some monetary. It has been an eye opening experience here and I will now focus on other challenges,” Mohammed told Capital Sport.Mohammed adds on to the count of Kenyan players who have struggled to make their presence felt in Albania with the likes of Moses Arita, James Situma and Francis Kahata also having travelled the same road.However, compatriot Kenneth Muguna will still remain at the club.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Musa Mohammed joined Tirana in January from Gor Mahia. PHOTO/KF TiranaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Former Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed has terminated his contract with Albanian second tier side KF Tirana barely four months after joining the side.Mohammed who spent close to nine seasons at Gor made a decision to join his former coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ in Albania, but things have not gone as expected.last_img read more

You won’t believe this picture of Raheem Sterling’s Man City shirt number!

first_img Raheem Sterling’s Man City shirt *DISCLAIMER: Like the fact that Raheem Sterling will cost Man City more than Sergio Aguero, this picture is nothing more than a joke.Manchester City are on the brink of signing Sterling from Liverpool for a fee of £44m, potentially rising to £49m, plus £200,000 a week on a five-year deal.Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted he has no problem with the move and that the club “will move on”.Meanwhile, Sterling will no doubt be saying to the Northern Irishman, ‘$££ YOU LAT£R!’ 1last_img read more


first_imgAn emergency meeting to support the community-led Donegal Local Development Company is to be held this evening. Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. (DLDC) is a well-established Local Development Company with a proven track record in the delivery of major funding programmes:• Rural Development Programme LEADER • Local Community and Development Programme• Volunteer Programme, Donegal Volunteer Centre• Countryside Recreation Scheme• Traveller Job Coach Initiative Scheme • Rural Social Scheme • Tús Programme• CE Childcare Scheme• Jobs Initiative Scheme• The Job ClubDonegal Local Development Company Ltd. is an independent, not for profit, community-led Local Development Company and its services to you are now under threat. The government plans to put DLDC’s work under the control of a Donegal County Council-led committee or to private contractors with profit rather than community driven aims.The meeting, which takes place in the Finn Valley Centre at 7pm is expected to be attended by a number of local politicians and lction candidates.Election candidates are expected to be asked the following questions at the meeting:1. Do you support the government’s Alignment plans to deprive DLDC of community programme delivery? 2. What will you do to make sure that the 415 jobs in DLDC are not lost because of these plans?3. What will you do to make sure that DLDC continues to deliver independent community-led local development in Donegal?DLDC Mission Statement: “Working in Donegal towards a better future for all”Please show your support @PUBLIC MEETING INFINN VALLEY CENTRE, STRANORLAR ON TUESDAY 13TH MAY 2014 @7PMHEAD OFFICE: DLDC Ltd., Letterkenny, 1 Millennium Court, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal074 91 27056 MEETING TO BE HELD TONIGHT TO SUPPORT DONEGAL LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY was last modified: May 13th, 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:Donegal Local Development Companylast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Edges Indiana, 4-3

first_img Indiana 8-6  Print Friendly Version Senior Ben Wood put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with his 6-4, 6-4 win over Brandon Lam at No. 6 singles. 4. Bennett Crane (IND) def. Ben Clark (DU) 6-3, 6-1 The Bulldogs will close out their weekend on Sunday as they travel to Purdue. First serve is set for 9 a.m. CST. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Drake University men’s tennis team squeaked out a 4-3 win at Indiana Friday night IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers managed to tie the match up at 2-2 with wins at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,4,2,5,3) “There is nothing like it. Clinching for your team and everyone rushing on to the court to celebrate as a team,” said Thorold. Singles competition “This is a big win for us. Picking up a Big Ten on the road over Indiana is massive for our confidence,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. Hands put the Drake a point away from the win as he upended Cembellin 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2. 6. Ben Wood (DU) def. Brandon Lam (IND) 6-4, 6-4 5. Zac Brodney (IND) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-4, 7-5 2. Bennett Crane/Keivon Tabrizi (IND) vs. Finley Hall/Ben Wood (DU) 4-5, unfinished 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Afonso Salgado/Antonio Cembellin (IND) 6-4 3. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Keivon Tabrizi (IND) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Box Score 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Antonio Cembellin (IND) 6-4, 6-4 Story Links Doubles competition Drake 4, Indiana 3Mar 02, 2018 at Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)  The Bulldogs came out and won the ever-crucial doubles point to go up 1-0. Juniors Tom Hands and Ben Clark topped Raheel Manji and Zac Brodney 6-3 at No. 3, while Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold clinched the point at No. 1 by beating Afonso Salgando and Antonio Cembellin 6-4. 3. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) def. Raheel Manji/Zac Brodney (IND) 6-3 IU’s Brodney kept the Hoosiers comeback win hopes alive with a victory at No.5. Drake 11-6 1. Raheel Manji (IND) def. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-3, 6-1 After dropping the first set, 6-2, Thorold regrouped and took the second set. 6-3 to force a third and decisive set. In the third set, Thorold and Keivon Tabriz each held serve for the first nine games with Thorold taking a 5-4 advantage. Tabrizi saved one match point to force a deciding point. Thorold managed to win the deciding point to secure the Bulldogs victory and win the third set 6-4. Match Noteslast_img read more

When is Manny Pacquiao fighting?

