Field workers attached to two gangs at the Blairmont Sugar Estate are on strike over a price dispute with management and in two days have cost the estate to lose 527 man days.The workers began their industrial action on Thursday after being unable to come to an agreement with management over the price being paid per bed of cane. The workers are claiming that the cane is spaced and short which would result in them receiving low tonnage, hence the request for a higher price.Two hundred and forty workers attached to 61B Gang showed up for work on Thursday but did not work, while 260 workers attached to QHE6 Gang showed up on Thursday and took strike action. On Friday, all of the 240 workers attached to 61B took strike action while 145 showed up for work from QHE6 Gang and 97 refused to work.The workers are also concerned about the state of the roads leading to the cane fields. The striking cane harvesters are being backed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).Regional Branch Coordinator of GAWU Harvey Tambron says management benefited from a long out of crop period which could have been utilised to repair the roads. “Management had enough time to repair the roads. The roads are in a bad condition.” Tambron noted that management had the materials to carry out road repair during the out of crop period. He said the work could have been contracted to harvesters.The Blairmont Estate which commenced grinding on Saturday had a target of 20,281 tons for this crop.
The overall track winner for this season is Dane Lucas, King of the Hill went to Mason Dufresne, Todd Johnson was the Pure Street King of the Hill, and Lane DeRose was the Junior King of the Hill.The top Box Class racer was Kelsey Dufresne, the No Box Class winner was Warren Hillis, Dane Lucas took a second award as he won the Pure Street Class, and Tim Kozie took the Bike/Sled Class crown.Meanwhile, in the final race event of the season, the Bumper to Bumper Bracket Nationals, Saturday’s winners included Devon Kowalski in the Junior Class. Gord Pruden won in the Pure Street Class, Tim Kozie finished first in the Bike/Sled events. In the No Box Class races, Warren Hillis finished first, and in the Box Class races, Kelly Dufresne was the winner.- Advertisement -In Sunday’s events, Lane DeRose was first in the Junior Class, Dane Lucas was the winner in the Pure Street Class, Jason Bezovie took top spot in the Bike/Sled races, Darrel Charles won in the No Box Class, Mike Lucas was the winner in the Box Class, and Junior Jackpot winner was Tyler Musgrove, while the Overall Jackpot winner was Marlin Chase.
It is a BIG day in Chetwynd today; the first commercial wind turbines in the Province have arrived in their new home.Eight Vestas 3 MW turbines travelled on a 6,000 foot train, with each turbine blade alone taking up two rail cars.They will take up residence at EarthFirst Canada’s Dokie 1 Wind Project site, 40 km west of Chetwynd. They will be installed by the end of the year with another 40 turbines scheduled to arrive in 2009.- Advertisement -The project as a whole is expected to cost $360 million. When completed, the Dokie Wind Farm is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 34,000 homes.
Entering the final few minutes, Milan were heading for a 0-0 draw against Bologna when Mario Balotelli produced this stunning strike.It was enough to seal all three points last February. With the ability to conjure up moments of magic like the one in the video above, would you sign a player like Balotelli?The Reds initially enquired about a loan deal for the striker, but are now reportedly interested in taking him on a permanent move, with one report linking them with a £17.5m bid.He is a goal scorer and if that is what Liverpool want as they prepare for Champions League football and another attempt at Premier League glory, then he’s your man. Or is he? Check out what some Reds fans had to say about the transfer rumour and watch more of his great goals below.
Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby is on the verge of agreeing a move to Hamburg.Reports have emerged that the Spurs star underwent a medical with the German club on Monday ahead of a proposed season-long loan deal.Holtby signed for the White Hart Lane side in January 2013 from Schalke but has struggled to establish himself in the starting line-up in north London.A six-month loan spell at Fulham last season proved unsuccessful as the Cottagers were relegated to the Championship and manager Felix Magath criticised Holtby’s attitude.Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival as Spurs head coach offered renewed hope for the midfielder but despite a promising pre-season campaign, Holtby has not started any of Tottenham’s three Premier League matches so far. Lewis Holtby in action for Tottenham 1
1 Manchester United striker Robin van Persie Robin van Persie has declared himself and fit and ready to feature in Sunday’s Manchester derby.The Dutch striker has missed Manchester United’s last six games after suffering an ankle injury during the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21.Louis van Gaal said last week he did not expect the 31-year-old to be back for the clash with rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.But Van Persie revealed on Wednesday that he has overcome his injury and is available to play.He Tweeted: “Back to training with the group today. Was a great session. Happy to be fit and able to play again. Looking forward to my next game!”Even if Van Gaal considers Van Persie to be fit to take part in the derby, it is hard to see how he would fit into the starting XI.United have been in impressive form without the former Arsenal star, who has scored just 10 goals this term.During his absence, the Red Devils have only lost once – against his old employers in the FA Cup.United have recorded creditable victories over Tottenham and Liverpool and last Saturday they moved above City into third with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.Wayne Rooney scored a stunning volley during the win. The United skipper has performed well up front in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Ashley Young and Juan Mata, who scored both goals in the 2-1 win at Anfield two-and-a-half weeks ago. Marouane Fellaini has also provided able and robust support from midfield.
