Police called again as tensions over Belle Vue farmlands intensify

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama again at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on Thursday when farmers blocked the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman’s machinery from clearing farmlands they say has rightfully been theirs for more than 60 years. However, as the events unfolded, popular businessman Deodat Deokinandan, who has been chair of the society since 2013, denied ever threating the farmers as he accused them of squatting on the Society’s land.The intense emotions played out during the morning hours in a usually quiet community which lies near the defunct Wales Sugar Estate. Farmers were adamant that the Co-op Society and Deokinandan, called “Beard Man”, would not touch an inch of the farmland as they blocked an excavator from land clearing operations as they renewed claims of being bullied. This stemmed from an initial stand off from Sunday afternoon after the Society opted to fence sections of the lands and allow cows to graze in the fields which was incensed farmers over their loss of investment.Police ranks called in to settle tensions that erupted on Thursday“He bully us and take the number three section; now we got all this cultivation here and he bullying us for the number four section but we nah decide for this hymac go in one inch here; it got to come out because he taking advantage on us because he has money. He want walk pon all these poor people but this is the end of everything,” farmer Imraz Hassan declared as he stood in front of the hymac.He made his position clearly known when ranks from the Wales Police Station arrived on the scene in a bid to settle escalating tensions. When tensions were less animated on Sunday, one rank had spoken with the sparring farmers that he wanted to preserve law and order but Thursday’s face-off saw a more boisterous demonstration.“This hymac come here illegally. This is not “Beard Man’s” property; this is the Society’s property and this land belongs to the Government of Guyana. We are farmers’ children that lived here for 60-odd years,” Rampertab Rajpat told this newspaper as he told stood in front of the heavy-duty machine.After sugar operations ceased, descendants of Belle Vue farmers moved to plant diversified crops but the businessman, along with several of his central committee members, categorised the demonstrators as squatters.SquattingThe Society provided documents purporting to show that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained.Aggrieved farmer Rampertab RajpatHe says the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue. Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.“The arbitrator gave them a month and a half to pay off their debts and they didn’t pay up so gradually we expelled them and we accepted new members but they going about reaching Government officials until the matter reached the Cabinet with Dr Roger Luncheon. We had a meeting with them and they agree to accept compensation,” she said.Another scene from the heated stand-off which left the hymac suspendedShe also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect. Guyana Times spoke to an unmoved Ferreira who outright denied giving up his land rights.“I aint give up no rights; its three years after bullying that people accept money due to frustration… the Cabinet minutes said the farmers should be reinstated. I am prepared to go, this hymac is going to walk over me today!” expressed Ferreira.However, the machine was removed from the area just before lunchtime. Thereafter the farmers moved to protest the Co-Op Society in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the grazing cows and fences erected could remain in place as the society maintained that since farmers lost their rights it does not intend to pay compensation for the crops they have been planting since 2017. Deokinandan held out that he, nor his society, is obligated to pay any compensation owing to the farmers “squatting” on the land.The Co-op Society shows that Ganpat Rajpat was paid $1.5 million in compensationThe Belle Vue farmers are descendants of multiple sugar cane workers turned farmers who came from all across Guyana and were contracted with Bookers company to supply canes to Wales and live in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme from 1956. Cane operations ended with Government’s closure of Wales Estate in December 2016.last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Magpie defends Pardew: ‘Don’t judge Newcastle without a full-strength team!’

first_imgFormer Newcastle full-back Olivier Bernard has come to the defence of Alan Pardew, telling talkSPORT the under-fire boss doesn’t deserve the criticism currently being thrown at him by supporters.An angry Toon Army were vocal with calls for the boss’ axe during the side’s dreadful 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Saturday.Newcastle have failed to record a win so far this season and currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League with just two points.However, Bernard – a key member of Bobby Robson’s successful Magpies side in the early 2000’s – believes a series of key player exits and early injuries have not been kind to Pardew.Asked if the criticism of the manager is fair, the ex-defender told Drivetime: “No, definitely not.“I wouldn’t judge Pardew before he has his best starting XI available to him, but the question is whether he is the man capable of galvanising the team to start winning games?“Newcastle are a club that should be pushing for Europe and seeing them at the bottom of the table is wrong.“But when you lose players like Siem de Jong, who should be their new captain really because he’s their most mature player now, it’s a big blow for the team.“There’s nothing Pardew can do about that and together with the departure of Yohan Cabaye in January, when your main playmaker leaves you know it’s going to be difficult.”The arrival of Ajax captain De Jong this summer was a major coup for the club, who were hit hard by the departure of star man Cabaye to PSG in January.However, the Dutch forward only played three games in a black and white shirt before being sidelined, while Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, both major members of the Magpies squad, left on transfer deadline day.And after a summer of change, with a total of nine arrivals and eight departures at St James’ Park, Bernard has called for Pardew to have more control over the club’s transfers.He added: “I don’t think Alan Pardew has any real power over the sale of his players and that’s a problem.“With Ben Arfa and Mbiwa joining Cabaye in leaving, all of Newcastle’s best players have gone.“They’ve maybe made too many changes over the summer, the new players need time to adapt to the English game and that’s where the problem lies.“They only replaced players who left, they didn’t bring in any additional support, and until they address that and strengthen the squad they will continue to struggle.”last_img read more

