DES MOINES, Iowa | Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.“It’s killing cows. It’s blood and guts,” said Weise, who runs a small meat company here with his wife, and whose own three children have no interest in following in his footsteps.Demand for locally produced beef is surging as never before, but the butchers who for generations have prepared and sold meat to customers and markets are a dwindling profession.Thousands of butchers are approaching retirement age across the country.And owners of small meat companies tell similar stories about the difficulty finding younger people willing to take over, or even to work in the businesses. Farmers with small operations now often have to truck their cattle 50 or 100 miles to be processed. Higher transportation costs are being passed along to customers at farmers markets, restaurants and groceries that specialize in locally grown meat.Weise, 58, dressed in a blood-smeared white jacket as he cuts fat from a slab of beef, says that when he retires, his business likely will close.Meat-cutting businesses have been sprinkled across the country for generations. In 1990, there were 1,200 federally inspected livestock slaughterhouses in the U.S., but by 2010 the number had dropped to 800. State-licensed operations have also declined.In Iowa, there now are 140 or fewer small meat processors, compared to about 450 in the 1960s, said Marcia Richmann, executive director of Iowa Meat Processors Association.With purchases of natural, organic and grass-fed beef up 20 percent over a two-decade period, the gap between demand for meat and butchers to process it may only grow.An analysis in Minnesota showed about two-thirds of the people who own small meat-processing businesses in the state are nearing retirement age, with no succession plan.The butchers and small processors who are still in business are swamped with demand.“We’re booked like four to five months in advance,” said Mike Jessee, who owns Dee-Jays Custom Butchering in Fredericktown, Ohio. Meanwhile, “finding anyone to help to work is harder and harder.”Many processors said they began the work soon after high school. The job was hard but dependable. Meat-cutters made a median of $13.75 an hour in 2012, according to federal data, but owners of small meat-cutting businesses can make significantly more.“It’s all I know what to do,” said Weise.There is plenty to keep him busy.Working out of an 87-year-old brick building, within sight of the state Capitol’s gold dome, Weise slaughters about 15 animals a week and then hangs the carcasses to age for a couple weeks, increasing their tenderness. On most days, he and several employees work around a table, cutting meat with knives kept razor-sharp by files that dangle from their waistbands.There’s a little conversation as the workers, some with their sweatshirt hoods pulled up to ward off the cold, slice through the beef, toss fat into a bin, put the meat onto a tray and then grab another section.Processors say that younger people now have less grueling work options.“Our son said, ‘Dad, I’m going to be an engineer,’ and he is an engineer,” said Richmann, who ran a meat market with her husband in Clarence, Iowa, for decades.Lauren Gwin, a professor at Oregon State University who coordinates the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, said the demand for specialty meat is prompting some new businesses to open, but that getting started is costly and difficult.“It’s a complex business,” said Gwin, whose group was formed to help overcome such issues. “You have to know a lot of things to run a business like this.”As businesses close, ranchers like Mike Holden in Scranton, Iowa, worry they’ll need to travel farther to process their animals. Holden now trucks his cows about 80 miles to be butchered.Would the resulting price increases be enough to scare away customers who prefer local suppliers over the larger and more distant slaughterhouses that supply supermarkets?Kathy Davis, who buys meat for her family of six just a few miles away from her home in Collins, Iowa, said she’s not sure.“If there was a huge price difference between the grocery store and what I paid, I might stop buying it,” she said. “I hope not, but I might have to.”