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Pacquiao responded by saying he would be very delighted to clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, instead of the banged-up Mike Alvarado. Matthysse is reigning WBA welterweight champion.Bob Arum cried no way: Pacquiao-Matthysse could happen, but not anytime soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo what is Pacquiao doing?The other day, he was reported doing the political rounds, bringing help and hope to aggrieved countrymen. He also appeared deeply involved nursing and expanding the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), his newest sports baby. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City If Pacquiao would agree to fight in April, time would be of the essence. March is around the corner, and before we know it, Pacquiao would be left with only a month to work and be fit for a stellar performance.Maybe he could afford to take it easy. In fact, Alvarado, a former world titlist who’s openly considered busted ring material, is being trumpeted as top prospect for Pacquiao’s first knockout victim since 2009.Pacquiao could just cram and instantly declare readiness to do battle and go for a KO?Fact is Bob Arum is himself uncertain about Pacquiao’s exact plan.The best the Top Rank CEO could do was announce Pacquiao could fight a truly big fight by November, either against Vasyl Lomachenko or Crawford.Of course, there are many experts and fans who wonder if Pacquiao has enough left in him to wage great battle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The respected boxing critic and scholar Paul Magno has surmised Pacquiao is now the boxing equivalent of the fat Elvis Presley in Las Vegas.“For all intents and purposes, Manny Pacquiao is now in the fat Elvis Presley period in Las Vegas. The question of whether Pacquiao is still among the elite welterweight in the world is up for debate. Instead, Team Pacquiao, guided by Bob Arum, has focused on Manny as a novelty icon—a draw to longtime loyalists and, if Arum gets his way, a piggyback ride for in-house up-and-coming-fighters,” Magno explains. Elorde stakes WBO crown versus Thai Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIf he’s indeed fighting on April 14, as offered by Bob Arum, shouldn’t Manny Pacquiao be back training by now, or hitting the road last week yet?Top Rank announced it has scheduled a Pacquiao bout for April, side-by-side with the WBO welterweight championship between title defender Jeff Horn of Australia and the unbeaten Terence Crawford from Nebraska.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

How To Network On Social Media: Part 1

first_imgWhen it comes to networking (really, anywhere but today’s focus is on online) it is best to 1) be seen as either an expert or a person of influence and 2) to surround yourself with experts and people of influence. In this post, I want to demo how to pull that off. In a nutshell, create multiple outposts online, establish a presence that draws attention and then interact with those you’ve attracted. In case none of that makes sense but you are intrigued, continue reading.Some time ago, I noticed a curious thing. When I would do the poor man’s background check, I saw a pattern in the search results. For example, check out what happens when I Google myself.Do you see it too? Probably not, I did not notice it at first until I did the same search on Bing, Yahoo, Ask and a few other search engines. Let me share stats on what I saw. On Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask, five of the search results point to one of the social networks I’ve joined (Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn). There were also links to blogs I contribute to as well. In every instance, there is a biography I have created pointing out my professional interests to some extent.Consider the possibilities, what if someone Googled (or Binged, or Yahooed, or whatever) your name? And in that search, they found several links that all purported to your professional significance. This would be a great way to give a good impression to recruiters and protect your online reputation as most people tend not to look past the second page of results.Keep in mind that the important thing is that you establish a point of contact on these networks. (It’s more to your benefit if you were actively sharing your professional opinion and interacting on each social network, but your time ma y be limited.)When signing up to these networks, please do keep in mind the following factors:1. Have a consistent message! State who you are in a succinct and professional manner. In other words, umm… have a mission statement that explains who you are and what you are about. For example, when I was recruiting for Microsoft, my mission statement (for lack of a better term) was “I seek geeks for the Microsoft International Recruiting Team.” Or, something along those lines. See? One glance at that statement and you knew who I was and what I was about.2. Have a professional photo that is consistent across all social networks. People do judge books by their covers. It’s just the way it is, so make sure you are using a photo that speaks to who you are professionally.3. Make it easy to contact you! Although one could reach out to you via the social network you are a member of, some people still prefer email or some other social network than the one they found you on. Go figure. This is why I suggest that after you have created a consistent, professional message, across multiple social networks that you set up an is like a business card on the web. There you can post your picture, information about yourself, links to social networks you’ve joined, blogs you contribute to and have emails directed to you (among other things). Once you have your page set up, go back to all of the other social network profiles you’ve created and link to your page. This will allow people to contact you via the method they prefer.What is also cool about using is that you can see who has visited your profile. (See the arrow below? You have to be logged into to see this page.) By reviewing who has been checking me out, I have an automatic “in” with them. Hello so and so, thanks for dropping by my profile. I see we both have an interest in… something. Care to schedule a chat and get better acquainted? Or… something similar. Make sense?Let me know how this strategy works for you! Once you set yourself up on the various social networks, how long did it take before all the links you set up dominated the search results when you googled your name? I want to know.Happy New Year!last_img read more