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first_imgWhat Granger is not saying is that both Rose Hall and Enmore estates have a more efficient cost structure than Uitvlugt Estate when it comes to the cost of production per pound of sugar produced. What is worse is that the evidence is now manifest that even the now shuttered Wales Sugar Estate had a more efficient cost structure and a higher yield than Uitvlugt. So the rationale for shutting the Wales Factory was all along beyond reasonable logic, and was nothing but a political gimmick to give coverage for the PNC master plan to plunder the land for their business associates at a discounted price.This preconceived fix by the PNC and the comatose AFC to keep GuySuCo as a raw bulk sugar producer has deeper purposes; one that is political and the other because of massive corruption. Any school child will know that raw bulk sugar is the poison pill that would move the sugar belt from being in a coma to actually dying. Yet there is massive resistance by the Granger team to upgrading the sugar industry into a value-added sugar-related products’ manufacturer. Why?Has Noel Holder or his close sugar advisors conceptualised how to expand the operational-improvement programme in the sugar belt? Have they used their offices to create new markets in value-added products, and taken any steps to climb that value chain? Does Holder or Thomas have the skill set to assemble the required private capital to move the entire industry up the value chain? More importantly, can this troika motivate the employees to support the reforms? I am challenging anyone to show me the evidence where this troika has successfully run anything in the past. They are all failures rehashed from the past, but with that “Midas Touch” that Walter Rodney once spoke about. Holder touched the agriculture sector with his “Midas Touch” and it declined by 10.4% in 2016. There is more misery to come from these “Kings Midas” in 2017.As President Granger flounders in his fog of strategic delusion on the question of developing Guyana, he has paid very little strategic attention to answering the question of how to move the sugar industry up the value chain to enhance the revenue potential. By failing to competently lead the nation on this sugar issue and do his job for which Guyanese people are paying him a package of more than Gy$30 million a year, he has done nothing but infuse much hopelessness in thousands of rural families. Is this his brand of “LET US CO-OPERATE FOR GUYANA”? For state companies like GuySuCo, seeking large-scale operational improvements rather than shuttering factories is the key to success. By announcing his decision to move the sugar industry from a 7-factory industry to a 3-factory one, President Granger has basically taken the decision to emasculate the social and economic foundations of the industry with his own hands, without professionally exploring all the options. It is now becoming very clear that this process was politically rigged from day one with the Parvattan Commission.Jock Campbell once said that the success of sugar has to be grounded in three fundamental principles: (1) increased efficiency; (2) price for its production; and, most importantly (3) the human relationship management in the industry. On all three scores, both the PPP under Raj Singh and now the PNC-led Government under Errol Hanoman have failed to comprehensively address these issues. The fastest way for any company to secure the right price for its production is to most efficiently deliver the right product demanded by the market.The market needs refined sugar; alcohol; packaged sugar (especially in the small sachets); agro-energy; ethanol, and even agro-tourism. In reality, GuySuCo barely sells a little agro-energy and a small amount of packaged sugar. It does not take an Einstein to figure out why the industry is failing: it is because of the political leadership in the agricultural sector (Holder/Thomas/Hanoman), which just cannot frame the solution required for GuySuCo (meaning: plain and simple incompetence).Granger, at the West Berbice exhibition, told the nation that only Blairmont, Uitvlugt, and Albion estates would remain in Government’s hands. I respond to such utter nonsense with this verse of scripture: “Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds”! This declaration from Granger is most deceptive and disingenuous. What the President is not saying is that both Skeldon and Rose Hall estates have higher yields (tonnes sugar per hectare of land) than Uitvlugt (see graph below).last_img read more

