GAWU condemns “cold”, “heartless” plans for sugar industry

first_imgAs the public outcry continues over the seemingly fast-tracked redundancy of hundreds of Rose Hall Estate workers, their representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has criticised the move of Government through the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), calling the actions “unkind”, “cold” and heartless”. GAWU on Monday contended that workers were caught off-guard by letters in light of an announcement by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon that the Estate would not be closed until next year.It was recognised that no alternatives were in place for the workers who would be affected, the Union said.“For [workers], it was then a great shock when they opened the letters to learn that they are no longer required in a few days’ time. And to add insult to injury, the sending home of the workers comes in the Christmas Season – a time of joy, happiness and new beginnings. This year, for the workers, their families and their communities, the season is filled with darkness and sadness,” the Union ominously stated.GAWU further expressed hope that the workers would be soon informed as to when they would be paid their severance benefits. The Union noted that on several occasions it had sought to have a definitive time from GuySuCo only to receive uncommitted responses. “Our Union understands that the Corporation, at this time, does not have the monies necessary to pay the workers. If what we heard is indeed true, this is adding to the callousness shown to the workers.”The Union feels that it is “saddening” that the Government is pushing through with its plans despite the repeated warnings by industry experts, civil society and other stakeholder groups about the repercussions of the decision to close sugar estates.“Furthermore, the Administration is certainly aware about the realities the people of Wales face. Yet, in spite of the compelling body of evidence and its own admissions, the Government remained foolhardy and is closing down estates without any real and workable alternatives in sight,” the workers’ representative body highlighted.It further disclosed that both sugar workers and GAWU were left questioning the State’s sincerity in protecting the thousands who stand to be affected by Government’s plans for sugar.“The displacement of so many poor, ordinary workers, in short, will be disastrous and will clearly push more people into an impoverished state. It is a matter which has quite rightly evoked a great deal of outpouring in our society and one that should touch our conscience,” GAWU added.Last week, Guyana Times learnt that some 961 Rose Hall Estate workers would be affected. Apart from the 400 who had received their termination letters, it was disclosed that 500 more workers could face the breadline. A few protesters vented their disdain for the workers’ treatment, and opted to demonstrate against Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s 70th birthday visit to Berbice last week.On Thursday last, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had refrained from committing to a specific timeframe for Rose Hall’s closure. He had, however, confirmed that the Special Purpose Unit assumed responsibility for the divested Estate rather than GuySuCo.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.The decisions announced by Government were met with various protest actions throughout the year. In December 2016, another Estate, Wales, was shut down and to date, many workers have not received severance payment.last_img read more


first_imgHE’S Buncrana’s favourite son – and when Ryan Bradley returned to his home town last night more than 10,000 people turned up to welcome him. The party atmosphere in Inishowen’s largest town was electric.No wonder Ryan shed a tear.Click Play on this Wallace Media video to watch  SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMING was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMINGlast_img read more


