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Suggestions to save sugar (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,We have started the production of electricity from the baggasse at Skeldon. We can establish two others at Albion and Enmore to supply our grid! More revenue streams for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). In the absence of the hydro-power project, this offers an important source of renewable energy.Here again, the State-owned GuySuCo and GPL can partner to make this profitable for both companies. The social benefits of having reliable energy is incalculable. With cheaper energy more businesses can grow.With such a project, we can reduce the importation of fuel for electricity generation and even bring down the price to consumers. It is a win-win situation.On the agricultural side of the business, Indian technical assistance can make a huge contribution. GuySuCo spends millions to import fertilisers for the sugar cane. India is using liquid fertilisers made from the cane leaves and other materials now thrown away. The cost is a fraction of fertilisers coming as a byproduct of fossil fuel. Here too the rice industry can benefit. It will reduce their costs appreciable.We were experimenting with that while the PPP/C was in office. This is worth persuing with Indian technical assistance.We were also in the process of buying a compactor for baggasse so that we would make ‘bricks’ from the baggasse and use them in our boilers to eliminate the use of wood. That would save millions for the company. Successful trials were already done with the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) at the University of Guyana.At the factory level, we need to do much re-capitalisation. India is one for the largest producers of spare parts for sugar factories. Its prices are a fraction of the prices if parts are sourced from Europe and North America. This can be a major help to the industry and the country. It would help us to rapidly improve efficiency of the factories, increase recoveries and earn more.One of the most important benefits is the amounts of jobs that could be created; technical and good paying jobs for our youths leaving school.Right now, because GuySuCo is not hiring, graduates in agriculture from the University of Guyana cannot find employment. They are kicking bricks on the road.If the regime can remove its animus towards sugar workers and the industry and view the situation objectively, we could see that sugar will still play a leading role in the development of Guyana. All our people stand to gain, directly and indirectly.The Indian offer has now been acknowledged. Go for it and help our Guyanese people who are suffering from the lack of jobs and a slothful economy.It is time to have a national conference on the future of the sugar industry and stop the closures.Respectfully,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Paladin Black Sox swept on opening day

first_imgFort St. John’s Paladin Black Sox opened the 2010 Wheatbelt Baseball League season with a pair of losses to Grimshaw. Hosting the Huskies for a Sunday double-header, the Black Sox lost both games, by scores of 4-3 and 11-5.- Advertisement -The Black Sox will be joined in the Wheatbelt league this year by the Beaverlodge Royals (formerly Grande Prairie), the Peace River Stampeders, the Grimshaw Huskies, the Rycroft Rage, and a new team playing out of Cecil Lake, known as the Norwest Thunder. Fort St. John’s next game will be at the Norwest Thunder, on Wednesday (May 19) evening. By Jon Zackslast_img read more

