…says new Board not competent enough to turn industry aroundLocal economist and outspoken commentator Ramon Gaskin has called for the Government to utilize the lands of the closed sugar estates to create new industrial jobs, which can boost the country’s overall development while improving the economic situation in the surrounding estates.He said this can be done, even as he opined that the current GuySuCo Board, headed by Colvin Heath-London, cannot solve any the problems facing the industry because most, if not all, of the members of the new board do not possessEconomist Ramon Gaskinthe capacity to develop strategic interventions for something as technical as sugar.“First and foremost, they don’t have any idea what to do with those peoples (sugar workers). They are just trying to sell the assets of that place. They don’t know what to do with people, and how to create alternative employment or economic activity for those communities,” he opined.Gaskin, who has been privy to the names of members of the new GuySuCo Board, told Guyana Times on Sunday, “This new board doesn’t have a single new idea of what could be done with those people. They don’t have the background, the training, the skills, the intellect, the ability to come up with ideas and solutions.”The economist claimed that the subsidy of $1billion to help bail out GuySuCo each month could have been better utilized in such a way that alternative jobs were created two to three years before the downsizing was implemented.“Over $40 billion was wasted. A lot could have been done to employ those people. And not a single idea has come from the Government, the Opposition or the Union,” he added.Government’s decision to downsize the sugar industry has not gone down well with a majority of the Guyanese population, especially those who are directly, or in some way or the other, linked to the industry.“Government is now in the process is getting rid of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as a state- owned company that is costing the treasury a lot of money. That is what is happening,” Gaskin opined.From an economic standpoint, he told Guyana Times, while it was wasteful to pump subsidies of $1 billion into the sugar industry, one of the biggest blunders made by the coalition Government is the manner in which they went about closing the industry.“There are so many workers involved, so many communities, families; there had to have been greater planning and alternative jobs for those people,” he stated.Gaskin continued, “And that has not been done. The decision has been taken to get rid of GuySuCo, but no plan has been made so far to deal with the workers and the communities and their families. That’s the big problem we are faced with now as a country. It is my opinion that some estates can’t make it, but this does not mean that alternative things cannot be done to keep the workers gainfully employed.”ForgottenThe Government, according to him, has failed in that regard. In Berbice, there is a reasonable chance that the estate could break even because of the sale of the energy to the power grid, he said.Gaskin is of the firm view that people have been abandoned by the Government and all those involved in the sugar industry.Asked what approach he would have taken had he any influence on decision-making, the economist said he would have started with working to make each estate an industrialized company.“My own approach would be to start with one estate at a time, start with Wales and then go down. Wales cannot produce sugar, but there is nothing preventing Wales from becoming an industrial estate the way we have Ruimveldt. We can do small things like furniture making and other industrial jobs,” he stated.While the Government is looking to provide lands for these fired workers, Gaskin is of the view that while this may be a good move to some extent, this is yet another idea that hasn’t been well thought out.He said, “There is nothing stopping sugar workers from operating in an industrial company. And there is this idea that we give farmers land and they should automatically become a farmer. All of this is unnecessary. They have to do aquaculture and give them other industrial-related jobs and opportunities.”As the downsizing of the sugar industry continues to take a grip on communities in the sugar belt, there are now more cries about fired sugar workers finding it hard to get employment. Many men are also finding it hard to provide for their families, especially for their school-age children.Last year, GuySuCo dismissed thousands of workers. So far, some 4000-plus workers have been sent home. The downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.
