Saving sugar

first_imgThe anguish of the 5700 sugar workers thrown into the breadlines in the last year has begun to inevitably manifest itself into social pathologies, such as suicide, domestic violence, divorce, depression, alcohol and drug abuse etc. The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has only now announced it will introduce counselling services to the fired workers and their families: but this is dealing with the symptom and not the disease.The disease denies a job to a demographic whose self-worth is intimately related to their ability to take care of their responsibilities, primarily supporting their families financially. Any effective and sustainable intervention to the sugar catastrophe must provide employment to the fired workers. But especially in Berbice and West Bank Demerara where 5000 of the 5700 fired workers are located, at the very best, it will take years to create new employment.What has made the recent posturing of the Government and GuySuCo even more callous is there has been no dearth of proposals to provide alternatives even before the imminent closure of Wales was exposed by this newspaper in December 2015. Speaking at the Indian Arrival Day commemoration in May 2015, Prime Minister Designate, Moses Nagamootoo, declared:“Our ancestors worked very hard and today we still have their descendants on the sugar estate working very hard and of course they deserve to reap the contributions made by their ancestors and they don’t need to be afraid that the factory may be closed and that they may be out of jobs. They need to be guaranteed that even if there is factory closure on the sugar estates that the land must first go to the sugar workers. Let them choose if they want to grow cane on it, let them choose if they want to rear fish on it or they want to rear cattle on it. The land belongs to the ancestors of our Indian foreparents who worked in the sugar industry…”This devolution of sugar lands to sugar workers had long been proposed to address the historic travails of sugar workers. In 1951, Arthur Lewis, who was to awarded the Nobel prize in Economics for his contribution to Developmental Economics, issued a pamphlet, “Issues in land Settlement”: New forms of organisation must be tried and tried urgently. In Puerto Rico, the Government has shown itself alive to the fact, and is greatly to be praised for taking the initiative in experimenting with the “Proportional Profit Farm”. In the British territories, on the other hand, governments are content to meet a succession of disturbances with a succession of commission of inquiries.This is not good enough… New forms must be created which will take the West Indian sugar industry “out of politics” in the sense of earning general acceptance, or the West Indian community will sooner or later simply tear itself into pieces and destroy the sugar industry in the process.”Lewis pointed to the experience of Fiji in organising a more viable sugar industry which was at the same time much more humane in its involvement of labour to ensure they received a better life, by facilitating the workers to become farmers: “Some people believe that this is the system which will eventually supply the West Indies with a solution to the problems of its sugar industry. A large-scale agency will plough the land, control irrigation, supply seedlings and fertilisers, organise harvesting, and operate factories while peasants (small farmers) will plant and cultivate the crop on their own account, subject to charges for services performed.The peasants (farmers) will have a representative Council, but this will not take over the functions of the agency. In Fiji and the Sudan, the agency has been a private company, but it might equally be a public corporation, as it is now to be in the Sudan.”In February 2016, after Government reneged on its pre-election promise on sugar, a symposium at Moray House proposed an identical model to the Lewis proposal. Yet the Government has remained silent. Why?last_img read more

Fighting in Congo threatens gorillas

first_imgOnly about 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, an estimated 380 of them in the Virunga range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting across North Kivu province, where the park is located, and tens of thousands more have fled into neighboring Uganda. About 300 people – rangers and their families – fled the park itself Monday after skirmishes first broke out there. Wildlife groups said huge swaths of the park, including several of the rangers’ patrol posts, had been occupied by Nkunda’s insurgents and looted. Concerned about the fate of the gorillas, a few rangers returned Friday. In the brief time there they found only one five-member group outside of the park and “vulnerable to crossfire,” WildlifeDirect said. The rangers reported hearing shelling and gunfire on Friday and Saturday, and fled before they were able to check on gorillas. Though they typically stay high on the mountain slopes, the gorillas can roam freely and the park is not fenced off. “We thought the situation was calming a couple of days ago, but once again the mountain gorillas are in peril and the rangers cannot do their job,” the director of WildlifeDirect, Dr. Emmanuel de Merode, said. Conservation is “consistently challenging, and we can only hope the mountain gorillas survive this most recent saga.” By Todd Pitman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAKAR, Senegal – Renewed fighting Saturday inside a national park in Congo that is home to endangered mountain gorillas forced rangers to flee for the second time in less than a week, conservationists said. The clashes between fighters loyal to warlord Laurent Nkunda and government soldiers took place in Virunga National Park, where some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas live on the slopes of a volcanic mountain range that straddles Congo’s border with Rwanda and Uganda, the international conservation group WildlifeDirect said. last_img read more

