Trade unions demand reestablishment of Labour Ministry

first_imgGeneral Secretary of GTUC Lincoln LewisTen months after government’s decision to subvert the Labour Ministry into a department within the Social Protection Ministry, two of Guyana’s prominent trade unions are disgruntled by the decision and has demanded the reestablishment of the ministry.At a joint press conference Monday, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and Federation of Independent Trades Union of Guyana (FITUG) voiced their concerns on the matter.As the unions are preparing for its May Day Rally, they are reiterating calls for government to rescind its decision to have the ministry reduced to a mere department of labour.As a result of the decision, the unions are complaining that workers do not have an equitable chance of their rights being adequately represented since there seems to be a disjointed ministry for this purpose.General Secretary of GTUC Lincoln Lewis cited that this is the first time in the country’s history that the Ministry of Labour had been ‘pushed out’ even at a time where Guyana is said to be advancing.Lewis underlined the core value of having a labour ministry and its relation to building a country that is sustainable and geared towards development.With the ministry eliminated from government, he said this shows there is no emphasis being placed on workers and more so a representation for their rights.Lewis believes the government had “twisted” the system, since the Ministry of Protection should have been an element of the Ministry of Labour and not the other way around.Since there is no labour ministry, Lewis said there is less engagement with the labour movement and as such there is a reduced chance of having consultations and discussions to address issues within the sector.He stressed that when union issues arise, there is no particular ministry that one can turn to, neither a minister was chosen to independently represent the public servants.After taking to office in May 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change government reconfigured, created, and renamed a number of ministries.The unions appealed to government to review its decision and work in favour of public servants to have the deserved attention placed on a ministry to address their affairs.last_img read more

