Agriculture paradigm shift?

first_imgExactly one year ago, we noted in this space the proclivity of the Ministry of Agriculture to ignore the lesson of agriculture — that it takes time and effort to bring crops and livestock to “fruition”. Every October, it announces “Agriculture Month” with an accompanying “theme” that promises revolutionary change in a year.Last year it was “Exploring new production frontiers: in pursuit of climate resilience”, while the year before, 2015, the first since it assumed office, it was “Exploiting our Strengths; advancing agriculture and social protection”. This year, we are informed, the theme is “Food Security and Hinterland Development: Our National Priority.”The connection of agriculture and “social protection” in 2015 was rather ironic in retrospect, since, in that year, the Government unilaterally announced the closure of Wales sugar factory and the “amalgamation” of the estate with Uitvlugt Estate, twenty miles north on the Atlantic Coast.Surely “social protection” was not augmented with the loss of employment by 1700 workers, among whom were several hundred cane-cutters, who were being herded back to the days of indentureship, when the worker had to unquestioningly obey the orders of the planters.Ignoring the labour contract that forbid a worker being shifted to a worksite more than ten miles from his home, the cane-cutters were ordered to report to fields at Uitvlugt, at least 20 miles away, and are still in a state of limbo.  The “amalgamation” of the estates appears stillborn, since a connecting road to transport cane from Wales to Uitvlugt is still only, at best, an aspiration.In 2015, there was also another development (or lack thereof) in the agricultural sector, which belied the theme of “social protection”. The rice industry had received a shot in the arm back in 2009, after then President Jagdeo had negotiated a rice contract on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The mega contract with Venezuela was in effect a barter of rice for oil, utilising the Petrocaribe Fund, at rice prices twice the world market rates. The contract had come to an end, but the new APNU/AFC Government did absolutely nothing to try to salvage a market then absorbing 200,000 tonnes of the 600,000 tonnes produced.But the themes of 2016 and 2017 suggest there was a method to the Government’s apparent madness: the Government intends to abandon agriculture on the coastland and move it inland. Last year’s theme, “Exploring new production frontiers: in pursuit of climate resilience”, saw the Government giving much more attention to the PNC’s efforts back in the 1970s cooperative socialistic phase, to push agricultural development in the intermediate and hinterland savannahs.And we cautioned: “It is our hope that Government is not giving up on the coastal agricultural “bird in the hand” in pursuit of its hinterland “bird in the bush,” as adumbrated in this year’s theme.In its announcement of Agriculture Month last week, it noted: “The Government of Guyana’s 2015 Manifesto has indicated development of the hinterland as a priority, with implementation of policies for development of the Intermediate Savannahs, as well as the Rupununi Savannahs. The Intermediate Savannahs have long been considered as the next frontier for the nation’s agricultural development. In this vein, the Ministry of Agriculture has aligned its work programme to realise the Intermediate Savannahs as the next agricultural centre, and has also prioritised the implementation of policies for development of the Rupununi Savannahs.”While there is unquestionably a need to develop the intermediate and interior savannahs, as was highlighted by the Minister and his high-level team on their visit to the Rupununi during the middle of last month, the challenges presented will take huge amounts of resources – technological, human and material. We suggest that we do not waste the hundreds of years of efforts by slaves, indentured and freemen to make the Guyana coastland among the best drained and irrigated lands on the planet.”It might also appear to be politically motivated.last_img read more

Draft prison survey will address rehabilitation model

first_imgA draft report is expected to be submitted by September 2017 on the prison survey, which is being facilitated by component three of the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) and the University of Guyana.This was disclosed by Project Manager Clement Henry during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA). Henry pointed out that the University had successfully completed the data collection process in all the five prison locations.“They are now doing regular statistical process which is the data cleaning, once that is completed, they will now forward the data to UNTREF (National University of Tres de Febrero) for analysis,” Henry explained.UNTREF is an Argentine University assisting in the crafting of a rehabilitation and reintegration model for ex-offenders. That institution is expected to submit a draft report of the findings by September 2017, after which a review will be carried out, and the final report submitted by November.The survey, which represents component three of the CSSP Programme, is expected to be used to facilitate sustainable re-entry by assessing rehabilitation and reintegration needs across the prison system, developing a rehabilitation and reintegration model based on the needs assessments and the outputs of the survey, developing a case management programme to support and track inmate progress and informing training to the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) staff on delivering rehabilitation and reintegration services.Professor Ernest Uwazie, an expert on inmate rehabilitation and reintegration, was hired to provide technical and strategic advice to the Project Executing Unit (PEU) with the aim of designing rehabilitation and social reintegration services for prison inmates.However, Henry noted that the Professor will be conducting a separate analysis focused specially on strengthening the administration of the prisons. The analysis, coupled with the report coming from the survey, is expected to foster a better rehabilitation process at the prisons.“We will combine these two findings from the prison expert and the university analysis. We think that will give us enough information to develop a module and strategy for rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders and ex-offenders.”The sum of US$74,200 has been allocated for the survey. Faculty staff, from both Turkeyen and Tain campuses, including medical and legal personnel, mathematicians, criminologists and social workers will comprise the core team leading the survey. Additionally, 30 students from the University will be trained in data collection to assist the team in conducting the survey.last_img read more

