Broken promises at Wales

first_imgIt must be remembered that the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was only revealed a year ago by this newspaper and the Government grudgingly conceded the grim truth after a month of stonewalling. Information about the fate of the estate and its workers was forced out of the Government in dribs and drabs with the Agriculture Minister not even having the decency to face the workers for months to apprise them of their plans beyond the “closure”. The shock was even more palpable since an extensive Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the sugar industry; commissioned and accepted by the Government, did not recommend any closures of estates.Dr Clive Thomas, Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and a member of the CoI, promised that farmers’ cane, which supplied a third of the Wales factory intake, would be transported to Uitvlugt Estate. He said, “… already the mapping of transport for the canes is underway; engagement with potential cane farmers has started; and logistics are being developed.”A road was necessary since there was no direct route to transport canes from the backlands of the West Bank of the Demerara River to the West Coast Estate. To construct one across the intervening Canal Polders would be a billion-dollar undertaking. However there has been no mention of the status of this road and harvesting of the farmers’ cane will soon begin for the 2017 “first crop”. Farmers are in danger of having their entire investment literally go down the drain.As to the fate of the 1700+ workers, the Government announced most would be “retrenched and paid off,” while, according to Chairman Thomas, “Discussions are also afoot to see how many workers (and where) can be absorbed at Uitvlugt.” Earlier this month, it was announced that 650 workers from the cane cutting/harvesting gangs would be transported to Uitvlugt to harvest that estate’s canes. Since Uitvlugt has not embarked on any increase of its present cultivated acreage, it is not clear how all these workers will be absorbed.But it is possible the Government always knew the point was moot, since many of the identified workers are balking at the time it would take to cover the 22 miles to Uitvlugt via the Public Road and then the unknown distance to the particular fields to be reaped. These workers are demanding to be “paid off” but those who were already retrenched have complained their moneys have not been forthcoming.And this raises the question that was the elephant in the room from the time the closure of Wales was admitted: where will the retrenched workers find employment in an economy that is shrinking faster than a cheap suit? Dr Thomas had promised, “…the closure of Wales is immediately linked to the commencement of diversification programmes envisaged to begin in October coming this year (2016). Some of these programmes involve lands for workers to engage in peasant cane farming and lands for their farming other crops as well. There are also programmes to seek to determine the commercial feasibility of alcohol production and aquaculture by GuySuCo at Wales.”We are well into 2017 and none of the abovementioned programmes have been unrolled and since the Government has followed through with the abandonment of cane harvesting on the 14,000 acres that was under the control of Wales, these are now quickly reverting to “bush”. If the Government is serious about producing ethanol at Wales, the cost of clearing the bush and reintroducing sugar cane will be unnecessarily prohibitive.Last year, the Government also announced they were converting 500 acres of cane fields to cultivate rice and they were retaining the mechanical tillage equipment to extend this further. But this too appears to be an empty promise since the last rice crop came and went without any paddy being produced.We cannot emphasise enough the enormity of the tragedy unfolding at Wales and the entire West Bank Demerara to which the estate acted as an economic anchor. The Government must be made to keep their promises.last_img read more


first_imgStory Links BURLINGTON, Ont. – University of Toronto Varsity Blues swimmers Eli Wall and Kylie Masse have been named the OUA male and female athletes of the week powered by 2XU, for the period ending February 13, 2018.Backed by a well-decorated experience on the OUA’s biggest stage, Toronto Varsity Blues swimmer Eli Wall continued his dominance in the pool at the 2018 OUA swimming championships, helping him to this week’s male athlete of the week honours.The fifth-year genome biology major won four gold medals, while also earning one silver and one bronze medal as the Varsity Blues men’s swimming team claimed their 15th straight OUA banner this past weekend at Western University.A native of Ottawa, Wall won both the 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke events in OUA record time and earned an OUA Grand Slam award for his fourth career victory in the 200-metre race. The genome biology major also helped U of T to victories in both the 200-metr and 400-metre medley relays, while earning the silver medal in the 50-metre breaststroke and bronze medal in the 200-metre IM to cap off his winning weekend.Toronto Varsity Blues swimming standout Kylie Masse was her usual dominant self at the 2018 OUA swimming championships, and as a result, has earned this week’s female athlete of the week nod.The 2017 world champion and 100 meter backstroke world record holder earned her fourth straight OUA Female Swimmer of the Year honour in leading the Varsity Blues to their fifth consecutive provincial title this past weekend in London, Ont.Masse, a 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, won four individual and two relay gold medals, while breaking five OUA records in the process. Masse won the 50-metre and 100-metre backstroke events, earning OUA Grand Slam awards for both, while bettering her own OUA record in the 50-metre race.The LaSalle, Ont., native and kinesiology major also won the 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly races, setting new OUA records in both, and helped the Blues to OUA record-breaking performances in the 200-metre freestyle and 200-metre medley relays.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Adebayor’s brace stuffs Wanyama’s Saints

