GuySuCo’s Board inapt

first_imgDear Editor,In reading Tony Morgan’s letter titled “GuySuCo new Board, fresh ideas and decades of experience”, which was published in Guyana Times’ March 16, 2018 edition, I could only conclude that before he penned this letter, the gentleman did not read the article in the March 15 edition of Guyana Times captioned “Nothing wrong with ‘inexperienced’ GuySuCo Board – Junior Finance Minister”, and in another section of the media, “Cabinet member annoyed at NICIL ad on new GuySuCo board – says final decision still to be taken”, respectively.Had Morgan read the article in Guyana Times, he would have recognised that it was no other than the Junior Minister of Finance who acknowledged that nothing is wrong with inexperienced people being appointed on GuySuCo board; so his conclusion from reviewing the information as shown in the full-page ad — “that one can gather that this new board is filled with years of experience in the sugar industry” — is plainly wrong.Had he read the article in the other section of the media, he would have known that Cabinet is yet to approve the appointment of the new board; as such, his insert that “Cabinet did well in the selection of this new Board” is again erroneous.Morgan, in his letter, further extolled that the board is “well balanced in age”. What does age have to do with the performance of this board, when the key success factors depend on the quality of contribution by each member, and such contribution is highly dependent on the knowledge and experience of the sugar industry? He further stated that the new board has three former directors, and these “veteran, in retrospection, should be able to show the new blood where things have gone bad and where the Board was able to have success in the past”.What “success in the past” can these three “veterans” show the “new blood,” when sugar production for the three years that they served on the previous board declined from 231,000 tonnes in 2015 to 137,000 in 2017? When the sugar industry was miniaturized? And when over 7,000 workers were displaced? Why, when these veterans were on the previous board, could they not have seen “where things have gone bad”, but they could now show the “new blood” where “things have gone bad” when they were there?It is obvious that Tony Morgan wrote the letter based on sentiments, but not on facts.Yours faithfully,Selwyn Narinedattlast_img read more

Bush hosts president of Brazil

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush continued his new courtship of Latin America on home turf Saturday, meeting and dining with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil at the presidential retreat at Camp David. In their second meeting in a month, Bush and da Silva talked about the stalled Doha round of trade negotiations and their newly signed deal to cooperate in the development and production of ethanol. But the two announced no new breakthroughs. Speaking at a joint news briefing, Bush said he was willing to reduce farm subsidies “in a substantial way,” a statement that was likely to get some notice by the farm lobby and its congressional supporters but was unlikely to convince skeptical European partners. But he repeated American demands for fuller access to foreign markets. Developing nations have resisted those demands without greater subsidy and tariff reductions than Bush is offering. For his part, da Silva repeated his call for an end to the U.S. tariff on ethanol produced in Brazil, something Bush says is congressionally mandated and out of his control. But the visit was clearly intended as another show of allegiance after Bush’s visit to Sao Paulo three weeks ago, as part of a trip that had the clear intention of fighting the anti-American influence in the region of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.last_img read more

‘I don’t have to tell you!’ – Jose Mourinho refuses to discuss Chelsea future

first_imgJose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager.Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.WILL JOSE MOURINHO’S CHELSEA CONTINUE TO BE THE SCOURGE OF LIVERPOOL?Chelsea, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, enter this weekend’s fixtures 15th in the table after losing half of their 10 games, including last Saturday at West Ham, while their Capital One Cup defence ended at Stoke on Tuesday.Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: “I don’t have to tell you.”JURGEN KLOPP: CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO ‘IS A NICE GUY…UNLESS YOU’RE A JOURNALIST OR A REFEREE!’Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt.Asked if he can guarantee Chelsea a place in Europe’s elite competition next term, Mourinho said: “I cannot promise.”He then pointed to the failure of Manchester United and Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons.Mourinho added: “Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club that I choose to come (to). It’s a club I live in a very specific way every day.“Liverpool is a big club, Man United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League.“Two years ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions League – not even Europa League – and won nothing.“They are still a monster club, but that’s football.”Mourinho declined to comment on two disciplinary matters hanging over him.The 52-year-old Portuguese had until Thursday at 6pm to respond to a misconduct charge relating to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham.Mourinho expects his appeal against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton to be heard on Friday.“I think so,” he said. “Not optimistic, not pessimistic – just wait.” Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