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Manny Pacquiao, reacts after knocking down Keith Thurman in the first round during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao’s split decision victory over a tough Keith Thurman for the WBA super world welterweight title saw him absorb more punches than he landed.According to the punch stats released by Compubox, the Filipino boxing champion connected on fewer punches than Thurman, 210-195, but it was still the Pacquiao, showing no signs of slowing down at 40, who was the more effective of the two and landed the harder hits.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Compubox said that Thurman’s 192 is the most punches landed of any of Pacquiao’s opponents in the past 43 fights tracked by organization.Pacquiao, a known power puncher, was able to utilize his jab effectively despite a two-inch reach disadvantage, 67 inches to Thurman’s 69, with an 82-18 advantage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Bowlers Lara Posadas-Wong, Merwin Tan settle for bronze medals in Hong Kong tilt MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacquiao knocked Thurman down with a right hook in the first round proving that he still holds power despite using his non-dominant hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Filipino, who came out the busier fighter with 57 thrown per round compared to Thurman’s 48, also delivered a liver blow in the 10th that nearly prompted referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight.Thurman, though, backed up all his tough talk heading into the fight and gave Pacquiao all he could handle, making history with his landed power punches. LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Divisionlast_img read more

first_imgYou ain’t seen nothing yet View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Going to get with the doctors tomorrow and decide if he needs to do surgery or not,” Stevens said. “Sounds like should he decide that the surgery option (is best, it) might actually be a better timeline. So, we’ll see what that all plays out to be.”Hayward winced in pain after banging his left hand against Aldridge’s chest attempting to get past the Spurs forward on a screen late in the first half. Hayward appeared to jam the hand once or twice more against Aldridge before exiting the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Hayward had nine points and two rebounds in 15 minutes before exiting. He is averaging 20.3 points this season for the Celtics, who have won six straight entering Saturday’s game. “This one doesn’t feel near as bad as it did two years ago,” Stevens said. “So, he’ll be back. Be off for a few weeks or a month or whatever it is.” 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker (8) and Gordon Hayward celebrate a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will miss at least a month with a broken left hand after colliding with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday night.The Celtics say Hayward was sent for an X-ray that confirmed the diagnosis. Hayward, who did not return to the game, could undergo surgery that will keep him out a few weeks to a month, Boston coach Brad Stevens said.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-7 forward missed most of the 2017 season after breaking his leg six minutes into Boston’s season opener. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

