Govt’s plot to mislead nation exposed – GAWU

first_imgA systemic and deliberate plot by the Government of Guyana — through its Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Department of Public Information (DPI) — to deliberately mislead Guyanese about the administration’s handling of the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers has been exposed by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on Wednesday.Agriculture MinisterNoel HolderSpeaking during an interview with the Guyana Times, Komal Chand, GAWU General Secretary, said union representatives and sugar workers were on Tuesday shocked and taken aback by statements attributed to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder which were printed and broadcast in the media.Holder is quoted by the DPI as saying that the Government managed to save close to 5,000 jobs in the sugar industry while preventing some 9,000 persons from being retrenched or laid off. The Minister is also quoted extensively in the DPI release as arguing that this was done through an assimilation plan which incorporated the workers in the public service.Minister Holder is reported to have made those statements to the Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce (CCC) at a meeting held at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, in Region Six. He also claimed that sugar workers were the highest paid category of workers in Guyana, pocketing an easy $200,000 or more monthly in wages and salaries.Chand insists that the picture painted by the Minister was purely “fictional” in nature and was “devoid of facts”. He said if there was any truth to the statements purportedly made by Holder, then the Government needs to explain why it kept this so called assimilation plan a top secret.The GAWU Head further reasoned that the Minister also needs to explain why the Government has been in defensive mode ever since issuing retrenchment and dismissal letters to thousands of workers before closing several East Demerara estates.“Why wasn’t this defence proffered earlier?” he asked. “And why did the Government accept the figures presented by GuySuCo and endorsed by our union about those who will be actually retrenched or affected?” the Union Head quizzed.Asked specifically if the closure of the East Demerara estates and the Commission of Inquiry Report on the State of the Sugar Industry were discussed as substantive issues in the National Assembly, as alleged by Holder, Chand responded in the negative.“That is an untruth. The records are there… Something is wrong with the Minister… Two years ago, he provided the Commission of Inquiry Report to the Parliament, but it was never discussed,” Chand contended, as he reminded that when an attempt was made to discuss those issues at the level of the Economic Services Committee, the attempt was blocked by Committee Chairman Jaipaul Sharma, who said that Parliament had not given approval for the referral of the CoI Report to the committee to be discussed.Chand insisted that GuySuCo’s former Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, who, according to the longstanding union representative, should not have been on the job in the first place, had informed the Granger Cabinet back in October 2016 that the total number of workers to be affected by downsizing the industry was 7, 800, including the Wales Estate workers.“…here, the Minister is giving 9,000, excluding Wales’ workers,” Chand declared, as he insisted that a deliberate attempt was being made to rewrite the facts surrounding the Government’s hasty and politically-inspired move.The GAWU Head also denied Holder’s statements that the workers attached to community and health centres which served GuySuCo were transferred and absorbed into the staff of the ministries of Communities and Public Health. He said the large amount of workers Holder was referring to are merely 46 attached to the health centres and 27 attached to the community centres.“It is not a reality that these health and community centers’ workers have been transferred,” Chand said, before remarking, “If this is so, then it’s a highly secretive move and deal, and the people in those centres as well as GAWU have not been made aware of this, as they are still being paid by GuySuCo…”.Delivering what might be termed another feral blast at the Agriculture Minister’s credibility and integrity, Chand said a mere 68 workers from the Wales Estate had been transferred to Uitvlugt, while arguing that it was totally untrue that a large portion had been transferred.Doling out more statistics not presented by Holder, Chand declared that only 225 workers attached to the Rose Hall Estate were “retained” to do drainage and security works; and he insisted that they have not been given permanent employment or transferred to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).While Chand admitted that some 708 Rose Hall workers were “earmarked” to be transferred to Albion and Blairmont Estates, he said they had not been transferred as yet, as no discussion on working conditions, salaries and employment status have been undertaken with the unions or workers.Chand again insisted that the Minister was dishonest when he gave the impression that Government had saved jobs at Enmore and Skeldon; because, he said, only 128 workers from Enmore and 100 from Skeldon were given seasonal drainage work and maintenance duties related to the power house facilities there.“Who can believe the Minister said that they (Government) were unaware about the situation at GuySuCo when they made a commitment in their manifesto… The magistrate would tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse… They are aware of the GuySuCo situation there… In fact, in 2014, the Opposition members of the Economic Services Committee grilled GuySuCo on its debt… In fact, Paul Bhim was also then the Finance Director….and it’s unacceptable that they are now saying that they are unaware… It’s foolish, as far as I am concerned….” an irate Chand said.The GAWU Head also denied that an average worker had pocketed $200,000 per month. He said that if this sum is calculated by 16,000 workers, then the GuySuCo wage bill would be in the vicinity of $3.2 billion per month.“Here, again, something is wrong with the Minister,” Chand insisted, while also denying that the Corporation had made US$90 billion per year but still fell short on its financial responsibilities.He said Guyanese understand fully that the Granger Administration had acted recklessly and politically when it sent the workers packing without an impact assessment plan or plan for reintegrating the workers into the world of work, even if it meant retraining and retooling them in order for them to be rehired.“So it’s a lot of false information that he peddled in defending the irrational decision to miniaturise the industry and put thousands of people on the breadline and hurt this country… And since he spoke about redundant workers, I think the time has come — and it should not be delayed — the Minister himself should be made redundant…,” the GAWU Head posited. (Michael Younge) Dismissed sugar workers…Agri Minister still in “la la land” – Chand…demands his resignation over dishonesty, lack of integritylast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS Downtown Cup Group ACranford United Reserves 2 v 7 Erne WanderersMilford United Reserves 1 v 2 Glenea United Reserves Downtown Cup Group BFintown Harps AFC 3 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesDowntown Cup Group CGweedore United Reserves 3 v 2 Glenree United ReservesDowntown Cup Group DMulroy Celtic 1 v 1 Castlefin Celtic ReservesWatson Hire Division One Cappry Rovers 8 v 1 Arranmore UnitedCranford United 6 v 2 Drumoghill FCBallybofey United 2 v 1 Donegal TownCT Ball Division Two Drumbar United 0 v 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Convoy Arsenal P v P Gweedore UnitedBonagee United P v P Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United 5 v 1 Copany RoversGlenree United 2 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticUlster Junior CupMilford United 4 v 0 Gleneely ColtsCarndonagh F.C. 4 v 0 Keadue RoversKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 2 Glengad F.C.Lifford Celtic P v P Greencastle F.C.Clonmany Shamrocks 2 v 3 Curragh AthleticFAI Junior CupSheriff F.C. 6 v 0 Glenea UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 2-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Inn Division OneErne Wanderers v Ramelton MarinersGlenea United v Glencar CelticCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Division TwoCranford United Reserves v Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers v Milford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 3-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticCastlefin Celtic v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Lagan HarpsSt. Catherines v Lifford CelticWatson Hire Division OneEany Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Raphoe Town v Keadue RoversCranford United v Ballybofey UnitedCappry Rovers v Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United v Dunlewy CelticFOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 27th, 2013 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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