Liverpool fans are so happy because of this big change at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea City lifted the Reds from 10th to sixth in the Premier League.The Reds are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and trail leaders Manchester City by six points, with all to play for as the season enters December.Next up for Jurgen Klopp’s resurgent side is a Wednesday night trip to Southampton in the League Cup quarter-finals, followed by struggling Newcastle United away in the league on Sunday.Three points from the visit of Swansea came hot on the heels of Europa League qualification and the 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City.While victory over the Swans was a close run thing, there is no doubt that the mood among Liverpool fans has improved along with the club’s results since Klopp took charge in October.Here is a selection of the reaction on social media to the Swansea win. Jurgen Klopp is all smiles after Swansea win 1last_img read more

Man to be charged in slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetective Ty Labbe of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau declined to comment on a possible motive for the killing. But he said it appears the Lams were in a dire financial situation. Records show the Lams filed for bankruptcy on June 10, 2002. The FBI has also said that David Lam has a gambling problem. Lam was arrested Nov. 17 on Batam Island, Indonesia by the Indonesian National Police at the request of the FBI. He was turned over to the sheriff’s department Tuesday night. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said FBI agents in Jakarta and Singapore followed up on leads, some of them old, that led to Lam. A murder suspect found hiding in Indonesia will be arraigned Monday on charges he strangled his wife and buried her in their Rowland Heights backyard two years ago. David Lam, 45, will make his first court appearance at the West Covina branch Superior Court. The former Rowland Heights resident is being held at the sheriff’s East L.A. station in lieu of $1 million bail. A fugitive since 2005, Lam is suspected of killing his 49-year-old wife, Susan. Her remains were unearthed Sept. 23, 2005 in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house the couple rented in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane. Details of how Lam survived while on the run are still sketchy. “According to Indonesian police, he’d been working odd jobs,” she said. Officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles didn’t return phone calls Wednesday. The Lams didn’t have children. Labbe said to his knowledge, Susan Lam was unemployed. Relatives reported Susan Lam missing on Sept. 13, 2005. They had last talked to her two days before. Shortly after his wife was reported missing, David Lam took a leave from his job at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens and disappeared. Deputies later found what looked like two graves behind the Rowland Heights house and started digging. “It was late on the 22nd when we knew a body was found in the back yard,” Labbe said. Authorities got word David Lam had left the country. “We had information he fled to Singapore then Indonesia,” said Eimiller of the FBI. “What we believe is he fled there immediately after the crime … that’s where we focused the fugitive investigation. Ultimately he was found on that island.” She said Lam may have been living on Batam the entire time he was a fugitive. But added that it’s also possible he lived in other parts of Indonesia. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Low-income housing on path to OK

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The nonprofit Burbank Housing Corp., which operates about 200 affordable housing units in Burbank, will perform an estimated $220,000 in rehabilitation to the units, with a loan coming from the Redevelopment Agency, officials said. The city is proposing a $75,000 reserve fund for the first five years of the operation of the project as a rent subsidy. During the first five years, if sufficient revenues are generated, the Burbank Housing Corp. will use excess revenues to build up a long-term reserve account that will replace the agency’s rent subsidy reserve after the first year of operations. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Burbank City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 275 E. Olive Ave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The City Council on Tuesday is expected to consider approving $415,000 for five new affordable housing units for low-income residents. If the Valencia Properties project is approved, officials will have to relocate four families from 313 W. Valencia Ave. Officials would lease the properties to the Burbank Housing Corp., a nonprofit developer, to provide the units to low-income residents over a term of 55 years. “If (the council) approves it, this will be another step in the city’s goals of providing affordable housing for lower-income residents of Burbank,” said Doug Swoger, the city’s housing development manager. “There is a tremendous need for affordable (housing) units in Burbank, the region and Los Angeles County.” In May 1999, the city’s Redevelopment Agency paid nearly $222,000 for a single-family home at 427 W. Valencia and $344,155 for a four-unit apartment building at 313 W. Valencia Ave. to be set aside as affordable housing. last_img read more

