BUDGET 2019 – Clueless, heartless; promises rice farmers drones, but nothing for dams

first_imgBudget 2019 again neglected the rice industry and rice farmers. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is clueless and heartless. There are no provisions for better access roads and better paddy prices, no indication that increased taxes, lease and drainage and irrigation fess will be reversed, but the Finance Minister dreamed of rice farmers using drones to seed their paddy fields. In fact, Minister Winston Jordan who cannot promise rice farmers better access dams, insists Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) farmers are already using drones. I cannot find any of those farmers.In spite of their hostility to the truth, even the APNU/AFC no longer deny Guyana’s economy has been spiralling downwards, faster than any other economy in the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Every sector has contracted in the period since 2015. In this gloomy milieu, the rice industry has been one bright spot for APNU/AFC. Rice farmers, in spite of many challenges and a tone-deaf Government, have succeeded in maintaining record production reached in 2014. A sensible Government would have ensured maximum support for the one industry most responsible for Guyana still reporting a positive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. Instead, by its policies and by its actions, the APNU/AFC has done everything to stifle the growth of the rice industry, and, therefore, creating hardships for the economy as a whole.In 2014, production had reached 637,000 tons of rice (more than 1,000,000 tons of paddy). The target for 2015 was 700,000 tons and for 2020, 1,000,000 tons of rice. While the 2018 production is still not complete, we know that Guyana will fall short by a significant amount from reaching 700,000 tons of rice. After the first crop in 2015 reached more than 398,000 tons of rice, expectation was high for the 700,000 tons milestone. But APNU/AFC immediately made poor decisions which led to a drop in the second crop production. Guyana fell below 300,000 tons for that crop, failing to reach the annual target of 700,000 tons in 2015. Guyana failed again in 2016 and 2017 also.The reasons for Guyana not being able to build on the sound 2014 rice platform are several. The loss of the Venezuelan export market – which accounted for between 200,000 to 250,000 tons of rice – is one of the major reasons why the upward trajectory for production stalled. That market not only accounted for a large amount of the national production, but paid a price that provided farmers with a descent profit margin. The farmers, therefore, looked to cultivate every inch of available land. The loss of the Venezuelan market could not be compensated for by the Mexican market, which is purely a paddy market and which pays price per ton of paddy on the low end.There were other equally significant reasons. The APNU/AFC took a hands-off approach, claiming that the rice industry is a Private Sector business and Government has no role to play in pay disputes between farmers and millers. Farmers have been forced to take low prices for their paddy, in spite of the APNU/AFC’s pre-2015 election promise guaranteeing farmers $9000 per bag. Adding salt to the wound, farmers have been forced to wait an unreasonably long period for their payments. The APNU/AFC abandoned the practice of Central Government intervening with bridge payment to the farmers. Making matters worse, rice farmers have been forced to pay significant increases in lease and drainage and irrigation fees, while dealing with increased paddy bug and other problems without any meaningful assistance from Government. During this crop, farmers in Region Two had to abandon and burn more than 1000 areas of pest-infested rice fields. During poor weather conditions, such as flooding and prolonged dry spells, the Government has been essentially missing in action (MIA). Rice farmers have repeatedly cried out for relief from the deplorable conditions of many access dams. On top of all of this, vital support such as duty-free fuel and equipment have been removed.The APNU/AFC has struggled to maintain the growth of Guyana’s economy which before 2015 had grown for nine successive years at an average GDP growth rate of about five per cent. Guyana’s growth rate for the decade before 2015 ranked as Caricom’s economy with the best overall growth. The APNU/AFC squandered the opportunity to further elevate Guyana’s economy. The growth of the previous decade had seen Guyana moving from a Least/Low Developing Country (LDC) and a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) to a Middle Income Country, according to the categorisation of the World Bank. Instead, under APNU/AFC, since 2016, the economy has stagnated with little to no growth, other than that pushed by rice. Yet, APNU/AFC’s Budget 2019 has heartlessly neglected rice, again.last_img read more