WATCH! Brilliant assistant referee fail during Peterborough’s clash with Southend

first_imgAssistant referee Matthew Buonassisi got himself into a right muddle during Peterborough United’s clash with Southend United on Saturday.When Posh striker Marcus Maddison was felled in the box in stoppage time, Buonassisi had the seemingly simple task of putting his flag over his chest to signal for a penalty kick.But he seemed to completely forget how to do so, signalling for a foul, a throw-in, a corner, a goal-kick and a substitution before eventually getting it right! Watch the lino… foul, throw, corner, goal-kick, sub.— Jonny Blain (@jonoblain) January 16, 2016 1last_img

Chaffey women searching for an identity

first_imgGary Plunkett envisioned a rough go of things in his first venture as a head coach. But even with a late start, small numbers and the lack of a recruiting class – not to mention having to endure a 10-game losing streak – the Chaffey College women’s basketball coach did not figure on battling so much uncertainty in his own mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yes, the Panthers had reached the playoffs 15 consecutive seasons – three under previous head coach Dawn Baker and 12 in a row under Chris Stephens. But a quick fix doesn’t exist when you’re hired after the start of school, when the previous regime’s recruits have scattered without a coach in place and when you haven’t had the time to recruit or properly implement your own system. No, the fixes come with time, patience and faith. “We established our lineup and our rotation and we tightened it and firmed it up,” said Plunkett, whose team opens Foothill Conference action tonight at Barstow. “We refined what we do on offense and on defense. We focus on the positives and we focus on the improvements we’ve made.” Those improvements have been considerable. Chaffey is certainly a long shot, at best, to qualify for the playoffs after a 3-12 start. But the Panthers, who have lost eight games by nine points or less, have won two of their last three games and are finally getting comfortable with Plunkett calling the shots. “There’s always self-doubt,” Plunkett said. “Is it the wrong offense? Is it the wrong lineup? Is it something I’m doing wrong in practice? I was seeking advice from some of my mentors.” The answers he got? Don’t change a thing. center_img Turnovers are down. The offensive and defensive schemes are becoming sound. With the preseason behind it, Chaffey has nowhere to go but up. “I’m not worried about nobody in conference,” said Unique Bennett, one of two sophomores on the team. “If we play the way we’ve been playing the last four or five games, we’ll roll over everybody in conference.” That might have been an easier chore to complete in years past, when the Foothill Conference was a two-team show with Antelope Valley and Chaffey at the top. This year, expect a bit more parity and a lot more competition. Defending Foothill Conference champion Antelope Valley is off to a 10-7 start, with injuries keeping the Marauders from fielding their projected starting five. But Cerro Coso (12-3), Rio Hondo (11-6), Mt. San Jacinto (8-5) and Barstow (9-7) have already surpassed last year’s win totals, while the Panthers are a shell of the team that won 23 regular season games and gave the Marauders their only real competition in conference action. “It takes some time,” said Antelope Valley coach John Taylor, who has built the Marauders’ women’s program into a state power. “Any time you come in and it’s your first gig it takes quite a while.” The circumstances at Chaffey made it especially difficult to expect to contend this season. Baker compiled a 61-29 overall record and a 37-8 mark in conference and then Chaffey learned in June that its three-year coach would not return. By the time Plunkett was hired in late August, the fall semester had begun, some potential incoming recruits had left for other local colleges and the Panthers had completed the summer tournament league with just six players. It didn’t get much easier when Plunkett took over. The Panthers barely had enough for five-on-five drills and they had a tough schedule with some of the top teams in the state. By the time an early December 65-56 loss against conference foe Barstow hit – which came in the middle of the 10-game losing streak – the Panthers were reeling. “I felt they were at a point where they might start to give up on the season and on each other,” Plunkett said. “You can almost point to that game and say that’s where we nearly lost it. It was either we pull together or we fall apart. We had a heart-to-heart and it really changed them. They’ve responded.” Two games later, the Panthers nearly erased a 30-point deficit in a loss to Grossmont. They played No. 8 Orange Coast and San Diego Mesa close in losses and then put together a two-game winning streak (over Fullerton and Los Angeles City) that had the Panthers beaming with confidence. Over that time, freshman Lillie Parks (12.9 ppg) and Bennett (12.1 ppg) had begun to develop a formidable inside-outside game, freshman Mary Barbera had improved dramatically at point guard, turnovers were dropping and the offense was increasing its output. “I knew it was going to be difficult with (Plunkett) coming in for his first year,” said Roel, whose team snapped a winning streak with a 70-47 loss to El Camino on Friday. “But we’re starting to get it together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bible-theme nights draw sports crowds

