The agriculture sector contracted by a massive 10.4% last year even though the overall economy grew by 3.3%, primarily on the back of production increases in the gold industry.This was revealed in the Monthly Economic Bulletin (MEB) for the month of December produced by the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) of the Office of the Budget at the Finance Ministry. The bulletins provide monthly updates on some of the important developments within Guyana’s economy. Published on the Ministry’s website last week, the bulletin said the El Niño phenomenon was partly to be blamed for dismal performances registered in the rice and sugar industries during the first half of 2016. However, it noted that the late planting in both industries also hampered production for the second half of the year.In addition, it blamed union strikes during the fourth quarter of the year for adversely affecting production in the sugar industry.The Monthly Economic Bulletin for January 2017 has projected that the agricultural sector is expected to show improvement this year, with strong growth expected for the rice and fishing industries.Meanwhile, the forestry industry performed poorly because of a halt in the awarding of concessions and sluggish global demand for timber products, which resulted in the contraction of operations of two companies. To this end, Government has said, it aims to reform the industry so as to benefit the nation over the medium–to–long term. Economic growth is projected at 3.8 per cent for 2017.A review of the performance of the sugar industry revealed that in December last year, 28,184 tonnes of sugar were produced, which resulted in an end-of-year total of 183,491 tonnes for 2016, compared to 229,318 tonnes produced during 2015.“Sugar production for 2016 was 20 per cent lower than 2015, due to the El Niño phenomenon which severely affected production of the first crop, combined with late planting and strikes during the second half of the year. Sugar production, though budgeted to increase in 2017, may decline due to reduced crop from the Skeldon Estate. This will result in a contraction in the industry once again,” the December 2016 Bulletin projected.Since production is not generated until February each year, there is no record of sugar production for January 2017, and the MEB for that month states that the 208,000 tonnes targeted for this year will be revised due to ongoing issues at the Skeldon factory.As it relates to the Rice Industry, production for December 2016 reached 1,582 tonnes, down from 6,267 tonnes in December 2015.This, the Bulletin outlined, resulted in production for 2016 totalling 534,766 tonnes compared to 687,784 tonnes produced in 2015, a reduction of 22.2 per cent.“Similar to sugar, rice production for 2016 was lower than 2015, due to the El Niño phenomenon combined with late sowing for the second crop. The rice industry is expected to rebound in 2017 with production forecasted at 590,000 tonnes (provided that conditions remain favourable and new markets are found),” the December 2016 Bulletin has predicted.Like in sugar, no production was also recorded for rice in January 2017, targeted at 590,000 tonnes, the MEB for that month has noted. Nevertheless, sowing reportedly continued during January and February.The production of the forestry industry for December 2016 amounted to 39,091 cubic metres, compared with 96,026 cubic metres in December 2015. “This resulted in production reaching 327,781 cubic metres in 2016, compared to 427,351 cubic metres in 2015.Lower production for 2016 resulted from the Government reorganising the sector in pursuit of better forestry management and greater value added,” the Bulletin states.In addition, the downsizing of Barama during the fourth quarter of last year had a negative impact on production.Going forward this year, forestry production for January 2017 amounted to 17,174 cubic metres, compared with 25,733 cubic metres in the corresponding period last year. “Lower production is expected for this industry as reorganising of the industry by Government continues. Production for 2017 is targeted at 297,070 cubic metres,” the January 2017 MEB noted.Despite, the industry’s expected continuity in decline in 2017, growth within the industry will, over the medium term, rebound as more value-added products are added, the MEB has noted.
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– as deliberations to choose final candidate expected in coming daysAs the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) moves closer towards identifying their presidential candidate to contest General and Regional Elections due in March, at least five members made their case in presentations before the Party’s Executive during last week.Reports reaching Guyana Times indicate that the five PPP Members of Parliament who appeared before the Party Executives were Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira; former Attorney General Anil Nandlall; former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony; and Dr Vindhya Persaud.This publication understands that with these five presidential candidate contenders having made their presentations, the Party Executives will be meeting in the coming days to review the submissions before voting takes place.There has been much public discussion about some of these very contenders as potential PPP presidential candidates ever since the coalition Government fell to a no-confidence vote on December 21, thus having to call elections within 90 days from that date as per the Constitution.The presidential candidate race began after the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”With the passage of the no-confidence vote against the Government, the main political parties have either begun or intensified the task of identifying a presidential candidate.PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo has been careful when handling questions about who is likely to emerge as the presidential face of his party. At a press conference soon after the no-confidence vote, Jagdeo had affirmed that the Party remained committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability, and democracy as it undertook the process of selecting its next presidential nominee.Jagdeo had also assured that the race for the candidacy was open, as this has been a longstanding practice of the PPP. He had however reminded that the votes mustered from the 35 Central Committee members will matter in the democratic process.Jagdeo had also noted that his party has a history of using secret ballots. He pointed out that when this was not done, it was for a good reason. As it stands now, Jagdeo explained that secret ballots would only be used if there is more than one final candidate.