South African sports trivia

first_imgWho was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe? Who’s the most economical bowler in cricket history? Who kicked the most drop- goals ever in a rugby test match? Which sportsman can claim to have suffered the most jet-lag?Take a quick spin through our assortment of South African sports trivia.FOOTBALLPule ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe, the midfield general of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in October 2003. One of the North American Soccer League’s all-time leaders for both appearances and goals, “Ace” was voted onto the NASL’s All Star line-up in 1979 and 1982. Former South Africa coach Clive Barker – among many others – rates Ace as perhaps the best player South Africa has ever produced.Long before Lucas Radebe made his mark at Leeds United, becoming “The Chief” in the club’s central defence, there was another South African who served the club with distinction. Albert Johanneson was a left wing who represented the All Whites in 200 matches in the 1960s, netting 68 times.Who is he? He’s had a street in Amsterdam named after him. He’s had a book written and a film made about him. He was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe. After signing for English club Coventry City in 1955, he went on to achieve superstar status playing for Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy, becoming one of a few players in Europe to earn £10 000 a year. Who is he?RUGBYSpringbok flyhalf Jannie de Beer holds the world record for most dropped goals in a test match. Playing against England in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup in October 1999, De Beer kicked five dropped goals, all in the second half, as South Africa won 44-21. De Beer scored 34 points.From 23 August 1997 to 28 November 1998, the Springboks won 17 successive rugby tests to equal the world record. Their record included three wins against Australia, two wins against New Zealand, two wins against England and two wins against France.Kitch Christie, who coached the Springboks to World Cup success in 1995, was in charge of the Boks for 14 tests. Those matches all ended in victory.Long before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, Errol Tobias sealed his place in South African rugby history by becoming the first black player to start a test match for the Springboks, when he faced Ireland at Newlands on 30 May 1981. He was 31 at the time. In the four matches that Tobias played at flyhalf, South Africa scored 122 points, running in 18 tries, 12 of them by backline players. He played 15 times for the Springboks, including in six Tests – all of which South Africa won.Jonathan Kaplan set a world first by becoming the first referee in the history of rugby to take charge of 50 tests when he took the whistle in the 2009 Six Nations contest between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield.CRICKETGraeme Pollock’s test batting average of 60.97 is the second-highest in history, the highest ever by a left hander, and he is one of only four batsmen to average over 60 in a Test career. In February 2009, Pollock was voted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of inductees.Who is he? In just 41 Tests, having made his test debut at the age of 34, he scored 2 484 runs at an average of 40.06, with five centuries and 15 fifties. He also captured 47 wickets at an average 39.55 runs per wicket. He never represented South Africa, yet he was nominated as one of the country’s cricketers of the 20th century. Who is he? Geoff Griffin is the only South African to take a hat-trick in test cricket. He achieved the feat against England at Lords on 23 June 1960. Later in the match he was no-balled for throwing – one of only 11 players to suffer that fate! It proved to be the final test of his career.Among bowlers that played 20 or more tests, South African all-rounder Trevor Goddard is the most economical bowler in history, conceding only 1.64 runs per over.Mike Procter shares the world record with CB Fry and Sir Donald Bradman of scoring six first-class centuries in succession. Showing that he was a fine all-rounder too, Procter is the only cricketer in history to capture two all-LBW hat-tricks.Barry Richards once scored 325 runs in a day, playing for South Australia against Western Australia. He went on to score 356, the highest first-class score by a South African batsman. In January 2009, Richards was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame as one of the initial 55 players to be honoured.When left-handed opening batsman Gary Kirsten scored 150 against Bangladesh in October 2002, he became the first batsman in test history to score a century against all nine other test-playing countries.And who can forget …? He had shortcomings as a batsman, but was effective and consistent. His third test century was South Africa’s fastest in terms of balls faced. He holds the world record for the most catches – five – by a non- wicketkeeper in a one-day international. Yet his story is definitely not told by his career statistics. Do you remember that run out?Umpire Rudi Koertzen made history on 11 July 2009 when he became the first man to umpire 200 one-day internationals. On 16 July, he became only the second man to stand in 100 tests when he took to the field in the second Ashes test between England and Australia.ATHLETICSReggie Walker won the 100 metres at the Olympic Games in London in 1908 – the only South African, and African, to have won the Olympic 100 metres title.In 1979, Matthews ‘Loop- en-val’ Motshwarateu became the first South African to run the 10 000 metres in under 28 minutes, in one of the most sensational performances in SA athletics history – only three other South Africans have since beaten his time of 27 minutes and 48.2 seconds. “Loop-en-val” was also the first black South African athlete to break a world record, and still holds the SA 10km road record. Check out the full story – and origin of his nickname, which translates as Run and fall.The Comrades, widely regarded as the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, belonged to one man throughout the 1980s. Bruce Fordyce won the event one nine occasions: in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. He didn’t win in 1989, but then again he didn’t run that year …Two of the biggest names in triathlon history grew up in Durban, South Africa, but never represented the country. Paula Newby-Fraser, representing Zimbabwe, was an eight-time Ironman world champion, while Simon Lessing, representing Great Britain, was a five-time world champion.Okkert Brits is one of only 15 athletes in history to clear six metres in the pole vault. He became the third man in history to achieve the feat when he cleared 6.03m in 1995.BOXINGAfter boxer Brian Mitchell won the WBA junior-lightweight title in 1986, he successfully defended it on 12 occasions before retiring as an undefeated champion. All of his title defences took place outside of South Africa. In December 2008, Mitchell was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the first South African boxer to achieve the honour …… but not the first South African. Boxing referee Stan Christodoulou , only the third man in history to referee more than 100 world title fights, and the first to referee world title fights in all 17 weight categories, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.