Major companies interested in closed sugar estates – Hughes

first_imgBy Michael YoungeSeveral major local, regional and international companies have already submitted proposals or are in the process of doing so to the Government’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) which was set up to manage the affairs of the three closed sugar estates and its assets.The entity is also tasked with looking at practical investments and divestment proposals from stakeholders who would like to embark on ventures following the closure of several of the country’s sugar estates.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes confirmed that already the response has been encouraging as she implored scores of dismissed workers toMinister Cathy Hughes addressed the fired sugar workers at Enmore on Fridaylook to their futures and move past the past.“We have a range of tremendous opportunities today… Let us stop the screaming and shouting and let us try to make the best with what is happening today,” Hughes said, as she referred to the behavioural patterns of some workers who only seem to see gloom and doom following their dismissals from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).“We have learnt the hard way that we can’t continue to put our money into something that is no longer profitable… not because of us but because the world is changing… we have to move with the times,” she stressed.She promised workers that “Guyana will always have some element of sugar but we have to reorganise. We will always need sugar for our local consumption… we will also need sugar for DDL… We are not going to throw that away… now is not the time to focus on all that happened in the past but how we were moving forward”.The Public Telecommunications Minister said it was time for the sugar industry to be modernised with a view of enhancing its productivity and competitiveness so downsizing the industry is just one step in a long overhaul process to arrive at the desired changes at GuySuCo.“The last six months instead of thinking about what we were going to do as we are going to be laid, we as sugar workers, were shouting ‘we got to get out severance… We have a range of individuals and international companies that are interested in Guyana and our sugar industry… you would have read that DDL said that they are interested… workers would be needed for that…”, she stressed.Explaining the mandate of the SPU, Hughes reiterated her point that here are several international companies that have already indicated to SPU that they are interested in Guyana.She said Government created that Unit because that is the entity that any company in any part of the world that are interested can come with their proposals.“There are big companies like Pepsi Cola and other companies that are already saying to SPU that we are working on our numbers and our plans… we coming and the SPU is taking their time to ensure that we have the best deal for Guyana… we don’t want no hurry work and then we realise that we can get a better deal.”“My friends at Nand Persaud have also said they have their own ideas about how they can invest,” the Minister disclosed. Workers, who have the skills will get the jobs, she related before saying, “I am trying to show that you have value and your skills are a commodity.”She disclosed that companies in India and Trinidad and Tobago have already approached the SPU about investment in Guyana and the now closed estates in order to roll out new projects.“I can’t come and give you the names of who the people are… I’ve got to wait for them to sow-up the deal because I don’t want to jeopardise their investments,” she said calmly.“I promise that this a process that we will be with you… All your knowledge is going to be available to all of those companies that are coming in the new sugar industry we are creating,” Minister Hughes insisted.last_img read more

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Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe

first_imgBongani Nkosi The Diski Striker vehicle is doing its bit toraise excitement for the upcoming 2010Fifa World Cup. Some of the interesting facts inscribed onDiski Striker.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Hall Head, James Hall Transport Museum+27 11 435 9485/6/7 or +11 435 9718An eye-catching minibus with a difference is currently zipping around Johannesburg to teach the public about the history of the Beautiful Game and build excitement ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which kicks off in June.The vehicle, which used to belong to the City of Johannesburg’s private fleet, has been kitted out in the colours of the South African flag, with side paneling that resembles a football and a giant black dung beetle on its rooftop. It’s called the Diski Striker – “diski” is the local township slang word for football.The Diski Striker’s football-shaped exterior is inscribed with interesting facts about the history of football across the world and new South African football trends, such as makarapas and vuvuzelas.It explains how the game of football developed and gives information on the various World Cups, starting with the inaugural tournament in 1930 – which Uruguay won – until 2006, when Italy became the champions in the German-hosted Cup.Peter Hall, head of the City of Johannesburg-owned James Hall Transport Museum, came up with the idea of the Diski Striker and developed it in April 2009. “The museum runs a lot of projects around education, and I knew that we had to do something for the World Cup,” he said.Spreading football fever“The vehicle has a means to communicate with the communities,” said Hall. “Children learn a lot from it.”It took Hall and his team at the museum six weeks to transform and revive the minibus, which had been destined for demolition. Their job included painting the vehicle, adding the metal football paneling to the sides and attaching the dung beetle to the roof. The friendly-looking beetle replica is made from steel, wire and fibreglass.Diski Striker was finally unveiled to the public in November last year and has been a familiar site on the city’s roads ever since.It has travelled around Orange Farm in the south of Johannesburg, about 45km from the city centre, and visited other disadvantaged areas in the city like Diepsloot and Alexandra townships. “It will also do a road show through these areas,” said Sue Reddy, a senior specialist at the City of Johannesburg’s Arts, Culture and Heritage department.“Diski Striker is used to educate and engage people on the big picture of the forthcoming 2010 event,” Reddy said. “The project is intended to add to a lasting soccer legacy.”Busy scheduleWith fewer than 150 days left until the World Cup kicks off, the Diski Striker has a busy schedule.Driven by the museum’s David Rikhotso and at times by Hall himself, the minibus stops at shopping malls, schools and other public areas around the city, such as parks. During each trip vuvuzelas and footballs – sponsored by the City of Johannesburg – are handed out to fans along the way.The museum has also launched an educational bus that is circuiting city schools and recreation centres to spread interesting information about the upcoming football spectacular.Hall said they are developing a mobile television bus, which they hope to launch soon. “It will be a moving fan park for children [during the World Cup].”History of transport in JohannesburgThe James Hall Transport Museum, situated in La Rochelle southeast of Johannesburg, details the history of transportation in Johannesburg over the centuries. Developed by the late James Hall, a car enthusiast, and the city council in 1964, the museum exhibits several modes of transport like vintage bicycles, motorbikes, steam locomotives, buses and trams.Peter Hall has built on his father’s passion for historic vehicles and still collects models for the museum. “There are all sort of vehicles dating from 1786 to 1980,” Hall said.“The museum has grown and we have plans to develop it further,” he added. “We would like to have a tram running across the museum.”The Diski Striker will become one of the museum exhibits after the World Cup. “It will definitely be part of the history and heritage of the country,” Hall said.last_img read more