Comment of the Day: Socialthing! Could be SXSW Breakout App

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Contests#web In our post SXSW Breakout App of 2008: What Will it Be?, Marshall Kirkpatrick looks at five possible contenders for SXSW breakout app. Last year it was Twitter, the year before Dodgeball. Commenter Rob nominatedsocialthing! as a contender: “If socialthing! is able to launch their iphone interface for SXSW, it could be the huge hit. they are a bit under the radar but they are close enough to strike it big.”Congratulations Rob, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.So what is Socialthing!? It’s described as “a digital life manager that puts what you do online into one place.” In fact it was one of the 35 lifestreaming apps that Josh Catone profiled earlier this week. Josh wrote about it:“Currently in closed beta, Socialthing! is a promising lifestreaming service that offers a nifty-looking iPhone optimized version. They’re planning to release the service at SXSW.”Clever marketing move by Socialthing to release their app at SXSW. Right now it looks like a dark horse for SXSW Breakout App. But check out Marshall’s post and nominate some others!. Some extra incentive: tomorrow’s comments competition winner will also be taken from that post.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Seems Convinced The OSU Run Game Is Close, But Is It?

first_imgI’m not besmirching what Childs did. He was great, and good for him because he’s been with the program through some down times. It was the best college football game he has ever played. That’s awesome.And you guys know my feelings on Hill. I think he’s great. I think he’s going to be great and is already great. I think he’s the next Joe Randle. He also had some really good runs on Saturday.But none of this means the run game woes are no more.In fact, let’s look at those here. I went back and looked up the total yards-per-carry totals for OSU in its three non-conference games dating back to 2010 (I only included the first three non-con games of 2010 to try and accurately match it up with the other years). OK, here we go.#okstate yards per carry in non-conference play … 2010: 5.32011: 4.72012: 7.02013: 4.82014: 4.22015: 4.92016: 3.1?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 19, 2016 Oh my goodness.OSU has been a full yard per carry worse in non-conference play this season than in any season since Dana Holgorsen took over the offense in 2010. You can’t blame the schedule either. Yeah, Pitt is pretty good, but OSU played Florida State in 2014. It played Mississippi State in 2013. It played Arizona in 2012. These teams were all as good or better than Pitt.OSU also currently ranks No. 113 in the nation in sacks allowed (OU is No. 117 by the way). And this is part of the problem. If you take out Rudolph’s “runs” OSU jumps up to 4.5 yards per carry.But I didn’t take out the QB “runs” in any of the other seasons either. Sacks were fair game there as they always are (although the QBs in those seasons weren’t sacked as much). And it’s not like the sacks don’t count in the game! The refs don’t say, “well the QB had it and he wasn’t trying to run so it doesn’t count.” It’s just that you would categorize the issues under “offensive line” instead of “run game.”So all of this is a problem. One we haven’t really discussed that much because, you know, the run game seems better for the most part. Gundy says they’re one guy away on most plays, and maybe that’s true. But in terms of pure numbers, things are somehow getting worse and not better.UPDATE (2:33 p.m.): I went back and took out sack numbers for the last three years. Still not great. And my point still remains. The running game hasn’t gotten better statistically.2014: 4.8 YPC2015: 5.4 YPC2016: 4.2 YPC Rennie Childs ran for 101 yards and four TDs on 10 carries on Saturday against Pitt. That’s terrific. Really good. The first time an OSU RB has run for 100+ against a Power 5 opponent since, gulp, the 2015 Cactus Bowl. That was two seasons ago.But is the run game even going in the right direction? Mike Gundy thinks so.“Well, as I mentioned earlier, it’s not good enough, but we’re just one guy away,” said Gundy. “One play, it’s the right guard. The next play everybody is blocked, it’s the left guard. Another play, everybody is blocked, and it’s the right tackle.“We’re just one guy away on a lot of plays from being better in the running game. Over the last two years, we were three guys at a time away up front. We’re making improvements. Rennie (Childs) played the best game he’s ever played. He showed speed, he showed some allusiveness. Chris Carson is hurt, so we don’t have him for a while. I liked the way Justice ran. He was close to breaking a couple. He did a nice job for a true freshman.”center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Silver Lining For Oklahoma State Is That It Can Be Fixed

