first_imgDear Editor,The sugar industry provides significant employment, and, in spite of the challenges it faces, accounts for a large amount of our country’s foreign exchange earnings. Right up to May 2015, when the PPP/C Government demitted office, approximately 100,000 Guyanese were directly and indirectly dependent on the industry for their livelihood. As a concerned Government, the PPP/C considered the significance of the industry from a social and economic perspective; the ultimate effect on the Guyanese populace of the loss of earnings of dismissed sugar workers; and the considerable reduction in spending by these workers on consumer goods and services, provided in large measure by small- and medium-sized businesses that rely on the support of the sugar workers. That is why we worked with GuySuCo, the sugar workers’ unions GAWU and NAACIE, and the workers themselves to address the challenges of high production cost and to revive the fortunes of the sugar industry.We did provide financial and other forms of support to the sector, for we had determined that sugar was — and indeed still is — a sustainable business in Guyana.We overtly, then and even now, declared our opposition to the closure, privatization, or downsizing of the sugar estates.Conversely, the APNU/AFC Government refuses to engage the PPP/C and the unions in any meaningful discussions on the way forward for the sugar industry. So much for workers’ representation and the APNU/AFC Government’s respect for trade unions and the workers they represent.The Government has set up a $52M commission of inquiry into the performance of the sugar industry. The commission’s work and report do not reflect the views or recommendations of the Opposition PPP/C or the sugar workers’ unions. To the contrary, the Commission recommends , inter alia, that GuySuCo be privatized over a period of three years; that some lands be diversified to fish farming; that 4 of the 7 factories, viz: Enmore, Wales, Rose Hall and Skeldon, be closed. The Report is very much influenced by political considerations and is obviously designed to hasten the end of the sugar industry by privatizing some of the assets. The Government, major shareholder in GuySuCo, is obviously oblivious to the plight of the sugar workers. So much for the good life for sugar workers; they were apparently never meant to be beneficiaries.For decades, sugar supported and kept Guyana alive through the sugar levy. Indeed, there was a time when the payment of salaries of public servants, teachers, nurses, police, army etc. depended on GuySuCo. We must never forget this, or allow those with their own political axe to grind to cause us to forget this fact. We all benefit from sugar, and any investment in sugar will help the industry to return to viability and will provide more finances for the Treasury.Officials of GuySuCo have said they have a plan to ensure that workers who are displaced by Government’s announced closure of the sugar estates would be redeployed. The Government is yet to provide details of this plan. Neither the workers at the estates, nor their unions, nor the People’s Progressive Party have any trust or confidence in these empty promises of the APNU/ AFC Government. There is no clarity with respect to the options the APNU/AFC Government is examining, but political considerations seem to be taking precedence over social and economic considerations.What does the closure of four of the estates – Wales, Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon – mean for the retrenched workers, their families, their communities, their regions and the country? What is the alternate livelihood of the retrenched/dismissed workers?How would loss-of-income impact the lives of the retrenched workers, their families, small businesses such as grocers, hardware stores, furniture stores, hire car owners/drivers who depend primarily on sugar workers to buy their goods and services? How will workers fund payment for water, electricity, telephone and other utility services? What about transportation for children to go to school, medical expenses, those who have loans to repay, including mortgages? Or is it that the Government is unconcerned?The sugar workers of Guyana face an uncertain future, due to the reckless and irresponsible decision of the APNU/AFC Government to close several sugar estates and to privatize the Skeldon Estate. This will certainly add to our present economic woes, moreso as opportunities for alternative employment in the public and private sectors — and even for self-employment — scarcely exist.One would have thought that the Government would cull from the experience at Wales, where gloom has overtaken once-thriving communities concomitant with the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate. Government obviously has not done any social impact assessment, and consequently has no plan to address the issue of redeployment of workers of closed sugar estates.Government must not abandon 18,000 workers, but must work with the Opposition and the sugar unions to save the industry. Government must revisit its decision on the way forward for sugar, moreso in the light of the declining performance of our country’s economy.Sincerely,Norman Whittakerlast_img read more

