Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Pork Watching Ag Bill Moving Through Indiana Legislature Indiana Pork Watching Ag Bill Moving Through Indiana Legislature SHARE Previous articleWhat is Your Risk Tolerance?Next articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana Pork updateIndiana Senate Bill 476, the grain buyers and warehouse licensing bill, passed the third reading Monday on a 49-0 vote, sending it to the Indiana House for further consideration. Indiana agriculture groups have lobbied for revisions to the state’s grain indemnity and grain buyers and warehouse laws after the closure of Cline Grain in April last year and related issues, uncovered the need for some changes.Over in the Indiana House pork producers are keeping an eye on Rep. David Wolkins’ House Bill 1494. As Josh Trenary, the Executive Director of Indiana Pork explains, the bill helps with clarifications in the confined feeding operations statute.“We’re trying to clarify some things with disclosure requirements in permitting and we’re trying to clarify what types of changes to a facility need what type of agency approval. It’s a because it’s tweaking several different details of the statute and it makes it tough to explain. I think if we can clearly convey what the purpose is and if we can make sure that folks know that we’ve worked with IDEM moving through this to get something in front of the legislature that we’ll be ok.”The newest CFO rule was instituted in 2012 and the need for clarifications emerged after the rule went into effect. At their annual meeting this week, the state’s pork producers heard from the new state administration. Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Ted McKinney is continuing in his role from the Pence years, and Trenary said Indiana Pork was happy to interact with new Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.“I think this administration is going to be very supportive of what we’re trying to do here in Indiana and they’re really going to be a big part of our success,” he told HAT. “We’re happy that the ISDA director is the same for sure, and we’re happy that Ted has been doing a good job of getting the Lt. Governor in front of us so we can start explaining our industry to her and make sure she is on the same page with us. That relationship has all been going well.”Trenary said the national and Indiana landscape will see some significant changes this year when it comes to pork production and processing.“There is going to be some deck chair shuffling with flows of production. We’ve got the Coldwater, Michigan plant that will be coming online so people will be moving around where they sell pigs, and also new facilities are getting constructed to kind of fill in those gaps, so it’s a pretty interesting time to see everything moving around in the industry. We’ve got a lot of new barns coming online and it’s going to be an exciting time. By Andy Eubank – Feb 14, 2017 Facebook Twitter
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Beloved Southern jammers Widespread Panic took the stage at the fabulous Fox Theater last night, kicking off a two-night run with some straight up rock and roll. The band has been on fire of late, and their West Coast run marks the end of a lengthy summer tour leg. With two nights at the historic Oakland, CA venue, WSP took the opportunity to play some of their classic material, and treated fans to some highlights along the way.After opening with “Heroes,” the band played favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Holden Oversoul” and “Weak Brain Narrow Mind.” The first set contained the band’s take on the blues number “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” played for the first time in over a year (7/3/15 – 76 shows). They also had a very special guest during the second set, as percussionist Wally Ingram joined the fray for a “Slippin’ Into Darkness > Travelin’ Light” combination. What a treat to see Ingram joining Sunny Ortiz and helping to drive those two great tunes.Check out video footage of “Blight” from the show, courtesy of MrTopDogger.The full setlist from PanicStream can be seen below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – 7/14/16Set 1: Heroes, Send Your Mind, Holden Oversoul > Weak Brain Narrow Mind, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Shut Up and Drive, Nobody’s Fault But Mine^, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Stop/Go, Dear Mr. Fantasy (70 mins)Set 2: Thought Sausage > Slippin’ Into Darkness* > Travelin’ Light*, Party At Your Mama’s House > Blight > Tie Your Shoes > Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, I’m Not Alone, Blackout Blues (90 mins)Encore: Saint Ex > Action ManNotes * w/ Wally Ingram on percussion^ LTP 7/03/2015 San Antonio (76 shows)
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olivier Raoust Olivier Raoust is the founder and creative force behind Raoust+Partners, a brand consultancy that has worked with almost 40 credit unions over the past 20 years. Passionate about credit … Web: www.meetyourstorytellers.com Details ‘Credit Unions need to get on social media, especially YouTube, because that’s where the action is.’ Great advice as far as it goes. But without a purpose, social media presence doesn’t expand a brand.Some argue that the Facebook ship has sailed—younger people certainly have moved on to other channels. If a credit union is on Facebook, the page should reflect the credit union’s unique personality not serve as a dump for generic copy that could be about any business.Found on Facebook: “Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” Thank you Walt Whitman, but how does that promote a brand or attract new credit union members?Raoust+Partners helps credit unions determine if their culture is a good fit for social media. If so, Raoust+Partners helps create content specifically for those channels aimed at getting results. Credit unions use social media channels effectively and smartly not by pushing product but by creating content that’s an extension of their brand story.YouTube, which has replaced television for many younger people, can be an ideal medium