Alarm at the targeting of farming community by bandits

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) is outraged at the wave of attacks targeting the farming community generally, and the rice farmers specifically.The first assault on rice farmers was the reneging by the government of a multiplicity of pre-election promises, which is now perceived as a ploy to win the votes of the farming community.This was followed by the scandalous imbroglio of sole sourcing of fertiliser, using the farmers’ own money, as a payoff for political favours.Then, seemingly in efforts to decelerate the unprecedented strides the industry has been making during the last administration, the Government rescinded the former Government’s waiver of VAT for heavy-duty capital equipment and imposed on the millers increased licencing fees for mills, costs which redounded to the beleaguered rice farmers.Correspondingly and simultaneously, a wave of murderous attacks by the criminal fraternity has been launched against the populace, but seemingly especially targeting farmers, with rice farmers bearing the brunt of these attacks. This has implanted in the minds of farmers that they are being singled out for extermination in a bid to subsume the rice industry in particular, and the agricultural sector in general, in the national socio-economic demographics.Rice farmers are a hard-working and hardy lot and they have sustained Guyana’s food security for generations.The Munirs are no exception. Like most members of the farming community they worked since their childhood to better their circumstances and today, when they should be enjoying the fruits of their laborious life and great sacrifices they have been deprived of their lives in the most brutal fashion – being burnt alive with no hope of help, in their own home by psychopathic predators who feel entitled to wrest by force the fruits of the hard work of others.The RPA family is mourning this great and tragic loss in their rice-farming community, especially the most brutal manner in the way this helpless elderly couple, who had barricaded themselves in a strong room for protection, were set ablaze by the beasts intent on murder.It is public knowledge that the Munirs never kept money or any valuables in their home, and it is being conjectured that some motivation other than robbery is driving the crime-wave targeting this particular community across the country.The RPA demands that the Security Minister take urgent and committed steps to find the perpetrators and protect the farming community and general populace from such murderous attacks in their own homes, and in the society at large.On my own behalf, and on behalf of the RPA family, we extend condolences and express outrage of this heinous act in support of the Munir family.Sincerely,Dharamkumar SeerajGeneral-SecretaryRPAlast_img read more

Trotman gave away Guyana’s oil for crumbs – will there be consequences?

first_imgThe disgrace of the oil deals will definitely go down in the annals of Guyana’s history and in the history of the world among the worst deals ever made by any country. Our vast, rich oil reserves have been given away in a platter to the oil companies. The deal is so disgraceful, even the responsible Minister, Raphael Trotman, is desperately trying to untangle himself from the travesty. First, he insisted it was his staff that negotiated the deals, throwing them under the bus. Now he insists he was merely carrying out instructions. Guyanese, no matter what their political affiliations, are dismayed and disgusted and are asking where SARA and SOCU are.Even if it was Trotman’s staff who negotiated the oil deals, not an unusual arrangement, did he not read the contract before he signed it? If he read it and then signed it, he endorsed what was negotiated and is guilty of bad judgement, gross incompetence and recklessness in giving away our oil. If he signed it without reading the deal, then he is guilty of negligence and this is even worse. But now he confesses he signed the deal, acting on instructions. I would imagine that the instructions can only come from the President or the full Cabinet. Or is it someone else? There are now even more serious questions. The Guyanese people must be given answers.This is a Government that has witch-hunted officials of the past PPP government, even charging them with selling State lands at prices APNU/AFC claimed were below market prices. If lands allegedly sold at below-market value represent a crime, now translated into charges for former PPP Ministers, then the giving away of Guyana’s oil must be far more serious. The giving away of Guyana’s oil reserves is a loss we will endure every day for the rest of our lives, for the entire duration of the oil reserve, costing us many billions. We signed a deal for a signing bonus of $18 million with Exxon when Brazil signed a deal with a quantity of oil less than Guyana’s for more than $700 million. With Tullow, we signed a contract with a signing bonus of zero dollars, the only country Tullow signed with without a signing bonus. We signed a deal for a royalty at 2% in the case of Exxon and 1% with Tullow when other countries signed with royalties of between 8 and 36%.Finally, our black gold will bring wealth, but not to Guyana and Guyanese, because of the recklessness of Trotman and APNU/AFC. Surely, the Exxon and Tullow deals are sweetheart deals. Giving away all of Guyana’s OIL and billions of dollars for generations to come has to be a crime. Will anyone be held responsible for squandering Guyana’s wealth, even before we see a single dollar of that wealth?Now that elections are around the corner, the oil deals have become an intense national discourse, with the total dissection of the travesty. Trotman is trying desperately to remove himself from the inevitable disgrace that is already sinking in. At the same time, some of his colleagues are promising instant wealth to every Guyanese. If you listen to some of them, come 2020, as the first barrel of OIL rolls out, every Guyanese will become an instant beneficiary, some even insisting every Guyanese will receive a million dollars a year of free money, more than $US5B annually. In the same breath, they also say Guyana will only get about $US100M annually for the first few years. How then can the Government distribute $US5B annually?Who do they think they are fooling? Their track record in the last four and a half years speak for itself – they have forked tongues, lying every day, everywhere. They lied when they promised rice farmers $9,000 per bag of paddy. They lied when they said they would not close any sugar estate. They lied when they promised sugar workers 20% annual wage increases or the public servants huge pay increases. They lied when they said they would reverse all pay increases the President and the Ministers got under the PPP. They lied when they said they would reject extravagance, like fancy vehicles and fancy offices. They lied when they said they would be accountable and transparent, they would end corruption. The list is unending. But as OIL gets nearer, it has become clearer to every Guyanese someone already gave away all of it and Guyanese are left quarrelling over crumbs. There should be and must be consequences.last_img read more

