Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), through reports that appeared in several sections of the press, was — to say the least — surprised to learn that the state-owned NICIL Special Purpose Unit (SPU), according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, was seeking financing in the region of $10 billion to $15 billion in order to resume operations at the East Demerara and Skeldon estates.By any yardstick, this is a huge sum, and we initially thought that the minister was maybe misquoted. This, however, turned out not to be the case. Minister Jordan has said the SPU was close to finalizing the financing through an arrangement with a consortium of local banks.Our Union, on this score, cannot help but wonder about the collateral that would have to be put up, or the interest rates that would be demanded, among the other conditions that the banks would impose. Just some food for thought!Sum of investmentAside from those important considerations, we are perplexed by the need for such a large sum. We recall that GuySuCo, with seven (7) factories under its fold, had required less financing from the Treasury; and therefore we are at a loss to figure out why the need for this significant sum.Moreover, if the minister’s comments are anything to go by, it seems that hardly any of the money being sought would be going to the workers. The minister, according to a one report, was quoted as saying, “…it would have been more expensive to keep them [the estates] open, especially in the areas of staffing and costs”. Therefore, it seems that workers’ remuneration would be kept to the barest, which in itself would present its own problems.It seems that the sums being sought would be utilized towards meeting capital expenditure. If this is factual, then the figures, from our point of view, seem high. We recall that the Sugar CoI has estimated that capital expenditure for the period 2016 to 2020 for East Demerara and Skeldon would be $2.57 billion and $1.151 billion respectively. With those investments, the CoI concluded, the two (2) estates would have produced 39,615 tonnes and 61,744 tonnes sugar respectively by 2020.Should the additional sums be used to fund the sugar diversification projects recommended by the Sugar CoI and endorsed by our Union, then, we believe, it would be shortsighted to sell rehabilitated and improved estates to allow the private owners to cream off the massive profits that could be realized from the implementation of these initiatives.Whatever is the case, we believe it would be difficult for NICIL to fully recover its entire investment. Therefore, the unrecovered portion of the investments being contemplated would amount to a State subsidy to the new owners, apart from the other fiscal concessions that the private owners would obviously demand.It appears that the best approach would be for the State to retain ownership.Timeline for saleWe also learnt that Minister Jordan expects that sale of the estates identified for privatisation would be completed, according to another section of the media where he was quoted as saying, “…in another six to nine months”. The Minister’s statement is in vast contrast to SPU privatization specialist Shawn Persaud. We recall Mr Persaud as being quoted in a January 26, 2018 Das saying“…authorities could not wait two years for the estates to be sold…”.Is it nine months or two years? But the minister added to the confusion when he said, according to NCN, that the loan the SPU is hoping to secure would be repaid in three to five years. In effect, the Finance Minister is saying that the SPU would have long disposed of the assets from which it would have derived the revenue to repay the loan it is now seeking. No prudent banker in their rightful sense would approve such a loan, unless it is guaranteed by the Government. If this is so, then this amounts to a further subsidy by the State down the road.Or maybe it is that the Minister misspoke, or is in a state of obvious confusion.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretary,GAWU
In an effort to tackle the low levels of literacy among students, the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in the process of establishing Internet-ready Literacy Hubs in every community in the town in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The Literacy Hubs are among a raft of initiatives, the newly-installed Council is hoping to complete by December 2018.Mayor Waneka Arrindell explained that a number of persons have already come on board. These include the Education Ministry, which has given its approval to commence the project. The One Mile School and Linden Care Foundation haveLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindellalready indicated their willingness to allocate spaces for the Hubs. Mayor Arrindell, who has a passion for children, noted that while the project may not be able to be completed in every community before her eight-month tenure was over, she was hoping that the majority would get started.She explained, “As a teacher, I have found that the level of literacy among our children is very low. There are children entering