Agriculture is not only about baigan, ochro and bora

first_imgDear Editor,Kudos to the Government and Ministry of Agriculture for coming up with the idea of holding the Uncapped Agricultural Expo.Agriculture expos are very dear to my heart. I have fond memories of those held years ago at Skeldon and Albion estates when I was a boy. Such events are valuable because they enable Guyanese to showcase local foodstuff and other agro-products, and also put the spotlight on new techniques and equipment and supportive business ventures.Prime Minister Forbes Burnham had included some vibrant and tangible entertainment in those expos.That said, I am extremely disappointed that the organisers of the Uncapped Agricultural Expo seem to think that only direct producers of agricultural crops qualify to participate in the exhibition. If that is the case, they should remove the word ‘uncapped.’ Do they think agricultural items are limited to things like coconut water, eschallots, bora, pumpkins and cows, goats and sheep?Back in the day, I attended agricultural expos sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture under the auspices of the late Prime Minister and President, Forbes Burnham. He was never my favourite person when it came to certain aspects of politics that struck me as a kid in the Upper Corentyne, including during the 60s and 70s, but I had a lot of respect for his style of communication, his oratory, and his wisdom with regard to agriculture.I am writing this public complaint with much passion and drive, but with due respect for authority, because the organisers of the Uncapped Agricultural Expo denied my business the opportunity to showcase its three-wheel Trikes at the event.To me, the organisers’ refusal to allow us to showcase our Trikes by contending that they are not agricultural items or products shows the possibility that some of the middle management administrators of the nation’s agriculture are dangerously short-sighted.Let me declare openly and fearlessly that anyone who thinks an agricultural exposition is all about cows, goats, sheep, eschallot, carrots, peas and so forth is someone who has zero understanding of the sector, and lacks the vision to move it forward.Persons like that make Burnham look like a mighty man of agriculture, because he saw Guyana as the breadbasket of not only the Caribbean, but the entire Central and South America, and he knew that the fulfilment of this dream would require land, labour, capital and know-how.Burnham had the good sense to realise that it is essential that the leaders and people involved in the agricultural industry have the basic know-how to move it forward. They have to know that agriculture does not revolve around direct inputs alone. Bringing it all together requires both direct and indirect inputs.This Government is supposed to be comprised of inheritors of the Burnham philosophy. They ought to know that he was keenly aware of the importance of agriculture, and he knew that every facet of the agriculture industry is important to its success, not just crops.The three-wheelers we wanted to showcase are used internationally by agricultural vendors and food processors at all levels to access farms, move around agricultural sites, and transport and market livestock, vegetables, meat and fish.If our agricultural authorities go to Indonesia right now, they will see fish and chicken being transported and sold via three-wheelers, and in some cases slaughtered and processed on the spot. Others sell plucked chicken, fish and meat, and others yet frozen vegetables and fruits as well as fresh vegetables and fruits.They will see goats, sheep, all kinds of agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables transported on three-wheelers in Palestine, in Nigeria, in Ghana, Vietnam and Thailand. It is also famous in the hilly and flat land farming areas of Italy, and is growing in popularity in the United Kingdom. It is also taking hold in Central America, and RK’s Eco-Star Motors has been the pioneer in Guyana and the West Indies so far.Our efforts have been gaining attention, but the business has been moving very slowly as it is difficult to get Government’s input in the Caribbean in new ventures such as these.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr.last_img read more

Third time rape accused released on $100,000 bail

first_imgA Tucville man, who was charged earlier in the year for raping two women reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court for the third time before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to another rape charge.Thurston Semple is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 30-year-old woman without her consent.According to facts presented, on August 31, 2017 at Quamina Street, Georgetown, he engaged in sexual penetration with the woman.It is alleged that he met the woman on the said night at a popular night club on Main Street, Georgetown.He subsequently began talking to the woman before calling a taxi and taking her to a city hotel where the incident took place.Semple was released on $100,000 and is expected to return to court on April 17.last_img

