Wakenaam rice farmers finally paid

first_imgAfter 5 months…After five long months of repeatedly having their hopes dashed, rice farmers on the Essequibo Island of Wakenaam were finally paid for the produce they had sold a popular miller on the Essequibo Coast. Their payment comes approximately five weeks ahead of harvesting for the current crop, due in early September.Before this payment was effected, farmers had vented their frustrations at the prolonged delay, saying that the end of this crop would have passed without them being paid. However, as media reports highlighted the months of non-payment the farmers were being made to endure, the farmers finally received the monies that were owed to them.According to information received, the Essequibo rice miller handed out several cheques on Thursday last. Even as they are satisfied at having been paid, farmers say they continue to face difficulties in trying to repay loans taken to acquire fertiliser, fuel, and equipment.The farmers had earlier disclosed that the miller had, since March, milled their paddy into rice. <> had reported that farmers on the Essequibo Coast were also owed, and it was related that many there had also received cheques.The five months it took the miller to discharge his obligation to the farmers is said to be a violation of the Rice Factories (Amendment) Act of 2009, which says that farmers should not wait longer than the mandatory 42 days to be paid for their paddy.According to the Act, the manufacturer (miller) is required to pay the paddy producer (the farmer) half the amount due him upfront, and the rest within two weeks of receiving that farmer’s paddy. However, the situation has garnered its share of complications, as millers continue to hold out that Government-owned entity the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) owes them over $2 billion in outstanding payments from Panama deals dating back to 2017.Head of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan, later claimed that GRDB is not responsible for payment delays from buyers in Panama. His superior, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, said, “Millers should desist from using the farmers as a bank.”Minister Holder and Hassan met the Panamanian Institute of Agricultural Marketing on March 18, 2016, and a commitment was announced for Guyana to supply an increased quota of rice.“Our Government is extremely pleased that you (Panama) are happy with the services we (GRDB) have been supplying since the commencement of our relationship… I would like to assure you that the GRDB will continue to provide the same excellent and professional service to your Government,” Minister Holder had said following that meeting.The Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) has maintained the position that millers are signing agreements with GRDB, which has a Government-to-Government arrangement with Panama, and as such, GRDB has an obligation to pay millers.GRMA Head, Leekha Rambrich, observed in June that GRDB was violating laws that govern the sector, with particular focus on its delayed payments to millers under the Panama deal.He posited that with the signing of the Panama contract, the GRDB “is committing itself to a six-month payment plan”, whereby rice would be obtained and payments would come six months after. Rambrich contends that this would be tantamount to withholding payments from farmers.Millers had outlined that they were operating in overdraft. <> reported that banks requested a payment schedule in which millers outlined how they would pay back the funds. Reports are that GRDB promised to pay millers for Panama payments since September last year, but revised the payment deadline to April 30, 2018.last_img read more

TransCanada and ExxonMobil will build the Alaska Gas Pipeline

first_imgFor more details on the project visit www.transcanada.com/company/alaska_pipeline_project.html US energy giant Exxon Mobil has signed on as a partner in a major pipeline project.Exxon Mobile has announced a partnership with TransCanada Corporation, in the building of a 26 billion dollar natural gas pipeline through Alaska and Canada. The 2,700 kilometer pipeline will carry natural gas from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, through the Yukon, to an end point near Boundary Lake, on the BC / Alberta border. Construction is not expected to begin until 2016 and the pipeline could be in service by 2018.Below you can download a copy of the pipeline’s planned route.Advertisement – Advertisement -TransCanada’s proposal was granted a licence from the Alaska government in December, but until today, no producer had committed to the project. last_img read more

Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Dawson Creek

first_imgHe was struck by a southbound vehicle in the centre lane and it’s suspected he sustained major head injury. He was initially treated at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital, but has since been transported to an undisclosed Edmonton area hospital for his serious injuries. The road was closed for nearly nine hours while a traffic collision analyst was called in to assist the RCMP and South Peace Traffic Service in their investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and didn’t speak to officers at the scene is asked to contact RCMP at 250-784-3700.- Advertisement –last_img

MEET MALIN HEAD’S LATEST DOLPHINS – SAM AND MAGUIRE!