APNU, AFC still to discuss PM candidacy for upcoming elections

first_img– despite AFC choosing Ramjattan as its PM candidateAs Guyana prepares for General and Regional Elections in the coming months, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) have not discussed its prime ministerial candidate although Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was selected to take up the post once the Government gets back into power.General Secretary of the PNCR, Amna AllyThis is according to Chief Whip of the APNU, Amna Ally, who during a press conference on Friday stated that the AFC is yet to officially communicate with the APNU as to who the AFC’s prime ministerial candidate.“With regard to endorsing Minister Ramjattan, we have not received any formal request, notification or whatever…We are still about to engage the AFC for consultation to deal with Cummingsburg Accord among other matters that are important, and so maybe, maybe that is going to be one that will come up for discussion but at the moment we have no notification or no request from the AFC about a prime ministerial candidate.”The last time the two parties were supposed to meet, she explained, discussions were expected to be focused on the Cummingsburg Accord. She is, however, convinced that the two sides will meet soon.Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan“There was supposed to be a meeting and that meeting did not come off but what I know is that the proposals were laid on the table. We have a team from the APNU side that is dealing with it and the AFC has a team. So, they are looking at the proposals and so on.”When questioned about the AFC’s proposals, Ali stated that she would be unable to disclose such, since she is not privy to that information as yet.“I am not part of that delegation that deals with the proposals. Mr Harmon and Ms Volda Lawrence are our representatives,” the PNCR General Secretary added.Ramjattan as PM candidate non-negotiablePrime MinisterMoses NagamootooHowever, just last month, General Secretary of the AFC David Patterson had stated that neither the PNCR nor any other member of the APNU can dictate or direct the selection of AFC for that party’s prime ministerial post.Patterson made those comments during one of his party’s press briefings and stated that the Cummingsburg Accord, which the AFC signed on to with the APNU, is still in existence, and as such, it is solely the responsibility of the AFC to choose its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections in Guyana.This Accord has expired but according to Patterson, “It is very clear that the AFC shall nominate the PM candidate and it is very clear that the APNU shall nominate the presidential candidate. I don’t see anything, I don’t know anything, there has not been any discussion and we would not entertain any discussion that changes that. And that is just the way it is”.His remarks came in response to questions by the media about a recent statement made by Chairperson of the PNCR Volda Lawrence, who had noted that although the AFC has elected Khemraj Ramjattan to be its next prime ministerial candidate — replacing Moses Nagamootoo in June — the APNU and the AFC are yet to meet on this new development.“The party welcomes the fact that the AFC party was able to have their conference and elect their new candidate for the Prime Ministerial position. The coalition and the AFC have not reached that stage in terms of discussion on the prime ministerial candidate,” Lawrence had noted.In accordance with the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position, while the presidential post goes to APNU. However, some believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a prime ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. The APNU alliance consists of five parties with the PNCR leading. The others are the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Nevertheless, following the AFC’s National Executive Conference on June 15, the party’s newly elected General Secretary David Patterson had told reporters that Ramjattan’s nomination will have to be accepted by the majority of APNU.“The Alliance for Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has made a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition… If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a prime ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a prime ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not,” Patterson had stated.PM Nagamootoo’s poor performance led to his oustingWhile the APNU fraction of the coalition earlier this year had already signalled support for its leader David Granger to return as presidential candidate, it was reported that sections of the AFC’s delegation felt that incumbent Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s performance over the years has not been up to par.However, earlier this year, AFC’s then leader and current Chairman, Raphael Trotman, had warned against replacing Nagamootoo, saying that it would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentlemen in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) having already ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the coalition back in December, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is expected to provide a date as early as possible for elections to be held.last_img read more

‘Mourinho is so competitive he’s trying to beat Rodgers to the sack!’ – Chelsea fans react to ANOTHER defeat

first_img[View the story “‘Mourinho is so competitive he’s trying to beat Rodgers to the sack!’ – Chelsea fans react to ANOTHER defeat” on Storify] Another game, and another defeat for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.After a losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to Southampton, the Blues have now lost four of their last seven Premier League games – as well as losing to Porto in the Champions League.And Chelsea fans seem to be losing patience with their ‘Special One’ after a awful display of defending from John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.See below for the best reactions to the defeat on social media …  1center_img Jose Mourinho last_img read more

The QPR v Tottenham quiz

first_imgIt’s a QPR v Spurs quiz with no mention of Gavin Maguire, Gurnham Singh or the cup final – at least not the ’82 one. We reckon you’ve more chance of playing in a cup final than getting the 10th question right, so see how many of the first nine you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-1]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Springboks outclass Scotland 28-0

