Dear Editor,The Government, led by His Excellency David Granger, has a critical facilitating and enabling role to bring the relevant stakeholders together to arrive at national consensus to save the sugar industry. It requires commitment, political maturity on all sides, and leadership to forge a mutually agreed way forward. This may also be a confidence building measure for developing high political trust, which can motivate discussion on other pressing matters of concern in the national interest and contributing to national unity.It is well-known that the sugar industry has survived and provided the livelihood, and contributed massively to the development of our country for centuries. The industry was built and cultivated by the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers, many martyrs during the degradation and inhumanity meted out to our forefathers of slavery and indentured labour. Today, it is still the largest employer of thousands of workers, and support tens of thousands of people who depend directly or indirectly on the industry for their livelihood, and supports viable communities in and around the various sugar estates, including cane farmers and suppliers of various inputs for the industry.The contributions of the sugar industry to the national Treasury of foreign currencies over the years have been immense, and the industry is still a significant foreign currency earner. Many knowledgeable and experienced persons of the sugar industry are convinced that the industry can be saved and revived to profitability. This requires determination and the right decisions from the cultivation of sugar canes to producing sugar, and its potential for value added and other revenue earning ventures flowing from the sugar industry.The industry has the capacity to increase its production by at least one hundred thousand tons (100,000) of sugar annually which can turn around the industry. Why has sugar production dropped to 183,491 tons of sugar in 2016 from 231,076 tons in 2015, from 216,186 tons in 2014? It is to be noted that the industry produced 332,457 in 1976, 156,690 in 1991; 243,010 tons in 1992, and 321,438 tons in 1999 and declining to the 2016 level. What are the critical agricultural causes for the progressive decline in sugar cane cultivation and sugar output from the factories?The Commission of Inquiry report into the Guyana Sugar Corporation, October 2015, should be given serious consideration by the proposed national consultations on the way forward for this vital industry. Recent studies and the views and positions of various stakeholders should all be put on the table, and discussed to find a broad-based national consensus approach to restore the viability of the sugar industry.In this centenary year of the end of indentureship, and continued existence of the sugar industry which employs thousands who continue to depend on earnings from the industry for their livelihood and that of their families and surrounding communities. It would be a noble and prudent act to save and revitalise the sugar industry.Yours faithfully,Samuel J Goolsarran
Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, right, dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons in the second half of their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY — Luka Doncic’s Spanish was flawless. His game was pretty good, too.Doncic scored 41 points and posted his eighth triple-double of the season, Seth Curry added a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Detroit Pistons 122-111 on Thursday night in the opener of the NBA Mexico Games.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor 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 NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons: Visit Houston on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments It was the 29th game in Mexico since 1992, the most of any country other than the U.S. or Canada in that span and came on a night where the NBA announced that Capitanes — a Mexico City-based team in that country’s top pro league — will be joining the G League starting next season.“Playing out here was incredible,” Drummond said. “The atmosphere was outstanding.”Doncic addressed the Mexico City crowd pregame — to their delight — in flawless Spanish, before turning the microphone over to Griffin. “Hola, Mexico,” was the extent of Griffin’s Spanish offering, as he grinned and a very amused Doncic looked on standing a few feet away.The night didn’t get much easier for Griffin from there: He shot just 3 for 16, and 1 for 10 from 3-point range.Doncic, meanwhile, went on to post his second 40-point triple-double of the season. He’s the first player in NBA history to have multiple 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21; he doesn’t celebrate that birthday until Feb. 28.TIP-INSMavericks: It was the third time Dallas played a regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada — the Mavs played Houston in 1997-98 and Phoenix in 2016-17, both in Mexico City. … NBA Commissioner Adam Silver misspoke before the game at a news conference, introducing deputy commissioner Mark Tatum as “Mark Cuban” — the Mavs’ owner.Pistons: Before Thursday, Detroit’s only other regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada was Jan. 17, 2013 — a loss to New York in London. … This was only Detroit’s second chance at a three-game winning streak so far this season. The Pistons had won two straight before losing to Milwaukee on Dec. 4, and had won two straight again before Thursday.AVOCADO WOESDrummond was a game-time decision because the Pistons said he had an allergic reaction to an avocado. He had swelling around his eyes Wednesday, but played as planned.SECOND GAMESan Antonio plays Phoenix in Mexico City on Saturday. It’ll count as a home game for the Suns. This is the first time that the NBA has brought four teams to the Mexico games.