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Draxler, an old desire of Seville that reappears

first_imgSevilla intends to strengthen its lead in January and the club is reassessed trying to sign an attacker who was already on the club’s radar seasons ago. This is the German Julian Draxler, currently in the ranks of a PSG in which his role this season is being more than scarce. The possibilities of Sevilla go through an assignment, since both the player’s record and the state of the accounts after a summer of large investments and greater difficulties to place discards do not allow another formula. In fact, the club intends to repeat the modus operandi that led Jovetic to play in Nervión in the second round of the 16/17 season. Draxler plays little in the PSG.Draxler accumulates this course just over 500 minutes in eight games between Ligue 1 and the Champions League. The player wants to be in the next European Championship with Germany and a hypothetical arrival in Seville would make his chances of being cited by his team increase exponentially.last_img read more

Seven survivors of Malaga who descended two years ago

first_imgOn April 19, it was two years since Málaga’s embarrassing mathematical descent to the Second Division. It occurred with five days in advancen, after losing in the City of Valencia against Levante with a goal in the last breath scored by Boateng. That disastrous season, Perpetrated by Abdullah Al Thani, it was another chapter of the unbridled race of troubles and misfortunes to which this club is subjected by the management (?) of the horrific Twitter president and his idle children, sybarites on all trains and, in their free ratillos, directors of the entity.Málaga used two coaches, Míchel and José González and 37 soccer players, 37! It is said fast. Of this cast, only seven remain. They are Cifu, Diego González, Luis Hernández, Juankar, Adrián, Juanpi and Esteban Rolón. The first six have had discontinuous prominence motivated by injuries. In fact Cifu has left his starting position on the right side to Ismael Casas. Accumulate 2028 minutes spread over 25 games. Adrian, the captain adds 1,891 minutes (22 games). Juankar had found some stability after leaving behind his long streak of injuries (1,932 minutes, 25 games).Diego González, left-handed centerback, has been forced to help as a left-back (1,628 minutes, 22 games), while Juanpi was struggling to get out of his tunnel and began to emerge (1,579 minutes in 24 games). The most used is Luis Hernández, who has played 28 games (2,408 minutes). The case of Esteban RolónThe case of Esteban Rolón is particular. The Argentine was personally signed by Al Thani upon payment of 3.2 million euros. He has only played with Malaga for 515 minutes, 415 in 2017-18 and 90 this season (matches only, 7 and 2) is a problem for the club that has been trying to find a way out for some time. His contract ends in 2022.But there is another significant example of that deplorable season. Only seven footballers of that squad left money in Malaga after being transferred Roberto Rosales (one million euros from Leganés), Recio (two million from Leganés), En Nesyri (5.3 million from Leganés), Paul Baysse (one million from Girondins de Bordeaux), Fede Ricca (three million from Brujas) and Ontiveros (7.5 million from Villarreal). The rest nothing. Miguel Torres withdrew, others returned from a loan, some of them dilapidated like that of Ideye that came out through a kidney. Another season to forget, with the worst to come.last_img read more