for telling a credit union’s story. At least until the next big thing comes along.Just being on YouTube isn’t enough. What works? Copy developed specifically for YouTube – not rebroadcasts of TV commercials. YouTube gives a credit union time to expand its message beyond a 10-, 15- or 30-second TV spot. Take advantage of it.Keep in mind, though, that people tune in to YouTube to be entertained.No one wants to watch a credit union’s annual meeting on YouTube. Correction: a spot check of three credit union annual meetings showed 14 views, 84 views and 177 views.Not many people really want to watch Blizzard the Penguin visit a credit union either—102 views.Sadly, not many people even want to hear how a credit union helped a college student with her overwhelming debt. In 10 months, 15 views.If the message isn’t entertaining, they’ll tune out. They certainly won’t share it with their friends.True to its name, Innovations Federal Credit Union in Panama City, Fla., a Raoust+Partners client, has mastered the art of telling its story on YouTube in a way that engages viewers and clearly communicates the credit union’s offbeat brand. The well-produced videos give viewers insight into Innovations’ culture.Innovations’ videos are produced solely for YouTube—not TV commercials rebroadcast. CEO David Southall sketched out the credit union’s first YouTube video, Jingle Bells Lip Dub, on a napkin in 2009. He still has the napkin.The video stars not actors, but rather employees who are clearly engaged and having fun. The mimosas may have helped.“Around here, for local Christmas commercials all the employees get together, wave at the camera and say ‘Merry Christmas,’” Southall says. “It’s kind of boring and overdone. We decided we didn’t want to do that.”Raoust+Partners helped take the concept from a napkin to a professional production.“They have some creative minds at Raoust,” Southall says “They made it look professional—rather than something we did homemade. If something is interesting and eye-catching, you want to share it with your friends and family.”So far, 17,383 people have enjoyed the catchy beat and fun vibe of that first video. That engagement, that culture can’t be faked. If that unique exuberance isn’t in a credit union’s DNA, best to avoid the attempt. For Innovations, it worked because the video showcased the credit union’s personality.“That first video said to our community ‘Hey we’re different,’” says Southall, who appears in the videos. “We don’t want to be traditional in anything. Our lobby design is different. The way we hire employees is different. The way we train employees is different.”The Financial Brand ranked Innovations 21 out of the top 100 credit unions on YouTube. More important, as Innovations continued to make more videos, friends and family of employees, credit union members and then others in the community asked to participate. You can’t put a price on that kind of engagement and awareness.A flash mob to open a new branch generated more than 5,000 views. A video entitled Bad Bank Romance has captured 4,219 views.YouTube isn’t the best place to constantly push products but those who know what they’re doing—read Innovations–can bend the rule. Innovations’ 30-second video about an Obstacle-Free Auto Loans collected 53,151 views.The goal of these videos is to reach younger members and potential members. While the average age of credit union members nationwide is about 48, Innovations’ average age is 40 or 41.“Those are the members we want to attract—the kind of members who like the social media piece,” Southall says. “Our older board members—they probably haven’t seen them. Maybe their children or grandchildren saw them.”Saw them and decided Granddad’s credit union wasn’t so fuddy duddy after all.The (off) beat goes on.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus.The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses. Those six — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Texas — make up one-third of the U.S. economy. Fifteen other states have suspended their re-openings. Collectively, the pullback has stalled a tentative recovery in the job market and is likely triggering additional layoffs.Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that the number of applications for unemployment aid fell from 1.4 million in the previous week. The figure has now topped 1 million for 16 straight weeks. Before the pandemic, the record high for weekly unemployment applications was fewer than 700,000.The total number of people who are receiving jobless benefits dropped 700,000 to 18 million. That suggests that some companies are continuing to rehire workers.An additional 1 million people sought benefits last week under a separate program for self-employed and gig workers that has made them eligible for aid for the first time. These figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the government doesn’t include them in the official count.Americans are seeking unemployment aid against the backdrop of a disturbing surge in confirmed viral cases, with increases reported in 38 states. Case counts have especially accelerated in four states that now account for more than half of reported new U.S. cases: Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.The intensifying outbreaks and more stringent government restrictions have slowed economic activity in much of the country and may be weighing on hiring. The government’s jobs report for June showed a solid gain of 4.8 million jobs and an unemployment rate that fell to 11.1% from 13.3%.Yet even so, the economy has regained only about one-third of the jobs that vanished in March and April. And the June jobs report reflected surveys of Americans that were conducted in the middle of that month — before the pandemic flared up again.More recent data are worrisome. Spending on credit and debit cards issued by Bank of America fell in the week that ended June 27 compared with the previous week. Auto and existing-home sales have slowed.Restaurant visits have also leveled off nationally, including in states that haven’t begun to close down again, according to data from OpenTable, the reservations website.