‘Baby Jake’ Matlala, watched by former President Nelson Mandela and American actor Will Smith, brought the curtain down on a 22-year professional career on 3 March 2002 with a seventh- round stoppage win over Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title. At just 4ft 10in or 147cm – not much taller than the average 3ft 6in or 107cm tall Lord of the Rings hobbit – Baby Jake was the shortest ever world boxing champion.GOLFSouth African golfing legend Gary Player is one of only five players to have won golf’s Grand Slam of the US Masters, US Open, British Open and US PGA titles. Player is also one of only three golfers to win the British Open in three different decades – in 1959, 1968 and 1974. (The other two players to win the Open in three different decades did so in the nineteenth century.)During his career, Player has won 163 tournaments all over the world, jetting an estimated total of 17.5-million kilometres, more than any other athlete in history – and he’s still flying, playing, and winning.Sewsunker ‘Papwa’ Sewgolum played at the same time as Gary Player, but apartheid prevented him from making his mark around the world. How good was he? In 1965, when Player won the US Open, the World Cup Invitational, the South African Open, the Australian Open, the World Series, the World Matchplay and the NTL Challenge Cup, he finished second in the Natal Open. Sewgolum beat him.A self-taught golfer, Sewgolum played the game with a back-handed grip, hands positioned the opposite way to the traditional grip. The unorthodox grip has another name – the Sewsunker grip – named after him, because he used it with such success.Golfer Sally Little first made her mark when she was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1971/72. She went on to win 15 LPGA titles, including three majors, and in 1985 became the LPGA’s twelfth millionaire.SWIMMINGOne-legged swimmer Natalie du Toit made history when she qualified for the final of the 800 metres freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games – the athlete with disability ever to qualify for the final of an international able-bodied event. In 2008, Du Toit became the first athlete with a disability to compete at the Olympic Games, finishing 16th in the 10-kilometre open water event.Breaststroke swimmer Penny Heyns, an Olympic champion at 100 and 200 metres, broke four world records over those distances in the space of two days in July 1999. She went on to set eight world records in 11 races.Karen Muir was voted into Swimming’s Hall of Fame in 1980. She became the youngest ever world record holder in any sport in 1965, at age 12, when she established a new mark in the 110 yards backstroke. She went on to set 15 world records.Terence Parkin is the most successful swimmer in the history of the Deaflympics, accumulating 29 medals in total after the conclusion of the 2009 edition of the Games. In 2000, he won a silver medal in the 200 metres breaststroke at the Sydney Olympic Games. He has also won the Midmar Mile twice.Speaking about the Midmar Mile, it is the world’s largest open water swimming event and is recognised as such by Guinness World Records. It was first held in 1973 because petrol restrictions at that time prevented a group of friends from attending the Buffalo Mile in East London. Now held over two days to accommodate all the swimmers, it has drawn in excess of 17 000 competitors.TENNISBob Hewitt and Frew McMillan won 57 career doubles titles, including three Wimbledon crowns. After teaming up they played 45 matches before they suffered their first loss.Wayne Ferreira was a far greater player than many South Africans gave him credit for, as one little-known fact reveals: he boasted a 6-7 career head-to-head record against Pete Sampras. He also cannot be faulted for perseverance: he ended his career having played in a record 56 Grand Slam tournaments in succession.South Africa has one Davis Cup title to its credit – but not one that it likes to boast about. When India withdrew from the final in 1974 in protest against the South African government’s apartheid policy, South Africa became the winner by default.MOTORSPORTJody Scheckter is the only South African to have won motor racing’s Formula One title. He achieved the feat driving for Ferrari in 1979. The Italian team had to wait another 21 years for their next driver’s title, won by Michael Schumacher.Motorcross star Greg Albertyn made his mark overseas, winning the 125cc world title in 1992, followed by the world 250cc title in 1993 and 1994. He then moved to the United States, where he won the 250cc motorcross title in 1999.South African powerboat racing legend Peter Lindenberg won the national Formula One title 15 times between from 1981 to 2001. He might have won even more titles had he not also competed in the Powerboat Racing World Series.CANOEING AND PADDLE-SKIINGGraeme Pope-Ellis won the tough three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon, contested between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, on 15 occasions, competing in both singles and doubles. Not surprisingly he was known as “the Dusi King”.Paddle-skier Oscar Chalupsky has won the Molokai Challenge, considered the world championship of solo ocean paddling, a record 11 times. Seven of those titles came in succession, from 1983 to 1989.OTHER SPORTSThe Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is the world’s largest individually timed cycling event. It has attracted fields as large as 40 000 competitors.Downhill mountain bike racer Greg Minnaar is a three-time winner of the overall UCI World Cup title, in 2001, 2005, and 2008. He also won the World Championships in 2003. Minnaar has achieved more podium finishes than any downhill rider in World Cup history.Shaun Thomson won the world surfing title in 1977. Maybe a greater claim to fame for the man from Durban is that many regard him as the best tube rider of all time.Striker Pietie Coetzee became the all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey on 21 June 2011 with the third of four goals she scored in a 5-5 draw against the USA in the Champions Challenge in Dublin. It took her to 221 goals, bettering the 20-year-old world record of Russia’s Natalya Krasnikova. She retired from international hockey in June 2014 having scored 282 goals in 287 matches. Incredibly, those figures included a five-year hiatus in the prime of her career to concentrate on her studies.Reg Park won the Mr Universe bodybuilding title in 1958 and 1965. He appeared in movies as Hercules between his two wins, and went on to become Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding inspiration.The South African men’s bowls team, playing in the World Bowls Championships on home soil in 1976, achieved the unique feat of winning every single title on offer. Doug Watson was crowned singles champion. He and Bill Moseley won the pairs. Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti and Kelvin Lightfoot triumphed in the triples, and Campbell, Gatti, Lightfoot and Moseley captured the fours title.Anneli Wucherpfenning (Drummond-Hay) enjoyed a spectacular sporting career in show jumping, winning the sport’s biggest event, the Badminton Trials, by the biggest margin in history. Among her other victories were wins in the British Championships, Bughley Horse Trials, the Imperial Cup, the Queen Elizabeth Cup, and the British Jumping Derby.On the subject of sporting greats who grew up, or at least were born in, South Africa: Gary Anderson, the scorer of the second most points in the history of America’s National Football League (NFL), was born in Parys and raised in Durban. And Steve Nash, the two-time Most Valuable Player in the NBA, was born in Johannesburg.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Should City Governments Sponsor Seed Funds?