first_imgSam and Maguire popping out of the water yesterday eveningMALIN Head’s dolphins are certainly pulling in the tourists.Locals have even named a few of them.Now two more have been given special names in honour of Jim McGuinness and his team….Sam and Maguire! (no pressure then Jim!) “We understand they (the dolphins) are planning to stay for a year, so what better names could we given them?” he laughed. MEET MALIN HEAD’S LATEST DOLPHINS – SAM AND MAGUIRE! was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014dolphinsdonegalMaguireMalin Headsamlast_img read more

COMPETITION: WIN FIVE FREE EURO 2016 FOOTBALLS WITH HERRON AUTO

first_imgCOMPETITION: HERRON AUTO are giving away a FREE EURO 2016 football to celebrate Ireland’s reaching the major championships. Martin O’Neill’s squad head into battle with the Swedes tonight in Paris! They then face Belgium and Italy in what is a tough group!Herron Auto are giving away not one, not two but FIVE Footballs to five lucky winners!! Competition ends Friday the 17th of June!TO ENTER:1. LIKE our Page.2. SHARE this Post.3. TAG 3 Friends.Good luck everyone!‪#‎Giveaway‬ ‪#‎Competition‬ ‪#‎Kia‬ ‪#‎PowerOfFootball‬COMPETITION: WIN FIVE FREE EURO 2016 FOOTBALLS WITH HERRON AUTO was last modified: June 14th, 2016 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:BusinessHerron AutonewsSportlast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Hull City 0

first_imgMarco Djuricin had two good chances to put Brentford ahead in a goalless first half.The striker exchanged a neat one-two with Lasse Vibe, who replaced the injured Alan Judge, and forced an outstretched save from Allan McGregor in the first minute.And then on-loan Red Bull Salzburg man Djuricin fired at McGregor’s legs from close range after being out through by John Swift.Judge missed out because of hamstring problems but that was the only change from the side that clinched a fourth straight Championship win, against QPR, last Friday.Brentford had a decent shout for a penalty just before the half-hour mark when Vibe was brought down by a combination of Michael Dawson and Harry Maguire.And Hull, who twice went close through Abel Hernandez before the break, wanted a penalty of their own when David Meyler’s long-range effort appeared to strike the arm of Toumani Diagouraga inside the box.Brentford (4-2-2): Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, Dean, Bidwell; Woods, McCormack, Diagouraga, Swift; Vibe, DjuricinSubs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, O’Connell, Gogia, CanosFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cowboy Coffee kicks off 11 Days of Round-Up

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 11 Days of Round-Up that accompany the Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo officially started with the Cowboy Coffee mixer event Thursday at the Round-Up Museum.“We have a great crowd here and I’m thankful you’re here to help kick off the 11 Days of Round-Up,” said Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan. “The Red Bluff Round-Up is amazing, 96 years now and we’re nearing 100. That will be quite a party. It always is.”What is especially significant about the event is …last_img

Evolution’s Guiding Hand Is Far From Obvious

first_imgA recent example of applying evolutionism to everything was seen on Science Daily and PhysOrg last week.  Some psychologists are telling us that evolution taught us to take turns.  “It’s not just good manners to wait your turn — it’s actually down to evolution, according to new research by University of Leicester psychologists.”    Cooperation among animals of a species and between species is well known.  These psychologists came up with an evolutionary reason for it: there is an “invisible hand,” they said, “that guides our actions in this respect.”  The study by Andrew Colman and Lindsay Browning “has helped to explain the evolution of cooperative turn-taking.”  It’s coming in the September issue of Evolutionary Ecology Research.  They didn’t say whether they took turns writing the paper.    But how does the guiding hand of evolution bring about results in a population?  Humans have the advantage of language; didn’t Mom teach us to wait our turn?  But “It is far from obvious how turn-taking evolved without language or insight in animals shaped by natural selection to pursue their individual self-interests.”  The psychologists looked into game theory for answers.  They created selfish digital organisms in their computer.  They found that a variation of “tit for tat” produced a stable equilibrium of turn-taking “only after a species has evolved at least two genetically different types that behave differently in initial, uncoordinated interactions with others.”  It requires genetic diversity, therefore, but once begun, the pattern persists like a stable oscillation in physics.    Colman said that their dumb, robotic digital organisms started out purely selfish but ended up taking turns.  “Our findings confirm that cooperation does not always require benevolence or deliberate planning.  This form of cooperation, at least, is guided by an ‘invisible hand’, as happens so often in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.”OK, let’s all play this game.  Do whatever comes naturally.  It’s what your genes are telling you to do.  There are no morals, no plans.  Benevolence is an illusion.  Mom telling you to take turns is not really Mom; it’s one of the robots.  She can’t help herself.  You don’t have to listen to her.  Language has no meaning.  If you feel like taking turns, do it.  If you don’t, don’t.  Whatever you do, don’t let any moralizing preacher tell you what you should do.  If he does, tell him you decided to be a rude pig because Darwin told you so.  You saw his invisible hand.    But, wait: that was an illusion, too.  So was the supposed scholarship of these psychologists.  They pretended to be making a scientific explanation, but it was all a put-up by that invisible hand of Darwin.  They couldn’t help themselves.  Making up silly stories and playing games with dumb digital organisms is what they do because of their genetic diversity caused by their mutations.  It is a consequence of millions of years of natural selection in their ape past.  We can’t listen to these psychologists and expect to learn anything.  We can’t…    Oh no; it’s becoming clear now: nothing makes sense, because sense is an illusion, too!  So is fairness.  Even illusion is an illusion.  We understand nothing.  We perceive nothing.  We are all selfish dumb robots.  What I wish to do, I don’t do, and what I don’t wish to do, that I do, because of the Darwin that is within me.  Who will deliver me from this body of death?    But then, wait a minute; why did I have this sensation that sense even existed?  Why did I perceive illusion as illusion?  And who is the “I” asking this question?  Reach for the lifeline, quick!. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jeff Duling, Sept. 28

