first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESRAFAEL BEJARANO, MAJESTIC EAGLE, WINNER:  “I feel so happy.  This is my last mount of the meet and we had a dream trip.  My horse broke good and I knew Sharp Samurai was the horse to beat.  I tried to put just a little pressure on him early and then I took hold of my horse.  I followed Sharp Samurai around the (far) turn and when we got clear, he was really running.  Mr. Drysdale told me this horse doesn’t like the stick, so I hand rode him and he really responded.”TIAGO PEREIRA, LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN, SECOND:  “We had a good trip.  He relaxed really well and we were able to get a good position.  He responded really well when I asked him, but the winner was too much.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, SHARP SAMURAI, THIRD: “I had an excellent trip. He broke nice, was sitting behind horses, but he got a little bit anxious down the backside, not much, then settled down nice. Turning for home I said, ‘OK, it’s time to go,’ but he just moved a little bit and did not accelerate like I wanted the last 16th. Other than that he ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTESNEIL DRYSDALE, MAJESTIC EAGLE, WINNER: “Being back on the grass helped him, I would say. He got the trip, but there wasn’t as much pace as I thought there would be. We were thinking about gelding him tomorrow but maybe we will change our minds. I told Rafael, he likes to be on the outside and he’s got a short run.”NOTES: The winning owners are John Lindley & Ray Morton.last_img read more

Albion Estate has 600 vacancies after 3000 workers dismissed

first_img…may not meet second crop targetBy Andrew CarmichaelThe Albion Estate on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice has vacancies for 600 workers of various categories, and may not be able to meet its target for the second crop, which is expected to commence within a few weeks, if most of those vacancies are not filled by then.Cooperate Communications Manager Audreyannna Thomas and Regional Chairman David ArmoganGuySuCo Communications Manager Audreyannna Thomas made this disclosure at the Albion Community Centre while addressing a community meeting on plans for the entity.“Albion Estate has a huge labour problem. Last crop attendance, Albion was about 60 per cent, we need you to help you to improve attendance for the second crop; we would like to get attendance up to 100 percent,” she said.She also spoke of the 600 vacancies which currently exist at that sugar estate noting that the focus of the outreach is on the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) Strategic Plan 2018-2021. The plan, she explained, is essential to what will be done at the three estates remaining under GuySuCo – Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion – between this year and 2021.At the turn of the year, 1181 employees of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje Berbice and 1851 employees of the Skeldon Estate in the upper reaches of the Corentyne Coast were made redundant. Thus a total of 3032 sugar workers of the East Berbice Estates were without jobs at the turn of 2018.Regional Chairman David Armogan also addressed the meeting held at the Albion Community Centre. He noted that people have lost confidence in the estate, and although a job shortage exists in the region, the Albion Estate may have difficulty filling those 600 vacancies.Saying management needs to instill confidence in the workforce, Armogan added, “You sent home thousands of workers, and now you are short of 600 workers. What that tells me is that there is a lack of confidence by the workers. Because they don’t trust the estate’s management, they are moving to other forms of employment. What many of them did was to take the little pay-off that they got and invested it in something (so) that they can make a few dollars more, because they do not believe… The psyche in their head is telling them that the estate might not last much longer.”Thomas said the Albion Estate is very critical to the development of Region Six. It maintains the drainage and irrigation system from Bush Lot on the Corentyne Coast; provides employment to a large number of residents of the region; and benefits many businesses by providing emergency services to the community.Armogan had told those in attendance that a business plan is a course of action that a company is embarking on in order to achieve a certain goal. “The other aspect of a plan is that it has to be worked by people; a plan cannot operate by itself,” the Regional Chairman said.Some 5700 workers from Skeldon, East Demerara (Enmore) and Rose Hall Estates were dismissed after GuySuCo had terminated their employment in 2017. Before then, over 1000 Wales Estate workers were similarly dismissed when the entity officially ceased operation in December 2016. These moves were in keeping with what Government has said were “cost-cutting measures”. However, the David Granger Administration has been strongly criticised for not having an holistic approach to the age-old industry, as many stakeholders, civil society groups including the private sector, and opposition politicians called for social impact studies to be conduct before closures.In December 2017, the Special Purposes Unit (SPU), which falls under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), officially took over operations at Skeldon; East Demerara (Enmore), Rose Hall and Wales. It was announced that the SPU was overseeing divestment plans, by way of either selling off or restarting factories with minimal staff to attract investors – both domestic and foreign.NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) Head, Colvin Heath-London, has recently confirmed that over the next few months, special emphasis would be placed on transforming GuySuCo’s economic misfortune into a situation wherein a fully self-sufficient, viable and competitive enterprise operates.He has since announced securing $30 billion, being sought in the form of a syndicated bond, to support GuySuCo and its remaining estates.Since his announcement of the bond, concerns have been raised about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far, since that very $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.Meanwhile, the Private Placement Memorandum for GuySuCo’s $30 billion bond has received much criticism from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. He recently said he was shocked by the contents of the agreement, which now leaves more questions than answers.last_img read more

Lough Colm and Lough Fad water conservation notice is lifted after 8 months

first_imgThe water conservation notice that was issued in May to customers of the Lough Colm and Lough Fad water supply has been lifted this week.Records showed that April 2017 was the driest April experienced for 67 years, leading to the conservation notice being put in place by Irish Water.Although the request to conserve has been lifted following drought management measures that were taken by Irish Water and Donegal County Council over the past few months, customers are still urged to report any leaks they see by calling the Irish Water Customer Care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278. The lakes are approaching a sustainable level as a result of measures taken to manage the water flows, however they haven’t recovered fully and customers are asked to continue to be mindful of their consumption practices.Irish Water and Donegal County Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank the public for their ongoing co-operation.Lough Colm and Lough Fad water conservation notice is lifted after 8 months was last modified: December 19th, 2017 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:Irish WaterLough Colmlough fadlast_img read more