Economic slowdown hits Region 9

first_imgLethem businessmen complain– Partial Scope Agreement’s implementation stymiedRegion Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is a region known for its aestheticRegional ChairmanBryan Allicockbeauty and its rodeo. But life for residents is tough and a sit down with members of the business community reveals that that region is in the grip of an economic slowdown not dissimilar to other parts of Guyana.A prevailing concern among business people interviewed by this publication was the sloth in commerce. According to one businessman, there are a myriad of troubles being faced by persons in the community.“Right now business slow,” one businessman elucidated. “Things aren’t going the way it used to. And I would like if they could look into this community and put some more interest and attention to what is going on for the last two years.”The businessman also expressed concern over the state of the roads and drainage in the community. He noted that there is currently a lot of rain and with it comes drainage problems. He identified central Tabatinga and Lethem as some of the worse areas.“(I) definitely feel neglected,” he said. “That’s the story of what’s going on right now within the society.The businessman also revealed that there has never been a community meeting hosted by members of the regional administration or central government, which would have edified residents about the steps being taken.Meanwhile, another businessman echoed these sentiments, noting that “things have slowed up” in the region. He too observed that consumers are no longer buying like they used to.Local tradeMeanwhile, Region Nine Chairman Bryan Allicock explained that there are deficiencies regarding local produce and quality control. According to the Chairman, entrepreneurs and farmers have to contend with competition from across the border.“I went to visit farmers. They have a lot of plantains but they can’t get it sell because the plantain coming from Brazil is cheaper. And so when they carry it, the businessmen say, ‘oh I bought plantains already’. The businessmen go quickly over there because it’s cheaper and readily available. Businessmen always want their supermarkets replenished with items. And when they can’t get it they go over there.”“I had an experiment with the plantains from Brazil and here. When you fry it and put it on, the plantains from Brazil get hard very quickly in comparison to our Guyanese plantain. But we can’t really control that at the moment unless the farmers can guarantee us that they have a year round supply,” he commented.He revealed that they had requested the farmers up their production as one measure to increase commerce. In addition, he said requests have been made of supermarkets to buy local. But this can only be ensured once assurances can be provided of a ready local supply.“So we have products, but we have to put our systems in place to ensure quality control so we can export over there. And we are hoping to get it soon, so our produce can go over there.”Back in 2001, an Economic Complementation Agreement (Partial Scope Agreement) was signed between Guyana and Brazil. According to the terms of the agreement, tariff preferences and exemption from the surcharge of freight would be granted.These products had included meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, cassava and plantain flour, peanuts, tea bush, cane sugar and rum. Other items had included tableware, machinery and parts and furniture fittings.But Opposition Member of Parliament, Allister Charlie, in an interview with this publication noted that at present, this agreement is not functioning as it should. He too agreed that competition with Brazil was an issue.“There are 200 plus items that do not attract the tax. And it is not in effect at this time. I recently saw the Government saying (they would) do an importation of items to grow here, which is very good, because we know we are productive and we have the land.”“But the problem that is bothering us is production,” Charlie said. “We have the quality but we don’t have the quantum to sustain the markets.”last_img read more

I’m the ‘last one’ now- Mourinho

first_imgThe Portuguese coach has won league titles in four different countries, and while he admits a manager often takes centre stage, he rates himself last in the Blues hierarchy.His view is in stark contrast to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, who often said during his tenure at Manchester United that the role was paramount to all others.“The manager is not the most important person in the club, of course not,” Mourinho told the Daily Telegraph. “I keep saying: the most important person in the club is first the supporters, secondly the owner, third the players, and then I come.“It’s the manager that everyone looks at. The players are watching you, analysing you – they want to see your reaction, they want to see your stability.“The people that work in the club are also watching you, and they follow in a negative or positive way. Even the supporters are watching you.“They want to feel that after that big defeat you are ready for the next day, that after the big victory you are not in the moon but have your feet in the earth.“And I think I am good in controlling these situations, and good in trying to keep people balanced for the negative and for the positive.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 9- Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not see himself as the most important person at the club, claiming he is at the bottom of the pecking order.Mourinho dubbed himself the ‘Special One’ on his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004 just weeks after winning the UEFA Champions League trophy with FC Porto.last_img read more

