first_img IDENTIFYING AT-RISK ATHLETES I do not know if any or all of the students at the school where the 16 year-old basketball player attended had PPEs or if arrangements were made to have this important medical intervention done. What I do know is that the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and other concerned medical professionals have come on board in conjunction with ISSA to tackle this problem. Jamaica Bickle, a group of Jamaicans in the USA have donated 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) and offered training in how to use this equipment, and some (not all) schools have actively begun programmes to identify children at risk for cardiac-related events, while involved in sports. A PPE consists of a standard questionnaire, to be completed with the student athlete and a parent or guardian, who knows the child, answering the questions together, a comprehensive examination that includes Blood tests (hemoglobin, blood sugar and cholesterol levels), urine tests,vision tests, electrocardiograms (ECG’s) and an examination by a medical professional. ECG’s with unusual tracings are referred to a consultant cardiologist, who will determine if the child needs a cardiac echogram or other tests to determine if the child is at risk for a cardiac event, while playing sports. At the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, this PPE is available to any child involved in ISSA controlled sports at a reduced fee of J$25OO. If the child cannot attend at the offices of the Foundation (on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston) The Foundation will go to the school requesting assistance, with the necessary equipment and experts to conduct the PPE! There is simply no reasonable excuse why our young people involved in school related activity should not be screened to identify those at risk. We owe it to our children. Let us stop blaming children. Let us stop mouthing Shaggy’s hit song:” it wasn’t me”. Let us stand up and accept the fact that children on their way to school, at school, and on their way home from school, ARE the responsibility of adults, who are paid to do their job! We cannot go on like this! Orville Burrell aka “Shaggy” is a Jamaican, who has garnered many awards and fans for his music. What resonated with me, however, is his relentless drive to assist the children of Jamaica through his Foundation, which has literally adopted the Intensive care Unit of the Bustamante Hospital for Children. His hit song, “It wasn’t me” has unfortunately become morphed into the “anthem” of adults and officials whenever there is a report of tragic abuse of the nations young. A child is shot in the back of a taxi, and after five years of supposed investigations and gathering of information in order to identify the person, who fired the fatal shot, we are left with officials scrambling to respond to the angry backlash of citizens, who demand “justice”; “IT WASN’T ME”. Children on the way to school, at school, representing the school in extra -curricular activity, going home from school, are beaten, robbed, drowned, shot, and drop dead, and the answer from those tasked with the care and protection of our children:”It wasn’t me”. The follow-up question therefore is: “then who is responsible?” On Friday the 4th of November a sixteen year-old Jamaican schoolboy, after representing his school in a basketball match, collapsed while being transported from the game. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead! Media reports from the school community are that he died of a heart-related condition. After the untimely and tragic demise of the captain of the St. George’s College’s football captain, Dominic James, there was a flurry of activity, all geared to not prevent, but to reduce the possibility of future occurrences and to identify and train officials at the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) – controlled sporting events, who can initiate a meaningful response geared at sustaining life. ISSA has arranged meetings with principals, where a Pre-Participation Evaluation (PPE) for all children involved in ISSA supervised sports was mooted to be made mandatory and principals are encouraged to ensure that stretchers and other vital and necessary equipment and trained personnel are present at their events. Yet tragedies continue.last_img read more

first_imgAntyukh announces retirement MOSCOW (AP): Russian runner Natalia Antyukh has announced her retirement days after being stripped of an Olympic relay medal due to a teammate’s doping offence. Russian state news agency R-Sport quotes 35 year-old Antyukh, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-metre hurdles, as saying she has had “enough” of competing and will not race anymore. Darcis secures big win Steve Darcis defeated Alexander Zverev 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (8) to send Belgium into the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals with an unsurmountable 3-1 lead over Germany yesterday. With the tie already decided, Ruben Bemelmans beat Mischa Zverev 7-5, 6-1, giving Belgium a 4-1 upset victory – its first over Germany at the ninth attempt in the Davis Cup. Sevilla lose ground MADRID (AP): A wasted penalty. A goal disallowed for offside. An inspired goalkeeper. It all led to another disappointing setback for Sevilla, which were held by Villarreal to a 0-0 draw at home yesterday and missed a chance to move closer to the Spanish league lead. The result left Sevilla in third place with 43 points, two behind Barcelona and three behind leaders Real Madrid.last_img read more