Corentyne man remanded for 2015, 2016 piracy attacks

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice man who was arrested a few days ago in connection with the recent pirate attacks in Surinamese waters, that left at least four dead and 11 missing, was on Friday arraigned with two other crimes which occurred in 2015.Thirty-year-old Nakool Manohar of Number 43 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, was remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nakool ManoharHe was accused of committing an armed robbery on fishing vessel Sir Narine; the property of Danishwar Reddy, called “Smallie” between April 1 and 30, 2015 while being in the company of others.During the robbery, Manohar and his accomplices relieved several fishermen of a 240 horsepower outboard engine valued $1.8 million. In addition, Manohar was also accused of stealing fishing vessel Captain Vikash estimated to be worth $2.3 million; the property of Vikash Balkissoon.The father of three was not required to plead to the indictable charges when they were read to him.His attorney, Joel Edmond, in a submission for bail, told the court that his client owns 10 fishing vessels and does not go out at sea.The defence attorney further explained that his client is also willing to lodge his travel documents at the court as he reiterated that the offences were committed three and two years ago respectively.On the basis that his client has been cooperating with the Police, he requested that bail be granted.However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail on the seriousness of the offence and more importantly that the accused is being questioned in connection with the recent pirate attacks. Bail was refused and the matter was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court for May 30.A few months ago, Manohar’s brother, Somnauth Manohar, was gunned down in Paramaribo, Suriname where he resided and operated a fishing boat.It was reported that the man’s death stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Guyanese fishermen here and those residing in Suriname over fishing rights in Dutch waters.Investigators are working on the theory that Somnauth Manohar’s family may have planned the recent horrific attacks as revenge for his death.In fact, the man’s son was hauled in for questioning in Suriname, while his brother is among the three in custody on the Corentyne.Currently, law enforcement in Suriname has a total of 30 persons in custody. Among them are “Crackhead” and “Dick” who told Police that they were following orders.last_img read more

Jamaican artistes to perform at charitable concerts in Linden, Bartica

first_imgJamaican group “August Town” singer Dwayne Stephenson, alongside Mackeehan Solomon and Denvo “DJ Denvo” Thombs, is scheduled to perform at a voluntary concert at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground in Linden tonight.(Front) Jamaican artistes Dwayne Stephenson alongside Mackeehan Solomon and Denvo “DJ Denvo” Thombs alongside Guyanese performers slated to perform at voluntary concerts in Linden and BarticaThe three artistes will be performing at three charitable concerts organised by the Guyana Committee of Services. The aim of the concerts is to raise funds for Guyanese athletes and persons involved in the cultural field.The reggae artistes will also be heading to Bartica on August 4.According to them, performing voluntarily at these concerts gives them an opportunity to give back to the country in thanks for its support over the years.Lead singer of the group, Stephenson noted that he was pleased to be a part of the worthy cause, adding that he would be doing more concerts of this nature in the near future.Stephenson noted that coming from a country where there was development in sport, he understood that in order for that sector to be fully developed, funds were needed.“I think you just need to reach out, because there are a lot of artistes aside from us that are willing to help and certainly able to support the cause and really boost the cause of supporting young athletes.“Things are changing and maybe we coming here and doing this concert can sensitise people to the fact that things are changing and they really need to start investing in their athletes, more so the young athletes.”Vice Chairman of the Committee, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones highlighted that the artistes were very impressed with the work the Committee was doing for sportspersons and were intrigued as to how they could help out.“It is always a great vibe, when you can spread some information [and] spread some love,” he said, adding that often times artistes look to countries as just another market, but noted that it was good to leave a legacy behind.Guyanese performers Roger “Young Bill Rogers” Hinds, “Granny Ivelaw”, and “Chiney Man” among other artistes are said to be in the line-up to perform.last_img read more

Linden youth group spreads breast cancer awareness

first_imgAs part of the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Connection Youth Group, based in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has embarked on a number of activities in the mining town, which are aimed at educating persons on cancer prevention.On Wednesday, the Group launched its ‘Making Linden Pink’ initiative, which is being executed in collaboration with the GTT ‘Pinktober’ event. The initiative aims at promoting the wearing of pink as a symbol of breast cancer awareness. Speaking at the launch which was held at the Lichas Hall, Mackenzie, Linden, Dr Salome Henry spoke to women and girls on the importance of breast cancer prevention as she stressed the need for women to take charge in learning simple steps to cancer prevention and detection. She focused on how to conduct a self-breast examination, which was complete with a live demonstration. Dr Henry alsoDr Salome Henryexplained how abnormal lumps can be detected in the breast. As a precaution, she encouraged those present to perform self-breast examinations every month and for women over 40 years to have a mammogram done at least once every year. “If you feel a breast lump, tell someone… So you can identify it early and have treatment early… For those who are 40 years and over, you can have a mammogram done at least once a year. For the younger ones, those that are menstruating and are just below 40, you can have an ultrasound done”, Dr Henry explained. She urged those present to spread the word, as she noted that breast cancer is on the rise. October 12 is designated ‘Pink Friday’ by the Group, aimed at spreading awareness of breast cancer and showing support for survivors. An Inter-Primary Spelling Bee competition is also scheduled to take place, where schools will compete for prizes to be won. A youth walk/run is also being planned for October 13.Lindeners participating in the activities will also get the opportunity to be registered for the ‘Pinktober’ event in Georgetown on October 20.last_img read more