This Celtic team to help the club reach Champions League group stage?

first_img 63. Kieran Tierney: left back 11 6. Nir Bitton: midfield 11 28. Erik Sviatchenko: centre back 11 1. Craig Gordon: goalkeeper – scroll through the gallery to see a predicted Celtic line up in squad number order 11 11 11 11. Scott Sinclair: wide forward Celtic travel to Israel hoping to make it to the Champions League group stage at the expense of Hapoel Beer-Sheva.They have a 5-2 lead, so the Israeli club need a three-goal win or greater to progress.Patrick Roberts is back in contention, but Scott Sinclair and James Forrest are playing well. Leigh Griffiths, who has scored five goals in five Champions League qualifiers so far, was taken off after 55 minutes in the win against St Johnstone at the weekend and was replaced by Moussa Dembele, so will manager Brendan Rodgers do this again?Meanwhile, a fund set up by the club’s supporter group known as the Green Brigade has raised – as of Tuesday morning – nearly £100,000 in anticipation of a UEFA fine for fans displaying Palestine flags during the first leg of the Hapoel game at Celtic Park.A statement on the gofundme site read: “We aim to raise £75,000 which will be split equally between Medical Aid Palestine (MAP) and the Lajee Centre, a Palestinian cultural centre in Aida Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem. From our members’ experiences as volunteers in Palestine we know the huge importance of both organisations’ work and have developed close contacts with them.”Have a look at the possible line up and let talkSPORT know if you agree. It’s certainly a team capable of scoring an away goal. 11 11 18. Tom Rogic: attacking midfield 11 23. Mikael Lustig: right back 11 2. Kolo Toure: centre back 11 8. Scott Brown: midfield 49. James Forrest: wide forward 9. Leigh Griffiths: striker last_img read more

Finn Harps Academy: Daniel Gildea grabs two in Harps U17 win

first_imgDaniel Gildea scored twice as the Finn Harps U17s secured an important 4-2 win over Longford Town on Sunday at the City Calling Stadium.Fellow Republic of Ireland international colleague Fionnan Coyle also found the back of the net along with Jamie Doherty and Adam McCaffrey.Declan Boyle’s outfit are back in action this weekend with a home game against Derry City at Finn Park (kick-off 2.00). Harps are third in the table with two games left to play and are in a very good position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Meanwhile, there will also be a Northwest derby for the Finn Harps U19s on Sunday against Derry City at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium (kick-off 2.00pm).Joe Boyle’s boys are second in the Elite Northern Section and well placed to secure a spot in the national play-offs.Finn Harps Academy: Daniel Gildea grabs two in Harps U17 win was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ‘DON’T HIDE FROM TAXMAN,’ SAYS EXPERT

first_imgHe told us: “I have been following this story on donegaldaily.com since the website broke the story.“I am sure most people have declared monies to the Revenue but sadly we have seen people in similar positions neglecting to face reality and when they are subsequently Revenue Audited – which is inevitable in a scheme of this magnitude and profile.“Not only will the Revenue authorities seek to have the original tax charge collected, but they will also seek to impose punitive interest rates for late payment of taxes, and they may also seek to impose a penalty which could be as high as 100% of the tax due. “We have seen in the past that tax liabilities of as low as €10,000, if left unpaid, could rocket to €80,000 or €90,000 once interest and penalties have been levied.“Naturally, this is a stressful time for the investors involved, but the Revenue have always treated taxpayers more leniently when tax irregularities are volunteered in a timely fashion. We would urge all taxpayers to please take this on board – we cannot stress this highly enough. “Living with the stress, anxiety and pressure of hidden irregularities can be severally detrimental to the health of those involved, and no one wants to see anyone suffering in this way.“Sadly we have seen this all too often in recent times, and people can suffer real anxiety and depression as a result. We do not want to see this happening to anyone.”Mr Doherty has urged anyone who may feel they have tax exposures or tax irregularities to contact him directly and he has confirmed that he will deal with all contacts in complete confidence. All Niall’s contact details are available on www.nialldohertytaxconsultants.ieFRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ‘DON’T HIDE FROM TAXMAN,’ SAYS EXPERT was last modified: January 22nd, 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) A DONEGAL tax consultant has urged some investors in Etic Solutions to take expert advice and come clean with the Revenue if they haven’t already.Letterkenny-based Niall Doherty was commenting after the latest revelations regarding the Ballybofey company and its boss Francois de Dietrich.Mr Doherty expressed genuine concern in relation to the tax, financial and health implications for investors in the scheme, and he was eager to voice sympathy with those who may have invested relatively large amounts of money in good faith. However he has urged anyone involved who may feel that they have tax exposures as a result of either placing untaxed money in the scheme, or as a result of having taken the proceeds from the scheme and failed to tax them, to seek expert professional tax advice from a Registered Tax Consultant as a matter of urgency.last_img read more