…GECOM Commissioner bestowed with Golden Arrow of Achievement As Guyana celebrates its 49th Republic anniversary, President David Granger has conferred 77 persons with national awards. Heading the list of awardees for the Golden Arrow of Achievement is APNU’s Commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vincent Alexander.Several Guyanese diplomats were conferred with the Cacique Crown of Honour. These are Guyana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Frederick Hamley Case; Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fatt, SC, Ambassador David Thomas Allan Hales, Guyana’s Ambassador to the US, Sheik Riyad David Insanally; Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Abdool Halim Majeed, and Monsignor Terrence Montrose.The other would have been conferred with the Golden Arrow of Achievement, the Medal of Service, the Military Service Medal and the Disciplinary Service Medal.Golden Arrow of AchievementVincent Luther Alexander, O’Donna Frances Allsopp, Lorene Evadney, Pamela Baird, Dr Ruth Benjamin-Huntley, Calvin Benn, Leslie Thomas Black, William Andrew Boyle, Negla Helena Brandis, Paul Andrew Carto, Dr Rudolph Othneil Cummings, Phillip Nessie Bryan Da Silva, Patrick Reginald Anthony Farnum, Egbert Harold Field, Nicholas Fredericks, Malcolm Jacob Jawaharlal Harripaul, Vincent Patrick Henry, Dickson Augustus Hooper, Leon Rayon Johnson, Kalam Azad Juman-Yassin, Patrice Desireé Ann La Fleur, Carl Chetwyn Lashley, Derrick Fitzpatrick Lawrence, Lawrence Hilary London, Julia Anne Mansell, Dr Suresh Narine, Christopher Anthony Nascimento, Lurlene Anita Nestor, Dr Maxine Patricia Parris-Aaron, Dr Rajendra Persaud, Eric McLauren Phillips, Sandra Kumarie Shivdat, Professor Gomathinayagam Subramanian, Morris Wilson, Geneveive Whyte-Nedd, Garfield Ian Colin Wiltshire and William Henry Woolford.Medal of ServiceShameeza Baksh, Tarramattie Persaud Barker, Roxanne Marilyn Barratt, Rosemary Nicola Benjamin-Noble, Donna Annastatia Bowman, John Randolph Massiah Critchlow, Jean Marionetta Dorsett, Hilbert Gardiner Foster, Gloria Dawn Garraway, Lawrence Llewlyn Griffith, Soyinka Ameygo Grogan, Dr Claudette Anne Patricia Heyliger-Thomas, Suresh Jagmohan, Parmeshwar Jagmohan, Ian Jardine, Bibi Fazeela Khan, Nizam Kassim, Gordon Hubert Kingston, Kumar Lalbachan, Peter George Lewis, Nazrudeen Mohamed, Terrence Anthony Poole, Leslie Chrispen Ramalho, Harripersaud Ramsewack, Petal Elizabeth Ridley, Gail Patricia Robinson, Ramkarran Roopchan, James Rotry Sampson, Komal Singh, Zohora Singh and Fitzroy Egerton Younge.Military Service MedalLieutenant Colonel Courtney Arthur ByrneDisciplined Services MedalDeputy Commissioner Lyndon Lancelot Alves, Assistant Commissioner Paul Handel Anthony Langevine, and Divisional Officer Compton Anthony Sparman.President Granger and members of the Advisory Council for the Orders of Guyana offer sincere congratulations to the 77 persons who have been honoured. The national awardees will receive their medals at an investiture ceremony later in the year.