Klopp sick of conceding ‘easy goals’

first_img“But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will face Hoffenheim in a tough Champions League play-offMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 20 – Jurgen Klopp said he is “sick” of Liverpool conceding “easy goals” after his side crashed out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday. Liverpool started well at the King Power Stadium and dominated play early on, but did not score and were punished after the break by goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. “We played really good football in the first half and should have decided the game early,” said Klopp. “We had big chances. But that’s football, it’s 90 minutes, at least.“Leicester somehow survive because we are not clinical enough, sometimes it’s like that, but you need to stay concentrated until the end and not allow them to score. They scored too easily.“The second ball after a corner, and a throw-in… I am sick of goals like this. You cannot play football. First goal we don’t push up together, you can say it one time or 1000 times, it’s not nice to concede these goals, and today it’s again because of these.”Liverpool have conceded 10 goals in their last four games, keeping just two clean sheets in the process.“After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference,” said Klopp.“The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that’s how it is.last_img read more

Matic vows he has more to give for Man Utd

first_img0Shares0000Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic joined Manchester United from Chelsea in the summer transfer window for £40 million © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Nemanja Matic says Manchester United fans have not yet seen the best of him as he has been forced to play catch-up following a disrupted pre-season.Matic joined United from Premier League title rivals Chelsea in the summer transfer window for £40 million ($53 million, 45 million euros) in a move that raised eyebrows, with many questioning the Stamford Bridge club’s decision to part with the player. The defensive midfielder, who won the title with Chelsea last season, is staying level-headed despite United’s flying start to the season, and says he has more to give.“I didn’t have pre-season,” Matic said. “I trained alone. I can feel it in some parts of the game.“My body is not ready yet and I have some difficulty, of course, but I try to hide that and to play simple. I will be better.”United’s trip to Liverpool in a fortnight will be a better yardstick by which to measure United’s quality than their 4-0 drubbing of struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday that leaves them second in the Premier League table, behind Manchester City on goal difference.However, United’s sixth successive win at Old Trafford this season in all competitions cannot be overlooked after poor home form cost them so dearly last term.“As you know, we’ve won almost every game, we only drew at Stoke — in the Premier League it is very hard to do this,” Matic said.“This can only be done by big teams, so we showed that we are a big team and we have to continue like this.”United’s challenge has been made tougher by what manager Jose Mourinho calls a “long-term” injury to Paul Pogba, whose excellent start to the season came thanks partly to Matic’s contribution.“Everyone knows that Paul is very important for Manchester United but we also have great players to play instead of him,” said Matic.“We showed in the last few games that everyone in Manchester is ready to play and everyone can help us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

IT ISN’T AN ACADEMY AWARD, BUT FOR MOVIE FANS, IT COULD BE THE NEXT BEST THING: A RED-CARPET BLEACHER SEAT ON OSCAR NIGHT.

first_imgBeginning Sept. 17, movie buffs and star-gazers can enter an online lottery conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a chance to win one of 300 available seats along the 500-foot-long red carpet in front of the Kodak Theatre. The lottery will be open for one week, with the winners being chosen at random at noon Sept. 24. Applicants can register for up to four seats, but only one form will be accepted per person or group. People whose names are selected will be notified in early October. They will then have to submit additional information for security purposes prior to final approval. Winners will receive a confirmation letter in early December. The 80th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24. – City News Service 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal man among scorers as Mexico ease past Republic of Ireland – REPORT

