DDL, Agri Ministry partner for advancement of dairy sector

first_imgAs part of efforts to reduce the high import bill of dairy products, the Agriculture Ministry and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) are considering the implementation of a private/public partnership (PPP) to develop the local dairy industry to provide milk and dairy products.This was among the decisions taken on Wednesday when Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and a team from his Ministry toured the operations of DDL at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, during which there were wide-ranging discussions with a team from the local beverage giant headed by its Chairman, Komal Samaroo.The meeting also viewed a presentation by a visiting team of personnel from Tetra Pak, a Swiss headquartered company with which DDL is currently finalising anAgriculture Minister Noel Holder makes a point during the presentation at the DDL Boardroomagreement for the design and supply of a new packaging plant to be installed next year at Diamond. The presentation also included a system for the effective collection of fresh milk from dairy farmers.During the meeting, Minister Holder indicated that Guyana’s milk and milk product imports amount to about US$25 million and the production of milk locally would eliminate this expenditure, while creating jobs and generating revenue for local cattle farmers.He said there is a pool of animals in Guyana that can be converted to dairy production over the next five to 10 years. According to the Agriculture Minister, DDL with its technical, marketing and management expertise, is best suited to partner with Government to pursue the production of milk in Guyana.The Government of Guyana, through the Guyana Livestock Authority GLDA), will provide the required expertise inartificial insemination, embryo transplant techniques, pasture management and on farm development and milk collection activities.“There are synergies for us to work together and to access the needed resources through international agencies such as the World Food Programme,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Samaroo asserted that DDL is open to pursuing a partnership with the Government and will continue to engage in moving the process forward as part of the company’s diversification plans.On the other hand, the partnership will also seek to expand local juice production with the Agriculture Ministry embarking on a programme to encourage market driven agriculture.Wednesday’s visit by Minister Holder is the third by a Government Minister over the past three months as DDL and Government seek to work together to ensure a smooth and coordinated approach to the implementation of their respective development projects.Earlier visits were paid by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Finance Minister Winston Jordan. These followed visits late last year by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin.last_img read more

Ransom demand rejected – GPL

first_imgCyberattackThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc on Wednesday experienced a cyberattack on the company’s computerised systems. The attack occurred at about 04:21h and luckily, electricity supply was not affected by this incident. But, the power company did note that a ransom was requested.“The perpetrators of this act requested a ransom of bitcoins (digital money) to remove all encryptions from within the network. However, it should be noted that GPL Inc has not heeded to, and will not heed to, any such ransom,” the utility company asserted in a statement on Thursday.The company said in the missive that upon identification of this cyberattack, immediate actions were taken to isolate and prevent further spread of the malware. It noted that permanent corrective measures were taken, which included, but was not limited to, initiating an Information System quarantine.GPL said during this period, while the company assiduously worked to restore normalcy, there were service interruptions for customers visiting its offices attempting to submit queries and new service applications since the Customer Information System was taken offline.However, it was noted that service was incrementally restored at the power company’s commercial offices and customer call centres between Friday, February 8, and Sunday, February 10.According to the power company, its prepaid customers were able to purchase tokens during this period as per normal.“GPL has commenced the process of strengthening its cyberattack mitigation measures and disaster recovery planning strategies in alignment with industry best practices. It is therefore fitting, that we advise and encourage local companies with computerised systems to review their existing cyber security systems and disaster recovery plans also,” GPL implored.The company expressed sincere appreciation to public and private entities that offered support and assistance during this period of disruption.This is not the first time local organisations have suffered from cyberattacks. Last year, there were reports of the Finance and Public Infrastructure Ministries being attacked. In one instance, the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s website sometime in May 2018 was taken over by Egyptian hackers.Meanwhile, back in January 2017, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) was forced to called cybercrime experts from the Police Force after a malware attack.In recent years, local authorities have taken steps to strengthen the country’s ability to defend itself against cyberattacks.In fact, the National Assembly last July passed the Cyber Crime Bill, which covers a wide gamut of offences regarding the use of data, illegal devices, system interference, fraud, child pornography, sedition and using a computer system to coerce, harass, intimidate, humiliate, etc. a person.Punishments range from multiple year jail sentences to fines up to $20 million for those found guilty.last_img read more