Donegal liquor company in Good Spirits for Philadelphia showcase

first_imgDonegal-based Muff Liquor Company is one of two North West companies in Philadelphia this week to take part in a prestigious Irish American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Craft Drinks event. Muff Liquor Company from Donegal and Derry-based Baronscourt Brewing Company will showcase their products as well as connecting with drinks distributors and business leaders with a view to expanding their networks into the Greater Philadelphia region.The companies will travel along with representatives from the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal and Derry City and Strabane District Council to participate in the prestigious “In Good Spirits” event, following an invitation from the Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia. The event is part of the strategic Ireland Northwest initiative between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and their partners to develop in-market support for local companies to help them build relationships to support the development of export opportunities.The Councils have been working closely with the IACC and Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to promote the North West region and are delighted that Muff and Baronscourt Liquor can avail of the unique opportunity to further develop their exports into the US market.The two local companies will be joined at the event by Teeling Whiskey, Drioglann Local Measc Distillery, as well as distillers from Philadelphia.The “In Good Spirits” event will feature a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Terese Waldron, Director of Graduate Food Marketing Program at Saint Joseph’s University. There will be drinks experts from  Pennsylvania and Irish industry taking part including, Eve-Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, responsible for The Food Coast Initiative); John Teeling of Teeling Whiskey; Andrew Auwerda, President & Co-Founder of Philadelphia Distilling and John Cooper, Co-Founder of Mountain Laurel Spirits (Dad’s Hat Rye).The panel discussion will be followed by a tasting session featuring The Muff Liquor Company, Teeling Whiskey, Baronscourt Brewing Co., Lough Mask Distillery, Powers Irish Whiskey, Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, and Manatawny Still Works. The participants will get an opportunity to pitch their products and meet with industry experts who will assist the companies seeking market entry and develop local partnerships.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said the visit highlighted two important strands of their strategy in Donegal – the continued support to make Donegal famous for food and the emphasis on helping small businesses from the county to look beyond local markets.“We have an amazing cohort of businesses in Donegal and we are working hard now with our businesses to find out what really drives the people who are exporting so we can help others achieve that too.“This trip is just one part of that strategy and we are confident that the links we have been forging over the past few years in places like Philadelphia, Boston and New York through the Diaspora project will bear fruit for businesses here.” Welcoming Derry City and Strabane District Council’s participation in the event, Director of Business Stephen Gillespie said the visit is part of the Ireland Northwest’s strategic objectives, aimed at assisting local companies to internationalise their business, increase their business connections and exports.A key element of this visit is that it aligns with the objectives set out in the recently launched Council food and drink strategy.“This is a great opportunity for Baronscourt Brewing Co. and Muff Liquor Company to showcase their products and further develop their links with drink distributors in the US.“It’s a huge privilege for us to be invited to take part in this prestigious event and to be given a platform to promote the North West region as a food and drink destination. “The event will be attended by a range of influencers in the drinks sector and our participation at this showcase is a testament to the ongoing relationship we have developed with Philadelphia during our trade investment visits,” he said.Alanna M. Barry McCloskey, Business Manager and Marketing Coordinator with the Irish American Business Chamber and Network said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Irish American Business Chamber & Network, we are thrilled to welcome a delegation of Irish craft distillers and brewers and representatives from Derry City and Strabane and Donegal County Councils.“Our visiting companies will meet with various Chamber members, local business leaders, and government representatives with the goal of expanding their networks and expanding into the Greater Philadelphia region.“We are very much looking forward to introducing our visiting companies to the Irish Chamber membership at a special event, In Good Spirits: The Rise of Craft Distilling and Brewing in Pennsylvania and Ireland. This panel discussion and tasting session will feature both Irish and Pennsylvania companies and highlight the parallel track of the craft industries in Pennsylvania and Ireland.“Throughout the Chamber’s 20-year history, we have welcomed delegations of Irish companies and government representatives to the Philadelphia Region.“We actively work to promote the Island of Ireland in the Philadelphia region and conversely, highlight Philadelphia as a destination for Irish businesses, trade and investment.”The delegation departed to Philadelphia on Wednesday 15th May.Further trade missions are scheduled to take place to both Boston and Philadelphia in November when both Councils will be supporting a range of local companies to assess their readiness to export and gear up to target and explore new business opportunities in export markets.Donegal liquor company in Good Spirits for Philadelphia showcase was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Best online casinos inspired by football