Kenya National Rugby

first_img0Shares0000Kenya National Rugby Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba has revamped his side with the inclusion of Victor Oduor and Brian Nyikuli ahead of the last two legs of the International Rugby Board Sevens circuit.Speaking at the RFUEA grounds yesterday during the naming of the squad, Ayimba praised the progress made by Oduor by recovering from a broken hand and returning to full fitness, “Oduor has fully recovered from injury, while Nyikuli has hit a rich vein of form. Their presence and experience will be key in driving the team towards a solid performance in London and Scotland,” said Ayimba. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We need to be realistic’ – QPR boss Ramsey remaining grounded as Rangers win 4-1

first_imgQPR boss Chris Ramsey praised his side for their 4-1 victory over West Brom, but warned they need to be ‘realistic’ about their precarious Premier League position.Rangers picked up only their second away victory of the season to help them move within one-point of safety, but with Leicester City also winning, the relegation dog fight looks likely to go the end of the season, something Ramsey was keen to stress.“We need to be realistic about where we are and we have to be realistic about what we’ve got to do next,” he told talkSPORT.“It was a good afternoon for us. Our performance levels have been very good in the last few games.“Our problem has been that we haven’t been able to keep those magical clean sheets that we’re going to need – probably about four or five that we’re going to need to get the points in the next few games.”It was the first time QPR have scored four times this season, and while Ramsey said he was pleased with how his side played, he offered a realistic reflection on the scoreline.“I’m really pleased with how the players are applying themselves and really pleased with the way that they stuck to the game plans we put together.“I thought in the second half, when they [West Brom] were on top, we were a little too deep and that allowed them to have some hope.“4-1 flatters us a little bit, because at any stage they could have made it 3-2 and then it would have been more nerve wracking.”last_img read more