“This suggests that renewed fears about the virus, rather than government restrictions, are driving the pullback in activity,” said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, a forecasting firm.Data from Kronos, which produces work-scheduling software for small businesses, reinforces evidence that the recovery of the job market is faltering.In the week that ended July 4, layoffs among Kronos’ clients actually rose and hirings declined. Companies are now laying off an average of nearly three workers for every new hire, the company’s data shows.And in the retail industry, the number of shifts worked changed little last week after steady increases in previous weeks. David Gilbertson, a vice president at Kronos, said this suggests that consumer demand in many cases hasn’t picked up enough to justify more employees.“Everything that’s going to be open is open,” Gilbertson said. “Now, we just need more people to come in and start spending money before things can pick up again.”Several companies have warned in recent days that more layoffs are coming. Levi’s, the iconic jeans maker, said it will cut 700 corporate jobs. United Airlines has warned 36,000 of its employees — nearly half its workforce — that they could lose their jobs in October. (Airlines aren’t allowed to cut jobs until then as a condition of accepting billions of dollars in government rescue aid.)The renewed threat of job losses is arising just as a federal program that provides $600 a week in unemployment benefits, on top of whatever jobless aid each state provides, is to expire at the end of this month. Congressional leaders have said they will take up some form of a new rescue package when lawmakers return later this month from a two-week recess.Administration officials have expressed support for additional stimulus. But Senate Republicans have opposed extending the $600 a week in unemployment benefits, mainly on the ground that it discourages laid-off people from returning to work. House Democrats have pushed to extend the $600 a week through January.
BEAR HUG—Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker (39) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53), defensive end Alex Brown (96) and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer in the first quarter in Chicago. Pittsburgh had two opportunities to win the game but normally reliable kicker Jeff Reed missed two relatively easy kicks, which set up the Bears final drive in which they took all the time off the clock and finally kicked a field goal with just 11 seconds left. This will be a tactic for most teams in the future, to run time off the clock when they have the lead to stop the Steelers from having any chance of coming back late in the fourth quarter to win the game.One good thing did come from the defeat, and that was the running game. Willie Parker had 47 yards on 14 carries and looked impressive on most of his runs. Rashard Mendenhall had 39 yards on just 3 carries. For some reason he didn’t play that much. The Steelers outrushed the Bears 103 to 43, which was a far cry from the 36 yards they got against the Tennessee Titans.The aerial attack as usual was impressive with Roethlisberger battling the Bears’ new gunslinger Jay Cutler. Ben was 23 of 35 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler was 27 of 38 for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns. Again Ben distributed the ball pretty evenly with Hines Ward catching 6 for 57 yards, Santonio Holmes 5 for 83 yards and Heath Miller 3 for 24 yards. However, he needs to find his running backs out of the backfield more and his third receiver. Someone has to step up and take Nate Washington’s place as the third receiver.The Bengals upset the highly rated Packers with Carson Palmer outdueling Aaron Rodgers for a 31-24 hard fought victory. There goes that easy win we thought we had coming with the Bengals. Palmer was 15 of 23 for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. But he was not a one man gang, Cedric Benson ran all over the highly rated Packers defense for 141 yards on 29 carries. The Bengals defense got into the act harassing Rodgers all around the field with Antwan Odom sacking him five times. Rookie Ray Maugluga was also impressive with one sack and two forced fumbles. If Cincinnati had not kept shooting themselves in the foot with 13 penalties for more than 100 yards it may have been a lopsided game.They appear to finally have put it all together, passing, running and defense. But this remains to be seen against the Steelers.The other two teams in the Steelers division did as was expected. The Baltimore Ravens, behind a last minute game saving tackle by none other than Ray Lewis, beat the explosive San Diego Chargers 31-26 to stay undefeated at 2-0. Phillip Rivers had the best game of his career going 25 of 45 for 436 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, Joe Flacco continued to be impressive, going 17 of 26 for 190 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, once again proving that the only stat that matters is the win.The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win as they lost to the Denver Broncos 27-6 for a 0-2 start.One thing to watch out for in Tennessee, the Titans are 0-2 after losing to the Houston 34-31. If they lose their next game do they go back to Vince Young, who’s wasting his talent setting on the bench? The Steelers got a dose of what they had been dishing out last week when the Chicago Bears handed them a 17-14 defeat in the final seconds of the game. Now they must bounce back against their always tough rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are coming off an upset win over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers jumped off as though they were going to rout the Windy City team, after one impressive drive ended with a score and Pittsburgh going up 7-0. Once they got the ball back they marched down the field again, but a Ben Roethlisberger interception ended the drive and ended their momentum. It was all downhill from there with both teams looking fairly good between the 20s but neither taking it in for the score.
