UG unions accuse Labour Department of bias

first_imgThe two unions representing workers attached to the University of Guyana (UG) said on Thursday that its members will not be deterred from their current stint of protest actions as they called out the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department for being partisan during a meeting on Tuesday. This engagement was intended to resolve issues between employees and the UG administration.However, University of Guyana Workers’ Union and the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association are unsettled over the meeting with Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle and other officials. In an official statement on Friday, the unions said the Labour Department’s representatives did not appear to be the impartial arbiters they were expected to be in such a situation.Labour Minister Keith ScottUnion representatives further said they were told that striking was “impossible and that it is not right”, adding that they were also told that “what was allowed before would not be allowed again and that they could face disciplinary consequences for their role in leading industrial action.”The bodies are taking this directive as a reference to their 2015 strike action. The unions said they expect labour officials to be “unbiased”, adding that accusations of acting in favour of a particular political group would never arise. Similar accusations of biasness against the Labour Department were made by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) when the department had moved to select its own arbitrator when teachers were protesting last year.On Thursday, the UG unions said the perceived threats will not deter them from their objectives as they renewed commitments to fighting for the interests of over 1000 staff members and 7000 students at the nation’s only tertiary learning institution. They are hopeful that the forensic audit of the university’s finances will help members determine the true fiscal status of UG as they continue to demand more investment for teaching and less talk.UG workers protesting on Tuesday lastThis call was also made at Tuesday’s picket at UG’s Turkeyen campus. The unions during the picketing exercise had alleged that the institution was unable to properly account for its expenditures, nor could it offer a salary increase to its staffers, although tuition fees have been increasing annually.President of the UG Senior Staff Association (UGSS) Jewel Thomas had told members of the media earlier that the University has rejected their proposal for an increase in salaries, saying the University has a deficit. She had accused the University of wasteful spending, explaining that the University has been hosting talks and events to accommodate various speakers; some of whom the University does not even know of although funds go towards their accommodation, food and travel.They said they were later told that the University is in a deficit for 2018. Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith had said the unions breached an agreement they had with the institution.In November 2018, the trade unions representing the university’s workers announced that they had rejected the imposed salary increases of three and four per cent, announced by that institution for 2018, as they deemed the entire situation “deeply disrespectful”.According to the unions, “not only are the imposed increases a violation of good labour relations practices, but some might say that arrogance and hypocrisy are displayed in this action.”last_img read more

A agricultura na África do Sul

first_imgCobrindo 1,2 milhao de quilometros quadrados de terra, a África do Sul representa 1/8 dos EUA e tem sete regioes climaticas, desde o clima mediterranico ate ao subtropical e semi-desertico.Esta sua biodiversidade, aliada a sua longa linha costeira de 3.000 km, servida por sete portos de mar, favorece o cultivo de uma enorme diversidade de produtos marinhos e agricolas, desde os produtos da epoca, citrinos e frutos subtropicais ate aos cereais, la, floricultura, gado e caça.As actividades agricolas variam desde a produçao de safras e agricultura mista, nas chuvas de Inverno e no pico do Verao, passando por criaçao de gado bovino no regiao do bushveld e de ovinos nas regioes mais aridas. O milho e muito cultivado, seguido do trigo, aveia, cana de açucar e girassois.Cerca de 13% da terra na África do Sul pode ser usada para cultivo de safras, mas somente 22% desta percentagem e terra potencialmente aravel. O factor de longe mais limitativo e a disponibilidade de agua, ou a falta dela. A epoca das chuvas nao sucede uniformemente por todo o pais, dai que algumas regioes tem grandes periodos de seca. Praticamente 50% da agua e utilizada para a agricultura, com cerca de 1,3 milhoes de hectares a serem irrigados.Hoje em dia, a África do Sul nao so e auto-suficiente em praticamente todos os principais produtos agricolas, como e tambem um fornecedor importante de produtos alimentares. A economia continua a depender em muito da pequena agricultura e do desenvolvimento da África Austral. Desde 1994 que o governo tem vindo a esforçar-se por incrementar a chamada pequena agricultura.ExportaçoesA África do Sul esta entre os cinco maiores exportadores mundiais de abacate, toranja, tangerina, ameixa, pera, uva de mesa e derivados de avestruz.A agricultura contribui com uns 8% do total de exportaçoes do pais. Os maiores sectores de exportaçao sao o vinho, citrinos, açucar, uvas, milho, sumos de fruta, la, frutas de epoca, como maças, peras, pessegos e alperces.Outros produtos importantes de exportaçao sao o abacate, produtos lacteos, flores, alimentos preparados, curtumes, carne, bebidas nao alcoolicas, ananases, fruta em conserva, nozes, açucar e vinhos.Estao a despontar alguns mercados de nicho, como as bebidas a base de ervas e o marisco de luxo.Vantagens competitivasPara la da biodiversidade do pais, os recursos marinhos, as infra-estruturas de primeira qualidade e os custos competitivos, a agricultura da África do Sul e o sector da agro-industria tem vindo a beneficiar de um acesso ao mercado cada vez maior dos seus parceiros mais relevantes, ou seja, a EU e os Estados Unidos da America, sob a egide de alguns acordos comerciais.A sazonabilidade inversa da África do Sul face a Europa, o seu primeiro mercado de exportaçao para produtos horticolas e floricolas, e outra das enormes vantagens. A África do Sul e o produtor do hemisferio sul de produtos horticolas e floricultura que esta mais perto da Europa, com tempos de embarque notoriamente mais curtos do que os seus concorrentes.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