Mother may stay locked up

first_imgMeigs also ordered the mental institution to give him a report on Clark’s progress. Subsequent progress reports will be due every six months. State law requires that a defendant committed to a hospital not be released until the court determines the person is sane. “When you read the report \, it sounds just awful,” Deputy District Attorney Debra Lamb said, but the children were not badly injured. Still, Lamb said it was highly unlikely Clark will be freed soon. Especially with violent crimes, the offender usually has to spend a minimum length of time in a state hospital, she said. Both the son and daughter recovered quickly and want to see their mother get help, Lamb said. The children are living with a relative and visit their mother at Patton Hospital once a month, according to Sheahen. No one appears to know Clark’s motive for attacking her children. Clark had been having a lot of mental and emotional problems during the months before the incident, Lamb said. Lamb said Clark thought she had the AIDS virus and went to a doctor. She tested negative, but the doctor thought she needed mental help. On Dec. 23, 2005, she and the children went to the Palm Inn Motel in Inglewood where she stabbed her then 14-year-old son several times. Clark then took off with her 10-year-old daughter and threw her out of a minivan while driving eastbound on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway at Holt Avenue. A witness picked up the girl – who suffered abrasions on her arms, legs and back – and called paramedics, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol. The girl told officers her mother tried to suffocate her earlier that night and also stabbed her brother at a hotel. A driver who saw Clark throw the girl from the minivan followed her until she pulled over east of Via Verde. CHP officers stopped Clark, who put her hands up when officers shined a light on her as she stood to rear of the minivan. The Feb. 8 progress report will be a confidential document, but it will probably include an evaluation of Clark’s condition and an outline of her treatment program, according to Patricia Kelly, Superior Court spokeswoman. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 A woman who stabbed her son and pushed her daughter out of a moving car on a West Covina freeway in December 2005 will likely remain in a mental institution. On Feb. 8, a judge will get the first progress report on Nicole Yanick Clark, who tried to kill her children two days before Christmas in 2005. Clark, 30, of San Bernardino had pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder, but the court ruled her insane on Oct. 31, 2006. Inglewood Superior Court Judge John Meigs found Clark not guilty by reason of insanity and sent her to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino where she will be confined for 34 years to life. Her attorney, Robert Sheahen, said psychiatrists for the defense and the prosecution examined his client and concurred she was suffering from serious psychosis. last_img read more

Former USC athlete joins diverse list of Rhodes scholars

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The scholarships, the oldest international study award available to American students, provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England; winners will begin their studies in October. Many of the winners stand out, not only for their academic prowess, but also for their achievements outside academia – in sports, in the military or as volunteers. Bhatty, a University of Chicago graduate and now a law student at Yale University, is a sometime poet and hip-hop artist. She also serves as an English-Urdu translator for detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; she does that work via telephone. Winner Reed Doucette is a senior at the University of Southern California and was on the basketball team that made it to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen last season; another recipient, New York native Adam M. Levine, is an accomplished light heavyweight boxer. CHICAGO – A translator for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a boxer from the Bronx and an ultimate Frisbee player were among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes scholars for 2008, the scholarship trust announced Sunday. Winners were chosen in a tough selection process from among 764 applicants for the coveted, more than century-old scholarship, whose past recipients include former President Bill Clinton. “I was actually shocked,” said Isra Bhatty, 23, of Glenview, about receiving a call Saturday telling her she was among this year’s winners. “I was really thankful and a little overwhelmed.” Bhatty was one of three winners who attended or graduated from the University of Chicago. last_img read more