first_img18 November 2013The Springboks turned in a dominant first-half performance and used a stubborn, physical defence in the second half to beat Scotland 28-0, scoring four tries to nil at Murrayfield on Sunday evening.“We will take four tries to nil in a test match any day of the week and I thought we produced a good performance in this match,” coach Heyneke Meyer said afterwards.“We knew what to expect from Scotland. They are physical and hard, and we knew they would have worked at halting our driving, so I must give credit to our forwards coach Johann van Graan for the way he changed our drive set-ups.”Evolution and improvementThe evolution and improvement of the South African team this season was evident in the inevitability of the outcome of the contest against a team that has in recent times provided the Boks with some difficult games, including a tough 30-17 win earlier this year in Nelspruit and a 17-21 loss in 2010 at Murrayfield.Such was the Springboks’ control of the match that a boisterous crowd before the test became extremely subdued only minutes into it.Coach Meyer would surely have been most pleased by the fact that his charges made their opportunities count.They twice had lineouts five metres from the Scottish try line and turned both into tries.Opening tryThe first came within the opening five minutes after the Springboks had laid siege to the ball and taken it through phase after phase before winning a penalty which Patrick Lambie kicked for the corner. Willem Alberts then crashed over for a try.The second came from the sole chance the Boks had in the second half and they once again blasted through the Scottish lineout defence for Coenie Oosthuizen to score their fourth try of the contest. The throw-in had been earned after strong defence turned into attack and a pinpoint downfield kick by Bryan Habana forced the Scots to hack the ball into touch, with Jaque Fourie applying the pressure.Scotland struggled to win lineout ball in the first half and that contributed hugely to the South African dominance.“The line-out was another area we worked hard on, and it paid off with our performance in that phase in the first half,” coach Meyer commented. “Unfortunately we didn’t get much ball from the lineouts later in the game when it was wet, which was frustrating.”Enhanced reputationFullback Willie le Roux continued to enhance his reputation and proved again that he could be effective in the heavier conditions of the northern hemisphere by scoring one and creating another try.Le Roux’s five-pointer put an end to the Scots’ first concerted attack of the first half when he intercepted a pass and raced 70 metres to score under the uprights.Shortly after that, Le Roux broke through the Scottish backline, sidestepped a defender and then, with a final defender in his way, picked out JP Pietersen, playing in his 50th test, with a beautiful, kick out wide to the left where Pietersen gathered the ball and slid across the line for a superb try.BreakdownLock Richie Gray was in the Scottish line-up on Sunday, but the value of Richie Gray, the Boks’ Scottish breakdown coach, was evident in the South African performance. They totally controlled the breakdowns in the first half, easily holding onto possession, while in the second half they slowed down Scottish ball and forced the hosts backwards time after time. Contrast this with the first meeting of the teams in Nelspruit in June, when the Scottish loose forwards made hay, and the difference is night and day.Jaque Fourie, playing only his second test since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was superb in marshalling the Springboks’ backline defence. The Scots were repeatedly forced to cut back inside to try and force open a gap by the South Africans’ umbrella defence and almost every time they did that the ball carrier was met by two tacklers.‘Pleasing’“I wanted to work on our defence, and the fact that we kept the Scots to no points is pleasing,” said Meyer.“We have now scored seven tries on this tour and the opposition hasn’t crossed our line. That is a tribute to both our organisation and our attitude.”Further evidence of South Africa’s improvement was the smooth transition the team made after Meyer sent on a host of replacements in the second half.In the past this would inevitably have resulted in more fractured play for the Boks, but that has not been the case this season. The transitions have been smooth and those coming on have made an impact, indicating that the entire squad is contributing meaningfully to the Springboks’ success.South Africa’s final test of their tour takes place against France at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Ntando Makwela: The Dynamic Kid

first_imgPhoto supplied by Ntando MakwelaPlay Your Part Ambassador, Ntando Makwela is a 16-year-old author and motivational speaker from Mulbarton, Gauteng.  He co-hosts a  show on an online radio station called Brand Live, where he motivates and inspires young South Africans to build their future now by focusing on growing and developing their talents.Published in December 2017, his book “The Dynamic Kid: 9 Keys to Unlock Your Future” is a self-help book  providing the reader with step-by-step guidance to becoming a dynamic person.Ntando is an aspiring physicist and spends a lot of his time reading, researching and writing books. He believes Africa is the future as it has more than 200 million young people between ages 16 and 24. He believes that young people can do anything they set their minds to.Ntando has partnered  with another young author, Megan Werner,  to build a sling aeroplane supported by 20 teenagers who will be selected from High Schools around Gauteng. Together they plan to fly the aeroplane as co-pilots from Cape Town to Cairo. The group will land in various countries throughout the continent where they will have public speaking sessions, sharing the stage with other leading young people to inspire, motivate and challenge young Africans from the South to the North of Africa. Prominent historic and tourist attractions will be visited to add adventure, fun and flavour to the trip. This adventure will be aired on a television series called “Molo Africa: From Cape to Cairo” ( track of Ntando’s endeavours on Twitter at @NtandoMakwela15last_img read more

Who Uses Social Networks and What Are They Like? (Part 1)

