PPP condemns complete shutdown of LBI operations

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned the recent revelation of Government’s impending plans to completely cease all operations at the La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara, Sugar Estate.The LBI estateIn a joint press statement from the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) on Thursday, it was disclosed that Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is moving to shut down the remaining operations at the ECD estate. According to the unions, this was indicated to them by the Sugar Corporation during a meeting on Tuesday.However, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee “strongly condemns” the decision, saying it is being done in similar fashion as Wales Estate. Moreover, Rohee pointed out the convenient timing of this release, noting that it comes at a time when the Granger Administration has found itself in the midst of a host of controversies.In fact, the General Secretary believes it is a deliberate act being done to divert attention from these “corrupt practices” within the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition.“The sneaky approach used to announce the closure of LBI Estate reeks of an attempt to shift the public’s attention away from the swirling corruption scandals that are currently impacting heavily the APNU+AFC administration,” he remarked.Rohee further outlined that cloaking the move to close another sugar estate as plans at “consolidating”, “integrating” and “merging” the East Demerara estates is unacceptable.The PPP, he added, is of the view that collateral damage will result unquestionably with sugar workers in particular and workers in general from other related industrial and service providers being seriously affected in the same way as the workers at Wales Estate.“The PPP in its campaign to save Wales Estate had publicly alerted sugar workers in particular and workers in general that it should come as no surprise to them should the anti-working class Granger administration move to shut down other sugar estates in the country,” he recalled.Nevertheless, the PPP General Secretary said his party will continue to lend firm and unshakeable support and solidarity to sugar workers and their trade unions in their struggle to save the sugar industry and to beat back the anti-working-class policies of the Granger administration.In 2011, GuySuCo under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, had closed the LBI Sugar Factory however the Corporation had assured that the other operations of the Estate would remain functioning.However, the two unions representing sugar workers said during recent discussions, they were told that operations of the Field Workshop, Mill Dock, Field Lab, Stores and Administrative Offices at LBI Estate will be merged with similar operations at the Enmore Estate.While GuySuCo have assured that workers will be deployed to the Enmore Estate, both unions are doubtful that full-time and regular employment will be available.last_img read more

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Whither, Rubber Planters? Whither, Liberian Agriculture?

first_imgLiberian rubber planters are facing serious problems these days.  They have dropped production because of the fall in the global rubber price, from US$2,500 per ton four years ago to US$714 today.It was in the face of this crisis that they met last Thursday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to seek government intervention in bringing some relief to rubber farmers. While she showed understanding and concern about their plight, the President put the problem back to the rubber planters and urged them to establish a rubber development fund upon which they could lean in times of crisis.We believe the President is right, even if her suggestion is somewhat belated.  This newspaper has long called on the Liberian government to take the agriculture sector more seriously.  In the good days when the world rubber price was highest in history, somebody, probably the government, could have urged rubber planters to put away something for the rainy day?Now that the rainy day has arrived, the rubber planters find themselves in desperation. The Daily Observer has also been urging the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) to develop a research arm to help their members keep abreast of technological developments in the sector.This could easily have been done because not only were rubber planters people of means; but they have very powerful and experienced members, such as Firestone and the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), which could have helped provide the facilities for the research department.Until the late 1980s Firestone had its own Botanical Research Division, which constantly developed new, high producing clones, such as Harbel One and others.  One of the Firestone research directors who made a distinctive mark was Dr. McKindore, who created several clones including one of the highest producing at the time, Harbel One.We are told that the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia started a rubber research effort before the war, but it was suspended during the turbulent 1980s.   The Dean, Dr. Roland Massaquoi, confirmed that they plan to reestablish the research department but there are not only financial but land constraints.  The government has allowed people to buy up a lot of the land at the University Farm in Fendall, including places where the Forestry College planted many special species of plants for research and development.  Many of these have been indiscriminately uprooted by the new “land owners.”However, the College is training a new cadre agriculture and forestry scientists not only to teach, but to do research as well.  So there is hope for the future; but on what territory will these scholars to do their work?We don’t know when last the Agriculture Minister visited the College of Agriculture in Fendall.  But there should be very close collaboration between the College and the Ministry for the sake of positive collaboration and future planning in all sectors—vegetables and fruits, tree crops, animal husbandry,  poultry and eggs and research.Liberians do not talk about coffee anymore–why?  We have long called for the reactivation of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), which since the early 1960s encouraged farmers to produce in many areas.It is the Ministry that should have been guiding the President about developments in the all important rubber sector–and not wait until a crisis arises.  Nor has the Ministry undertaken any initiatives that will make Liberia self sufficient in meat.  Liberian poultry and egg producers have thrown in the towel because they cannot compete with foreign businesspeople who import cheap chickens and eggs fromEurope, which are heavily subsidized by their governments and by the European Union (EU). This newspaper has over many years urged GOL to pursue meat production through cattle raising in southeastern and northern Liberia, particularly Grand Cess, Grand Kru County, and Foya, Lofa County.  These places are natural habitats for cattle. It is never too late to start doing the right thing. We pray that Agriculture people will get busy and reach out to our farmers in research, through the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), through agricultural extension and through stimulus in the various sectors of agricultural production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President pledges support to Guyana Police Force Band