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Miami on Saturday. “Even when Detroit was playing zone, our guys were making an effort to drive-and-kick, drive-and-kick and find Seth ultimately for the shot,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Real happy for him. He did everything. He drove it. He shot it. He made a couple good plays on the breaks. He made a couple good passes. He was a huge contributor tonight.”Doncic’s eight triple-doubles already match his total from last season. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points for the Mavericks, who outrebounded Detroit 52-34.“I think we’re getting better and better every day,” Doncic said. “He’s going to get better. I’m going to get better. And with us two, the team is going to get way better.”Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 19 points and Markieff Morris added 16 for Detroit, which got 12 from Tony Snell and 10 apiece from Christian Wood and Blake Griffin.“Back to the drawing board,” Casey said. “Dallas is a great team. Rick’s done a heck of a job with that team. But we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. And then defensively, I thought we missed a lot of rotations.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tahiti to host 2024 Olympics surfing, 15,000km away from hosts Paris LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Doncic finished with 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who at 17-7 are off to their best 24-game start since posting the same mark at this point of the 2014-15 season.“He picked us apart,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Curry scored 18 points in the second quarter alone for Dallas. The Mavericks trailed by seven late in the first half, then went on a 14-0 run before intermission and eventually led by as many as 24.Curry became the first Dallas reserve to score 30 off the bench since Jason Terry had 34 against San Antonio on Jan. 29, 2012.
Guyana’s social landscape is changing, and its inhabitants are becoming more tech savvy and technologically inclined as each year passes, as they race to keep up with the trends and developments taking place in other parts of the Caribbean and the more developed world.Social media has, since 2005, been redefining the manner in which Guyanese view each other, the society in which they live, and those who wield political power and influence. This newer form of media has, in a Guyana context, become more popular and way more influential than the traditional forms of media and the press in shaping the public’s perception and opinions about good governance, democracy, racism, traditional and non-traditional gender roles, health care, business and innovation, and local Government reform.It is therefore not strange that Facebook, for instance, according to the Columbus Dispatch, has become the modern exemplar of unbridled growth, with an unimaginably popular — and powerful — product used regularly by one-quarter of the world’s population; while Twitter, at 10 years old, is smaller but also has immense power to influence users.The implications of that power are becoming clearer, and 2018 should be the year when Facebook and Twitter turn their considerable strengths — innovation, psychological savvy and tech brilliance — to limiting the harm wrought by their creations.Guyanese must take note that while those social-media masters sold their platforms as a great democratising force, a neutral platform allowing ordinary people around the world to make their voices heard and join with like-minded others, they also designed them to be incredibly addictive and to reward sharing of information. Human nature being what it is, people with darker motives have learned to harness this power for decidedly undemocratic aims.In the past year, we have learnt that Facebook and Twitter were tools used by political ideologues, both left and right, to spread false and inflammatory claims during the 2016 US election cycle. The idea of Americans unwittingly disinforming each other on a mass scale was bad enough; then came word that shadowy outfits in Russia were behind some of the online lies.Guyanese cannot afford to fall victim to this sort of abuse, which is certainly not confined to the US. In Myanmar, for example, brutal violence against the ethnic-minority Rohingya Muslims appears to have been partly fuelled by Facebook postings of false stories and doctored photos demonising the Rohingya while in India. The New York Times reported at least seven people were beaten to death by villagers who believed they were part of gangs abducting children, based on a false claim spread on the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp.Hoaxes and lies have been a part of society