Estate closures…as cane planting comes to an endThe Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) may soon close another estate as challenges in the sugar industry persist.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), having met with more than 40 workers attached to the East Demerara Estate (Enmore and LBI Estates), has been informed that the GuySuCo management has instructed that workers must proceed with cane cutting operations at those estates, but this directive followed the disclosure that the East Demerara Estate will no longer offer work for cane planting. Some of the workers are therefore calling for severance payment, as their traditional tasks are no longer required.A delegation of sugar workers meeting with GAWU representatives on MondayGuyana Times has been told that as per norm, 20 percent of each plot is planted with new canes, and the remainder of the plot is reserved for the regrowth of old canes. However, GAWU feels that since cane planting activities have ended, GuySuCo is clearly gearing to close down operations at the East Demerara Estate.“The decision by the Corporation to end cane planting is testimony that the Estate is being geared for closure,” GAWU contends. “Interestingly, so far, no official announcement to that end has been made, either by the Government or by the GuySuCo, yet the Corporation is implementing steps indicating the estate’s closure,” GAWU said on Monday.The union says it has learnt — by way of the Sugar Corporation CEO’s request for an urgent meeting with the union to discuss the development — that GuySuCo is proceeding with plans to end cane planting at the East Demerara Estate and at the Rose Hall Estate in East Berbice.GAWU is emphasising that moves to end operations at either entity contradict the reported statements of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo when he said that sugar will not die.Earlier this month, Guyana Times was told that Enmore Estate would allegedly be closed. “Them give us a white paper at the Ministry of Agriculture, and de white paper mark that them gon close Enmore Estate after harvesting crop 2017,” a worker had informed this newspaper at one of the many protest exercises against estate closures.The operations of the LBI Estate were in 2016 amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate, in a move which was slated to save the cane operations, according to GuySuCo. “Now, just months later, the closure of the estate operations has been initiated. It demonstrates that partial political consideration has been given by the Government towards the industry,” GAWU has claimed.Livelihoods affectedGAWU noted that the East Demerara Estate employs some 2,200 employees in the field, factory, security, administrative and managerial sections.“They and their families, among many others, stand to be affected by the harsh closure decision. We once more urge the Government to abandon this consistent anti-worker direction, given the dire consequences to a major segment of the Guyanese working-class,” GAWU admonishes.The experiences at Wales “are fresh in our thoughts, as hundreds have been placed on the breadline and have fallen into a state of despair”, GAWU declares. “Hundreds more again on East Demerara Estate seem to be destined also to go this way; and worse too, seemingly at this time are being denied their severance entitlements,” GAWU stressed.Meanwhile, workers attached to the now defunct Wales Estate gathered outside the factory gates on Monday to reiterate calls for payment of outstanding severance package benefits. This comes mere days after the workers had departed en masse from a meeting with several Government Ministers after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had disclosed that GuySuCo could not afford to pay workers severance benefits.Government has said the Wales Estate was closed after billions of dollars were accrued in losses over the years. At high level sugar consultations held last year with GuySuCo, the union and the Opposition, Government disclosed that only three estates would be kept functional.
