Wales Estate closureEven as feasibility studies into the use of cane-lands at Wales, West Bank Demerara, continues, Government is assuring that the move to diversify the West Demerara estate will see not only the sugar industry benefitting but the workers there as well.Speaking on the weekly televised programme, The Public Interest, President David Granger pointed out that the closure of estates has been dated back to over a century-and-a-half ago. He noted that unproductive factories have been shut down and there have been amalgamations.“This is a normal economic function, this is not punitive,” the Head of State remarked while adding that government is pushing to have an efficient sugar industry. He went on to say that it was against this backdrop that the decision was made to have the entire West Demerara amalgamated and similarly the East Coast Demerara.“We are not interested in putting sugar workers on the streets, we are interested in efficiency and we are looking to amalgamation. So if something is not functioning efficiently, it will be considered for shutting down or modification but we want to save workers’ jobs, we want to save the sugar industry. That’s what we want to do,” President Granger declared.Despite mounting concerns and criticisms over the closure of the estates, government is going ahead with its decision. To this end, several feasibility studies are being conducted at Wales to determine the future of the estate lands.One of the companies conducting the studies is AquaSol Inc, a United States-based aquaculture consulting company which offers expert opinions, technology transfer, and aquaculture project management services to new and existing aquaculture projects worldwide.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times on Sunday that the studies are on track and the findings will be ready for its August monthend deadline.Wales, West Demerara Estate FactoryPreviously, the Minister had stated that research thus far indicates that the cane-lands are suitable for the cultivation of orchard and citrus crops, while other parts can be used for aquaculture and dairy farming.Nevertheless, Holder had posited that whatever decision is taken by government on the estate it will be done with the 17,000 workers and private cane farmers in mind.In this regard, he explained that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is also exploring leasing some of the lands to members of the community, particularly those who will not be accommodated at Uitvlugt, in order to get them more involved in agricultural activities.Meanwhile, there have been many calls from stakeholders for government to reverse its decision to close the estates. In fact back in May, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) filed a court case against GuySuCo and an interim injunction was subsequently granted in favour of the unions, barring the sugar company and/or their servants/agents, from proceeding to implement the decision to sever the employment of workers from the Wales Estate, unless consultations with the workers were held.With many of the workers being against the move to transfer to Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, they opted for severance packages instead. However, using the injunction as its justification, GuySuCo said it was unable to pay the 105 Wales sugar workers their severance packages even though the workers on March 22 received letters that stated they would have been paid on May 4.GAWU has however rejected the sugar corporation’s stance, noting that the agreement between the workers and GuySuCo was reached before the May 6 injunction was granted.Moreover, Guyana Times was told in June that the workers have petitioned the Wales Estate manager for payment in lieu of work for the time they have been unemployed. Some 99 workers were involved in that petition.This newspaper understands the workers are contending that their severance packages were approved since March 22, 2016, and as such, are requesting that they be paid from April 22 up to the point at which they will be paid their redundancy allowance. The petition, along with letters sent to the estate’s manager, was seen by this publication.“I hereby request that I be paid my redundancy allowance and payment in lieu of work from April 22, 2016 up to the point of the payment of my redundancy allowance in keeping with Clause 6(2)(i) of the Collective Labour Agreement between my Union, GAWU, and the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc,” one of the letters stated.
Two handymen were taken before the court on Friday after items belonging to their employer went missing on January 23, 2019 at the Stabroek Market, Georgetown.Wesley Fernand and Harry Bhawanie denied stealing from their employer when the charge was read to them.The men are accused of stealing a quantity of women’s clothing, along with other items valued a total of $391,000, property of Manelle Rogers.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that some of the items were recovered.Magistrate Leron Daly remanded the men to prison and the case will continue on March 1, 2019.