Education Ministry bans schools’ Christmas parties

first_imgThe Education Ministry has put an end to the annual Christmas party at public schools for students, and further introduced a new model of celebration in the form of a luncheon.In a notice sent out to educators and teachers, the Ministry said an observation showed that the party was an opportunity for students to behave inappropriately. Generally, this activity is held in the last week of the term before students go on their Christmas break.The document further stated that there have been complaints by teachers about the music played from loud music sets and the type of clothing worn by the children. For this reason, a Christmas luncheon will be organised instead.Education Minister Nicolette HenryThe new rule stated that all students are to be dressed in their uniforms and the luncheon is to be organised by the class teacher and conducted per class. Only Christmas carols should be played during this time.Further, “optimum” supervision from the teachers is required at all times and the Head Teacher must be aware of all ongoing activities. This event should conclude by 14:30h. Those who do not wish to participate must also be placed under supervision.Meanwhile, the Ministry has ordered for checks to be made for weapons, alcohol, and illegal drugs.“Supervision must be optimum. Class teachers must be with their students during the activity and Head Teachers must be aware of all class activities. Students from classes who are not taking part in the activity must be fully supervised. Checks should be made by teachers of students’ bags,” the notice outlined.One teacher told Guyana Times that many have already indicated that they would not be partaking in the new luncheon activities.Meanwhile, former Education Minister Priya Manickchand condemned this move on social media, stating that it implied that the Ministry was incapable of managing the schools in a manner which promoted social development.“It seems that the Ministry is conceding that it is unable to manage schools in a way that gives children wide and varied experiences that allow them to learn and socialise, even as they are taught to do so in a responsible manner,” her post indicated.last_img read more

Superintendent’s firearm stolen during EBD crash

first_imgCommandant of the Felix Austin Police College and former Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Police Force, Superintendent Shiverpersaud Bacchus, was on Friday morning robbed after being involved in an accident on the East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to reports, Bacchus is now a patient at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital, reportedly in a stable condition, as a result of the accident which occurred at about 10:30h on the Diamond Public Road, EBD.Guyana Times understands that Bacchus was proceeding north along the western carriageway of the Diamond Public Road when, in the vicinity of the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), two pedestrians who were standing on the western parapet suddenly crossed the road eastward, causing him to take evasive action.He reportedly veered further west to avoid a collision, and crashed his motor jeep, PNN 2849, into a fence.However, persons who appeared to have been attempting to lend their assistance to the officer reportedly removed a large sum of cash and Bacchus’s service revolver.The superintendent was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he received medical attention and was later transferred to the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, the GPF stated that Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine and a team of senior officers comprising second-in-command of the Force’s Administration, Assistant Commissioner Maxine Graham, DSM; Force Welfare Officer, Assistant Superintendent Jewel Sullivan; and Public Relations Officer Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, visited the officer.The Police have since launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

France, Germany fire blanks in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000From the resulting corner, the Paris Saint-Germain star made another stunning stop to keep out a header from Matthias Ginter. Photo/COURTESYMUNICH, Germany, Sep 6 – Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola spared his side’s blushes with a string of fine second-half saves as France battled to a 0-0 draw with Germany in their Nations League opener on Thursday.While France took to the field for the first time as newly-crowned world champions, Germany were looking to rebuild after a disastrous World Cup campaign. After a conservative first half performance, Germany upped the ante in the final 30 minutes of the game, but were repeatedly denied by Areola, France’s third-choice goalkeeper standing in for the injured Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda.After a painful World Cup post-mortem, Joachim Loew had promised a greater focus on defensive stability, and the Germany coach would have been happy after 20 minutes as his side kept France away from goal at the Allianz Arena.Germany, though, enjoyed little success at the other end. Timo Werner, who looked dangerous switching between the left and right flanks early on, was the first player from either side to unleash a shot, as he tested Areola on 17 minutes.Yet it was France who had the best chance of the first half, ten minutes before half-time, as an Olivier Giroud header sent Manuel Neuer scrambling across his goal to beat the ball away.France continued to threaten after the break, Antoine Griezmann forcing one save from Neuer in the 49th minute, and another in the 64th.As the rain began to fall heavily on Munich, the final half hour belonged to Germany, who, urged on by the home crowd, created several chances but were repeatedly denied by the Paris Saint-Germain and France goalkeeper.First, Thomas Mueller linked up elegantly with Marco Reus, whose curling shot was pushed away by a flying Areola.The French goalkeeper was called into action again moments later, denying a ferocious shot from Mats Hummels as Germany swept forward on the break.There was no time for Areola to catch his breath, however. Having turned Mueller’s looping ball over the bar, the PSG number one then pulled off a marvellous, one-handed stop from the resulting corner to deny Matthias Ginter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Proud’ Silva calls time on Spain duty

