30 foremen/women yet to receive severance payments – GAWU

first_imgThirty field foremen/forewomen of the Enmore Estate who were deemed redundant by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are currently without their severance payments.This is according to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), which said that the Corporation’s redundancy letters to the aforementioned persons dated October 24, 2017, stated inter alia “… in accordance with Section 12, subsection (2) (a), (b) and (c) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act 1997 (TESPA), the Corporation wishes to inform you that your job is being made redundant. As a consequence, this letter serves to give you one (1) month’s notice of the aforementioned in accordance with Section 15, subsection (1) of TESPA 1997.” The letter continues “this notice shall expire on November 23, 2017, hence your last day of work with the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc, East Demerara Estate”.To that end, GAWU posited that the affected group of workers, naturally, expected to receive their payments on their last working day, but were disappointed as the Corporation was yet to honour its lawful obligations.“The workers related to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) that the non-payment of their redundancy pay is adding insult to injury as they desperately require their monies to sustain themselves and their families at this time, until, hopefully, some work can be found in the near future,” said GAWU.Moreover, the Union says it finds the delay perplexing given public statements by several State officials, including President David Granger himself, “committing that the workers would receive their redundancy pay as the Government moves forward with its heartless plans to shutter estates and cruelly put workers on the road at the usually joyful Christmas Season.”According to GAWU, “the delay certainly casts serious doubts on the Administration’s utterances and we cannot help but wonder whether this is a harbinger of things to come as four thousand workers, in a few days’ time, will join the already saturated ranks of the unemployed in our nation.”Hundreds of workers attached to the East Demerara Estate (EDE) located in Enmore, East Coast Demerara, have been issued termination letters by GuySuCo, as the plans announced by Government earlier this year to close the sugar estate started to take effect.Earlier this month, termination letters were issued to more than 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate. This move follows on the heels of the similar notice given to Rose Hall Estate workers about one week prior.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of this year.GAWU had said the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for between 50,000 and 100,000 people.last_img read more

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Ganja on kitchen table lands men on remand

first_imgJason CarmichaelTwo men who were allegedly caught with over 200 grams of cannabis on a kitchen table were remanded to prison on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates, Courts.Thirty-six-year-old Jason Carmichael of Lot 318 Lamaha Park, Georgetown and 29-year-old Cordel David of Lasco Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice stood before Magistrate Ann McLennan and both denied the charge.The charge stated that on June 26, 2019 at Lamaha Park, Georgetown, they had 245 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, Police ranks received some information and went to the house. He added that the ranks then carried out a search on two men while a female and a child were present in the home. During the search of the premises, a plastic bag containing cannabis was discovered on a table in the kitchen.The two men were then taken into custody and Carmichael allegedly admitted to the offence and gave a written statement that the cannabis belonged to him, to the ranks, the Prosecutor said.The case will continue on July 26, 2019.Cordel Davidlast_img read more

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Fort St. John Huskies start new year off right with win over Sexsmith Vipers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies started off the new year right with a win as they hosted the Sexsmith Vipers on Saturday at the North Peace Arena.At 4:40 into the game, Joel Bourgeois scored a goal with a feed by Curtis Hammond and Aiden Craig-Steele making the score 1-0 over the Vipers.Then with 8:14 left in the first frame, the Vipers would score one on the Huskies, tying the game at one apiece.- Advertisement -In period two, at 32 seconds into the frame, Brady Marzocco score a goal with a double assist by Gary Loewen and Jared Loewen making the score 2-1.Then at 4:27 left in the period, in a power play, Aiden Craig-Steele would get another goal for the pups with a feed from Nolan Legace and Gary Loewen sending the score to 3-1.The scoring continued as, at 14 seconds left in the frame, Geoff Dick netted the puck with an assist by Gary Loewen and Matthew Apsassin making the score 4-1 as they headed into the third period.Advertisement Huskies Coach, Todd Alexander, says they performed well despite some of them not having any recent practice.“Some of these guys didn’t practice on Thursday, so coming out of the gate to have 50 minutes of good solid puck movement we’re pretty happy with that for sure.”Up next, the Huskies are home this Friday, January 11, as they host the JDA Kings with game time at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. At 6:00 into the third period, Curtis Hammond would make a goal with a feed from Joel Bourgeois and Aiden Craig-Steele, setting the score at 5-1 over the Vipers.Then in a powerplay situation, at 9:10 left in the frame, Aiden Craig-Steele would send one into the Vipers net with an assist by Nolan Legace and Matthew Apsassin making the lead 6-1.But with 4:18 left in the game, in a power play, the Vipers would make a final attempt to catch up by scoring on the Huskies making the score 6-2.The Huskies would end up winning the game 6-2 over the Vipers.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United ready to snatch De Bruyne from City with stunning £55m move

first_img1 Manchester United are reportedly trying to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Kevin De Bruyne.Having lost out to City in their pursuit of defender Nicolas Otamendi, United want to get one over on their neighbours by making a late swoop for the Wolfsburg midfielder.According to Sport1, the Red Devils are willing to stump up a fee of around £55m for De Bruyne as Louis van Gaal attempts to add one more big-name signing to his ranks.City are still interested in the Belgian international but may have to return with an improved offer if they are to get the man they have been chasing all summer. Kevin De Bruyne last_img read more