Religious events calendar

first_img Be Still and Know, a prayer, meditation and healing service, 7p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. Call (818) 763-8218 or see www.fccnh.org. Understanding Jewish Prayer by Walking Through the New Reform Prayer Book will be the topic of a four-part series led by Rabbi Rick Schechter, beginning 7:30p.m. Wednesday, Temple Sinai of Glendale, 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Call (818) 246-8101. World Healing Ceremony, a monthly meeting of the Spiritual Unity Movement, 7p.m. Thursday meeting at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Michael Benner, host of radio station KPFK-FM’s (90.7) “Inner Visions,” and sacred dance by Deena Efferson who will explore the theme “The Heart of Wisdom.” Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. Five Great World Religions, a DVD lecture series, will continue with a series on Judaism, 7:15p.m. Thursday, Chatsworth West United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 341-1270. Camarillo Christian Women’s Club, a member of Stonecroft ministries, luncheon, 11a.m. Nov. 2, Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Dress code. Reservations by Friday: $21. Call (805) 388-1414. The City of Angels Film Festival: Justice for All? award-winning documentaries, shorts and classic films with inspirational themes, Oct. 27-28, Director’s Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets: $10 for single screening, $50 for All Screenings Pass, $150 for All Festival Pass. Reserved tickets, (323) 617-4645. Call (626) 304-3775 or see www.cityofangelsfilmfest.org. Autumn Festival of Art, with wine tasting, 3-7p.m. Oct. 28, Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. Admission: $50. Call (818) 784-4515. Quality of Life will be the topic discussed by writer-director Jane Anderson, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101 or see www.emersonuuc.org. Choosing the Right Seed Thoughts will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451 or see www.centerofspiritualawakening.com Who Said So? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. Soulful Sunday service, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. The God Who Lifts will be the message delivered by Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Would You Like Seattle Grace or Vineyard Grace? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. Have You Changed Your Projector? will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 268-0036. Sharing Treasures will be the message delivered by Sandra Smith, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. Jesus Rates the Greats will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. Understanding the Age: Exquisite Jewelry will be the message delivered by Larry Redekopp, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call 818) 881-3651. Moslems of Messiah will meet, 7a.m. Sunday, Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred St., Simi Valley. Call 818) 307-2513 or see www.moslemsofmessiah.org. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Emergency Preparedness Training Expo offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9a.m.-1p.m. today, 1276 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-1051 . Fall festival, 11a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church and School, 11330 McCormick St., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-2892. Connecting With Your Kids: How Fast Families Can Move from Chaos to Closeness, a seminar by Tim Smith, 5:30-7:30p.m. Sunday, offered through Living Grace Christian Fellowship at Oak Hills School, 26730 Old Rock Road, Valencia. Admission: $20 per parent or $35 per couple. Call (661) 253-9006. As Time Goes By, an Evening of American Standards by vocalist Jacquelynne Fontaine and pianist Trissina Laube, 7p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks, 4445 Noble Ave. Tickets: $15, $10. Call (818) 788-3330 or see www.sopchurch.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. The Kosher Cheerleader – From Raiderette to Jewette, a humorous lecture by Sandy Wolshin, a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader turned traditional observant Jewish woman, 8p.m. Monday, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Also, 6p.m. for teen audience; free but reservations required. Call (818) 991-0991. The Himalayas and Nepal will be the topic of a slide show presented by dentist-traveler Carl Werts at the 7:45p.m. Friday meeting of the Fellowship Club of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Potluck dinner assignments and reservations required by Tuesday. Call (818) 246-9462 or (818) 247-3700. Why I Renounced Jihad for America will be the topic of Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish, 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Calabasas. Reservations requested. Call (818) 880-4880 or see www.orami.org. Conejo Jewish Academy classes: “Beginner’s Hebrew” in six weeks, 8p.m. Tuesday. Fee: $18. “Letters of Light,” six-week course on Kabbalistic connection to the Hebrew alphabet, 8p.m. Tuesday. Fee: $25. The academy is at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. The Minor Prophets: Haggai will be studied, 7:30p.m. Wednesday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Holy Eucharist, 6:30p.m. followed by a light supper, 7p.m. Call (818) 785-4251. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Goods Inwards & Warehouse/Yard Sales Assistant Required

first_imgAn excellent opportunity exists for a Goods Inwards & Warehouse/Yard Sales Assistant in one of the North West’s most established retailers.The Cope are looking for an energetic and well organised professional to join our successful team in our Builders Providers based in Dungloe.************ Builders Providers Goods Inwards & WarehouseSales AssistantPermanent Full Time PositionTemplecrone Co-operative Agricultural Society LtdLocation: Dungloe, County Donegal*************The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all deliveries are thoroughly checked to paperwork and purchase orders and ensure that any discrepancies are reported and followed up to ensure the accurate and timely payment of invoices.The individual will ideally have experience in a customer facing environment and possess excellent customer care skills together with a good knowledge of the building industry and associated products. Responsibilities & Requirements:• The checking and processing of all deliveries to the Builders Providers• Reporting and follow up of any stock shortages or overages• Liaise with suppliers, customers and internal departments in order to provide timely and excellent customer service• Accurate and timely handling of stock• Attention to detail and follow up, to ensure the speedy resolution of queries• Excellent telephone manner with clear and precise communication skills• A good understanding of computers and Microsoft Office package skills essential for this role.• Cross-department flexibility in terms of working role and environment as and when required.• Fluent & articulate English speaker.• Full clean driving licence to include, at least, category C1 preferred.• Forklift Licence would be preferred.• Conversational Irish an advantage.• A knowledge of the construction industry and construction-related products would be an advantageIf you think you have what it takes to be part of a successful team. Please apply with full C.V and covering letter to:Post: H.R Officer, Main Street, Dungloe, Co. DonegalEmail: hr@thecope.ieClosing Date for applications: Thursday 5th July at 5pmJob Vacancy: Goods Inwards & Warehouse/Yard Sales Assistant Required was last modified: June 28th, 2018 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:dungloejobTHE COPEVacancylast_img read more