Asian otters gain protection from the pet trade

first_imgArticle published by Erik Hoffner Animals, Cites, Conservation, Environment, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Pet Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade The smooth-coated otter and the Asian small-clawed otter are now on the CITES list of animals with the highest level of protection from the wildlife trade.Asian small-clawed otters are particularly sought after as domestic pets and for ‘otter cafés,’ where wild otters are forced to interact with paying customers.Conservationists say that a trade ban was vital for the survival of the two species, whose numbers in the wild have fallen by at least 30% in the past 30 years. Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to place the smooth-coated otter and the Asian small-clawed otter on the list of animals with the highest level of protection from the wildlife trade.The recent CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland considered many proposals and issued new protections for numerous species including giraffes, sharks and rays, and many more. CITES does not determine the risk of extinction of species, which is the domain of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its Red List of Threatened Species, but rather CITES’ role is to ensure that international trade in wild animals does not threaten their survival in the wild.Conservationists insisted a trade ban was vital for the survival of the two species, whose numbers in the wild have fallen by at least 30% in the past 30 years.When asked how important the actions are, Paul Todd, Senior Attorney for the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), told Mongabay, “The Appendix I listings for small-clawed and smooth coated otters were a vital step in reversing the decline of these species throughout their range. The range countries will have to take added measures to reduce poaching and enforce against illegal trade in the species, and the listing sends the right signals to the marketplace that these species are in trouble and are not available for use as pets or for other reasons.”A formerly wild otter in a Tokyo café bites its tail, a sign of stress. Image by Aaron Gekoski for World Animal Protection.The pet trade that supplies phenomena like ‘otter cafés’ in Japan, where customers can handle otters plucked from the wild as pups, is the most visible reminder of these animals’ plight. In these establishments, otters can be heard whimpering, shrieking and making distress calls while customers are interacting with them.Aaron Gekoski, one of the filmmakers behind the recent investigative documentary “Pet otters: the truth behind the latest wildlife craze,” told Mongabay, “During our investigation it became evident quite quickly that otters do not make good pets.” [See that interview and Gekoski’s sobering images here.]Good pets or bad ones, do these actions protect these species being trafficked for otter cafés and for the pet trade?“Yes,” says NRDC’s Todd. “Asian small-clawed otters in particular are taken as pups for use as pets and attractions, in large part because they are the smallest of the otter species and their range is nearest to where the demand is highest, especially Japan.” But, he continued, “Smooth-coated otters and even the rarest of all otters, the hairy-nosed otter, have been found in trade, including trade in live animals.”Despite these truths, the conservationist is hopeful: “The Appendix I listing will help increase enforcement attention and ensure that any trade in captive bred specimens is from legitimate sources, not from the wild.”That remains to be seen, but it’s certain that these Asian otters need all the help they can get.Banner image: Internet star Takechiyo lives in a private home and here takes a rare break from play. His owner warns against keeping otters as pets. Image by Aaron Gekoski for World Animal Protection.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 13, 2019

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsBeekeeping in the Amazon is improving lives and helping to stave off deforestation, according to environmentalists (The Guardian).NGOs are fighting with local groups to halt deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Phys.Org).Two members of a tribe engaged in defending the Amazon were killed on Dec. 7 in Brazil (The Wall Street Journal).Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro writes off young climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “brat” (The Hill) …… While his environment minister asks for help from other countries in the fight against deforestation (The Hill) …… And France sidesteps Brazil’s national government in favor of helping individual states protect the Amazon (The New York Times).The fragmenting of forests hits wildlife hard in the tropics, a study has found (Earther, The New York Times).A multi-decade project in India to secure land rights for indigenous people has won a gold prize at the World Habitat Awards (Reuters).After a decade and a half of declines, malaria cases have plateaued, raising questions about approaches to prevention of the disease (The Economist).The reefs at the mouth of the Amazon River are making a comeback (Hakai Magazine).Other newsDeforestation is partly responsible for the expanding range of a disease-carrying tick in the eastern U.S. (WMTW).A new documentary follows elephant hunters in Africa (The New York Times).An artist is working to capture the threat of extinction through her art (The Revelator).Lawmakers in California approve a one-year moratorium on the ability of insurers to drop customers because of the climate change-induced rise in the state’s forest fires (The New York Times).Ship strikes of whales in the Canary Islands are on the rise in connection with a high-speed ferry service (Hakai Magazine).Temperatures hit near-record highs in the Arctic this year, scientists say, which has led to less sea ice (The New York Times) …… While a new report suggests that the warming Arctic region is releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide (The Washington Post).Conservation scientists lay out what they see as the most important stories in 2020 (Ensia/Trends in Ecology & Evolution).Tanzania put in place the first national giraffe conservation plan as threats to giraffes rise (IPP Media).Mimicking the flight of geese may help airplane designers in the quest to save fuel (The Economist).Tanzania’s president signed off on East Africa’s largest national park (eTurboNews).2019 saw the discovery of 71 species of plants and animals that were new to science (CNN).A scientist draws parallels between racism and the way coyotes are treated in the U.S. (University of Washington Magazine).Pigeons in Las Vegas have turned up wearing tiny cowboy hats (The New York Times).South Africa has put out a call for a continent-wide response to climate change in Africa (EnviroNews Nigeria).Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls has nearly dried up amid “the worst drought in a century” (The Guardian).Oxygen levels in the world’s oceans have dropped precipitously in the past 50 years, a new report has found (The New York Times).Safari-goers paying top dollar can get hands-on in conservation projects, like collaring elephants (The Telegraph).Banner image of a giraffe in Tanzania by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Barcelona loaning winger Deulofeu to Watford

