GAWU to Govt: End tug-of-war between NICIL & GuySuCo

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is urging Government to help bring an end to the ongoing tug-of-war between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Headquarters of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL)During the Union’s end-of-year press conference, it was stated that there seems to be no clarity regarding the confusion that has surrounded the sugar industry, pointing out that this manifested through the Administration stripping GuySuCo of its assets relating to the closed estates and transferring them without liability to NICIL as well as shares of the Corporation.“At this time, the GAWU reiterates that situation cannot be allowed to continue the way it is, as it is not in the interest of anyone, especially the workers. GAWU calls on the Government to apprehend the sad situation that is prevailing. It is time to end the tug-of-war!” it stated.GAWU President Komal Chand recalled that a new GuySuCo Board was apparently appointed by NICIL, the Corporation’s new shareholder. That Board, which was announced with several full-colour newspaper advertisements, was quickly disowned by the Government.The Administration explained it had not approved the new Board though the media subsequently published a Cabinet memorandum, which confirmed that the Government had indeed approved a new Board. Chand said the Administration, which was caught with its pants down, reversed gears and said that the Clive Thomas-headed Board remained in charge.That Board’s life came to an end in April this year and after several missed deadlines, a new Board headed by John Dow was finally appointed in the latter part of 2018.GuySuCo’s assets linked to the closed estates were transferred without liability to NICIL“The clear confusion regarding sugar was also manifested when we saw musical chairs being played by the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance, with both gentlemen denying they had ministerial responsibility for the industry. Then suddenly and without any forewarning, the Agriculture Minister announced he was in charge of GuySuCo though no explanation, as far as we recall, was ever provided as to how the contradictions were resolved,” he added.Chand said at that time, it seemed that relations between GuySuCo and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of NICIL had reached its lowest ebb. Media reports later highlighted what seems to be an almost virtual standoff between the two bodies.Most recently, press reports point to wrangling regarding the refurbished La Bonne Intention (LBI) Club, which from the looks of it, appears to have benefited from tens of millions of dollars in work. “The relations between the two bodies charged with managing the sugar industry seems to be characterised by acrimony and discord, and has now, seemingly, reached a sad point, where – from all appearances – salvos are being traded in the media,” Chand stated.The airing of these disagreements in the public, GAWU believes, cannot be helpful to the industry’s cause at this time. Chand said at this point in time, when the livelihoods of thousands of workers stand in the balance, and the Guyanese people’s assets have been essentially mortgaged to secure the $30 billion financing, the confusion that reigns cannot be encouraging.“The apparent infighting between the two sugar management bodies, in our view, has to be laid squarely at the doorstep of the Government. The Administration, through its own indecision, has, in effect, allowed the situation to reach this sad point,” he added.The Union said it also recognised that there seemed to be some degree of confusion within the Administration regarding the sugar industry. That has now spilled over into the industry’s management, which, it said, will not help in confidence-building, essential for success.last_img read more

Donegal’s three Miss Ireland finalists hit the stage tonight

first_imgThree ambitious young women from Donegal have the 2019 Miss Ireland crown in their sights as they compete in the national final this Saturday.Miss Donegal Holly McCrea, Miss Letterkenny Anna Gallagher and Miss Kildare Naomi Molloy, who is from Glenties, are all taking to the stage of The Helix in Dublin in a bid to win the coveted title.There are 33 finalists in the competition, which was won by Buncrana’s Lauren McDonagh in 2017. Holly, Anna and Naomi have had a busy summer preparing for the final by carrying out charity fundraising for Variety Ireland, modelling and campaigning with their individual causes.Miss Donegal Holly McCreaMiss Donegal Holly McCrea (23) from Donegal Town is a secondary school teacher with a passion for supporting children with special education needs. She held a vintage tea party this summer in aid of Variety Ireland. And she flew to the Miss Ireland final in style today via Donegal Airport!Miss Letterkenny 2019 Anna GallagherMiss Letterkenny Anna Gallagher (21) is passionate about GAA. A Letterkenny Gaels stalwart, she coaches the minors and had an active summer with the Cúl Camps. When not involved in football, she’s working at Spar in Ballyraine. Anna has an Arts degree in Geography and Sociology and plans to do a Masters to become a secondary school teacher.Miss Kildare Naomi MolloyMiss Kildare Naomi Molloy (23) will be flying two flags this weekend – for Celbridge and for Glenties. Naomi is a graduate of Food Science and Business who now works in Sales at O’Brien Fine Foods. She launched a mental health week in her workplace and has been promoting positive mental health messages with her new platform. Excitement is building fast for the 72nd Miss Ireland final on Saturday night, where there is sure to be a large Donegal presence as friends and families cheer on their favourites.Donegal’s three Miss Ireland finalists hit the stage tonight was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Raiders’ season reaches new depths in embarrassing loss to 49ers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — If you didn’t think a miserable Raiders season could get any worse, think again.Somehow, the Raiders stooped to even lower lows against one of two teams that entered Week 9 with a worse record than their miserable 1-6 mark. The Raiders made a quarterback starting his first career regular season game look like a potential future Hall of Famer, and in the process cemented themselves as the worst team in …last_img read more