first_img160th anniversaryPresident David Granger on Wednesday pledged his support and that of the Government to the Guyana Police Force’s military band at a special luncheon, which he hosted at the Baridi Benab, State House, to celebrate the band’s 160th anniversary.In his brief remarks, President Granger noted that the Police Force Band has become a national institution, which has served the Guyanese people well.“The Force has built up a formidable reputation not only in Guyana but also in the Caribbean and even as far as the UK and it has produced a great number of talented musicians. The Band has had an important role in the development of Guyanese culture because it is the best band in the land. The fact that the band has been awarded a National Award signifies the seriousness with which the State has taken the role, which the band has performed,” the President is quoted by thePresident David Granger meeting with the GPF military band at a special luncheon, which he hosted at the Baridi Benab, State HouseMinistry of the Presidency as saying.The President expressed the hope that the band can become decentralised, with a presence in all of the ten administrative regions.“The band doesn’t just have a proud past, it also has an important future. Youngsters who are interested in playing music in all of the villages and regions are encouraged to emulate the Guyana Police Force Military Band. It will be such a great thing to be able to go to a region and see that every region has a major Police division and every Police division has a band. Some of the members may be volunteers, young apprentices. I would like to feel that the Police Band as a national institution shouldn’t do so much travelling as it has to do now. It should be able to stimulate the growth of divisional bands throughout the Police Force. It is possible that young people can be encouraged. On the part of the Government of Guyana, I commit myself… This is a national institution and it deserves national support from a national President,” he said.Woman Superintendent, Charmaine Stuart, Director of Music and Culture at the Guyana Police Force Band, said the Band has planned activities in Linden, Berbice, Essequibo and Demerara in observance of its milestone.Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine as well Assistant Commissioners of Police and other senior officers of the Force were also present.last_img read more

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Alleged head of pirate gang nabbed in Berbice