DIVISION IV-AA Loma Linda Academy 71, Westminster La Quinta 55 Nico Walters scored 26 points with five assists as the Aquinas boys basketball team defeated Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel, 73-39 in CIF-Southern Section boys Division IV-AA first-round basketball play Wednesday. Cory Hollamon added 18 points with eight steals, seven assists and seven rebounds for Aquinas (16-9). Senior Steven Catalon scored 20 points as the Roadrunners (20-7) defeated the Aztecs. Thad Lowe added 14 in the win for Loma Linda Academy, which faces Kaiser on Friday or Saturday, pending a coin flip. Kaiser 84, Joshua Springs 55 Hakeem Nance scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the host Cats (15-12) rolled to the victory. Daniel Sosa also had 16 points for the Cats, who used a 33-point third period to break the game open. Kaiser will play Loma Linda Academy on Friday or Saturday. DIVISION I-A Hawthorne 81, Rancho Cucamonga 77 Nick Bennett had 21 points for the Cougars (16-13), but it wasn’t enough as Hawthorne (17-10) advanced with the wild-card win. Brandon Richardson had 33 points and five assists for Hawthorne, which advances to play at Santa Barbara in the first round Friday. Woodbridge 76, Alta Loma 60 Austin Daye had 29 points as Woodbridge overtook the visiting Braves (12-16) in wild-card action. DIVISION II-AA Burbank 53, Montclair 47 Abrahim Sulaiman scored 15 points with five rebounds as the Cavaliers (12-15) lost to the Bulldogs. Dilonzo Board scored 14 points in the loss for Montclair, third-place finishers in the Mt. Baldy league. Vista Murrieta 81, Rialto 69 Ross Taplin scored 23 points as the Broncos broke open a close wild-card game in the fourth quarter against the visiting Knights. Shawn Sawyer scored 25 points for the Knights (14-16), who were outscored 20-10 in the final period. Jameur Carter added 18. DIVISION IV-A L.A. Baptist 44, Webb 40 Omar Hajj scored 15 points as the Gauls (10-8) ended their season in overtime. Buckley 71, Calvary Baptist 51 Senior Randy Agyepong scored 34 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars fell to the Griffins. Rajjon Owens scored 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (12-12). DIVISION V-A Packinghouse Christian 67, Lee Vining 53 Spencer Hirsch scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Tigers. Joel Pulliam added 18 points for Packinghouse Christian. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Xi met FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Beijing in June, ramping up speculation that China would bid for either the 2030 or 2034 World Cup.Lippi, China’s decorated Italian coach, was quoted telling the Chengdu Business Daily: “What I also want to tell you is that the Chinese FA will bid for the 2030 World Cup.”The comments were widely picked up in other state media, but the CFA was quick to respond, saying in a statement: “We reiterate that the FA did not say which World Cup it will bid for.“This kind of information is not officially confirmed and is the media’s interpretation.”China failed to make next year’s World Cup in Russia, but they are slowly improving under the 69-year-old Lippi, who joined in October 2016, midway through qualifying.South Korea’s football association (KFA) in June said it was interested in a joint bid with North Korea, Japan and China, an ambitious initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.But the KFA admitted it was likely a non-starter, partly because China — who have been throwing money at football development — appeared intent on making their own bid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000China’s President Xi Jinping (R) met FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Beijing in June, ramping up speculation that China would bid for either the 2030 or 2034 World Cup © AFP/File / Fred DUFOURSHANGHAI, China, Nov 16 – The Chinese Football Association (CFA) moved swiftly on Thursday to dampen talk of a 2030 World Cup bid, after China coach Marcello Lippi was quoted as saying plans were being made.Football fan President Xi Jinping has stated his aim for China to stage the showpiece one day and wants the country, who have only qualified once for the World Cup in 2002, to become a major force in the sport.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOfficials in Sudan’s Foreign Ministry have tried to play down the case, calling it an isolated incident and predicting Tuesday that Gibbons could be released without charge. But hard-liners have considerable weight in the government of President Omar al-Bashir, which came to power in a 1989 military coup that touted itself as creating an Islamic state. The north of the country bases its legal code on Islamic Sharia law, and al-Bashir often seeks to burnish his religious credentials. Last year, he vowed to lead a jihad, or holy war, against U.N. peacekeepers if they deployed in the Darfur region of western Sudan. He relented this year to allow a U.N.