Pasadena lives up to the hype

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWith Austin, the Division II-AA Player of the Year, returning, the Bulldogs entered the season with lofty expectations, and not just locally. They’ve been in many Southern Section preseason polls and are currently ranked No. 8 in the Southern Section by MaxPreps. But the Bulldogs stumbled out of the gate, losing to Alta Loma in its own tournament to start the season with many players battling the flu. But since then, the Bulldogs have won two tournaments, which is one more than last year. Their only loss since Alta Loma was a 66-53 setback to Artesia in the Rise or Fall Challenge, and Artesia is ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps. “Before we left to Santa Barbara, we talked about coming back 13-2 and making another statement,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said. “It was an important message to send to our opponents (in league) and to ourselves that we deserved the rankings we’re getting.” Kyle Austin, who averaged nearly 25 points in the tournament, earned tournament MVP honors by scoring 17 points in the championship to help the Bulldogs improve to 13-2 heading into next week’s Pacific League opener against Crescenta Valley. During last year’s magical season, the Bulldogs were 12-2 heading into league play. That momentum carried the Bulldogs to an undefeated run in league play. They took a 14-game winning streak into the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA championship game at The Pond, where they lost to Compton Dominguez, 57-51, finishing the season 27-4. The win in the Santa Barbara tournament was special to Tucker because the Bulldogs lost in the championship game at Santa Barbara last year. “I think it was important to our team because we were looking for our own identity,” Tucker said. “They were living in the shadow of last year’s team, but now they’ve done something last year’s team didn’t do and that builds the swagger you need to have to be successful.” The Bulldogs also have been keeping a close eye on their Pacific League opponents. Arcadia High (11-5) is playing well and took highly regarded Diamond Ranch into overtime in the Glendora tournament before losing, 64-62. The Apaches have impressive wins over Los Osos (74-61), Keppel (61-58) and Alhambra (42-39). Also looming in league play is Glendale Hoover (11-3), which won its own tournament and the Alhambra tournament, beating Arcadia, 50-38, in the semifinals at Alhambra. “We will get Arcadia the second game (of league) and it’s important we go into those games with a purpose,” Tucker said. “For anyone that plays us, we’re their CIF championship game. “Because of who we are and what we’ve done, we’re a good measuring stick for them to measure themselves against, not just locally, but in the Southern Section.” But Tucker notes, there’s a flip side to that. “I think we’re coming in hitting our stride and that’s important,” he said. “We’re not walking in backward, we’re coming in full steam. Everyone’s starting to understand their roles, so I’m hoping we just keeping getting better and see where it takes us, which hopefully is back to the Pond.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PASADENA – The Pasadena High School boys basketball team continues to show why it’s deserving off all the preseason hype. After beating highly regarded Colony High in the championship of the Inland Empire Classic two weeks ago, the Bulldogs won the Santa Barbara High Holiday Classic on Friday. PHS won four straight games, capped off by a 49-47 victory over the host Dons in the championship game. last_img read more

Joe Gomez injury: Ben Mee defends tackle that broke Liverpool defender’s leg

first_img revealed scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Burnley’s Ben Mee has wished Joe Gomez well while defending his tackle on the Liverpool player – vowing that comments from Jurgen Klopp will not alter the Clarets’ style of play.Gomez, who has since penned a new five-and-a-half year deal at Anfield, was left with a leg fracture following Mee’s challenge on him during Burnley’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Turf Moor on Wednesday. BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The Liverpool defender fractured his leg from the resulting challenge Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker 2center_img Ben Mee has defended his tackle on Joe Gomez Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “We’re at the bottom of the table and we need to get out of it, so we’re obviously going to work our socks off to win games.”Klopp acknowledged after the game that Mee’s tackle was “the cleanest” committed by Burnley during the game, but was unhappy with the standard of their challenges overall.He said: “With six or seven yards and then (slide) these times are over.“We all want to win football games, and there are different ways of doing it.“Somebody has to tell you to stop doing it, make two more steps and make a normal challenge.“The boy with the ball is a bit unlucky because what can happen is what happened to Joe Gomez.“I think the referee has to make sure that things like this don’t happen constantly.“It’s not how it should be. Let’s play football.”Burnley manager Sean Dyche came out fighting in response to Klopp, commending his players for their tackling and saying only one challenge by Phil Bardsley was “questionable”, while describing Mee’s as “fantastic”. The 21-year-old full-back, who was stretchered off after just 23 minutes of the Premier League encounter, now faces a six-week spell on the sidelines.And when asked about the matter following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton, Mee said: “There was nothing wrong with any of the tackles, maybe one.“You can’t take tackles out of the game, it’s part of the game. I’ve seen Liverpool make tackles and get the crowd up and things like that.“For me, you can play fair, but you can also play hard as well.”When asked if his challenge was a fair one, he responded: “I don’t think anything was wrong with my tackle personally.“Obviously it was unfortunate what happened and nobody wants to see any players getting injured ever, but I think you play hard, you play fair. 2 SORRY latest Most Read In Footballlast_img read more