first_imgThe 2014 Donegal Ladies team. Now the Donegal LGFA want girls for next year’s squadDONEGAL Ladies Gaelic Football Association county U-12 blitz this Saturday will be used to find the county’s stars of the future.Donal O Searcaigh, the county’s LGFA development officer, says 20 clubs are sending teams to the all-county blitz for under-12s at St Mary’s GAA club this Saturday.Registration is at 10am sharp – with game starting at 10.30am. The LGFA want clubs to send their best 11 players for what is a 9-a-side tournament, in essence most girls should have been born in 2002. “The blitz is a development tournament for next year’s County U-14 squad and teams should have no more than 11 players, to include two subs,” said Donal.“We will have more than 200 girls in Convoy on Saturday with 20 teams taking part so it should be a good day. We will be using a group of new young referees from a course run this year and each section group will have a monitor to make sure everything runs smoothly and to time.“Only the 11 players togged out and coaches will be permitted inside the playing area of the pitch. And a big thanks to St’ Mary’s Convoy for facilitating the day. We need clubs to be there Sharp on 10am for registeration so we can get it running at 10.30 on the button.”Here are the rules for the day:   U12 Development Blitz The u12 development blitz will take place in Convoy at the St Mary’s club pitch on July 12th.Registration will take place at 10am and games will start at 10.30 sharp.  Rules for the u12 Donegal development blitz  Playing the game Each team may have a panel of 11.9-a-side gamesUnlimited substitutions15 minute gamesPlaying rulesThe official rules of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association will apply to all games howeverthe following exceptions will apply:The ball may be carried for four steps before bouncing or soloing—players are restricted to two touches i.e one solo, one bounce or two solosA player who is fouled takes the free and when an opponent fouls the ball e.g overcarries it, the player nearest to the ball takes the freeThe opponent nearest to where the ball crosses the sideline, takes the sideline kick from the handsOpposing players to be at least 5m from the player taking the free kick, sideline kick or kick out. Free kicks should be no closer than 13m from opposing line. No penalty kicks.There are no 45’s, any ball behind the end line is a wide ball and will be a goal kickThe fixtures for the dayDONEGAL LGFA: STARS OF THE FUTURE AT GIRLS U12 BLITZ was last modified: July 10th, 2014 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)Tags:blitzconvoyDonegal LGFALadies FootballU12’slast_img read more

How Tottenham’s new stadium currently looks after opening delayed

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have announced their new stadium will not be ready for its planned opening in September.It was always going to be a tight deadline for Spurs to meet given they only fully demolished their White Hart Lane stadium in June last year. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack A view of the back of the south stand shows a lot of work taking place on the concourses. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 6 A view from the north east of the stadium shows the rear of the stadium looking all but finished. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham are yet to confirm the new opening date but there looks to be plenty of work still to be done to get the stadium ready. Check out the latest images of the new stadium below… A view from near Northumberland Park station shows the east stand with some works continuing to the exterior. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 6 6 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BEST OF latest smart causal impact possible standings 6 6 Tottenham’s new west stand is still flanked by two cranes, while work continues on the walkways below. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Most Popular Premier League News whoops They were meant to play their first Premier League match at the stadium on September 15 against Liverpool, but this won’t happen due to issues with the “critical safety systems”.It means both the Liverpool game and the Cardiff match scheduled for October 6 will revert back to Wembley, where Spurs played all of their home fixtures last season.A Tottenham statement read: “Following the release of the Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season, we announced that, barring any significant issues with the final stages of stadium completion, our match against Liverpool on 15 September would be the first match in our new stadium. Recent testing and commissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems.“Urgent follow-up meetings with (stadium contractor) Mace and the trade contractors are now taking place. We are reviewing the situation and planned timetable to rectify and re-test, after which we shall be in a better position to outline a revised timetable.“The delays created by these difficulties mean that we can no longer hold the necessary test events on 27 August and 1 September. These will need to be rescheduled to take place ahead of any first official match at the new stadium in order to achieve the safety licence.“In the meantime, therefore, our upcoming Premier League matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will be switched to Wembley, as will the NFL match scheduled for 14 October.” Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed 6 silverware A view from the north looking towards their new one-tier stand shows the club are still getting the pitch in order and are continuing to get the seating fully in place. You can also see some pieces of the roof are missing. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker A view from inside Tottenham’s new stadium on August 12 as work continues around the clock. All pictures taken from Tottenham Hotspur’s interactive new stadium website on Monday, August 13 at 4:30pm Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions predicted last_img read more


first_imgTragic Inishowen couple Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy will be buried this morning following funeral mass.The late Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddity.Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of the much-loved Carndonagh couple who were found dead in their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last.Their remains have been reposing at the home of their son James since Sunday evening. The joint funeral mass will take place at 11m this morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart.The tragic couple’s other son, Julian, 42, has been charged with their murders.He will appear at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court tomorrow.  TRAGIC INISHOWEN COUPLE TO BE BURIED THIS MORNING was last modified: October 28th, 2014 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:funeralJIMMY CUDDIHYKathleen Cuddihylast_img read more

