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Dear Editor,For some time now, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has been a popular whipping boy for the APNU/AFC coalition. The assault on GuySuCo by APNU/AFC is not a new phenomenon but may be traced back to as early as 2013 when Carl Greenidge and Keith Scott referred to this critical corporation as a “black hole” (see “Budget ignores jobless, poor, Greenidge says,” Stabroek News, April 3, 2013).Even after promising Guyanese that they will rescue the sugar industry, the APNU/AFC continued to batter GuySuCo but with more dangerous intentions since assuming office in 2015. Indeed, the APNU/AFC ramped up its attack on the corporation by closing four estates and swiftly moving to dismantle and liquidate the assets of the corporation (see “Govt to set up Committee to oversee sale of GuySuCo’s lands,” Guyana Times, June 1, 2019). As if this was not enough, the APNU/AFC Government secured a $30 billion syndicated bond under the pretext of revamping the remaining estates (see “GuySuCo secures $30B in bond financing,” Stabroek News, March 29, 2018).However, to date, we do not know how and for what purpose these funds were deployed, except that we have paid $132 million in interest by May 24, 2019 (see “$132M interest paid to banks on $30B GuySuCo bond”, May 29, 2019). By saddling GuySuCo with such a heavy debt burden while simultaneously impairing its ability to generate revenue, one can only conclude that the APNU/AFC Government intends to kill the industry.The slow death of the corporation is visible from the continuous decline in the production and export of bulk sugar. After showing some recovery from 2010 to 2015, the production of sugar trended downwards from 231,145 tonnes in 2015 to reach 104,642 tonnes by 2018, a 54.7 per cent decline. Export revenue from sugar slipped by 65.4 per cent from US$78.4 million in 2015 to US$27.1 million during 2018. The export revenue from ‘King Sugar,’ which once competed with gold, bauxite, and rice for prominence, for the first time, recorded export revenue below timber export, which is struggling. The devastation to the industry needs no expert analysis. It is visible to the naked eyes of every Guyanese, even those with minimal knowledge of the sugar industry.The question, therefore, is why the APNU/AFC would be so devoted to killing the corporation? It definitely cannot be due to the relevance of the industry. Everyone, including APNU/AFC, knows that GuySuCo is one of the largest employers in the agriculture sector, which contributes significantly to the Gross Domestic Product, furnishes the foreign exchange market with foreign currency required to pay for imports, pays significant taxes, contributes significantly to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), and maintains the drainage and irrigation system that supports the farming communities located on the sugar belt.Indeed, in his presentation during the 2013 budget debate, Carl Greenidge highlighted the importance of GuySuCo. As Opposition Leader, Mr David Granger also boldly told the nation that GuySuCo was too big to fail and promised to not put a halt to the sugar industry if voted into office (see “We are not going to dissolve the sugar industry,” iNews, March 18, 2015). To demonstrate that they were serious about saving GuySuCo, the APNU/AFC even went as far as outlining a slew of measures in the manifesto they presented to the nation during the 2015 elections.The measures included: bringing an International mission to help revise the sugar action plan, establishing a programme to make the entity more efficient and cost-effective, changing agronomical practices to boost yield, incentivising the supply of high-quality cane from farmers, providing funding for research and extension services to increase the core competencies within the sugar industry, accelerating the development of a sugar refinery, and enhancing the quality of life of sugar workers. Based on my research, the APNU/AFC is yet to implement any of these measures.Could the unwavering commitment by the APNU/AFC to close the industry be attributed to its desire to protect the treasury from being continuously drained since the financial viability of GuySuCo cannot be restored at all? If we were to use the report from the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), the answer to this question would be a resounding “no”.The report is by far the most comprehensive data-driven study that proposed a menu of measures to save the industry. Indeed, the study showed that the co-generation plant could supply 17MW of power and yield profit as much as $1.6 billion annually. The CoI also reported that the corporation could produce more than $1 billion annually from the packaging plant, while land sales can make approximately $55.6 billion between 2016 and 2020. Together these initiatives were projected to yield more than $13 billion annually between 2019 and 2020.Further, the CoI recommended the monetisation of drainage and irrigation activities of GuySuCo but did not provide any projection on the earnings from this source. However, if we were to use the last supplementary approval granted by the National Assembly in October 2018 to GuySuCo and NDIA for drainage and irrigation works, the corporation could earn a few hundred million dollars annually.Diversifying the revenue stream for GuySuCo can quickly reverse the financial fortunes of the corporation, as shown in the CoI. The claim that the corporation is beyond redemption and will be a drain on the treasury is, therefore, without merit.So why would the APNU-AFC want to destroy the industry? The answer to this question is contained in public statements made by two prominent members of APNU/AFC. During the 2013 budget debate, apart from referring to GuySuCo as a black hole, Carl Greenidge said that GuySuCo is the ‘PPP/C Government problem.’In his presentation during December 2018, Khemraj Ramjattan, without a hint of shyness, told the nation that the PPP/C sustained the industry because it wanted to employ its people since the party received strong support from the sugar estates (see https://dpi.gov.gy/minister-ramjattan-calls-out-oppositions-scaremongering/).By their utterances, prominent members of APNU/AFC have disclosed the real reason for its relentless assault on the industry by their party. The party is interested in destroying the support base of the PPP/C, an act that could be rightfully described as ‘economic genocide.’ The APNU/AFC is ‘unbothered’ that the closure of GuySuCo would have harmful effects on the economy and well-being of the citizens, especially the rural poor.For the APNU/AFC, the political benefits compensate for the adverse social, economic, and environmental consequences associated with the closure of the estates. The party and its supporters should, therefore, stop the pretence that the decision is based on sound economic reasons.The bitter truth is that the closure of the estates provides the avenue for the APNU/AFC to weaken the PPP/C by destroying its support base. The reason to close the estate has nothing to do with the viability of the corporation or its importance to the domestic economy.It cannot be that APNU/AFC is doing this because they are fiscally responsible. The out of court settlements, tax waivers granted to some of the oil companies and one of its detractor (Robert Badal, who has now joined the group which relentlessly attacks GuySuCo), the wasteful spending on travel and dietary, losses from misprocurement, 50 per cent increase salary hardly support the claim that the APNU/AFC is a fiscally responsible and prudent Government.The harsh reality is that the APNU/AFC believes that if they support the sugar industry, they will be indirectly supporting sympathisers of the PPP/C and by extension, the PPP/C. As such, they are desirous of killing the industry to harm the PPP and its supporters.Regards,Concerned citizen
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Thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department’s new Stolen Vehicle License Plate Reader, Figueras’ car was found within four days. The technology, a camera and computerized system installed on select patrol cars, scans license plates and automatically checks to see if vehicles are stolen. On Thursday, Figueras and other officials gathered to thank a coalition of San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils and a business association that pooled money to purchase the license plate readers for two patrol cars in the North Hollywood division and one for Foothill. “They stepped up to the plate and spent well over $60,000 for us,” Foothill Division Capt. Joe Curreri said. Similar fundraising efforts have equipped two cars with the same technology at the West Valley Division, and the Mission Division received one courtesy of the manufacturer. “It can read thousands of plates in any given week,” North Hollywood Capt. Michael Williams said. “It would take probably hundreds of officers to do that, (which) we don’t have.” SUN VALLEY – After his 1994 Honda Accord was stolen in December, Manny Figueras thought he might not ever see the car again. “It was terrible. It feels like somebody has taken something that you’ve worked hard for,” Figueras said. A field deputy for Assemblyman Richard Alarc n, Figueras filed a police report and waited for the bad news. He didn’t wait long – and the news wasn’t bad. Deputy Chief Michel Moore said although auto theft has dropped in the San Fernando Valley in recent years, so far this year there have been 1,510 car thefts, up from last year’s 1,390, an increase of about 9percent. Not only will the new technology free up officers to focus on other more pressing crimes, it will directly aid the LAPD’s stepped-up efforts against gangs. “Too many of our gang members, we’re finding them in stolen cars,” Moore said. The department has budgeted money for two license plate readers for each of the Valley divisions, he said. The West Valley Division has two of the specially equipped vehicles. Capt. John Sherman, the station’s commanding officer, said the department is discussing other uses for the system. email@example.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Wayne Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for England © AFP/File / Ben StansallLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced on Wednesday he is retiring from international football with immediate effect after manager Gareth Southgate tried to recall him to the squad.The 31-year-old — scorer of 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country — told Southgate of his decision during a phone conversation on Tuesday. Southgate had phoned Rooney — who had lost both the captaincy and eventually his place in the squad under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United last season — to congratulate him on his early season performances for new club Everton.Rooney has looked rejuvenated and happy — scoring in both their Premier League matches so far — since he re-signed for the club that nurtured his talent as a teenager before he left for United.“It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that,” said Rooney in a statement sent to Press Association Sport.“Having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton (Ronald Koeman) and those closest to me.“Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.“But I believe now is the time to bow out.”Rooney, England’s most capped outfield player, said his sole purpose now in football is to ensure Everton win trophies.He had alluded to his priorities in a post-match interview on Sky Sports on Monday after he matched Alan Shearer in scoring 200 Premier League goals — made sweeter as it came against Manchester United’s local rivals Manchester City.“Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton,” said Rooney.“Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.”– ‘Icon of his generation’ –Another former England great, Gary Lineker said earlier on Wednesday that Rooney had been unlucky to be the only world-class player in many England sides that struggled to make an impression on either the world or European stage.“One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side,” said Rooney, whose four goals in Euro 2004 propelled England to the quarter-finals before their hopes were extinguished when he broke a bone against Portugal.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMA“Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.“One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan — or in any capacity.”Rooney passed Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time top scorer against Switzerland in September 2015.But despite being within touching distance of Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps for England, he opted against chasing yet another international milestone.Captaining England to a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over rivals Scotland last November proved to be Rooney’s final appearance for his country.Figures from English football were quick to pay tribute to the star.