Paul Lotman had 19 kills and Connor Eaton totaled 38 assists to help the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team to a 30-18, 30-23, 30-25 victory over Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday night at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers also got 15 digs from Dustin Watten in improving to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the MPSF. The Cardinal fell to 0-10 and 0-5. Stanford was held to an .091 hitting percentage overall, and a mark of minus-.143 in Game 1. Evan Romero led the visitors with 14 kills, while Kawika Shoji totaled 34 assists and seven digs. “The difference from last week to this week was definitely our passing,” 49ers coach Alan Knipe said in a school press release. “We were in offense a lot more and we were much better in all areas of our blocking, defense, and transition game.” Long Beach State was further powered by Norm Hutton’s nine kills, along with seven apiece from Teddy Liles and Dean Bittner. The 49ers had a hitting percentage of .400 in the first game and .533 in the second game before hitting at a .306 clip in the third, ending at .407 overall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 Bastian Schweinsteiger: Bayern ace refuses to deny Man United transfer – click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – I am under contract until 2016, Schweinsteiger said following Bayern’s title celebrations and refused to comment on whether he would actually leave the Bundesliga side. The 30-year-old has worked with Van Gaal before, so could he be the no.6 the manager was talking about? The season is over, fourth place is secure and now another summer of change begins at Man United.Manager Louis van Gaal told manutd.com a deep lying midfielder is a key priority for him, though there are plenty of other players in other positions rumoured to be Old Trafford-bound.Already leaving, though, is striker Radamel Falcao. United have decided not to bring him in permanently after a dismal season-long loan, while Jonny Evans is believed to be on his way out and young Tyler Blackett may move on loan.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest Manchester United rumours. Petr Cech: Chelsea’s long serving goalkeeper ready to replace De Gea – click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – It depends on whether or not Man United can keep David De Gea, but if the young goalkeeper does join Real Madrid then Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar, said the 32-year-old would consider Old Trafford. However, the club do still have Victor Valdes waiting in the wings. Ilkay Gundogan: Champions League finalist to fill fix the hole in Van Gaal’s midfield? Click the arrow above, right, to see more transfer rumours – click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – The Manchester Evening News report that Gonzalo Castro’s imminent arrival at Dortmund is likely speed up Gundogan’s departure. The Germany midfielder will not extend his deal, which expires next year and Man United appear to be favourites to sign him, with manager Louis van Gaal telling the club’s website a deep-lying midfielder is a priority for him. 6 6 Nicolas Otamendi: Buy out clause of £43m – worth it? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – Eugenio López, Otamendis agent, said his client has told Valencia president Amadeo Salvo he wants out of the Liga club. Nico is going to do everything [possible] to leave, he is quoted as saying. There are a lot of conversations with clubs that want Otamendi. Nicolas loves everything at Valencia but, if the chance arose to leave, hed do everything possible to make it happen. However, the 27-year-old could cost around £43m. 6 6 Dani Alves: Champions League winner will let Man United know after Champions League final – click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – Alves says PSG is not an option, but would not elaborate on his future when asked which club he will play for next. He still has the Champions League final to play in, with the game against Juventus taking place on 6 June, after which he will make a decision. 6 Gregory van der Wiel: Dutch right-back to be swapped for Di Maria? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Man United transfer rumours – It is being reported in French publication L’Equipe that Angel di Maria will join PSG and, in an attempt to reduce the player’s fee, Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel will go the other way. PSG are also interested in Dani Alves and the 27-year-old has admitted a number of big clubs in England have shown an interest in him.
Fashion retailer A-Wear has been bought by a group of international investors, in a deal which secures 460 jobs at its 32 stores in the Republic of Ireland.A receiver, Jim Luby of McStay Luby, had been appointed to the chain last night by previous owner Hilco.EIGHT staff jobs at A-Wear on Main Street in Letterkenny are safe after the struggling company was bought tonight. An agreement was reached with the group of investors, which is headed by British businessman Michael Flacks of Flacks Group. Flacks Group specialises in buying struggling retail and property assets.A statement from the new investors said A|wear would continue to trade as normal and workers’ terms and conditions would remain unchanged.“Every job in Ireland, including in Letterkenny, is protected by this move,” said a spokesman for the new owners.Mr Flacks said he was impressed by the strength of the A-Wear brand and its potential for future growth. He said his team wanted to develop and grow the business, not to shrink it. A|wear was originally owned by Brown Thomas, which sold the stores to management in 2007 in a deal backed by UK private equity group Alchemy Partners. Alchemy sold the business to Hilco in October last year.There are 32 A-Wear stores in Ireland with 460 staff. DONEGAL A-WEAR JOBS SAFE AS NEW OWNERS FOUND was last modified: February 16th, 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)