6 1. Manchester United – A dream move for both parties. Ronaldo enjoyed his six-year spell at Old Trafford and has often spoke of his love for the club, telling the Telegraph in 2014: ‘I love Manchester. Everyone knows that. Manchester is in my heart’. He played under compatriot Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and the Red Devils could afford his services. With his age in mind, would he really want to risk tarnishing his first spell in England? On the other hand, he could be the ideal replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6 Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly stunned Real Madrid – and the world of football – by telling the Spanish giants he wants out.The 32-year-old is ready to leave the Liga and Champions League winners this summer after being hit with tax evasion charges – READ MORE HERE.Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of 14.7million euros over image rights payments – allegations he strenuously denied – and he is said to be ‘outraged’ by the treatment he has received.If these reports are to be believed, there are only a handful of clubs in world football that could afford the Portuguese star, who is currently with his national team at the Confederations Cup.He only signed a new five-year deal with Los Blancos in December and interested parties would have to break the bank to sign him before agreeing to his eye-watering wage demands.talkSPORT has taken a look a possible destinations for Ronaldo should he leave the Bernabeu. Given the size of the club, where does he go from here? Many of his options will be a step down for a player who remains at the top of his game. Click the right arrow, above, to see six possible options for Cristiano Ronaldo and comment with your thoughts below… 5. Chinese Super League – A move that would truly rock world football. The Sun reported last week he will be offered £105m-a-year (yes, you read that correctly), making him the highest-paid athlete ever. It would be a huge statement of intent by the league but, as with the MLS move, it would be a massive step down from the top of his game, damaging his Ballon dOr hopes and claims he is the best in the world ahead of Lionel Messi. 6 6 6 2. Paris Saint-Germain – The lure of an even more lucrative contract, as well as a project to help PSG win the Champions League, could be enough to bring the 32-year-old to the French capital. The Ligue 1 club are one of few in the world that could afford him. 4. Sporting Lisbon – Completing a full circle and returning to the club where it all started but surely it is too early for this? The Portuguese hero signed a new contract at Madrid in December and revealed his desire to play on for a further decade, so maybe this could happen later in his 30s, as it would be a big step down when he is still at the top of his game, though not as much as MLS or China. 3. Bayern Munich – When you leave Real Madrid, any move will probably be a step down. Aside from Barcelona and Manchester United, the next best would probably be German giants Bayern Munich, managed by former Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti. Ronaldo would also get the chance to win a title in another European league, while being surrounded by stars and competing for the Champions League trophy. Would Bayern huge as they are be able to afford him, though? 6. Major League Soccer (USA) – click the right arrow, above, to see more possible options for Cristiano Ronaldo… – You would not be surprised if Cristiano Ronaldo conquers America but most likely after his career as a football player comes to an end. MLS would be a huge step down, but a statement signing eclipsing LA Galaxys deal with David Beckham in 2007. It remains to be seen whether clubs could afford him, but Ronaldo would undoubtedly like the American lifestyle. He would effectively be retiring by moving there now, though. 6
Mo Farah makes his famous Mobot gesture. He officially received his knighthood from the Queen on Tuesday. Courtesy photo.Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood from the Queen describing the moment as “incredible”.The four-time Olympic champion was honoured at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for his services to athletics, and swapped his running kit for a top hat and a full morning suit.Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, will be moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.“Over the years you dream of becoming something or doing something in your career, to take it to the highest level and become an Olympic champion – that was always the dream,” Sir Mo said. “As an eight-year-old coming from Somalia and not speaking a word of English, to be recognised by your country, it is incredible.”On being handed the honour by the Queen, Sir Mo said she told him he has been “going too long” and asked him if he has retired.“I said ‘no, I am going to run the London Marathon – I want to go into roads’. She said that’s marvellous,” Sir Mo said.Farah received the honour on Tuesday at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace (PA). Quizzed on whether he had taught the monarch to do the Mobot, letting out a loud chuckle, he said no as it is “far too rude – not in Buckingham Palace”.Comments