first_imgDiarrhoea and acute respiratory infection have been identified as the two leading causes of mortality in children under five, a United Nations Children’s Funds report revealed.While diarrhoea is a leading cause of death among children under five worldwide, it is not isolated from Guyana. The report stated that most diarrhoea-related deaths in children are due to dehydration from loss of large quantities of water and electrolytes from the body in liquid stools. However, proper management of diarrhoea – either through oral rehydration salts (ORS) or a recommended home fluid (RHF) – can prevent such occurrences.The report revealed that children living in the interior of the country have three times more chance of having diarrhoea than those living in urban areas. Episodes of diarrhoea are also more frequent in Regions 7, 8 and 9. Likewise, 21 per cent of the children living in Amerindian communities had diarrhoea.Cases of diarrhoea, the report said, are directly related to inadequate access to proper water and sanitation, and to poor hygienic habits in the family. It indicated that access to improved sources of drinking water and improved sanitation are smaller for those families living in the interior of the country, for the poorest families, and the Amerindians: the same three characteristics that surround those families whose children under 5 present the higher episodes of diarrhoea.According to the 2014 MICS results, 61 per cent of the mothers who reported their children had diarrhoea sought advice from a health facility. “Number can be low since mothers might not see the need to look for medical advice as the condition might happen frequently, and, consequently, be considered normal.”Meanwhile, acute respiratory infection (ARI) is one of the leading causes of death in children under five globally. In Guyana, 31 per cent of the children dying below the age of 1 are related to respiratory infections, and 5 per cent were identified as ARI.Among different acute respiratory diseases, the report indicated that pneumonia is the most serious for young children. It stated that identification of cases of pneumonia and other respiratory infections are limited since suspected cases might not be real cases. In terms of ethnicity, 4.5% of the children living in Amerindian families presented ARI symptoms, the highest number among all ethnicities identified in the country.It added that 84 per cent of children aged 0-59 months with symptoms of ARI were taken to a qualified provider—great majority were taken to a public health facility (77 per cent), while much smaller proportions were taken to a private health facility (12 per cent).While it indicated that ARIs are caused by viruses and bacteria, which are almost impossible to avoid, certain risk factors increase the chances of young children to develop the infection.“Poor water and sanitation in the households, and the lack of hygiene at home can increase the chances that children are affected by respiratory infections. Also, the fact that some children are not fully vaccinated can weaken the immune system, increasing the chances that common respiratory infections can develop into more severe diseases,” it added.UNICEF noted that somehow all these factors are present in Guyana and those children living in poor families, in the interior of the country, and/or coming from Amerindian families, have higher chances of susceptibility to stronger infections and, “consequently, have their health affected to the point where they are in danger of dying.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000LIBREVILLE, Gabon February 10 – A narrower than expected first-round victory over Sudan set the trend for the progress of star-studded Ivory Coast to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final against Zambia at Stade de l’Amitie Sunday.Captain Didier Drogba nodded the only goal of the Group B game off a Salomon Kalou cross shortly before half-time, with the second-half avalanche never materialising. Tired of pretty football that won nothing, the Ivorians no longer cared how they won as long as they won and coach Francois Zahoui made no excuses for his pragmatic approach.“If we win with a header from a corner in the final minute of extra time that is good enough for me. I have a mission which is to lead this team to the final,” stressed the 49-year-old ex-professional who played in Italy and France.The message was clear to a nation waiting with increased desperation since 1992 for a second Cup of Nations title — the Elephants were not interested in style, just success.And after five victories on the trot Ivory Coast are in their third final — they lost a 2006 shootout against hosts Egypt — and appear capable of defeating sentimental favourites Zambia.Victory over Sudan was followed by a 2-0 win against west African neighbours Burkina Faso with an early Kalou goal supplemented by a late own goal from Bakary Kone.Zahoui, who replaced popular but too expensive Swede Sven Goran Eriksson after a first round exit from the 2010 World Cup, demonstrated his strength in depth against Angola by fielding a ‘B’ team and coasting to a 2-0 win.Former first choice Emmanuel Eboue and impressive Wilfried Bony netted for a team containing only two regulars, England-based centre-backs Kolo Toure and Souleymane Bamba.Drogba brushed off having a penalty saved against quarter-final opponents and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea to score in each half before 2011 African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure iced the cake with a superb late goal via a free kick.Surprise semi-finalists Mali proved a much tougher nut to crack in Libreville and it took a glorious goal from previously misfiring