South Africa’s ‘gold list’ hotels, resorts

first_img4 January 2013 Fourteen South African hotels and resorts made it onto the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 2013 “gold list” of the 510 best places in the world to stay, with eight of these earning “platinum circle” status for making the list for five years running. Featured in the US magazine’s January 2013 issue, the 19th annual “gold list” was selected by nearly 47 000 participants in the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice survey. Three Cape Town hotels were among the eight South African properties rewarded for their consistent excellence with platinum status: the Cape Grace, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel connected to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, and the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay. South Africa’s other five platinum properties are all located in or adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, the country’s “big five” wildlife province. These are: the MalaMala Game Reserve, Singita Kruger National Park, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Sabi Sand. Also on the 2013 gold list are: Find out more about SA’s gold list hotels and resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler website: SAinfo reporter Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape TownSteenberg Hotel, Cape TownVictoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape TownLe Quartier Français, FranschhoekSaxon Boutique Hotel, JohannesburgLion Sands resort, Mpumalangalast_img read more

Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLEumir Marcial pounded Thai Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, this time in the middleweight division in the Kuala Lumpur Games Thursday.Now fighting as a middleweight, Marcial was also the top boxer in the welterweight division in the 2015 Singapore Games.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ John Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLLight heavyweight John Marvin also triumphed for the Philippines earning a stoppage victory to win the gold against Malaysian Adli Hapidz Bin Mohd Fauzi.The ring official stopped the action just 21 seconds into the fight with Marvin dominating the hometown bet on all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMario Fernandez, meanwhile, settled for the silver in the bantamweight division after Chatchai Butdee of Indonesia bagged the gold.  Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test View commentslast_img read more

Player of the Week: Jayson Castro leads way after TNT’s 0-2 start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJayson Castro knew he had to take matters into his own hands after TNT opened the season with two straight losses.And with Castro showing the way, the KaTropa have strung up a couple of wins.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mighty Sports faces Magnolia in tuneup ahead of Dubai tilt Castro was at his best on Sunday in a showdown against reigning four-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer.The 32-year-old Castro put up 24 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead the KaTropa past the Beermen, 104-93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals in TNT’s last two games to nab the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation.Castro bested his teammate Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes, Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood and Mark Borboran, along with Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright for the weekly honor. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

England manager Gareth Southgate banking on youth to bring future glory

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has said that he will continue to select younger players to bring glory in the future.Southgate, under whom, England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia earlier this year, said that he will select players who can adapt to his tactics and preferred formations.The England side in Russia was a relatively unknown side and Southgate told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Nations League match against Spain that he plans to retain the policy of promoting youth players.”We looked through different players over the last couple of years and decided, because of the way we want to play and the type of players we want to work with, that there are some guys who didn’t fit that model,” Southgate told Sky Sports.”We’re into a fresh cycle of probably not going back to players who have been in before and that we’ve had a good look at,” the former England under-21s coach added.”So the next group that we’re looking at are probably coming through our younger age groups.” England will face Spain in the UEFA Nation’s League on Saturday (Reuters Photo)Southgate has also been forced to look for fresher options after the experienced duo of defender Gary Cahill and striker Jamie Vardy ended their international careers last week.England won the Under-20 World Cup, the Under-17 World Cup and the Under-19 European Championship last year and Southgate has continually pushed for regular game time for some of those players in the Premier League.advertisementEngland will be without the injured Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling for the Spain clash as well as the friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


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Opposition hammers Harper government on First Nation issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was “opposition day” in the House of Commons Thursday.And that means the opposition parties stepped up efforts to force the Stephen Harper government to act on solutions echoed by the grassroots of Idle No More and Aboriginal leaders.APTN National News reporter Nancy Pine has the story.last_img