first_imgThe Steeldogs had planned to outfit their players in Bible-themed jerseys – with books of the Bibles above the jersey number pointing to specific chapters – but nixed that idea when the league threatened a $25,000 fine if they changed uniforms. Instead, they wore them during pregame warmups. The event featured a pregame concert with a testimonial offered by new UAB basketball coach Mike Davis and booths set up outside the arena featuring Bibles and bobblehead dolls of Biblical characters such as Moses and Samuel. “It wasn’t anything very much in anyone’s face or overly evangelical,” Myers said. “It was an opportunity to do something unique and do something entertaining for our fans. Those who wanted to be involved could be involved as much as they wanted to. Those that did not could have avoided everything. “The feedback we’ve received has all been positive.” Count 12-year-old Daniel Morton Jr. among the supporters. The Birmingham youngster raved about the “awesome” concert – before attending his first Steeldogs game with his father and a friend. Sporting a T-shirt with a picture of the cross above the message “Jesus beat the devil with two sticks,” Daniel wasn’t just enamored with the music or the ballgame. “I hope that there are some nonbelievers here and maybe they found Jesus tonight,” he said. “That would be awesome if that happened. It was pretty powerful.” High started Faith Nights with the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team in 2002. He said the promotions have spread rapidly, with 334 church groups participating in 2002 and 775 last year. Staffers visit each city leading up to Faith Night, drumming up support from churches and religious groups. Faith Nights aren’t just sprouting up in the Bible Belt, either. The Arena Football League’s Las Vegas Gladiators drew an estimated 2,000 fans who hadn’t been to one of their games before, said ticket manager Mike Carosielli, even though the team had to move the game to noon on Palm Sunday. Many were presumably even more focused on God than Goddesses, the Gladiators’ dance team. Jenny Quinlan, pastor of First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, wasn’t surprised it was such a hit in Vegas. “Just because `Sin City’ is how our city gets its income and its business, there’s Christians here, too,” said Quinlan, whose church brought about 15 people to the game. She said the group included a 17-year-old who had strayed from the church and dropped out of school when his girlfriend got pregnant, but was invited by a friend from the church. “Sports is a huge part of our world,” Quinlan said. “When you use those venues, it’s kind of a backdoor ministry. You use sports to introduce people to Christ or bring them back into that relationship.” But Chap Clark, a professor of youth family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, is skeptical of the real impact Faith Nights have on non-Christians. “I don’t think it makes much of an impact at all, and I don’t think there’s much relationship between the sports and the event for most kids,” Clark said. “It becomes a way to get the kind of people that wouldn’t come to the sporting event. That’s the marketing side of it. “It’s very similar to what amusement parks and theme parks have done for a long, long time. They had their Christian nights.” UAB’s Davis believes having high-profile sports figures offer their personal testimonials can have a positive impact. “A lot of times, people have a tendency to listen to whoever they look up to or admire, and the message is always right there in front of them all their lives,” the former Indiana coach said. “But whatever it takes to get through to them, I think is good.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The throng of fans cheered, shouted enthusiastic “amens” and waved their arms above their heads to the tunes of a Christian rock band. Nearby, kids checked out the Bible-themed bobblehead dolls and posed with Veggietales characters while parents scanned tables filled with Bibles in a family-friendly brand of pregame tailgating. That scene before a recent Birmingham Steeldogs arenafootball2 game is one of a growing number of “Faith Nights” at sporting events around the country that mix religion and sports, praise and promotion. “We want you to come to a game and have fun and listen to music,” said Brent High, president of Third Coast Sports, which runs and promotes the events. “But at the same time, we’re going to set the table for you with player testimonials and music. It’s a great night for you to reach out to people who don’t have a church home.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt’s not a bad way for minor league teams to coax a few extra fans through the gates, either. Nashville, Tenn.-based Third Coast has planned more than 60 events in 40-plus cities this year, even venturing into the major leagues for the first time. The Atlanta Braves have scheduled three Faith Nights this summer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have one planned in August. High said two NBA teams have expressed interest in similar events for next season. For churches, it’s an opportunity for outreach. For teams, it’s a chance to reach out to new fans. “It’ll be no different than any other group out there,” said Derrick Hall, the Diamondbacks’ executive vice president. “They will promote it at a much greater level than most groups can. As a result, we’ll sell more tickets.” It worked for the Steeldogs, who have two more Faith Nights planned this season. The Friday night game drew 6,156 fans, nearly 1,000 more than the team’s average draw for previous May games, Steeldogs general manager Scott Myers said. last_img