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Sept. 19 we got an inch or an inch and a half. It evened up the beans a little. We let it dry on Sunday and got started on that Monday with corn harvest in one of our worst fields right across from the shop. I am coming up with an 85-bushel average. We can’t even keep the yield monitor calibrated right with this corn because you don’t have a constant flow. There is 20-bushel corn and 200-bushel corn in the same field. Anytime there is a hill or slope where the water could get away you have good corn. Where you have low ground or no tile there is nothing there. We took off 150 acres of corn and it has not been pretty. It is 18% to 21% moisture and the test weight is around 56 and I am afraid it is going to get worse.We are cutting beans in Van Wert now. I think we’ll see some 100- to 150-bushel corn and in Hancock County it will be up there hopefully around 180 or 200. There is good corn out there but those holes are still there too. Everything we tried — foliar feeding, fungicide, extra nitrogen — it didn’t help the corn. We wasted quite a bit of money but we had to try something.I feel better about the beans. We have run beans from 60 bushels on down to 35-bushel beans where the water did more damage. We have been pleasantly surprised with the beans, but I had a friend call me and tell me that he was running 12% moisture beans and the yield was lower than the moisture.Beans are really too dry. They were down to 10%. We aren’t making a mark on the ground with the equipment. We are doing some tillage where some tile lines settled out.Saturday we planted 56 aces of wheat and we are planting another 75 acres of wheat where we want to tile. Right now we are calling it a cover crop. We’ll see how it makes it through winter and what the markets do. We’ll finish wheat and start planting cereal rye with the air seeder for a cover crop.last_img read more

The Only Way to Get Better At Making Calls

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There is only one way to get better at making outbound calls. To improve your skills and abilities making outbound calls, you have to make outbound calls.It’s important to have a killer script (or planned dialogue) for outbound calls, especially cold calls. That planned dialogue is going to help you with your confidence, but it isn’t going to make you good at cold calling.You need to know how to overcome the objections you are certain to get when you make an ask over the telephone, especially when you ask for that coveted first appointment with your dream client. It’s important that you know how to resolve concerns and get to yes over the telephone. The skill to deal with challenges is necessary, but it isn’t sufficient if you want to be good.A lot of salespeople (and entrepreneurs) resist making the calls necessary to creating and winning opportunities. They fear to make their calls because they aren’t good at it, because they don’t have all the answers, and because they don’t believe that they should have to make calls at all. None of these fears or beliefs will help you to improve the skill that is still the fastest, most effective way to create new opportunities.To improve your ability to make calls, you have to pick up the phone. You have to dial the phone and engage with your prospective customers. You have to experience it first hand.The more calls you make, the faster your skills will improve. The more people who reject your request for a meeting, the sooner you will start to understand what your prospects will perceive as the value you need to promise to gain the commitment you need.The longer you take to pick up the phone, the longer it will take you to learn to make calls. And the longer it will take you to schedule the appointments you need to create the opportunities you need.last_img read more