In the gymnastics portion of the Games, representing Fort St. John were Heather Smith and Jaston Stockall. The two did relatively well in the preliminary round, with Stockall finishing fifth in the final standings in the Girls Balance Beam event with 12.5 points. On the ice, two girls from the Peace Region protected the blue line on defence for the Caribou-Northeast. Jordan Kosinsky and Cassidy Bell were part of the female hockey team that took home a bronze medal. Keeping on the ice, the Caribou-Northeast also did well in men’s speed skating, winning a silver medal in both the T2T – A 200m pursuit Mixed with a time of 4:55:86 and T2T – B 200m pursuit Mixed, with a time of 3:18:90.- Advertisement – Both Connor Johnson and Ben Maxfield were members of that speed skating team, each coming from Fort St. John. Despite only 3 medals coming back to Fort St. John, the Carribou-Northeast finished the games in fifth place with a total of 43 medals which include 13 gold,17 silver and 13 bronze. For a full list of the results throughout the entire weekend, visit the 2012 B.C. Winter Games official website.Advertisement
REDLANDS – Last May University of Redlands baseball players walked off the field at Orange County’s Hart Park a disappointed group. They headed into the West Region tournament seeded first but were the first team eliminated following two straight losses. This year the team expects better results. The Bulldogs return three starting pitchers, their top two relievers and six position starters from a team that went 30-11 in 2006. Nothing less than a Division III World Series appearance will be considerable acceptable. “Last year none of us had been there so we didn’t know what to expect,” said senior catcher Ryan Garcia, a graduate of Redlands East Valley High School. “That’s not an excuse any more. We have no doubts that we’re capable of getting there (to the World Series).” The Bulldogs will play an alumni team in an exhibition at noon Saturday. The real season starts in Arizona with four games, the most notable foe being George Fox University (Ore.) which beat the Bulldogs 10-3 in that West Region Tournament. Lavelle was coach Scott Laverty’s top recruit and looks to step in for four-year starter and leadoff hitter Jason Sobieski, who led the team in several offensive categories. The outfield boasts the most depth, with six players contending for the three starting spots. Gardner will be the mainstay in center, but the other spots will be shared with sophomores Jordan Snider (.252), Kyle Rizzo (.294, 24 runs, 11 RBI), Matt Goldstein (.324, 11 runs) and Corey Vane (.351, 12 runs) and junior Neil Muller (.379, 10 runs) all in the mix. “My toughest job is going to be finding all those guys playing time. Some of that will be at DH,” Laverty said. “But we have great kids and they understand the situation. That competition makes for great teams though because guys know they have to work hard every day or there is someone else there willing to take that position.” Among the newcomers Laverty expects to contribute are sophomore pitcher-infielder Evan Dunn, freshman pitcher-infielder Michael Lessig, freshman catcher Jefre Johnson and freshman pitcher Mike McCarthy. Last year the Bulldogs cruised through SCIAC play with a 15-3 record. This year Laverty expects better competition. Claremont-Mudd (18-17, 10-8) was runner-up and traditionally tough La Verne (17-20, 6-17) should bounce back from a subpar season and Whittier (20-19, 10-8) was much improved. Pomona-Pitzer (15-23, 8-10) fielded a young team and has its core players back. One of Bulldogs biggest problems in the postseason proved to be a three-week layoff before the start of the region tournament. The calendar helped this season so it will be only two weeks if the Bulldogs advance. “That was definitely tough,” Gardner said. “Baseball is a game you’re used to playing every day. Sometimes its hard to keep sharp when you have that long of a break.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior Kyle Gardner heads the large group of returning veterans. The reigning SCIAC player of the year started in center field, hitting .380 (46-for-121) with 29 runs and 17 RBI. He also was on the mound once a week, going 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA. Gardner is joined in the starting rotation by fellow right-handers Rob Walker (8-3, 2.66) and Patrick Whelan (3-1, 4.89), both seniors. Sophomores Nolan Nicholson (5-2, 1.74, 4 saves) and Kevin Bissell (2-0, 1.35, 4 saves) head the bullpen with Nicholson also able to fill in as a hitter (.346). Garcia (.336, 31 runs, 27 RBI) starts behind the plate and anchors an infield that will include senior first baseman Brian Schumaker, junior newcomer Billy Lavelle at second base and junior shortstop Chase Beatty (.289, 21 runs, 23 RBI) with either senior Bryan Ducey (.395) or newcomer Will Wetmore at third. Schumaker is coming off an injury plagued season that started with a broken hand sustained when he was hit by a pitch and ended with back surgery in April. His return should help the lack of power missing from the lineup.