first_imgYouths in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) were presented the opportunity to choose a career path, through a Career fair hosted by the Education Ministry, Department of Culture, Youth and Sports on Wednesday. Scores of youths from the community, including several schools, flocked to the Linden Technical Institute where the exercise was hosted, to explore opportunities offered by various organisations. Held under the theme, “A youth aware is a youth prepared”, youths were given a chance to ask questions, sign up, and submit their resume’s in an effort to secure jobs. In her remarks, during the opening ceremony, Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael stressed the importance of young people in the Region, noting that their voices, talents and skills are important to the nation’s development.“We want to help you to start, to begin somewhere. And by forging you with all the organisations represented here today we give you the opportunity to choose, to start making decisions. To say, whether one career or the other may fit you…You will have to be the ones to decide what and where you go from here. We will continue to present opportunities in environments like these so that our young people are able to make better decisions…Tomorrow you will be the leaders, the decision makers”, she stressed.Carmichael alluded that the youths are the molders and shapers of the nation as she encouraged them not to be discouraged by the lack of, but to be motivated by the drive to work towards fulfilling the gap. She further urged that they be inquisitive and to seek to be a part of organisations in making the best use of the activity.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland in his remarks, shared his own experiences with choosing a career, as he stressed the importance of doing so.“When choosing a career, it is important to do self examination…ask yourself, what are you really good at? You must know what you love doing…Choosing a career is very important…You must assess the need of your nearby and wider community to determine how you can assist or how you can be an asset. You need to assess the possible financial gains of your preferred career choices…choose careers wisely. You must assess the qualifications and expertise necessary for your preferred career choices to determine if you are willing and capable”, he said, while stressing that the community is in need of great leaders who are of high moral standards.Regional Chairman Renis Morian also encouraged the youths to make the best use of the opportunity presented through the exercise and to formulate in their minds, where they wanted to go and how they plan on getting there, as he also encouraged them to remain focused.“Don’t allow yourselves just to hang loose…you have your life, you have a future…all of you could be a success story. So use today as a vehicle and an imputus to strengthen your resolve and your own path of what you want to be…I want to assure you, that you have the ability to make it. I want to assure you that the Government of Guyana is working very hard to promote young people”, he said.Organisations such as the Guyana Defence Force, the Linden Mayor and Town Council, Linden Technical Institute, Guyana Post Office Corporation and the Linden Utility Services Co-op Society Limited were among numerous others present.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Police are probing whether a man in custody in connection with a sexual battery and an indecent exposure is the Van Nuys serial sexual assault suspect, wanted in connection with at least five assaults, including one rape, that occurred in Van Nuys over the last two weeks. German Bautista Cruz, 23, was booked into the Van Nuys Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor indecent exposure charges from two incidents that were reported this month in Van Nuys, said Los Angeles Police Detective John Eum, the supervisor of the Van Nuys Division Sex Crimes Unit. A task force of officers arrested the laborer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Sepulveda Boulevard and Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, Eum said. Cruz allegedly admitted to an indecent exposure from June 6 at Sherman Way and Van Nuys Boulevard, Eum said. The suspect thought the woman he exposed himself to was a prostitute and asked, “How much?” Eum said. The woman called the police. Police are also trying to determine whether the suspect was responsible for raping a 26-year-old woman June 10 in an elevator of an apartment building at Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street, as well as three other sexual batteries that occurred in Van Nuys on June 20 – in the 6600 block of Sylmar Avenue, in the 6800 block of Bevis Avenue and in the 14200 block of Vanowen Street, Eum said. Two victims, one who was sexually battered and one who was flashed, have picked the suspect’s mugshot out of a photo array, Eum said. Officers are comparing DNA recovered from the suspect with DNA recovered from the June 10 rape, Eum said. Results may not be available for a couple of months, Eum said. For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal says the Champions League play-off with Club Brugge is the most important test of his Manchester United career so far.Brugge visit Old Trafford on Tuesday night before the tie concludes at the Jan Breydel Stadium next Wednesday.United are big favourites to see off the Belgians over two legs but Van Gaal is not taking them lightly and knows failure to reach the competition proper will be a disaster for himself and the club.“Of course,” Van Gaal said when asked if this was his most significant fixture since taking charge at Old Trafford.“I have already explained, the players want to participate (in the Champions League) and the board wants to participate, but especially the fans want to participate so the pressure is high.”History suggests United should have an easy ride. The aggregate score of their last three home games against Belgian opponents is 18-1.Brugge’s squad has been decimated by injury in the build-up to the match, and they needed a stoppage-time winner to beat KV Kortrijk on Friday.Van Gaal could have been draw against Lazio or Monaco in the play-off, but is still wary of the threat the Belgians will pose.“I think it is a difficult draw,” he said.“Brugge can defend very well and they can attack also, so it shall be a difficult match and that is why the pressure is high.”Brugge playmaker Victor Vazquez is hoping to deal a blow to his old coach on Tuesday.Most of the players in the Brugge team will be unfamiliar to United fans, but Van Gaal knows all about Vazquez.The Spaniard was coming through Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, during Van Gaal’s two spells as head coach of the Catalan giants.Vazquez has brief but positive memories of the Dutchman, who highlighted the 28-year-old as one of Brugge’s main threats at his pre-match press conference on Monday.”It’s always nice to hear about the big ones,” said Vazquez when asked about Van Gaal’s positive comments about him.”I met him in Barcelona. I was young, maybe 11 or 12 years old but my impression was that he was a really hard coach with a lot of character and personality, just like he is now.”I didn’t meet him a lot of times but I think he is one of the biggest coaches in football, for sure.”Brugge, who are managed by former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme, are without eight players through injury.United’s only absentee is Phil Jones, who is out with mild thrombosis.last_img read more