first_imgPhoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lady Warriors blank rivals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But Priyanka Yoshikawa, who two years ago was crowned Miss Japan, believes Osaka can also help break down cultural barriers in a country where multi-racial children make up just two percent of those born annually.“Naomi is definitely a role model,” the half-Indian beauty queen told AFP. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Japan should be proud of her — she can definitely break down walls, she will have a big impact.”Osaka, who has a Japanese mother, a Haitian father and was raised in the United States, is set to shine a light on what it means to be Japanese, predicts Yoshikawa. (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 17, 2018, US Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during a press conference at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo.Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic US Open victory — she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGIJapanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic US Open victory — she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan.Following her 6-2, 6-4 thrashing of childhood idol Serena Williams in New York earlier this month, Osaka is set to become a global marketing force as sponsors prepare to break the bank to sign the 20-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Earning powerSportswear giant Adidas is reportedly lining up a record sponsorship deal worth more than $10 million a year that would see Osaka become the second highest-paid female athlete behind Williams, according to Forbes.Osaka is also endorsed by Yonex, Japanese food company Nissin and watch maker Citizen. A new three-year deal with car maker Nissan underlined her earning power after becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam singles title.“Compared to Kei Nishikori, who is a superstar in Japan but not in the world’s top five, Naomi Osaka has the potential to be number one,” said Hirotaka Matsuoka, sports marketing professor at Waseda University.“She is tri-racial (Japan, United States and Haiti), a world athlete. Naomi is now the most marketable athlete in Japan, maybe in the world.”But Yoshikawa believes Osaka’s celebrity will help change the DNA of Japanese pop culture, like mixed-race fashion icons Rola, Jun Hasegawa and Jessica Michibata before her.“Naomi can definitely do so much good in the future” said Yoshikawa.“But it’s still going to take more time for people to think ‘haafu’ can be Japanese,” she warned. “We need more people like Naomi.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Critics took to social media complaining that Miss Universe Japan should have been won by a “pure” Japanese.Unlike Yoshikawa and Miyamoto, Osaka speaks hardly any Japanese after moving to Florida with her family as a toddler.“It’s not about language,” insists the Tokyo-born Yoshikawa, who was bullied because of her skin colour as a child.“Why does that bother people? It’s just because she has darker skin and is mixed race. People still ask me if I eat curry every day or if I can use chopsticks!“But she’s what she thinks she is. If you think you’re Japanese, you’re Japanese.”Osaka, who won her first title at Indian Wells earlier this year, is not the first mixed-race athlete to achieve fame in Japan.Koji Murofushi, who is half-Romanian, captured hammer throw gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, while half-Iranian Yu Darvish is a starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.Sprinter Asuka Cambridge, who has Jamaican blood, claimed a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while two of Japan’s Davis Cup tennis team — Taro Daniel and Ben McLachlan — are also of mixed race.But Osaka is set to become the highest profile, not to mention the richest.Despite having her 10-match win streak snapped by Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo at the weekend, Osaka can take consolation in her ballooning financial worth. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “The way she speaks, and her humbleness, are so Japanese,” said the 24-year-old. “Japan puts all ‘haafu’ in the same bucket,” added Yoshikawa, referring to the Japanese for “half” — a word to describe mixed race. “Whether you’re part Russian, American or African, you’re still categorised as ‘haafu’ in Japan.”Yoshikawa’s Bollywood looks swept her to Miss Japan victory a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced an ugly backlash in 2015 for becoming the first black woman to represent the country.‘Not about language’ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgNow the hard part Swiss Nicole Hanselmann, a professional cyclist from Bigla Team, said she was halted during the annual Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race after establishing an early sizeable lead in the women’s pack and was in danger of being impeded by the men’s support vehicles. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30 km…,” Hanselmann wrote on Instagram.“But then an awkward moment happened and I almost saw the back of the men’s peloton… May the other women and me were [too] fast or the men [too] slow,” she added.Hanselmann continued that she was given a headstart and allowed to resume after a five-minute pause but fell back and eventually finished the contest in the 74th place.ADVERTISEMENT “After the neutralization, I was caught up again and finished the race on the 74th place,” she said.The racing event also reported in its Twitter account the “neutralization of our women race” because of “very slow men’s race.”Neutralisation of our women race at railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow mens race. riders will restart with same timings— OmloopHetNieuwsblad (@OmloopHNB) March 2, 2019“Neutralisation of our women race at the railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow men’s race. riders will restart with same timings,” it said. /jpvSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For this female athlete, this bizarre incident was an “awkward moment.”A breakaway female cyclist said she was forced to stop during a prestigious one-day cycling race in Belgium on Saturday after catching up the tail end of the pack for the men’s cycling event, which kicked off 10 minutes earlier.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyinglast_img read more

first_imgCharacters in this story:Jason Doe——-Criminal defense counselor who was willing to hear the caseJanet Love—Cllr. Doe’s private secretarySam Dennis—-Private DetectiveClarisa Jay—-one of several women recently returned from Lebanon and seeking justiceHelen Joe—-Another woman also seeking justiceCriminal lawyer Jason Doe readjusted himself on the big swivel chair in his officer and grimaced as his private secretary Janet Love entered the office. She shut the door behind her and with a grin said, “A young lady of about twenty three wants to see you.”The lawyer grimaced and said, “She made any appointment?”“No,” Janet Love said, “but I think she has a case that she wants you to handle.”“She told you that?”Janet Love smiled, and said, “She tried to say something about a promise for a better future that did not turn out to be that.“She looks extremely hurt because of what she describes as a major disappointment happened outside Liberia; that is, it happened in a foreign land.”The lawyer began to drum his fingers on his table, and said, “When is the next appointment coming in to see me?”“In about 15 minutes.”“Ok,” the lawyer said, “then I’m prepared to hear what the young woman has to say…and what she said is her name?”“Clarisa Jay.”“How well dressed is she?”Janet Love looked away from the lawyer with a smile and said, “Chief, she is like daddy’s girl who did not get the promise she deserved as a little girl.“Her hair is braided with an attachment; and that is in no way suggestive that she is well to do, since Monrovia girls love to dress. She is about 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 140lbs, indicating to me that she is careful about her weight.“One thing about her – and this, Chief, is how girls in Monrovia love to do – that is her eyelashes are prominent as they are straight looking at you, and they give her face a beautiful look.”“Ok,” the lawyer said, “you have interested made to be interested in this girl and I think I can see her now.” Still laughing, Janet Love turned around swiftly and was out of the room.A few seconds later, the lawyer’s doors swung open, and Janet came along with a young woman who walked towards the lawyer, with her eyelashes staring at him.The lawyer used his head to direct the young woman to a nearby chair, as he heard his secretary grabbing a pen and paper to jot down in shorthand what was about to transpire.The young woman seated herself and pulled her blouse over her knees after she placed the left on the right, and lowered her gaze.“Your name is Clarisa Jay?” the lawyer shot back at her. The woman lifted her head slowly and as it met the gaze of the lawyer, responded, “Yes.”“What do you want me to do for you?”“I have been looking for a good lawyer to handle an important case, and a friend of mine mentioned your name and I came to find you.”“Ok,” said the lawyer. “You know I am a criminal lawyer and therefore I don’t handle any other case…”The young woman responded, “I know but this case can only be handled by you.”“Why don’t you tell me what your case is about, because I am expecting a client in 15 minutes.”The young woman took a deep breath and responded, “You don’t make it easy for me to say what I want to say.”“But you came to see me because I am a lawyer?”“Yes.”“And you are ready to tell me about your case right now?”“Yes,” she said, and lowered her head, “but I don’t have money to pay you even if you decide to take my case.”The lawyer regarded her for a second and said, “Ok don’t let me or don’t think I am not interested in your case because you don’t have money to retain me. Lawyers are people with conscience who fight for the dignity of others.”