first_img Carlos Vela [left] was on the scoresheet against the Republic of Ireland 1 Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland understudies were handed a lesson in international football as rampant Mexico powered their way to victory at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.First-half goals from Jesus Corona and Raul Jimenez and a third after the break from Carlos Vela secured a comprehensive 3-1 win for Juan Carlos Osorio’s Confederations Cup-bound side against a second-best Ireland side missing their big names.Substitute Stephen Gleeson’s strike 13 minutes from time provided a measure of consolation in front of a crowd of 42,017 – but not much.If nothing else, O’Neill’s fringe players were given an insight into the levels they need to reach if they are to force their way into contention for competitive fixtures, with few of them suggesting they have roles to play in the World Cup qualifier against Austria on June 11.Brighton defender Shane Duffy got a first taste of action since he suffered a fractured metatarsal on March 4 with O’Neill desperate for him to get minutes under his belt ahead of that game, while strikers Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick were handed a chance to stake their respective claims.But it was goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who lost his place at West Ham towards the end of the Premier League season, who was given ample opportunity to regain match sharpness with the Mexicans cutting loose throughout.O’Neill was as good as his word when suggesting he would start with a three-man defence. It allowed wing-backs Cyrus Christie and James McClean – captaining the side on his 50th senior appearance – to get forward but also exposed Richard Keogh and John Egan repeatedly as they and Duffy found themselves trying desperately to stem the tide.Corona curled a third-minute shot wide of the far post and then steered another wastefully wide from Vela’s pull-back eight minutes later.The goal actually came from a 16th-minute Republic corner when Christie’s cross was cleared and midfielder Jorge Hernandez broke before feeding the ball into Corona’s path, allowing him to slip past Horgan and Keogh and smash an unstoppable drive into Randolph’s top corner.O’Neill’s men were being overrun in midfield and they were undone once again with 25 minutes on the clock when Hernandez floated the ball over the top to former Arsenal striker Vela, who was barged to the ground by McClean.Jimenez converted the resulting penalty with a casual efficiency to give his side a commanding lead which they might have extended five minutes before the break when full-back Jesus Gallardo ran on to Vela’s cheeky backheeled return pass, only to shoot across goal.Duffy had a 44th-minute strike ruled out for offside after Conor Hourihane’s earlier effort had been deflected out for a corner, but the half-time whistle came as a merciful release for the Republic players.O’Neill resisted the temptation to change either personnel or system at the break but his hopes of a fightback were dashed within nine minutes of the restart after Callum O’Dowda could only deflect Jimenez’s pass into the path of substitute Oribe Peralta.His shot was well saved by Randolph – but the rebound fell to Peralta, who squared unselfishly for Vela to tap home.Randolph denied Jonathan dos Santos and substitute Javier Aquino either side of Mexico keeper Rodolfo Cota’s first real intervention when he plucked Murphy’s header from underneath his crossbar on the hour.Central defender Kevin Long was handed a senior debut when O’Neill made a 64th-minute triple substitution but it was Gleeson who made the most telling impact from the bench when he steered home from close range after defender Oswaldo Alanis stabbed McClean’s cross straight to him.McGoldrick wasted the chance to reduce the deficit further in stoppage time when he missed the target from McClean’s driven near-post cross, but that would have given the scoreline a decidedly false complexion.last_img read more

THE FUTURE OF SPORT IN DONEGAL – HAVE YOUR SAY!

first_imgThe workshops will be held in:·         Buncrana Youth & Community Development Centre (Monday 16th May)·         Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (Wednesday 18th May)·         Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town (Monday 23rd May)·         Rosses Community School, Dungloe (Wednesday 25th May)  They are therefore offering Donegal’s sporting public an opportunity to be part of this planning process.  By either completing the online survey (available now by clicking on the Donegal Sports Partnership website here www.activedonegal.com) or by attending the consultation workshop you can influence the development of sport in this County.  Embarking on their strategic plan for the years 2011 – 2014 the Donegal Sports Partnership hope to sustain their efforts in increasing participation in sport among communities in the county and to continue to provide quality sports related training to sports clubs, volunteers, teachers, parents and students all across the county to promote the ‘sport for all’ message.This plan is an essential tool in guiding them through these more challenging economic times.Given the positive partnerships established over the last ten years and the standard of programmes being delivered they are confident that they can continue to build on the successes of the past and continue to support sport in Donegal. INVITATION FROM THE DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPBY MYLES SWEENEYSport has always played a major part in the lives of people from County Donegal with an average of 15% of the population volunteering through sports, 32% of the adult population who are members of a sports clubs and 17% of the population regularly attending live sports events.Supporting the sporting fabric in the County has been the Donegal Sports Partnership who for the past ten years have coordinated and supported the development of sport and physical activity including prioritising actions around increasing participation in sport and physical activity, providing training and education programmes and promoting the raising of standards in best practice in sport. Its programmes have been delivered to a wide spectrum of audiences from the young to the not so young. These sessions (7:30 – 9:30pm) will be facilitated by Copius Consulting with support from the staff in Donegal Sports Partnership and are open to anyone interested in sport in County Donegal.THE FUTURE OF SPORT IN DONEGAL – HAVE YOUR SAY! was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more