Shock as All Black legend Lomu dead at 40

first_imgHe passed away at his Auckland home, family spokesman John Mayhew said, after returning from a trip to Britain.“It was totally unexpected, Jonah and his family arrived back from the UK last night and he suddenly died this morning,” Mayhew told TV3.Mayhew, a former medic with the All Blacks, revealed Lomu’s family were “going through a terrible time”, before he broke down in tears.Lomu played 63 Tests and scored 37 tries for New Zealand, rising to stardom at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.At his peak, the 1.96 metre (six foot five inch) Lomu weighed 120 kilograms (265 pounds) and could cover 100 metres in 10.8 seconds.He combined the speed of a backline player with the power of a forward, creating a new template for wingers and attracting a global audience for the newly professional sport of rugby union.Fellow legends paid tribute on social media to a player they acknowledged had a unique status.“I am so, so devastated to hear of the passing away of @JONAHTALILOMU,” England’s Jonny Wilkinson tweeted. “The greatest superstar and just a fabulous human being. Deeply saddened.”France’s Thierry Dusautoir said “you inspired a generation of rugby players around the world”, while Welshman Jonathan Davies hailed “a true legend and a gentleman”.Lomu’s death was most keenly felt in his homeland, where New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew said: “We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu. Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.”New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also paid tribute to an “inspiration” and “game changer”.“The thoughts of the entire country are with his family,” he said.– ‘Transcended rugby’ –Shortly after announcing himself at the 1995 World Cup, Lomu was diagnosed in late 1995 with the rare kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome, which eventually forced him out of the international scene in 2002 at the age of 27.Yet his spell at the top had such an impact that he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011.The global body’s chairman Bernard Lapasset said in 2013 that Lomu revolutionised the sport at a crucial time when it was turning professional.“He was rugby’s first professional star at a time when the sport needed media coverage and recognition from sponsors,” he said.“The conjunction of the way rugby was going pro and the way Jonah Lomu exploded on the scene was perfect for the game’s future.”Former Wallaby Tim Horan said Lomu’s fame never went to his head and he was the first to walk into the dressing room to shake an opponent’s hand.“His passing leaves not just a big hole in rugby, but in world sport,” Horan told Fox Sports.Lomu remained one of the world’s most recognised and adored rugby players even 13 years after his last Test.“He was one of those rare superstar players that transcended rugby,” South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby boss Brendan Morris said.Before his death, Lomu was in Britain for promotional work linked to the recently completed World Cup, won by his beloved All Blacks.In public appearances he looked healthy, joking with fans and leading a rousing rendition of the haka in London’s Covent Garden.“He looked the best I’ve seen him in many years… he just had that sparkle and that look of life in his face… I’m totally shocked,” Australian great George Gregan said.Lomu is survived by his wife Nadene and sons Brayley and Dhyreille.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rugby legend Jonah Lomu, regarded as the game’s first global superstar before kidney disease ended his career, died unexpectedly aged 40, the player’s family and New Zealand Rugby said (AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys)WELLINGTON, November 18 –  Rugby great Jonah Lomu, a pioneering global superstar whose speed and power terrorised opponents, died unexpectedly on Wednesday aged 40 after a long battle with kidney disease, prompting an outpouring of tributes for “a legend of the game”.Lomu had for decades struggled with the kidney illness that cut short his playing career, but close acquaintances said his sudden death still came as a shock.last_img read more