“Can I tell you my story the way it happened to me?”The lawyer responded, “That’s what I want you to do.”The young woman turned her side and grabbed a long lady’s purse, and placed it on the table before the lawyer. His private secretary Janet Love, was busy scribbling in shorthand what was taking place. At one point the young woman turned nervously to look at her.The lawyer, observing it, said, “Are you Mrs. or Ms. Jay?”“I’ve never been married and so Ms. Jay is fine.”The lawyer said, “Ms. Love is my private secretary and so don’t feel any apprehension about her presence here.” The young woman swept her eyes at Ms. Love, whose smile gave her some reassurance.Ms. Jay said, “Before I begin to tell my case, what is that you do for your clients, Mr. Doe?” Her question elicited a smile from the lawyer, and though he assumed that whoever recommended him to her might have told her about what he could do for his clients, but felt that it could hurt restating his objective as a criminal defense lawyer.So, Jason Doe said, “My answer is in two words: I fight, but to give some clarity, it means I fight for my clients and I go the extra mile to get them justice.”The young woman said, “I like that spirit and I want you to know though this is not a criminal case, it is more than that.”“Ms. Jay, Ms. Jay…you are among more than 10 young women who were recently brought from Lebanon?”“Yes,” she replied and suddenly tears formed in her eyes, “for five years I was in Lebanon with other girls and we want justice, but it does not seem that we can have it.”Cllr. Doe was aware of the story that local dailies described as ‘Deceptive Promise,’ when the girls were promised education and jobs in Beirut that turned out to be domestic work; they were poorly paid, physically assaulted by their madams (the women they worked for), and even tortured when they spokeup against their inhuman treatment.The lawyer had followed the case, held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, and knew that the case was thrown out due to legal technicalities against prosecuting lawyers who had not regularized their memberships to the bar; and how the case had inconsistencies and therefore had no basis in the court of law. The lawyer knew also that the accused, a Lebanese national, was released from further detention.Cllr. Doe was also aware that the case ended and prosecutors had been trying to get the case restarted and the defense had said the case could not be tried twice, invoking the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’The lawyer turned to Ms. Jay said, “Ms. Jay it is interesting that what is being discussed by prosecutors and lawyers is the principle of ‘Double Jeopardy’ a procedural defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges in the same case following a legitimate acquittal orconviction.Cllr. Doe said “Though there is an appeal before the Supreme Court for reconsideration…that is to say to look into the case, but the defense, I’m convinced, could enter a peremptory plea of autrefois acquité or autrefois convict, which ‘autrefois’ means ‘in the past’ in French.“It also means that the defendant has been acquitted or convicted of the same offence and hence that he cannot be retried under the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’”Ms. Jay said “Does it mean the issue is dead?”The lawyer replied, “While I cannot be forthright to state the obvious, the principle is that if prosecutors raise the issue, evidence will be placed before the court which will normally rule as a preliminary matter whether the plea is substantiated; if it is, the projected trial will be prevented from proceeding. “In some countries the guarantee against being ‘twice tried’ is a constitutional right; but in other countries, the protection is afforded by a statute.”Jason Doe regarded the young woman for a while and his heart went out to her. If the law could not give her justice, who could? It was an interesting question, since the Liberian initially believed in their cases and made submissions to the Lebanese government to resolve what the young women went through.The other side of the story, Cllr. Doe knew, was the ‘pain and suffering’ that his client went through, and he chose to put it before her.“Ms. Jay,” he said, “from newspaper reports on your case, you claimed you were abused and even denied the basic needs as a human being?”“Yes,” she said, slowly. “I was thrown into jail, and it was there I was tortured. At one time I was placed in a room with low temperatures, and the most hurting thing was that they took away my clothes and I thought I was going to die.”The lawyer folded his hands across his chest, as the young woman ended her explanation. He knew this woman deserved some justice and could not understand why it had not happened or why no one had believed her.“What attracted you to volunteer to go to Lebanon?” the lawyer said, trying to ease the high tension that had built up. “What was really attractive?”“I wanted to go to school and be able to get a job, and I was misled to believe that I could get them in Beirut.”“Did you get any commitment on paper that those were possible?”Ms. Jay said, “No, there was only a verbal commitment. Another issue was that I was told not to inform anyone about the trip.”“Why?”“For fear that someone could block my way,” the young woman said. “Through ‘juju’ because there have been stories that those who revealed what they were planning to do or to travel abroad ended up dead or something else happened to them.”