The APNU/AFC government is clearly determined to execute its unilateral decision to close down the sugar industry and throw its 17,000 workers on the breadline. Early in the 2015 elections campaign, the leader of the PNC, David Granger, had so declared, but he later confessed he was persuaded by his erstwhile coalition partner, AFC, and its Prime Ministerial candidate, Moses Nagamootoo, to change his mind. Upon accession to office, the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition government immediately announced a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to take stock of the condition of the sugar industry and make recommendations for the way forward.A million CoI was duly constituted, with GuySuCo Chairman Dr Clive Thomas as a member, and delivered its report in October 2016. Essentially, it recommended that GuySuCo be privatised in toto within three years, with no closure of estates. “In the interval, as the privatization process is awaited, the new management of GuySuCo must focus on basic essentials to rehabilitate the fields, factories and infrastructure of GuySuCo. There should be no accommodation for any projects which will demand limited funds. This is aimed at making the estates more saleable and attractive to investors, local and foreign.”However, the ink had barely dried on the copy of the CoI given to Parliament and the public when this newspaper broke the news that the Government had decided to close the Wales factory on the West Bank of Demerara. After a period of denial, the Government conceded this was indeed the case. This closure of Wales without a word of warning to its 1700 workers, and its subsequent fate, is an object lesson to the workers at the two other estates — Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara, and Rose Hall in Canje, Berbice — which the Government announced will now be closed at the end of this year. These closures will bring the number of workers on the breadline at this time to some 5,000, with another 2,000 in limbo at Skeldon, which is supposed to be sold off ASAP.The Government has never explained why it ignored the recommendations of its CoI, and it is not surprising that the ordinary Guyanese believes the CoI was simply a subterfuge to have the AFC save face with the sugar workers, whose interests they has boasted of representing when they teamed up with the PNC. The total rejection of the CoI’s recommendations also demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that, now that the PNC-dominated APNU had secured office, there was no need to keep any promises made to the AFC.At Wales, the Government declared that some of the lands would be allocated to workers, some diversified into fish farming, some sold off, and the cane from private cane farmers would be transported to the Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara factory for processing. This, however, would necessitate the construction of roadways that would cost at least billion, and two years later, nothing has been done. How would farmers’ cane, which comprised 40% of the Wales intake, be transported to Uitvlugt?No land, also, has been converted to fish farming or made available to workers; and even if it had been, the workers are not so ignorant as to invest in crops for which there are no markets domestically. For crops to be exported, there would be the need to identify these, coordinate production, locate and tie down markets etc, which are beyond the capabilities of the average ex-sugar workers. In other countries, for the offer of land to be meaningful, the Government would have at least organised a holding corporation to perform those ancillary, but crucial functions.The Government has, unfortunately, chosen to enter the production of seed-paddy at Wales, which would only utilise approximately 600 of the available 8000 acres. The remainder of land would fast revert to being overgrown. This is the fate of the soon-to-be closed estates, as well as the others which will not survive with the basket they were given by the Government to fetch water.
