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… to boost research capacity of GSA studentsAgriculture Minister Noel Holder on Friday commissioned a new Climatological Station in the compound of theClimatologist Komalchand Dhiram explains to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder how one of the instruments at the Climatological Station will be used to gather dataGuyana School of Agriculture (GSA), Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara. The new station was established as a collaborative effort between the Hydromet Department and the GSA and will see students pursuing certificates and Diplomas in Agriculture benefiting from the facility, as the station will be used mainly for research purposes.Minister Holder, during his address to the gathering, described the occasion as timely, as it fits into the Ministry’s vision of transforming the sector.“With data from this station, we will be able to plan, in a scientific manner, improvements in both our agricultural practices and production in this era of global climate change,” the Minister said.The Agriculture Minister stressed the importance of placing greater emphasis on providing people with the timely information necessary to protect themselves from extreme weather conditions. “Early warnings of danger can not only help communities to respond and adapt to risks posed by climate change, but also raise awareness of the causes and effects of climate chang,” Minister Holder added.The effects of climate change are magnified and multiplied in poor communities. With these facts being known, global Meteorological centres have focused on generating forecasts. The Agriculture Ministry, through its national weather service’s Hydromet Office, permits the public to be more climate smart, through the use of climate and weather information to make informed decisions.With the commissioning of the station, the Hydromet Service now has a total of eleven established climatological stations across Guyana which allows them to better monitor weather variables experienced in the various locations, in all the regions. Agriculture being the pillar of the productive sector as it contributes significantly to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product, this station serves as an intervention towards improving agricultural output.While offering remarks at the commissioning, Climatologist (ag) at the Hydromet Department Komalchand Dhiram, explained that the station will be used mainly for observational purposes. “This is primarily an observational station but to some extent, it will function as a means to carry out seasonal forecasting. With this data, farmers can know what crops to plant during a given season. The more stations we have in a specific grid gives a wider scope which will allow for a more accurate forecast,” Dhiram said.By introducing a Climatological Station at the Guyana School of Agriculture, an average of 120 students per year will be exposed to practical experience in Agricultural Meteorology. This will assist greatly in enabling students to link the theoretical aspect of climatology with the practical aspect, as students will be able to gain additional knowledge in reading and recording climate data.More specifically, the instruments will enable the collection of rainfall, air temperature, wind speed, sunshine and evaporation. Data collected will provide opportunities for more focused research in crop production, adaptation, improved resilience and other suitable interventions to cope with the changes in climate in addition to providing an opportunity to undertake analysis in real time in a strategic location.The Climatological Station was built as at cost of approximately $1.6 million.
The financial challenges of the sugar sector resulted in the recent declaration by the Finance Minister that the industry was “not as sweet” as before. As such, the call for diversification of Estates has been made to assist in the sustenance of the ailing industry.However, there has been a lack of consultations with some of the requisite stakeholders on the part of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).This is according to President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, who, in an interview with Guyana Times, on Tuesday, said that GuySuCo has not engaged the Union in discussions on the plans to diversify the industry.“The Union was not told by GuySuCo about the nature of the ventures; we were told in January that they would reach us back to inform us about that,” Chand said.The GAWU President noted that previous attempts at diversification were unsuccessful.GAWU President Komal Chand“GuySuCo went into dairy, aquaculture in the 70s, [but] they all failed and were abandoned and the employment of workers and persons in those ventures [were] very minimal,” Chand expressed.These sentiments were echoed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who on Monday noted that any attempt at diversification has to be realistic.“Diversification of sugar was attempted in the 1970s, but we have to do more than attempt, we have to be realistic,” the Finance Minister pointed out.Government, through the Government Information Agency (GINA), announced on Wednesday last that the Wales Sugar Estate would be converted into a factory that would process dairy products and fruit juices among other products. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had pointed out that the reorganisation of Wales would “create opportunities for local farmers”, and noted that since the lands will no longer be used for sugar cane cultivation, it will be allocated for cattle rearing, and cultivation of a myriad of crops to sustain the operations of the juice plant.“We can see the land being used for dairy production, and we can see some land being made available to people in the area so that they could farm and provide milk, provide fruit juices, provide things of that nature, and we would want to see that replicated in other estates,” Holder told GINA.He further noted that the decision presented an opportunity to convert the Estate into a model for others in terms of the sugar industry’s diversification.Earlier this year, the Government pointed out that finances were “simply not available” to divert funds from the other Estates to keep Wales afloat as this would “seriously jeopardise” the future of the other estates. As such, the Administration had maintained that the decision to close the Wales Estate was final.In January, Government confirmed that the Wales Estate would cease sugar operations by the end of this year.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Alex Tyler has urged Liberians to grow their own food in order to feed themselves.Speaker Tyler made the call recently at the launch of Liberia Business Incubator, a fully incorporated Liberian owned agriculture firm created in 2010 to tackle food insecurity in the country by improving the livelihood of farmers.Speaker Tyler said Liberia has been depending on imports, even for rice, its staple food and other foods that can be grown in the country. “It’s time for Liberians to invest in the soil and grow food and fruits that the country will need for survival as means of promoting the Ministry of Agriculture.“We should stop depending on imported food and fruits and focus our attention on our soil. We have a very rich soil that puts out good produce but we are still focusing on imported foods, which is a major problem for us,” he stated. He urged Liberians to join farming activities to reduce the prices of foods in the market. He thanked the United States Agency for Development and Food Enterprise Development (USAID FED) for the great job they are doing to empowering local farmers to produce food in the country.He said the Liberian government will take into consideration the establishment of plants that will help farmers keep their products in better condition.