the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) class and do not know how to read. Children are in First Form and can’t read, and the teachers are not to be blamed. We don’t know the environment the children are living in, and so a curriculum is set for them to learn and so those who can, will and those who can’t, will not.”This project will especially target those children who are in difficult circumstances and cannot afford extra lessons. Mayor Arrindell added that the Council was now at the stage where it was seeking sponsors willing to support a child at a cost of $1000 per week. However, she said that all proceeds from the Mayor’s Ball, a highlight of the upcoming Linden Town Week activities on April 27, will go towards this project.The Mayor is encouraging businesses and other persons to get on board the initiative.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After an official announcement was made last summer, Fort St. John’s own Burger King restaurant officially opens its doors today.“It’s been a lot of years in the making,” said franchise owner Trevor Bolin. “Now that we’re up, and people realize how different Burger King is from a lot of the other choices, and that it gives them a lot of choices locally, it’s going over very well.”Part of the Gateway plaza, an Esso will also be part of the centre — along with other restaurants and clothing stores expected to be announced within the next month and expected to open later this year.- Advertisement -“It’s really done a lot for keeping people excited about what’s happening in Fort St. John.”Burger King’s dining room is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a 24-hour drive-thru. According to Bolin, 45 local staff members have been hired.“Whether you’re local, you’re travelling, you’re working nights, whatever it is, we can make sure we meet everybody’s needs,” he added.Advertisement
Kaberia who led an inspection tour of the Nyayo Stadium on Friday afternoon has admitted that some momentum was lost after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Kenya of the hosting rights for CHAN 2018, also apportioning some of the blame on the long electioneering period.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting ongoing renovations of the Nyayo Stadium on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The contractors complained that some time they did not get people to work here because of the electioneering period and that caused the delay. In terms of payments, there might have been a delay of about three weeks but it was because of the processes,” Kaberia said.He added; “I have however talked to the contractors and in the next three weeks the parking lot will be completed, and by the last week of March, they should give me the keys to this place,” the PS added.The Chief Contractor Chandresh Babariya from Lexis International admitted that a shortage of groundsmen was a huge contributing factor to the slowing down of the work, but insists they will be on time to meet the end of March deadline.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown around the proposed changing rooms by chief contractor Chandesh Babariya. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was very tough because at some point out of over 150 workers, we could get 20 or 25 workers. Also, the rains that came in September were a huge contributing factor. Another thing that slowed down the work was the black cotton soil at the parking lot and on the ground. But we are optimistic we can meet the target,” Babariya said.The stadium is undergoing an almost complete overhaul with Lexis International dealing with the construction work while French company Gregori International proposed by CAF will be in charge of the playing surface.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown the new playing surface plans by Gregori International representatives. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe constructor’s work entails building a new VIP complex which will include increased office space and improved seating area. They will also be constructing new changing rooms as well as rest rooms.A different company has been sub-contracted to work on the seats, floodlights, gates and ticketing. Gregori International will, after most of the construction is done start working on the pitch.They will install a new drainage system and lay out new grass by the beginning of March, meaning in one month the stadium will be ready to host its first match since the Mashemeji Derby last year.The other two stadia which are being rehabilitated are the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eloret and Kinoru Stadium in Meru.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting the Nyayo National Stadium’s renovation works on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5- The Nyayo National Stadium and two others which were under rehabilitation on the African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosting schedule will be open for use by the first week of April, Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia has assured.This is four months after the initial completion date.