first_imgPiracy massacrePremnauth Persaud, also called “Sanbad”, “Sinbad” and “Bouy” was on Tuesday evening arrested in Berbice in connection with the deadly attacks on the high seas between April 21 and May 2, 2018, which left several missing and four dead. HeAlexander Denhartwas listed as the ring leader of the gang that execute the attacks.The man was arrested at Number 68 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, by ranks of the Guyana Police Force who acted on information received. His apprehension is seen as a major breakthrough in solving the crime. Persaud was wanted by both Surinamese and Guyanese lawmen following the pirate attacks.Based on reports received, after committing the heinous crimes, Persaud, the captain of Cristina-1 SK-1221 and the other men, held Gowkarran Outar calledPremnauth Persaud, also called “Sinbad”, “Sanbad” and “Bouy”“Gavin” as hostage on their way back to Guyana.As the men approached their destination, they allegedly killed Outar and threw his body into the Atlantic Ocean. His body was discovered several days later on the Number 63 Beach.However, on Wednesday, 19-year-old Alexander Denhart, also called “Shameface”, was arraigned with the murder of Tilacknauth Mohabir who was killed between April 27 and May 3, 2018.One week earlier, his ‘boss’ Nakool Manohar, also called “Fyah”, was arraigned with the same murder, as well as several robberies committed on the high seas. Mohabir’s body was discovered on the Wai Wai Bank in the Atlantic Ocean days after the deadly attacks.On Saturday last, Surinamese law enforcement officers had arrested “Bolo” as a member of the deadly gang and they are on the hunt for another referred to as “Dick”. The piracy attack reportedly stemmed from the execution-style killing of“Crackhead”Somnath Monohar who was gunned down on March 30, 2018 in Suriname.As a result of Somnath Monohar’s death, his brother Nakool had travelled to Suriname and had offered US$50,000 to the gang members to take revenge for his brother’s death. Nevertheless, “Killerman” who was fingered in the death of the Guyanese businessman, was arrested and remains in custody.Prior to his arrest, Premcharan Ravikan, a Surinamese Police Auxiliary Agent, was found dead hours after he had allegedly been kidnapped by Guyanese.He was reportedly stabbed five times and shot once. His throat was also slit, and a single bullet wound was evident to his abdomen. It was later reported that he hadNakool Manoharprovided the weapon that was used to execute the businessman.To date, “Crackhead”, who was arrested two weeks after the attacks, has confessed to killing five of the Guyanese fishermen and disposing of their bodies by throwing them overboard.Upon his arrest, he reportedly told Police that he was following orders, which were to attack the boat and “get rid” of the occupants. Five of the men survived the attack and are providing the necessary information as investigations continue.last_img read more

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Peace River Regional Municipality’s election off to good start

first_imgCouncillor Karen Goodings is seeking re-election in Electoral Area B, while Dan Rose is looking to be elected in Electoral Area E.Rose is going up against Councillor Jerrilyn Schembri and Don Harris, while Councillor Goodings is so far running un-opposed.Other candidates include Councillor Leonard Hiebert in Electoral Area D and Brad Sperling in Electoral Area C.- Advertisement -The last day for the nomination period is this Friday, while polls across the province open November 15.last_img

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Amazon grocery site gets a thumbs up