“It was the single most influential thing in my life,” he said. “I’d be more content in life if he were still around, but I wouldn’t be as driven.” Michael Guardado was just 45 at the time of his passing, but left his son a lifetime of values that A.J. uses as motivation to achieve lofty goals. “He believed I was capable of things I didn’t think I was capable of, and everything I achieve now is kind of incomplete without him here to see them,” Guardado said. “I remember holding his hand the night he died and thanking him for everything he taught me and for being my dad.” “A.J. is the top student-athlete I’ve ever coached in my 12 years at West Covina,” coach Donnie Stephens said. “He is everything you want as a leader.” Guardado is a positive person even in the worst of times, and again credits a family member for his outlook on life. “My grandma (Carmen Orona) was such an optimistic person and taught me there’s a silver lining in everything,” Guardado said of Orona, who died in 1999 at age 65. Guardado, along with teammate George Munoz, recently became the first Bulldogs in school history to win four consecutive league individual championships. The feat is something Guardado is proud of, but he has his goals set much higher for runs in the CIF, Masters and state meets. His best showing was a second-place finish last season in CIF at 130. The West Covina standout looks for a big showing in this weekend’s Coastal Division meet at Marina High. “It would be big for me personally to win CIF because of all I’ve been through,” Guardado said. “If he doesn’t win, it won’t be because he wasn’t prepared or out-worked,” Stephens said. If his exploits on the mat weren’t enough, Guardado is poised to attend either Stanford, Harvard, Pennsylvania or Columbia. Guardado wants to major in either psychology or sociology and would like a career in the field of mental health. He is so well-liked even wrestlers from rival schools admire him. South Hills’ Thomas Williams, top-ranked in the state at 112 pounds and co-MVP of the San Antonio League along with Guardado – they have a combined record of 72-0 – had nothing but praise for his counterpart. “A.J. is a class guy on and off the mat,” Williams said. “He’s amazing because I’ve never seen him giving anything less than his all on the mat and has an incredible work ethic.” Guardado treasures the relationship with his older brother Gilbert, 21, that has grown especially close since their father’s passing. “Gilbert does the things for me that a father would do, but he is still my brother and a sort of peer/mentor for me,” A.J. said. Guardado proudly boasts the initials of his parents on his head gear as a way of honoring the people he credits for being the person he is today. “Family is a really important thing to me, and it’s helped me get through the tough times,” he said. If Guardado places this weekend, he will have been All-CIF each of his four years at West Covina. Guardado pointed to his drive as the difference in his remarkable senior showing. “I am always analyzing my matches to find little ways to get better and eliminate mistakes. I can’t stand walking off the mat knowing I could have done better,” he said. It’s that kind of mind-set that makes Guardado even more valuable to his teammates and coaches. “He has become an assistant coach for me, and I ask him for his ideas on strategy all the time,” said Stephens, who believes Guardado’s selflessness and work ethic are the reasons for his popularity among teammates and even opponents. “When you see someone work so hard like A.J. does, it’s very gratifying to see him enjoy some of the success he’s had.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – A.J. Guardado gives one reason for his phenomenal success on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. Family. The West Covina High School senior is 36-0 with 24 pins and is ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section in the 135-pound division. He has a 4.1 grade-point average in honors classes, but Guardado wants very little of the credit for his achievements. Guardado, 18, said the death of his father Michael in November 2003 was the defining moment in his upbringing.
On Monday Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev and Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Kokorin attacked two Russian trade ministry officials in an upscale Moscow cafe.Video footage showed one of the officials, Denis Pak, an ethnic Korean, being hit with a chair while eating a meal.“They started to mock (Pak’s) ethnicity” and assaulted him when he made a critical comment, Pak’s lawyer Gennadiy Udunyan told Russian state television. “He has a concussion.”Before the cafe assault the footballers attacked the driver of a television host and damaged her Mercedes in a separate incident on Monday. The driver was hospitalised with injuries and a criminal probe was opened.Public outrage quickly snowballed into a public shaming campaign on national television, which even published a list of Russian footballers who were convicted in the past.The Russian Premier League condemned Mamaev and Kokorin, saying they should face “severe” punishment.“The Russian Premier League expresses its outrage and strongly condemns their (players’) rowdy behaviour,” it said in a statement.“This act not only casts a shadow over the glorious names of FC Zenit and FC Krasnodar but all of Russian football.