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Tactics of the desperate must not be allowed to flourish

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me space to respond to former PNCR Executive member B Beniprashad Rayman who made an effort to pose questions in true ‘straw man’ fashion. It is always difficult to reply to fiction with fact as readers are often left at a loss of whom to believe. These are the tactics of the desperate but they must never be allowed to flourish.Rayman begins by positing that the Diamond and LBI estates were closed by President Bharrat Jagdeo. The Diamond factory was closed in 1985 and a large area of the estate’s cultivation was retired. Bharrat Jagdeo was a student at the time. In 2011, a decision was made to close the LBI factory. The decision was taken against the backdrop of the improvement of the Enmore factory and the construction of the packaging plant which yielded a higher price for the sugar produced. Few of the workers were affected by the closure; some were retained at LBI to work in the enlarged workshop that was created, while the others were transferred to work in the Enmore factory and a small number opted for early retirement. In contrast, the actions of the Granger administration are unmatched for their callous nature.In April 2016, the Granger administration closed the LBI Estate which ceased to exist and many workers were shown the door. A few weeks later, Granger announced its closure of the East Demerara Estate and put thousands out of work. Granger has closed four sugar estates and put seven thousand persons out of work. The rationale offered by Granger’s Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan that, “Probably, it was destined that way. Probably God wanted it that way that we have to make the decision now,” who also said that payment of workers’ severances was a “drag” on the economy. David Granger is not done with the sugar industry by any means, GuySuCo remains the country’s single largest employer, going by Ramjattan’s pronouncements, probably nothing but total closure of the sugar industry will satisfy ‘God’.The absolute fiction of the PPP Government closing down the bauxite industry is in direct contrast to the facts; production of bauxite declined rapidly after Burnham nationalised the industry in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, bauxite production was 1.5 million tonnes per year or half the annual level of the 1960s and 1970s. The state-owned Guyana Mining Enterprise Limited (Guymine) suffered repeated losses as a result of inefficient management, declining world prices for bauxite, and prolonged strikes by workers. The losses drained the company’s capital reserves and led to the deterioration of plants and equipment. Guyana’s single alumina plant, located in Linden, used to separate 300,000 tonnes per year of aluminium oxide from raw bauxite ore until the facility closed in 1982. Interestingly, it was the USD 400 million levies paid by the sugar industry that propped up bauxite and Burnham’s burgeoning Public Service. How soon we forget.In 1992, PPP/C met an arrangement by the Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIS), which funded and placed MINPROC as manager of the Linden Bauxite Company (LINMINE). MINPROC’s purpose was to determine and demonstrate whether LINMINE could be profitable. MINPROC reported that the there was no pathway to profitable operation; however, the PPP/C did not shut down the industry. They subsidised the industry until OMAI came on board as a managing partner/investor. The PPP brought in both current employers in the bauxite industry, Bosai, and Rusal. The PPP has also enabled large-scale gold mining and timber operations whose employees are primarily from Region 10.Having dispensed with the distracting fictions, I can discuss a matching of performance by Irfaan Ali during his tenure as a Minister and David Granger as President. Irfaan Ali held the important Housing and Water portfolios, he delivered 28,456 new housing units, more than anyone in the history of Guyana, provided transformational leadership in the industry, with his ‘one-stops’ delivering expedited house-lot ownership throughout the country. Irfaan Ali delivered twenty-five new wells and seven treatment plants, moving access to potable water from twenty-five per cent of the population to over fifty per cent. Granger has held one portfolio during his tenure as President: oil and gas, this he assumes reluctantly after widespread criticism and dissatisfaction surfaced about Raphael Trotman’s disastrous engagements with ExxonMobil, namely, the hidden $18 million bonus and the two per cent renegotiation. Granger has not accomplished anything in the O&G sector, and in fact, passed the work of securing the interests of Guyanese through local content legislation to Dr Mark Bynoe, a crony who wrote for Granger’s National Review publication. Bynoe also passed the buck; this work has been delegated to foreigners to the detriment of the local populace. Granger as President cannot match the achievements of Ali as Minister. I will concede that David Granger is unmatched in his incompetence, mismanagement, untrustworthiness, undermining of democracy, lack of vision, lack of leadership and his penchant for pursuit of the trivial.Over the coming months, Irfaan Ali will deliver speeches outlining his vision for Guyana’s future; they will be as detailed as articulate. In the same period, Granger will subject us to the vague ‘good life’ promise he has been making since Noah was a boy. Granger has promised much and delivered very little. Granger deliberately cloaks his incompetence in vagueness. Irfaan Ali’s promises will be made on deliverables, based on sound economic principles and an unmatched performance record.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Smokers over run government phone system