RED BANKThe 8th annual Red Kettle Classic basketball tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 180 Newman Springs Road.Boys and girls teams from middle schools will participate: Holy Cross, Rumson; St. James, red bank; Shrewsbury; Knollwood, Fair Haven; Red Bank Charter and Seashore Day, Long Branch.Doors will open at 8 a.m. The first game will begin at 8:30 a.m. The final game is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.Admission is $5 for adults, children are $1 or a contribution of canned or packaged food.Door prizes will be offered.The event is sponsored by United Teletech Financial Federal Credit Union. * * * * *Monmouth County Historical Association will again participate on Friday, Dec. 7, in the annual Holiday Lantern Tours of Shrewsbury’s Historic Four Corners, a National and State designated Historic District.The historic buildings at the corner of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue will be open to welcome the public. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and are by reservation only.The tours will include four historic properties: Monmouth County Historical Association’s Allen House, which was built circa 1710; Christ Church (1769); the Presbyterian Church (1822); and Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House (1816).At the Allen House, which served the community as a tavern in the mid-18th century, visitors will be greeted by the tavern keeper and his family who will illustrate tavern life through dramatic first-person storytelling. Live instrumental music and singing by Heather MacDonald will be followed by cookies and cider generously donated by Foodtown in Red Bank, and general merriment.In Christ Church, the Rev. Harry Finch, who served as rector from 1830 – 1863, along with many of his notable 18th and 19th century parishioners, will be on hand to guide visitors through the church. Christ Church’s bazaar opens on the night of Lantern Tours for visitor shopping.Tours of the Presbyterian Church will also be offered; the second church building on that site constructed 22 years after their original church burned in 1800.Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House, learn more about the Quakers’ unique style of worship, and be treated to light refreshments.Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tours leave from Christ Church at 380 Sycamore Ave.Reservations are available by calling Renee at 732-915-5862. SHREWSBURYThe Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., will be holding its annual Christmas bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.The bazaar is sponsored by Presbyterian Women and proceeds will be given away to missions.The event features homemade food, handmade crafts, gifts, toys, fresh floral arrangements, jewelry and more.All are welcome. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Library will present a solo violin recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, by Joel DeWitt at the library.DeWitt’s program will include the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.115 by Sergey Prokofiev, and the Sonata for Solo violin (1944) by Bela Bartok.Joel DeWittDeWitt studied with Carroll Glenn at the Eastman School and with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. He received a fellowship with the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed as a freelance musician in New York; and as a member of Columbus Symphony, Virginia Opera Association, NJ New Philharmonic, and Metro Lyric Opera. He has given many recitals, and performs frequently at services for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County and at Unity by the Shore in Neptune.DeWitt is a trustee of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, and the violinist in the Corialis piano trio.The program is free to the public.For more information, please call the library at 732-291-1956.MIDDLETOWNLet’s Learn about Learning Disabilities, presented by Dr. Pauline Nelson will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.Nelson is a clinical psychologist with more than 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings on both the East and West coasts.She will outline different kinds of learning disabilities, and their respective signs and symptoms. Nelson will also talk about how a diagnosis is made and interventions and assistance available.The event is free but registration is required and may be made at @mtpl.org.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction with half of the proceeds being donated to local storm relief efforts will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or e-mailing [email protected] Authors of ‘The Jersey Sting’ Talk About Their Book RUMSON – Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman will talk at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, about the events that inspired their book, The Jersey Sting: A true story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down at Congregation B’nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road.The talk is free and open to the public.The authors will sign books following their talk.The Jersey Sting details one of the largest federal sting operations in United States history, which included key figure Solomon Dwek, a failed real estate investor from Deal, as an undercover informant for the FBI.The sting ended in the arrest of 44 people including three mayors, two legislators, five orthodox rabbis and a man who arranged black market kidney transplants.The book, crafted from thousands of pages of documents, transcripts of federal wiretaps, court records and sworn depositions, takes the reader deep inside the case.Margolin and Sherman are investigative reporters with long histories covering New Jersey for the Star-Ledger.Sherman is still an investigative reporter with the paper while Margolin is now a senior reporter, covering politics and national security at the New York Post.The event is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee at Congregation B’nai Israel.Additional information is available by calling CBI Executive Director Henry Silberman at 732-842-1800 or e-mailing him at [email protected]