Delta says operations are stabilising

first_imgDelta Air Lines says its operations are stabilising after storms swept through its main hub in Atlanta, prompting a massive disruption that saw more than 3200 flights cancelled.The carrier’s customers were still facing delays on Sunday and at least 150 flights were cancelled as the airline struggled to find flight crews who could operate within federally-mandated duty guidelines.The severe weather hit Delta’s hub, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, on Wednesday.The weather was so bad that the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a five-hour “ground stop” for flights at the airport, through which about 60 per cent of the airline’s aircraft pass.Storms at other Delta hubs on Thursday exacerbated the situation as did the timing in the busy US spring break.The airline struggled to recover as it suffered its worst bout of cancellations since computer problems with reservations and operations computers crippled it in August, 2016.“We know this is extremely frustrating for our customers and we apologize for that,’’ the airline said Sunday. “Delta teams continue to work around the clock to fully reset our operation and keep customers informed.The airline offered fare waivers over the weekend offering a refund for the unused portion of a ticket if a flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 90 minutes. Customers whose flights were not cancelled could make a one-off change to their ticket without incurring the usual fees.However, that was little solace for the thousands of Delta passengers stuck in long queues, attempting to locate their baggage, or spending long periods on the phone.Delta has acknowledged that its recovery effort —  hampered by the positioning of aircraft, crew roster limitations and insufficient customer service staff —  could have been better.Delta chief operating officer Gil West said last week: “We are grateful for your patience and want you to know that we, as always, learn from these experiences.“While we can’t control the weather, we understand the resulting recovery has not been ideal and we apologize for that.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016