“We believe that those responsible should be punished in the most severe way. There is no place for hooligans in football!”– ‘Disgusting behaviour’ –Kremlin-controlled state television featured a host of industry representatives and commentators angrily slamming the attack.“I think law enforcement agencies will qualify this as hooliganism and punishment for this is quite severe — up to five years in prison,” Igor Lebedev, a member of the Russian Football Union’s executive committee, said in televised remarks.Russian Premier League club Krasnodar pledged to do everything to terminate Mamaev’s contract, while Zenit said Kokorin’s role in the incident was “disgusting”.“We are currently looking into how to terminate a contract with the player,” FC Krasnodar said.The club said Mamaev, 30, would have to pay “the largest possible fine” and would be barred from training with the first team for the time being.“What we saw in the video is outrageous,” it added.FC Zenit said Kokorin, 27, would be disciplined pending the outcome of the police investigation.“Zenit management and fans feel nothing but disappointment that one of the country’s most talented footballers behaved in a disgusting manner,” the club said.– ‘This is racism’ –Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin — “just like the whole country” — was aware of the incident and described the video as “rather unpleasant”.Sports commentator Dmitry Guberniev called the attack shameful.“This is racism against which FIFA wages an uncompromising fight,” he said in televised remarks.After the assault Pak and the other official, Sergei Gaisin, sought medical assistance before reporting the incident to the police.It is not the first time the players’ behaviour has raised eyebrows.Russia’s Football Union suspended the pair in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub where Mamaev and Kokorin allegedly spent $296,000 (258,000 euros) on a champagne-fuelled party following Euro 2016, where Russia flopped.Kokorin, who sat out this year’s World Cup with a knee injury, later apologised for his behaviour and was welcomed back into the national team.Mamaev last played for the national side at Euro 2016, when they finished bottom of their group.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zenit Saint Petersburg have said they will discipline Alexander Kokorin (L) © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Oct 9 – Disgraced Russian football players Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin could face up to five years in prison for assaulting a government official at a Moscow cafe, in a case that sparked outrage in Russia on Tuesday.The assault by the players — both former Russian internationals who have courted controversy in the past — has prompted the interior ministry to open a criminal probe while the Kremlin described the incident as “unpleasant”.
0Shares0000The Mayor of Milan has apologised to Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly for racist chants during the match against Inter © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOROME, Italy, Dec 27 – The mayor of Milan said on Thursday he was ashamed of the racist chants directed at Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Wednesday’s Serie A match between Inter and Napoli at the San Siro.Sala also asked the Napoli player for forgiveness on behalf of the city of Milan. The 27-year-old had been subjected to monkey noises from home supporters throughout the match. He was later sent off as Inter won the game 1-0.Victory, though, was overshadowed by the chanting.“The boos aimed at Koulibaly were shameful,” said Sala on Facebook.“A shameful act towards a true athlete who wears the colour of his skin with pride.”The mayor, who was at the San Siro for the match, said he would continue to go to games but would not tolerate any racist chanting.“I will continue to watch Inter but at the first chant I will make a small gesture. I will get up and leave. I will do it for myself, aware that whoever abuses a black athlete won’t give a damn about me,” said Sala.“I apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Milan who testify to feeling that we are brothers even in these difficult times.”Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the Napoli staff had asked the referee three times to suspend the match because of the chants.“The solution exists,” Ancelotti told Sky. “You have to stop the match. You just have to know when, after how many announcements. And if we don’t know, then next time we may have to stop play ourselves.”Koulibaly apologised on Twitter for the defeat and being sent off but said: “I am proud of the colour of my skin. (Proud) to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
David De Gea Louis van Gaal will not change his stance over David De Gea with Sergio Romero again to start between the sticks for Manchester United this weekend.The Dutchman has refused to consider De Gea for selection amid speculation over a move to Real Madrid and summer signing Romero has played in the wins over Tottenham, Aston Villa and Club Brugge.Van Gaal has continually stated United’s Player of the Year could be welcomed back into the fold if a move to Real does not materialise, and his position remains the same.When quizzed about De Gea’s situation ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime visit of Newcastle, he told reporters: “I have said three weeks ago we shall evaluate after the first of September [when the transfer window closes] but you don’t want to listen!”Phil Jones is still unavailable for United because of mild thrombosis and Marcos Rojo is unlikely to feature as he still lacks match fitness.Van Gaal could hand a full debut to Bastian Schweinsteiger after three substitute appearances.“It is only a matter of time before he starts and maybe it will happen tomorrow,” Van Gaal said. 1