Councillors of the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) have passed their saturation point with Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson as they led a picket outside his office on Tuesday calling for his removal. Both the Opposition People’s Progressive Party and the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Councillors, united in their call for Hopkinson’s removal. This action followed repeated concerns Councillors have been registering over REO’s conduct and alleged misuse of public funds.The Councillors told Guyana Times they opted to picket the REO after they turnedRegion Two RDC Councillors protesting the REO’s office in Anna Regina on Tuesdayup at the RDC Boardroom in Anna Regina for the monthly statutory meeting, only to discover that a ‘junior staff’ was sitting in for the REO, who functions as the RDC’s Clerk and Accounting Officer. Chairman of the RDC, Devanand Ramdatt said the REO has been absenting himself from the RDC meetings without informing the RDC.The Regional Chairman said Councillors from “both sides of the RDC are very much disappointed with the behaviour of the REO, who “is not working in the best interest of the people of the region.” APNU/AFC Councillors Naithram and Hardat Narine also supported the call for the REO’s removal.Naithram, during the picketing exercise said the REO is “sabotaging the progressRegion Two REO, Rupert Hopkinsonof the region” and is doing work without consulting the RDC. He said too that he and Councillor Narine were both slapped in the line of duty and the REO never took any action even after he won his matter in court. Ram also said that the REO is busy building parks and a gated community while the entire regional machinery needs to be fixed or replaced. He expressed that millions of dollars were lost in the rice industry due to the lack of fixing the access dams.Non-consultationRegion Two, which is predominantly dependent on agriculture, only has one grader that has been reportedly out of order for several years. One of the main issues the Councillors said would be discussed at the RDC meeting is the submitting of the 2019 Regional Budget Proposals without the final consultation and approval of the RDC.The elected representatives have expressed much concern over the secretive nature in which the proposal is being formulated. Region Two Vice Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah had in fact written the Finance Ministry on the matter. In the correspondence seen by this publication, she revealed that the region’s budget proposal was ratified but not circulated by REO Hopkinson.According to Coonjah, this was despite changes being made to line items under regional administration, finance and agriculture. She noted in the correspondence that circulating copies of the ratified budget to the office of the Regional Chairman and Vice Chairman is mandatory.“We had a meeting with the REO where some of the things he had in the budget weren’t in agreement with the Council. And we had to remove and rectify and send it back for perusal to the RDC… the Regional Chairman and Vice Chairman office. And when they peruse, the Chairman and Vice Chairman will sign off a transmitter statement before it’s presented to the Ministry of Finance,” she said.Coonjah outlined that they were told that the REO had sent off the budget proposal even though she had not seen it. She even expressed fear that her signature may have been “forged”.“At our last statutory meeting last month… he told them that they signed off already. Because the meeting that they had, the attendance sheet was signed. But I’m told that a further investigation revealed that the signature we put on the 2018 budget that is what (was) used,” she revealed.She further informed this publication that when she was invited on September 18 to attend a budget debate, she told the REO that she had no information about the budget as she was not included in the consultations. The PPP/C representative said she emailed not only the Finance Minister but copied the letter to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan as well, though her letter was “not acknowledged.” Speaking on Tuesday, she told Guyana Times that the REO is failing his duties, especially in education and health.She outlined that the doctor quarters in the hinterland were constructed and left unoccupied due to the lack of furnishing. She added that sanitary blocks at schools need to be fixed, noting that the Rest House built at Onderneeming for expectant mothers from the interior needs to be furnished.The REO had indicated to Guyana Times that he will be proceeding on leave. Calls to the REO on Tuesday went unanswered.
Virender Sehwag is in doubt for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 after he has been advised two weeks of rest because of ligament injury he sustained during India’s last Super Eights game in the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa here.Sehwag strained a ligament in his left ankle during South Africa’s innings on Tuesday night and according to the Indian team’s media manager Dr R N Baba, the right-hander has been advised rest for 14 days.Sehwag, who had a poor World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, scoring only 54 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 112, suffered the injury while celebrating Jacques Kallis’ dismissal off Irfan Pathan in the fourth over.He limped off the field to be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, and did not return to the field again.The injury comes as a big blow for Delhi Daredevils of whom Sehwag remains a key player despite relinquishing captaincy duties for CLT20 to be held in South Africa from October 9.The Daredevils are scheduled to open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 13 in Centurion.