Government initiative needed

first_imgFrom time to time over the years, there have been talks of developing new agricultural industries.  The media, and in particular the Government-owned media, have carried reports, sometimes with photographs, conveying the impression that such industries would be income-earners within months.  For example, there was talk of the massive production of white potatoes quickly replacing imports, or of the production of turmeric and other spices.  Unfortunately, the optimistic hopes propagated to the public have never materialized.The various agricultural industries talked of were quite feasible to be developed, but the State never went far enough to accord effective incentives to prospective producers.The coconut industry is one which could be a money-spinner for the country. Coconut could be an industry which could produce scores of by-products for which there is an export as well as a local demand.  Coconut and its by-products are now in growing demand world-wide.  Coconut oil, which once used to be wrongly labelled as highly cholesterol, is now regarded as among the best cooking oils, many consumers preferring it to olive and canola oils.  It was therefore no surprise there was a recent report that a British investor was coming into the Industry.Most of the old coconut-growing families who had large estates have gone out of business. In the Pomeroon area, for instance, there is only one big producer left.  The Ministry of Agriculture and the Lands and Surveys Commission should be able to locate good coconut-growing lands and advertise for suitable takers.The economic advantages of the industry should be widely disseminated in both the print and electronic media.  The numerous profitable by-products which could easily be produced should be made known to the public, as well as the available markets should also be made known to producers.  NAREI has the capacity to offer some of the best technical advice to the industry, ranking among the best in the Caribbean and South America.The coconut industry seemed to have contracted over the last two decades:  Coconut oil has been largely replaced by foreign imports.  Dried coconuts are still exported, but in much less quantities than formerly.  Coconut fibre was widely used in upholstery, and fibre mattresses were once the preferred type.  Now fibre mattresses are never used.  Today a great part of coconut production is used to provide coconut water.  One producer exports it to Trinidad for canning.  The cans carry no reference to its Guyanese origin.Guyana has the ability and the capacity to produce all the spices used on the local market and the world market, but yet the country imports almost all of its spices.  NAREI  has long had an Indian expert helping in this field, and most of the spices demanded on the world market could be successfully and economically produced in Guyana.  Once there is the demand, NAREI could produce adequate planting material to satisfy all needs.As in the coconut industry, Government should take the initiative of freely giving out long-term leases, with guarantees of later freehold ownership once the crop designated is efficiently and profitably cultivated.  The knowledge of the use of many of these spices has to be resuscitated.  For example, turmeric is used as a pain-killer and a preventative of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and this quality of the spice is widely recognized.An infrastructure of international packing standards already exists in Guyana.  There is, for instance, the Beharry Group which has put on the local and export markets a number of spices with world class packing.Both the coconut and spice industries could become highly profitable within the next three or four years, but this could be achieved only if the Government makes available suitable land to prospective farmers, and offer intense agricultural extension services, soft loans and marketing exploration.  Government should take the initiative in this instance, and not depend on the private sector.last_img read more

Deputies seek beer burglar

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s deputies want the public’s help finding a burglar they say is seen on videotape stealing beer from a Lake Los Angeles grocery store. The video shows the burglar stealing two cases of Bud Light beer in an incident sheriff’s deputies say occurred in the early morning hours of May 24 at Saddleback Market at 170th Street East and Avenue O. Authorities released a still photo taken from the video of the burglar, a male Hispanic with a shaved head, wearing a white tank top, black pants and white shoes. The thief had fled the scene by the time sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 948-8466. (661) 267-7802last_img read more