first_imgAll- Ireland champions Donegal will face Fermanagh, Monaghan and St Mary’s in Group A of next year’s Dr McKenna Cup series.Group B has drawn Armagh, Cavan, Down and Queen’s to contest the provincial title.Cup holders, Tyrone have been placed in group C with beaten finalists Derry, University of Ulster Jordanstown and Antrim. The Ulster Under-21 teams were drawn on Thursday also.Armagh will take on Fermanagh in the first round at Brewster Park to decide who will travel to Down.Tyrone play Donegal, Antrim face Derry and Cavan are in action against Monaghan.Dates, venues and times are still to confirmed for both draws. Dr McKenna Cup:Group A: St Mary’s, Fermanagh, Donegal, MonaghanGroup B: Queen’s, Armagh, Cavan, DownGroup C: Jordanstown, Tyrone, Derry, AntrimUlster Under-21 draw:Preliminary round: Fermanagh v ArmaghFirst round: Tyrone v Donegal; Antrim v Derry; Cavan v Monaghan; Down v Fermanagh or Armagh.GAA: DONEGAL DRAW FERMANAGH, MONAGHAN AND ST MARY’S IN DR McKENNA CUP was last modified: October 13th, 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: DONEGAL DRAW FERMANAGHMONAGHAN AND ST MARY’S IN DR McKENNA CUPlast_img read more