3rd Richard Bannister (11) 30ptsDivision 21st Larry Gibb (23) 38pts2nd Murray Edwards (22) 34pts3rd Len Jones (27) 33ptsThe start of the high season saw the Pattaya Golf Society take six groups to play what most believe is the toughest course on our schedule, Treasure Hill, on Monday, Nov. 3. Recent rains meant the ball stopped where it landed, making the course play very long. This and threatening weather saw us introduce preferred lies, a decision that was immediately justified when encountering the wet broad-leaf grass that has become dominant on this course’s fairways this year.Treasure Hill – the hazards can be brutal.The other concern with many was the poor state of several greens, where putting over large tracts of barren sand-covered ground made a mockery of a good putting stroke. Not a good sign at the start of the high season.The field was split into two divisions with the cut at 15. Division one played from the white tees (6726), while division two hit from the yellows (6377). This decision appeared popular with most, as division two players proceeded to completely outplay their more illustrious peers in div one. Sure, there is difference of 350 yards, but in no way does that account for the difference in performance from the winners of the respective groups. While rain didn’t help, it no doubt didn’t differentiate between divisions. The low markers took a pounding; it’s as simple as that.There was just the one ‘2’, achieved by Yasuo Suzuki on the 6th.Back in the Elephant Bar we welcomed back Brian Beaupre from Canada, Alan Griffiths and Mark Cooper from the UK, and John O’Sullivan from Trat. Wayne Morrison was the name drawn for the free beer, whilst the booby bevvy went to just-arrived Englishman, Mike King, in recognition of today being his birthday; well someone has to recognise it!Congratulations to the podium placers, but special praise to Larry Gibb; two shots better than par on a track playing as tough as this was a great performance.Batty makes merit at Khao KheowThere were no fireworks at Khao Kheow on Wednesday, 5th November when the Pattaya Golf Society visited to play a stableford merit event on the A and C nines, which were in good order other than the fairways were soft and slow, as were the greens.The weather held steady and the humidity made the air very “thick” with little flight but the two divisions from the yellow tees made a good fist of things.With the cut at 15.5 and under the field set off on time and managed to finish the round well. In the second flight Brian Shaw and John O’Sullivan shared third place with 28 points and it was especially gratifying to see John’s name on the podium for a very rare appearance. Sharing first place were Murray Edwards and Mr Len with 30 points each.In the top flight, scores were predictably better with Mark Cooper and Mark Lang sharing second place with 36 points, the latter providing the best gross of the day, 77 shots. The flight winner was the form player Jon Batty with 37 points, rarely a foot out of place, his unique style somehow getting the best out of the ball.In the second flight Wayne Morrison took the ‘2’s pot after a fine effort on A3 whilst in the top flight Mark Cooper emulated this with a birdie on C8.Alan Flynn took the non winners draw again whilst Peter Ditz marked his return to Pattaya golf by forgetting his golf clothing and having to play the round in his street clothes – shoes and all. The Austrian’s reward was the inevitable Booby Bevy.Khao Kheow had been a good venue and currently the value for money aspect is very welcoming. Well done Khao Kheow!Perfect Pattavia1st David Thomas (6) 34pts2nd Mike King (17) 31ptsT3rd Brian Beaupre (5) 30ptsT3rd Tony Campbell (7) 30ptsA week’s a long time in politics, so we are told. Well, it appears two weeks is a long time in golf, as well. How else does one explain an eight-point swing between winning performances returned on the same track, under the same conditions by the same players?The course appeared picturesque upon arrival on Friday, Nov. 7, beautiful weather showcasing manicured fairways. Such a contrast to what this course presented about a year back. Our four groups enjoyed conditions that did not need preferred lies and offered superb putting surfaces. Pin placements – the key to scoring here – were tough. Approach shots that were not left under the hole made good scoring near impossible.Two weeks ago two players scored in excess of 40 points on this track in similar conditions. Today, those same two players managed 34 and 28 points respectively. Apart from the pin placements, everything else was the same. Strange that.There were no ‘2’s today, something that would have pleased those making the podium. With just the one flight, the podium consisted of four players, with two sharing third place. Scoring was surprisingly low leading to placegetters expressing amazement that their modest scores were enough to warrant a pay-out.Back at the Elephant Bar welcome-backs were extended to Englishman Peter Wilson, now living in Glasgow, and Brian Brown from Queensland, Australia. Mr Len drew the name John Tallett for the free beer, and Dave Plaiter won the booby bevy courtesy of one ‘mare’ of a round.Pattavia Century Golf Club is 6639 yards of pristine golf that offers a challenging layout with tough but fair putting surfaces. Many holes have secluded fairways where only the hole being played is visible; a luxury these days. This remains one of Pattaya’s best VFM courses, whatever the season. IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Elephant BarDivision 11st Jon Batty (9) 32pts2nd Yasuo Suzuki (13) 31pts
Banksy Bicycles1486107103430 Wild West Saloon14104126844234 San Snack Bar14122151599238 TeamPlayedWonLostForAgainstDiff.Pts. Aussie Bar1477109101828 Hot Legs145990120-3024 Good Time Bar1441075135-6022 Results & Standings Nov. 18 (week 14) Results: D-Treff 10 v 5 Aussie Bar, Good Time Bar 3 v 12 Wild West Saloon, Golden Inn 10 v 5 Nok Bar, San Snack Bar 12 v 3 Tik Tak Bar, Banksy Bicycles 10 v 5 Cupido, Joy’s Paradise 10 v 5 Hot Legs Tik Tak Bar145993117-2424 Deutscher Treff1468109101826 Joys Paradise14140146648242 Cupido1411362148-8616 Nok Bar1421277133-5618 Golden Inn14104115952034
