Former nurse-turned-barrister Mandie Lavin will become chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives upon the retirement of Diane Burleigh at the end of the year.
Former Cleveland Brown wide out Josh Gordon might have possibly violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy before making the decision to enter rehab. Sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that Gordon had a “slip-up” that acted for his decision to enter rehab. The setback could violate the terms of his reinstatement from an NFL suspension issued in February 2015 for violating the league’s policy for the third time. Gordon possibly saw rehab as a better option than possibly getting suspended again. He hasn’t played an NFL game since December 2014.The 25-year-old was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in July after failing another drug test in March. He had the chance to apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1, but Goodell chose to reduce the suspension and even let him practice with the team. Related TopicsCleveland BrownsJosh GordonNFL Tom Farmer Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Tom Farmer started loving sports at a very young age. Some of his first memories were playing baseball and basketball for his local recreation center. Tom’s passion for football came in his early teenage years when the Browns came back in ’99. Tom is a season ticket holder for the Cleveland Gladiators that play in the Arena Football League. He will forever represent his Cleveland teams from the womb to the tomb. Cleveland rocks!
By Shemuel FanfairEver since the cancellation of the Petro-Caribe rice-for-oil deal in 2015, rice farmers have faced steep challenges continuing in the industry.Before the deal had ended, farmers received premium rates for their paddy, with some earning as much as $9000 per bag. As previously noted, farmers are now coping with decreased rates ranging from $1800 to $2500 per bag of paddy. Apart from the depleted earnings farmers are getting, the time frame in which they could start receiving payment for their crop is being stretched out by millers. This ongoing situation has caused spinoff consequences for many persons whose livelihoods are dependent on the rice industry.Wakenaam is heavily dependent on the rice industryWakenaam, located at the mouth of the mighty Essequibo River, is an island that is heavily dependent on the rice industry. However, in light of the prevailing challenges, farmers have strived to reduce production costs in an effort to remain in the industry. Meanwhile, others who saw the financial challenges as too burdensome opted to halt rice cultivation altogether and instead focused on cattle rearing and cash crop farming.This change, however, has had far-reaching impacts as many youths were left to cope with reduced opportunities for employment, as rice farmers sought to downsize their operations. According to reports that this newspaper has received, a number of social issues have been exacerbated by the lack of employment, with a now heavy dependency on drug use among the ill effects. A resident recently disclosed that alcohol and marijuana use continue to plague the social fabric of the once serene rural community.“One of the major issues we have right now is drug abuse, mainly marijuana and alcohol use. Most of the youngsters abusing the alcohol a lot and we [also] have domestic issues; a lot of married couples are being separated,” the resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity observed.Another noted that the downscaling of the industry has added to the employment deficit.“They don’t have much job opportunities on the island. Of recent, there is a slowdown because of the rice industry; you don’t have much people planting. The persons who used to get jobs with the rice industry [was reduced] as people cut their investment, so obviously jobs would cut,” another resident said.It is thought that more social and counselling programmes are needed on the island. Guyana Times was told that religious groups have begun to craft measures to tackle the issues on the island. To this end, the Belle Plaine Sarah/Friendship Sanatan Dharam Mandir started special Hinduism classes which will include special sessions on dealing with social issues. It was explained that local representatives from the temple will conduct the lectures, while invitations will be extended to other organisations which focus on social activism.It is, however, believed that additional counselling services should be made available on the island as inhabitants may be reluctant to disclose the issues that affect them to persons with whom they are familiar.“It’s a small island; everybody knows what’s happening here and in having discussions, people may not want to reveal all their problems; they are not open-minded. We need more support. People don’t want to talk about their problems. [We need] an agency here where people can sit and tell someone their problems,” a youth leader told this publication.In late 2015 and early 2016, El Niño conditions plagued the country and many Wakenaam farmers suffered many losses as many acres of rice were lost. This was compounded by rice millers taking months to pay farmers for paddy supplied months prior. When this publication visited the island in 2016, residents noted several challenges including rising costs of equipment and spares, a lack of seed paddy and fertiliser subsidies and reduced engagement of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has an ankle injury and faces a possible lengthy absence, Press Association Sport understands.Carroll has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea, but now any move in January appears to be unlikely after a scan revealed the severity of the injury on Thursday.Surgery is among the options being considered and if the 29-year-old underwent an operation he would be out for months, rather than weeks.Hammers boss David Moyes is likely to address the matter in his media conference on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Bournemouth.Carroll has not played since 4 January against Tottenham.Moyes was at Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich on Wednesday night, apparently watching Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi.Batshuayi scored Chelsea’s first goal in more than five hours, but his overall performance was underwhelming as he frequently squandered possession. Andy Carroll’s latest injury is likely to mean his Chelsea transfer is off 1