first_imgsarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#social networks#Social Web#Trends#twitter#web A study released earlier this year by Anderson Analytics looked into the demographics and psychographics of social networking users on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn with a goal of providing marketers with information about users’ interests and buying habits as related to their network of choice. The end result is a detailed look at the profiles and habits of social networking users on the web today. Some of the study’s findings echo things we’ve already heard. For example, Facebook users tend to be old, white, and rich. MySpace users are young…and fleeing. Other info is new: Twitterers are more likely to have a part-time job, LinkedIn users like to exercise and own more gadgets. Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!The Anderson study sampled over 11,000 GreenfieldOnline panelists (an online survey community) over an 11 month period to understand social networking services’ (SNS) reach and overlap among the U.S. Online Population. In May, the company surveyed an additional 5,000 panelists of which over 1,250 participated in an in-depth attitude and usage survey. They then grouped the participants into two categories: those who use social networks and those who don’t. To be considered a social network user, the participant had to use one of the sites in question in the past 30 days. Of course, not everyone is devoted to one social network alone. The study found that there is some overlap between sites, as shown in the chart below. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Social Networkers, in GeneralOut of the 110 million Americans (or 60% of the online population) who use social networks, the average social networking user logs on to these sites quite a bit. They go to social networking sites 5 days per week and check in 4 times a day for a total of an hour per day. Nine percent of that group stay logged in all day long and are “constantly checking what’s new.”Interacting with BrandsWhen it comes to brands online, the study found that:52% of social networkers had friended or become a fan of at least one brand,17% felt positive when seeing a brand on a social network,19% felt negative when seeing a brand on a social network,64% were neutral or didn’t care about brands on social networks,20% would like to see more communication from brands online,35% would not like to see more communication,45% were neutral or didn’t care.Social Networking Myths Shot DownA couple of interesting things that came out of the study included the debunking of some social networking myths. Social networkers are not as interested in friending strangers or creating “fake” friends to boost their ego. Out of the group, 45% connect only to family and friends and another 18% will connect only to people they’ve met in person. In other words, two-thirds are connecting to people they actually know. Only 10% of those surveyed said they will friend anyone.Also interesting is that only 15% of social networkers say they log on at work, thus debunking another myth about how prevalent social network use is at the workplace.Non-Social NetworkersThe study revealed the reasons why some online users aren’t into social networks. Surprisingly, it’s not because they hate technology – they spent just as much time on the web as the networkers do. Instead, they don’t use social media because either they don’t have the time, they don’t think it’s secure, or they think it’s stupid. Yet even out of the time-starved group, 22% report they’ll start using social media in 3 months and 27% said they’ll start using it in a year. Continue to Part 2 for details on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

How to Edit a Music Video Without Using Multi-Cam

first_imgMany music video editors work with multi-cam projects to increase speed while editing, but sometimes the best results call for a more traditional approach.Top image from Zophia CreativeAlmost every NLE today has some form of multi-cam functionality built in, and most of them work very well. FCPX in particular has one of the best multi-cam tools that I’ve ever used, and it’s been extremely helpful for editing music videos over the years. That said, more often than not, I prefer to cut music videos more traditionally, as I find it makes my choices feel more deliberate.Image from Richie Arellano PhotographyMulti-cam projects are a great way to get your video looking pretty good, pretty quickly. Once the project is set up, you can simply play through your track and click away on each camera angle, much like operating a live switcher. However, if you’re like me and you enjoy having as much control over your edit as possible, then these three tips will help you get the results you want while still saving you time in the edit suite.1. Sync & Edit the Performance FirstImage from K-Pop BuddyAssuming your video has a performance element to it, I highly recommend you start by working in that material, as it will be the backbone of your entire music video. Before dropping in any B-roll or storyline shots, simply stack up every last useable performance take on your timeline and create razor blade edits on important beats.Typically when editing a music video, I’ll make razor edits on every single beat of the song before I actually make any editorial choices. Once I’ve gone through the whole track, I’ll go through it again and delete the clips that I’m not going to use for each beat of the song. Although it takes more time up front to set up your project this way, it’ll save you a lot of time once you’re up and running.2. Be Very Specific With B-roll ChoicesImage from ShutterstockMuch like my recommendation to edit the performance on its own first, I recommend taking the same approach with your storyline or B-roll shots. Instead of throwing everything together in a timeline with the performance right away, edit your B-roll in its own timeline – much like a short film.Be very specific about the B-roll you select and only use the absolute best shots. That way when you edit it in with the performance (we’ll touch on that below), you won’t have to re-edit much of your material, as the majority of the legwork has already been done.3. Edit Nested SequencesImage from ShutterstockAssuming you’ve got two fully edited sequences – one performance and one B-roll – all you need to do now is combine them to create your final edit. My preferred method of doing this is by using nested sequences, or compound clips in FCPX.With this approach, you’re effectively only editing two tracks. Track One is your performance and Track Two is your B-roll. Of course, within each of those tracks, hundreds of edits have already been made. So when it comes time to editing the nested sequences, you really only need to choose between when to cut to B-roll and when to stay on your performance shots.Here are a few more resources from around the web that touch on the ins and outs of music video editing:These 5 Video Editing Tricks Will Make Your Editing Faster and Your Videos More Enjoyable to Watch – Fstoppers5 Editing Tips for Music Videos – Vashi NedomanskyEditing a Film to Music (Without it Becoming a Music Video) – PremiumBeatGot any advice for your fellow editors? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Why Bhutan so Strict About Entry of Indians

first_imgA Bhutanese truck on May 20 mowed down a motorcycle-borne youth at Milanpur along the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Barpeta district. Angry locals intercepted the killer truck and set it on fire, while another truck from Bhutan was victim of the situation.Read it at NE Now Related Itemslast_img