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DONEGAL FACE TRIP TO WEXFORD IF THEY FAIL TO DISPOSE OF FERMANAGH

first_imgDONEGAL face an away Qualifier against Wexford if they fail to beat Fermanagh in Ballybofey this Sunday.The Round 1 draw was made today on RTÉ Radio 11A matches will take place on the weekend of 18/19 June, with 1B games to be over the weekend of 25/26 June. Confirmation of venues, times and all dates for the fixtures will follow a meeting of the CCCC.GAA Football Championship first round qualifiers:1A QualifiersLaois v ArmaghCarlow v WicklowDerry v Loser of Louth/MeathLeitrim v Waterford 1B QualifiersDown v LongfordAntrim v LimerickLoser of Offaly/Westmeath v LondonWexford v Loser of Fermanagh/DonegalDONEGAL FACE TRIP TO WEXFORD IF THEY FAIL TO DISPOSE OF FERMANAGH was last modified: June 7th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Four Premier League clubs to battle for £50m Senegal World Cup star

first_imgThe winger, who has also drawn interest from European giants Barcelona and Juventus, has been in high demand this summer, according to the Sun.Sarr’s agent Thierno Seydi is reported as saying: “I have received many calls from English and German clubs and maybe even one from Italy.“Many agents from the UK have called me proposing to work with them and Ismaila to get him to the Premier League.“One Italian agent asked to speak with Juventus. The price will be around 50-60 million Euros.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 20-year-old Sarr tormented defences in Russia Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets 3 3 LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 3 Sarr’s agent has been fielding calls from across Europe this summer as his client looks to join an elite club TOP WORK Four Premier League sides will battle it out for the signature of Senegal World Cup star Ismaila Sarr, according to reports.Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are said to be in for Sarr, 20, who was highly praised for his performances in Russia and could be set to land £50million for his club Rennes. IN DEMAND center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Gary Lineker was among those lauding Sarr in Russia, as Senegal were cruelly knocked out in the group stages by virtue of picking up more yellow cards than Group H rivals Japan.Seydi continued: “We are talking about a great football player who will play at the highest levels for the next ten years.“I am open to discussions with all top European clubs, the important things is that he goes in a team that makes him play.“He cannot stay on the bench. Last year Barcelona wanted him, let’s see what happens now.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED The Rennes winger was reportedly targeted by Barcelona last summer moving on last_img read more

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FAMILY PET DOG HAS THROAT SLIT IN GRUESOME ATTACK

first_imgA family’s pet dog had its throat slit and was stabbed up to five times during a frenzied attack.The two year old German Sheppard dog called Rex, pictured right in a family snap, was slashed from ear-to-ear in the unexplained attack which has left the community of St Johnston in shock.Its owners now believe the dog may have tried to attack intruders when they broke into the shed. The sick robbers attacked the dog so badly that there was blood on the walls of the shed after the attack.The dog’s owner Trevor Peoples was too distraught to talk about the attack on his beloved pet at Ard Baitin.However his angry sister Eva has hit out at those who carried out the brutal act.She told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio “If they can do this to a defenceless dog then they can do it to a person too. “Whoever did this to Rex is a danger to society and needs to be locked up.“He was a quiet dog and never harmed anyone. All we can think of is that he frightened whoever got into the shed and they killed him,” she said.No knife or implement used to carry out the savage attack was found.Neighbours later told the Peoples family that they heard the cries of a dog throughout the night but they didn’t realise what had happened.Eva revealed a lock on the shed was broken off before the attackers got into the shed. All the shed contained was coal and Rex’s dog food.The attack has had an even more damaging affect on the Peoples family following the recent death of their mother.Sheila Peoples was just 50 when she passed away from cervical cancer just six weeks ago.Another sister Kathy said they are still grieving for their mother and this attack has completely destroyed them. “We are still trying to come to terms with the loss of our mother and now this happens.“Why would anybody want to do this to a poor animal. We just can’t figure it out.“He was a lovely big dog. My daughter Yasmin is only two but she loved playing with Rex and he was always gentle with her.“All she keeps saying now is that Rex is in heaven with granny. It’s just heartbreaking,” she said.Kathy said they never had any problems with the dog and never had any complaints about him.Rex was taken to the vet immediately after the attack but he was already dead.The family have contacted the Gardai about the brutal attack which took place in the early hours of Saturday morning last.Gardai have confirmed they are investigating the incident.Local dog owner Mickey Ford of Donegal Pets In Distress has offered a €500 for information leading to the prosecution of those who killed Rex.“It’s the most awful thing I have heard. That someone used a knife or whatever to kill a dog is hard to take in.“These people need to be caught so they cannot do something like this again,” he said.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFAMILY PET DOG HAS THROAT SLIT IN GRUESOME ATTACK was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:St Johnstonlast_img read more