first_imgGraeme Souness says Liverpool must accept Barcelona’s £136million offer for Philippe Coutinho, insisting he is not even the Merseyside club’s best player.After having three bids rejected, Barca are to make a fourth and final attempt to lure the Brazilian playmaker to the Nou Camp.Liverpool have insisted all summer they will not be selling Coutinho but, with the 25-year-old making it clear he wants to go, Souness is urging the club to take the money.“Players normally get their way at the end of the day and with the sort of cash that is being offered now, I’d be snapping their hand off,” the former Reds star and manager told talkSPORT.“That kind of money you can’t say no to. Is he that good? For that sort of money you want a player that is a game-changer, the difference in big games, and I don’t see him as that.“Yeah, he is an attractive little footballer, he is neat and tidy on the ball, he wrong-foots people, he scores some wonder goals, but at that sort of level I would take the money.“I don’t see him being a Suarez or a Neymar.”Souness insists Coutinho is not even Liverpool’s mot influential player, adding: “That would be Sadio Mane.“Coutinho is six, seven goals a season. Does he turn up in the real big games? Mane is the man for me.”last_img read more

first_img REPLY Injured midfielder Naby Keita tore off his recovery pad to celebrate Liverpool’s stunning win over Barcelona on Tuesday night.The Reds overturned a three-goal deficit from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final to beat the La Liga giants 4-0 at Anfield. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The result will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in European history as Lionel Messi and Co were stunned by goals from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.Keita, who was forced off with a groin injury during last week’s first leg at Camp Nou, shared an Instagram story of himself screaming with joy as he ripped off his recovery pad. gameday cracker 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ajax vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTValencia vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNewport vs Mansfield (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REVEALED The Guinean has been ruled out for two months and will miss the Champions League final against Tottenham or Ajax. He is also a huge doubt for his country’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign this summer. And with Andy Robertson, who was substituted at half-time yesterday after being caught by a Luis Suarez kick, a doubt for the Reds’ final Premier League game against Wolves on Sunday, James Milner is likely to slot in at left-back. 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE shining Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January It further limits Klopp’s options in midfield with Keita and Adam Lallana sidelined.Liverpool will play either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final. Tune into talkSPORT this evening to hear full commentary of their semi-final second leg clash, live from Amsterdam!center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice deals Instagram Instagram Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars His setback came as a blow to Jurgen Klopp’s side as the 24-year-old was beginning to find his feet in England after his £52million move from RB Leipzig, netting three goals in six games. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Georginio Wijnaldum (left) and Divock Origi both scored twice against Barcelona 3 LIVE ON talkSPORT huge blow Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST last_img read more

first_imgHampden Park could host the opening game of Euro 2020. The stadium that’s already holding three fixtures in the tournament has been shortlisted ahead of the big reveal next Thursday. Kenny Miller has continuously tried to avoid speaking about the time he was exiled during Pedro Caixinha’s reign. While the Rangers striker may not want to go into detail about what happened he has, however, started to open up about how it felt.He says there were “malicious” things being said that were defamatory towards his character and “only one man could have cleared it all up”.Meawhile, St Mirren have leapfrogged Dundee United to the top of the Scottish Championship table and are confident of keeping rising talent Lewis Morgan until the end of the season.last_img read more

first_imgDiver Grace Reid added a second gold of the day for Scotland when she won the 1m springboard.Meanwhile, Claire Johnstone and Lesley Doig have won bronze in the bowls women’s pairs by beating Canada 18-10.Elsewhere on day nine, Seonaid McIntosh won her second shooting medal of the Gold Coast Games. The 22-year-old from Edinburgh secured bronze in the women’s 50m 3 rifle positions event. Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall has become Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete by claiming gold in Australia.Marshall and teammates Derek Oliver, Ronald Duncan and Paul Foster beat Australia 15-13 in a dramatic finale to take gold in the lawn bowls men’s fours.He now has five gold medals – more than any other Scot in Commonwealth Games history.The host nation led 13-11 in the final end but the Scots fought back to pick up four shots that secured victory. Boxer Reece McFadden emulated his Glasgow 2014 bronze after he lost out in a split decision to Northern Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in their 52kg semi-final bout.John Docherty has also claimed boxing bronze in the men’s 75kg semi-finals.The six medals increases the Scots’ record overseas Games medal haul to 41.Scotland’s previous best was 29 at Melbourne 2006.The nation’s highest ever medal tally came in Glasgow four years ago when the Scots took home 53 medals.last_img read more