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Unsure future for Byfield

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls defender Althea Byfield said she is undecided about her future with the national team, this after she was overlooked for the team’s last two international ‘Test’ series. The 34-year-old netballer retired from international competition in 2011 after Jamaica’s poor performance at World Championships in Singapore. However, the tough defender has continued to play in the leagues. Byfield returned last year to captain the Sunshine Girls’ team to the Fast5 World Series in England. But despite availability for the Sunshine Girls Test series against New Zealand and England, the defender was overlooked by the Sunshine Girls selectors. The Sunshine Girls lost 3-0 to New Zealand but they bounced back to beat hosts England 2-1. Byfield, one of the most outstanding defenders in this year’s Berger Elite League, told The Gleaner that she is unsure if she will play for the Sunshine Girls again. ” I was available for the tour to New Zealand in September and I was available for the tour in England in November and unfortunately I was overlooked and so I am doubtful as it relates to going back to the national programme,” said Byfield. “I think I was overlooked because maybe because I am too old and they are focusing on youths, so it was their choice,” Byfield said. However, despite this, Byfield added that she still has what it takes to win a place on the Sunshine Girls as according to her ‘she still has a lot of offer to the national programme.’ She added that she will now focus most of her attention on completing her degree at the University of Technology.last_img read more

Looking forward to ‘integrity’ reports on people entering political arena

first_imgDear Editor,‘Tis the season, and right on cue come the ‘third’ parties. Guyana has a rich history of small political parties, many formed by persons who are former members or associates of the big two and even special interest groups such as the Guiana United Muslim Party. The 2020 elections are attracting the ‘new’ political class, the “entitled”. Driven by the success of the Alliance For Change (AFC), which evolved from a group of persons rejected by major parties into a viable third force, then parlayed into ‘kingmakers’ and eventually Ministers and high-salaried Government apparatchiks. The meteoric rise to riches by AFC members has not been lost on the Guyanese populace and has inspired ambitions in a new generation. The arguments third parties make are “the big two are bad, hence by default, we are good” and “we need to check the power of the PPP and PNC. What we never hear from the ‘third’ parties are the track records of the new ‘leaders’ and their ability to deliver on lofty goals contained in their glossy manifestos. A sense of entitlement is their common denominator.Proven ability to deliver on manifesto promises is never a big issue for ‘third’ parties because they never actually want to win a plurality of the votes, they aim to be brokers of powers, to use 5000 votes to control parties that garner 500,000. It is the ultimate confidence-trick. These ‘third’ forces are attractive to persons who do not want to compete within larger parties for positions of responsibilities, upon joining they are quickly drafted into the ‘executive’ as the party membership moves from four to five. In larger parties, these persons would have to compete with as many as 500 young professional persons for a junior position and only by hard work and merit make their way up the ranks. Democracy begins with meritocracy; when a person is rejected by comrades they have worked alongside for decades, it is not by accident, it is because flaws have become known, and while we all have those, some such as avarice and lust for power are unforgivable. One ‘leader’ seems ecstatic to have achieved his lifelong ambition of being nominated as presidential candidate!The constitutional crisis precipitated by David Granger’s refusal to accept the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion of 2018 was the perfect opportunity for persons to show their true mettle. Believers in justice and democracy made their voices heard. They organised protests; they wrote strongly worded letters of condemnation to the press; newspaper editors and news agencies took stands, for and against tyranny. Where were the ‘third’ forces then? They were sitting in armchairs proffering theories of “it could be this or it could be that” Fence-sitting 101. The PPP did the heavy lifting with one other group of six making their mark with symbolic weekly protests. The leaders of that group made moves into the Civic arm of the PPP recently. Standing firmly and bravely for what you believe and finding like-minded fellow travellers is the essence of a genuine political journey. What does the newly ‘entitled’ class stand for or against?There is the issue of funding of the new parties; the business of politics is not cheap. One new outfit is closely aligned with the current Administration historically and culturally. Martin Carter’s warning of the “mouth being muzzled by the hand that feeds it” can be augmented by the sentiment that the mouth is also directed by its paymasters. In this context, “dual-citizens” speak to the duplicity of nature, not of residence.The big parties themselves are not immune to “outsiders” bypassing working their way through the ranks. David Granger was installed as the leader under controversial circumstances that included gunshots and padlocked doors at Congress Place. The result has been a leader not familiar with the membership of his party, and dare I say, the philosophy of its founding members. The PNC under Granger has moved from pro-poor policies to an elitist agency, rife with corruption and characterised by the callous disregard for the welfare of ordinary citizens.New parties constantly heap the failures of the PNC onto the shoulders of the PPP, citing failure to deliver on promises. This is a fallacious argument not supported by the facts. The PPP’s manifestos are printed and disseminated widely, an examination will show a higher than 80 per cent completion rate on all promises, and often, the unfulfilled are moved to the next cycle and delivered during that period. Why should the PPP be blamed for the abject failure of the APNU/AFC? It is only done to present the new in the light of potential saviours – that is until you ask to see their delivery records in their current jobs. “We are small and have good intentions, we should not be attacked” is the refrain. I would ask why a question of ability is deemed an “attack” and remind all that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.Editor, new parties will emerge, their leadership should be subjected to the same deep inspection and interrogation under harsh light as with the big two, not because “politics is a dirty game” but precisely to protect politics from becoming a game for the dirty. I look forward to seeing the ‘integrity’ reports on the people entering the political arena. I am sure more than one charlatan will be unmasked in the coming months. All are welcome but they must come with clean hands.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Nimba Senatorial Debaters Share Platform