DDTV – ACTOR SEAN MCGINLEY LAUNCHES ALLINGHAM ARTS FESTIVAL

first_imgRenowned Donegal actor Sean McGinley last night launched the Allingham Arts Festival in Ballyshannon.Mr McGinley, who was born in the town, took time out to sing the praises of Ballyshannon, took time out to explain why people should viist the festival this year.With thanks to our friends in Wallace Media for the video. Simply CLICK to play.DDTV – ACTOR SEAN MCGINLEY LAUNCHES ALLINGHAM ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: November 9th, 2012 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:actor Sean McGinleyAllingham Arts Festivallast_img read more

Wayne Routledge signs new Swansea deal keeping him at club until 2019

first_imgWayne Routledge has signed a new contract with Swansea City.The winger is now tied to the Premier League club until 2019, while the deal could be extended for a further year if he makes a certain number of appearances.Routledge has played in 204 games, scoring 20 goals, since joining the Swans from Newcastle United in 2011.The 32-year-old said of his new deal: “The club wanted me to stay here and I wanted to commit myself further. It was a no-brainer.“There was recent interest from other clubs, but for me there wasn’t really a decision to be made about my future here. “For someone who has been at a lot of clubs and has moved around a lot, it’s a nice feeling to have finally settled. “I’ve been here since our first season in the Premier League and I’m personally very proud of what we have achieved so far. It’s panned out so well.  My daughter was born here, my family is set up here – we love it here. “To have settled here, start a family and be happy in Swansea – that takes the weight off my mind when I’m on and off the pitch. “The new contract could take me to nearly ten years at this club. It’s been a really enjoyable time of my career and life, but hopefully there are more good times ahead.” Wayne Routledge in action for Swansea City 1last_img read more

Transfer report: Everton set to sign Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun in £25m deal

first_imgEverton are expected to confirm the £25million signing of striker Cenk Tosun from Turkish club Besiktas this week.The Toffees have been strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the build-up to the January transfer window, with Sam Allardyce admitting last week that the club were chasing him.And it has been reported he has already agreed personal terms with the Merseyside outfit and is scheduled to arrive at Goodison Park on Tuesday.According to The Sun, the Turkey international will pen a £145,000-a-week contract with the Premier League side, which will see him pocket £7.5m a year.Tosun has been in sparkling form for Besiktas this season – scoring 14 goals in 24 games, including a fine brace to beat Monaco in the Champions League.The forward has netted a total of 41 goals in 96 league games for the Super Lig side, and his impending arrival represents a huge boost for Everton.The Toffees have struggled so far this season without a regular source of goals, having sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer.Wayne Rooney is the club’s top scorer this term with 11 goals, with 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin next with six.Oumar Niasse also has six goals for the Toffees this season, but he is expected to leave this month, having started only one match under new boss Allardyce. Everton have sealed a deal for Cenk Tosun, according to reports 1last_img read more

Traffic Stop in Scott County Puts Three in Jail

first_imgThis morning at 9:15 am, a trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Toyota Camry on U. S. #31 near Moonglo Road in Scott County. During the stop Indiana State Police K-9, Riggs indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle. Troopers searched the vehicle finding Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Syringes and Paraphernalia.BowmanSmithTerryTroopers arrested the driver, Corey Smith, 27 years of age, from Austin. He was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking with an Inmate and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.Two passengers were also arrested during the traffic stop, Brandon L. Bowman, 25 years of age, from Salem, IN, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Visiting a Common Nuisance. The other passenger, Jesse D. Terry, 24 years of age, from Scottsburg, IN, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking with an Inmate and Visiting a Common Nuisance.         All of the arrested were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.last_img read more