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina CEU, St. Clare hurdle rivals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The 23-year-old Deulofeu joined Barcelona as a nine-year-old in 2003, making his first-team debut at 17 in 2011. He was loaned to Everton and Sevilla, and signed by the English club in 2015. Two years later, he moved to AC Milan, and was re-signed by Barcelona this season.He was touted as a potential replacement for Neymar after the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason, but gradually faded from the starting lineup after lackluster performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBarcelona eventually boosted its attack by signing young France forward Ousmane Dembele and Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments FILE – A Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 file photo of Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Barcelona says Gerard Deulofeu is joining Watford on a loan until the end of the season. Barcelona says the English club will be paying the winger’s salary and a possible add-on of one million euros ($1.2 million). (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says Gerard Deulofeu is joining Watford on loan until the end of the season.The English club will pay the winger’s salary and a possible add-on of one million euros ($1.2 million), Barcelona said on Monday. No details on the add-on were immediately available.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Amputee Lone Star, USA Friendly Postponed

first_imgThe Liberia Amputee Football and Sports Association, (LAFASA) and the United States Amputees Football Federation have jointly postponed the August 9, 2014 international friendly football match in Maryland, United States of America.A dispatch from LAFASA’s International Coordinator in Minnesota, Minneapolis (USA), Mr. Duannah Siryon, said both organizations agreed to postpone the match due to the Ebola situation in Liberia.According to Mr. Siryon, it’s not time for a fund driven event but a time for all Liberians to join hands with the Liberian government and civic society organizations in the Ebola awareness campaign.The August 9, friendly was also to prepare Ampu Lone Star to participate in an educational seminar at Morgan State University on August 12 and a visit to the United State Capitol to meet with several U.S Congressional representatives on August 13.The leadership of the Liberia Amputee Football and Sports Association is expected to meet with officials of the Ministry of Health to engage in the Ebola awareness campaign in the country.Amputee Lone Star, the triple African Champions, was invited by the U.S National Amputee Soccer Team to participate in a friendly match on Soccerplex Stadium, near Washington D.C.The match was a prelude to the World Amputee Cup scheduled to take place on November 30 through December 8, 2014 in Mexico with more than 28 countries participating.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All Guyanese must stand united