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In February, Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams announced the city would put $500,000 towards a seed fund to help encourage regional startups. And on Friday of last week, the Portland Development Commission announced it had finally chosen the five local business leaders to help launch the fund, predicting it would be “open for business” by the fall.Portland isn’t the only city undertaking these sorts of early-stage investments. Last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his city was sponsoring an Entrepreneurial Fund, in a partnership with Firstmark Capital that had over $20 million earmarked to fund startups.Following a rather dour report from the Kauffman Foundation that placed Seattle at the bottom of major metropolitan areas for entrepreneurial activity, the Seattle-based technology blog Techflash asked its readers if Seattle should setup its own, similar early-stage fund.The majority of responses to their poll were negative: the city had better ways to spend its money. And although the economic contribution of a healthy entrepreneurial climate is something that cities want to foster, managing these investments might prove difficult. While a city like New York not only has a sizeable startup fund but has a large community of investors, it remains to be seen how a small, city-run seed fund like Portland has created will impact both the local investment and the local entrepreneurial communities.What do you think? Should cities be in the angel business? What other steps – beyond the usual “tax incentives” – can cities take in order to help foster a strong local startup community?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

TRANS-TASMAN CHALLENGE FOR VICTORIA

first_imgTrans-Tasman rivalry will reach fever pitch on Saturday 9 December 2006 at Elwood Park, Elwood, Victoria when a Victorian based “Australian” team take on a Victorian based “New Zealand” selection in the annual Victorian Touch Association (VTA) Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy Series.The traditional Kiwi “Haka” will reverberate around the picturesque beachside suburb of Elwood whilst the “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” chant is sure to get a run as the “Aussies” and the “Kiwis” square off in a series that will bring traditional Trans-Tasman rivalry to the boil.Three years ago the VTA Technical Panel instigated the Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy Series to acknowledge the two traditional cultures who have dominated the local Victorian touch scene.The concept received a fantastic response from the local touch community and has grown each year to become a showcase event on the Victorian calendar.In a best-of-three game series, a Victorian based “Australian” team is selected to oppose a Victorian based “New Zealand” selection in Men’s Open and Women’s Open divisions.If the Series is deadlocked (3 games a piece) a deciding Mixed drop-off is played between the two teams to determine the overall Victorian Touch Association Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy winner. The event also recognises a number of Victorian Touch Association members who have made significant contributions to the sport over the years including Michael Sparks, Miles Davine, Sete Kita, & Karen Jones.The respective Most Valuable Player awards for the teams are named in honour of these Victorian Touch Association stalwarts.Bragging rights for most series won in the event’s history is up for grabs this weekend, with Australia winning the Inaugural Series, and New Zealand squaring the ledger last time around, and both teams now eagerly awaiting the opportunity to claim supremacy in the 2006 Trans-Tasman Challenge.The “New Zealand” Men’s team will field a combination big on speed, agility, and attacking flair led by  Jason Kaiwai (2006 Crusaders Men’s Open),  Callan Donner (Victorian Men’s Open), and former New Zealand Secondary Schools representative Cam Tangaroa.  The “Australian” Men’s team will feature an experienced line-up headlined by Derrick Cant (former Crusaders Mixed & Mens Open), Michael Carter (Australian Senior Mixed, 2005 All Nations) and 17 year-old young gun Chris Katal who played in the Crusaders Men’s 20’s team at the 2006 National Touch League.The New Zealand Women’s Team also has a strong look about it.Former New Zealand Senior Mixed representative Terry Beazley has been handed the coaching reins of a team featuring  Teena TeMaro (New Zealand 2005 All Nations Women’s 35’s representative),Bernadette Diamond (former New Zealand Bay of Plenty representative), and current Victorian Open Mixed player Sophie Silbury. The “Australian” Women’s team will have its own star quality line-up spearheaded by Leah Percy (2006 Crusaders Womens Open), Wendy Briscoe (2006 Crusaders Womens Open) and 2005 Australian Senior Mixed 2005 All Nations representative Suzy Barrett.Australian Open Mixed Captain Tony Eltakchi will fly in from Sydney for the event as Tournament Ambassador and will be the Master of Ceremonies for the occasion.Junior players (Boys & Girls) will also take part in scheduled exhibition games on the day. These youngsters will take part in a training session in the morning and then play a 20-minute game showcasing the skills, teamwork, and standard of Victorian Junior Touch. For a great day of quality Touch football head down to Elwood Park Saturday to see a prelude to the Trans-Tasman rivalry that is sure to be amplified on the world stage at the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup 17-21 January in Stellenbosch, South Africa.Full results can accessed by going to the Victorian Touch web-site http//:www.victouch.com.aulast_img read more