first_imgThe prices seemed comparable to local grocery stores, although it was tough to compare Amazon’s by-the-piece produce pricing. Is 89 cents good for a nectarine of unspecified size? Amazon’s regular Web store is cluttered with reviews and links to related products. Fresh looks sparce in comparison, with simple white pages and short item descriptions, but in this case, less isn’t more. As my friend and I browsed the site, we brainstormed a wish list of features including nutrition information and recipes with a one-click link to add all the ingredients to our shopping cart. Amazon spokesman Craig Berman said the company plans to add more customization and recommendations, but did not say when. The grocery site isn’t fully connected to the rest of Amazon.com – we couldn’t order copies of Harry Potter with our nectarines – but it uses the same login and password, and it pulls in stored credit card information from the main site. There’s no c.o.d. option. When we added our first item (a dozen eggs) to the cart, we had to stop and type in a delivery address, describe the type of residence before we could continue shopping. Berman explained that the company wants to make sure new customers live in the test neighborhoods, and that this interruption will be cut out when the service is more widely available. When we went to check out, my friend wanted to use a different credit card, but there was no place to add or change billing information. We had to log in to the regular Amazon.com site to make the change. We were surprised to see that we had our choice of one-hour delivery windows for the rest of the week. I imagine if more people start ordering, this won’t be the case. We picked 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a Thursday, and at 4:34, a green Amazon Fresh truck with bright red hubcaps rolled up to my friend’s apartment. Out hopped two smiling, clean-cut guys wearing matching Columbia Sportswear-brand khaki pants and snazzy shirts bearing Amazon Fresh’s cute radish logo. For our $53 order of 23 items, they pulled out no fewer than five plastic tubs, from which they fished six paper shopping bags. Later, we counted seven additional plastic shopping bags inside. The Fresh guys, both brand-new Amazon employees, said ours was their only home delivery stop of the run. They were extremely friendly and happy to answer a nosy reporter’s questions, but they really scored points when they turned down a tip. My friend mentioned more than once that the no-tip policy made her much more likely to order again. Aside from the excessive number of bags, Amazon’s delivery got a perfect score. Ice cream? Frozen. Lettuce? Crispy. Eggs? Unbroken. Salmon? Refrigerator-temperature, well-sealed and from a nearby town. Amazon also gave us free “complimentary samples,” including an extra dozen eggs and a family-sized bag of pre-washed salad mix. It turns out that 89 cents was a steal for the nectarines, which were as big as softballs. Most dot-com Web grocery pioneers, including Kirkland, Wash.-based HomeGrocer, imploded because they couldn’t attract enough shoppers to offset massive spending on warehouses, delivery trucks and marketing. Amazon, already a household name and a master of distribution logistics, is unlikely to struggle with those problems. But margins in the grocery business are notoriously thin, and Amazon’s average selection puts it in competition with major chains such as Safeway Inc., which sells groceries online and in most Seattle neighborhoods. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here, my local market is open 24 hours a day, and even after six months I’m still in awe of the wide, sparkling aisles filled with organic produce and bulk foods. When I put Amazon Fresh to the test, I found the selection was limited to grocery store basics, but the delivery service was excellent (and, at least for now, free). I placed my first order from a friend’s home on suburban Mercer Island, one of the test neighborhoods. Amazon started the invitation-only service there at the beginning of August, and has since expanded to parts of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and the suburb of Bellevue. The company would not say whether, or when, it will expand the service beyond the Seattle area. The Amazon Fresh site had plenty of staples – eggs, milk, bread, fruits and vegetables – and a good number of organic options. Some of the produce, like bananas and avocados, can be ordered ripe or not-quite-ready. And there were pleasant surprises, like fresh lemon grass, my friend’s favorite brand of chili paste and bread from the local Essential Baking Co. But the site didn’t carry enough fancy, stinky cheese varieties for my taste. Although grocery stores in Washington State stock wine, Fresh doesn’t. The ethnic foods section was dominated by jars of Americanized salsa. We didn’t see any bulk goodies like dried fruit or nuts, and the deli section was full of prepackaged brand-name cold cuts. The more we browsed, the more it seemed like Amazon was borrowing inventory from its existing nonperishable grocery section to make Fresh seem more robust. By Jessica Mintz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE – When I heard Amazon.com was testing a fresh grocery delivery service, I had two questions: In this car-centric city of abundant grocery stores, who needs to order online? And, didn’t another Seattle dot-com grocery service bomb less than a decade ago? Grocery delivery made much more sense when I lived in New York, where my neighborhood store was cramped and dingy and closed early. Plus, I had to buy based on what I could carry up six flights of stairs. Life was more hectic, and sometimes midnight was the only time I had to shop. last_img read more

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Ulster Council confirm 2017 Championship arrangements