forever, but the power and speed of social media amplify the damage immeasurably.Already, several Guyanese have been hauled before the local courts to answer charges related to defamation and character assassination, which took place on social media. Others have been arrested here for sharing sexually explicit images of young women and men on social media without their permission. Recently, two popular make-up artistes ended up in a street brawl because of a feud birthed on Facebook and supported on both sides by scores of Guyanese social media users.That trend is worrying, even if one wants to ignore the fact that the national and global influence of Facebook goes beyond simply providing the platform for changing and shifting a country’s social demographics and behavioural trends.Surely, one cannot ignore the fact that a recent Bloomberg News article described a little-known “global government and politics” team within the company that contracts with Governments and political candidates globally, helping them use Facebook more effectively to spread their messages and make money. Clients have included the campaign of Philippines strongman Rodrigo Duterte and the anti-immigrant German party Alternative for Germany. Facebook cannot do that kind of work and claim no responsibility for political outcomes.In light of this, Guyanese therefore need to become smarter about evaluating what they see on Facebook and Twitter. The Education Ministry should include in the school’s curriculum sessions on dealing with the effects and dangers of social media.
The banking regulators’ guidance issued by the Fed and the other agencies followed President George W. Bush’s announcement Friday that his administration was putting forward proposals aimed at preventing defaults expected over the next two years as the housing industry goes through a serious downturn. The effort by Bush and the banking agencies is an attempt to deal with growing anxiety as more and more homeowners worry about losing their homes because they can no longer meet the mortgage payments. An estimated 2 million adjustable-rate mortgages are scheduled to reset by the end of 2008, going from low introductory interest rates to higher rates. Already there has been a rising number of defaults of subprime mortgages, loans that were extended to borrowers with weak credit histories. Those rising defaults have roiled financial markets in recent weeks as investors have worried about whether the credit markets will be destabilized by a rising tide of bad loans. The problem facing many homeowners with adjustable-rate mortgages is that those mortgages are now resetting at higher interest rates that in some cases are causing their monthly payments to double or even triple. The guidelines were aimed at addressing the fact that in many cases the company in charge of collecting monthly mortgage payments is not the same company that originated the loan. The guidance said appropriate strategies to ward off defaults could include modifying the terms of the loan or deferring payments. Those modifications could include converting the loan from an adjustable-rate loan, one in which the interest rate resets at periodic intervals, to a fixed-rate mortgage, which would keep the monthly payments from going higher. Other possible modifications would include extending the length of the loan and rolling the amount of payments that the borrower has missed into the total loan amount that must be paid off. “Reworking these loans will achieve long-term sustainable obligations to provide stability to borrowers, investors and the marketplace,” Bair said. The joint statement also encouraged the mortgage-servicing companies to consider referring borrowers in trouble to qualified homeownership-counseling services. Fed Governor Randall Kroszner said the joint guidance was meant to encourage the companies that collect payments on mortgages packaged into certain debt securities and sold in debt markets to “reach out to financially stressed homeowners.” “Keeping families in their homes is a matter of great importance to the Federal Reserve,” said Kroszner, one of the Fed board members who has taken the lead in dealing with the current mortgage crisis. In addition to the Fed and the FDIC, which insures deposits at financial institutions, the other groups that issued the statement were the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the National Credit Union Administration and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve and other banking regulators issued special guidance Tuesday urging loan-service companies to work with borrowers in danger of defaulting on their home mortgages. The new guidelines are not mandatory, but the regulators expressed the hope that companies that collect payments on mortgages would heed the advice. Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said mortgage collectors have the authority under existing accounting and tax rules to help deserving borrowers. “More and more consumers with subprime and hybrid mortgage products are facing the very real prospect of losing their homes through foreclosure as their payments reset and become unaffordable,” she said in a statement. “It is vital that mortgage servicers work proactively with borrowers facing much higher payments as their interest rates reset.”