first_imgEmmanuel Adebayor equalised for Spurs and a Jos Hooiveld own goal put the visitors in front, only for Rickie Lambert to draw Southampton level, but Adebayor struck again to seal the first win of the post-Villas-Boas era.Beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool in their last league outing, Spurs move above Manchester United to seventh place in the table, three points below the top four, while Southampton remain ninth after a sixth successive game without victory.As he had done against West Ham, Sherwood made a bold team selection, with Adebayor partnering Roberto Soldado up front and Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela playing in midfield.Initially, Spurs struggled to get a foothold in the game, and the gaps in the visitors’ midfield were much in evidence as Lallana broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.Danny Fox’s pass found the England international in a pocket of space between Spurs’ defence and midfield, and he cleverly shifted the ball away from Vlad Chiriches before drilling home a low shot from outside the box.Sherwood watched the opening exchanges from a directors’ box high in the stands at St Mary’s, but having raced down to the pitch after Southampton went ahead, he saw Spurs level in the 25th minute.Adebayor’s pass to the left sent strike partner Soldado wider than he would have preferred, but he curled in a superb cross that the Togolese striker converted with an agile airborne volley from close range.Spurs went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Hooiveld inadvertently prodded Danny Rose’s low cross past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, but Southampton equalised just six minutes later.Jack Cork’s incisive through ball found the excellent Lallana and he showed magnificent awareness to square the ball for Lambert, who had the simple task of rolling it into an empty net.Spurs needed only four minutes to restore their lead, however, with Adebayor sweeping home his second goal with his left foot after the hosts failed to clear Kyle Walker’s long throw-in.In Sunday’s other game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez visits former club Swansea City looking for a victory that will take his side into the top four.Liverpool deposed Arsenal as league leaders on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff City, while Manchester City moved up to second place by winning 4-2 at Fulham.Arsenal can return to the top of the table by beating Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, but Jose Mourinho’s visitors will draw level on points with Liverpool if they prevail.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, December 22 – Tim Sherwood claimed his first victory as interim Tottenham Hotspur coach on Sunday as his side came from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton in the Premier League.Tottenham lost at home to West Ham United in the League Cup in mid-week, following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Sherwood saw his side fall behind against Southampton to an early goal from Adam Lallana.last_img read more