first_imgDear Editor,As expected, there is a storm in a teacup conjured by what Jagdeo said at Babu John. This time by a Government which has no claim to upholding the laws of this country. All Jagdeo did was that he made an emotionally loaded utterance which graphically depicts a course of action to deal with this coalition’s barefaced violation of our Constitution heralding a new type of dictatorial rule in Guyana. The late Jagan would have done the same!Since December 21, this coalition Government has done everything possible to destroy ethnic relations in Guyana. Therefore, It is quite hypocritical for the APNU/AFC and the MP Barbara Pilgrim to complain that Jagdeo’s statement runs counter to the country’s values of ethnic relations and social cohesion and “will only serve to create ethnic tensions and confusion in Region Six where I reside…I am, therefore, asking the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to apply its strongest possible sanctions available against the maker of this statement”. The coalition has done so many things to cause ethnic divisions when they closed down the sugar estates, yet the people remained united and the continued violations of our Constitution have yet to spark racial divisions so Pilgrim’s statement to the ERC is utter rubbish.On the other hand, the PPP’s Executive Secretary and MP for Region Six recognised that the current actions of the coalition have the possibility to create ethnic conflict and could have grave consequences for Guyana, its people and national harmony. This is not nit-picking like the APNU’s MP but based on realistic consequences. The coalition’s ‘acts and omissions’ with regards to the violation of Article 106 will have serious implications for ethnic relations and not the “chase them out” statement made by Jagdeo. Already, this violation and the refusal of the APNU/AFC Government is creating racial tensions as is evidenced by posts on social media. The statement did not connote violence against any particular ethnic group, it was a statement made against those who hold office in Government and who are of diverse ethnic bearings.This ‘condemnation’ of Jagdeo’s statement is an attempt to silence the voice of the PPP’s leader so that civil society remains docile not unlike the PNC’s dark era from 1964 to1992. They feel that if you muzzle the leader then you can muzzle his followers. On many occasions, PPP officials were not only chased out of PNC-dominated areas but were physical manhandled and brutalised. Jagdeo is not asking for that, he is simply saying to tell them ‘you are no longer the President or the Prime Minister or a Minister and you should not be here in that capacity…you are illegally usurping that position, so get out of here!’ This will be done by mass protests and demonstrations not by violence. The PPP is not a party of violence and has never pursued that path, it has always been one of non-violence and non-co-operation.It will really put a strain on a reasonable man’s imagination to conclude that Jagdeo’s statement promotes ethnic conflict and disharmony. There was no ‘call to violence or a breach of public order’ and to interpret the statement as such is to take away of our democratic right to reject what is illegal and unconstitutional.All Guyanese must stand united and reject this Government which becomes illegal after March 21, 2019.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Serial robber shot, arrested at Springlands

first_imgPolice on Sunday morning shot and injured a man who was wanted for a series of robberies while trying to arrest him at Springlands, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Commander of Police B Division, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam has confirmed.The wanted man was identified as Kevin Padmore.Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam said that Padmore was wanted for a series of armed robberies, simple larceny and larceny offences, committed in Berbice.A police report stated that at about 10:20h on Sunday, Police at the Springlands Police Station received information that Padmore was at a house in Scottsburg.Ranks went to the address and conducted a search, however; they came up empty-handed.A rank then proceeded to search a clump of bushes nearby where he found the wanted man hiding. During the arrest Padmore was shot to his thigh.He was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was admitted and remains a patient under police guard.He is listed as stable, and is likely to appear before the Court soon.last_img read more

Rice doing better – Agriculture Minister

first_img…as farmers face rising production costsDespite the mounting challenges many in rice industry continue to face, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is maintaining that rice is doing “much better” than it was a year ago.Speaking with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Minister Holder noted the challenges of heavy rainfall.“We had the tremendous rainfall and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) was able to bring relief, tremendous relief to the coastland …. I think in Region Two [Pomeroon-Supenaam] and Region Six [East Berbice-Corentyne] and this brought tremendous relief flood-wise. Rainfall is on right now, as you know and flooding is not occurring… during El Niño… the NDIA was able to bring water by tapping creeks further upstream to give farmers relief on the coast. So of the areas planted, only about four per cent (of the rice crop) was lost due to (the) El Niño situation,” the Minister pointed out.According to Holder, for the first rice crop of 2016, some 91,072 hectares of rice was planted. At the end of March, 93,582 tonnes had been exported which is “six per cent more” than the corresponding period for 2015, which was 88,286 tonnes.The Minister explained that despite Guyana losing the PetroCaribe market it had with Venezuela, shortly after the coalition Government took office in May 2015, rice is in a much better situation as it relates to markets. He said Government has been exploring and establishing new markets and has been able to increase the market share for Guyana’s rice, “at prices above world market prices so the rice industry is not really in that much crisis as people try to say”.Amid calls by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic for Guyana to re-enter the Venezuelan rice market, the Minister said,President David Granger is open to negotiations with Venezuela on the establishment of a new rice dealAgriculture Minister Noel Holder“Guyana has met all the shipments to Venezuela, but Venezuela will not, bearing in mind the price of rice and oil prices now hovering around US$30 a barrel or slightly above, enter into a similar agreement.”However, President David Granger had outlined in his weekly televised “Public Interest” programme that his Government could look at reopening the rice deal with its Spanish-speaking South American neighbour, if negotiations go well with his Ambassador, Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministers. These fresh statements were a contradiction to earlier claims as posited by the Agriculture Minister.“I did meet with the Ambassador before she left for her post and I did say that we are interested in that market. It came to an end. The agreement came to an end and we need a new agreement. Both the Foreign Minister and Finance Minister are working at that, but we are also examining new markets in Latin America, including Panama and Costa Rica and Mexico. That is a clear objective and mandate given to Ambassadors,” the President noted.Holder also noted the recent Panama agreement for the purchase of 11,000 tonnes of rice. It was also noted that Guyana signed agreements with two Jamaican companies to purchase 80,000 tonnes of the country’s rice per annum. The companies have agreed to pay the Guyanese millers US$400 per tonne.However, parts of the Jamaica rice contract were lambasted with the expressed view that the deal was void of rationale, since the cheapest rice rates in Jamaica comes from the United States market which sells at US $550 per tonne.The Rice Producers Association (RPA) Action Committee Co-Chairman, Dr Turhane Doerga told Guyana Times in March that based on his assessment of the contract, if anyone else wanted to sell in Jamaica, they would have to sell at a minimum 1500 metric tonnes at US$475.“The US$75 per metric tonne is what the boys will be splitting among each other,” he had alleged.Many rice farmers have been complaining that $1800-$2000 per bag of paddy cannot pay because of rising maintenance costs, being owed by millers and hefty loan repayments. Farmers are also calling on Government to provide subsidies on fertilisers.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali has called for a return of the subsidy on milling equipment which can also reduce rice production costs, thus easing some of the burdens in the rice industry.last_img read more