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Are modern genetics worth the money?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistI have conducted a number of trials and comparisons over the years and generally have concluded that new is better when it comes to choosing a hybrid or variety. One such comparison I have been making over several years now is of a modern hybrid to open pollinated corn varieties. This may be used as a comparison for those who grow open pollinated corn for sale as organic, although I used herbicides here for weed control. For 2019, I compared a modern traited hybrid, an early modern traited hybrid, a modern open pollinated variety and several older open pollinated varieties.Reid’s yellow dent has a history with Ohio and has played a significant role in modern corn breeding. Green Field and Krug are selections from Reid yellow dent. They were all tall, and had some leaning problems, so looked like Reid across the board. I planted all the treatments at 28,000 seeds per acre. I got 90% plus germination on the modern genetics and about 65% stand on the older varieties. And this year with no derechos at South Charleston, they all stood reasonably well.Typically when I make this comparison between my modern hybrid and Reid’s yellow dent, I have about a 100-bushel advantage for the modern hybrid. This year, the differences were a bit more at 175 bushels per acre. I use this information when talking with consumers about the value of modern technology in plant breeding. As to why the Rea Hybrid did so poorly — raccoons love this stuff and took about 75% of the ears at roasting ear stage.Economics? I think you can do the math. Put in $4 per bushel and maybe $10 for the open pollinated varieties if sold as certified organic.last_img read more

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Kiefer Ravena misses chance to share floor with Alyssa Valdez as NLEX muse

first_imgNLEX guard Kiefer Ravena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena is going to be missing a lot when the PBA unfurls its 44th season on Sunday.Not only will Ravena be missing the opening festivities for the first time since joining the league, he will also won’t be able to share the floor his girlfriend Alyssa Valdez, who will be parading as muse for the NLEX Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte More S. Korean skaters come forward with sexual abuse allegations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Philippine Arena will host the PBA’s first game day this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Ravena almost a year into his 18-month Fiba-mandated suspension for testing positive for banned substances in February 2018 following Gilas Pilipinas’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.His ban, which extended to his club team duties, will end on August 24, 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Missing this year’s PBA opening especially with Alyssa Valdez as our muse. I’ll be back out there in no time,” said Ravena in a tweet.Missing this year’s #PBAOpening especially with @AlyssaValdez2 as our muse. Ill be back out there in no time 🙏🏽💪🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) January 9, 2019Instead, his longtime sweetheart and volleyball superstar Valdez will be walking with the Road Warriors, who are eyeing their first finals appearance this year, in the opener.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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2 SPOs trapped in JK encounter site; terrorists cornered: MHA

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were trapped in a building which was stormed by terrorists in a pre-dawn attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir while the attackers were cornered by security forces, the Home Ministry said today.In a statement, issued after Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the state, the ministry said the terrorists had been cornered in a set of government quarters and action to flush them out was in process.”The exact number of terrorists is still not known and the two SPOs of Jammu and Kashmir are trapped in the building where the terrorists have been cornered,” it said.The home minister expressed hope that the SPOs would be rescued safely soon.The meeting, attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and others, reviewed the ongoing encounter in Pulwama.Mehrishi told reporters that the meeting discussed the Pulwama attack in which two CRPF personnel and one Jammu and Kashmir policeman were killed.He said it was not yet clear how many terrorists were there–whether two or four terrorists.The home secretary said there were two SPOs on the sport but their fate is not known immediately.”Two SPOs were there. We are not sure whether they are safe. Some danger to their lives still exists,” he said.The home minister expressed profound sorrow over the death of a constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and two personnel of the CRPF and expressed condolences to the families.advertisementMilitants launched a major pre-dawn attack on a district police complex, triggering a massive gunfight in which one of them died while three others were still holed up after nearly 12 hours.The compound houses many residential buildings. PTI ACB AARlast_img read more

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