“The issue that has been difficult to address is how our farmers preserve what they produce. We have established plants for processing facilities but we need to start thinking about building facilities that will preserve the produce,” Speaker Tyler said.“We’ve been eating rice for too long and it’s important to eat other foods,” he said, adding, “let’s encourage our farmers to work tirelessly in producing the best food and at the same time promote their products by purchasing them.”USAID FED Chief of Party Agnes Luz disclosed that Liberians have expressed great interest in the agriculture sector that encouraged USAID FED to invest US $75Million in five years to empower Liberians to produce their own food.She said the farmers have generally benefitted from the provisions of hand tools, better quality cassava planting materials and training that have improved their knowledge in cassava farming.She pledged her organization’s commitment to continue empowering and improving the lives of farmers by ensuring that farmers in Liberia export food to other countries like the United States and France.She said her organization began to support LBI through the procurement of cassava processing equipment and helped LBI add value to cassava by processing it into products such as gari, fufu, flour among others.Commerce Minister Axel Addy asserted that the major problem Liberian farmers are facing is marketing their produce. He said he has noticed the willingness of Liberians to grow their own food but there is a need for the government to make farmers work more effective by adding value to their produce.“They are being put into place and we need to pass a bill that government will buy 25% of what is produced by farmers in terms of rice, cassava among others,” Minister Addy said.He urged farmers to improve their activities by adding more values to their production by fixing different kinds of food.“Transformation does not come from government alone but the citizens must take up the challenge to improve the living conditions of everyone by contributing to the country,” he said.The LBI cassava processing facility’s CEO Rugie Barry said what prompted her to establish the processing industry is to improve her country’s agriculture activities by providing and processing Liberia’s local food.“Cassava is Liberia’s second staple crop and one of the primary sources of income for rural farmers and it plays a role in food security, especially since it can be harvested before the rice harvest and is often planted as a follow-on crop to rice. “Following my travel to other countries, I noticed that all of the food that grow in Liberia were processed and sold in super markets and other areas, and after I attended the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP-Liberia),it encouraged me to begin investing into planting cassava and today my dream of having a processing industry has come true,” Rugie explained.She disclosed that she has started exporting locally made products including gari, fufu, among others to the United States and hoped to export them to other countries.Meanwhile, the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) Program in collaboration with the Government of Liberia (GoL) inaugurated the Liberia Business Incubator (LBI) Cassava Processing Facility recently in Lower Virginia, Montserrado County. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With the intention of improving its services and upgrading the quality, the Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNSC) has made a sizeable investment in constructing a new state-of-the-art warehouse that was officially opened for business on Monday.In providing an overview of the project, Managing Director of GNSC Andrew Astwood declared that the facility was identified as a priority capital investment for the company, which cost the company $125.942 million. He said it was the most costly investment the GNSC has ever made.Astwood said although there were some challenges during the construction phase which led to an extension in the official period, the project was, nevertheless, successful.“This is the first newly-built structure as a part of the modernisation process which adds to the major upgrades and rehabilitation of several other sections of the facility that we would have embarked on over the years,” the Managing Director added.The corporation’s Managing Director said that the storage facility is 12,600 square feet with modern amenities and features. The dimensions of the warehouse are 140 by 90 feet, with a height of 25 feet, and open storage layout with stacking height up to 20 feet.In addition to that, the facility has a concrete steel frame with side ventilation, reinforced concrete flooring, two access ramps, two automatic roller shutter doors and an air-conditioned office with internal washroom and superior lighting. The capacity of the warehouse is up to 2500 tonnes of bulk cargo such as rice. It also has safe security features.“The project signifies our commitment to the development of our infrastructure to better satisfy the needs of our customers and principles and position ourselves as the perfect logistics partner for business and investment in the maritime and new and emerging oil and gas sector,” he added.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan who delivered the feature address at the event, spoke to the need for more investments of this nature.He pointed to the fact that more opportunities will open up through the impending oil sector.The brand-new state-of-the-art warehouse facility at GNSC“As a company with many years of experience, I expect that your sagacity will cause you to experience new business opportunities in this new sector. I encourage you to take advantage of the many business opportunities that this nascent sector promises so as to ensure that your company remains profitable and competitive,” he stated.The Minister alluded to the fact that many State-owned companies face severe pressure. He noted that Government has, over the years, supported many State agencies, the most recent being the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), and the Guyana National Printers Limited.“The competition is fierce but this time go head-on with imagination, innovation, and foresight. It will require visionary leadership from the Board of Directors and management. There will be call for a motivated and skilful workforce that is dedicated to making the corporation number one,” he said.Jordan acknowledged that the GNSC’s strategic plan, which highlights warehouse development, equipment renewal and works rehabilitation as critical to the success of the programme. He said while a lot of brainstorming may have led to that plan, sticking it out and ensuring implementation takes places is key to the success of the company.The grand opening was attended by several top executives of the GNSC including the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lance Carberry, among several others.The Guyana National Shipping Corporation Limited renders maritime transportation services to all sectors of the economy.The company’s major role in the shipping industry is the provision of related quality services to ship owners, operators, and other customers, locally and internationally.