first_img Posted on 30th June 2016Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016You are here: HomeWeb DesignDesktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016 To help you start into July freshly inspired, artists and designers from across the globe challenged their artistic abilities and created desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. This monthly creativity mission has been going on for eight years now, and each month the enthusiastic work of the community brings forth interesting, beautiful, and unique results. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.This post features their designs for July 2016. All wallpapers come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who contributed their ideas! Now could there be a better occasion to freshen up your desktop?The post Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016 appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2016last_img read more

Inspiration! 10 Reimagined TV & Film Opening Titles

first_imgWe’ve rounded up some of the best fan generated tv and film title sequences!  Check out the reimagined opens of these popular programs.Some talented fans have decided to create their own unique take on the opening sequences for the following films and tv shows.  These re-imagined title sequences utilize a variety of production and post techniques to extradorinary effect.  Although they are fan generated show opens, the results are nothing short of professional!The Walking Deadby Daniel KanemotoIllustrations were animated in After Effects to create a unique 3D effect in this reimagined TV open for AMC’s popular zombie series.20,000 Leagues Under the Seaby MaximovBeautiful typography and clean graphic design create a minimalist spec title sequence with a vintage style.X-Men: First Classby Joe D! Retro reimagined title sequence for X-Men.  1960’s Saul Bass style illustration gets a grungy film treatment.  Even the music is fitting!Breaking Badby VirtuosodaThe ‘scientific’ theme of the show gets a clean treatment in this reimagined TV opener.  Utilizes both video and CG elements to impressive effect.Into the Wildby jurjen versteegExcellent pop-up animation creates a unique visual style.  This clever title sequence excellently represents the theme of the film.Back to the Futureby Daniel ZhangQuick re-imagined title sequence with retro illustration style.  Spot completed using Adobe After Effects, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop.Mary Poppinsby Andrew ConlonExcellent title sequence utilizing a cutout graphic style.  Great textures and layering effects!Dexterby FashionBuddhaIf Dexter were created in the 1960’s the title sequence may look like this.  A Saul Bass inspired retro design!Black Swanby You Jin KimAn anxiety inducing fan generated title sequence for Black Swan.  Utilizes interesting close ups and ink effects, this re-imagined open incorporates the same apprehension and guttural feeling of the film.Mad Menby Paul RogersA lighthearted retro take on the Mad Men opening sequence.  Upbeat music, a playful animation style and dynamic transitions make the project clean and cohesive.last_img read more

The Ways Adversity Can Hurt You

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Adversity hurts you if you accept it. It only beats you if you don’t push back against it, if you don’t push through it. If you accept that somehow, the tough hand you have been dealt isn’t a hand you can play, you have given adversity the power instead of taking the power from it.Adversity hurts you if you define it through the negativity frame. The story you tell is is a survivor’s story or a thriver’s story. The survivor’s story is the story about how adversity prevents them from being more, doing more, having more, and contributing more. Those who have recognized the value in adversity tell another story. They tell the story of how adversity built them into someone who thrives.Adversity hurts you if you believe that it holds you back, that it disempowers you. If you believe that adversity prevents, it does indeed prevent. If you believe that an event prevents you from succeeding, it will. If you believe that that same event requires you to act in some new way, adversity propels your forward, stronger than you were before.Adversity hurts you if you use it as an excuse. If you want a reason to “not,” adversity will provide it. If you want an excuse for the things you believe you “can not” have, or the things that you “can not” do, or the person you ”can not” become, adversity will provide that excuse. Other people with the same or similar adversity use it as the reason they “can” and the motivation to “do.”You are human. You are certain to face adversity. The human condition makes it unavoidable. But it isn’t something that defines you in a negative or limiting way, unless you choose to define yourself by the adversity in a negative or limiting way.Pushing against adversity is one of the most potent and important ways that you grow stronger.last_img read more