‘Despicable’ fire attack on social housing site under investigation

first_imgGardaí have launched a probe into a fire which was started on a building site in Letterkenny on Halloween night.Significant damage was caused when a lorry was set alight and another damaged on a construction site on Long Lane which has been designated for social housing.Fire services rushed to the scene in the early hours of Friday morning to bring the fire under control. The scene has been sealed off by Gardaí who are investigating the criminal damage incident and conducting door-to-door enquiries.The fire occurred in the Ard Ban site, where construction had just recently begun on the long-awaited 29-unit social housing scheme.The cab of one lorry on the site was extensively damaged by fire and the window of another lorry was broken in.Ard Ban, Long Lane, Letterkenny. Photo: Cllr Gerry McMonagle Cllr Gerry McMonagle has branded the fire as a ‘despicable attack on the community’.He said: “We have waited over three to four years for this site to open and for work to begin. Now, within a month we have this act of vandalism.“It is not only an attack on the lorries but it is an attack on the community. We all know how badly these houses are needed in Letterkenny.“People in the area are angry to see the work delayed. The contractor has lost a day’s work, workers lost a day’s work and we just want to see it up and running again to see the homes completed as soon as possible.”The Ard Ban development has been estimated at €5million and will consist of 12 two-bed units, 14 three-bed units and two four-bed units.Cllr McMonagle is urging the public to provide information to help gardaí with their investigations in the wake of the fire. “If anyone saw anything I would strongly urge them to pass it on to the gardaí to get the people responsible brought to book. I would also call on the people responsible to think about their actions,” he said.The incident is believed to have occurred between 1am and 2am on Friday 1st November. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.‘Despicable’ fire attack on social housing site under investigation was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Ex-Giants pitcher Randy Johnson gets trolled in Edgar Martinez HOF speech

first_imgThere are a lot of reasons to love baseball’s Hall of Fame weekend. Not the least of which is the “now they can be told” stories.One was told on Sunday, and it was aimed, good-naturedly, at Randy Johnson — born in Walnut Creek, reared in Livermore, spent his last MLB season with the Giants (winning his 300th game), and a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2015.Johnson spent considerable time with the Seattle Mariners as a teammate of Edgar Martinez, who was inducted over the weekend. The …last_img