To succeed in life, a one time greatest boxer of all times, Mohammed Ali said, “ The will must be greater than the skills”. I have come to realize as well that what we become in life is contingent on the choices we make, the opportunities we take and how we react to the challenges we face. The universe would be better places for all if our operating ethos were centered on peace, love, understanding and tolerance. We need to respect the dignity of human beings. As we continue our piece on peace and security from the perspective of young people, we would like to present the views of a young volunteer peace messenger, Nathan N. Gbelee who combines skills, determination and will to succeed. Nathan is 19 years old and is an outgoing senior at the Salvation Army Len Miller High School. Below are his views on the Amman Youth Declaration on Peace and Security-(Gwendolyn Myers-Executive Director/Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc)Nathan N. GbeleePersonally my definition of peace is the ability of living without fear with yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others at large. It is not only the absence of war but living in harmony in societies free from diseases, famine and any form of violence.Peace is very important to me because it is indispensable. We all can’t live without it or co-exist without peace, it is only in a peaceful environment that things get improved, developed or standardized, it is very impossible to have a developed mind or society without peace, therefore peace is very important.On the roles of young people in peace and security, it is important to get involved. In line with this philosophy, I became a volunteer peace messenger because of the need to serve and to live the world a better place for generation after me. I am motivated by the great contribution of men and women like, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan of Arc, Madam Leymah Gbowee and other freedom fighters not only by what they did but the great messages of encouragement put in place. Though I have never volunteered before, Messengers of Peace Liberia will help train me and expose me to opportunities that would unleash my many abilities and create a path or an avenue where I will explore my many abilities. I have an important role to play in my police Academy Community in Paynesville city. To the young people of Liberia, we are people who will be needed to operate state and other important affairs and a prerequisite to that is high level of preparation, one thing we must remember is this, “prepared things are for prepared people”. The messages of peace and participation in peace based initiatives should be the cardinal pillars for young people.In the next five years I dream of a Liberia that will be a place of opportunity for everyone not looking at religions, political affiliation, or status in society, managed and operated by prepared young people.Until next week, when we come back to you with Nathan’s review of the Amman declaration, peace first and May peace prevail in our time! Youth, Peace and Security. #Youth4PeaceShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Action from a past rally eventNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – The Federation Internationale de l’automobile (FIA) and the commercial rights holder of the World Rally Championship, WRC Promoter, have seconded two technical experts who arrive in Nairobi on Tuesday to start working alongside Kenyans to deliver a top notch WRC Candidate Event in 2019.Finnish Jarmo Lehtinen, a veteran navigator with 15 WRC victories as co-driver to former Ford and Citroën star Mikko Hirvonen, and Briton Iain Campbell, 2018 GB WRC Welsh Rally Clerk-of-Course and Managing Director of the British Rally Championshipwill review all organizational framework and input expertise to bring Kenyan officials up to speed with all aspects regarding the running of a modern-day WRC. Safari lost the WRC status in 2002 but indications are clear it shall be back next year.Campbell is an avowed motorsport enthusiast and will be bringing a wealth of from GB WRC Welsh Rally and the active British motorsport industry.He tweeted on Monday: “This week heading to Nairobi to work with the Safari Rally organizers on the WRC Candidate event running in July this year. The plan is for this iconic event return to the WRC in 2020.”He arrives on Wednesday morning while Lehtinen is expected on Tuesday evening.-Key roleThe Finn played a key role within the Toyota Gazoo WRC team set-up since the Japanese manufacturer’s WRC return in 2017. After competing and working with Toyota, Lehtinen has also been a consultant with the Rally Finland.The appointment of the two officials is pegged on their experience and role in the WRC blue chip events_ GB Welsh Rally and Rally Finland, said Kimathi and in order for Kenya to deliver a world class event.The two gentlemen are now part of the WRC Safari Rally Project to ensure Kenya fulfills its mandate of returning to the WRC in 2020 said the project’s CEO Phineas Kimathi.The added that the two experts will work alongside officials of the event’s Organising Committee in tripartite agreement between the FIA President Jean Todt, WRC Promoter and the WRC Safari Rally Project.-InstrumentalTodt has been instrumental and very supportive of Kenya’s return to the WRC.They will also inspect the draft itinerary in Naivasha area and also tour Kajiado County in a tight schedule which concludes on Sunday evening.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council meeting, Council discussed ways in commemorating the late Mayor Fred Jarvis.Currently, the District has a parcel of land, known as ‘Parcel Z subdivision,’ located along Spruce Street. This parcel is a 22-acre piece of District property that includes 50 lots for new single-family homes.The District would like to change the name from ‘Parcel Z’ to a name that honours Jarvis.- Advertisement -Taylor Council is in favour of the proposal and is waiting for approval from the Jarvis family.Jarvis passed away suddenly in December of 2018. Jarvis served as Mayor of Taylor for 29 years with a career in public service spanning 35 years.
1 Benoit Assou-Ekotto Former Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set for a move to Saint-Etienne, according to reports in France.The 31-year-old has been a free agent since February after being released by Spurs following a nine-year spell at the club.The Cameroonian has been linked with several sides since then but he now appears set for a move to Ligue 1.According to L’Equipe, Assou-Ekotto has impressed Saint-Etienne after a trial spell at the club earlier this month.They are now ready to offer him a contract and personal terms are expected to progress without any problems.The left-back’s arrival is expected to act as a replacement for Franck Tabanou, who has joined Swansea.