first_imgTHE ULSTER COUNCIL have released the dates and times for the 2017 Ulster SFC games.Donegal will take on Antrim at 4pm on Sunday, May 21 at Sean Mac Cumhaill Park in Ballybofey.The game is the first of the Ulster SFC quarter-finals, with a possible replay penciled in for a week later, May 27. The game is another home fixture for Donegal, who have had a Championship game in Ballybofey in 14 of the last 16 summers.Donegal have reached the last six Ulster finals, winning in 2011, 2012 and again in 2014. Tyrone are the reigning holders having defeated Donegal in July’s final with Monaghan taking home the Anglo Celt Cup in 2013 and 2015.The full schedule is listed below: Sat 20th May First Round (7.00pm): (a) 1.  Muineachán V 2. Fear Manach at St Tiernach’s Park (Replay 27th May)Sun 21st May Quarter Final (4.00pm): (c) 6. Dún na nGall V 7. Aontroim at Pairc MacCumhaill (Replay 27th May)Sun 28th May  Quarter Final (2.00pm): (b) 4. Doire V 5. Tír Eoghain at Celtic Park (Replay 3rd June) Sun 4th June Quarter Final (2.00pm): (d)  8. An Dún V  9.  Ard Mhacha at Pairc Esler (Replay 10th June) Sun 11th June Quarter Final (2.00pm): (e) 3. An Cabhán V (a) Muineachán / Fear Manach (Replay 17th June)  If An Cabhán V Muineachán at Kingspan Breffni Park If An Cabhán V Fear Manach at Brewster ParkSun 18th June First Semi Final (2.00pm): (b) Doire /  Tír Eoghain V  (c)  Dún na nGall / Aontroim (Replay 25th June)Sat 24th June Second Semi Final (7.00pm): (d) An Dún / Ard Mhacha V (e) An Cabhán /Muineachán/Fear Manach (Replay 1st July)Sun 16th July     Senior Football Final (2.00pm) (Replay 23rd July)Ulster Council confirm 2017 Championship arrangements was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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FRACKING ROW: COUNCIL HAS NO POWER TO BAN IT

first_imgA DONEGAL bid to ban fracking is ‘an utter waste of time’ because councillors don’t have the powers to outlaw it, donegaldaily.com has learned.Sources close to Minister Pat Rabbitte have told us that a motion passed by councillors to include a ban on the practice in the County Plan ‘aren’t worth the paper it is written on’.Fine Gael councillor Barry O’Neill won the support of all parties when he introduced the ban earlier this week. The move is being hailed as sending out a clear message to companies who want to use the practice to extract natural gas.In America it has been blamed for poisoning water supplies.But the ultimate powers on whether or not it will go ahead will lie with Minister Rabbitte, the minister for Natural Resources.“Decisions on whether or not this goes ahead will rest with the minister and not county councils,” said one source. “There is by no means any decision as yet and full planning laws will have to be applied but councils will ultimately have no powers when it comes to this.”If fracking does go ahead it will affect areas in the south of the county around Ballyshannon where experts believe gas worth hundreds of millions of euro could be.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFRACKING ROW: COUNCIL HAS NO POWER TO BAN IT was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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:Ballyshannonfrackinglast_img read more

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CLOUDY, SHOWERS: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: What a difference a day makes. After yesterday’s beautiful weather, there will be a great deal more cloud today and temperatures will be more like 11C or 12C in Donegal today. Forecasters are giving varying possibilities on the likelihood of showers today, but they will hit most areas of the county at some stage, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening.Not a bad day – but just not as nice as Tuesday. With the increased cloud, temperatures will remain around 8C or 9C overnight tonight.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann.DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. CLOUDY, SHOWERS: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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 daily weathermount errigal hotel letterkennylast_img read more

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Calcutta HC allows online nominations in panchayat polls

first_imgKOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to accept the nominations of all the candidates who had submitted their candidature electronically for the West Bengal panchayat polls on the last date of filing nominations on April 23.The order by Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee has been hailed as “historic” not only by political parties in the Opposition but also by political observers, as it has set a precedence.As per the High Court order, the nomination papers filled by candidates in the pre-determined format sent to the Panchayat Returning Officers not in person but electronically on or before 3 pm on April 23 [last date of nomination] has to be accepted by the SEC. This may put an end to possible violence in future as candidates may opt to file nominations without visiting the office of the Returning Officer, the observers said.The three-tier rural poll scheduled to be held on May 14.West Bengal witnessed widespread violence during the nomination process, with even veteran Opposition leaders not being spared. The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set to win at least one-third of the seats uncontested as the Opposition could not field its candidates there.“…filing of nomination through e-mail invariably prevents large-scale violence centring around the panchayat elections and above all, bloodshed and loss of precious human life,” the court order noted. Reminding the SEC that it should act “fairly, transparently and independently”, the court observed that the “right guaranteed to the electorate to exercise its voting right gets substantially enhanced by wider participation of candidates in the election process.”The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had filed a petition in the High Court seeking acceptance of candidatures of those who had filed their nominations electronically.last_img read more

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