Rural doctors are a prescription for good health

first_img2014 Rural Doctor of the Year, Dr Jenny Nash, has found her calling in rural South Africa(Image credit: Dr Jeny Nash) • MomConnect brings South Africa closer to meeting Millennium Development Goals • Active citizens build South Africa’s brand • Leading African researchers hunt down Ebola • New hospital prescribed for Jabulani • South Africa in hospital spending spree Sulaiman PhilipIt’s a 140km round trip to the furthest of the five clinics in rural Eastern Cape’s Amahlathi Municipality for Dr Jennifer Nash. This year’s Rural Doctor of the Year uses the time to think, to relax, to chill. She sounds chipper as she talks: “It’s my alone time. I have 20 minutes of radio reception, and then it’s me and the beautiful scenery.”The roads that Nash travels may be an hour from East London but it may as well be another world. She is not tempted by the bright lights of that big city; instead, she is driven to help the impoverished population. “There are doctors who will tell you that you lose your skills working in a backwater or that the rural areas are where bad doctors go to practice. They could not be more wrong. My skills are sharper because I see so many different kinds of patients.”To illustrate her point, she tells of a missing drug order: a pharmacy order was placed; when it failed to arrive she called to track it. “They had no record of the order so we had to send it through again. But the hospital’s fax machine wasn’t working so I had to track down a fax in the middle of nowhere to place the order.”There are infrastructure challenges, she explains. There may be no water at the clinic, or bandages, but the dedicated people with whom she works make things happen. “My point is, challenges have made me a better doctor. Not expecting to have a working X-ray machine or gloves mean I have find ways to [make] do.”Her beat may not be in the deepest hinterlands of rural Eastern Cape, but she is one doctor keeping hope alive for thousands of patients. She draws inspiration, Nash says, from the indomitable spirit of her patients and the sense of community of her practice. “When I am out in the market I meet my pregnant mothers, their grannies and their sisters. I get to see the context in which I practice medicine. That is not something you get if you work in a city.”This matters, she believes, because it gives the health care worker insight into how to treat a patient; knowing their family and their belief system allows you to make the best clinical decision. “If my patient has cardiac failure but he believes the cause is spiritual, not medical, he will not take the meds I prescribe. To best treat the whole person I can call on his family, which is possible because I know the family.” Rural doctors networkThe Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (Rudasa) is a network of doctors and other medical personnel who have chosen to pursue careers outside the cities and larger towns. It gives these dedicated men and women a support system and allows them to provide health services across the country.“We don’t just provide support for clinical issues, but our network allows for help in dealing with social issues as well. Someone new to rural medicine may not have dealt with alcoholism as a social issue or rape or gang violence – or a three-hour drive to work. Rudasa is a place for our members to seek advice and discuss issues,” explains Rudasa co-ordinator Monique Warden.Experienced doctors need to stay on in rural areas, Nash says. Their experience allows them to be the calm in the eye of a storm that must be tamed. Rural health care, she adds, should be as good as treatment you get in the city, and for that you need skilled, experienced staff. The good doctor travels into East London monthly to train nurses who want to work in rural areas. It is not just doctors that are in short supply in rural areas, nurses, physios and pharmacy assistants are thin on the ground as well.(Image credit: Unicef) She believes that we should be working towards creating a health system that allows you to get the best quality health care within 90 kilometres of your home, no matter where you live. “I treat patients who have to spend R300 on transport to get to the clinic. Firstly, I need to be aware of this expense when I treat them so everything needs to be dealt with in one visit. Secondly, if we had more staff [and] we could build more clinics we could take health care to that patient instead.”According to Rudasa, a large percentage of doctors working in rural areas are foreign trained. There are Africans, Cuban, even Dutch and German doctors who have taken up the challenge of rural medicine. Language is sometimes an issue but doctors who already speak two or three other languages do not find it difficult to pick up another. Language barriersNash speaks isiZulu and what she refers to as medical isiXhosa. She believes it is important for doctors who work in rural areas to immerse themselves in local languages. “People speaking in their home language are so much more descriptive, if you’re a doctor who does not speak it you don’t pick up the nuances. When I run out of isiXhosa I throw in some isiZulu,” she laughs.Nash worked at Mseleni Hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal while her husband Stephen, an engineer, worked in Sodwana Bay. Originally a mission hospital, the 164-bed facility serves 90 000 people. It was here that her views on rural medicine were born. “We still face shortages of medical personnel – physiotherapists, nurses, community health workers and doctors – in rural areas,” she begins, “but working in such close quarters you become a team and that is the base for everything. Infrastructure does not matter; a good team means service delivery will happen.”For their children, the couple’s rural home is a Shangri La – a place to ride horses, ride their bikes and to run free. It is a blessed life, Nash says. “There is one disadvantage: I can’t pop out to the bank at lunch but I can buy fresh tomatoes just out of the ground on my way home. Living and working out here we get to live life as a family without distractions.”last_img read more