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Packed ERs divert patients

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In the last five days, 57 percent of emergency rooms have diverted ambulances for periods ranging from a few hours to most of a day. Overall this year, the county’s four public hospitals have diverted patients an average of 63 percent of the time, up from 41 percent in 2000 and 9 percent in 1995. The county’s 70 private hospitals diverted ambulances an average of 24 percent of the time this year, up from 16 percent in 2000. “It means that hospitals request that an ambulance be diverted to the next hospital because they are so inundated that there is a feeling it would be safer for the patient to go to the next hospital,” said Carol Meyer, director of the Emergency Medical Services Agency. Patients who come down with the flu should first contact their physician for care. If they do not have a doctor, they can contact the county health department’s Health Info Line at 800-427-8700 for information on low-cost medical clinics throughout the county. Those who have significant illness such as diabetes, heart trouble or lung disease and who get sick with the flu are encouraged to use the emergency department if there is no other option. There are also precautions patients with the flu can take to avoid transmitting the virus to others. “Influenza is extremely contagious,” said Dr. Laurene Mascola, chief of the county’s Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit. “People with symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, muscle ache and fatigue should stay home during the first three to five days of their illness and avoid exposing others to the disease. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, eat lightly and use acetaminophen as needed for pain and fever.” Additional advice includes the common-sense measures, such as: cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands well and frequently. If taken early, the antiviral agents amantadine and rimantadine are effective in reducing the severity of influenza A, while zanamivir and oseltamivir are effective in reducing the severity of both influenza A and B. These drugs are only available by prescription. Dr. Mascola said she recommends that parents give children and infants acetaminophen instead of aspirin to control fever. She reminded parents that influenza may be difficult to diagnose in children and advised parents to contact their family doctor or pediatrician if they are ill. It’s still not too late to get a flu shot, though it generally takes 10 to 14 days before the vaccine becomes effective. — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! People with flu-like symptoms have flooded the already crowded emergency rooms at Los Angeles County hospitals, forcing some to divert ambulance traffic to neighboring facilities, officials said Wednesday. The county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, which tracks emergency department saturation, reported that the rate emergency rooms have been forced to close to ambulance traffic is up significantly from this time last year. “Patients with flu-like symptoms such as high fever, cough, sore throat and body aches are encouraged to see their doctor for treatment,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding. “Emergency departments are very crowded this time of year and patients without life-threatening emergencies presenting in the emergency department can expect long delays as patients with more severe illnesses or injuries are treated first.”last_img read more

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Why Rathmullan will roar Peru on at the World Cup

first_imgThe town of Rathmullan has decided to rejoice in numbers and get behind the Peruvian national team for the World Cup in Russia which starts this Thursday.With Ireland failing to reach the tournament Rathmullan decided it would have to adopt another nation to support. Parish priest Fr Martin Collum spent 15 years working in Peru and suggested the idea of supporting the South American country.Fittingly, Peru will face Denmark in their first group-stage clash so it’s likely that most of Ireland will be behind them. Fr Martin Collum said that Rathmullan will turn completely red and white for the weekend. “We’re taking on Peru, we wanted to support some team over the summer and I thought they would be a good fit. “They beat New Zealand 2-0 in the last play-off game and they were the last of the 32 teams that got their names in the draw for the World Cup.“I thought then after that result that we had to try and support them as best we could. I also had a big connection with the country itself so that made the decision even easier.”The response so far in Rathmullan to the decision has been nothing short of phenomenal. Over 150 Peruvian jerseys have been made and sold and Fr Martin has been appointed as the chairman of the Rathmullan Peru supporters club.The Denmark match kicks off at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening with Rathmullan expected to be very busy in anticipation for the vital contest. The actions of the Rathmullan Peru supporters club have not gone unnoticed. A visit from the Peruvian counsel will take place before the Denmark game. Alberto Gonzales will make the trip from the Peru embassy in Dublin to Donegal and is expected to be in the Beachcomber Bar in Rathmullan for kick-off.Gonzales as well as those travelling with him will be greeted with a meeting in the village square at 3 o’clock where the Peruvian flag will be raised before the game.“The flag will stay up for as long as Peru are in the World Cup and hopefully they go very far in the tournament. We might never take it down if they win it.“We’ll be sure to give a good welcoming to all those travelling to Rathmullan for the event and we will definitely create an atmosphere for the match,” said Fr Martin. Why Rathmullan will roar Peru on at the World Cup was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPeruRathmullanWORLD CUPlast_img read more