first_imgWhat are the chances of Chelsea making a major challenge for the Premier League title this season?According to some of the best casinos inspired by football, Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City are likely to be the two frontrunners again. But UK casinos aren’t writing off Chelsea, who have looked impressive during pre-season.The latest win under new boss Frank Lampard came in Austria, where they beat RB Salzburg 5-3. Two of the goals were scored by Christian Pulisic, whose recent performances have been encouraging.Life after HazardReplacing talisman Hazard following his summer move to Real Madrid is an unenviable task, but Pulisic is rated as one of the best young players in the game and Chelsea will be hoping he can hit the ground running. The American playmaker has obvious ability and potential. The question is whether he can quickly adapt to the pace and physicality of English football. If he can, then Hazard might not be so badly missed after all.Midfield optionsChelsea’s strength definitely appears to be in midfield, where Lampard has some outstanding options. The new boss will surely move N’Golo Kante back to his preferred defensive midfield role, with the Frenchman having been controversially deployed in a more attacking position under Lampard’s predecessor Maurizio Sarri. It will be like a new signing for the Blues.In terms of more attacking midfield options, there are plenty. Ross Barkley has looked great in pre-season, as has young Mason Mount, who was on loan at Derby County under Lampard last season. Jorginho, Sarri’s flagship signing last summer, has not followed his old boss back to Italy and will be hoping to prove a point in his second season at Stamford Bridge. Mateo Kovacic has been signed on a permanent deal from Real Madrid and of course there’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is recovering from an Achilles injury.Giving youth a chanceLampard’s determination to give home-grown talent a chance to flourish is a great chance for Loftus-Cheek to establish himself – and he’s not alone. It looks like being a big season for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is also recovering from an Achilles injury, while Mount looks like a brilliant prospect. Find best guide about online casinos. If the youngsters can step up and prove themselves, and if Lampard can stamp out the kind of defensive shortcomings which plagued Chelsea under Sarri, then they could well give City and Liverpool a run for their money. Many casinos realise this, but others are underestimating Chelsea’s chances.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

USDA allows producers to opt out of MPP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018.“Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018,” said Rob Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of MPP-Dairy program participants.”To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would not receive any MPP-Dairy benefits if payments are triggered for 2018. Full details will be included in a subsequent Federal Register Notice. The decision would be for 2018 only and is not retroactive.The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the producer.MPP-Dairy gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment ends on Dec. 15, 2017, for coverage in calendar year 2018. Participating farmers will remain in the program through Dec. 31, 2018, and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee for 2018 coverage. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level from the previous coverage year during open enrollment.Dairy operations enrolling in the program must meet conservation compliance provisions and cannot participate in the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance Program. Producers can mail the appropriate form to the producer’s administrative county FSA office, along with applicable fees, without necessitating a trip to the local FSA office. If electing higher coverage for 2018, dairy producers can either pay the premium in full at the time of enrollment or pay 100 percent of the premium by Sept. 1, 2018. Premium fees may be paid directly to FSA or producers can work with their milk handlers to remit premiums on their behalf.USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the MPP-Dairy.last_img read more

A Spotlight on Building Resilience: The Daily Influence of Positive Emotions

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTPixabay[Emoticons by freeGraphicToday on November 25, 2017, CC0]Stress and anxiety can sometimes make it hard to focus on the good and simple things in life. We all have bad days, where the negatives seem to outweigh the positives. How can we foster experiences of happiness, gratitude, contentment, and love during times of hardship? These positive emotions play a pivotal role in in our ability to cope through adversity.Dr. Michele Tugade, Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College, presents this two minute lecture series on how experiencing positive emotions actually increases resilience when we face adversity. But what is resilience? According to Tugade, resilience is the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing stress.She specializes in the field of Positive Psychology, which focuses on positive emotions and people’s strengths when facing difficult times. She gives insight on the role that positive emotions can play; that they can be a time for reflection where you can broaden your scope of thoughts and can lead to seeing the world in a new light. These emotions also build up important resources and a bank of accumulated positivity that people can access during difficult times.Dr. Tugade doesn’t discount the experiences of negative emotions either. In fact, she highlights their benefits as part of the human experience. When we face a challenge or a stressor, negative emotions like anger and fear prepare and motivate us to either face that challenge head on or to live to fight another day.Putting positivity into practice can be as simple as smiling at a stranger you pass on the sidewalk or holding the door open for someone. Small acts of kindness like these can go a long way with people.Want to learn more about positive emotions and resilience? MFLN Family Development has resources for you! Be sure to check out one of our past blog’s here on using positive emotions in everyday life. Also, watch our webinar, “Bending, Not Breaking: Resilience and the Role of Positive Emotions during Times of Stress,” from our 2017 Virtual Learning Conference.ReferencesDon’t Worry, Be Happy. (2009). Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6Vv8gHq8wThis post was written  by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more