Harry Redknapp is confident Tottenham will complete the signing of Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko and believes shrewd chairman Daniel Levy may have another deadline day surprise up his sleeve.Spurs have made a move for France midfielder Sissoko, who has been keen to leave St James’ Park this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship.The Magpies had valued the 27-year-old at £35million after impressing at Euro 2016, but Tottenham hope to land him for considerably less before Wednesday’s 11pm deadline and have bid just £16m initially.Levy is famed for his last-minute dealings in the transfer window, having signed the likes of Rafael van der Vaart [£8m], Hugo Lloris [£8m] and Dele Alli [£5m] on deadline day in the past.And former manager Redknapp has told talkSPORT he would be surprised if the Spurs chief doesn’t have another stunning move in the pipeline.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Redknapp said: “Daniel loves the last day of the transfer window, he’ll be busy today and I’ll be surprised if Tottenham don’t do some business.“They’ll be some buy-one-get-one-free kind of deals, it’ll all be going off today.“There’s talk about signing Sissoko from Newcastle, [but] Daniel’s not going to bid anywhere near what someone wants, is he!“If they’re asking for £35m, Daniel will be offering £5m! That’s just the way it is with him, he’s different class.“But he’ll get there in the end. It’ll be a battle between him and Mike Ashley today, two shrewd, clever men, but he’ll get it done in the end, I’m sure.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Tonight” host Jay Leno might want to wear referee stripes on Wednesday’s show when Ann Coulter and George Carlin are his guests. Coulter, the acid-tongued conservative with a new book out, and Carlin, the quick-witted, antiestablishment comedian who’s in the voice cast for the new animated film “Cars,” were booked at separate times for the NBC late-nighter, a spokeswoman said Monday. But the duo’s meeting could produce serious fireworks for “Tonight,” which usually limits its political fodder to Leno’s bipartisan monologue jokes. Coulter, author of “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” has drawn fire for attacking the four New Jersey widows who pushed for an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks in which their husbands died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In her book, Coulter accuses the women of “reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.” An appearance by Coulter on “Today” led to a prickly exchange with host Matt Lauer. – Associated Press
SOBOBA HOT SPRINGS – The rugged hills where crews were battling a 39,900-acre wildfire turned red Saturday – not with flame but with retardant as authorities took advantage of easing Santa Ana winds to attack the blaze. A DC-10 capable of dumping 12,000 gallons of water or retardant at a shot joined the assault on the Esperanza Fire. The arson-set blaze has destroyed 27 homes and 62 square miles of rugged, scrub-covered canyons in Riverside County. Meanwhile, the lone survivor of a five-man crew caught in the blaze remained in critical condition, and the mother of a firefighter who died called on the arsonist to surrender. “You already know that you have a problem,” said Bonnie McKay, whose son Jason, 27, died Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “I firmly believe you didn’t believe that things were going to turn out the way they did, but they did. Don’t let the remorse eat you alive. Come forward,” she said. “I, for one, will try not to judge you. There is only one who can judge you,” she said at a news conference at a fire station in the community of Apple Valley. Firefighters took advantage of the calm weather but worried about the direction the fire was moving. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said the southeastern flank was threatening to spread to Black Mountain, a steep mountainous forest that would be difficult for firefighters to access. “If it goes there, the fire is going to hell in a hand basket,” McLean said from the command post in Beaumont, 90 miles east of Los Angeles. Fire officials said they had hemmed in much of the fire’s northern end, where flames had snaked between steep, craggy hills that one firefighter dubbed “goat country.” The crews were bulldozing firelines on the flatter southern end in order toward small communities including Soboba Hot Springs and San Jacinto. The 39,900-acre blaze was 40 percent contained two days after blowtorch gusts overran a U.S. Forest Service crew. Lone survivor Pablo Cerda, 23, was burned over most of his body. He was listed in critical condition Saturday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after surgery Friday to remove damaged skin. Investigators on Saturday combed the area, looking for clues on how the fire engulfed the men so quickly. Investigators also interviewed a handful of firefighters who had been working nearby when it happened, said Al Matecko, spokesman for a national investigating team. “People were personally moved. It’s not very easy to walk around an area where people lost their lives,” Matecko said. Fire officials said there had been six other minor injuries to firefighters and, after completion of damage assessments, raised the number of destroyed homes to 27, up from earlier estimates of 10. Evacuation orders remained in effect for about 500 homes in Twin Pines and Poppet Flat, communities where homes burned. Residents, however, were allowed back in for several hours to retrieve personal items and feed or remove animals. Some found nothing to return to. “There’s nothing left, just a couple of walls and rubble,” said Oscar Pineiro, 52, who along with his wife returned to their Twin Pines home and found it burned to the ground. The north side of the fire, paralleling Interstate 10, was considered well-contained. On the west flank, Highway 79 was reopened after firefighters stopped the fire’s advance in that direction. Water-dropping helicopters operated from a landing zone in a grapefruit orchard on the Soboba Indian Reservation as retardant bombers flew overhead, and a half-dozen bulldozers lined up at the mouth of Castile Canyon, ready to move in to cut fire breaks. Hotshot crews of reinforcements moved in as fire Battalion Chief Art Nevarez and his crew from neighboring Orange County came out of the canyon after a night of firefighting. The Esperanza Fire was set shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday at the base of a slope in Cabazon. Residents say they saw two young men leaving the scene. One law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity described the investigation as being in its “infancy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jack Butland has told talkSPORT he believes he can make himself England’s number one for the 2018 World Cup.