first_imgFour of Nimba County’s senatorial aspirants who took part in the 28th November 2014 debate in Ganta are said to have given more priority to  education as the only means of eradicating unemployment and violence among the youth.Deliberating on their respective platforms to the audience, the four senatorial candidates, including Cllr Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay of the Congress for Democratic Change, Mrs. Edith Gongruo Weh of Liberty Party, Dr. Joseph Korto of National Coalition Party and Mr. Peter Weato of Alternative National Congress, told the audience of their desire to develop the youth through education.The issue of educating the youth for self sustainability and employment remains cardinal among their priorities as senator if any of them is successful in unseating Senator Johnson.When the moderator asked, looking at the backwardness of the education, electricity, water and infrastructural systems of Liberia, what they would do if elected?Cllr. Gbeisay replied, “I will pass a law that will prioritize education based on entrepreneurship for self employment because the government is unable to employ everybody.”“Education takes us from backwardness and so training the youth with skills will be my target,” said Edith Weh.The former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Korto, stressed that as an educator, he will make sure that all public high schools in Nimba have computer labs to prepare the students for today’s job market, in which computer skills remain the key priority.The political crisis in Nimba is said to be deepening with the youth being divided among the politicians who are finding their ways to the senate come December this year.Beside education, the issue of the distribution of the budgetary allotment made by the government in county development funds was also among the questions the organizer asked.But in the response to this question, the views were varied.  Dr. Korto said he would want the distribution of the county funds to be done on the basis of population; while Edith wanted the funds to be given to all Nimba.For Mr. Weato, he said, he would travel all over Nimba to ascertain all the shortcomings and then allot funds according to the needs. Cllr. Gbeisay said he believes in equity; therefore when he becomes senator of Nimba, he will advocate the reduction of budget in terms of salary, so everybody can get something to carry. There was some resentment among the audience over the failure of the moderator to allow the aspirants to cross examine one another so the public could know their ability in representing the people.After four minutes each of self introduction and declaring their platforms, the moderators asked three questions, giving each aspirant two minutes to respond. Five persons were selected from among the audience to ask a question to any candidate of their choice, but there was no room for the candidates to critique one another about their past performances either in government or the private sector.Two of the candidates, Senator Prince Johnson and ex-AFL General John Tiah, were not present at the debate and no reason was given for their absence.  But Senator Johnson’s late arrival in Ganta after the debate overshadowed the entire political activity in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSIX more nurses have been found to be unregistered following an investigation into a nurse at Letterkenny General Hospital, it emerged tonight.A widespread review of the registering of nurses was sparked after it emerged that Gardaí and the Health Service Executive have contacted 25 people who were examined at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Letterkenny amid concerns over the status of a nurse who worked there.And there are still fears evidence may now not be admissable in court. The nurse was not registered with the Nursing Bord, An Bord Altranais, meaning that the examination of individuals and evidence collected may potentially be compromised.The HSE was aware that the nurse was not registered and launched an investigation into how she was able to continue to practice.Nurses are required to be registered with An Bord Altranais to practice here but the nurse in question was removed from the register in 2009 for non payment of €88 annual fees.The HSE says it was notified at the time and that the information was made available within the organisation but that it did not filter down to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital. It became aware of the issue in the last few weeks after a review at the Treatment Unit and says the nurse in question is no longer on duty.Twenty-five people who were examined at the unit in the last 18 months were contacted by gardai and the HSE.The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland says they were told that forensic evidence gathered may not be admissible in court.Gardaí say the matter has been brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions.The HSE says it has appointed two independent experts to carry out a review to establish how a staff member could continue to practice without being registered. A review nationally has now found six more nurses were not registered.UNREGISTERED NURSES: SIX MORE UNCOVERED AFTER LETTERKENNY BLUNDER was last modified: August 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Letterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgTEMPERATURES IN Co Donegal are set to hit 24C on Friday, the latest Met Eireann forecast says – and the hot weather will last at least a week!Tomorrow, Thursday, will see the scales top 22C, said the forecaster.And it will be at least 24C the following day, said Gerald Fleming. “It may be even warmer than that,” he added.“A mass of warmer continental air has come up over us and it’s going to get even warmer in the days ahead.“We can look forward to temperatures touching the mid-20s in some places on Friday and Saturday.”The long-term forecast has warm sunny weather until at least next Tuesday, with some indications it could last beyond that. There is a warning for a high pollen count for hay fever sufferers.And visitors to the various events across the county this weekend are being warned to make sure they cover themselves with lots of suncream.Enjoy.If you have any great pix…send them to so we can share them with our Donegal readers abroad. BREAKING NEWS: TEMPERATURES IN DONEGAL TO HIT 24C was last modified: May 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BREAKING NEWS: TEMPERATURES IN DONEGAL TO HIT 24Clast_img read more

Proactive policing

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the ring of gunshots signaled the shattering of a fragile gang truce in Panorama City on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department sprang into action, trying to make sure that two slayings don’t spiral into a full-out gang war. On Monday, the LAPD announced that it would flood the area with cops, hoping that a strong blue presence would put a damper on further gang activity. Time will tell whether the strategy works, but credit department officials for having the foresight to intervene early, rather than ignoring the problem until it grew more complex and far more costly to address. Proactive policing seems to be all the rage in Los Angeles these days. At the Police Commission, officials have committed themselves to speeding up the process for conducting use-of-force investigations. They are holding extra sessions to plow through a backlog that dates back a year, and also considering new policies that could accelerate future inquiries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And though it might not at first seem like it, swifter use-of-force hearings tie directly into fighting gang violence. It is slow investigations that make many impacted communities weary of police, and thus often less likely to support cops’ efforts to fight gangsters in their neighborhoods. Likewise, it is in out-of-control, gang-dominated areas where officers are likely to feel most threatened and resort to the use of force, sometimes unnecessarily. Speedier investigations are also a matter of simple justice for innocent L.A. cops, whose careers and reputations are unfairly put on hold by the current review system that can often take as long as a year. Thus containing gang feuds, such as the one brewing in Panorama City, and expediting internal police justice serve the same purpose: Making Los Angeles a safer, more easily policed city. In a city that has far too few cops – a situation that’s unlikely to change anytime soon – officials must make the best possible use of the limited resources at their disposal. Proactive policing isn’t just good public policy, it’s a matter of necessity. last_img read more

USDA temporarily halts pork imports from Poland

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture to temporarily stopped shipments to the United States of pork from Poland.The USDA has suspended entry of imports of fresh and frozen pork and pork products from Poland while it completes a review of that country’s export protocols. According to the USDA, “As part of a routine review of ongoing operations, it came to our attention that one Polish facility exporting pork to the U.S. has done so in contravention of the stringent requirements in place to prevent the spread of serious diseases of livestock, like ASF.”USDA’s action was taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that the United States remains free of African Swine Fever (ASF), a highly contagious, trade-limiting pig disease with no cure. USDA has been closely monitoring ASF’s spread in Eastern Europe — parts of Poland have the disease — and in Asia. The disease underscores the need for the United States to be better prepared to address foreign animal diseases, including by establishing a more robust vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), another trade-limiting disease endemic in many parts of the world. NPPC supports in the 2018 Farm Bill mandatory funding for an FMD vaccine bank and other disease-prevention programs.last_img read more

USDA Sees Higher Farm Income

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Net farm income is expected to rise 8.1% in 2019, according to the latest projection from USDA, but the increase won’t make up for the 17.8% drop in 2018.USDA released its first farm income forecast for 2019 on Wednesday.In its broadest measure of income, net farm income, USDA projects a $5.2 billion increase to $69.4 billion in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars. Net farm income is defined as incorporating non-cash items, including changes in inventories, economic depreciation and gross imputed rental income.Net cash farm income, a look at cash receipts and government payments minus expenses, is projected to rise $2.7 billion, or 2.9%. Despite the rise, net cash farm income is still expected to be the second-lowest level since 2009.Both of the major income values are still projected to be below their averages from 2000-2017.Commercial farms, which USDA pegs as having more than $350,000 in sales, will average $131,608 in farm income, a 10.3% bump from 2018.According to USDA’s forecast, crop and livestock receipts are expected to rise a combined $8.6 billion.The bulk of income gains for farmers will come from higher commodity prices, USDA stated. Crop receipts are expected to increase $4 billion, or about 2%. Corn cash receipts are projected to rise $2.5 billion, or 5.2%. Cotton, fruits and nuts, and wheat are also expected to see rising cash receipts. But soybean cash receipts are expected to decline $2.6 billion, or 6.6%, because of both lower prices and lower volumes sold.Livestock receipts are projected to rise $4.6 billion, or 2.6%. Cattle and calf sales are expected to increase $2.6 billion, or 4%, and dairy is expected to see a $2.7 billion increase, or 7.8%. Hog receipts are expected to decline $700 million, or 3.2%, because of lower prices.Government payments are expected to decline $2.3 billion to $11.5 billion. Market Facilitation Program payments are projected at $3.5 billion for 2019 after $5.2 billion in payments in 2018. Payments that are a function of crop prices — the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs — will drop $1.7 billion in 2019, a 45% decline. Conservation payments are expected to increase 8.6% to $4.3 billion.Expenses will increase $2.2 billion, or just 0.6%, overall. USDA sees lower fuel, rent, pesticide, seed and fertilizer prices for crop farmers, partially because of a decline in crop acreage. Livestock and poultry purchases are also projected to drop in price. Interest costs, feed costs, labor and property taxes or fees are all expected to rise.When adjusted for inflation, farm equity will rise $16.3 billion, or about 0.6%, but overall farm debt is forecast to increase 2.1%, adjusted for inflation, which is led by an increase in real-estate debt.The widely watched overall sector debt-to-asset ratio will increase to 13.86% for 2019 from 13.55% for 2018. The farm sector’s risk for insolvency is the highest since 2009, but not nearly as high as the 1980s or even as high as 2002.USDA’s next farm income forecast is set for Aug. 30.More details about USDA’s farm income forecast can be found at:…Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

About Half the Foreign Student Population in U.S. Hails from India, China

first_imgAs much as 49 percent of the F-1 and M-1 non-immigrant international student population in the United States hails from either India or China, according to a recent biannual report on student trends conducted by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).The number of Indian students in the United States stood at 211,703, while the corresponding figure from China was 377,070, between March 2017 and 2018, the report said.F-1 students are non-immigrants whose primary purpose is to complete an academic course of study at an SEVP-certified school or program, while M-1 non-immigrants are foreign nationals pursuing a full course of study at an SEVP-approved vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution — other than in language training programs — in the United States. SEVP oversees students and their dependents, as well as the schools that enroll them, for compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.Both China and India saw proportional growth between 1 and 2 percent, with China sending 6,305 more students and India sending 2,356 more students, the report, titled Sevis by the numbers, stated, comparing data from March 2017 to March 2018.“It is this level of participation from China and India that makes Asia far and away the most popular continent of origin. In fact, 77 percent of all international students in the United States call Asia home,” the report said.The report, however, highlighted that despite steady growth from the two most popular nations — China and India — there was a slight decrease in the number of Asian students who were coming to study in the United States during this period.Europe was the second most popular continent of origin, which also saw a slight decrease in the number of students coming to study in the United States.“Roughly 85 percent of all F- 1 and M-1 students were enrolled in associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs certified by SEVP. Specifically, there were 1,019,333 degree-seeking international students in the United States’ higher education system, which is a 0.8 percent increase from March 2017,” the report said.The largest growth and decline came from students seeking doctorate degrees and associate degrees, respectively. Doctorate degree programs saw a four percent increase (+6,241), while associate degree programs saw a five percent decrease (-4,793). Students seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees stayed stable.There were 785,435 F-1 students in the United States seeking either a bachelor’s degree (402,293 students) or a master’s degree (383,142 students). As many as 43 percent of these students are female. These two levels of education were the most popular among international students coming to the United States.A total of 169,359 bachelor’s and master’s students studied business, management, marketing and related support services. The numbers for engineering stream stood at 148,875 while that for computer and information sciences and support services was 135,608.A recent study by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a non-profit higher education organization based in Washington DC, showed that applications and enrollments by international graduate students, including Indian students, at American colleges and universities declined in 2016-17. Related ItemsacademicsUnited Stateslast_img read more

Lyceum stays unbeaten at 3-0, holds down San Sebastian

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — Reyes The Pirates stretched it to seven but Michael Calisaan was able to salvage a triple for San Sebastian to cut the deficit to four, 77-73, with 17.9 seconds left, which proved too short for the Golden Stags to force a comeback.CJ Perez led the Pirates with 20 points and five rebounds while Ayaay added 17 points.Nzeusseu did much of the dirty work for the pirates with 10 points and 13 rebounds.Calisaan had a game-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds to lead San Sebastian while Allyn Bulanadi added 16 points and grabbed nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Pirates improved to 3-0 while the Golden Stags slipped to 1-2.“I guess it’s the perseverance and grit, just not giving up, that was a tough game and they really gave us a run for our money,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Again winning is the result of our vision, we want to make sure we inspire others and it’s a reminder to ourselves that we inspire others and give them hope. We want to inspire players from the province that they can play and it can be done.”Things were still tight between the two teams just heading into the final minute as Mike Nzeusseu tipped in Reymar Caduyac’s miss with 1:06 left in the game to give Lyceum a 74-70 lead. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum had to fight until the final minute to keep its immaculate slate in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament as it turned back San Sebastian, 78-73, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jasper Ayaay delivered the dagger triple with 26 seconds left to give the Pirates a 77-70 lead which as enough cushion for Lyceum to rely on until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more