This understanding reached by Peter Magowan and Dusty Baker is of comfort now

first_imgNot everyone was sold on Dusty Baker when he became manager of the Giants. And not everybody was sold on Peter Magowan, the guy who hired Baker. Both were walking into jobs for which they had no experience.“Peter stuck his neck out for me,” Baker said during a Monday morning appearance on KNBR, one day after Magowan died of cancer at 76. “Even some people I knew quite well were some of the people who said, ‘Hey, he needs three or four years in the minor leagues.’ Peter said, ‘I believe in …last_img read more

Stem Cell Cover-Up?

first_imgStem cells, most have heard, hold promise for many life-saving cures.  Michael Fumento in Insight Magazine claims that while adult stem cells have shown many positive results, the media and science establishments tend to hype the benefits of embryonic stem cells while glossing over the ethical and moral problems they present.    Recently, Nature1 published an editorial about the ethical controversy in Korea, in which a lab working on therapeutic cloning pressured female students to donate their eggs for the study.  Noting that to some, “the idea of creating a human embryo and culturing it for several days to obtain stem cells that would be needed to grow such grafts is morally reprehensible,” the editorial says the last thing cloning research needs now is further ethical controversy.  “If the air is not cleared quickly, the consequences for Korean science – and for research into therapeutic cloning internationally – could be severe.  It will be a tragedy if one of the greatest scientific stories of the year ends up being remembered, in South Korea especially, as one that lost the trust of the people.”1Editorial, “Ethics of therapeutic cloning,” Nature 429, 1 (06 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429001b.Nature seems to miss the point.  It is more concerned about whether the women were coerced than whether creating human embryos just to destroy them is morally reprehensible or not.  While some techniques may really help those with debilitating genetic diseases, we cannot assume scientists all operate from pure motives.  Fame and fortune seduce many a mortal.  Just because some things can be done, that doesn’t mean they should be done; and in a Darwinian world, who decides?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

On the Path to 1 Billion Users: Facebook’s Feature Phone Strategy

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Israeli mobile startup Snaptu confirmed on its blog today that it has been acquired by Facebook. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed for Facebook’s first acquisition outside the U.S., but the sum was pegged at $70 million.Snaptu builds applications for feature phones, and the startup worked with Facebook to develop its feature phone app, released at the beginning of this year. That app expanded Facebook’s mobile app availability beyond just smart phone users, bringing a Facebook app to over 2500 different mobile devices.Expanding to New (Mobile) MarketsThe acquisition of Snaptu is an interesting move for Facebook, indicating perhaps its plan to expand to new markets via new mobile markets – as the company continues on its trek towards 1 billion users. The feature phone app built by Snaptu was one part of that, as it followed Facebook’s launch of Facebook 0 last year, a site where users in certain countries could go to visit Facebook and incur no data charges.Making mobile apps available beyond the smart phone may be crucial to gaining new users as not-so-smart phones still make up around 75% of the mobile phone market. By making itself easily accessible via feature phones, Facebook is opening itself to those who might otherwise have the resources to visit the site. Mobile Facebook Users are Active UsersFacebook says that more than 200 million users currently access the site through mobile apps. But here’s a more important stat, perhaps: Facebook says that people that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users. That makes a resource like Snaptu important for helping Facebook make itself the central social hub for all mobile phone users, not just iPhone or Android owners.The acquisition of Snaptu is the latest in a string of mobile startups that Facebook has picked up recently, having acquired the group messaging app Beluga earlier this month and the local mobile advertising startup Rel8tion in late January.Image credits: Paul Butler Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts audrey watters The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How to Create Broadcast Graphics in After Effects