You’ve never seen this show before…

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Oh — right the first time. It’s a bird. But here on the ground in Pasadena is a riot of colorful spandex and Lycra and leather, as contestants for Sci Fi’s new competition series “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” have assembled in an attempt to save the world from mundane reality TV. In the series, which premieres at 9 tonight, 11 contenders try to convince Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee that their original superhero creation is the most noble, vivid, valiant — and marketable. The winner will see his or her character immortalized in a comic book and future Sci Fi teleflick. Contestants go by such monikers as Cell Phone Girl, whose secret identity is Chelsea Weld of La Canada Flintridge, Monkey Woman (Mary Votava), Major Victory (Chris Watters) and Fat Momma (Nell Wilson). “Me and the kids came up with that,” Wilson, a single mom from Lancaster, says of her alter ego. “I knew nothing about comics or this show. My 14-year-old heard about it, and I said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ And we thought of an idea. I said, ‘Well, I’m fat and I’m a momma, so I’ll be Fat Momma.’ “ Wilson — whose costume is black and pink with doughnuts hanging from her belt — describes her character’s super powers: “I can grow five times my size when I get angry, and I can stomp, smash, knock you out of this universe. I can do the Fat Momma clap that stuns my enemies and gives me time to catch up with them. I can sing the Fat Momma song.” Yes, Wilson is one up on the others in that she’s already cooked up her own personal theme song. Cell Phone Girl, too, is a vision in black and pink, with a cell-phone carrier strapped to a vinyl boot. Weld boasts, “I can hear up to a mile away. I can scan an area, magnify it four times and memorize it, and teleport to areas. I can plug into the Internet and get information, like how to speak Japanese or dismantle an atomic bomb.” All useful in a crisis, no doubt, and if all else fails, then she can use the antennae that sprout from her cape to put somebody’s eye out. But life is not all rosy for Cell Phone Girl. “My kryptonite is no-service zones and hot guys.” And, presumably, exorbitant roaming charges. By contrast, Major Victory’s abilities seem to be limited to speaking in a deep bass voice reminiscent of a caffeinated radio announcer and filling out his red spandex uniform. Watters admits his character has his drawbacks: “I have a hearing loss, I’m lactose intolerant and have bad athlete’s foot.” Watters recalls, “I used to dress up as a kid in San Francisco as Batman. Then I moved to Modesto. That didn’t work out too well. They didn’t seem to go for it there in Modesto.” Votava’s Monkey Woman also drew inspiration from Batman; bananas circle her waste and dangle down her thighs. “Each of these bananas is a cleverly disguised weapon or tool, a la Batman,” Votava explains, “so I’ve got the grappling hooks, flashbombs, grenades, things of that nature. And, of course, one of them is a snack.” The world-saving wannabes all admit they — and each other — look pretty good in tights. “Superheroes are sex symbols,” Votava says. “It’s pretty obvious where I’m going with the whole Monkey Woman costume: fur bikini with bananas strapped to her utility belt. It’s a little obvious. But I don’t take it too seriously.” Lee, the creator of such famous superheroes as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, had misgivings about hanging out with such otherwise sentient adults “only when I found out how much time I would have to devote to it,” he says. “But I’ve got to tell you, each day I’m more and more excited about the show and more excited about the people who have been involved in the show, the people that we chose. I think it’s just a monument to our own brilliance that we chose these people because every one of them is terrific. I wish every one of them could have won.” Lee, as you may have noticed, is rather famous for his hyperbole. In the series, the crime-fighting candidates are given a series of challenges; Lee, the Donald Trump of the comics industry, then dismisses those he deems not-so-super. “I had a lot of fun with the challenges,” Weld says. “They weren’t testing our physical strength, but our character, integrity and heart.” But “Superhero” executive producer Scott Satin hints that some contestants may lapse over to the dark side. “Every supervillain that has ever been out there started out as good.” Though the winner may earn a certain notoriety, he or she won’t likely get rich: Lee will own the character they created. “The contract is very detailed,” Weld says. “We have no rights to our character we created, which is unfortunate, but they’ll give us a percentage of the profits.” “The winner has no rights: You should see the contract our lawyers drew up,” Lee says with a cackle. Even superheroes, it seems, are powerless against attorneys. “But,” Lee adds, “luckily, we’re kindhearted, we’re nice guys, and maybe we’ll give them a free copy of the book.” — David Kronke, (818) 713-3638 david.kronke@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Officials propose concessions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSix Flags spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg would not comment on the matter. The New-York-based company has announced that Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor may be among a half-dozen properties that could be sold to reduce the company’s $2.1 billion debt. Pulskamp’s July 20 letter says the city is “dedicated to both the preservation and economic growth” of the theme park, and requests a meeting at company’s New York headquarters to discuss matters. City officials have said annexation would be broached in the talks. Without explicitly proposing annexation, Pulskamp’s letter notes the city does not and cannot levy taxes on electricity, natural gas or telephone bills – on which the county imposes a 5 percent utility-user tax – and estimates if the park was within city bounds the company could save $200,000 a year if the combined utility bills totaled $4 million. The park’s sales tax revenues are confidential, but in 2005-06, Six Flags paid $1.7 million in property taxes, said Dorothea Park, of the county’s Office of Unincorporated Services. The county does not impose a business license fee and its admissions tax was discontinued in 1997. The Valencia parks are on Los Angeles County turf, just outside Santa Clarita city limits. Magic Mountain is among the county’s top sales tax sources, and county officials are not sitting idly as the city is reaching out. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s July 18 letter to Shapiro reiterates the county’s hope the site remains a theme park, and requests a meeting. “We’re looking forward to our scheduled meetings with Six Flags management to discuss the best way to ensure this vital recreational facility remains a significant economic and recreational resource for the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich. He did not say when the meeting is planned. Newhall Land and Farming Co., which built the theme park, owns land between the city and the park. While the agency that rules on municipal boundary changes has said a proposal to annex the site would be handled the same as any other annexation, Newhall Land spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer said earlier that Interstate 5 is generally seen as a dividing line between the city and county, and the ongoing projects in the area are planned accordingly. Pulskamp’s letter says park patrons would receive “improved public safety” if Magic Mountain was in the city. For the past two years, Six Flags has contracted with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department to provide police services. Lt. Mike Dunkle said those services would be reviewed as part of the annual contract review process within city limits, if needed. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Following word that the future of Magic Mountain is uncertain, Santa Clarita’s city manager has talked with the head of Six Flags Corp., wooing the company with the lure of lower taxes, beefed up marketing plans and a stronger police presence. “He was very interested in what we have to say,” said City Manager Ken Pulskamp of his conversation this week with Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro. “They are in the process of resolving other corporate issues right now, but they are interested in getting together in a couple of months to talk about proposals that are beneficial to the city and to their corporation.” No face-to-face meeting has yet been set. last_img read more