Gervinho on the stroke of half-time to separate the sides.The dreadlocked Arsenal goal poacher created space down the left flank with a back heel, raced forward with the ball seemingly glued to his boot and gave goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite no chance from close range.The last time Ivory Coast won the tournament they did not concede a goal in five matches, three of which went to extra time, and the class of 2012 has kept five clean sheets ahead of the showdown with the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa Hatem Ben Arfa says he felt humiliated at Newcastle United, describing the end of his career at the club as “hell”.The 28-year-old was banished from the first team squad at St James’ Park before sent out on loan to Hull after falling out of favour under Alan Pardew.He was allowed to leave permanently in January to join Nice but had to wait six months before making his debut for the club due to FIFA regulations. Ben Arfa, who has starred for Nice since his return to France and has been recalled to the national team squad, has now lifted the lid on his Mapgies nightmare.He told www.francefootball.fr: “It was a very, very difficult period. The worst of my career. It was as if my hell began at Newcastle.“There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserves. A terrible humiliation. Weeks passed and I was always with these young 16 and 17-year-olds on land away from the pros.“I did not understand. They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots. And when I believed in me [getting out] by signing for Nice, they were forbidden to hire me (until July).” 1last_img read more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the summer window.They discuss the latest in Chelsea’s attempts to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, as it now appears as if the Blues are going to miss out on the centre-back.Despite a long interest in him, and transfer offers being made, the Serie A club are set to offer him a new long-term contract to tie his future down in Italy.Plus, there’s an update in the Moussa Sissoko transfer saga, as Rafa Benitez has his say on the Frenchman leaving St James’ Park, and you can hear from the Premier League managers on the eve of the 2016/17 season kicking-off.Listen to Insider Trading podcast, above.Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Arsenal transfer news: Latest on Lacazette, Mustafi and MahrezCeltic FC transfer news: Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries on verge of completing Hoops switchAbdoulaye Doucoure could be heading for Watford exit just months after arriving on four-year dealEliaquim Mangala: AC Milan and Valencia both keen on Manchester City defenderTransfer report: AC Milan hoping to beat Tottenham to Croatia midfielder Milan BadeljEverton transfer news: Toffees in talks with Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour as Lamine Kone alternativeWatford transfer news: Hornets told to pay £4.3 million for Monaco defender Marcel TisserandLeicester transfer blow! Foxes face competition from Zenit St Petersburg for £18 million target Leandro ParedesTransfer report: Everton keeping tabs on Dutch starlet Hakim Ziyechlast_img read more

first_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ But celebrations for Sturridge were marred by this incident and he took to social media to let fans know of his disappointment.The former Liverpool man wrote: “Away game = 3 points, 2 assists oh and 3 lighters, yes that is 3 lighters in my hand.“All jokes aside. Fans, please don’t throw things on the pitch. The players’ safety shouldn’t be in danger from the fans and vice versa.“Rivalries in football are a big thing but it shouldn’t get to the level where you want to harm an opposition player. Daniel Sturridge has issued a plea to fans to stop launching objects onto the pitch after he was targeted with three lighters while playing for Trabzonspor.The striker, 30, posted a photo of himself removing the lighters during the Turkish Super Lig derby win at Antalyaspor. Sturridge is now playing his football in Turkey after leaving Liverpool in the summer update Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 1 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate statement GETTY rookie error latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff “Setting a good example for the kids sitting next to you in the stadium will hopefully allow this to not happen regularly in the future, they will think it’s OK to act like that when it’s not.“You know I love the banter with fans but sometimes it’s a little too far.“Much love anyway have a good start to the week.”Goals from Alexander Sorloth, Anthony Nwakaeme and Yusuf Sari secured the 3-1 victory for Trabzonspor, who are third in the Turkish top flight.There was a similar incident in the Premier League at the weekend, too, with Manchester United midfielder Fred being struck by an object in their win over Manchester City.It’s not clear what hit the Brazilian but TV cameras showed lighters were thrown on to the Etihad Stadium turf.A 41-year-old man was arrested on Sunday morning after a video on social media appeared to show Fred being the subject of a monkey gesture.last_img read more