first_imgWhat is your approach to creating broadcast graphics? Share your tips in the comments. Learn how to design and create broadcast graphics and bumpers for TV shows in Adobe After Effects.In any creative field, there are usually many different ways to create a piece of work. This could not be more true for broadcast graphics — even the term itself has an extremely broad meaning.There are many graphics to create when designing a TV show’s motion graphics: lower thirds, bumpers, transitions, intros, schedule screens, and so much more. On top of all these, you have to decide on the style of the design and animation. It can be a lot of fun branding a full motion graphics pack for a show, but it is a huge responsibility.Let’s take a look.How to Create Broadcast GraphicsThis After Effects tutorial will show demonstrate how to create a small portion of a broadcast graphics pack. However, you will learn essential techniques that you need to design a full-screen graphic with a bumper. In the tutorial, we talk about branding consistency across all of the elements of a graphics package and how to direct your audience’s eyes.DOWNLOAD THE FREE PROJECT FILEWhat you’ll take away from this After Effects tutorial:Design the layout for a full-screen graphicAnimate each shape and text layer elementHow to easily replace text for future useEdit together the show bumper with your full-screen graphicAfter watching the tutorial, you’ll understand how to use animation and clever text positioning to draw attention to specific text elements. Another pivotal point that you will be able to apply in your own unique work is understanding consistency through animation and layer design.Great Broadcast Graphic AE TemplatesPressed for time to create a broadcast package for your show? Here are a couple of great broadcast graphics packs from RocketStock.com.NeonNeon is a full-show graphics pack that comes with an intro, bumper title, full-screen schedule graphics, a lower third, and more!PrimetimePrimetime is another full graphics package that has everything you need to brand a TV show.last_img read more

Don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that: Eoin Morgan on World Cup 2019 final

first_imgIf the New Zealand cricket team is finding it difficult to come to terms with the disheartening loss in the World Cup 2019 final recently, winners England’s captain Eoin Morgan has revealed that it’s been hard for his team too.Speaking to the Times, Morgan opened up on how he has been dealing with the victory which was decided on the technicality of boundary count after both the teams finished with identical scores even after the Super Over. According to Morgan, it’s ‘not fair’ to have the match decided this way when the teams finished on an equal footing.”I don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that when there’s very little between the sides. I’m black and white. I’m normally going: ‘I know. I was there, that happened.’ [But] I can’t stick my finger on where the game was won and lost. I’m not sure winning it makes it any easier. It would be more difficult to lose, of course,” Morgan told the Times.Morgan also said that even after talking to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson ‘on numerous occasions’ since the final, neither of them have been able to get their head around everything that’s happened.”I spoke to Kane over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can’t get his head around everything,” said Morgan.advertisementAlso Read | Brendon McCullum reveals his advice to New Zealand team after World Cup final lossAlso Read | Triple H presents World Cup-winning England team customised WWE Championship beltlast_img read more