Stevenson and Morgan to be named in Scotland squad

first_imgStevenson has never been capped in a career that has seen him serve Hibernian for over a decade, winning both the League Cup and Scottish Cup in his time at Easter Road as well as being part of Neil Lennon’s squad as they finished fourth in the league this year.Morgan has risen to prominence at St Mirren and moved to Celtic in January, though he was loaned back to the Paisley side to aid them in their successful bid for the Championship title. Alex McLeish is set to hand first Scotland call-ups to at least two players when he announces his squad to face Mexico and Peru.Hibernian full-back Lewis Stevenson and Celtic winger Lewis Morgan will both be included in the travelling party for the end of season trip, STV understands.The national team face Peru in Lima on May 29 and then travel to Mexico City for their second game on June 2 as McLeish looks to shape his squad for the upcoming Nations League.The manager will name his squad on Monday and will hand opportunities to Stevenson and Morgan.last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 9.12.17

first_imgInmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Quick, Corey A View Profile >>> Charges:3 Out of County Hold Bond:$75005 Release Date:09-11-2017 – 11:16 am Hanson, Charles C Booking Date:09-11-2017 – 8:04 pm Booking #:97615 Booking #:97584 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Goens, Gavin G Stanley, Carson E Release Date:09-11-2017 – 10:01 am Booking Date:09-11-2017 – 4:10 pm View Profile >>> Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-44.1-3-1(b1) Resist LE w/dw w/veh w/risk35-48-4-1.1(a) Dealing in Meth35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-10 Dealing in Marijuana/Hasish Bond:$2005 Release Date:09-11-2017 – 7:17 pm Bond:No Bond Booking #:97604 Booking Date:09-09-2017 – 7:38 am Booking Date:09-08-2017 – 12:05 am Bond:No Bond Release Date:09-11-2017 – 9:16 am Charges:35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior View Profile >>> Hickey, William D Bond:No Bond Booking #:97614 View Profile >>> Bond:$705 Booking #:97245 Anderson, Melvin R Booking #:97023 Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation Booking Date:08-25-2017 – 10:39 pm Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Booking Date:06-08-2017 – 3:55 pm Swaney, Richard F Release Date:09-11-2017 – 9:01 am Release Date:09-11-2017 – 3:16 pm Booking Date:03-22-2017 – 3:21 am Martin, Pascual Bcenter_img Release Date:09-11-2017 – 3:16 pm View Profile >>> Charges:9-30-10-17 Driving/Forfeiture after life35-44-3-3 Resisting Officer9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed35-44-3-3 Resisting Officer View Profile >>> Charges:35-48-4-1 Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic35-48-4-1 Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic35-48-4-1 Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia35-43-5-2(a) Counterfeiting16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe35-48-4-1 Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic35-48-4-6 Possession Cocaine or Narcotic35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-44-3-9 Trafficking with anInmate Bond:No Bond Roger, Gabrielle A Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-04-2017 – 10:21 pm Booking #:97600 Booking #:97373 Release Date:09-12-2017 – 12:31 am Booking Date:07-14-2017 – 8:46 am Hamilton, Tamra N Booking #:97593 Bond:$3005 Booking #:97511 Wireman, Ashley Booking Date:08-03-2017 – 1:46 pm View Profile >>> Bond:$705 Release Date:09-11-2017 – 8:46 am Bond:No Bond Booking #:97239 Charges:35-43-2-1.5 Residential Entry35-43-1-2 Criminal Mischief Booking Date:07-12-2017 – 6:27 pm Charges:35-44.1-2-9(a) Failure to Appear felony charg Booking #:96533 View Profile >>> Charges:35-42-2-1.3(B2) Domm Batt in pres of child Bond:No Bond Release Date:09-11-2017 – 11:46 am Poindexter, Bobby A Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Booking #:97612 Booking Date:09-12-2017 – 3:21 am Riley, Andrew R Booking Date:09-05-2017 – 5:18 pm Charges:8 Parole Violation Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalialast_img read more

