Minister Holder’s outburst an irresponsible demonstration of leadership

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was taken aback after the Union listened to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s seeming outburst on a local television newscast of September 26, 2018, regarding the $30 billion aimed at securing and revitalising the operations of the three remaining Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) estates. It was reported that the Minister is clueless about the monies that were borrowed. The Minister said “…so they have now apparently secured some $30 billion bond, which GuySuCo management has not seen, which the Minister of Agriculture has not seen, and frankly speaking don’t really want to see.” Minister Holder went on saying, “… am I don’t understand, I am like you, I can’t understand why you got $30 billion, pay four per cent interest, sit on it and don’t hand it over to who supposed to use it.”It seems to us that apparently Minister Holder is out of the loop regarding the monies that have been borrowed which are backed by a sovereign Government guarantee and secured by the assets of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) – which incidentally belong to the people of Guyana. The Minister’s tirade, as it were, is yet another demonstration of how the affairs of the country are addressed by the Granger Administration. It also, once more, brings into focus the Administration’s more than confused approach to the sugar industry generally.But apart from that, the Minister’s venting is a serious indictment on him and his performance. GAWU would want to believe that as a responsible leader of our country, entrusted with overseeing one of the largest sectors of the country, he would have sought to get to the bottom of where the borrowed monies were and seek to channel it to the industry which requires it urgently. We saw the new GuySuCo Chairman, John Dow, in the September 27 Guyana Times, being quoted as saying “…you cannot get increases in production without spending money in getting that infrastructure and equipment up to scratch”. But in contrast to the GuySuCo Chairman, the goodly Minister Holder is saying he doesn’t want to see the monies borrowed. We wonder how more incredulous can the Agriculture Minister get.Minister Holder’s stewardship of sugar, and some can say of the entire agricultural industry, has been, by many standards, less than acceptable.The GAWU recalls the Minister’s quick abrogation of responsibility for the sugar industry when the nation learnt, the Granger Administration, transferred GuySuCo to the auspices of NICIL. It seems that the Minister is least bothered, apparently, by doing the best he can do and has simply resigned himself to escape responsibility as best as he can.This lethargic approach from a senior Minister who has such weighty responsibilities is a disservice to our country’s people and is, certainly, no encouragement to a main productive sector of our economy.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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Benteke return ‘great for Aston Villa’, says Lambert

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert was pleased to see Christian Benteke back in first-team action against Manchester City on Saturday, saying the striker’s return is “great for the club.”The Belgian youngster has endured a difficult six-month spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles last season, and his presence was an encouragement for Lambert who senses the 23-year-old will soon be back to his goalscoring best.“He played half an hour,” said the Villans boss. “It is great for the club, his team-mates and himself to get back playing.“There were little glimpses there that he will be back to his best soon.”Villa frustrated the Premier League champions with a stubborn performance at Villa Park, but Lambert admitted their superior quality was the difference, as Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero both netted in the final ten minutes to seal a 2-0 victory.Despite the result, the Scot felt his side acquitted themselves well against difficult opposition.He added: “For 82 minutes we were in it and Kieran [Richardson] had a really good chance after they hit the post. That is how tight it is.“When you play against these sides, if you get a chance you have to take it.“For 82 minutes, the lads were excellent, they did really well, but the two lads that scored the goals are top players themselves.”The defeat was Villa’s third in succession after previous losses to Arsenal and Chelsea.That run has taken the gloss off what had been a bright start to the season but, given the toughness of the opposition, Lambert was not downbeat.He said: “Today I thought we were well in it against a team I think will be close to winning it.”last_img read more

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Two dead in Hollywood crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsVargas wasn’t seriously injured. HOLLYWOOD – A suspected drunk driver was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning after running a red light that caused a crash that killed two people, authorities said. Jose Luis Vargas, 31, of Los Angeles was arrested in connection with the 1 a.m. collision at Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Murrel Pettway of the West Traffic Division. Vargas was driving east on Sunset when he ran a red light and crashed into a car going south on Gower, Pettway said. Samuel Cassel, 28, of Valley Village, and Rhiannon Meier, 28, of Los Angeles, died at the scene. 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