“And so you kept everything that the man who helped you to travel to Lebanon told you to yourself?”“Yes,” she said, and began to sob.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgValuation of GuySuCo’s assets– says public must judge fairness of investments for themselvesThe parliamentary Opposition has called on the Government to publicise the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) valuation report into the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) assets.The valuation was supposed to have preceded the sale of the various estates and accompanying assets. That process has already started; however, neither the Government nor the accounting firm has released the document. At his recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo zeroed in on this state of affairs.“We were told that before any decision was made, that Price Waterhouse Coopers will do a valuation of assets. Where is the valuation of the assets and why don’t they release it to the Guyanese public, so we will see what they have valued the assets of GuySuCo at and whether we come close to realising that value.”“Or if they have undervalued the assets of GuySuCo and then would claim that they got more than the valuation. We’d like to see a copy of the report. But it seems as though its done secretly and we don’t know what assurances are given by PwC and [Special Purpose Unit] SPU, whether those are assurances Cabinet has agreed to,” the Opposition Leader said.The East Demerara Sugar Estate was already valuated by PwCSome 14 companies hailing from as far as Canada, and as near as Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, have so far expressed interest in purchasing the three remaining sugar estates that are up for sale.A meeting with these investors and officials from the Special Purpose Unit was held on September 25. According to the Unit, they would have met with the executives to discuss taxes and permits, and NICIL is expecting that they would be able to sell the Rose Hall, Skeldon and East Demerara estates by next year.Some of the topics discussed at the meeting last week included questions about the Government’s energy policy, and whether or not there will be markets for products such as ethanol.Permits for intended workers, the condition of the estates, and whether they are worth buying were also raised. It was indicated that the East Demerara Estate was operational during the last crop, while Skeldon is in preparation mode to open in November.The Rose Hall estate, on the other hand, is expected to be opened in 2019. Bids for the privatisation process are expected to be submitted by October 31.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of that year. That number increased substantially and ended up being over 7000.last_img read more

first_img“My forecast is negative,” RUSADA director-general Yury Ganus told a press conference in Moscow regarding the chances of readmission when the WADA executive committee meets on September 20.Ganus, who was appointed RUSADA chief last year, said WADA was under “huge pressure, including political pressure”.RUSADA was suspended from the world organisation in November 2015 following revelations of a vast doping scandal involving Moscow’s main drug-testing laboratory.WADA has set out a roadmap detailing the path the body must undertake to rejoin the ranks of recognised testing authorities.RUSADA has already seen staff changes and serious reforms aimed at restoring the agency’s reputation.The agency has been allowed to resume doping tests under the supervision of WADA-appointed monitors and the UK Anti-Doping Agency.However, it has failed to meet two WADA conditions.These are granting access to its Moscow laboratory and samples stored there, as well as fully accepting the findings of the bombshell McLaren report into Russian doping.Russia’s non-compliance has led to an athletics deadlock.Russian track and field athletes were barred from the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships in London, with the exception of a handful of Russian athletes competing under a neutral banner.The country was also formally banned from taking part in this year’s Winter Olympics, but 168 athletes deemed “clean” were allowed to compete as neutrals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RUSADA director-general Yury Ganus doesn’t believe the agency will be reinstated after the WADA meeting later this month © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 4 – The head of Russia’s anti-doping body on Tuesday was downcast about the prospects of the organisation being reinstated into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).The governing body of world athletics has said it will uphold Russia’s ban from track and field events over mass doping until such a reinstatement takes place.last_img read more