“Congratulations to @WayneRooney on a magnificent international career. A player’s player,” said Lineker on Twitter.Greg Clarke, chairman of English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA), said Rooney had earned the right to be termed a “legend”.“Today marks the end of an era in international football,” said Clarke.“Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game.”Former England captain Terry Butcher said Rooney had taken the right decision.“You do know as an international player when you have reached the point of no return,” Butcher told the BBC.“Sometimes you want to jump before you are pushed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 getty images Tottenham Hotspur are on a quest to snap up the top young talents in the lower leagues, it appears.Dele Alli has quickly become a star for Mauricio Pochettino’s men after joining from MK Dons in a £5million deal last year, and now another League One youngster could do the same.Spurs are now being linked with a move for Coventry City starlet James Maddison, along with Liverpool and Arsenal.But just who is the prodigious 19-year-old? talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter takes a look…Name: James MaddisonDate of birth: 23 November 1996Birthplace: CoventryPosition: MidfielderClub: Coventry CityDid you know?1. Coventry City starlet Maddison is a Sky Blues fan but idolised Cristiano Ronaldo, as he grew up watching Manchester United.2. Having impressed for the Sky Blues’ Under-18s, the player was handed a squad number and a place on the bench for the senior side’s trip to Stevenage back in October 2013 when the player was just 16.3. Maddison’s professional debut, though, did not come until the following August when he was a substitute for Josh McQuoid in the League Cup against Cardiff City.4. The player is a set-piece specialist and scored from a free-kick in his first start for the club during a 4-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic.5. After a promising start to the 2015/16 campaign, Maddison was ruled out with bone and ligament damage to an ankle in August and didn’t return until late December.6. Former England international Joe Cole has taken Maddison under his wing since joining Coventry City this season.7. Tottenham scout advisor David Pleat and head of player identification, Rob Mackenzie, were in the crowd to watch the player during Coventry’s 1-1 draw with Walsall, when Maddison was a second half substitute. Pleat got a second look when he was joined by head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, as the Sky Blues lost 2-0 to Burton Albion, with Maddison playing 74 minutes.They say:This boy is going to be a star – I’ve got no doubts about that.– Ex-Coventry manager Steven PressleyHe’s got a great attitude, is a good trainer and plays with no fear and he’s got a great future in the game.– Former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham star Joe ColeHe’s a creator of goal-scoring opportunities, he scores goals and can take penalties, so he really has got a range of attributes and is one of those boys you can drop into different areas of the pitch and he can pull out different skill sets and adapt to a position.– Coventry City academy boss Rich StevensI think Madders has got huge ability… He has such natural ability to turn in tight areas and take people out of the game.He has a tremendous first touch which is probably his biggest attribute.– Coventry captain Sam RickettsHe says:I like to have a lot of the ball at my feet, dribble with it, take players on, draw them in. That’s how I earn a lot of fouls I think. Big strong defenders think ‘I’m just going to show him what I’m all about’ and I’ll nick it away and win a free-kick.That’s the way I play; I like to express myself. Call it cocky or arrogant or whatever – I’ve been told that in many different ways – but if that’s me that’s me.I have confidence in my own ability. I think I’m quite good at dead-ball situations whether that’s corners, free-kicks and penalties.– James Maddison in the Coventry TelegraphVideo Evidence: Coventry City midfielder James Maddison
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The City Council would have to approve any proposed increase, and the largest fees would be levied on residential projects. The council is expected to vote on the proposal in April or May. As single-family homes with backyards get demolished to build apartment or condo buildings with no play space, parks become even more important, said Ann Marie Ortiz, senior analyst in the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. “You’ll see some of the slum-like conditions if you don’t have a place for the children to play,” Ortiz said. The developer fee per new condominium unit could be $17,183, or 3.4 percent of the cost of a unit priced at $500,000, according to the city. The fee for a single-family home could be nearly $20,000. Architect and Glendale resident Aram Kazarian said the fees would be so high it would prevent him from doing projects. “I will not do it,” he told Starbird. “It will not pencil out.” Vigen Ghazarian, who owns a Glendale-based real estate investment and development company, asked why the city is not charging fees to existing residents to pay for more park space, since they would benefit. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The city will have too few parks and libraries to serve its growing population unless it starts charging developers a fee to build, city officials told business leaders Monday. With the cost of land and the city’s population of 208,000 rising, Glendale officials believe the city needs another revenue source, they said at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce meeting. “We’re long past the days when Glendale can brag about the fact that we don’t have any (development) impact fees because we need them to maintain the quality of life here,” City Manager Jim Starbird said. With a ratio of 1.3 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents, Glendale has less park space than most California cities, officials said. The fees they want to charge would only allow the city to maintain the same park-to-resident ratio it has now, not increase it.