first_imgBooking #:SCJAIL:2016-000872 Release Date:09-02-2016 – 8:32 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000929 Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000909 SMITH, JOHNNY Charges:35-48-4-6.1 ~ POSSESSION OF METHIC 35-48-4-11 ~ POSSESSION OF MARIJUANAIC 35-48-4-8.3 ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIAIC 35-48-4-13 ~ MAINTAINING COMMON NUISANCE Booking Date:09-02-2016 – 9:37 am Charges:9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED Booking Date:08-28-2016 – 12:06 am Booking Date:08-28-2016 – 9:25 pm View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000927 Release Date:09-02-2016 – 7:31 am View Profile >>> LEEZER, ASHLEY Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. COOMER, RICKY Release Date:09-02-2016 – 6:31 pm Charges:FAILURE TO COMPLY ~ FAILURE TO COMPLY Booking Date:09-01-2016 – 10:42 am Charges:IC 35-46-1-15.1 ~ INVASION OF PRIVACY View Profile >>> WILLIAMS, CLARENCE Charges:IC 35-42-2-1 ~ BATTERY (B) MISDEMEANORIC 35-45-2-1 ~ INTIMIDATIONIC 35-42-2–1 ~ BATTERY (A) MISDEMEANOR BODILY INJURYIC 35-42-2-1.3 ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR Booking Date:07-13-2016 – 2:39 pm Release Date:09-02-2016 – 12:02 pm View Profile >>> COX, LEE Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000904 Booking Date:09-02-2016 – 3:34 pm View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-02-2016 – 2:12 pm KEOWN, MICHAEL Charges:9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATEDIC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) Booking Date:08-18-2016 – 7:23 pm Release Date:09-02-2016 – 10:02 am View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-43-4-2.1 ~ THEFT35-44.1-3-1 ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT Booking Date:08-06-2016 – 11:23 pm LETT, BRANDON Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000819 WHITE, JIMMY Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000921 Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000928 CISSELL, RYAN View Profile >>> Release Date:09-02-2016 – 12:02 pm View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-43-4-2.1 ~ THEFT Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000731 View Profile >>>last_img read more

first_img12 March 2010The staff at Durban/eThekwini Municipality’s Revenue Call Centre have launched their own version of Football Fridays, wearing different football jerseys each week to represent the different countries that will be participating at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.They are also planning to have their meals coordinate with whatever country they are supporting that week.“We will be representing each country with food, arts and culture”, says eThekwini Municipality’s Jade Estelle Chetty.Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

first_imgDr Christine Steenkamp is hailed asa pioneer in her field.(Image: SAASTA) Stellenbosch University’s Laser ResearchInstitute is renowned for its world-class scientific work.(Image: Stellenbosch University)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Christine SteenkampLaser Research Institute+27 21 808 3374 or +27 83 709 6482RELATED ARTICLES• SA scientist lauded for polar work• SA hosts world science meet• SA scientists win AU awards• Unesco fellowship for SA scientisJanine ErasmusLaser physicist Dr Christine Steenkamp is one of three African women scientists, out of a group of 12, who recently received international recognition for excellence in research.Steenkamp and her colleagues, from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa, were honoured at the fourth General Assembly and international conference of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), formerly the Third World Organisation for Women in Science.This year’s OWSDW conference took place in June 2010 under the theme Women Scientists in a Changing World. The conference and General Assembly had a number of joint aims, among them to promote interaction and exchange between women scientists in the South; to boost awareness of OWSDW activities; and to increase assistance from national and international organisations for research projects carried out by women scientists.The awards were presented by funding organisation The Elsevier Foundation, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and OWSDW, and are each worth US$5 000 (about R38 000).The 12 laureates are Zeng Fanyi, Ilkay Orhan and Priya Mahadevan from Asia; Uchechi Ekweny, Ndidiamaka Ezejiofor and Christine Steenkamp from Africa; Ghada Abdel-Salam, Lilyan Alsaka and Sakina Adam Ali from the Arab bloc; and Myriam Amezcua-Allieri, Aramis Rivera and Aimé Pelaíz-Barranco from Latin America and the Caribbean.Through a grant made as part of The Elsevier Foundation New Scholar’s programme, three disciplines in each region – biology, chemistry, and mathematics/physics – were recognised. The winners received their prizes from Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Tianenmen Square, Beijing.“Encouraging the work of promising scientists in the developing world helps to promote wider participation and excellence in science. This is a key objective of The Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars programme,” said the foundation’s executive director David Ruth.Submissions were reviewed by the relevant regional OWSDW committee, and shortlisted candidates went under rigorous scrutiny from OWSDW regional vice-presidents as well as the current president Kaiser Jamil, before receiving a grading.