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How West Ham can stop Salah, Firmino and Sturridge from profiting for Liverpool

first_imgJavier Hernandez is the ultimate poacher in the box and West Ham will hope he’s on top form against a Liverpool side on the verge of an unlikely three successive clean sheets.Here are the key stats you need to know ahead of the game.There hasn’t been a draw between West Ham and Liverpool in the Premier League since December 2001Liverpool boast a W8 L4 record against West Ham in the top flight since they last drew a meeting almost 16 years ago. That 1-1 draw in December 2001 saw Paolo Di Canio’s penalty cancel out a Steven Gerrard opener at Upton Park. On Saturday draw-masters Liverpool head to the London Stadium seeking all three points to reignite their title hopes. Liverpool have drawn four matches already this season – the joint-most alongside Burnley, Southampton and West Brom. The Hammers, meanwhile, have drawn three games, which have all come in their last five outings.A draw on Saturday is priced at 3/1West Ham have conceded 10 goals from their last eight Premier League home games, despite keeping five clean sheets over that period as wellWest Ham have conceded at home in just two games this season, but on both occasions they let in three goals. At the end of the last term Liverpool arrived in east London and put four past the Hammers. Defensive nous, especially at home, is crucial when 60,000 supporters are urging your team forward. But when games open up West Ham are susceptible to collapsing at the back. Of Joe Hart’s 27 saves this season, only seven have come at home. He was hardly needed in wins over Huddersfield Town and Swansea, but could do nothing as West Ham were rocked by Tottenham and Brighton. Saturday’s result could depend on which mood West Ham are in. Keep it tight and they could pinch it. But an open match against Liverpool risks a heavy defeat.Total goals over 3.5 at 17/10Liverpool have scored 14 goals in their last four games, winning 3-0 in their last two outingsThe free-scoring Liverpool of last season has taken time to come to fruition this term, as problems at the back dog the Reds. But Jurgen Klopp’s side have proven clinical in front of goal of late. Granted, of the 14 goals they have scored in their last four games, 10 have come against Maribor. But nothing breeds confidence more than wins and goals, and Liverpool head into Saturday’s clash with West Ham on a two-game winning streak. Fans may scoff at that, but Liverpool haven’t put back-to-back wins together since August. Three successive clean sheets is a feat not seen since the end of last season (four in succession). Another convincing win this weekend would be welcome indeed.Liverpool to win without conceding at 2/1All 41 of Javier Hernandez’s Premier League goals have come from inside the box – only Tim Cahill (56/56) has a higher 100 per cent recordJavier Hernandez has endured a mixed start to life at West Ham. The former Manchester United striker arrived in the summer after a career rejuvenation at Bayer Leverkusen. In stature, he is quite the opposite to the hulking Andy Carroll up front and manager Slaven Bilic hasn’t really been able to settle on one way of playing, especially with Carroll flitting in and out the side. Hernandez scored in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend – his fourth of the campaign and only the third game in which he has found the net. He has not been as prolific as Bilic would have liked, and is averaging just 1.7 shots per game. Then again, only Carroll (3.6) and Michail Antonio (1.9) are averaging more, so Hernandez isn’t exactly falling behind his peers.Javier Hernandez to score first at 13/2Mohamed Salah scored his 10th Liverpool goal of the season on Wednesday night and has contributed to 29 per cent of the Reds’ Premier League goals (5/17)Mohamed Salah is proving his worth as Liverpool’s most expensive ever signing. Only four players (Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane) have scored a greater percentage of their respective team’s goals in the Premier League so far. Salah has scored a third of Liverpool’s top-flight tally and is doing the business in Europe as well. While Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane suffer injury crises – and Roberto Firmino continues his dip in form – Salah has, at times, held up the Liverpool attack. Klopp’s attacking unit needs space to exploit and they should get it against a West Ham side that will be urged forward by the home crowd. This game is ripe for Salah, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge to profit.Mohamed Salah to score at 31/20 1 West Ham and Liverpool meet at the London Stadium last_img read more

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Santa Clarita loses out to El Segundo

first_imgLancaster also prides itself on a business-friendly attitude, with a fast-track permitting process that cuts through red tape. “We have a business slogan, `We appreciate your business’ and we really try to stress that in our action as well as our words,” said Anne Aldrich, spokeswoman for the city. Los Angeles County has added more than 2.5 million residents in 25 years, but just 500,000 jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The LAEDC invited officials of all cities in the county – more than 80 – to apply for the award. The finalists were selected from a couple dozen cities that sent in applications. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The cities of Burbank, Santa Clarita, Lancaster and Long Beach were also in the running Thursday night for the county’s Most Business-Friendly City title, which went to El Segundo. The South Bay community boasts the highest concentration of Fortune 500 firms of any city in the county. On average, it takes only one day to get a business license in El Segundo. “L.A. County has lost a lot of high-paying jobs to other regions of the state and to other states in the union,” said Bill Allen, chief executive officer of the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which staged the annual Eddy Award at Century Plaza Hotel. “And to keep those jobs, you have to create an environment in which a city is willing to invest in their plant and their people.” El Segundo won the title over finalists Burbank, Santa Clarita, Lancaster and Long Beach. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Carrie Rogers, economic development manager for Santa Clarita, said attracting business and jobs helps community residents. “When you’re business-friendly, businesses are looking at your city to maybe expand, relocate. By creating better-paying jobs and employment opportunities, you reduce the number of residents who maybe have to travel.” A Santa Clarita study found that 66,000 of its residents leave the city for better-paying jobs elsewhere, and Rogers said she wants to reduce that number. El Segundo, which was founded by oil interests 95 years ago, has nearly 17,000 residents, but its working population is more than 80,000. The city is home to three Fortune 500 companies: Computer Sciences, DirecTV and Mattel. Like El Segundo, Burbank attracts workers. The city has long been home to The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., and it has low taxes and fees, said Allen, son of the late TV talk-show host Steve Allen. last_img
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Rudi Skacel back in Scotland to train with Gary Locke’s Raith Rovers