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate stuck with Joe Hart for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia and publicly assured the West Ham man he is still his first-choice goalkeeper.But Butland, who has started the season impressively for Stoke having returned to fitness after a year-long injury absence, insists he can yet dislodge his friend and rival Hart before next summer’s finals.Asked if he can claim the No.1 jersey for England in Russia, the 24-year-old responded: “I believe I can. I believe there is time.“It comes down to me playing as well as I can for Stoke, which I feel like I’m doing right now, and I have just got to keep knocking on that door, keep doing as well as I can and hopefully get an opportunity for next summer.“That is the level I want to play at and I hopefully I can be a part of it.”Southgate named four goalkeepers in his most recent England squad, with Burnley’s Tom Heaton and Everton’s Jordan Pickford included alongside Hart and Butland.They all harbour hopes of wearing the No.1 shirt but Butland insists there is no animosity amongst them and he claims they are all inspiring each other to improve.“We work hard in training, we push each other on, everyone bounces off each other and it is really enjoyable,” he said.“We all go to do as well as we can and obviously if given the opportunity try and take it. It is a really good group, we all make each other better and push each other on and that is what makes it so enjoyable.”Jack Butland was speaking at the launch of NBA 2K18, the highest rated annual sports game available on the current console generation. Check him out swapping saves for slam-dunks here!
1 The Bees player consoled himself by pulling his jersey over his head Brentford striker Neal Maupay will not want to see this again.The Bees player produced one of the worst misses of the season after failing to score an open goal from six-yards out.Having beaten the Cardiff goalkeeper, Maupay weighed up his options before dragging his shot wide of the mark, much to the amusement of Bluebirds fans behind the net.Maupay consoled himself by pulling his jersey over his head in an attempt to find a hiding place.But unfortunately for Maupay, his nightmare miss happened in real life. Neal Maupay with the miss of the season! 😱😱🎥 @Channel5Sportpic.twitter.com/xJLDKjuhjm— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) November 19, 2017
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers slammed the state of the Tynecastle pitch after seeing his side come from behind to beat Hearts 3-1. The champions initially struggled to adapt to the surface in Edinburgh, but in the end flexed their muscles to avenge the 4-0 reverse at the ground earlier in the season that ended their historic unbeaten run. Despite the win, the state of the pitch came in for heavy criticism from Rodgers, who suggested the grass was too long to allow either side to keep the ball on the floor, something which he feels is damaging to the Scottish game. He said: “I thought the win was outstanding. “But I sit a little bit embarrassed because of the pitch. “You talk about standards, and this is a great club, Hearts, really passionate, (but) I felt really sorry for both sets of players. “You saw it early on, the ball got thrown out and it stuck in the grass it was that long. “It’s not just to suit us, I’m talking about football in general. I was disappointed from a footballing perspective. “It was the first time I said to a team of mine ‘building the game from behind is a huge risk because the ball is getting stuck’, so at half-time I said we had to play a more direct game, and from there we dominated the game. “From a football perspective and for the spectators, that wasn’t football.” He added: “This is about standards and the product of Scottish football. I’m talking about for the spectators and the young, gifted players in their team who can’t dribble or pass the ball properly because of the grass. “If that’s what you want to do, then fine, but it’s not football. “I’ve been qualified for 20-odd years, I try to develop players and a product and move the game on. “It was a brilliant win for us, having to cope and play a totally foreign game.” The pitch at Tynecastle has already come in for heavy criticism this season after being badly affected by the weather, and it is set to be dug up and relaid on Thursday, but, despite the conditions, goals from Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair saw the Hoops claim another convincing win. Kyle Lafferty had opened the scoring for Hearts with a fiercely struck volley in the 18th minute, but the main bone of contention for Jambos boss Craig Levein was the decision to disallow a goal from John Souttar with the score at 0-0. He said: “I have no idea why the referee disallows the goal. If anyone is blocking him (goalkeeper Scott Bain), it’s his own player. “I think that’s the biggest thing about the match, we were 1-1 when it could have been 2-0 and that would have made a huge difference. “It’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous and I’ve no idea.” On the debate surrounding the pitch, he added: “There wasn’t enough grass on it last time, eh? If they tell me how much they want, we will try and get it right next time!”