0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette scored one of Arsenal’s goals in their 2-0 win over Southampton but missed a host of other chances which could be costly in the race for Champions League places © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday with two early goals in a straightforward 2-0 victory over Southampton.The Gunners are a point ahead of Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were held by Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier on Sunday, while sixth-placed Chelsea’s home clash with Brighton was postponed as they take on Manchester City in the League Cup final. Frenchman Lacazette opened the scoring for Unai Emery’s side in the sixth minute but then failed to take advantage of shambolic defending by the visitors in the first-half.With goal difference a possible factor in a tight race for fourth place and a spot in the Champions League next season -– only two goals separate Arsenal (+18), Manchester United (+17) and Chelsea (+16) -– those failures could yet prove costly.Southampton, a point adrift of safety, had lost only one of their previous six league matches coming into Sunday’s mnatch, a run that included a draw away to Chelsea.But while they were lively going forward, some of their defenders looked as though they were still on the beach in Tenerife, where they had spent a week of warm-weather training.– Slack Southampton –The opener was emblematic of their slackness, with Arsenal bursting forward after Arsenal stopper Bernd Leno blocked Nathan Redmond’s shot, Mkhitaryan volleying Alex Iwobi’s cross back across goal, where it hit Lacazette and bounced past Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn.Arsenal doubled their lead in the 17th minute with a gift from the visitors’ defence.Jack Stephens played a difficult backpass to Gunn, whose clearance only reached Iwobi 30 yards out.Iwobi advanced down the left and crossed again for Lacazette, who swung a leg at the ball but only flicked it on to Mkhitaryan, who hit it first-time between Gunn and his near post.Southampton had few answers to Arsenal’s movement and Lacazette alone had four chances to make it 3-0 before half-time.First he took a pass from Granit Xhaka and turned inside Stephens only for Bednarek to block his shot.Then the France forward saw his clever glancing header from Xhaka’s corner held at full stretch by Gunn, before Xhaka set him up again — this time for a tap-in from six yards that he somehow managed to blasted over.Southampton looked more threatening after the interval but Arsenal continued to make and miss chances, with the ball twice rolled across the face of the Southampton goal with no home forward having made a run.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening with a potentially tricky clash against Turkish giants Besiktas and while it may not quite be the level of competition the club or its fans truly crave, Europe’s ‘second’ competition could prove to be a welcome boost.With this season’s victor collecting the golden ticket of a place in the Champions League, there is a much bigger incentive for those still in the competition – something Liverpool bosses will be acutely aware of.As it stands there are eight matches between the Redmen and trip to the final in Warsaw, and while they will face some fiercely hard games between now and then, when compared to the path of securing a top four – or ideally top three – place in the Premier League, all of a sudden, the Europa League looks very enticing.A look over Liverpool’s 13 remaining domestic fixtures sees them face each of the current top five in the Premier League, meaning that close to half of their league matches are make or break when it comes to challenging for a top four finish.Compared to the fixture run-in the four other teams currently battling for a Champions League spot – Manchester United face six teams in the relegation battle, Southampton seven, while Arsenal have a very favourable run – and it’s already starting to look like an uphill battle for Brendan Rodgers’ men.Despite such a relatively small gap between themselves and Man United in third spot, this variable makes an already difficult task appear harder, to the point that Liverpool must surely start to weigh up their priorities for the remainder of the campaign.Kopites will want to get Steven Gerrard to Wembley for an FA Cup final send-off, but what of the club’s aspirations for next season?As has been apparent this season, Liverpool do not appear to have the depth in quality to battle on numerous fronts, so with the season reaching a crucial point, Rodgers and his staff will need to decide what’s more attainable – and on the face of it, the Europa League cannot be discounted.Liverpool have such a rich history of European success and are hitting such a rich vain of form that you’d be foolish not to name them among the favourites for the competition.Following a hiatus, Anfield has been crying out for more of those famous European nights and given that Liverpool could feasibly reach the final on the back of four victories, perhaps it’s time for some more?Liverpool fans, do you think you should prioritise Europa League success over a Premier League top four? Liverpool could claim a Champions League place 1
Raheem Sterling has expressed his disappointment with the manner of his Liverpool exit.The England international left fans of the Merseyside club furious with the way he and agent Aidy Ward handled his £49million move to Manchester City.Sterling insists he left Anfield on good terms with players and club staff, but the 20-year-old concedes the situation could have been handled better.“I was a bit disappointed how I left. That was the main problem I’ve had with the situation – how I’ve left it with Liverpool,” he said, speaking to FoxSports.“I’m good with everyone at the football club, the manager, the players and I wish them well for the new season. But it was really disappointing how it did finish off.”Sterling has been accused of moving to City only for money, but he maintains he is motivated by trophies, not financial rewards.The starlet, who is in Australia for City’s pre-season tour, added: “From the first moment I heard City were interested in me [I wanted to join], purely because of the direction the football club is going in.“I’ve met all my team-mates now and it’s been a really good few days, they’ve made me feel welcome and I’m really happy to be here. I think I made the right decision.” 1 Raheem Sterling
Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.The Gunners are looking to seal a first home win of the season following their shock opening day defeat to West Ham, while Brendan Rodgers’ side are bidding to make it three wins from three.Former Gunners star Alan Smith joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the big game to give his view on the likely outcome.Listen to his thoughts by clicking on the link in the picture.
Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil Sheffield Wednesday have announced the signing of Watford duo Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil on permanent deals.Full-back Pudil returns to Hillsborough having spent the entirety of the 2015/16 campaign on loan with the Owls, playing 42 games and scoring two goals as Carlos Carvalhal’s men lost in the play-off final.Abdi leaves Vicarage Road after four years, first signing on loan from Udinese in the 2012/13 season, and making his move permanent the following summer.A hit in Hertfordshire, the playmaker was a key player for the Hornets as they reached the play-off final in his debut season, and then won promotion as Championship runners-up two years later.Despite not being a guaranteed starter last term, Abdi still managed 32 appearances in the Premier League, scoring two goals as top flight safety was secured.The duo have linked up with the Owls in time for their final pre-season friendly this weekend, when they play Port Vale, ahead of their competitive season opener against Aston Villa on 7 August. 1
Zanutto also criticized Maben for the closure in 2003 of Rosamond’s swimming pool in the Westpark development. The county closed that pool citing a lack of funding and apathy from Rosamond residents, who did not sign a petition to put a proposed tax to fund the pool on a ballot. “If we just wait for money and use it (the lack of money) as an excuse, nothing will get done,” Zanutto said. Maben said he has a good record in his first term, counting among his achievements keeping a fire station project in Rosamond on track after costs soared from $1 million to $2.5 million; working with the wind-energy industry and the military to map where tall wind turbines can be erected without encroaching on low-level flight corridors; and turning one of his staff positions into an illegal-dumping cleanup position that has collected more than 150 tons of garbage over the past year. Maben said among the priorities for a second term will be ensuring the Sheriff’s Department is properly funded and updating the planning documents for the unincorporated community of Rosamond. Maben said he will also continue advocacy of Edwards Air Force Base and the China Lake Naval Warfare Center. “I’ve been working to educate the people back East about the value of the bases here,” Maben said. Maben also disputed Zanutto’s claim about the Mojave spaceport, noting there is a hearing set for expanding a safety buffer off the ends of the runways. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I believe in personal contact. If you want to meet me over coffee, call me and we’ll meet,” Maben said. Zanutto is the publisher of a periodical called The Fence Post, which covers Kern County history. He is a board member of the Caliente Union School District. Zanutto said his experience on the school board helps make him a qualified candidate. He notes that during his time on the board, he has worked on budgets, hiring and evaluating personnel, and providing security. Maben, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, served eight years as the field representative for former 2nd District Supervisor Steve Perez. Maben was elected the 2nd District supervisor in 2002. Zanutto said the county is not doing enough to protect the Mojave Airport, which is also used as a spaceport, from encroaching development. Zanutto said he would also work to begin medical services to the district so people do not have to go to either Lancaster or Bakersfield for service. ROSAMOND – Kern County’s 2nd Supervisorial District race pits an incumbent stating he has done a good job representing his constituents against a challenger who says his opponent has been missing in action. Supervisor Don Maben, seeking a second term, is being challenged by Rick Zanutto, a school board member and newspaper publisher from Caliente. The winner of the race will represent a population of about 156,000 people in a district of more than 2,800 square miles, an area bigger than the size of Delaware. “We’ve had a lack of representation in our area,” Zanutto said. “I’ve talked with people from Boron to Bakersfield and found the same thing.” Maben said he will be an effective and accessible representative.