first_imgSpeaking today in response to the latest quarterly review by the EU/IMF & ECB of Ireland’s EU/IMF support programme, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said “implementing a failed programme is not an indicator of success.”At the end of its third quarterly programme review mission, the ‘Troika’ has “assessed the programme to be on track and in their view all targets in the programme to date have been met”, according to a statement from the Department of Finance.Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department Ajai Chopra said the IMF welcomed the statement earlier this week from Eurozone ministers, who said they were ready to take further measures, including extending the flexibility and scope of the European rescue mechanism, to deal with Europe’s debt crisis. However Donegal TD Pearse Doherty was furious with the ‘spin’ on the story.He warned: “Today’s report card by the EU/IMF and ECB is not good news for Ireland. Meeting EU/IMF targets is no measure of economic recovery. Implementing a failed EU/IMF austerity programme is not an indicator of success.“We are told that the purpose of the so called support programme is to fix the public finances and enable Ireland to return to the markets in 2013. The target for public spending cuts and tax increases for budget 2012 is meant to be €3.6 billion.“However only six months in and the Government has revised this figure up to €4 billion. It is likely that the final figure will be higher again when the budget is announced in December.” FAILINGMr Doherty said the programme is also failing to meet its objective of assisting Ireland to re-enter the bond markets in 2013.He went on: “When the Government last hosted the EU/IMF and ECB in April to review the austerity programme, yields on 10 year Irish bonds were at 9 per cent. Today they have exceeded 14 per cent. Taken alongside the rating agency’s downgrade of Government bonds to junk status this week, it is clear that a return to the bond markets in 2013 will be impossible unless there is a change of direction.“While the EU/IMF and ECB are telling us that the austerity programme is on track, it is clear that it is not working. The reason is very simple. You can not solve a debt crisis with more debt and you can not end a recession with increased austerity.“The domestic economy is still in recession with GNP down 4.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Unemployment continues to rise with 457,948 on the live register. Consumer spending continues to fall, inflation continues to rise and personal indebtedness continues to rise, pushing more and more people into economic hardship and poverty. “These depressing facts tell us clearly that EU/IMF imposed austerity is crippling our economy, strangling any possibility of social or economic recovery and delaying any return to the bond markets.“Meanwhile the Government continues to borrow billions of euros at high interest rates to pay off senior unguaranteed bondholders.“The cost of these failed policies is being borne by ordinary people. Cuts to Special Needs Assistants, cuts to winter fuel allowance and other social welfare payments, closure of emergency services in rural hospitals, and attacks on wages of low paid workers are all a direct consequence of this EU/IMF austerity programme.“We need a new approach based on burden sharing to reduce our debt burden and investment to create employment and stimulate social and economic recovery.” Yesterday Deputy Doherty revealed European governments would make €13 BILLION in profits from loans to Ireland.AS EU/IMF PRAISE IRELAND, DOHERTY INSISTS POLICY IS DOOMED TO FAIL was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BAILOUTEUIMFPearse Doherty TDPROFITEERING BY EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS ON THE BACKS OF THE IRISHlast_img read more


first_imgKathryn Holligan, from Co Kildare, has been located safe and well in the North.The 17-year-old was located in Derry.“Gardaí wish to thank the public, media and the Police Service of Northern Ireland for their assistance, which is much appreciated,” said a Garda spokesman. TEENAGER KATHRYN FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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


first_imgDonegal’s UFC star Joseph Duffy faces Dustin Poirier in the headline fight in Dublin in October, however Duffy’s cocky opponent believes he has the tools to submit Duffy.Poirier also questioned Duffy’s boxing record and has accused the Burtonport man of fighting bums during his short boxing career. Duffy was undefeated during his short foray into the world of professional boxing and won all seven of his bouts.However, Poirier has questioned the quality of his opponents and said he would’ve knocked them all out.He also thinks he’s a better wrestler and believes that he will submit Duffy when the pair clash in October.Poirier revealed his thoughts on The MMA Hour, he said, “I’m not the type to talk trash about the guy, and his hands do look good, but it looks like he just fought bums as a boxer and that’s not that impressive to me as a fighter. “As a fan, people say he’s an undefeated boxer but I don’t think he fought anyone with a winning record.”“Like I said, I’m not talking trash, I’m just stating facts. I would have beaten all those guys as well, and I’ve been working on my boxing a lot. If he wants to box, we can box and I’ll put on a show for the fans.”Poirier is set to silence the partisan crowd and believes he will leave the Irish crowd disappointed following the bout in October.“I really feel like I can submit him rather than knock him out. I think I’m a better wrestler than him. For being a boxer, it’s not like he’s been knocking guys out, even in his boxing record.”DUSTIN POIRIER – “IRISH FANS WILL BE DISAPPOINTED BECASUE I WILL SUBMIT JOSEPH DUFFY IN DUBLIN” was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more