Transfer rumours and paper review Morgan Schneiderlin decided to sign for Everton as they have ambitions to become a Champions League side, the French midfielder told talkSPORTSwansea agree initial fee for Tottenham midfielder Tom CarrollTransfer report: Sunderland reject Crystal Palace bid for Patrick van AanholtArsenal transfer news: Gunners warned off making bid for AC Milan striker M’Baye NiangTransfer ALERT! Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is Lyon’s ‘number one priority’ in January, reveals managerTransfer FIGHT! Chelsea and Manchester United in battle to sign £30m-rated Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Diego Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes met the chairman of Tianjin Quanjian this week – sparking more fears the Chelsea striker wants a move to China. Costa’s future at Chelsea is uncertain after being left out of the squad for Saturday’s match at Leicester following a bust-up with coach Antonio Conte. Tianjin Quanjian want Costa to become the next high profile player from Europe to join the Chinese Super League and it is believed they are prepared to pay in excess of £570,000-a-week to make the deal happen. (London Evening Standard)Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is also represented by Jorge Mendes and is another player who could move to Tianjin Quanjian. (Daily Mirror)Antonio Conte says John Terry will not leave Chelsea during the January transfer window and that the club captain has not mentioned the interest Bournemouth have expressed in him. (Guardian)?Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will activate a one-year extension in David de Gea’s contract this summer. The 26-year-old Spanish stopper – a long-time transfer target of Real Madrid – has two years left on his current United deal. But Old Trafford chiefs are ready to extend his stay until 2020, and will also give him a bumper pay-rise. (The Sun)Paris Saint-Germain are considering a shock bid to sign Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay. The Dutch winger has been told to find himself another club after being frozen out at Old Trafford by United boss Jose Mourinho. (The Sun)Leicester City have agreed in principle a deal with Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez. City boss Claudio Ranieri is targeting the Uruguay international and has agreed a deal with the player, but has yet to agree terms with Boro. (Leicester Mercury)Aston Villa have agreed a whopping £28,000-a-week contract with highly-rated Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane. The mega-deal would more than quadruple the Irishman’s current wages in the hope of securing his signature in a tug of war with Sheffield Wednesday. Both clubs have submitted bids of around £1.25 million but Villa are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths on personal terms to win the race. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool can put rivals Manchester United out of the title race with a win at Old Trafford on Sunday
Sunderland are lining up a summer swoop for Bologna left-back Adam Masina.According to reports in Italy, the Black Cats have identified the 23-year-old as a potential long-term replacement for Patrick van Aanholt, who left for Crystal Palace in January.Masina is out of contract in 2019 and, with no extension currently in the offing, the Premier League club have been alerted to his potential availability.Bologna are desperate to keep hold of him given his importance to the team – he has racked up 80 league appearances over the past three seasons.However, the Morocco-born defender may decide he wants to try his hand in English football and could be given the chance by Sunderland if they manage to stay in the top-flight. 1 Adam Masina in action for Bologna
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 3:30 p.m. With the girls volleyball season winding down, the Del Rio League’s top four teams will play each other this week. In Tuesday’s matches, league leader El Rancho takes a 7-1 league record against host Santa Fe (6-2), and California and visiting La Serna match 5-3 records in their faceoff. Thursday’s matches pit La Serna against host El Rancho, while California tavels to Whittier and Santa Fe plays visiting Pioneer. The games begin at about 4:45.
SYLMAR – The public will have a chance to view and comment on a recently released and revised environmental impact report on expansion plans at Los Angeles Mission College. Two meetings have been scheduled at the college. The first is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and the second is from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, both at the college’s Main Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge Ave. The public has until Dec. 4 to comment on the report, which will include impacts on traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods as well as potential job growth. Under the plans, 10 acres still being pursued by the district would be used for a health and fitness center, classrooms and a parking garage for the 7,300-student, 22-year-old campus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’After having to abandon a land swap with Los Angeles County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, college district officials are pursuing 10 acres at Eldridge Avenue and Harding Street, some through eminent domain – a process in which a public or private entity is given legal power to acquire private property for the public good. The Sylmar campus is under a tight deadline to begin construction because its funding comes from the college’s $176 million share of the $2.2 billion from Propositions A and AA construction bond funds passed in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Construction must begin by April, officials have said.