Canfor has announced it will make more curtailments to its sawmills in Fort St. John and around British Columbia and Alberta.The one week curtailment to the city’s sawmill will begin on February 9th.Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dave Lefebvre says the curtailments are a result of the ailing softwood lumber markets.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=882|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=334014d5f5d94915fdfa4c2878720e7b-dave lefebvre 1_1_Pub.mp3]The short-term cut-backs will affect 23 hundred people, 140 of which are in Fort St. John alone.Mr. Lefebvre says he doesn’t know if there will be any more cut-backs.Advertisement [asset|aid=883|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=334014d5f5d94915fdfa4c2878720e7b-Dave Lefebvre 2_1_Pub.mp3]Other regions, including Grande Prairie, will face a two week curtailment. The cut-backs will remove 83 million board feet of production. The Company will also remove the third shift at its Quesnel operation, resulting in a further reduction of Canfor’s lumber production of approximately 100 million board feet on an annualized basis.
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Brendan Rodgers faces a tough few days 1 1 Brendan Rodgers has taken a pretty big gamble on his quest for a top four spot by leaving Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho back on Merseyside, but that doesn’t mean the Liverpool boss doesn’t think his side can win the Europa League.With a massive clash against Man City waiting for them this weekend, the Reds’ paltry 48 hours to prepare for the domestic fixture has seen Rodgers take a calculated risk.That isn’t to say that he is planning on fielding a weakened side against Besiktas.While Coutinho, Henderson and Sakho watch on television, in their places are expected to come Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Joe Allen – three very capable replacements.Liverpool were perhaps a little fortunate to pinch a 1-0 victory against their Turkish opponents in the first leg, and they may require an equal amount of luck if they are to progress to the last-16 of the competition.It is not just on the pitch there is intrigue, with three youngsters all believed to be vying for a spot on the Kop bench.Jordan Lussey, Cameron Brannagan and Jerome Sinclair are rumoured to be scrapping it out for the final spot in the matchday squad, although whether either of them will earn any game time remains unclear.A ‘leaked’ line up has been doing the rounds on Liverpool fan forums.Below is Liverpool’s ‘leaked’ starting XI: GoalkeeperThis will be a big week for Simon Mignolet, who remains under scrutiny, despite a strong show of form since his return to the starting XI. He is almost nailed on to start.DefenceWith Sakho back in England, the stage is set for Lovren to prove his worth. Alongside him will be Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.MidfieldCan has impressed as part of a back-three, but his versatility will likely see him move into defensive midfield. Alongside him will be Allen. Lazar Markovic’s suspension means that Jordon Ibe will retain his place on one flank with Alberto Moreno on the other.AttackLiverpool will miss Coutinho’s creativity, but in his place will be plenty of pace in the shape of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana. Daniel Sturridge remains as striker.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Besiktas? Comment below…Besiktas v Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT, Thursday from 6pm. Click here to stream.
SAN FRANCISCO – Formerly conjoined twins have “excellent” chances of survival after a grueling separation surgery, and one of the toddlers is even breathing on her own, doctors said Friday. Two-year-olds Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias of San Jose, Costa Rica, were conjoined at the chest and abdomen and shared an oversize liver until Monday, when doctors in Palo Alto separated them during a nine-hour surgery. Fiorella – who has always been slightly larger and stronger than Yurelia – was taken off her ventilator Wednesday and has been breathing on her own for two days. “We are very happy with the outcome so far,” said lead surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “These are two very strong little girls.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Although Yurelia is still on a ventilator and heavily sedated, the twins’ cardiovascular intensive care physician said chances for survival are higher than the 50-50 odds doctors gave them earlier this week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ben Chilwell Leicester City have announced that young full-back Ben Chilwell has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract to remain at the KP Stadium.The 19-year-old left-back, who has played three first-team games for Claudio Ranieri’s men, has put pen to paper on a five-year extension that ties him to the Foxes until the summer of 2021.Highly rated at the Premier League champions, the England youth international also impressed whilst on loan with Huddersfield Town last term, and agreeing to the contract extension deals a real blow to Leicester’s top flight rivals Liverpool.The Reds have been tracking the youngster for a number of months, and earlier this week it was reported that they were planning a last-ditch attempt to bring him to Anfield.Speaking following the announcement, manager Claudio Ranieri told the official club website: “It’s fantastic news for us. Ben is a player with a big future and I am very happy that future will be with Leicester City. “Ever since I arrived in Leicester, Ben has been a young player that has shown a lot of promise. He has all the attributes you would want in a defender and shows a lot of maturity for a player of just 19. “He has come back for pre-season in very good condition and is already showing that he is ready to push for a place in the team.” 1