Bengal MPs, Ministers meet Rajasthan victim’s family

first_img The delegation comprised MPs Sougata Roy, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Kakuli Ghosh Dastidar, along with State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari. The TMC delegation also held a rally in Malda condemning the murder.“Our government will stand beside the family in every possible way. Such brutality and violence is unprecedented anywhere in the country. I strongly condemn such acts of terror,” Mr. Hakim said after meeting Mohammad Afrazul’s family members in Kaliachak.Also Read Rajasthan labourer killing not a case of love jihad: Naqvi  The Minister also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Partry (BJP) for the violence, saying the party “promoted intolerance” in the country. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh accused the ruling party of “playing the communal card”.Leaders from other political parties, among them State Congress President Adhir Chowdhury and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya, also met the grieving family. A delegation of senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including three Lok Sabha MPs and two Ministers in the West Bengal government, visited the house of the labourer from West Bengal’s Malda district who was brutally killed in Rajasthan two days ago.Also Read Rajasthan offers ₹5 lakh aid to slain labourer’s relativeslast_img read more

Kings at the corner shop

first_imgInside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of,Inside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of slowing down. Everyone wants a bit of the suddenly sexy world of the younger generation of toffs that have clotted our screens and newspapers of late. A driveway and apartment block on Charles StreetShould you want to live with the Royals you would, of course, have to work for them as an equerry or an under butler or something. If the idea of indentured labour appears a bit medieval to you, it is possible to live very near them, in what the estate agents will no doubt soon be calling ‘the royal fringes’.Although Westminster and Chelsea could conceivably have claimed to be abutting on our dear Queen, corgis and, of course, shiny-happy royal superstars Kates and Wills, they are too full of politicians, Russians, and Arabs, to be a smug British establishment.The living room, dining room and hallway of an apartment on Mount Street in Mayfair costs around Euro 3,500,000Mayfair is, really, the only truly royal neighbourhood and not only because the Queen was born on Brutton Street and still owns the freehold of most of it (the rest is owned by the Duke of Westminster.) Unlike most areas of London that try to call themselves ‘exclusive’ with a lick of paint and bit of gentrification in the form of a gastropub, Mayfair has been the des res place to live since the 17th century.Named after the two-week long May Fair that was held in the now cool Shepard’s Market from 1686 to 1784 till the well-to-do residents banned it for lowering the tone, it remains London’s most exclusive area, even today. The bedroomIt boasts not only the worlds best shopping-be it for watches or the best in hand made British excellence: bespoke silver, crystal and leather at William and Son on Mount Street or fine art on Cork Street or fashion, fashion, fashion till you drop on Bond Street. But also the finest in dining at Scotts, Nobu or Banaras.Even though it retains a distinctly chummy- if super posh-villagy feel, the same cannot be said of the real estate on the market at the moment. The properties are luxurious and grand; some of which date from the 18th century, and are fully equipped with all the latest must- have millionaire specs.Bath areaThere is an exceptional house/apartment on George Street, which-with two grand reception rooms and seven bedrooms, bathrooms and a stunning conservatory leading to a roof terrace- can be yours for Euro 16 million.(Rs 117.71 crore) This is a place that says you have arrived in London and you intend to stay.If this is a little steep for you then you can snap up a beautiful apartment overlooking lovely and leafy Grosvenor Square. This comes with a unique and quite wonderful 26-foot long reception room with balconies that open onto one of London’s finest locations.A conservatory leading to a roof terrace is available for Euro 16 millionFor those who want a bit of quirk in their properties there is a spacious and light place on the corner of Mount Street: the achingly hip shopping and eating destination for those in the know. This is on the market for Euro 3.5 million (Rs 25.75crore) after an extensive refurbishment has brought it up to date with under floor heating, wooden floors and cat 5 cabling throughout. Fine architecture, excellent shopping and a vibrant atmosphere makes Mount Street a great place to visit, live or work inSo if you want to live somewhere that is owned by the Royals, where they hang out and the super rich establishment play, then Mayfair is the address to vie for.The writer is a film and travel journalist.advertisementlast_img read more