first_img0Shares0000David Silva won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships with Spain © AFP/File / Roman KruchininMADRID, Spain, Aug 13 – Manchester City midfielder David Silva on Monday called time on his distinguished 12-year international career with Spain.Selected for the first time in November 2006, the 32-year-old helped his country be crowned world champions in South Africa in 2010 and won two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012. “I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten” he said in a message on social media.“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.”Silva’s announcement follows on from the international retirement of centre-back Gerard Pique last week.Pique’s former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta ended his time with Spain after this summer’s disappointing World Cup finals campaign in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SOCCER: JOE BOYLE APPOINTED FINN HARPS U19 MANAGER

first_imgSOCCER: Joe Boyle has been appointed the new Finn Harps U19 manager and will take over the reins from outgoing boss Niall McGonagle.Boyle has had a distinguished coaching career and has worked his way up the FAI coaching ladder.Boyle is currently part of Noel King’s U21 backroom team and has worked with Ireland representative sides at U15, U17 and U19 level. He will bring a wealth of experience to the job and Boyle is regarded by many to be one of the best young coaches in the country.He has a glittering CV and was close to getting the Finn Harps first-team job before the club’s board decided to vouch for current gaffer Ollie Horgan instead.Boyle’s appointment is seen as a major coup by the club who have put great structures in place with the club’s academy.Former player Trevor Scanlon is head of the academy and he has also appointed former Finn Harps captain Declan Boyle as the club’s U17 coach. With Boyle taking over at U19 level the future for Finn Harps underage sides looks very bright.Ollie Horgan will be hoping his side can maintain their lead at the top of the table when they host Wexford Youths tonight.SOCCER: JOE BOYLE APPOINTED FINN HARPS U19 MANAGER was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps FCJoe BoylenewssoccerSportU19slast_img read more

USC notes: Carroll reverses his call

first_img Two of the best blocks were delivered by tight end Fred Davis and offensive tackle Sam Baker, who created the opening for Leinart to score. Davis’ blocking improved so much this year that he replaced tight end Dominique Byrd on the play. “I didn’t think we scored at first,” Davis said. “Then I saw Matt got in. I couldn’t believe it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week No gunners: USC’s punt team is already a weak spot after allowing two touchdowns in three games, but now the team is extremely low on gunners, the players who line up wide and race down the field when the ball is snapped. Desmond Reed, who is out for the season with torn knee ligaments, was one starter. The other starter, Brandon Ting, struggled on the play where Notre Dame scored a touchdown. And the primary backup, William Buchanon, is out with a hip flexor. “We’re going to have tryouts this week,” Carroll said. Josh Pinkard, who will probably replace Buchanon, as the nickel back is considered the top candidate to be a gunner and Carroll said he would decide this week whether to replace Ting. Reed’s also going to be missed on kickoff returns, where he lined up opposite Reggie Bush. Carroll said safety Darnell Bing would probably replace Reed. Freshman Cary Harris could also play a role on kick returns if necessary. Cornerbacks Mozique McCurtis and Will Harris, who are first-year players, will probably redshirt. Manic Monday: With an emotional victory over Notre Dame, Carroll emphasized forgetting the big victory on Monday to avoid a letdown against lowly Washington. “I’m concerned,” he said. “Everybody’s talking about the Notre Dame game. The effects of the game could linger. It can be a factor. We came out today and talked about not allowing it to distract us.” By the end of practice, Carroll was satisfied. “This is the best Monday practice by far,” he said. “Our most energetic.” Sartz surgery: Linebacker Dallas Sartz will undergo shoulder surgery next week and officially redshirt. “No one wants to sit out their senior year,” Sartz said. “It’s definitely been tough.” Sartz said he has only 17 units left to graduate and could graduate this semester. “I’m going to have to pick up a minor or something,” he said. With Sartz out, it’s likely freshman Brian Cushing will play this season, even though he did not play against Notre Dame. Cushing’s been out since the season-opener with a dislocated shoulder but was cleared to play last week. Not pleased: Carroll blamed himself for Notre Dame’s final touchdown drive, where USC’s defense appeared unprepared. Carroll calls the defensive signals. “I wish I could have helped our guys more,” he said. Jarrett OK: Carroll said wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who scratched his cornea, is fine and will play against Washington. On the turf: USC practiced on FieldTurf on Monday to prepare for Washington’s Husky Stadium, which has a similar surface. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img USC coach Pete Carroll does not believe in instant replay, but he used it Monday to apologize to his offensive line. Carroll criticized the offensive line during meetings for poor blocking on quarterback Matt Leinart’s heralded 1-yard touchdown run in the 34-31 victory over Notre Dame, but after reviewing films, he told the offensive line later Monday he was sorry. last_img read more