Marauding Chelsea eye top spot

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 10 – Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea will attempt to increase the pressure on their Premier League title rivals by moving to the head of the table with victory at Hull City on Saturday.Three points at the KC Stadium will take the Blues ahead of second-placed Manchester City who travel to Newcastle 24 hours later, while current leaders Arsenal visit struggling Aston Villa on Monday. So Chelsea’s time, if any, at the summit may be brief but victory on Humberside would maintain a pleasing run.Last weekend’s FA Cup win at Derby County marked a fourth successive success for a side who’ve conceded just one goal in their last five outings.And while Mourinho continues to have concerns about the lack of goals from his forwards, the contribution from midfield has masked the deficiencies up front.The Portuguese manager has claimed the club will not bring in a new striker during the January transfer window to supplement his current trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.But with Ba’s Chelsea future looking increasingly uncertain — his last appearance came in the League Cup quarter-final defeat by Sunderland — the Senegal forward’s departure would almost certainly trigger a move for a replacement.Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa is one of the high-profile names linked to have been linked with a move to Chelsea.Meanwhile, Costa’s current team-mate Thibaut Courtois has again questioned his Chelsea future.The young goalkeeper is midway his third season-long loan at the Spanish club where his performances have drawn widespread praise, prompting Mourinho to describe the Belgian as the best young keeper in the world.But Mourinho has also spoken of his current number one Petr Cech as the best in the business. And that has prompted growing frustration on the part of Courtois, who has made it clear he now wants his long term future resolved.“About my future, I cannot wait much longer.I need to make a decision with Chelsea as soon as possible, in March, but at the moment I do not really want to talk because there are so many games and you must be focused,” he said.Mourinho began his second spell as Chelsea manager with an opening-day 2-0 victory over Steve Bruce’s Hull side at Stamford Bridge.But City defender Curtis Davies said the Tigers feared no one at the KC Stadium.Hull have the sixth-best home record in the Premier League, winning half of their 10 games, including a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in December.“We’re confident we can beat anyone at the KC,” said Davies. “We know we have to be right on our game and, maybe a side like Chelsea have to be slightly off it.“We’re not going to kid ourselves that if both of us are at 100 percent, that we’re going to outplay Chelsea and win.“If we’re at our game and we do the right things in terms of frustrating them, then maybe we can nick a goal and keep a clean sheet to win the game.”Davies added Hull’s defeat at Stamford Bridge taught them a valuable lesson about the demands of the Premier League.The promoted Tigers were 2-0 down after 25 minutes but rallied in the second half to limit the damage.“It was a lot of the players’ first game in the Premier League, it was on TV and with Mourinho going back, there was a lot of hype away from the football side of the game,” Davies explained.“The fact that we managed to come through that 2-0 and make a fist of it in the second half, we grew in confidence.“We knew it wasn’t going to come much harder than that, so it was a blessing in disguise.”Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard are again sidelined while Hull’s Paul McShane is expected to be out for a month with an ankle injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Northern Health developing community health plan for Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — Northern Health is looking for input from Northern Rockies Regional Municipality residents to support the development of a community health plan for the Fort Nelson area.The community health plan development will be led by a steering committee that includes Northern Health staff, municipal staff, local First Nations, and doctors in the community. The plan will look at current and future health services over the next three to five years.“We know that health depends on many things, from housing and food, to recreation, education and community culture,” said Angela De Smit, Northern Health Chief Operating Officer for the Northeast. “Health also depends on health services in a community, and both of these aspects will be explored and addressed in the plan.”Area residents can join the discussion at a public meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 29th at the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre Meeting Room from 7:00-8:30 p.m. An online survey has also been published at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRRMhealth. The survey can be completed anonymously, and must be submitted by Thursday, November 30th. “Supporting a healthy community involves many elements that are not just one organization’s responsibility,” said Regional Councillor Lorraine Gerwing, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. “Evidence shows that healthier communities are created when the health system, local governments and First Nations, non-profit organizations and the business, culture and recreation sectors all work together.”- Advertisement -Additional meetings will be held to gather input from specific partners in health care delivery, such as physicians, health staff, and community service providers and organizations.Advertisement The Community Health Plan, which will also incorporate information from previous community health reports, will be created from December to February, and results will be made public next Spring.last_img read more

Two accused in fatal stabbing outside bar

first_imgHis assailants then drove off. Gilbert Hernandez was arrested an hour after the stabbing when he showed up at a hospital with superficial stab wounds, Salazar said. “Officers saw he matched the description,” she said. She said Thomas Hernandez was arrested that night as he was leaving his residence. 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! WHITTIER – An Ontario man is accused of fatally stabbing a man outside a bar while his nephew allegedly joined the attack. Prosecutors charged Gilbert Hernandez, 37, of Ontario with one count of murder. They also alleged that he personally used a dangerous weapon, a knife, to commit the offense and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Gabriel Ramirez, 29, of Whittier. Thomas Hernandez, 24, of Whittier was charged with one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Ramirez was stabbed Nov. 30 outside the Slam Dunk bar at 14226 Whittier Blvd. and later died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe cause of death was multiple stab wounds and has been ruled a homicide, according to a coroner’s spokesman, Capt. Ed Winter. The Hernandezes were arraigned Tuesday in Whittier Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. They are due back in court on Tuesday. Gilbert Hernandez was being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Saugus in lieu of $1 million bail. Sheriff’s booking records show Thomas Hernandez is out on bond. An argument sparked the early morning encounter but Whittier police still don’t know what the dispute was about. The three men went outside. One of the assailants stabbed Ramirez several times in the body and head. Whittier police spokeswoman Diana Salazar said that while Ramirez was down, the other man kicked him. last_img read more