Would you like to be ‘part of the story?’Letterkenny’s latest coffee shop & fine food eatery is asking that very question.Having opened just four weeks ago chef Martin Anderson’s new establishment Sonder has taken the northwest by storm offering real coffee, a unique menu & tasty treats to suit all ages and lifestyle choices. Martin said “I’m delighted with the response so far. It’s a dream come true for me to finally have my own business where I can meet my customers face to face and cook for them the real food they deserve.“However, due to the sheer volume of business we are now recruiting for a front of house supervisor.“I’m looking for a real people person, a food lover, someone who is passionate about the food industry and of course a coffee drinker, someone to meet and greet and share the experience that we provide with our diners.”The candidate must have three years experience in a similar environment, barista training would be an advantage but not essential. This is a full-time position with no evening shifts and occasional Saturdays but no Sundays!Applicants can email CV’S to email@example.com , drop them in by hand or by post to chef martin Anderson at Sonder, Unit 7, Rossview Business Park, Port Road, Letterkenny.JOB VACANCY – NEW RESTAURANT ‘SONDER’ SEEKS FRONT OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegaljobletterkennySonder
BUSINESS: A doll designed by a Donegal toy company is incredibly celebrating its 250th day in Space! Donegal Toy Company, Arklu, is owned by Ballybofey entrepreneur Ian Harkin and his Lottie Doll franchise has been a staggering success.A six-year-old American girl named Abigail designed the Stargazer Lottie doll, the doll which travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake on the Principia space mission. The ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the ESA, and was created by Donegal toy company, Arklu. This weekend, Stargazer Lottie celebrates #250 days in space. Italian European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti holds the record for longest single space flight by a woman (199 days 16 hours) and now Lottie continues to champion women in space and STEM, inspiring children all over the world to dream big and reach for the stars; from her vantage point on the ISS!Six-year-old Abigail is the star of a short video by female filmmaker Elena Rossini, about how a young girl designed the first doll to go into space, the mini-documentary now has over half a million views across social media. Tim Peake completed his 186-day stint at the International Space Station on the 18th of June 2016, and Stargazer Lottie is provisionally due to return on August 29th 2016.Abigail’s idea for an astronomy themed doll to help other kids learn about space, was the inspiration behind Stargazer Lottie. During her time on board the ISS, Stargazer Lottie fulfilled her mission to get kids interested in space. Arklu have shared online astronomy resources, #LottieInSpace interactive competitions and content during the mission and received letters, photos and videos from inspired children all over the world. During the campaign, Tim Peake sent word from Lottie in space to his 1m following, with a picture from the Cupola showing the Stargazer Lottie Doll, in the box gazing into outer-space, following this Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted a message of encouragement to Abigail and Lottie dolls to his 1.57 million followers.The ‘Lottie in Space’ video shows Abigail at home with her brother and Mom Zoe in Comox, British Colombia, Canada, talking about her passion for space. Her words capture the specialness and magical wonder of childhood, and the importance of letting children be children, and enjoy their childhood, with unfettered hope and idealistic dreams for the future. For Abigail, that vision which is shared by the company behind Lottie Dolls, has been brought to life and Abigail will welcome home her beloved doll creation on the 29th August;Wow! Donegal Doll spends 250 days in space! was last modified: August 13th, 2016 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:BusinessDOLLLottieNASAnewsspaceSpace Station