12th Graders Start WAEC Exams Without Incident

first_imgStudents of the Nathan E. Gibson Memorial sitting the exams yesterday in MonroviaBy David S. Menjor and Alvin WorziOver 31, 000 12th graders from across Liberia yesterday began taking the exams administered annually by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) without reports of any difficulties.Yesterday’s exams were conducted without reports of any malpractice that has over the years characterized the exams.WAEC is an annual public test administered in The Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia to students leaving grades 9 and 12, respectively.Although journalists from the Daily Observer were not allowed access to some of the centers including the Paynesville Community High School, Voker Mission, Effort Baptist, William Gabriel Kpolleh High School, Assembly of God Mission High School and Nathan E. Gibson, they managed to observe that the testing process started on time.Meanwhile, 12th graders, who used to take two subjects a day from Monday to Thursday and one on Friday, started the exam with only Mathematics yesterday.The students are expected to take Chemistry and Literature today, Tuesday.One of the students said “We were told that it takes a long time to get the students seated on the first day of the test, which usually leads to completing the test late. I appreciate such idea, because students will no longer experience going home late on the first day of the test.”Last week, while the 9th graders were set to take the exams, WAEC Monrovia National Office announced the postponement without providing any reasons.The decision to reschedule the 9th graders’ tests came with less than 24 hours for them to sit this year’s exam.WAEC meanwhile rescheduled the 9th graders’ test from Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 to Thursday, May 29 and Friday, 30th. No explanation was offered by the Monrovia office up to press time last night.Following the abrupt decision last week, one Mr. Sherman reportedly forwarded emails to authorities of schools which were selected as examination centers, informing them about the change in schedule.Meanwhile, the Daily Observer learnt yesterday that one student, Abraham Kamara, from the Nathan E. Gibson Memorial High School, who was previously expelled from the WAEC on grounds that he did not register for the test, appeared to have sat the test.Madam Roberta R. Anderson, lead supervisor of the school, said records showed that student Kamara did not register for the test, but was pretending to be another student who was absent for yesterday’s exercise.“We got to know that this student was not a part of this examination verification of their names, ages, and sex. Our observation showed that this student went out claiming the space belonging to one Owenco Walker whose WAEC ID # is 318,” Madam Anderson said.The principal, Momo Kamara, expressed disappointment in Kamara for being unfair to himself. Meanwhile, up to press time last night, it was not established what action WAEC, even the Ministry of Education, would take against Abraham Kamara, who was obviously sitting the exam for Owenco Walker, and Walker, for trying to defraud the system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more