Protection sought for South Africa’s sardines

first_img8 June 2015Scientists are trying to prove that the sardines that appear on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline are a different population group in the hope of pressuring the government to give them better protection.There is a belief that time is running out, with research revealing that with each passing season the annual sardine run is becoming less predictable.It is unclear why, but over-fishing of the commodity before it reaches the KwaZulu- Natal coastline is believed to be a contributing factor.Last week, a pilot shoal landed in Margate, but recent rough seas may have dashed any hope of another shoal being spotted any time soon.The shoal moves up the East Coast generally when water temperatures drop during winter, beginning its trek at the Agulhus banks, south-east of Port Elizabeth. The main batch heads up the West Coast while a smaller group, just 2% to 5% of the entire South African population, goes to KwaZulu-Natal.KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board operations head Mike Anderson-Reade admitted another poor season could be problematic following the lacklustre season of the last two years.Fewer sardines“Last year was the first time I did not handle a sardine in my career. If we have three bad cycles then we possibly have a reason to be concerned.“It is important. It is nature’s bounty. Very little is for free yet these fish provide good protein. It is a special event,” said Anderson-Reade.Dr Allan Connell, a South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity honorary research associate who has been collecting sardine eggs for 25 years at Park Rynie on the South Coast, said his data had revealed that the last 12 years had been less “predictable than the first 12 years”.Connell takes samples weekly, sometimes daily, which includes 226 separate species of eggs and early larvae of fishes spawning pelagic eggs.“The first half of my data in relation to sardines was stable and predictable, the second half not so.”Study of ear boneConnell said the researchers were trying to prove that sardines spawned on the KwaZulu-Natal coast returned every year for their approximate five-year life cycle. To do this they were peering into the otolith (ear bone) for their study. The study is currently focused on juveniles of about 10mm to 15 mm, with larger sardines expected to be part of a later study. “Our first study has shown that the chemistry of the otolith is different in the Natal Sardine to the West Coast Sardine.”He said they were waiting to complete two more studies. “One batch in research is not conclusive enough to convince statisticians. But because the sardine runs have been wobbly, the chances are less that we will find juveniles.”He said if their research was conclusive and proved that the KwaZulu-Natal sardine was a different population from that of the West Coast sardine, it could be used to tighten fishing controls.“Without the science it will be difficult to convince the politicians of the need to better manage the sardines.”Justin Mackrory, the chief executive of South Coast Tourism, said the annual sardine run, nicknamed ‘The Greatest Shoal on Earth’, helped to contribute to the about R500-million economic injection into the region during winter.The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was approached for comment but was unable to provide a response at the time of going to press.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win

first_imgBong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBong Quinto drilled the go-ahead layup in the waning seconds to lift Letran to a thrilling 63-61 win over Perpetual Friday for the Knights’ third straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The fourth-year forward shrugged off an inadvertent elbow from Prince Eze and scored off an assist from Rey Nambatac to push the Knights up, 63-61, with 12.6 seconds to spare.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF Eze muffed a hook shot in the ensuing possession, but King Caralipio dove for the leather and forced a jumpball, with the possession arrow awarding the ball to Letran.Quinto, though, committed a huge miscue as he inbounded the ball to Rey Nambatac in the backcourt with 2.6 ticks left which kept the window wide open for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUnfortunately, Gab Dagangon could not gather the ball from GJ Ylagan’s inbound pass as Letran kept its winning streak.Quinto paced the Knights with 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Nambatac got a huge double-double of 12 markers, 15 boards, and three dimes in the win to pull their side up to 4-3. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The tempo of the game wasn’t favoring us, but luckily, the boys didn’t give up even though Perpetual was making a rally. Credit to them because they really worked hard to get the win,” said coach Jeff Napa. “They didn’t give up and they showed the character of the team, especially our veterans. They really stood up and led our team.”Jerrick Balanza chimed in 12 points and two rebounds, as JP Calvo got 11 markers, with his biggest bucket coming in the final 1:33 as he drained the game-tying corner three to knot the score at 61 and set up the tight finish.Eze led the skidding Perpetual with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks, while Dagangon got 10 markers and four boards.The Altas have now lost back-to-back games, sending them sprawling to a 2-4 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LETRAN 63 – Quinto 14, Nambatac 12, Balanza 12, Calvo 11, Pascual 5, Vacaro 4, Ambohot 2, Balagasay 2, Caralipio 1, Taladua 0, Bernabe 0.PERPETUAL 61 – Eze 18, Dagangon 10, Ylagan 7, Yuhico 5, Sadiwa 5, Tamayo 5, Coronel 4, Hao 3, Pido 2, Mangalino 2, Singontiko 0, Lucente 0.Quarters: 14-7, 24-19, 39-36, 63-61. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more