“The recognition that this provides will undoubtedly provide an invaluable boost to the promising careers of these young women scientists,” said Jamil.Innovation in physicsSteenkamp took the mathematics/physics prize for Africa for her excellent contribution to science, particularly her pioneering work in the field of vacuum ultraviolet laser spectroscopy. She delivered a lecture at the conference on this highly specialised field of research.Steenkamp obtained her BSc in physics and chemistry from Stellenbosch in 1996 and completed her MSc and PhD in laser physics at the same institution.She is now a senior physics lecturer at her alma mater, and conducts her research at the university’s Laser Research Institute, where the small academic staff complement and postgraduate students carry out fundamental and applied research in laser science and technology, and related applications.She attributes her choice of career to her father, also a physicist, who specialised in wood science. She has worked at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, and spent time doing research at the University of Colorado in the US – at the personal invitation of distinguished Nobel physics laureate Prof Carl Wieman.Her research interests range from laser cooling and trapping of atoms, to chlorophyll fluorescence and nonlinear optics.Steenkamp’s consistently high-quality output is all the more remarkable, said her OWSDW citation, because when she started her career in experimental physics there was very little research infrastructure available. Since then she herself has developed much of the equipment used in her work, and most of it is still not commercially available.For instance, her design of a vacuum ultraviolet laser source is scientifically important, because the device is not only used to investigate the properties of super-cooled carbon monoxide (CO) molecules, but can also be used to measure spectra of CO isotopomers in a lab – something which has not been possible before.Laser sources that provide light in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum are very limited, said Steenkamp in her TWOWS lecture, with only a few in existence worldwide.Isotopomers are isomers – molecules with the same chemical formula, but different structural formula – that contain isotopic atoms. The latter are atoms of the same chemical element but with differing numbers of neutrons – they are found in the same numbers but in different positions on the molecule.CO isotopomers are important because their spectra are implicated in the interpretation of results of interstellar space scans obtained by space stations. The astrophysics community, therefore, is keenly interested in Steenkamp’s innovation. She has published two papers on this work, one in the Astrophysical Journal and the other in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.This is not Steenkamp’s first award. In 1997 she received the Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award, given to the top final year student at the university. In 2003 she was one of three recipients of the Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science fellowships, and in 2009 she took the Silver Jubilee Medal of the South African Institute of Physics.Steenkamp has also published in well-established peer-reviewd journals, and has presented papers at a number of local and international conferences.last_img read more

first_imgThe LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.Excellence in LeadershipJohn Voytilla, SVP of Operational Excellence for Construction, Facilities, LP, Safety, Procurement, and Project Management, Party City“Driving shrink down and saving millions of dollars for an organization is fun and exciting,” said Voytilla. “But having the opportunity to hire, train, and build great teams is the most rewarding part of the business. Seeing individuals that I’ve had the privilege to lead, now leading strong organizations and becoming leaders in the industry—that’s what I cherish the most.”- Sponsor – Voytilla started his LP career as a store detective to help with college expenses. Nearing graduation, he accepted an LP manager role with Gold Circle Stores, which led to multistore roles with TJ Maxx and Montgomery Ward. He later accepted his first director position with OfficeMax. “I learned what it meant to have a vision for building an organization and helping the company grow, becoming an officer of the company and having the privilege to lead the loss prevention and safety programs through two mergers in the process.”Two years ago, Voytilla joined Party City to build an in-house professional LP organization while assuming additional responsibility for construction, facilities, procurement, and project management.Voytilla also believes in contributing to the industry in other ways. He’s been very active with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), currently serving on the Board of Advisors (BOA) and previously serving as chairman of the BOA from 2014 to 2017. He also served as a member of the National Retail Federation LP Council for a number of years.“To be a true leader in the industry, you must have integrity, humility, relentless focus, and be disciplined in all aspects of the business,” he said. “Don’t focus on a title. It’s more important to learn all the different areas of your company and take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Volunteer for stretch assignments and be a learner. When you make a mistake, own it and move on. Finally, as a leader you need to listen to those closest to the work. They’ll provide you unfiltered feedback—you just need to ask for it.”Nominate Your PeersThose of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more