first_imgThe outcome of the Baylor game on Saturday was a huge bummer. Losing on the road to a touchdown favorite that was ranked inside the top 20 only after you turned it over four times, got inside the five-yard-line twice in the last 13 minutes and never scored and gave them 99.5 yards for the dagger is never a good thing. But there is certainly a silver lining.“We can’t beat ourselves,” said Tre Flowers on Monday. “We are in conference play, and no matter what people say, the Big 12 is a powerful conference. We have to get turnovers to give our offense more chances.”How you feel about the rest of OSU’s season is largely dependent on how you feel about Baylor. Remember last year? Remember the shellacking OSU took at home at the hands of a third string QB? OSU played them closer last season (45-35) than this season (35-24), but the games could not have felt any different.Remember how outclassed OSU was in 2015? Remember how many horses Baylor had and unleashed on a 10-0 Oklahoma State team? Remember how defeating that was? How uncontrollable it seemed? It was like playing Madden on All-Madden level after you had just spent five years playing on junior varsity. Like trying to shoot a basketball into a paper cup.Berry Tramel wrote on Saturday about how Mike Gundy was after the game. He should be. I don’t blame him. His defense let him down, his running back coughed up the game and he wasted a real chance to take hold of a wacky and wild conference race heading into the heart of the season. He should have been overturning boats on the Brazos.“My comments after the game were because I was upset for our team – coaches and players – because we were in a position to win the game and, I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but when you turn the ball over multiple times in critical points on the field and you give up big plays on defense – we gave up nine against Pitt and gave up ten against Baylor – it’s very difficult to win,” said Gundy. “You have to have a much superior athletic team. Well, Oklahoma State’s not been in that position … very much. So what happens then is you lose.”The glimmer of hope though is that OSU was not outclassed, out-horsed or out-talented. Nobody thinks otherwise. Now maybe you think Baylor is down or doesn’t have the talent it has had in the past, and I’ll listen to that argument. But OSU still stood toe-to-toe with a team that has consistently out-crooted the Pokes, and there was not a clear talent differential like there was last year. Guess which of those two teams from last Saturday has the most wins of any Big 12 team since 2011? It’s not OSU. Baylor is good and talented, and they aren’t demonstrably (if at all) better than the Cowboys.Could OSU be better on defense? Of course. Does it lack at the cornerback position and on the offensive line? Sure. But the glimmer of hope is that you can’t name me a team in the Big 12 and say, “this team is definitely more talented than Oklahoma State.” (You might be able to do this with OU after this weekend … but not right now).“You can take it either way,” said Jordan Burton on Monday. We try to look at the positives. We’re a couple of plays from being 4-0 but that also says we have a lot of potential that we can fulfill. We still haven’t played up to our best football, so that’s exciting to look forward to.”You can’t fix talent when talent is not there, and last year OSU could do nothing against its opponents in its last three games. Maybe Baylor is less talented this season or maybe OSU is more talented. I don’t know. But what I watched on Saturday is an OSU team that is a few fixes from being a Big 12 force. Maybe I think differently after the Texas game on Saturday, but for now, I still think OSU is a pretty dang good football team. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: OSU Crowd Chants ‘Gundy!’ ‘Gundy!’ After Win Over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This tells you everything you need to know about how the Oklahoma State faithful feel about their head ball coach in Stillwater. Following OSU’s dominating win over the Horns in Stillwater, fans who stuck around after the game showed their support for Mike Gundy with a chant of ‘Gundy!’ ‘Gundy!” that echoed through Boone Pickens Stadium:#OKstate Gundy chants raining down inside BPS pic.twitter.com/tv3mr94Irq— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 1, 2016last_img read more