1 Serge Aurier Serge Aurier has been suspended by Paris St Germain for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea after comments he made about coach Laurent Blanc and his team-mates on social media.The full-back has apologised after a live question-and-answer session on Periscope came to light in which he insulted Blanc and several PSG players.A statement on PSG’s website read: “This Sunday, the club have learned of a video distributed on social media in which Serge Aurier responds to questions from internet users.“The video, filmed in a private context, contains certain comments which are clearly unacceptable from a Paris St Germain player, towards certain team-mates and especially towards coach Laurent Blanc.“The club have opened disciplinary proceedings against the player, accompanied by a provisional suspension. Serge Aurier therefore will not figure in the squad to play against Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League.“Paris St Germain offer their full support to coach Laurent Blanc and to the players who, quite rightly, feel offended by these comments which are against the values of the club.”Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “I have taken the decision to suspend Serge Aurier. Paris St Germain is a very strong institution and nobody can affect that.“I will not allow anyone to cause difficulty for the club or distract us from our aims, beginning with our meeting with Chelsea.”Aurier, 23, has been a regular under Blanc this season but criticised the former France coach, along with PSG players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria, in the video.In a subsequent video on PSG TV, Ivory Coast international Aurier said: “I made a big mistake, I am here to say sorry to the coach, the club and my team-mates, and to the supporters because they are the most important people.“I want to apologise especially to the coach, I can only thank him for all he has done for me since I arrived in Paris.“He wanted me and since I came here everything has gone really well. I owe him a lot and that is why I apologise sincerely to him for what was said, which I deeply regret.“I will accept any sanction the club impose on me regarding this incident. I made a mistake, it was unforgivable and I am ready to face all the consequences.”It is not the first time Aurier has found himself in trouble due to comments on social media.He was banned for three games by UEFA after last season’s Champions League game against Chelsea, following a video posted on Facebook in which he labelled referee Bjorn Kuipers a “dirty son of a b****” over the sending-off of team-mate Ibrahimovic.
A Donegal family are on the pig’s back and it’s all down to their new family pet.The Coyles never had a minute’s luck before Glen the Pig arrived at their home in Newtowncunningham.But all that has changed and now they are set to appear on tonight’s episode of RTE’s Winning Streak-y! They have won everything from hampers to free gym memberships and they put it down to Glen, the pot-bellied pet pig’s arrival.“Like all families things have been tight and they still are.“But things are much better now that Glen has arrived. I even got a call last week to say I had won a six month gym membership and I hadn’t even entered a competition.“My wife fell in love with him when she saw him at my brother’s Martin house and he told her to take the pig with her. “Now we’re heading to Dublin for Winning Streak and things just couldn’t get better. Yep, we’re on the pig’s back,” laughed shower installer Gerry.The family had planned to bring Glen to Dublin for the Winning Streak show but couldn’t get him to stay easy in a harness.“He’s a lovely wee thing and we thought he might bring us even more luck if we brought him with us.“But he went a bit mad when we tried to put a harness on him. Besides, I don’t think the people in RTE would be too happy to see a pig coming into the studio,” he said.Gerry, wife Mary T and their six children Ciara, 15, Aine, 13, Erin, 11, Caoimhe, 7, Treasa, 6 and Seosaimh, 4, will all pile into a mini-bus and head to Dublin to “bring home the bacon” today. Gerry said what ever they win will be a bonus but he plans to finish off his house.“I would like to get the outside of the street done and we have plenty of bills to be paid.“If we did really well then I would love to take all the kids to Disneyland.“We’re just delighted that we have been given the chance,” he said. EndsDONEGAL COUPLE HOPING TO ‘BRING HOME THE BACON’ ON WINNING STREAK-Y! was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Gerry CoyleGlen the PigMary T CoyleRTEWinning Streak
Can’t pick a winnner and need some help while guessing the results in talkSPORT’s Predictor game? You aren’t the only one!Around the world fans of the Premier League try and predict the scores in every game as they attempt to win some great prizes on offer. 4 REVEALED tense 4 predicted SORRY gameday cracker latest Tottenham v CardiffTottenham win – 81 per cent chance of happeningCardiff win – Five per cent chance of happeningDraw – 14 per cent chance of happeningWatford v BournemouthWatford win – 49 per cent chance of happeningBournemouth win – 25 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happeningManchester United v NewcastleMan United win – 62 per cent chance of happeningNewcastle win – 14 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 24 per cent chance of happeningFulham v ArsenalFulham win – 22 per cent chance of happeningArsenal win – 56 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 22 per cent chance of happening Most Popular Premier League News revealed Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool v Manchester City is the biggest clash of the weekend. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops 4 4 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Everyone has their own different ways of attempting to forecast the result and statistics are more often being used.One such producer of these is FiveThirtyEight but what outcomes do they think will happen? Find out below. changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Brighton v West HamBrighton win – 43 per cent chance of happeningWest Ham win – 30 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happening Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Burnley v HuddersfieldBurnley win – 48 per cent chance of happeningHuddersfield win – 23 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 30 per cent chance of happeningCrystal Palace v WolvesCrystal Palace win – 46 per cent chance of happeningWolves win – 26 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happeningLeicester City v EvertonLeicester win – 51 per cent chance of happeningEverton win – 23 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happening Southampton v ChelseaSouthampton win – 19 per cent chance of happeningChelsea win – 57 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 24 per cent chance of happeningLiverpool v Manchester CityLiverpool win – 38 per cent chance of happeningManchester City win – 37 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happening
FROM NEIL DOHERTY IN BARCELONA: A large contingent of Hoops fans from Co Donegal are here in the Catalan capital today ahead of tonight’s clash with Barcelona.Among them is Gweedore GAA player and former county star Kevin Cassidy.For now the build up to the game is all about enjoying the sunshine and the unique atmosphere that comes with a Champions League match against the best side in Europe. No-one is giving Celtic much of a chance against Lionel Messi and his fellow players.But we can all hope and pray; we did draw here once you know!We came here twice in 2004 in both the UEFA Cup and the Champions League and on both occasions drew.Wouldn’t it be great to do it for a third time!! Hoops boss Neil Lennon has told his players not to be starstruck. And he’s banned his players from swapping their shirts at the end of the game.He is acutely aware of what Messi can do.“He just walks around as the ball is being popped about and lets everyone else deal with it. Then, all of a sudden, boom! He comes alive,” said Neil.“He just has that burst of pace to get away from people. One minute he looks as if he’s not interested, the next thing he’ll drop a shoulder and he’s away. But my centre halves will have to be so mindful, not just of Messi, but also of players around him like Fabregas and Iniesta.“We can talk about them all night – how we go about stopping them – but they come at you in so many different ways that it’s near enough impossible.” We can hope.GAA STAR CASSIDY JOINS DONEGAL HOOPS FANS IN BARCELONA was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA STAR CASSIDY JOINS DONEGAL HOOPS FANS IN BARCELONA
Nature hike will teach how American Indians used local plants, 8-10 a.m. today at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Kenny Bob Davis will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Waterfall Hike is a rigorous 5-mile round-trip trek, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Backpages will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, Wednesday through Dec. 10 in the Art Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3612. Fall Forensics Showcase 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the College of the Canyons Amphitheater, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call Victoria Leonard at (661) 362-3441. Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Winter Concert will feature all Placerita Junior High bands, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. Band Concert will feature Sierra Vista Junior High, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-3113. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sponsor Stephen Maguire of DonegalDaily.com with North West 10k Chairperson James Boyle, Breid Lindsay Sales Manager Donegal Creameries (milk sponsor) and Grace Boyle.The North West 10k committee has just confirmed that the Donegal Person of the Year Liam Ó Cuinneagáin will be on the starting gun to officially get the runners underway on Sunday week May 4th in Letterkenny. 10k Chairperson James Boyle said he was delighted that Mr Ó Cuinneagáin, a native of Gleann Cholm Cille will be the special guest to signal the start of Donegal’s biggest charity run and walk.Liam has been the recipient of many awards for his dedication and effort in promoting the Irish language as well as his native Glencolmcille over the years. His work has created much needed employment with a welcome knock-on boost for the local economy. His multi-faceted involvement in the Irish language field was rightly recognized when he was presented with the 2013 ‘Donegal Person of the Year’ at the beginning of March.With huge crowds expected for the North West 10k the committee is encouraging as many people as possible to pre-enter from Tuesday evening of next week at Letterkenny Community Centre.A Portacabin office will be open beside the Centre from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd while it will be 3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.Sponsorship cards are still available from the Letterkenny Chamber to support the two main benefiting charities the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Committee. A number of other associated charities will also benefit by their association with the North West 10k. The Chamber office is located at Grand Central Complex, Canal Road opposite the Retail Park (tel number 9124866.A traffic management plan will be in place on the day. There will be some disruption to traffic for a period in the afternoon so motorists and the general public are asked to be patient and cooperate with the instructions of the Gardai and stewards. For further details go to www.northwest10k.com DONEGAL PERSON OF YEAR TO START NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10k