first_imgRudi Skacel has returned to Scotland to start training with Gary Locke’s Raith Rovers.The pair worked together at Hearts with Tynecastle legend Skacel remaining a hero in the maroon half of Edinburgh due to his exploits in Gorgie.Now the 36-year-old will join the Championship side in a bid to win a deal.Locke told Raith’s website: “Rudi is a fantastic professional. He is very fit naturally, and once he gains his sharpness, I hope we can persuade him to sign for the club because he will be a first class role model for the whole squad, that’s for sure. “I am delighted he has agreed to link up with us, and I am certain his presence will create a real buzz as the season gets under way. “He knows how to score goals, and to create chances for others so he could be a key player for us in the months ahead.”Skacel became a hero with Hearts fans during his first spell with the club before joining Southampton in 2006.The Czech Republic international returned and helped the club lift the Scottish Cup in 2012, scoring twice in the final as they thrashed city rivals Hibernian 5-1 at Hampden.last_img read more

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Glenswilly GAA manager Glackin to stand for vacant Sinn Fein seat

first_imgLocal Sinn Féin members in the Letterkenny Municipal District will hold a convention to select a replacement for former councillor, Mick Quinn, on 4th May at 7.30pm in the Lagoon Restaurant & Guesthouse, Termon.Two candidates including Glenswilly senior GAA manager Adrian Glackin and former Letterkenny Urban Councillor Sean O’Donnell.Mick Quinn stepped down last from the council last month, on health grounds, after serving eight years as a County Councillor. Outlining details of the convention, Cllr Jack Murray said “Sinn Féin members in the Letterkenny Municipal District will gather next week to elect a replacement for Mick Quinn – a fine public representative who stepped down from public office last month.“At the closing date for nominations, there have been two names put forward to contest the convention.“Voting will be open to Sinn Féin members in the Letterkenny Municipal District and the convention will be overseen by Sligo County Councillor, Chris McManus.“The candidate who receives the most votes will then have the huge honour of representing the people of Donegal in the county council on behalf of Sinn Féin. “That person will also take on the huge responsibility of filling the shoes of Mick Quinn who first took a seat on Donegal County Council for our party back in 2009.“Mick was an excellent public representative who worked tirelessly on behalf of the people who elected him. He was also a committed Irish republican and held his political principles with conviction.“Mick has set the bar very high for his successor but I am delighted that we have two excellent nominees going forward to convention.“I look forward to working with the successfully selected candidate in the years ahead as we continue Mick’s work in building support for Sinn Féin and in delivering a public service which the people of this county deserve and expect.”The two candidates going forward to convention are: Sean ‘Johnny’ O’Donnell: Sean was born in Letterkenny but later moved to Churchill where he is a full-time farmer. He was a Letterkenny Urban Councillor from 1974-79 and has been involved in Republican politics and a wide variety of community and voluntary organisations over the last number of decades. He has been involved with the National Waters Restoration League, Letterkenny Housing Action Committee, Donegal H-Block Committee, Anti-Extradition Committee, Churchill Local Development Group and was a founding member of other groups such as Letterkenny Area Development Association, Integrated group for people with disabilities and Derryveagh Glens Community Group and Meenaboll Environmental Protection Group.Sean was also a founding member and chairman of the Donegal Branch of the buddy bear appeal from 1988 – 1998. During this time almost £200,000 was raised in aid of children with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.Sean is working to improve water quality to ten group water schemes which are presently sourcing water from Gartan Lake, with the hope of securing a supply from Lough Salt to the Churchill reservoir.Adrian Glackin: Adrian is from Glenswilly and is the current manager of Glenswilly GAA senior team, having formerly been chairperson of the club in 2012. He worked in Tesco, Letterkenny from 1996-2016 and became line manager. During this time, he led a walkout of Letterkenny Shopping Centre staff in a dispute against centre management over the withdrawal of free parking spaces for staff in February and March 2008. He then organised meetings, got customer support in the form of petitions and helped gain support from the general public by publicising the issues in local media.Glenswilly GAA manager Glackin to stand for vacant Sinn Fein seat was last modified: April 26th, 2017 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:Adrian GlackindonegalSean O’DonnellSinn Feinlast_img read more