1 Goalkeeper Jack Butland is expected to feature for Stoke’s Under-23s at Brighton on Monday evening, 13 months after his most recent competitive appearance.The 24-year-old’s only outings for Stoke’s senior team since he fractured his ankle while on England duty in March 2016 came during pre-season friendlies back in the summer, and setbacks in August and December have prolonged his absence.Butland has now been back in full training for two weeks and has been pencilled in to play in the contest at the Amex Stadium.Having suffered the initial injury in Germany on March 26, Butland was scheduled to return at the start of this campaign only for his first setback to occur on the eve of the new Premier League season.A further operation kept him out until December when he was lined up for a development squad game against Reading, which he pulled out of after feeling pain in his ankle during the warm-up.More treatment delayed Butland’s return but he could still make an appearance for Mark Hughes’ side this season provided his latest comeback goes to plan. Jack Butland’s only appearances for Stoke this season came in pre-season
HE HAS FIXED quite a few businesses in his time. He has even tried to fix Britain’s NHS.But the big question being posed now is this: “Can Sir Gerry Robinson fix Dail Eireann?”Well-known Donegal entertainer and businessman Billy Patterson certainly hopes so – and thinks Donegal North East could do with Mr Robinson TD! “We need people like Gerry Robinson and his ilk running the ship,” Mr Patterson tells this week’s Tirconaill Tribune.The entertainer claimed most people are ‘fed up’ with traditional politics and the traditional parties and said it was time for a radical change.“There is no confidence from us, the people, in whatever crowd gets in,” he added.If Raphoe-based Sir Gerry took up the challenge, he’d be a favourite to land a seat in Donegal North East. And if he did, he’d make history as the first British Knight to sit in Dail Eireann.IS SIR GERRY SET TO TURN DONEGAL NORTH EAST ELECTION RACE ON ITS HEAD? was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:dailelectiongerryrobinson
gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Speaking on Monday’s Drivetime, talkSPORT host Durham stated his belief that United require the former Liverpool playmaker – who only joined the Catalan giants for a whopping £142million last year – a lot more than the other interested parties.“They absolutely need some quality in all areas of the pitch and he [Coutinho] fills that brief,” he said. PAYBACK 1 revealed Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January SORRY “The club with the biggest need for Coutinho is Manchester United, so surely they have to make this happen.“Yes, it looks like it’s going to be a £25m loan fee for the season, but who knows what could happen after that?!” Manchester United ‘have to make’ a deal for Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho materialise before the transfer window closes on Thursday, according to Adrian Durham.talkSPORT understands Tottenham are leading the chase for the 27-year-old, who has been told he can leave the Nou Camp. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Getty Philippe Coutinho looks to be heading out of Barcelona deals LATEST There is also interest in Coutinho from Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap “The club with the biggest need for Coutinho is Manchester United.” 🔴“They absolutely need some quality in all areas of the pitch, he fits that brief.”“They must make this happen.” 💯@talkSPORTDrive says Man United must sign Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/PXU8DdoUKG— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 6, 2019Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever
There was disappointment for Summerhill College senior gaelic footballers on Saturday at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan in the Connacht Post Primary Schools senior ‘B’ championship final.They had no answer to the power and skill of Roscommon CBS on the day as Roscommon ran out deserved winners on a final scoreline of 3-22 to 2-12.