first_imgThe Build and Renovate Show which was hosted by the North West Renewable Energy Business Network, Ren Net, proved to be a great success last weekend at the Clanree Hotel.Sustainable energy industry experts, academics, and business people came together to host a two day trade show on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February that gave almost 1,500 visitors the benefit of their collective knowledge at this free exhibition.The Ren Net project has been delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council has been the Lead implementing Council for this particular project. The project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Ren Net project has gone from strength to strength over the past two years culminating in a show that provided passionate and knowledgeable information through seminars, speeches, and one to one advice at the many exhibition stands that covers all aspects of sustainable technology designed for the construction industry.The show started with a conference on Friday morning which was officially opened by Donegal Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, John Campbell. Guest speakers at this event included Dr. John Doran, LYIT; Lis O’Brien, Limerick Institute of Technology; and John Flynn, SEAI, among others who were all warmly received by the sizeable audience. Project Officer, Joanne Holmes, talked about the success of Ren Net since its inception, providing supports to small businesses through various avenues of tailored mentoring, training and field trips to Britain and across Europe.After lunch, the Build and Renovate Show commenced and from the very outset it was apparent that there was considerable interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the North West.Almost 1,500 people visited the show over the two days. Many talks were delivered each day in the designated seminar area with great attendances at each. The supervised children’s play area also proved very popular with colouring, face-painting, balloons and complimentary goody bags being supplied to keep little minds busy while parents explored the vibrant surroundings.Exhibitors reported great interest in their products and services, with many follow-up calls arranged in the coming weeks, which will hopefully see continued growth in the sector of renewable energy and energy efficiency for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.For anyone who may be interested in joining the Ren Net group, a meeting will be held on the 11th March at 6.30pm in the Clanree Hotel to explore how the group will proceed going forward.All are welcome as the Ren Net believes that everyone has a part to play in developing a greener, cleaner way of living and doing business. OVER 1500 ATTEND BRILLIANT REN-NET BUILD AND RENOVATE EVENT was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeatureslast_img read more

first_imgThose who care about the health and welfare of the Los Angeles Zoo’s three pachyderms don’t agree on what to do with the large and long-living mammals. There’s no dispute that the half-acre zoo enclosure the elephants now call home is inadequate. But what nobody agrees on is whether the city should build them a new home in the zoo in Griffith Park or send them to live out the rest of their lives in a sanctuary with lots of open space. One group thinks zoos are a relic of a primitive past and should be closed, or at least turned into nature preserves. But to zoo lovers and the millions of visitors, the idea of a zoo without elephants is unthinkable. City leaders say they can’t afford to stop dumping trash in the San Fernando Valley, hire enough cops to make the streets safe or solve any of the other problems that would make L.A. a more liveable city. So how then can they justify spending this much on pachyderms? The issue is priorities and City Hall still gets it wrong. Yes, the zoo is an important asset and needs to be fixed. But doubling the cost doesn’t fix the elephants’ problem as much as it fixes the political problem that has developed over the failure to care properly for the animals over a long period of time. The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo, is trying hard to make the facility better. But its members need to rethink this plan and scale it back to what’s affordable and effective. Because tapping the city’s budget to turn three actual elephants into white elephants is unfair to residents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThat debate might explain why the cost of building a new, 3.5-acre Elephants of Surin exhibit has ballooned to $39 million, an impressive but far too costly plan given the city’s dire financial situation. But City Hall doesn’t see things that way. Money is never an object for its pet projects. The new exhibit was endorsed by two City Council committees this week, and will head to the full council next week where passage seems all but assured. Clearly, council members believe elephants deserve homes – at $13 million apiece – that are at least the equal of those of the contributors who helped put these politicians into office. Only a portion of the funding will come from Proposition CC, the 1998 voter-approved bond for new zoo facilities, and from fundraising. That would be appropriate, but as much as half would come from other municipal funding sources, such as park bond revenues and a $14 million loan that would have to be repaid with interest from the general fund that provides services to the city’s nearly 4 million human residents. When politicians are preparing city residents for service cuts, fee hikes and possibly tax increases to cover the massive budget deficit, it’s the wrong time to spend that sort of cash on a home for elephants. last_img read more