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Dog bite costly for pet owner

first_imgA 30-year-old Wallaceburg man received a $1,505 fine in connection to his dog biting a person this past April.The fine, issued when the man was in Provincial Offences Act court earlier this week, was the result of charges laid by Pet and Wildlife Rescue animal control, according to a media release issued Wednesday afternoon.The victim is reported to have received a significant injury to his hand, which included suffering a broken finger and a wound requiring stitches after being bitten by the dog.PAWR animal control charged the owner with numerous offences under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act and the Chatham-Kent Responsible Animal Ownership bylaw.In addition to the fine, the dog owner was given provincial orders including the dog be muzzled when outside and ensuring the dog is always under the control of a person while of the owner’s property.PAWR states residents can call 226-996-9969 if they have any concerns with aggressive dogs or need to report a dog bite.last_img read more

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“Listening Sessions” On WCU campus

first_imgThe search for the next president of the University of North Carolina System will include a pair of “listening sessions” on the campus of its westernmost institution that are designed to provide members of the public with opportunities to share ideas on the qualities they would like to see in the UNC System’s next top leader.  Western Carolina University will host two public forums Monday, Oct. 21, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. The first session is set for 1:30 until 3 p.m., with the second to follow from 4:30 until 6 p.m.  The UNC System is searching for a successor to former President Margaret Spellings, who resigned from the position on March 1. William Roper, former UNC Health Care chief executive officer who has been serving as interim president, has announced that he will not be seeking the permanent position, but will continue as interim leader until June 30, 2020.last_img read more

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Improve Your Healthcare IQ

first_imgHealthcare is undergoing massive changes. As a result of these changes many of those that work in the healthcare industry are finding that they need new skills and knowledge. A great way to go about this is participating in a massive open online course (MOOC).The term MOOC was first used by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island in 2008. MOOCs are online courses that are built for open and collaborative participation. MOOC courses are often delivered as a pre-recorded series of video lectures with corresponding assignments to test knowledge. Courses are typically self-paced which makes it easy to schedule around work and family commitments. Mobile applications are available for some platforms which makes learning on the go easy (and much more productive than gaming!). Several MOOC platforms have implemented paid certification programs that focus on in-demand skill sets like data science. In addition to the education, most MOOC platforms provide community forums which can be great ways to connect with other individuals around the world with a shared passion for the subject matter.A variety of healthcare related courses are available on various MOOC platforms. A useful tool for selecting courses across platforms is Mooc List. Three of the more common platforms that come up in healthcare related searches are Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn. Each of these platforms has a slightly different focus in terms of course content and geographic distribution of educators. Coursera seems to have the most diverse set of healthcare curriculum today, but interesting course can be found on all three. Below are some of the sample courses available: CourseraInterprofessional Healthcare InformaticsWe will explore perspectives of clinicians like dentists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians in all sorts of practice settings worldwide. Emerging technologies, telehealth, gaming, simulations, and eScience are just some of the topics that we will consider.Big Data Analytics for HealthcareWe introduce the characteristics and related analytic challenges on dealing with clinical data from electronic health records. Many of those insights come from medical informatics community and data mining/machine learning community. There are three thrusts in this course: Application, Algorithm and SystemedXEntrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging EconomiesExplore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex health problems in emerging economies.Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting ResultsCourse will provide learners with the valuable skills and simple, well-tested tools they need to translate promising innovations or evidence into practice. A group of expert faculty will explore a scientific approach to improvement — a practical, rigorous methodology that includes a theory of change, measurable aims, and iterative, incremental small tests of change to determine if improvement concepts can be implemented effectively in practice.FutureLearnInside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer DevelopmentIn this free online course, you’ll learn about the fundamental biological concepts that inform our current understanding of cancer development, the molecular genetics behind it and its spread within the body.Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body PartsThis free online course tells the story of this revolution, introducing you to commonly used biomaterials, including metals, ceramics and polymers, and how bioprinting techniques, such as selective laser melting, hot-melt extrusion and inkjet printing, work. Through case studies – ranging from hip implants to facial transplants to lab-grown organs – we’ll answer questions such as: What is 3D printing and how did it come about? Is it really possible to print structures that incorporate both living and artificial components? How long before we can print whole body organs for transplants? What is possible right now, and what will be possible in 20 and 50 years’ time?So whatever your reason, take some time to participate in an MOOC. It’s a fantastic way to stimulate new ideas and connect with like-minded individuals around the world.What questions do you have?last_img read more

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