When to go to the ER

first_imgThe pain seems too intense to wait a day or two. What do you do? There’s always the emergency department of your closest hospital or medical center. Certainly that’s a popular option. An estimated 300,000 people visit emergency rooms around the country every day, according to data collected by the American College of Emergency Physicians. And overall visits are on the rise, up an estimated 23 percent between 1992 and 2002, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say much of the increase is attributable to cases that don’t require urgent care. Some 53 percent of all ER visits fall short of the standards for emergent care (requiring care within 15 minutes) and urgent care (requiring care within an hour), according to the Center for Studying Health System Change. So does your stomach pain warrant an ER visit? How do you decide? How long do you wait before taking action? “It’s a challenge,” says Dr. Robert Hockburger, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and an ACEP spokesman. “On the one hand, we don’t want to keep people from coming to the emergency department if they have symptoms that concern them,” he said. “On the other hand, given how busy emergency departments are, we don’t want to encourage people to come in for every little sign or symptom that comes out of the blue.” An ER visit will undoubtedly eat up a portion of your day: between four and six hours at most California hospitals, said Dr. Stephen Jones, medical director of emergency services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. In addition, the insurance co-payment is considerably higher for an ER visit than for an appointment with a primary care physician. And people who go to an out-of-network hospital for emergency treatment can expect a very hefty bill, particularly if the ER doctors start conducting numerous tests. Of course, time and money spent become immaterial for people who truly require urgent care, ER physicians say. When it’s time Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure is one of the 10 major warning signs you’re experiencing a significant medical “emergency” and should head straight to a hospital, the ACEP says. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as dizziness or shortness of breath, uncontrolled bleeding or severe vomiting, a visit to the ER is a must. And the faster a person receives treatment for a heart attack or stroke, the better the prospects for survival and recovery. Deep cuts or wounds that require stitches are another “don’t wait” situation, experts say, because the longer you hold off, the better the chance of infection. “Certainly, there’s a percentage of people who made decisions to come in to the emergency department or called 911 who saved their lives,” Jones says. “If they didn’t, or if they had waited a few hours or a day, it would have made a huge difference. Sometimes the signs and symptoms of serious illness can be rather subtle.” But ER doctors admit there’s little they can do for some seemingly unbearable conditions that plague patients. Not worth the wait Back pain is one example. ER doctors may be able to administer immediate pain medication or muscle relaxants. But if the pain is mostly in the lower back and not radiating into an arm or leg, an ER doctor most likely will refer you to a specialist. And you may have been more comfortable making that appointment from home. During flu season, ERs fill up with feverish and headachy people who will wait several hours only to be sent home with a simple prescription. If a group of people is discussing whether a person should seek ER treatment, a single vote for the ER should be the decider, says Dr. John Bibb, an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. “Physicians are not supposed to evaluate their own personal medical problems, therefore patients shouldn’t either,” Bibb says. “I would rather see a patient and say, This is no problem; you’ll be fine,’ rather than have the conversation, Why did you wait so long?’ “ Seniors and children Seniors are often less inclined to “wait out” feelings of discomfort given the increased possibility that a minor sickness could signal something more ominous. Parents of infants or young children also may not choose to wait until they can reach a pediatrician. “It’s not easy to communicate with (young children),” Hockburger says. “They can’t tell you how much pain they’re in. All you can do is recognize that they seem to be breathing more quickly or more labored.” For serious, time-sensitive situations such as a heart attack, Jones advocates calling 911. Emergency medical technicians can now perform specialized tests in people’s homes. If the results come up positive for a heart attack, EMTs can alert the hospital and have critical treatment in place when the patient arrives. “We’ve been having some phenomenal results getting patients upstairs, getting that balloon in,” Jones says. “When you see people are walking in with signs and symptoms of a heart attack, it’s sometimes frustrating. You think, Why didn’t you call 911?’ ” (818) 713-3651 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So you take an antacid, get off your feet and figure the problem will take care of itself. But a couple of hours later, the pain is worse. And it’s Sunday, meaning a phone call to your physician’s office reaches an answering service that can’t schedule you for an appointment for at least 24 hours. center_img Your stomach aches. Actually, it doesn’t just ache. It hurts. But you’ve experienced indigestion before. Maybe this pain in the gut is simply a sour reaction to that heavy barbecue you ate earlier in the day. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Deputy Pearse Doherty has today criticised the new Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar for his refusal to, at the very least, link state contributions paid to community and social enterprises to minimum wage rates in future.Deputy Doherty’s remarks come following correspondence from the Minister this week in which he indicates that there are no plans to set funding amounts allocated to social enterprises through the Department’s Community Services Programme (CSP) to the minimum rate of pay as determined by the Minimum Wage.Deputy Doherty says the Minister’s comments are yet another huge blow for community companies and has shown that the new Government will not offer any additional support to community companies. Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily: “The Community Services Programme is financed by the Department of Social Protection and provides grants to community businesses that deliver services and create much needed employment for people from disadvantaged groups, including a number of companies based here in Donegal.“Community based companies from all across the county have been in contact with me over the last number of months to express their growing anger and frustration at the previous Government’s decision not to increase funding levels paid to them through the scheme in line with the most recent  increase to the Minimum wage.“In fact, I raised the issue at the start of the year with the previous Minister as many of these companies feared for their survival should allocations paid to them not increase proportionately in order to off-set the additional overheads incurred as a result of the 50 cent per hour Minimum wage increase which took effect at the start of the year.“The then Minister refused to agree to any such increase but instead took the line that the fund is paid to service providers on the basis that they are not fully self-financing and that it is only a contribution towards wage and running costs and is therefore not intended to fully meet a company’s liabilities in respect of either of these costs. “In recent days, and following the appointment of the Minister’s successor, CSP companies have asked that the issue of funding once again be raised with the new Minister for Social Protection in the hope that the Government would have considered changing its position in relation to the scheme.“However, the Minister has confirmed to me this week through a Dáil Question that the Government’s position has not changed and has stated that he is satisfied that current CSP funding is adequate to meet the needs of the scheme.“This confirmation from the Minister, while not surprising, is yet another blow to social enterprises in Donegal which carry out such tremendous work in their local communities and provide local people with employment opportunities, without which, would otherwise not exist.“While this news is obviously extremely disappointing for CSP businesses and all those who avail of their services, I and my party colleagues will continue to fight their corner and speak up for all those who depend on social enterprise and the opportunities which they provide to communities across the state.” ‘VARADKAR WON’T INCREASE COMMUNITY GRANTS TO COVER RISE IN MINIMUM WAGE COST’ was last modified: May 26th, 2016 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_imgSt Johnston Cricket club put their bats down to put their hearts to the test last weekend. The cricketers were the most recent Irish club randomly selected as winners to undergo vital and potentially life-saving heart screenings as part of ‘The Big Screen’ initiative by laya healthcare. Over the weekend, forty-five members attended the screening that was held at their clubhouse.The cardiac screening that each of the players received can help detect underlying conditions that may lead to or cause Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), heart attacks and other cardiac-related conditions.Founded in 1898, St Johnston Cricket Club has played competitive league cricket with the North West of Ireland Cricket Union since 1922.The club caters for a wide range of age groups and levels with an underage boy’s teams, a ladies team and adult men’s teams. At the moment the club is thriving with a strong youth element. Over the years they have had players from the club representing the North West region, Ulster and even Ireland. During the club’s golden era in the 1980s Paul Wallace played for the Irish men’s team and this year the club was extremely proud to have Ryan Macbeth represent them on the Irish under 15 team in their tournament in England.Players can really benefit from the reassurance of having cardiac screening, this reassurance is being offered by laya healthcare’s ‘Big Screen’ campaign, Ireland’s biggest-ever free mobile cardiac screening initiative, which is open to all sports and social clubs in Ireland.Gail Macbeth, St Johnston Cricket Club, said: “We were delighted when we heard we were one of the lucky winners of the laya healthcare ‘Big Screen’ initiative. We would encourage all clubs across the country to enter as preventing SADS is so important, and strikes the sporting world too often. Thanks laya healthcare for ensuring we have healthy hearts. ”Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare said “Approximately 100 young people under 35 years die in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) each year. That’s 100 people too many in our view. It can strike without warning and affect super-fit athletes as well as ordinary young people.At laya healthcare we are investing close to €1 million to help increase public awareness of SADS and make a difference by providing free screenings to our 475,000 members. Sports and social clubs across Ireland, no matter how big or small, can nominate themselves for screenings until the campaign ends in November. The good news is that most of the conditions that cause SADS can be treated so if we save even one life with our ‘Big Screen’ campaign, then it will all have been worth it.”Cardiac screening involves an ECG carried out by a medical doctor, along with a thorough clinical examination. The results of the test are reviewed and reported by a consultant Cardiologist. The laya healthcare ‘Big Screen’ campaign is open to all types of sports and social clubs, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. Whether you are a rugby club, swimming group, dance troop, hill walking society, karate club, GAA club or more, laya healthcare is calling on you today to get involved!To nominate your club for free heart screenings please visit, click ‘like’ to find out more and nominate your club. For more information visit CRICKET CLUB SHOWS WHY IT HAS A HEART! was last modified: October 9th, 2013 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:heart screeningST JOhnston Cricket Clublast_img read more