first_imgThe province will cover under Pharmacare the cost of nicotine replacement therapies and prescription drugs to help stop smoking.The program started on Friday and all smokers have to do is call 8-1-1 and register for the program.  According to CKNW, smokers looking to drop the habit are over running the B.C. Government phone lines with many getting a busy signal or nothing at all. The Ministry of Health says they have put more resources into the 8-1-1 help line and are asking residents to be patient.  According to the Ministry almost 700 people registered in the first day of the program.- Advertisement -The provincial government estimates this program will cost $15 to $25 million annually depending on how many people use it.Smokers are also encouraged to visit and to prepare themselves to quit.last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 12-8-19

first_imgBooking #:102733 Hensley, Bradley A Booking #:102736 Booking #:102739 Booking Date:12-08-2019 – 5:04 am View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:102547 Kelley, Bradley Booking Date:12-08-2019 – 3:28 am Booking #:102738 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Charges:35-44.1-3-4(a) Escape from Lawful Detention Charges:35-44.1-3-1(a) Resisting Law Enforcement9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation35-48-4-11(a) POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH/SALVIA Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 7:51 pm Bond:No Bond Kincaid, Jonathan A Booking Date:11-04-2019 – 2:49 am Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Release Date:12-08-2019 – 12:23 am Booking #:102734 Bond:No Bond Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 10:54 pm Booking #:102735 Charges:9-30-5-2(b) Operating Vehicle Intox/ Endangerment9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14%9-30-5-3 Operating Vehicle Intox/Prior Bond:No Bond Nugent, Jason A Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14% Charges:35-44.1-3-1(a) Resisting Law Enforcement7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication35-45-1-3 Disorderly Conduct35-42-2-1 (2A) Battery View Profile >>> Dowling, Ashley T Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 8:14 pm Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 7:34 pm Charges:9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14%9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 7:21 pm Booking #:102737 Charges:35-42-3-2 Kidnapping35-42-2-1 (1A) Battery35-45-2-1 Intimidation Bond:No Bond Jarquin-Mendez, Felipe N Bond:$355 Ferry, Patrick B Serna, Fabian O View Profile >>> Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Bond:$1505 Booking #:102732 Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:9-30-10-16 Habit Traffic Violater Charges:35-48-4-6 Possession Cocaine or Narcotic35-42-2-1.3(B2) Domm Batt in pres of child35-46-1-4a Neglect of Dependant9-30-5-2(b) Operating Vehicle Intox/ Endangerment9-30-5-1(b) BAC .15% or greater Stuckwisch, Grant T Booking Date:12-07-2019 – 8:27 pm View Profile >>>last_img read more

Durban’s waste to energy project

first_img11 October 2006The French Development Agency (AFD) is to contribute a loan of between R60- and R70-million to the eThekwini (Durban) Municipality for a project to generate electricity through the fermentation of household waste.The project is expected to generate up to 10 Megawatts of electricity – enough to illuminate about 9 000 homes – from landfill sites at the three Durban suburbs of Bisasar Road, Mariannhill and La Mercy.Gas recovery wells and generators are currently under construction at the three sites, where methane released by the waste will be converted into electric power by generators and fed directly into the city’s power grid.This will help cut back on the amount of coal burnt at the power stations that serve the city – and thus reduce South Africa’s production of greenhouse gases.“The project will enable South Africa to earn carbon credits through the Clean Development Mechanism,” the French Embassy said in a statement following the signing of the loan agreement with the AFD in Durban on Tuesday.“These carbon credits will be sold through the Prototype Carbon Fund managed by the World Bank.”The project is one of the first in South Africa to be eligible for carbon credit trading.The AFD, which supports development projects in the fields of energy efficiency, service delivery and job creation, plans to contribute over R3-billion to local projects as part of a recently signed Framework Charter for Partnership between France and South reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