Alternative result of every Premier League gameweek 2 fixture, according to xG

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST 6 Southampton vs LiverpoolReal result: 1-2xG result: 1.89-1.51 The second round of Premier League fixtures are almost done and dusted with nine matches in the record books and one more to go.We saw some intriguing encounters on Saturday and Sunday, while VAR proved to be the talking point again as Tottenham Hotspur sneaked a 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Getty Images – Getty Roberto Firmino’s goal on 71 minutes proved to be the decisive moment for Liverpool Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman rookie error Aston Villa vs BournemouthReal result: 1-2xG result: 1.66-1.63Brighton vs West Ham UnitedReal result: 1-1xG result: 2.18-0.61Everton vs WatfordReal result: 1-0xG result: 0.83-0.91Norwich vs Newcastle UnitedReal result: 3-1xG result: 1.51-0.61 deals 6 Mount scored on his home Premier League debut FAREWELL latest AFP or licensors BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 6 Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the game and had 30 shots on goal compared to Spurs’ three at the Etihad Stadium.VAR was ultimately the difference, disallowing Gabriel Jesus’ injury time strike for a handball by Rodri in the build up.But did the ‘expected goals’ (xG) statistics confirm the reigning champions were denied a well deserved win?Find out below how every team performed compared to their expected goals in the second round of Premier League matches in the 2019/20 season thanks to statistics from Understat.com. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested OFF Derby vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Brentford (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship center_img on target Arsenal vs BurnleyReal result: 2-1xG result: 1.20-1.07 What is expected goals? New job AFP or licensors Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 6 VAR was the deciding factor in Man City’s game with Tottenham LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week stalemate Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 6 Manchester City vs Tottenham HotspurReal result: 2-2xG result: 3.23-0.11 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Arsenal players celebrate against Burnley Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus was left frustrated by VAR Sheffield United vs Crystal PalaceReal result: 1-0xG result: 1.85-0.24Chelsea vs Leicester CityReal result: 1-1xG result: 1.21-0.94 Getty Images 6 Teemu Pukki netted a hat-trick against Newcastle Saturday 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.last_img read more

Jeffersonville Man Arrested After Stealing Tools from Jasper Store

first_imgA Jeffersonville man is behind bars after stealing tools valued at over $1600.00 from Rural King in Jasper last January.Arrested and Charged Joseph E. Zaepfel, 37, Jeffersonville, IN  Through his investigation, Werne was able to work with the Jasper Police Department and identify the suspect as 37 year old Joseph Zaepfel of Jeffersonville. Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Zaepfel through the Dubois County Court.  Werne and Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert went to Zaepfel’s Jeffersonville address and placed him into custody, without incident.  He was transported to and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. On January 20, Trooper Brock Werne began an investigation of a theft from the Jasper Rural King, in which three tool kits were stolen out the back door of the store. Werne learned that the suspect, in setting up the crime, placed the items in a shopping cart near the back door before asking to use the telephone near the gun counter. While on the phone, the suspect phoned his accomplice to stage outside the back door, and then proceeded to grab the items, retreat out the back door of the store, place the items into a gold minivan, and drive away.center_img Theft, Level 6 Felonylast_img read more