NEW CHAPTER PARIS (AP): Nearly a year after his slump started, Novak Djokovic is ready to reveal his new game at the French Open. The 30-year-old Djokovic won the tournament at Roland Garros last year for his fourth straight major title. That completed a career Grand Slam, but it also marked the end of his dominance. Last week, in an effort to turn things around, Djokovic said former great Andre Agassi would be his coach on the red clay in Paris. “He’s someone who inspires me and that’s what I felt I needed. A new inspiration, someone who knows what I’m going through,” Djokovic said during the build-up ahead of yesterday’s start of the tournament. “He’s been in my shoes before, playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, facing all the challenges … we can relate to each other. “That’s why I’m very excited for him being here, because it’s a great opportunity for me to learn, to grow.” After last year’s French Open, Djokovic lost in the third round at Wimbledon, his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam in seven years. He then lost in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reached the final of the US Open, and lost early again at the Australian Open. The Serb finished 2016 at No 2, his current ranking, and has won only one of his last 11 tournaments. At the beginning of the month, Djokovic split with long-time coach Marian Vajda and two other team members – fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic. “It feels like a new chapter. It’s a big change that I’ve experienced in the last three, four weeks, separating from the team I was with the last 10 years,” Djokovic said. “It feels exciting. It feels right in this moment. “In the last five, six months I was struggling a bit on the court. I’m trying to redefine myself and rediscover what kind of approach is the right one. I just felt I needed change. We needed to go our separate ways.” Agassi, who retired in 2006, won eight Grand Slam titles – four fewer than Djokovic – but has never coached. Djokovic gets his French Open campaign started today against number 76 seed Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Movement now unified The movement is now unified and we will move towards our goal as a team, and we will ensure that the Olympic movement not only grows meteorically in Jamaica, but is an exemplar to other Olympic movement,” he said. Samuda, in his manifesto, said that he wanted to build a successful organisation through a strong and viable corporate governance structure and he intended to achieve this by affirming the JOA’s board of directors as the primary policy making body for members and strengthen the board’s secretariat as the implementation arm of the board of directors. He also stressed transparency and enforcing the obligation of directors and staff members to make full disclosure, to declare conflicts of interest, to observe confidentiality, and to be professional in conduct. Newly elected Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Christopher Samuda, has promised changes when he fully assumes office. Samuda, who defeated Vishu Tolan 20-16 for the JOA leadership at the association’s annual general meeting at the JOA headquarters, 9 Cunningham Avenue, yesterday evening, said these alterations will be aimed at making Jamaica an “exemplar” of the Olympic movement. “The election is over, and I got the vote of confidence for the office. It’s a new dawn, but we will build on the institutional integrity of which the JOA is known. There will be changes but in the interest of sports and those changes will be seamless,” he said. Samuda, who was general secretary to former president to Mike Fennell, who held the presidency for 40 years, said the association would be moving forward in unity for the continued growth of the organisation and the country’s sports. “I want to thank the members of the board, those who supported me, and those who did not support me. I want to thank the member associations, those who supported and those who did not.
LONDON, CMC: Legendary former seamer Sir Curtly Ambrose has held out little hope for embattled West Indies in the three-Test series against England, starting here today. Sir Curtly, who, until last year, served as the Caribbean side’s bowling coach, said West Indies were coming up against a very confident England side and would struggle to even win a Test. “I am very, very concerned,” the giant Antiguan told the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show ahead of the start of the day/night first Test at Edgbaston. “England are the favourites, they have just beaten South Africa 3-1, and South Africa are a better team than the West Indies at the moment. [England’s] confidence is sky high. “The West Indies, on the other hand, will have to play exceptionally well, first of all to compete, let alone win a game.” He added: “Speaking from the heart as a West Indian, I’m hoping they can at least win a match or compete. But as a realist, I’m not so sure they are going to compete against England.” History is also against West Indies, having not won in a Test in England in 17 years and a series in almost three decades. In fact, the Caribbean side are without a Test series victory since beating minnows Bangladesh three years ago in the Caribbean. Further, the touring squad is a young one, with just three players – Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell and Shannon Gabriel – playing a Test in England before. Sir Curtly snatched 405 wickets in his 98-Test career at an outstanding average of nearly 21, including a whopping 88 in 20 Tests in England at below his career average.