Montreals famous StViateur bagel shop still rolling 60 years later

first_imgMONTREAL – Ask any Montrealer and they’ll tell you: the bagels taste different here.Chewy, sesame-rolled and slightly sweet, Montreal bagels have become internationally famous — and as Joe Morena would say, it may be better not to mess with a recipe for success.Morena’s store, St-Viateur bagel, celebrated 60 years of bagel-making with a block party in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood on Sunday, complete with music, games and, of course, bagels.As on any other day, dozens of people at a time lined up outside the bakery to buy hot bagels, fresh out of the oven and served in brown paper bags.While Montrealers will dispute which shop makes the best bagels in town (some are fiercely loyal to Fairmount bagel a few streets over), most agree it’s the distinctive baking process that gives the city’s bagels their taste.“Since day one we’ve always made the bagels the same way — hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, dipped in sesame and baked in a wood-burning oven,” Morena said.Since he started working at St-Viateur in 1962, Morena says he’s rolled bagels for Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion and William Shatner, among others.He became an owner in 1974, and his three sons have since joined him in the business, which has grown to eight locations in the Montreal area including several cafes.They also have an online site that ships bagels across North America.The formula is also spreading in other ways, as a number of Montreal-style bagel shops have been cropping up in other cities — many run by former employees.Irfan Khan, who co-owns a shop in Toronto, said he learned his craft working at a number of Montreal bagel shops including St-Viateur.His Bagel Time shop on Danforth Ave. features a custom-made wood-burning oven, and his bagels are made following the Montreal formula — down to the exact amount of honey in the water, he said.He said many ex-Montrealers have been showing up since he opened three weeks ago, excited for a taste of home.“If you miss anything in the recipe, you can’t get the same taste,” he said in a phone interview.One city that still does thing differently is New York City, whose citizens still prefer a larger, softer style.But when asked to comment on the long-standing rivalry, Moreno stays diplomatic.“They’re used to eating those big fluffy bagels that I don’t consider a bagel,” he said. “But they like their bagels, so who am I (to judge)?last_img read more

Reprehensible Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of US right

first_imgWASHINGTON – In what’s almost certainly a first in the lengthy history of bilateral relations between the countries, Canada’s summer-jobs program has become the object of criticism from America’s right wing.The reason is abortion.A former Trump White House adviser, several news organizations and the president’s favourite Fox News morning show have all dumped on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s explanation for why pro-life groups should be excluded from $220 million in federal jobs grants.The prime minister’s suggestion that pro-life groups were out of line with Canadian society triggered criticism in the country next door — where abortion remains a subject of mainstream political debate and is a central issue in the struggle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court.“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka.It’s not the first time Trudeau has landed on the radar of the American right.While he’s drawn fawning profiles in mainstream magazines and polls have suggested he’s relatively well-liked in the U.S., there are three cases now where he’s drawn conservative ire down south, after his praiseful eulogizing of Fidel Castro and the multimillion-dollar legal settlement with Omar Khadr.There were even a few boos at a Republican rally in Florida recently when President Donald Trump mentioned Trudeau’s name — though the president interjected quickly to silence them: “No, I like him,” Trump said. “Nice guy. Good guy.”The latest controversy involves a new Canadian policy — when applying for federal grants for student jobs, organizations are now required to sign a form attesting that neither their core mission, nor the job being funded, opposes human rights, including reproductive rights.Pro-life activists are suing the federal government over it.The abortion controversy produced a segment Monday on the morning show “Fox and Friends”.Host Brian Kilmeade said: “What message is he trying to send to us, maybe?” Co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy added: “What happens in Canada often comes down to us. This is an effort to silence pro-lifers. … This is a sign of intolerance. If you have a pro-life view you’re not welcome to share it or else you’re kicked out of this program.”They invited the head of largest American annual pro-life march onto the air to discuss it. Jeanne Mancini, whose annual March for Life is later this week, said she hoped to invite the prime minister to attend the rally.“Because he will see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America,” Mancini said. “We’ve lost over 60 million Americans to abortion. To the prime minister, I would just really want to talk to him.”Trudeau discussed the controversy in an interview Monday with The Canadian Press.He said he’s a Catholic who has long had to reconcile his religious beliefs with his responsibilities as a political leader and he said the latter demands that he defend people’s rights.In this case, he said that means a woman’s right to choose trumps the right to a federal grant.“An organization that has as its stated goal to remove rights from Canadians, to remove the right that women have fought for to determine what happens to their own bodies, is not in line with where the charter (of Rights) is or where the government of Canada is,” Trudeau said Monday.“Certainly there is no obligation by the government of Canada to fund organizations that are determined to remove rights that have been so long fought for by women.”last_img read more