A mixed bag for shoppers

first_img One of those procrastinators is Andre Boshant. In years past, the 17-year-old would have already made some purchases by now. But this year, work has kept him busy and out of the malls. Still, he said, if he had more money, he’d already be shopping. “This year I will be all last-minute,” he said. Stevenson Ranch’s Kevin Kato typically falls into the same postponement pattern, but this year he’s about three-fourths of the way through with shopping already. He found more free time to shop this year after he was laid off. But during his down time, he found some bargains while browsing online. In fact, much of his shopping was done on the Internet, where he found toys for his son that were sold out at local stores, the 34-year-old said. Online shopping is giving retail shopping centers a run for their money this season. E-commerce sales reports say that shopping is at an all-time high, said Mark Schniepp, director of the Santa Barbara-based California Economic Forecast. Schniepp said that Internet sales at some point in time will replace or displace activity at malls. Still Schniepp predicted record-level sales at stores this year and said that the economy, especially in Santa Clarita, is especially vibrant because of the area’s affluent base. He forecast that even jobless Kato will soon prosper. “I don’t see any softness in the labor market,” he said. “People who want a job will find one because unemployment is so low.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But at the same time, many consumers are confused about the state of the economy and that can be reflected in their shopping habits as well, Kyser said. Many don’t know what to make of the economy, where some reports say job growth is steady, but at the same time some major corporations are laying people off. In addition, fuel prices have dropped considerably from the summer, but forecasts are warning consumers about high natural gas prices to come this winter, he said. This news can make people cautious depending on their situation, said Kyser, who added that nothing indicates that sales are down this year. He suspects that some are holding on to their money to see if more bargains will come along. “Wait and see,” Kyser said. “Christmas sales seasons always seem to be somewhat of a cliffhanger. People procrastinate.” SANTA CLARITA – With fewer than 20 days until Christmas, some local holiday shoppers on Wednesday said they were closing in on their lists while others had to handle this season’s gift buying with more caution than in the past. And then there were some such as 77-year-old Delores Smith of Santa Clarita, who said presents probably won’t fit into her tight budget this year, something she hopes that others will understand. “I don’t even know if I will have any money to do shopping,” Smith said. “By the time I get my bills paid, I don’t have too much left.” This mixed bag of shoppers is a reflection of today’s multispeed economy, where some sectors are doing well and others aren’t, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit business association. last_img read more

ROSARY OF HOPE FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR CANCER VICTIMS

first_imgGaoth Dobhair cancer support group Coiste Scaoil Saor ó Ailse will host three rosary evenings for people affected by cancer.The ‘Paidrín an Dóchais – Rosary of Hope’ candle-lit service will be held in the Garden of Hope behind Ionad Naomh Pádraig in Gaoth Dobhair.The rosary series will take place on the last Sunday of every month at 6pm. Candles of hope will be available in Ionad Naomh Padraig main hall and Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh will lead the attendance out to the Garden of Hope.Each night will be dedicated to different groups of those affected by cancer.Domhnach 27Ú Deireadh Fómhair / Sunday 27th October 6pm:Ag guí ar son daoine le hailse agus a tháinig saor ó ailse / Praying for all Cancer Patients & Survivors. Domhnach 24Ú Samhain (Mí Na Marbh) / Sunday 24th November 6pm:Ag guí ar son daoine a fuair bás le hailse / Praying in memory of those who have died from cancer.Domhnach 29Ú Nollag / Sunday 29th December 6pm:Ag guí do baill teaghlaigh agus lucht curam uilig/ Praying for loved ones, family members & caregivers.For more information visit www.scaoilsaor.ie ROSARY OF HOPE FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR CANCER VICTIMS was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:COISTE SCAOIL SAOR Ó AILSE.Gweedorerosary of hopelast_img read more