Triceratops and its buddies carried around fine sets of self-sharpening steak knives (to eat plants).Imagine finding dinosaur teeth so well preserved you could put them in a cow and they would work. That’s what biology prof Gregory Erickson (photo) says about teeth of Triceratops examined by a team of paleontologists and engineers at Florida State. They could see five distinct layers in the teeth, compared to mammals’ four and crocodiles’ two. “Each of those tissues does something,” Erickson says. “They’re not just there for looks.”Moreover, Science Daily says, the dino teeth are self-sharpening. This is a stunning case of “paleo-engineering” the headline announces; in fact, Brandon Krick, a professor of engineering from Lehigh University and an expert in tribology (the study of surfaces in motion), found that these self-sharpening teeth are so good, he’s getting ideas for “new engineering techniques that can be used for industrial and commercial applications.”A sophisticated three-dimensional model was developed to show how each tissue wore with use in a strategic manner to create a complex surface with a fuller (a recessed area in the middle, much like those seen in fighting knives and swords) on each tooth. This served to reduce friction during biting and promote efficient feeding….“Paleontologists challenged us with an interesting engineering problem, and now, we have a wear model that can be used to design material systems with optimized wear properties and surface features for many applications,” Krick said.A short video on Live Science features Erickson calling this a “remarkably complex tooth” – with emphasis on the adjective. “It rivals modern mammal teeth such as horse teeth in sophistication,” he says. “The material properties of these 70-million-year-old teeth are still preserved. You essentially could take these teeth and put it in an animal today; they would self-wear back to their functional morphology and function today.” Mammals used to be thought to have the most complex teeth that ever evolved, but Erickson says that Triceratops teeth are even more complex; they are “far more intricate than any reptile or mammal living today.” They provided “very efficient feeding” on the bulky plant material that comprised their diet.Meet RegaliceratopsSpeaking of horned dinosaurs, a new species with an ornate frill was announced in Current Biology by paleontologists in Alberta. Nature calls it “bizarre” because of its “strange halo of bony spikes.” An artist’s representation is shown at PhysOrg and Live Science. Though its genus name Regaliceratops refers to its royal-looking crowned frill (with a hat tip also to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada), some of the fossil hunters are calling it “Hellboy” over its fearsome appearance.The scientists are invoking convergent evolution again. Caleb Brown from the museum calls this “bizarre” dinosaur “the first to show evolutionary convergence in horn-like structures between different horned-dinosaur subfamilies.” To the discoverers, convergence is just a fact of life everywhere in the fossil record:Most surprisingly, Regaliceratops exhibits a suite of cranial ornamentations that are superficially similar to Campanian centrosaurines, indicating both exploration of novel display morphospace in Chasmosaurinae, especially Maastrichtian forms, and convergent evolution in horn morphology with the recently extinct Centrosaurinae. This marks the first time that evolutionary convergence in horn-like display structures has been demonstrated between dinosaur clades, similar to those seen in fossil and extant mammals.All the reporters bought the convergence line without criticism. Laura Geggel at Live Science, for instance, dutifully reported that it’s “the first example of a horned dinosaur showing evolutionary convergence, meaning that these two groups developed similar features independently of each other.”Let’s get this straight. Blind forces of evolution hit upon complex self-sharpening teeth that engineers would like to imitate. And these teeth are 70 million years old but still work today. This is known as cognitive dissonance, an affliction of evolutionists who refuse to abandon a falsified worldview even when it bites them in the behind. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
1 December 2011Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called on young South Africans leaving school and those in the country’s colleges and universities to get tested for HIV/Aids.Speaking ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday, Nzimande said young people should ensure they were well informed about the pandemic and avoid exposing themselves to the risks of contracting the virus.“I particularly want to call upon those who are about to start at institutions of higher learning, who will for the first time in their lives be independent and away from direct parental supervision, to get information and knowledge so that they may behave in a way that does not expose them to the risk of contracting HIV.”World Aids Day serves as an important reminder to all South Africans that HIV/Aids has not gone away. There is still a vital need to increase awareness, strengthen support and improve education.The Department of Higher Education and Training has made a commitment to incorporate the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic in all its skills development initiatives at colleges and universities.A study released by the Higher Education and HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS) last year revealed that, among students who reported having had sex, HIV prevalence was about 4 percent.The study was conducted two years ago using a sample of 17 000 students, 1 880 academic staff and 4 433 administrative and services staff.“We have incorporated the fight against this pandemic simply because as a country, we cannot afford to train our youth and young adults for the grave,” Nzimande said.“We need them for the workplace and effective participation in our society’s social and economic activities.”Nzimande appealed to youngsters to delay involvement in sexual relationships. “However, those who choose to be sexually active should always use a condom, be faithful to their partner, and at all costs avoid multiple and concurrent sexual partners.”Source: BuaNews