Today, we reconnect with our roots with the launch of our Neighborhood In Focus feature – a monthlong look at the people, issues and history of a single community. Van Nuys, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley region, is the starting point, and each month we will provide daily stories, opinion pieces and much, much more, including an enriched database with a ton of information about the neighborhood In Focus. We also are introducing In Your Neighborhood, a citizen journalism blog for neighborhood councils and other community groups to keep one another informed about what’s happening. Here’s the Web address: insidesocal.com/inyourneighborhood And don’t miss our strong Sunday Business package with The Wall Street Journal. You will also find a chart summarizing key rates for loans, mortgages and deposits on Page 2. Something is missing: stock tables. Like nearly every other newspaper, we are no longer carrying stock listings on Sunday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Are you in the know? Test your knowledge of the week’s news by taking our News Quiz on the back page of the Viewpoint section. We are trying hard to make the Daily News more useful and valuable to you, with a bright new look and an easy-to-read format. Ron Kaye, editor 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Letterkenny Athletic Club is hosting a Relay For Life five mile fun run and walk this evening with everyone welcome.The walk/run – ideal preparation for the NorthWest10k – starts at the Aura leisure centre at 7pm.Entry fee is €5. Entries & Presentation:Aura Leisure Centre, Ballymacool Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.Contact: 00 353 868113947Pre entry:email@example.com. RELAY FOR LIFE 5-MILE FUN RUN IN LETTERKENNY THIS EVENING was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RELAY FOR LIFE 5-MILE FUN RUN IN LETTERKENNY
latest who plays? gameday cracker silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Di Maria struggled to deal with the physical demands of European football initially “Then the 2008 Olympics changed my whole life. Argentina called me to play for the team even though I wasn’t starting for Benfica.“I will never forget that. That tournament gave me the opportunity to play with Leo Messi, the extra-terrestrial, the genius.“It was the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. All I had to do was run into space.“I would start running, and the ball would arrive at my feet. Like magic. “Leo’s eyes don’t work like your eyes and my eyes work.“They look side to side, like a human. But he’s also able to see the world from above, like a bird. I don’t understand how it’s possible.” 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Messi and Di Maria have remained firm friends ever since The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 He added: “You have to understand, I was 20 years old, and not even playing for Benfica.“My family was separated, I was at a moment of hopelessness before Argentina called me for that tournament.“In just two years, I won a gold medal, I started playing for Benfica, and then I got transferred to Real Madrid.”Argentina are still in with a chance of qualifying for the last-16 of this year’s tournament in Russia, despite being battered by Croatia in their last game.However, defeat against Nigeria will mean the squad will be returning to Buenos Aires far earlier than anticipated. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Popular Football news How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted Lionel Messi has revealed how playing with ‘extra-terrestrial’ Lionel Messi at the Beijing Olympics changed his life.The Paris Saint-Germain star, who was relatively unknown at Benfica at the time, was a surprise call-up to the 2008 squad alongside the Barcelona star. 3 revealed And, in an interview with The Player’s Tribune, Di Maria revealed it was ‘the most fun’ he has ever had on the football pitch.“When I got to Benfica, at age 19, I barely played for two seasons,” he said.“My father gave up his job to move to Portugal with me, and he had to be separated by an ocean from my mother.“There were nights when I heard him on the phone with my mom, and he was crying because he missed her so much. “At times, it seemed like a huge mistake. I wasn’t starting, and I wanted to quit and go back home. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Having moved from his native Argentina to Portugal with his father, Di Maria struggled to make an impact in the Primeira Liga.Originally deemed too small, he came back ahead of the 2008/09 season with a renewed sense of confidence.Just two years later, he was seen as one of the brightest young talents in the world and became Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Real Madrid boss.And it all came from that magical summer playing alongside Messi. Angel Di Maria scores in the 2008 Gold Medal final for Argentina