DEAL AGREED! Liverpool target Emre Mor set to join Inter Milan on two-year loan

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund ace Emre Mor Inter Milan have agreed a two-year loan for Liverpool target Emre Mor.As talkSPORT told you earlier this month, the San Siro club had edged ahead of Liverpool and Fiorentina in the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.However there had been uncertainty surrounding the switch to Italy with the two clubs struggling to agree a deal.But now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 20-year-old is set to join Inter on a two-year loan deal which includes an obligation to buy at the end of it.Mor only arrived at Dortmund last year when the German club held off interest from a number of other clubs to land the promising Turk from Nordsjaelland.However he has grown frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities in Germany after starting just five Bundesliga games last term.His potential availability had alerted Liverpool but now Inter appear in pole position to finalise a move.last_img read more

We’ve not discussed giving Rangers guard of honour says Hibs boss

first_img“If you want to talk about honour, I was the first one to ring Mark [Warburton] up and David [Weir] after the game when they clinched the title and congratulated them.“Personally as a club I feel as if we’ve been very respectful.”After being involved in a year-long battle for the second tier title, the two sides will meet in an all-Championship Scottish Cup final at Hampden on May 21.Hibernian have already secured their spot in the play-offs but they currently trail second place Falkirk but six points with two games in hand on the Bairns. Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs says he has not discussed forming a guard of honour for Scottish Championship winners Rangers ahead of their clash at Easter Road.The Ibrox side clinched the league crown in their last fixture, beating Dumbarton 1-0 at home to secure their spot in the Scottish Premiership next season.Historically the league champions have been welcomed on to the field by their opponents in their next match after securing the title but Stubbs says nobody at the capital club has talked about the ritual.He told STV: “It’s not been discussed at all. The most important thing is the game tomorrow not about other things. Stubbs’ men face further matches against Morton and Dumbarton before their final regular season game against Queen of the South on May 1 as they aim to avoid a Premiership Play-Off quarter-final.Should they end the season in third or fourth spot then they will be in action on May 4 and 7.Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday says there will be no hard feelings if the capital men decide against forming a guard of honour for his side at Easter Road.Alan Stubbs says the issue hasn’t been debated by his staff but hinted they wouldn’t pay tribute to the league champions.Halliday insists it’s not a big deal, adding: “That’s up to Hibs. I would like to think [they would] as obviously it’s been part and parcel of football for a long time. “But it’s up to them. There will certainly be no hard feelings if they don’t. It’s completely up to them.”Rangers boss Mark Warburton had his say, stating: “If it’s a gesture made by a club then we’re appreciative of it. “If it’s not then there’s no issue. We’ll see what happens. It happens sometimes, other times it doesn’t. “So we will wait until Wednesday but it won’t be high on the agenda from our perspective. “Would we do it if roles were reversed? If that was the case we could discuss it, but it didn’t happen.”last_img read more

Star Wars VII Cast Revealed

first_imgThe rumors can stop now: the cast for the upcoming Star Wars film, Episode VII, has finally been released, and there are quite a few familiar names. Original Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher — who played Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, respectively — are back on board, as isPeter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2.In addition, the cast includes veteran actor Max von Sydow, Girls star Adam Driver, and Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, as well as Domhnall Gleeson, whom you may know better as Ron Weasley’s brother, Bill, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2.  John Boyega, who appeared in the 2011 British sci-fi flick Attack the Block, and Daisy Ridley, who’s appeared in the British TV series Mr. Selfridge, complete the cast.In a statement, director J.J. Abrams says, “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”The movie is currently slated to hit theaters December 18, 2015.last_img read more

Police Arrest 22-Year Old Canton Man in Hit and Run Death

first_imgPolice have made an arrest in the Sunday morning hit and run accident that left a 70-year-old Scottsburg man dead.A 22-year-old Canton man is under arrest at the Washington County Detention Center.This morning, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies acted on a tip that led them to a Salem man whom the tipster stated was responsible for the death of Mitchell Lovins. Investigators spoke to Derek A. Deaton, 22, from North Canton Road in Salem, and after speaking with him, they placed him under arrest.He was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in a Death, Level Five Felony.At the time of the hit and run Deaton was driving a red 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.Deaton was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court appearanceAn autopsy was completed Sunday afternoon on the body found at approximately 3:30 am Sunday morning on State Road #56 near Quaker Lane east of Salem in Washington County.The preliminary results from the autopsy revealed the male to be Mitchell Lovins, 70 years of age, from Scottsburg, IN.The preliminary cause of death was ruled as massive trauma to his body.The preliminary investigation revealed sometime around 3:00 am this morning Mitchell Lovin’s vehicle, a mini-van, slid off of the roadway going west on State Road #56.When this occurred it appears Mitchell Lovins left his vehicle and started walking east on State Road #56 where it appears he was struck by another vehicle.last_img read more