‘Passionate’ Burnley deserved win – Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s defeat

first_imgJurgen Klopp admits Liverpool got what they deserved at Burnley on Saturday as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat.After their impressive attacking performance against Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League season, the Reds were well below their best at Turf Moor.They were wasteful in possession and were punished by the Clarets, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray’s first-half goals earning them their first win since returning to the top-flight.Reflecting on his side’s display, Klopp said: “We lost the ball at the wrong moments, in open moments.“It was a difficult day for us. We lost our timing and patience.“We had absolutely no luck and everybody needs to be more clinical.“We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance.“We have to say it was not enough today.” Jurgen Klopp 1last_img read more

Michail Antonio confirms ‘brother’ Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham

first_img“He’s coming to the latter end of his career, maybe he just feels like before he retires he needs a new step, and this might be a step that he wants.”Arnautovic, who joined West Ham from Stoke for a then club record fee of £20million, has netted eight goals in 18 games this season to be joint leader of the club’s scoring charts along with Felipe Anderson.When he was substituted with 20 minutes remaining in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, he was applauded by the West Ham supporters and looked downcast as he waved back and made his way to the bench. Marko Arnautovic applauds the supporters Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham Speaking to Goals on Sunday, Antonio also said that if Arnautovic does make the move to the Far East, he will be difficult to replace.Antonio said: “It’s been quite tight-lipped, but everyone knows Marko wants to go. He’s massive for the club, I think he’s joint top goalscorer right now, so he’s a big player for us.“The fans love him, it’s just one of those things where in his life right now, he feels it’s another step for him and I think he’s going to one of the best clubs over there, where he might be able to win some trophies. Latest Football News huge blow BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 MONEY RANKED REVEALED Michail Antonio has said West Ham team-mate Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club and move to China.The Austrian has been the subject of a bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, which the Hammers have rejected. 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “He is a great character, he’s like a brother to me. If he goes he will be truly missed,” Antonio added.“Replacing him would be a difficult situation.“He has experience of playing, he scores goals and right now who could we sign to replace him? That’s where the problem lies.“We would definitely need to sign someone too.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Henrik Larsson spotted at Southend match ahead of potential appointment

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty stalemate latest targets CONFIRMED. Here’s Henrik Larsson at today’s game— Chris Phillips (@CJPhillips1982) September 21, 2019Larsson, who also played for Manchester United and Barcelona has been looking for a new challenge after he quit as Helsingborg boss last month.He is believed to have walked away after receiving verbal abuse.The 48-year-old has been in management since 2009 but has only ever had jobs in his native Sweden. Henrik Larsson was spotted at Southend’s clash against MK Dons amid reports he could be appointed their new manager.Southend are searching for a new boss following the departure of Kevin Bond as they have made a disastrous start to the season.They only picked up their first win of the season on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over MK Dons. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Before Saturday’s fixture, they had only picked up one point from eight matches with Bolton the only side below them by virtue of their points deduction.Southend had reportedly identified former Celtic striker Larsson as a potential candidate for the vacant job.Southend Echo chief sports reporter Chris Phillips tweeted a picture of Larsson at the match in Milton Keynes. Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked center_img Henrik Larsson has been looking for a new job after leaving Helsinborg last month on target Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more rookie error deals Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 As well as his role at Helsingborg, he has previously managed Landskrona and Falkenberg.Larsson had a prolific career as a player scoring 434 clubs goals in 769 games.last_img read more

Christmas with Tomas Cerny: Czech Republic’s traditions

first_imgHow would you like to open your presents on Christmas Eve or do you think it would feel a bit strange? Like many European countries, that’s what families do in Czech Republic and for Tomas Cerny it’s the norm.The Partick Thistle goalkeeper is the next in our video instalments to reflect on Christmas back home and share his festive traditions. So what exactly is the čert? And how do you go about spotting the gold pig? He has all the answers to our Christmas questions.last_img