first_imgCCO TO LAUNCH A TUESDAY AND THURSDAY READERS FORUMAFTER MUCH DISCUSSION THE EDITORIAL STAFF OF THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER HAVE DECIDED TO BRING BACK THE “READERS FORUM” ON A LIMITED BASIS.STARTING TODAY THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER WILL LAUNCH A TUESDAY AND THURSDAY “READERS FORUM”.ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY WE SHALL CONTINUE PUBLISHING OUR MOST POPULAR “IS IT TRUE” ARTICLES.HERE WE GO. TELL US WHATS ON YOUR MIND CONCERNING FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ISSUES THAT CONCERN YOU.PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENT RESPECTFUL!EDITORS FOOTNOTE: We are asking our readers to “like us” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that “Keep Evansville Beautiful” should take a more active role in keeping political signs off the public right a way?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Five keys to victory for Clippers in playoff series against Golden State

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Center DeAndre Jordan has to not fret over his poor free-throw shooting. Even if he misses six or seven in a row. He is so valuable to the team on the boards, blocking shots and throwing down vicious dunks. He can’t forget that for a minute. He must remember that even though he shot just 42.8 percent from the line during the regular season, his team still won 57 games and finished 32 games over .500. He needs to hold his head up when he’s missing. Jordan also must take full advantage of Golden State’s post – Andrew Bogut – not being in the fold. Bogut has a fractured rib and is being labeled as out. However, the Clippers are expecting him to play at some point in the series. Jermaine O’Neal has been slated to start in Bogut’s place.Blake keeps coolBlake Griffin is a leader on this team. If it’s true the Warriors try to entice him into technical fouls like the Clippers thought they did in a Christmas Day game that resulted in Griffin’s ejection after getting two of them, it’s up to Griffin to keep his emotions under wraps. As good as he is, he’s still human and if he’s playing with too much anger, that could change the effectiveness of a player who has become one heck of an all-around threat. One who is as powerful as they come, while at the same time fully capable of pretty passes and terrific playmaking.ReboundingDoc Rivers was asked at practice Thursday what is the biggest key to victory. It took him less than a second to answer. “We have to rebound,” he said. “We have to be a great rebounding team. The two games that we won, we outrebounded them and the two we lost, they outrebounded us.” It’s true. And with Jordan averaging a league-high 13.6 during the regular season, that’s a good start. But Jordan can’t be the only one crashing the boards. Griffin, who averages 9.5, will be a big help in that regard. All that said, the feeling here is guarding the 3-point line remains the biggest key. Here are the five things that need to happen for the Clippers to prevail in this Western Conference first-round series against Golden State:Defend the 3Perhaps the most important thing will be not letting guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson go wild from the 3-point line. Curry – averaging 24 points – has made 261 3-pointers this season – most in the NBA – and is shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson has made 223 3-pointers – second in the NBA – and is shooting 41.7 percent from distance. He’s averaging 18.4 points. Sometimes the Clippers are guilty of leaving guys open for 3s. They can’t do that in this series. “You have to get back in transition defense and match up early,” coach Doc Rivers said, “but they’re good, they are really good at what they do.” The Clippers also can’t afford to get into a 3-point shooting contest because they’d likely lose that fight.Survie DeAndre Jordan’s missed free throwscenter_img Quality bench playWith everyone able to play – even reserve forward Danny Granger should be back from his hamstring injury – the bench play will be very big for the Clippers. The production here is arguably more vital to the Clippers than it is to the Warriors because Jamal Crawford averages 18.6 points. He’s been struggling with his shot since coming back off another stint on the shelf because of a strained left calf. The Clippers need Crawford to find his stroke. And if others like Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Hedu Turkoglu, Darren Collison and Jared Dudley can do their parts, that will make it extra tough for Golden State to advance. last_img read more

Women plea for Rose Hall to remain open

first_imgThe women of Rose Hall and surrounding villages in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are calling on the Government to rethink its decision to close the sugar estate. The women joined the picket line on Thursday as workers attached to the Rose Hall Sugar Factory intensified their protest action against the impending closure of the estate.Margret Persaud, a parent whose husband is bedridden, explained that her sales at the pay office market on Fridays are from the workers. If the factory closes, so too will that market, and finding an alternative may prove difficult.Persaud said she is begging for the factor to remain open so that workers can keep their jobs.Some of the women of Rose Hall, Berbice protesting the closure of the estateMeanwhile, another woman explained that as a domestic worker, there will be no need for her if the estate closes. She explained that persons who do domestic work will no longer be needed, as persons will no longer be able to pay them.Women in mainstream business are also worried.Sherry Beeepat, who operates a manufacturing store, also joined the protest on Thursday. She says the furniture manufacturing factory at Canefield, East Canje – which has been in existence for 31 years – will have to close if the estate does. The business is sustained by the estate’s workers.“The closure of the Rose Hall Estate means the closure of my business and I also head the East Canje Humanitarian which assists bedridden and disabled people. The closure of the estate means the closure of our organisation. We do out fundraising in the community… if the estate is closed, where would the people get money to support.”The women who joined their menfolk on the protest line on Thursday are calling for management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and Government to meet and think of a better solution to the issues currently affecting the industry.They say many families are indebted to lending agencies and also have instalments to pay for household appliances.According to Tina Seepersaud, whose husband is likely to lose his job by year end, the family is indebted to a lending institution and the impending closure could be devastating for her family.“My husband works at the estate and when the estate closes, the property will be taken and we will be on the street. Please, Government see what can be done for the people of Berbice,” she appealed.The ‘white paper’ on sugar was presented to the National Assembly by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on Monday.Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy describes the document as a ‘non-paper’, saying it is another cruel and shameless attempt to change the narrative.The white paper, he says, conveniently ignored real questions about consolidation of estates. “Already, Uitvlugt has demonstrated that transportation of canes from Wales to Uitvlugt is filled with problems – transportation of cane to the factory has increased cost of production. The same will be true for canes from most of the Rose Hall cultivation to Albion. In spite of GuSuCO’s denial, Providence cane cultivation which is part of the Rose Hall estate was closed since the end of 2015. Albion which presently boasts the lowest cost of sugar production and the most efficient in terms of cane to sugar ratio will be transformed into a less efficient estate. It will be impossible to maintain Enmore/LBI cultivation since transport to any factory will be prohibitive.”Last year Government closed the Wales factory on the West Bank of Demerara leaving hundreds of persons unemployed. The closure of the Wales Estate is not yet settled, as some workers are still protesting Government’s withholding of their severance pay.Also, the operations of the La Bonne Intention Estate, on the East Coast of Demerara, were amalgamated last year with those of the Enmore Estate in order to make both estates more efficient, according to GuySuCo. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union has noted that thousands of persons stand to be affected by the closure of these estates which employs persons in the field, factory, security, administrative and managerial sections. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more