Gardai appeal for the whereabouts of missing Stranorlar man

first_imgGardai are appealing for the whereabouts of a missing Stranorlar man.The family of Mark Fields say they are becoming increasingly worried about his welfare.The 56 year old was last seen almost a week ago. He is being described as 6 ft tall, brown hair which is greying slightly and is of slim build.He was last seen in the Drumkeen area on Wednesday last but lives in Stranorlar and may have been wearing black or dark coloured clothing.His son Andrew says they are growing increasing worried for his welfare and are urging anyone with information to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100.Gardai appeal for the whereabouts of missing Stranorlar man was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marshfield boys hockey shut out by Chippewa Falls in WIAA regional final

first_imgTigers finish season with 10-14-1 recordBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCHIPPEWA FALLS — The Marshfield boys hockey team’s season came to an end Thursday night with a 4-0 loss to Chippewa Falls in a WIAA regional final at Chippewa Falls Ice Arena.Jordan Steinmetz had a hat trick for the Cardinals, including two goals in the opening 12 minutes.Chippewa Falls outshot Marshfield 54-13, with Cardinals’ goalkeeper Jaden Hoople saving each of the Tigers’ attempts.Marshfield finishes the season with a 10-14-1 record.Chippewa Falls (19-6) moves on to a sectional semifinal at home against the winner of Friday’s game between Eau Claire North and Ashland on Feb. 23.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 4, Tigers 0Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0Chippewa Falls 2 2 0 – 4First period: 1. CF, Jordan Steinmetz (Lucas Steinmetz), 6:50; 2. CF, J. Steinmetz (L. Steinmetz, Zech Wills), 12:01.Second period: 3. CF, Wills (J. Steinmetz), 0:15; 4. CF, J. Steinmetz (L. Steinmetz), 11:45.Saves: M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 51; CF, Jaden Hoople 13.Records: Marshfield 10-14-1; Chippewa Falls 19-6.last_img read more

South Africa’s Western Cape invests in e-learning

first_img23 February 2015Premier Helen Zille and Education MEC Debbie Schafer outlined the details of the e- learning project the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is rolling out across the province.“This is a very exciting initiative that has taken years of planning and has the potential to make a major contribution towards improving the quality of teaching and learning in the province,” Schafer said ahead of the announcement, on 23 February.The strategy includes a number of components that are critical for e-learning in schools, namely:The linking of schools through a high-speed, real-time wide area network (WAN);The provision of local area networks (LANs) in schools;The refreshing of existing computer laboratories and the provision of new laboratories and technology-rich classrooms (smart classrooms);The development and expansion of online digital resources that are made available to all pupils, parents and teachers;Teacher training and development in ICT and the use of e-learning in schools; and,Private sector and donor funding.This follow’s Zille announcement of eight game-changers for the province on 20 February; one of these was the roll-out of e-learning in schools.“E-learning will assist us in tackling some of the problems we face, including increasing access to quality education in disadvantaged communities, providing support for struggling learners, contributing towards teachers’ training and professional development and improving management and administration at schools. It will also provide learners with the skills to participate in our increasingly technology-based economy in the future.”The WCED will invest heavily in this project over the next five years. Without taking into account the Western Cape government’s investment into the WAN, the rollout of the LAN and various infrastructure, equipment and devices, will cost the WCED R1.2- billion over the next five years.The WAN and the LANSchools will be linked through a high-speed, real-time WAN. The provincial government aims to connect as many schools as possible to the WAN by the end of 2016, and 366 school sites have already been surveyed for implementation.It is envisaged that the first schools will go live on the WAN Neotel network in April, while 1 250 schools will be connected to high-speed broadband by July 2016.Once the WAN is up, LANs will be installed, and schools will be fitted with a wireless distributed network (WiFi) for internet and inter-connectivity within a school. The tender for the implementation for the LAN closed at the beginning of February and the bid evaluation is under way. It is estimated that the first delivery and implementation of the LAN will be in August.The WCED aims to roll out the LAN project to 510 schools in Quintiles 1 to 3 and Special Education Needs Schools (LSEN) over the next five years.Lab refreshes and smart classroomsThe department will introduce the Smart School Project, which includes refreshing existing Khanya Laboratories and the provision of Smart Classrooms.High school laboratories will be upgraded in an on-going three-year cycle, and 126 will receive refreshed computer labs this year.A smart classroom is linked to the WAN and the LAN and is capacitated with mobile technology comprising a laptop for the teacher, a data projector, and other technological devices for teaching and learning.This financial year, 3 350 classrooms in 248 schools will benefit from the Smart Classroom Project, focusing on schools in Quintiles 1 to 3 and LSEN, with an invest of R65-million.In addition, the department has developed an online catalogue of digital education resources that can be accessed by teachers, pupils and parents. The catalogue will be launched in the next few weeks and will be regularly updated.It has also begun to roll out a comprehensive training programme to teachers and principals who will be affected by the Smart School Project over the next few months. Training of teachers began in January at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute and will continue to be a primary focus area of the WCED’s teacher training budget in the next financial year.While the provincial education department has budgeted R1.2-billion for the rollout of e-learning in poorer Quintiles 1 to 3 and LSEN schools, the private sector and donors will be encouraged to help get Smart Schools to Quintiles 4 and 5 schools.“This has been a long time in the making, but we believe that our intensive planning and resourcing of the project will ensure its long-term success. This project has the potential to revolutionise teaching and learning in our schools.”Source: Western Cape governmentlast_img read more

Southern Imperial and FFR Merchandising Join Forces as siffron

first_imgSouthern Imperial has recently announced its joining with FFR Merchandising, under the siffronTM brand. The siffron brand reflects the strength of the combined businesses that, together, possess the ability to deliver improved service levels, broader product selection, and increased manufacturing sourcing options.“We believe the siffron brand symbolizes the positive and high-energy relationships both companies have with their customers today,” said President and CEO Steven Vandemore. “It not only denotes the stability and growth we have enjoyed as separate businesses throughout our rich histories but more importantly as a combined company, the brand symbolizes the enhanced value we expect to deliver to our customers on a daily basis.”While the name has changed, it is important to note at this time there is no immediate change in how customers will transact business with either Southern Imperial or FFR Merchandising. Both companies will continue to promote their respective offerings to customers, and all orders for those items will continue to be placed through the offering company. Over time, however, both companies are expected to integrate seamlessly into one under the siffron brand.- Sponsor – Southern Imperial was established in 1956 producing threaded wire products in a 3,000-square-foot factory. Today, Southern Imperial is a global manufacturing and distribution company, servicing both the retail and brand manufacturing trades. Loss prevention products include intelligent solutions like LM TagTM, SONIQTM hook, SONRTM system and the TurtleTM, along with a wide variety of conventional products like Stop Locks, locking hooks, tags, safe cases, and more.Since its founding in 1962, FFR Merchandising has grown to offer 15,000 unique in-stock, custom and made-to-order merchandising products, hundreds of new products annually, more than 100 patents, and custom design solutions to service customers across a wide variety of end markets. Loss prevention products range from spiral anti-sweep hooks and Safer products, to infant formula merchandisers, product vending shelves, Invisi-Shield® system, Power Zone® Zig Zag merchandiser and more.For more information, call (800) 422-2547 or visit or Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more