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A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development Plan

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 is drafted with the aim, among others, to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.Schoolchildren at Ngidini Senior Primary School. The National Development Plan states that young people “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Yvonne Fonteyn and Lucille DavieSixteen years. In that time South Africa will be a very different country, if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the National Development Plan (NDP), are met. The aim, among others, is to eliminate poverty and create 11-million jobs by the year 2030.“By 2030 we must be able to declare that no South African lives below a poverty line and we can fix that line,” Trevor Manuel, minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission, said in the introduction to the NDP.Drafted by Manuel and 26 other commissioners, the plan aims to reduce inequality by 2030. It states: “South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.”According to the NDP, the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy must be taken further. The government has already started to align the long-term aims of national departments with the plan, identifying where policy change is necessary for this alignment.“The NDP is a plan for the whole country,” the plan reads. “Government will engage with all sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementation, and particularly to identify any obstacles to them fulfilling their role effectively.”The plan starts with the president and deputy president, who will lead the change, setting an example for provincial premiers and local government mayors to follow.“This plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work,” says the plan. “Realising such a society will require transformation of the economy and focused efforts to build the country’s capabilities. To eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, the economy must grow faster and in ways that benefit all South Africans.”Opportunities for young peopleYoung people will be a special focus – they “deserve better educational and economic opportunities”. More than this, “focused efforts are required to eliminate gender inequality”. “Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout this plan.”The commission noted that long-term shifts in global trade and investment were reshaping the world economy and international politics. Chief among these developments was the emergence of the rapidly growing economies of the Brics countries – China, India and Brazil in particular – as well as the increased growth in Africa.Globalisation presented additional risk for emerging markets, while climate change was another factor affecting development in South Africa. The country stands to benefit significantly from regional cooperation.Origins of the planPresident Jacob Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission in May 2010 to draft the NDP. An advisory body consisting of 26 people, the commission was drawn largely from outside the government, with members being selected for their expertise in key areas. It is chaired by Manuel, with ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy chairman.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress. And it set out nine primary challenges:Too few people work.The quality of school education for black people is poor.Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.Corruption levels are high.South Africa remains a divided society.DemographicsThe commission had to take into account the demographics of South Africa, including:The birth rate, which is at 1% now and is dropping, and is predicted to stand at 0.5% by 2030.About 60% of the population live in urban areas; by 2030 it is predicted to be 70%.The effects of immigration, which will add 0.1% to 0.2% to the population by 2030.The effects of HIV and Aids, which has stabilised at 10% of the population being HIV-positive.To maximise the benefits of this “demographic dividend”, says the commission, the country requires better nutrition and health care, improved educational standards, increased access to further and higher education, easier entry into the labour market and greater labour mobility, which is the ability to move to where jobs are on offer. All of these factors need to be taken into account in national planning.Goals of the NDPBy 2030 the country needs to eliminate income poverty. In other words, it must reduce the proportion of households with a monthly income of below R419 (US$42.2) a person (in 2009 prices) from 39% to 0%.And secondly, it must reduce inequality – the Gini coefficient, a measure of income disparity, should fall from 0.69 to 0.6.This will be achieved by increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million in 2030; raising per capita income from R50 000 ($5 000) in 2010 to R120 000 ($12 100) by 2030; increasing the share of national income of the bottom 40% from 6% to 10%; establishing a competitive base of infrastructure, human resources and regulatory frameworks; ensuring that skilled, technical, professional and managerial posts better reflect the country’s racial, gender and disability makeup, and many other goals.An important focus of the NDP is to unite South Africans around a common programme that will enhance the Constitution’s vision of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist society. “Although progress has been made to improve the lives of women; discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and poor access to quality education persists.The plan deals with these factors holistically, recognising that key priorities such as education or rural development will have the biggest impact on poor women,” indicates the NDP.In addition, citizens should be encouraged to be active in their own development. The document says that while the state “must actively support and incentivise citizen engagement”, citizens should: actively seek opportunities for advancement, learning, experience and opportunity; work together with others in the community to advance development, resolve problems and raise the concerns of the voiceless and marginalised; and, hold the government, business and all leaders in society accountable for their actions.“The country we seek to build by 2030 is just, fair, prosperous and equitable. Most of all, it is a country that each and every South African can proudly call home. It is up to all South Africans to play a role in fixing the future.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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