-African Union force there – but this month said he would bar Scandinavian peacekeepers from participating because newspapers in their countries ran caricatures of Prophet Muhammad last year. Streets were calm Wednesday in Khartoum, but a pickup truck drove through the capital with loudspeakers blaring calls for Muslims to protest Friday after prayers and not to let their religion be insulted. Sudanese Prosecutor-General Salah Eddin Abu Zaid said Gibbons was charged with inciting religious hatred and her case would be referred to courts today. If convicted, she faces up to 40 lashes, six months in jail and a fine, said Abdul-Daem Zumrawi, an undersecretary at the Justice Ministry. The verdict and any sentence are up to “the discretionary power of the judge,” he said, according to the state Sudanese News Agency. The case set up an escalating diplomatic dispute with Britain, Sudan’s former colonial ruler. “We are surprised and disappointed by this development,” said Michael Ellam, a spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He said Foreign Secretary David Miliband would urgently summon Sudanese Ambassador Omer Mohammed Ahmed Siddig and ask “for the rationale behind the charges and a sense of what the next steps might be.” “We will consider our response in the light of that,” Ellam said. Officials at Unity High School, where Gibbons taught, say she was teaching her 7-year-old students about animals and in September asked one girl to bring in her teddy bear. Gibbons then asked the students to pick names for the bear and they voted to name it Muhammad. Each student then took the bear for a weekend to write a diary entry about what they did with the bear, and the entries were compiled into a book with the bear’s photo on the cover and the title “My Name is Muhammad,” in what teachers in Britain said was a common exercise. Police in downtown Khartoum stood guard outside the school, which closed after Gibbons’ arrest. It was founded in 1902 to provide British-style education to about 750 students from elementary through high school. Most students are Muslims from affluent Sudanese families. In Britain, the Gibbons family declined to speak with reporters. In Khartoum, the British Embassy said that diplomats were allowed to visit Gibbons on Wednesday and that she was being treated well. Gibbons’ lawyer told the independent Sudanese newspaper Al-Akbar Al-Ayam that she changed prisons to guarantee her safety. He did not elaborate. Sudan’s top clerics, known as the Assembly of the Ulemas, said in a statement Wednesday that parents at the school had handed them a book that the teacher was assembling about the bear. “She, in a very abusive manner, used the name of Prophet Muhammad, may Allah shame her,” the statement said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sudan charged a British teacher Wednesday with inciting religious hatred – a crime punishable by 40 lashes – because she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a class project. The country’s top Muslim clerics pressed the government to ensure that the teacher, Gillian Gibbons, is punished, comparing her action to author Salman Rushdie’s “blasphemies” against the Prophet Muhammad. The charges against Gibbons angered the British government, which urgently summoned the Sudanese ambassador to discuss the case. British and American Muslim groups also criticized the decision. Gibbons, 54, was arrested at her home in Khartoum on Sunday after some parents of her students accused her of naming the bear after Islam’s prophet. Muhammad is a common name among Muslim men, but the parents saw applying it to a toy animal as an insult.
A 37-year-old man has been given a community service order after pleading guilty to a vicious machete attack which left his victim disabled for life.Charles Gerard Ward, with an address in Ballymacool Woods in Letterkenny, was warned he will be jailed for two years if he fails to complete the 240 hours of community service.The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to assault causing harm when he attacked Charles McDonagh outside a house in Canal Road Letterkenny in August 2009. Letterkenny Circuit Court was told by Patricia McLaughlin, prosecuting, that Charles McDonagh went to Canal Road with wife brigid and four children.Mr McDonagh said he was chatting to someone there when he turned around and saw Charles Ward “attempt to strike him in the face with a machete.”Mr McDonagh put his arms up to protect himself and suffered a wound to his arm.She said Ward then grabbed Mrs McDonagh, held the machete to her throat and threatened to kill her.Sgt Michael Hogan, outlining the facts of the case, said Mr McDonagh had suffered a deep gash to his arm. He spent two days in hospital and had to undergo surgery and had since lost most of the use of his arm and hand.Ward was questioned as part of the investigation and had handed over a dagger, claiming to Sgt Hogan that that was the weapon used.This was not accepted, Ms McLaughlin told the court, as witnesses had described the weapon used as a two-foot long machete.Ward was arrested in December 2009 but later moved to England. He was arrested two years later when he returned to Donegal for a wedding.Mr McDonagh meanwhile had told the DPP he would not appear as a witness in the case and had asked for the case to be dropped.Mrs McLaughlin said there was no feud between the families as a result of the incident.She said she believed a letter signed by Mr McDonagh asking for the case to be dropped was in the same hand-writing as a letter given to the court by the accused, Mr Ward.Sgt Hogan said Ward had completely abided by his stringent bail conditions since his arrest, despite the fact his wife and children were in Walsall in Birmingham, where Ward hoped to continue his scrap metal business.Judge John O’Hagan said that ‘once again’ there was a section three assault case before him.“Mr Ward decided that he believed Mr McDonagh was spreading rumours about him which he didn’t like. He armed himself with a machete – luckily Mr Ward was able to protect himself. He was brought to hospital and he still has problems with his arm and hand.