Mike Gundy Not Pleased with Boone Pickens Comments

first_imgAfter a week of one-sided commentary from Boone Pickens expressing his angst towards Mike Gundy, saying he “doesnt handle relationships very well”, the head coach had his say on the subject in the postgame to share his side of the story.Needless to say he was not pleased.Here’s what he told John Hoover of the Franchise:If you’re doing something that’s hurting us in the big picture, well then I don’t like that. Because that means it makes it worse on these guys who bust their ass.”Going even further, he explained what a distraction it can be for him and his team.“Everybody knows about it. Right? You get it walking around in the street. I mean, the players know about it. You can hear them talking about it a little bit. And then it fades away.”“I just have to do my job,” Gundy added. “I can’t do anything about it. And you know what? At some point, if somebody feels it ain’t good enough, then hell, somebody else can come in here and try it.”Interesting comments to say the least, especially after Boone’s released statement this morning. You can read the full article here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Majority Of OSU Fans Believe a 7-2 Record Wins The Big 12

first_imgI wanted to gauge everyone’s optimism on OSU winning the Big 12 in a different way this week: By gauging what record everyone thinks will win the Big 12. For the past five years, it has been 8-1 every year. Here’s a look at all five of those final standings.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-00-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-15-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-26-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-38-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-50-pmLike I noted last week, OSU has played on the final weekend of the season three times in the last five years to win the Big 12 title. That’s astonishing. Could this year be 2013 all over again where you lost a game you shouldn’t have on the road and still end up playing for all the conference marbles on December 3? Most of you think OSU could even lose another game and still have a chance.The issue for me here is I’m having a hard time coming up with two losses for OU. Their record is not great, but UH and Ohio State are great which is precisely why the 2-2 exists. They do have defensive issues, but who doesn’t? I’ve gone back and forth between 7-2 and 8-1 a lot, but I guess I’ll go with the majority here and say 7-2 which means OSU really could be playing again for the Big 12 title in the last game of the season.Your thoughts and comments below.Tuesday poll question … What will the conference record of the Big 12 winner be?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2016Mark: I say 7-2. The conference stinks in relation to other conferences, but there is significant parity within the conference. It’s a shame to see the Big 12 devolve like it has, but it does make for some nail-biting football.Jerry: Possible 8-1, realistically 7-2. And hope not 6-3. My gut is if our O-line keeps improving with the defense putting in more time tweaking loose spots a little more. We can win out.Brad: I think OU is going to win the league at 8-1 (9-3). There defense may have issues but that offense is going to be a nightmare.Tre: I think OU will drop one to either Baylor or West Virginia. We can win out. I say we end up having another de facto championship Bedlam game. Good for both state schools and shows yet again the strength of the league is in the state of Oklahoma where it should be. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Instant Reaction: Oklahoma State Squeaks By Iowa State 38-31

first_imgThe game flipped in the third quarter when OSU scored on Washington’s first TD, got a fumble and scored another TD to start the fourth quarter to make it 31-28 after it looked like all was lost halfway through the second half. From there, OSU’s defense forced two punts, had a pick and forced another turnover on downs.It took a full 45 minutes, but Glenn Spencer and Co. finally showed up when OSU most needed them. The end of the game, seemingly like the end of all OSU games lately, was a borderline disaster. OSU got the ball back with just under two minutes left and instead of rushing it a few times and kicking a field goal, took a knee and gave ISU the ball back with 0:20 on the clock (what on earth could go wrong?!)Thankfully, this one ended better than the Central Michigan game, and OSU moved to 4-2 on the year. OSU also moved to 31-2 in the Mike Gundy Era when forcing three or more turnovers and turning it over one or fewer times (they turned it over zero times on Saturday).On to the bye week. We will be back with tons more coverage later tonight. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State somehow held off Iowa State 38-31 at the end of an insane game in Stillwater on Saturday to keep Mike Gundy’s home record against the Cyclones clean. In fact, Oklahoma State hasn’t lost at home to ISU since the last year of the Bill Clinton administration (2000).It got ugly before it got pretty on Saturday though. OSU trailed 31-14 with three minutes left in the third quarter when it got the ball back on a punt and reeled off 24 unanswered points to close out the game.Mason Rudolph was 26/44 for 351 yards and four TDs but didn’t play nearly that well. He missed short and intermediate throws early and often but threw some dimes to Jalen McCleskey and The President James Washington late when it mattered. I’m still all in on No. 2 (and always have been) but some of his throws on easier routes have been mysterious the last few weeks.What is not mysterious is whether James Washington is good at football. No. 28 had eight catches for 152 yards and two TDs after we were uncertain whether he was even going to play. He also caught what turned out to be the game-winner.last_img read more