29 August 2012South Africa made sporting history on Tuesday evening after an 80-run victory over England in a one-day international at the Rose Bowl in Southampton made them the first team to be ranked number one in the world in all three forms of cricket.The crushing victory not only took the Proteas to number one, it also ended a run of 10 wins on the trot in the one-day format for the hosts.Leading the way, as he has done throughout South Africa’s tour of England, Hashim Amla also made it into the record books. With a man-of-the-match winning knock of 150 off only 124 balls, he became the fastest man to 3 000 runs in ODI history.Bettered recordHe bettered the record of the great Viv Richards, and it wasn’t even close. The West Indian legend reached 3 000 runs in his 69th ODI innings. Amla did it in 57 innings.The two men represent a great contrast in batting styles. Richards, who never wore a helmet, simply blasted bowling attacks to all corners of the ground with a take-it-to-’em attitude. Amla achieves similar results, but in a vastly different manner, placing the ball with seeming ease, and using his wrists to create angles and runs.By the end of the match, Amla, ranked number one in one-day internationals and number two in tests among batsmen, had scored 3 031 runs at the remarkable average of 58.28. His figures include 10 centuries and 18 half-centuries.Highest scoreTuesday’s 150 was his highest score yet in ODIs and the sixth highest ever by a South African. The man on top of the list is Proteas coach Gary Kirsten with 188 not out against the UAE in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.AB de Villiers (124), who contributed 28 runs to South Africa’s batting effort, became the fourth-fastest man to 5 000 runs in ODI history behind only the West Indian greats Richards (114), Brian Lara (118) and Gordon Greenidge (121).After De Villiers opted to field, Amla and test captain Graeme Smith gave the Proteas a solid platform in testing conditions, putting on 89 for the first wicket before Smith departed for the game’s second highest score of 52.All about AmlaThe rest of the batsmen provided some assistance without really getting going, but the innings was all about Amla, who was out with three balls remaining in the innings, trying to manufacture a boundary with a late, lofted cut.The Proteas totalled 287 for 5 in their 50 overs, leaving England needing to bat at 5.76 runs per over to win.Graeme Swann led the England bowlers with a haul of 2 for 50 from his 10 overs.When they visited the crease, England’s reply began poorly when Lonwabo Tsotsobe cleaned bowled captain Alastair Cook with the second delivery of the innings.Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell then put on 64 for the second wickets before Trott departed for 23.When Bell fell for 45 off 41 balls, with the score on 77, England were struggling. A lot rested on the shoulders of Eoin Morgan, who had twice previously scored ODI centuries at the ground, but he couldn’t up the run rate.All but doneWhen the left-hander was out for 27 off 48 balls the English challenge was all but done as they slumped to 159 for 6 in the 34th over.Some late, lusty hitting from Samit Patel, with 45 off 51 deliveries, made things look a little better for England, but they came up well short, bowled out for 207.Every one of the seven South African bowlers used, excepting Ryan McLaren, picked up at least a wicket, with Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell and Robin Petersen all removing two batsmen.Dean Elgar, playing in only his second ODI, snapped up 1 for 11 in his three overs of left-arm spin and claimed two catches to make a good impression.DifferenceThe most obvious difference between the two teams was Amla, who made batting look easy on a testing pitch. He offered some chances, but the ease with which he seemed to score his runs made it look as if he was playing a different game to the rest of the players.South African captain AB de Villiers declared himself happy with the result afterwards, while England skipper Alastair Cook said: “We didn’t play very well, in all three aspects”, and that summed up the match very succinctly.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Amazon’s long awaited DRM-free online music store launched today. The service is called Amazon MP3. There’s an estimated 2 million MP3 files there, for the low price of 89 or 99 cents each. I tried it out and am happy to report that there were four CocoRosie albums available for sale there – the desktop downloader worked well on my MacBook (see image below), the shopping experience was very simple and I’m looking forward to transferring the songs over to my other computer. This is definitely a service I’ll use when I want to buy whole albums and can’t make it down to the local, independent record store. I’ve always felt dirty buying music from iTunes, now I think I’ll feel a little less dirty buying DRM free music from Amazon. I saw the news first at Techmeme and there’s good music-industry centric coverage at Steven Finch’s Crenk. See a longer, more in-depth review of the new service over at our digital lifestyle blog Last100. Tags:#Amazon#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick