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GuySuCo silent 6 months after Uitvlugt flying knives’ incident

first_img…engineering manager reportedly transferred – sourceBy Shemuel FanfairSix months after what was described as “negligence” wrecked the Uitvlugt Estate’s number two turbine and sent 64 out of 70 knives flying, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is yet to give official word on what specific actions were taken to rein in those responsible for the costly mishap.Guyana Times now understands that an Engineering Manager (name provided) has been transferred to a supervisory post in what a source familiar with last’s year investigation deemed a “demotion”.After this disclosure was made, this newspaper contacted GuySuCo PublicUitvlugt Estate (Agriculture Ministry photo)Relations Officer (PRO) Audreyanna Thomas on Wednesday, and she indicated that she could not at the time respond to queries over what specific actions were taken in light of the investigation. She observed that she would be able to provide more information at a later date.On August 11, 2018, some $18 million worth of sugar cane produce at the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara, was left to spoil after the turbine malfunctioned. Though some of the produce was eventually salvaged, correcting the breakdown was essentially at the expense of the taxpayer. The knives, which are made out of carbon steel, weigh 20lbs each.GuySuCo revealed, later in August 2018, that it launched its investigation by senior management to probe the spoilage and also to understand how the mishap occurred.Though preliminary investigations unearthed by Guyana Times suggested that management was considering “negligence”, official word was never given to solidify this revelation.It was reported in the media that workers had started up the number two turbine at about 09:30h when a section called the “governor” was reportedly not maintained properly in the out of crop period. The turbine has 70 knives on the sharp which spins to shred the canes, and on the day of the mishap, when workers had started the machines, it overspun, and the knives flew out several feet away, which had forced several workers to dart for safety and take cover.Information which this newspaper sourced from the GuySuCo investigation explained that 10 components from the turbine had been destroyed. The Estate Manager, Yudhisthira Mana, had not publically disclosed the full cost to repair the shredder machine, which was reportedly in the millions.<> reported last year that the number two turbine was completely damaged, and it had to be replaced with a turbine from the defunct La Bonne Intention Estate (LBI). The original sharp from the Uitvlugt Estate has also been completely damaged in last year’s mishap. In October 2018, reports surfaced that two mangers were sent on administrative leave to facilitate the probe, but it is yet to be made clear if it was one of those very managers that was supposedly demoted.The Uitvlugt Estate is the lone Demerara Estate, with Wales and East Demerara having been shuttered in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The Special Purposes Unit assumed control of all of the closed estates. Many of the former workers of the Wales Estate, which numbered over 1000, obtained employment at Uitvlugt.last_img read more

WCup expectations a ‘sufferance’ for Messi

first_imgEven before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country’s football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.“The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted” to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.“At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it’s like we’re expected to win.“This is not possible. If we don’t win, it’s him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can’t play, and you can’t enjoy it.”He added: “The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.“It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.“Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated.”Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: “We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn’t generate even more anxiety.“Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance.”Messi’s future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina’s elimination.According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Game over: Argentina’s Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after their 4-3 defeat to France at the World Cup. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMADRID, Spain, Oct 9 – Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the ‘Albiceleste’ were saddled with excessive expectations at the World Cup, stifling the performances of his players, including Lionel Messi.Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France.last_img read more

Welcome to the Valley

first_imgToday, the Los Angeles City Council convenes its first of what will be regularly monthly meetings at the Van Nuys City Hall. While the meetings are still during the day, making it tough for regular working people to attend, the location in the middle of the San Fernando Valley couldn’t be better. It’s a positive sign from a group of people best known in the Valley for their uninterest in these parts. We are heartened by the promise by Council President Eric Garcetti to make sure the usual Friday fluff – visiting dignitaries, honors for local organizations and other weirdness – is kept to a minimum. Like other parts of the city, the people of the Valley have real needs, from street repairs to development to unsafe parks and police presence. So, we welcome the 15 council members to the Valley. Now, get to work. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventlast_img read more


first_imgThe eight men killed in the crash.The families of eight people who died in a car crash in Inishowen, could face costs of more than €10,000 each for copies of Garda documents already prepared for completed legal proceedings.More than 250 witness statements were collected by gardaí in advance of the criminal trial of Shaun Kelly, convicted of dangerous driving in 2014, following the single biggest loss of life from a car crash, in 2010. The Irish Times reports today that families of the bereaved, who asked for copies of the documents at their relatives’ inquest, completed earlier this month, were told they would have to pay for them.Gardaí charge €60 for a copy of the abstract of the Garda report, and €40 for each copy of a witness statement. There are also charges for copies of photographs. At the time of going to press, gardaí could not supply a figure for photograph costs.In 2014, relatives of crash victims were charged €778,000 for crash reports, up from €709,000 in 2013.In 2010, the fees totalled €502,000. But charges were increased during 2011, from €41 for a Garda abstract and €21 for witness reports to the current rate.The following year, 2012, there was a dramatic rise in fees collected, to €731,000.Road safety group Parc (Public Against Road Carnage) has lobbied for the abolition of the fees since 2009.Chairwoman Susan Gray said the organisation is very concerned for families who face the high charges.“These documents are often the only way that families have of getting information about the circumstances which led to their loved one’s death,” she said.An accused person can see the entire book of evidence “free of charge”, but bereaved families are deprived of any information until after the conviction, and “must then go and pay for it”.“This shows little compassion for those who are victims and is perceived as nothing short of a revenue collection exercise on the part of An Garda Síochána,” Ms Gray said.She said the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission gave documents free of charge to relatives on “humanitarian grounds” when they investigate a fatal road traffic collision involving gardaí. She asked why humanitarian grounds could not be applied to other fatal crashes.She said if the Garda needed to raise revenue, this could be done instead from people convicted of breaching road traffic legislation.A Garda spokesman said the fees were originally set by the Department of Justice, to recoup the cost of providing such documents.The Department of Justice has said the charging of fees, and the appropriate level of those fees, are matters for the Garda authorities to decide.INISHOWEN CRASH FAMILIES MAY FACE BILL OF €10,000 EACH FOR GARDA DOCUMENTS was last modified: March 14th, 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) Tags:crashGARDA DOCUMENTSInishowenvictimslast_img read more


first_imgSOMEONE in Ireland has just become a multi-millionaire – by winning the jackpot on the EuroMillions draw.The National Lottery hasn’t said yet where the ticket was sold – so get checking.It could be you. The Winning Numbers are 16 18 26 38 44.The Lucky Stars were 8 10Jackpot: €15,000,000!Nice….  WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON €15,000,000 ON EUROMILLIONS LOTTO was last modified: April 1st, 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:00015euromillionsnational lotterylast_img

24-hour ‘Tennisathon’ raises over €1,400 for three local charities

first_imgInspired by Letterkenny Tennis Club’s community outreach programme, Transition Year student Artur Krzyszkowski decided to take it a step further and raise a substantial amount of money for three great local charities.St. Eunan’s College student Artur and students from three Transition Year groups played tennis for 24 hours at their recent Tennisathon to raise a massive €1,400 for St. Bernadette’s, Little Angels, and the Oncology Department of Letterkenny University Hospital.Sean, Grace and Amy from Colaiste Ailigh present a cheque to St Bernadette’sArtur was inspired by the club’s outreach to the disabled community by encouraging local schools St. Bernadette’s and Little Angels to actively participate in the sport. “This was great work by the tennis club,” Artur said, “but a group of us decided to do our bit too.”LTC’s development officer and coach Gerry Clarke was blown away by the Transition Year students’ thoughtfulness and how well they organised the 24-hour Tennisathon.Julia and Cora from Loreto with a donation to Little Angels“These Transition Year youngsters are outstanding,” remarked Gerry, “not alone did they actively take part in our outreach programme by ‘buddying up’ with and supporting disabled children to play tennis, but on their own initiative and direction they organised the 24-hour charity event to raise money for these great charities.”“At a time when many are critical of Irish youths, Artur and all the Transition Year students have answered in the best way possible,” Gerry remarked proudly. As well as St Bernadette’s and Little Angels benefitting from the event, the third charity chosen was the Oncology Department at Letterkenny University Hospital.Thomas and Arthur from St Eunan’s College present a cheque to the Oncology DepartmentArtur said that he and his fellow students are in awe of the great work done by the fantastic team of staff there.Aspiring Medicine student Artur hopes to specialise in Oncology when he begins third-level education. When asked would he consider combining a career in medicine with politics, a beaming Artur replied ‘moze’!24-hour ‘Tennisathon’ raises over €1,400 for three local charities was last modified: March 30th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Colaiste Ailighletterkenny tennis clubloreto letterkenySt.Eunan’s Collegetennisathonlast_img read more

Woman kills self in Baramati, names CRPF man in suicide note

first_imgA Maharashtra Public Service Commission aspirant killed herself on July 20, 2017 in Baramati after blaming a Central Reserve Police Force commando and seven others in her suicide note, police has said. She had alleged mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons for her decision. The incident occurred in the evening of July 20, 2017, said the distraught kin of the woman. In a detailed and impassioned three-page note, the woman revealed she had known the CRPF commando for the past year-and-a-half and alleged that she had been lured into a physical relationship by him on false promises. The woman had accused others named in note of continuous blackmail and threat in the last three years.”They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the baleful intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation… My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months… seek justice against those named in my letter,” reads the note.An officer with the Baramati Police Station said, “The girl apparently never confided in her parents about these events for fear of causing distress to them. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note and are probing the case to determine all angles.” Police have lodged an FIR under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s kin.last_img read more

Assam district clamps Section 144 for trucks

first_imgThe Goalpara district in western Assam is used to the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure because of ethnic and communal flare-ups. Officials have now used the Section, primarily used to prohibit people from assembling in public places, to stop trucks from parking along a national highway bypassing district headquarters Goalpara, about 160 km west of Guwahati.“Apart from preventing unlawful assembly, Section 144 can be imposed to meet any emergency requirements. In this case, the order has been promulgated to prevent trucks from parking along the highway and causing inconvenience to the local people,” said Ghanshyam Dass, Goalpara’s deputy commissioner.The order, issued on May 21, was based on complaints from people residing along two stretches of the highway – Damra to Dudhnoi and Dhupdhara to Krishnai.District officials said imposing Section 144 specifically for trucks is not common, though the authorities in adjoining Meghalaya had once used the Section to stop overloading of trucks. The Goalpara district, central to the demand for a tribal (Rabha) council, has had a history of clashes between tribal and non-tribal people, specifically migrant Muslims. Six years ago, the district witnessed a conflict between the Rabhas and Garos, two tribal groups spread in parts of Assam and Meghalaya.last_img read more

Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: Nehra

first_imgContrary to popular opinions, former India pacer Ashish Nehra has said India should not rest its pace bowlers during the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be starting two weeks after the cash-rich tournament in India.Nehra, who is now the coach of Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has insisted the fast bowlers play 8-10 matches in IPL 2019 as he believes match practice is necessary for the pacers.The IPL 2019, it has been announced, will start from March 23 and is expected to go on until the first or the second week of May while the World Cup in England will kick off from May 30.England and Australia cricket boards reportedly informed the IPL franchises that their players won’t be available after May 1. Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli wanted the India pacers to skip IPL and focus on World Cup preparations, according to an Indian Express report.”… I think it is a wrong thought-process to rest the World Cup-bound fast bowlers during the IPL. Lohey ko zang lag jaata hai [Iron gets rusted]. No matter how much training you do, you need match practice. If a bowler himself feels he needs rest then that is a different matter. In my view, they should play 8-10 IPL games. It will be helpful for the World Cup,” Nehra told The Mumbai Mirror.”You can get injured any time, not only during the IPL. In the 2011 World Cup, I got injured in the semi-final against Pakistan. You can get injured in practice too. Or even in the first match of the World Cup. We will have a couple of weeks between the IPL and the World Cup, which is sufficient to recover from niggles,” he added.advertisementIndia have been careful about the workload of their World Cup probables, especially their pacers. In-form Jasprit Bumrah, who rattled the Australians in India’s first-ever series win on Australian soil, has been rested from the ongoing ODI series and the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand.Pack of 5-6 pacers bowling well at the same time: NehraMeanwhile, Nehra also pointed out that the current India pace attack is finding a lot of success due to the availability of backup options.Notably, Kohli-led India’s pace attack outshone their Australian counterparts in the Test series. The trio of Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma broke the world record for the most number of wickets by a trio in a calendar year even as the likes of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were warming the benches.”We did not have good backups. Only two-three good bowlers. There was talent though. RP Singh, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel were good Test bowlers for a while. I was struggling with injuries. Ajit Agarkar was doing well in patches. The likes of Debasis Mohanty, Tinu Yohannan, Harvinder Singh came in, but were not able to establish themselves, so there was flux,” Nehra added.”I tell you had we fast bowlers not had the kind of injuries we had, India would have won the series in England in 2002 that we drew 1-1. In Pakistan in 2003-04, Zaheer Khan got injured but Irfan Pathan and L Balaji did well, and we won the series against a very good side.”Now the pack of five-six fast bowlers are all bowling well at the same time. They are fitter too. Of course, you will not often get the stats they got last year, because they played on such helpful pitches in South Africa and England. Now even bowlers such as Umesh and Bhuvneshwar are confined to the bench.”Also Read | India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma tries his hand at floss dance after Sydney masterclassAlso Read | Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar to replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Australia, New ZealandAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso See:last_img read more

Sarri front-runner for Chelsea with Conte exit imminent

first_imgChelsea Sarri the front-runner for Chelsea job as Conte edges closer to exit Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:01 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Maurizio Sarri Antonio Conte Napoli Chelsea 2017-18 Getty/Goal Chelsea Napoli Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues remain keen on replacing their current manager with another Italian coach, who is looking to move on from Napoli Chelsea remain keen to replace Antonio Conte with Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri and it is increasingly a matter of when, rather than if, the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge, Goal understands.Sarri is keen for a move to Chelsea and his enthusiasm for the job has allowed him to become the front-runner ahead of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, whose higher wage demands make him a tougher appointment.Zenit St Petersburg have also made an offer to Sarri, but he is delaying his response in the hope that officials at Stamford Bridge activate his £7 million ($9.3m) release clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is already in talks with Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo after failing to receive an answer following post-season talks to renew the 59-year-old’s contract.In addition to Sarri, Chelsea have also been linked with Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic but he appears to be an outsider for the job, while Monaco have confirmed that Leonardo Jardim will stay in his post, despite Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes taking an interest in placing him at a new club.Meanwhile, the confirmation that Conte will leave Chelsea is imminent, despite his FA Cup final win at Wembley last Saturday against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.Conte’s exit from Chelsea after winning two trophies in two seasons is due to fraught relationships with the club’s board, and he has also left some of his squad feeling either unhappy or indifferent towards him.Antonio Conte ChelseaGary Cahill and Thibaut Courtois have admitted that the speculation around Conte’s future had unsettled the team’s efforts to qualify for the Champions League after Chelsea missed out on a top-four finish.Former Juventus coach Conte will be due a £9m pay-out for the duration of his contract upon his departure from Chelsea, but that will stop if he takes another managerial role.However, with there currently no suitable vacancies for Conte, the Italian may decide to take a break once his Chelsea departure is confirmed.last_img read more