Several weeks ago, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence replaced Kamal Ramkarran and Sylvia Conway as the non-medical members of the Guyana Medical Council (GMC) with James Bond and John Adams; two prominent People’s National Congress (PNC) members, making good her promise that only “PNC people” must get jobs and positions of influence.The Medical Council is made up of six medical doctors elected by their colleagues, the Chief Medical Officer (Ex-Officio) and two non-medical members named by the Health Minister, after consultations with civil society. The two non-medical members were provided for by an amendment of the original Medical Practitioners Act 1991. I navigated the amendment through Parliament when I was Health Minister. At the time, I made clear that the two non-medical members must be chosen after wide consultations and that those consultations must lead to the appointment of one woman to represent the interest of consumers, particularly women and girls, and a lawyer that would assist the Council in investigating and dealing with complaints of abuse and malpractice. It is a betrayal to now have no woman among the non-medical membership of the GMC.Surreptitiously, the Public Health Minister, several weeks ago, replaced the two long-serving non-medical members of the GMC with the new members. Sylvia Conway served on the Council because of her keen interest, her activism and advocacy for women and children’s rights. Kamal Ramkarran served as a lawyer in the Council. These persons served the Medical Council since I was Health Minister. From my own experience and from feedback I have had for more than a decade now, these Guyanese citizens served the Council with distinction. But Minister Lawrence, under the authority of the law, decided it was time for a change and named James Bond, a former PNC Member of Parliament; and John Adams, a present PNC Member of Parliament to replace them. I am not aware that any recommendation was made to replace Ramkarran and Conway and I am also unaware of any consultations that were conducted to name the new members. I am flabbergasted Minister Lawrence could not name a woman non-medical member for the Council.Were the long-serving non-medical members of the Medical Council changed just for the sake of change? Was there any recommendation from anyone that these members needed to be changed? Did the members themselves asked to be replaced? Changing them for change sake is not in the interest of Guyanese citizens. Worst, changing them simply to make place for the appointment of two PNC members is downright repugnant.Coming at a time when Minister Lawrence was forced to apologise for announcing at Congress Place that the Government must become more forceful in appointing only “PNC people” in jobs and in positions of influence in the country, appointments like this prove that her apology was only one of convenience; empty and meaningless. It means that jobs and positions on Boards and agencies are increasingly based on party cards, reminiscent of the PNC days between 1964 and 1992. Kamal Ramkarran and Sylvia Conway were not card-carrying PNC members and, therefore, had to be replaced by Bond and Adams, two prominent PNC members.We will see more of this in the coming weeks. A few months ago, another plan was hatched to replace Dr Oudho Homenauth as the CEO of NAREI (National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute). When Dr Chesney was appointed as the Chairman of the Board in June this year, the plan was to have him replace Dr Homenauth as the CEO. The Minister himself was hopeful that the Board will make the move to replace Dr Homenauth and save the Minister from dirtying his hands. Dr Chesney’s job was to conduct a witch-hunt to drive Dr Homenauth away. The Board rebelled and this nasty plan backfired to the extent that the Agriculture Minister had to ask Dr Chesney to vacate the position of Chairman of the NAREI Board. Dr Homenauth has survived an ugly plan, for now. But the unfortunate truth is that he does not have the card that could guarantee his job. He is not one of Minister Lawrence’s “PNC people”.We must stand up, in spite of the fear of this Government, stand up against the blatant discrimination practiced every day, stand up for the values of our country. Today, to their everlasting shame, rather than retreat from the obnoxious admission of Volda Lawrence that their priority and mission is to ensure jobs for PNC people, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change has become even more aggressive in implementing the old, reprehensible policy of only PNC card-carrying members for jobs. Let us lift our voices in rebellion.
MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra leaned on a balanced attack of its bevy cast of stars to topple a retooled Alaska, 118-106, in the nightcap of PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Tenorio joined Pringle in that attack to push the Gin Kings to a 5-4 card and add to the Aces’ woes that have now spanned for three outings.Up next for Ginebra is Magnolia, which it takes on next Sunday also at the Big Dome.Alaska, meanwhile, hopes to put a halt to its losing skid when it goes up against Rain or Shine on Saturday at MOA Arena in Pasay.The scores:Ginebra 118 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 27, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 22, Devance 7, Thompson 6, Slaughter 4, Mariano 3, Caperal 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay “We do have a lot of weapons. Justin (Brownlee) isn’t our only weapon. I think time will figure it out how best [to use them],” said coach Tim Cone, whose charges bounced back from a 111-103 beating at the hands of Phoenix last Friday.Brownlee, who finished the affair with 27 points, indeed had better help this time out, with Stanley Pringle scoring the same. LA Tenorio, who keyed the pull-away in the stretch, joined Japeth Aguilar in tossing in 22 each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska turned to Chris Banchero’s career-best 29 points and the debut of old reliable Diamon Simpson who added 22 for both scores and rebounds in the losing stand.The two squads figured in a nip-and-tuck affair before the defending champions went on the offensive with much more intensity. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments Alaska 106 – Banchero 29, Simpson 22, Manuel 18, Casio 9, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Enciso 6, Racal 3, Cruz 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 0, Ayaay 0.Quarterscores: 34-32, 57-52, 88-80, 118-106Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Columbia escapes San Miguel in OT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Charles Dickens’ great accomplishment was to chronicle the turmoil in the lives of ordinary people in London during England’s wrenching transformation wrought by its Industrial Revolution. It is a salutary corrective to recollect the misery he described in the newly launched “poorhouses” in 19th Century England, even as we reflect on the hardships faced by present day Guyanese.In his novel “Bleak House”, Dickens writes against the background of political reforms that would also abolish slavery here in 1834. According to one biographer: “Dickens… rolls out the dark, dirty English earth and sky to set the theme of the book. It will take on the worse aspects of the legal system – its inhumanity, sloth, corruption and obstruction – as a basis for a larger matter, the bad governance of society as a whole; and it will show the physical sickness of London – its toxic water, rotten housing, bursting graveyards and festering sewerage – as part of the effects of that bad governance.”We celebrate Christmas today against the backdrop of the 2017 Budget that was just passed by the Government using its one-seat majority in Parliament and the rains than inundated Georgetown immediately afterwards, raising the filth of the drains and canals into the streets and stores. And it is clear we need a local “Dickens” to describe the Guyanese reality today.Once again, the houses of Albouystown had water reaching the mattresses of their beds in their bottom flats. Can we expect the “Joy of Christmas” to suffuse their lives as sewerage from the canals suffuses their furniture? How different are their lives from the inhabitants of the slums of London Dickens described so well? Many of their womenfolk are among the vendors removed from the Stabroek Market “clean up” to facilitate the launching of the Independence Jubilee floats at D’Urban Park. They are still wallowing in filth and anonymity behind the Parliament that promised them and the rest of Guyana, the “Good Life”.Across the river from Georgetown, the people of West Bank Demerara face more than a “bleak” future as they contemplate their lives after the closure of Wales Estate and sugar manufacturing, which had undergirded their livelihood since the 18th Century – even before Dickens. Will the Government be opening up poorhouses – a la 19th Century England – to deal with the increase in malnutrition – if not starvation – that will certainly ensue?Wales would be the perfect setting for a Guyanese version of another Dickens’ novel, “Hard Times”Dickens also wrote what is arguably his most famous work, “A Christmas Carol”, in which he expresses hope that those with the power and wherewithal to improve the lot of the poor, may still do so, if they are exposed to the harsh realities in the lives of the masses.The “establishment” is represented by Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy miser who refuses to relent even at Christmas. In Guyana, “Scrooge” would be the Government that imposed VAT on water and electricity but refused to give even a dollar bonus to sugar workers. Or the “substantial raise” they promised Government workers, even as they awarded themselves 50 per cent salary hikes, million SUVs and .5 million scholarships.Dickens uses the device of having Scrooge being transported by the Ghosts of “Christmas Past”, “Christmas Present” and “Christmas to be”. The first Ghost takes Scrooge back to his past, which in our case would be the first PNC regime, during which our nation was destroyed and we all sunk to the level of Haiti. The second would take our establishment to our present, in which, notwithstanding their poverty and hardships, Guyanese will still go “all out” to have a merry Christmas.Finally, Scrooge is taken to his future, where in Guyana the establishment would see its rejection by the people of Guyana and its own sordid fate. Shocked, Scrooge decides to reform himself and help those around him.May the establishment follow suit and ensure the Guyanese people have Merry Christmases henceforth.
The tournament is themed ‘Where Sports Meets Business’ where ten American businessmen golfers will be battling with their Kenyan counterparts for top honours as well networking and is organised by Athletes in Action.“This is an organisation that exists to resource athletes and coaches in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development”, says David Nyamu, the country coordinator of the programme.Athletes in Action are involved in athletics, basketball, football, baseball and golf among other disciplines.Some of the regions already participating in this programme include Kisii, Nyahururu, Eldoret, Garissa, Kapcherop, Tot (Pokot), Kajiado, Mombasa and Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 12- Top athletes and former Harambee Stars captain, Musa Otieno, will trade their running spikes and boots for clubs during a classic golf tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday.Twice world women marathon champion and Olympics silver winner, Catherine Ndereba, former world 10,000m gold medallist and Boston Marathon titleholder, Moses Tanui and Otieno are among the top sporting stars who will tee off at the event.