How Do First-Year WRs Perform at OSU In the Mike Gundy Era?

first_img2005Ricky Price162380 2009Dameron Fooks (JC)101473 2007Dez Bryant436226 By: Jon JesterThe best way I’ve found to ease the pain of Dura- I mean, Underwood’s leaving has been to focus on this upcoming football season. The mullet. QB1. The President. #FreeJustice. The comparisons to 2011. Put it in my veins.But, what might have me the most intrigued about this season is what Tyron Johnson might do this upcoming season. When there’s even the hint of a conversation about who is better between James Washington and Tyron, my only response is irrationality.So, similarly to what we did with Justice Hill last season, let’s look at what first year wideouts have done in Stillwater over the last decade. 2011Josh Stewart192912 2013Marcell Ateman222760 2012Blake Webb142181 2012Blake Jackson305983 2008Bo Bowling (JC)102002 YearPlayerRecYardsTDs 2014James Washington284566 2014Tyreek Hill (JC)312811 2015Jalen McCleskey292533 Things to note from the stats:• Adarius Bowman is probably the most similar to Johnson in that an experienced and ready-from-day-one guy comes in and is ready to get significant playing time. *falls out of chair when one sees Bowman’s numbers*• Interesting to wonder where Dillon Stoner would have been on this list had he not gotten hurt for most of last year.• Cool to see similarities between Josh Stewart and Jalen McCleskey’s seasons. Never thought about that comparison before but I think it makes for a pretty good one.• The only factor that can’t be determined from this table is how many targets Johnson will get. I think he’ll get top three targets for sure, but there are four guys on this list who are still in uniform who all deserve starter’s targets (McCleskey, Washington, Lacy, and Ateman).• Wait, Blake Webb graduated?• This list makes one realize how special of a position WR has been at Oklahoma State over the past decade.• Marcell Ateman has been catching passes in an OSU uniform since the Wallace twins were in junior high…• Bold prediction: Tyron Johnson puts up numbers similar to Dez’ first season and is the second leading receiver in QB1’s final rodeo. 2012Austin Hays293942 2009Tracy Moore111836 2010Michael Harrison141353 2006Adarius Bowman (JC)60118112 2005Brandon Pettigrew111281 2009Justin Blackmon202602 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo sets sights on Group B summit

first_imgWorld Cup Cristiano Ronaldo sets sights on Group B summit after Morocco win Goal 23:44 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 Getty Images World Cup Portugal Portugal v Morocco Morocco The Real Madrid star now has four goals from two World Cup starts after he hit again to move his nation closer to a spot in the last 16 Cristiano Ronaldo believes Portugal have what it takes to secure first place in Group B after another fine World Cup performance to down Morocco. The Real Madrid star announced himself in style in Russia with a fantastic hat-trick as Portugal kicked off the competition with a 3-3 draw against Spain. And he needed just four minutes of Wednesday’s clash to open the scoring, although the Selecao failed to add to the tally in a game that eventually finished 1-0.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move That win puts them at the top of their group ahead of Spain’s clash with Iran, and Ronaldo sees no reason why they cannot make the position their own. “We knew that we were going to play against a team that would give everything,” he explained to reporters after the final whistle. “They came in very strongly and surprised us with a lot of intensity. We defended pretty well. I managed to score and help Portugal take three points. “I am happy, it was a nice moment. Our expectations are growing as our work continues, we are one step away from getting out of the group stage. “Then we will see. We will take it game by game and try to go through as first in the group, if possible.” Portugal close out their Group B campaign on Monday against Iran, while Spain will take on eliminated Morocco. The first-placed team will meet Group A’s runners-up, with the side in second drawn against the Group A winner in the last 16. Russia are currently top, while second-placed Uruguay are expected to defeat Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to set up a battle for top spot next Monday against the host nation.last_img read more