“Mr Ward was likely to have been under the influence of drink if not other substances at the time.”He said the Traveller community “seem to have their own way of dealing with problems to the exclusion of the Guards.”He told Ward: “You either accept the laws of this society or you do not accept them and in this instance you didn’t.”He said Mr McDonagh had decided not to give evidence.Judge O’Hagan said he didn’t believe his comments “are unfairly made and they need to be said.”He said members of the community do go to Gardai for assistance but then later they didn’t want Gardai near them.On considering sentence he said there were “ubstantial mitigating factors” in that Ward had received “a very positive probation report and he wants to reform himself.”He said had Ward pleaded not guilty and gone to trial he would have imposed a five year sentence on conviction.However he imposed a two year prison sentence but substituted 240 hours community service, warning Ward that if he didn’t carry out the community service Gardai would be instructed to find him and he would impose the prison sentence.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MACHETE ATTACK WHICH LEFT VICTIM INJURED FOR LIFE – JUDGE CRITICISES HOW TRAVELLERS DEALT WITH INCIDENT was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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:COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MACHETE ATTACK WHICH LEFT VICTIM INJURED FOR LIFE
Your school is invited to participate at the 11th Secondary Schools Level Cross Country event which is taking place on the 29th September 2011. This was a most successful event in recent years.Venue : Finn Valley A.C. Stranorlar, Co DonegalDate: 29 September 2011 Time: 1st event @11.30am start. Event complete @ 12.30pmPresentation: 1.00pmEntry Fee: €3.00 per athlete payable at registration on the day.Teachers / Adults in charge can help by collecting entry fee on journey to the event. Prize Structure:Prizes individual 1 – 12Teams 1,2,3 (Scoring 3) Programme: 1st Year Girls 800m 1st Year Boys 1000m2nd Year Girls 1000m2nd Year Boys 1200m3rd Year Girls 1200m 3rd Year Boys 1500m4th/5th/ 6th year girls 1500m4th/5th/6th boys 2000m Each school is encouraged to bring along as many athletes as they wish, in other words: you may run as many as you choose in each race….Maximum entry fee per school: €60 / £5011th Secondary Level Schools Cross Country was last modified: August 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
“Everybody has seen the drop off since Silva left or maybe slightly before he left, but he has worked with him first hand and on a daily basis, so he’s backing his own judgement.“He must see the potential in him. Today £50milion is the going rate for potential, especially on the front line and if the player has goals in him.“But what I would be careful about is if you’re saying you’re buying potential, Everton fans don’t want potential.“They want the absolutely first class player now, to play now to try and rival their big rivals down the road and try and get into Europe.“So if you’re buying Richarlison as a future player, that’s not what Everton fans want to see. They want to see the team right up there fighting with the best and fighting for the top four.” Sam Allardyce has sent a warning to Everton over their rumoured £50million deal to sign Watford’s Richarlison. 3 3 READ MORE: ‘Richarlison is worth £50m’, former Everton striker tells talkSPORTAllardyce believes new Everton boss Marco Silva – who was in charge at Watford when Richarlison signed – must have seen something in the player to prompt such a big transfer fee.But Big Sam believes the Blues would be better off spending the money on a ready-made player who can help them fight for European football.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “They’re buying potential and obviously the manager believes he can realise that potential because he worked with him.“He burst onto the scene absolutely brilliantly last season. Watching his performance away at Chelsea, everybody was standing up saying, ‘what a player this is’.“But then Silva left and he was in and out of the team and didn’t progress. The former Toffees boss has told talkSPORT the Goodison Park faithful won’t be satisfied with ‘signing potential’ this summer.The 21-year-old Brazilian forward is believed to be in Merseyside for his medical with the Toffees, ahead of his big-money move from the Hornets.Richarlison only moved to Vicarage Road last summer in an £11m deal from Fluminense.He impressed initially, scoring five goals and putting in a run of dazzling displays early on in the season, before his form dropped dramatically and was in and out of the team for the remainder of the campaign.He made 41 appearances for Watford last season, but failed to add to his tally of five goals between August and November. 3 “Everton fans do not want potential!”Sam Allardyce has a warning for #Everton boss Marco Silva, who is set to sign Richarlison for £50m 💷Do you think Everton are paying too much for the Brazilian forward? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/xDa7dKSsg9— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) July 23, 2018 Richarlison impressed with five goals early in the season for Watford, but failed to score again in the rest of the campaign Everton manager Marco Silva wants to bring his former Watford star to Goodison Park