Don’t Store Household Chemicals in Drink Bottles – CARPIN

first_img The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) continues to implore persons to desist from storing household chemicals in drink bottles.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children.She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed.The Poison Information Coordinator was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank where she provided details of a University of Technology (UTech)-funded study, which looked on the use of chemicals within the home and how behaviour, knowledge, and storage pattern will determine how children, 0-5 years, are poisoned in Jamaica.The study was conducted among households in the parishes of St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh explained that the decision was taken “to do a qualitative study and get into the homes to speak to parents, look at their environment and to see what was happening in the homes that was contributing to the high rate of poisoning among children”.“From the Poison Centre’s perspective, we wanted to know more about what it is that is causing children to constantly be exposed to these chemicals even though there are public education programmes out there,” she added.She said that a common factor throughout 90 per cent of the homes was the containers in which the chemicals are being stored.“Many people in Jamaica buy particular types of chemicals in bottles that are inappropriate,” Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh pointed out, noting that this was found to occur across all socio-economic groups.“We have found that many persons purchase retail chemicals in gallon bottles that look like water bottles” she said, noting that this includes bleach, disinfectants and sanitisers.“Some of the chemicals are also infused with fruity flavours and are stored in bottles that look like they were made for syrup” she said. She noted that bleach is among the common agents to which children are being exposed. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that despite a sustained public education campaign, particularly over the last 10 years, warning parents against storing chemicals in containers that look like food or drink products, the problem persists, contributing to cases of accidental poisoning among children. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

first_img It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops. Story Highlights The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns. The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock.It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns.Mr. Shaw, who was making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 1, informed that this is part of the 18,000 hectares of land leased by Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, which has been returned to the Government.The lands were once home to the Bernard Lodge Estate, which focused on sugar-cane cultivation, operation of a rum distillery, and eventually ethanol production.The Agriculture Ministry negotiated the return of the lands last year as part of plans to promote greater utilisation of idle arable lands for agricultural production.“We cannot continue to watch good lands lay idle anymore… . These 18,000 hectares of highly fertile, alluvial, flat and mechanisable lands represent the largest contiguous area of lands in Jamaica, suitable and ideal for this agricultural revolution,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that he has met with SCJ Holdings, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the National Irrigation Commission and Agro-Investment Corporation, and has issued instructions for the Bernard Lodge Land Use Master Plan to be developed quickly. The plan will outline how the lands are to be utilised.Of the remaining 7,500 hectares of land to be left available for sugar production, 2,000 hectares of that will be developed as an urban community.last_img read more