OR Tambo Airport ‘ready for Afcon final’

first_img7 February 2013 The management of OR Tambo International Airport say they are ready to cater for the influx of passengers into the country for the final of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Following their victories in Wednesday night’s semi-finals, Nigeria and Burkino Faso will do battle in the final match of the 2013 Afcon finals at the National Stadium in Johannesburg at 8pm on Sunday, 10 February. Wednesday’s semi-final losers, Mali and Ghana, will play off for third place at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. With the last four teams coming from the West Africa bloc, OR Tambo International Airport General Manager Tebogo Mekgoe said they didn’t anticipate any hassles in processing the outflow of football fans after the tournament. “We have a lot of processing capacity and great experience in terms of events management at OR Tambo Airport, so we are ready for the potential inflow of football fans for the Afcon finals,” Mekgoe said. “With the robust plan that we have with our stakeholders at the airport, we are confident that there will be no issues in processing the high volumes of football fans into the country, and this plan will also be used when they depart after the tournament,” he told SAnews on Wednesday. Asked about challenges at Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, Mekgoe said the issue of delayed flights had to be dealt with in order for the airport to continue to be rated among the best in the world. Mekgoe said he was also working on an ideal collaborative plan with all the airport stakeholders, with a view of improving services. Source: read more

Learn it, Live it Love it: The Independence Edition

first_imgLearn It: You participated in a recitation of the Declaration of Independence yesterday right? Right?! If not, and even if you did, why not give it one more read for good measure? Live It: I enjoyed this piece by Kay Coles James  as a helpful reminder of the institutions in place that allow America to continue it’s path toward achieving the ideals set forth in the Declaration, and why it’s more than ok to be proud of our country. AFF alum and former board member Brooke Obberwetter is hosting a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday to support Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. They are on the ground providing material support and comfort to those seeking asylum on our border. She’s raised over $13K so far with a goal to raise 50K. I’ve donated. Perhaps you’d like to as well?Love it:I’ll admit, this is older news, but I think the story of Idaho declaring a “regulatory reset” is worth celebrating every day of the week. Which states will be next?last_img read more

a month agoTottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Tottenham remain determined to find Victor Wanyama buyerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham remain determined to find a buyer for Victor Wanyama in January.The Kenya international turned down a move to Club Brugge after their offer was accepted.Olympique Marseille were also in contact with Wanyama’s minders, but the market shut with him still a Spurs player.The Guardian says Spurs still want to offload the midfielder when the market reopens.Wanyama’s deal runs to 2021. last_img

ESPN’s Poll Reveals Alabama Perceived As College Football’s Best Coaching Job

first_imgESPN SportsNation poll about the best college football coaching job.It’s always fun to debate which college football program is the most prestigious in the country. There are a number of ways to measure such an honor, including determining which head coaching job is the most coveted in the country. We went through and named our 16 most desirable head coaching gigs this past November. This week, ESPN asked the general public to chime in.In an ESPN SportsNation poll, Alabama was voted as the best coaching job in college football. The Crimson Tide received 35% of the vote, ahead of No. 2 Ohio State by a decent margin. Texas and USC came in third and fourth, though, to be fair, there were only four teams listed. “Other” took home 26% of the vote.Fans in specific regions made it clear that they believe their program should have been listed. It’s obvious that supporters of Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Florida State felt that they should have been options as well. ESPNESPNDo you agree with the poll? Is Alabama really the best job in the country, or has Nick Saban’s success made it that way?last_img read more

ESPN: These 3 Teams Won’t Make A Bowl Game In 2018

first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Predictions for the 2018 college football season are starting to roll in. We’re less than 3 months away from opening weekend, after all.What are your predictions for the upcoming season?Who’s going to surprise and make a big bowl game? Who’s going to disappoint and miss one?ESPN’s Football Power Index has a series of projections for the upcoming season. The FPI is predicting that three major programs will miss a bowl game.These three programs all have major historic success, but all of them are now led by new head coaches. It could take some time for things to get going.Those three programs:NebraskaUCLATennesseeNebraska, Tennessee and UCLA all have win-loss projections that feature more projected losses than wins. That’s not going to cut it when it comes to bowl season.You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Way ahead of the holiday schedule, Diaz has delivered his gifts to the city that rejected him. The first is a bloodied Anatoly, complete with the tracking device Laurel and Felicity planted on The Silencer… and a bomb. It narrowly fails to blow up Felicity, Dinah, and most of ARGUS. Once again, Felicity has interfered in one of Diggle’s top secret operations, but he decides to keep her on the team anyway. Laurel, however, is shown the door. Not the smartest move when she’s the one leading the charge to get Oliver out of jail.Compared to Anatoly, Laurel gets an easy ride this episode (despite her near meltdown after a judge rejects her request to have Oliver released). Felicity threatens Anatoly with a warrant that would mark him as a (even more) wanted man if he doesn’t agree to a sting operation. It ends up nearly killing him when Felicity hesitates to pull him out after it becomes beyond clear that his life is in danger. What’s happening to her? Who has she become now that she’s willing to risk everything and everyone to get Diaz? Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more