Ferdinand calls Ronaldo a ‘living football god’ after Juventus hat-trick heroics

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in all its glory.That is some leap.His 127th goal in UEFA club competitions 😎— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 13, 2019The Italian giants had a two-goal deficit to overturn following their last-16 first-leg defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano three weeks ago, advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition thanks to Ronaldo after a 3-0 win.Ahead of the crunch clash, Ronaldo had reportedly promised to hit a treble in the second leg to end the capital city club’s European dreams for another year – and that he did.BT Sport pundit Ferdinand, who played alongside the Portuguese star for six years at Old Trafford, described his performance as godlike after the full-time whistle.“He’s a living football god,” said Ferdinand. “It’s ridiculous what he’s doing.“All the records – in the Champions League, he’s got every record you can imagine. He’s joint most hat-tricks with Messi. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed tense GETTY Cristiano Ronaldo hit a stunning hat-trick on Tuesday night to send Juventus through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Rio Ferdinand waxed lyrical about his former Manchester United team-mate after the game Rio Ferdinand hailed his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo a “living football God” after the Juventus star hit a sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY SORRY latest MOST READ IN FOOTBALL huge blow 2 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “This goal (first goal) is like Duncan Ferguson in his prime, attacking the ball, leaving the full back in a heap, that’s what you call desire.”The former Real Madrid man opened the scoring with a powerful header in the first half, underlining his salmon-like leaping skills as he got the better of full-back Juanfran.He then pulled his side level on aggregate with another header after the break, this time goalkeeper Jan Oblak had clawed the ball away – but goal-line technology intervened and confirmed the ball had crossed the line.A memorable night for the five-time Champions League winner was rounded off with a little over five minutes remaining, as the 34-year-old stepped up to fire home a penalty in emphatic fashion after Federico Bernardeschi was fouled in the penalty area.last_img read more

Rangers sign Leicester City starlet Joe Dodoo on four-year-deal

first_imgRangers have completed the signing of Leicester City youngster Joe Dodoo on a four-year-deal, the club have confirmed.Dodoo had been offered a new deal by the Premier League champions, but has opted to make the move north. The Ibrox club will have to pay a training compensation fee for the forward who is a product of the Leicester academy.Rangers have gone down this route already following the signing of Accrington Stanley duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass, as well as Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool, with training compensation paid to sign the three players.Dodoo becomes the club’s ninth signing of the summer following the arrival of Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Jordan Rossiter, Niko Krancjar, Joey Barton, Matt Gilks, Clint Hill and Lee Hodson. Earlier on Tuesday Rangers confirmed that Rob Kiernan and Wes Foderingham have penned contract extensions, with James Tavernier expected to follow suit. Negotiations with Martyn Waghorn are still ongoing.last_img read more

Perry Kitchen replaces Alim Ozturk as new captain of Hearts

first_imgDefender Ozturk was handed the captaincy in the summer of 2015 following Danny Wilson’s departure to Rangers.Ozturk has yet to make a Premiership appearance with his last outing coming in the League Cup defeat to St Johnstone on August 10. Perry Kitchen has replaced Alim Ozturk as the new captain of Hearts.The American midfielder has become a fans’ favourite since joining the capital club and he has now been handed the armband by Robbie Neilson.Kitchen, 24, arrived at Tynecastle in March following his move for DC United and he has impressed in his five appearances this term.Head coach Robbie Neilson told the club’s website: “I’ve been impressed by Perry’s attitude, desire and, of course, his performances from day one. “He’s a natural and leads by example both on and off the park. He’s also a really good player and will inspire those around him to reach the highest standards.“Ideally, we want 11 captains on the pitch every week. In recent times we’ve had Don Cowie lead the team out and Alim Ozturk skippered us to third place last season, so there’s that experience already there that will help us through games.“I’d like to thank Alim for the huge part he played, and will continue to play, in helping the team to the top end of the league.“It’s now Perry’s time to take over that responsibility and I’ve absolutely no doubt that he will flourish in the role of Hearts captain.”last_img read more

Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

first_imgWhen you think of the typical workplace, you probably imagine an office filled with employees seated at desks, working on computers or talking on the phone. Maybe you see a conference table surrounded by execs, a Keynote presentation holding their gazes. These scenes don’t just appear in stock photos, of course. They can be found in office buildings all over the world. Here’s why the massive non-desk workforce is an opportunity for entrepreneurs.Yet for most of the global working population, the workplace isn’t an office at all.Enterprise cloud venture capital firm Emergence reports that 2.7 billion employees, or 80% of the world’s workers, comprise the non-desk workforce. They work in factories or labs, on farms or construction sites, or from trucks or airplanes.Thus far, they’ve been mostly overlooked by technology companies seeking to make work easier and more productive. Only 1% of software venture funding has been going to non-desk technology companies, but that’s starting to change.Growth and OpportunityThe needs of these workers vary dramatically from the needs of the people making office applications and productivity tools. Fortunately, the technology industry is starting to realize this. According to Emergence’s 2018 survey, spending on technology for non-desk workers is increasing, led by companies in the transportation and manufacturing sectors.Any entrepreneur with experience pitching investors knows that VCs want to back companies serving large markets. There’s ample room for growth if the majority of people can benefit from your solution. There’s still plenty of opportunity in the non-desk sector; the race to win these customers has only begun. If you’re seeking to capture a portion of this market, embrace these strategies.1. Help them communicate.Messaging apps like Slack or Microsoft Teams are great, but many non-desk workers don’t even have corporate email IDs. If you want to build something they can use, think about how they currently communicate. Most non-desk workers use their mobile devices to stay connected with colleagues and managers. Custom applications that improve the way workers talk to each other — or the way executives communicate with employees at scale — might be especially useful.InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in Miami uses Beekeeper, a workforce communications platform, to keep its employees updated with vital information. When Hurricane Irma was barreling toward Florida in 2017, for example, cell reception was spotty.The private communications platform allowed the company to alert staff via the Wi-Fi of the storm’s location. They could notify staffers of closures and ensure they received important safety information.2. Boost retention by enabling their ongoing training.Recruiting and retention are major pain points for companies that rely on a primarily non-desk workforce. Turnover among remote workers tends to be much higher, which means companies relying on them must have efficient hiring processes. Tools like Workstream, a platform for sourcing, screening, and onboarding hourly employees, help companies get the right people for the job, but keeping them isn’t always easy.Remote and non-desk workers need (sometimes extensive) coaching and training in order to do their work properly; they typically receive that instruction during the onboarding process. Unfortunately, non-desk workers don’t always get the ongoing teaching and development that their “desk-counterpart” employees receive.Non-desk employees need these opportunities to grow professionally. Technology can help fix this problem. uStudio, for instance, offers a platform for private business podcasts so workers can learn via audio while on the job.3. Keep them out of harm’s way.Some non-desk workers do their jobs in environments that can be dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. There’s a reason people working at construction sites, factories, and oil rigs wear safety gear and are subject to strict safety standards. These job sites often involve heavy equipment, dangerous chemicals, and other hazards that workers in office jobs rarely have to worry about.Hard hats and other gear reduce safety hazards, but worker connectedness is key for onsite alerts and remote manager awareness. Honeywell and Intel have developed a wearable solution for factory workers and first responders that reports critical data back to managers.Heart rate monitors, activity detection devices, toxic gas monitors, and other wearable sensors collect data on a worker’s breathing, heart rate, toxic gas exposure, and other vitals. The right technology, as well as thorough emergency planning, will equip companies to respond quickly to safety crises.Opportunities abound for startups that can meet the needs of non-desk workers and the companies that employ them. Of course, this portion of the global workforce is far from monolithic, meaning solutions may have to be customized with the needs of specific job functions in mind. Some problems, however, are more universal, and entrepreneurs who can help solve them have a good chance of succeeding in their next pitch meeting. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts Tags:#team communication#work technology Is AI Really a Threat to Traditional Jobs? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more