Dissmissed sugar workers need urgent action, not cheap talk

first_imgDear Editor,On June 24, 2018, sections of the media reported that a coordinating committee has been established regarding GuySuCo’s ‘Sustainable and Resilient Communities Programme’ and ‘Alternative Livelihoods Initiative’. For the GAWU, the establishment of a committee now six (6) months after the workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara were made jobless, and eighteen (18) months since a similar fate met the Wales workers, in our sincere view it says a mouthful.The belated establishment of a ‘committee’ clearly demonstrates that there was — and from all appearances still is — no plan, or even a concerted effort, to address the well-being and welfare of the thousands of ordinary Guyanese who have been affected by the wrong decisions to close sugar estates. Certainly, GuySuCo and the authorities had, in our view, significant lead time to properly plan and devise workable solutions to mitigate the loss of the workers’ livelihoods. The fact that this is now being done nearly at the end of the second half of 2018 confirms the view that there was not even a glancing thought regarding how workers and their families would make out following the closing of the estates’ doors.We cannot help but wonder whether the ‘high-powered’ committee is aware of the realities that the jobless sugar workers and their families now face. Do they know that some workers cannot provide sufficient healthy meals for their families? Do they know that some workers have had to remove their children from school? Do they know that some workers have found themselves in a depressed state? Do they know that families have broken up? It seems to us that the stage-show committee, sitting in air-conditioned board rooms far away from the suffering spawned by closure of estates, is unaware of the present-day realities in the communities linked to the now closed estates. The use of catchy names and having nice pictures of meetings mean very little to the workers and their families, who are caught literally between a rock and a hard place. If the committee is really serious, it needs to go to the communities to interact with the workers, find out what are their problems, and devise appropriate solutions to address the difficulties they face. The seeming satellite approach cannot — and in our sincere view will not — work.The GAWU also saw that the Ministry of Natural Resources, according to information received on June 25, 2018, has sponsored a training programme which will train about 100 persons in several fields. Of the 100-person cohort, we recognise, some retrenched sugar workers will benefit. The GAWU welcomes this training programme, which will address a very small amount of the displaced workers.At the same time, we cannot help but wonder whether any careful consideration has been given to trainees securing employment with their new-found skills, as it can very well negate the impact of the training.We also wonder whether any assessment has been done regarding the availability of such skills in Region Six, and whether the trainees will join a saturated market. These, we believe, among other things, should be fully-well-thought-out before embarking on programmes of this nature.At this time, while the grass is growing the horse is starving, and the jobless workers are finding coping harder day by day. The now dismissed sugar workers need urgent action, not cheap talk. Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Raiders sign D-end Kasim Edebali to roster

first_imgALAMEDA — Kasim Edebali, a six-year veteran defensive end who last played for Cincinnati in 2018, was signed by the Raiders Wednesday.Edebali takes the roster spot of cornerback Gareon Conley, who was traded to the Houston Texans Monday for a third-round draft pick.Edebali, 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds, has played in 62 games with two starts. He has eight sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The best season for the Boston College product came in 2016, when had …last_img read more

National Sports Policy to be Tabled in Parliament Soon

first_imgMinister with Responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, announced on February 28 that the National Sports Policy will be tabled in Parliament in another two weeks. This follows a presentation on the White Paper, and discussions with local sport associations and federations at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. Speaking at the forum, Minister Neita Headley named the members of the re-established National Sports Council, noting that they are to meet shortly. The advisory body will promote the actions that are to be taken to further develop sports in Jamaica. “It will advise the Prime Minister and the Minister, as it seeks to harmonize the sporting industry,” she indicated. Members of the Council include: President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell; Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse; First Vice-President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Don Anderson; President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake; President of Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda; and Fourth Vice-President of the JAAA, Dr. Winston Dawes. Also on the Council are: Education Officer for Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Joyce Graham Royale; Inspector General of the Jamaica Defence Force, with responsibility for ceremonial activities, Colonel Daniel Pryce; Principal of GC Foster College, Edward Shakes; Former Jamaica Basketball Association President, Marlon Natty; Director in the Entertainment, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Tafari Burns; and Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO), Renée Anne Shirley.Meanwhile, Mrs. Neita Headley urged the associations to examine their current status, and preparations to participate in the various sports in the 2016 Olympics.“If you’re able to identify those areas, those athletes who will form part of that vision, we need to concentrate and focus on how we will help you to prepare those athletes to meet qualifying standards for 2016,” she said.The Minister said the National Sport Policy will guide the framework for overall national sports development; promote a healthier society; and strengthen appropriate regulations and legislation that support and facilitate sporting initiatives and activities that will result in increased participation among all Jamaicans“The policy is a framework of what will be ideal for us…it does not state how sports will be run, and does not seek to indicate to you how we will operate. That will have to come from a sports sector implementation plan, which will follow the approval of the policy,” she told stakeholdersMrs. Neita Headley noted the various actions that are already being taken towards the overall development of sports through inter-ministerial collaboration, and public/private partnerships.Among these activities is the establishment of a Sports Tourism Committee, to leverage brand Jamaica. She noted that concrete steps are also being taken to establish a sports museum, and that discussions have also begun with the London Mission to establish a sports museum foundation, which would allow members of the Diaspora to make meaningful contributions to the museum.As for the hosting of international events, the Minister said guidelines are being developed to ensure the best quality events that meet international standards.last_img read more

Quebec man faces manslaughter charge in death of 5monthold baby girl

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A 24-year-old Quebec man faces charges of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death after a baby girl was found unconscious inside a home west of Montreal.Police found the five-month-old child Feb. 3 in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, and she died two days later in hospital.Police said the infant’s mother had left the girl in the care of a man she had recently met.Steven Bernard appeared Monday at the courthouse in St-Jerome, Que. His lawyer, Andre Blanchette, entered a plea of not guilty.The Crown opposed Bernard’s release, and the resident of Contrecoeur, Que., will remain detained until his next court appearance Feb. 19.Quebec provincial police and the local police force arrested Bernard last Friday. The local police had been called to the home at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and discovered the child in cardiorespiratory arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Family calls for hit and run driver to come forward 73 year

first_img Related Items:#tcihitandrun #johnhparker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – February 11, 2018 – A Turks and Caicos family is earnestly praying for the person who struck and killed a 73-year-old man in Five Cays on Friday to come forward and confess to what happened.Magnetic Media spoke to Kendra Parker, the niece of John Hilgrove Parker, the man killed in that hit and run on Friday night and she explained that the family is distraught and desperately hoping for the person responsible  to come out of the shadows.“We just want whoever it is that did this to come forward, to say what happened and to help to bring some closure for the family.”Police report that the incident happened around 11pm on Friday and was reported to 911 when Mr. Parker’s body was found unresponsive on the main Five Cays roadway.An investigation is launched now into the tragedy.  Police are asking for help in this investigation.Ms. Parker explained that her uncle was not only found ‘unresponsive’ but stripped of his wallet which held his identification and salary.  John Parker was a carpenter and mason, and was crossing the street to go home when he was hit by the unknown driver.“It was someone at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center that recognized my uncle and called the family.  He had nothing on him and for a while, no one knew who he was.”Parker says this was no way for her uncle to be treated, “his wallet, his house keys, his cell phone, his ids were all taken.”John Parker is from Provo, but spent many years in North Caicos.  Mr. Parker had recently moved from Kew Town to Five Cays. Photograph of John Parker, 73, provided by Familycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Klopp It could have been better

first_imgLiverpool’s current tally of 23 points after nine games puts them second on the league table and Jürgen Klopp has no doubt there is plenty more to come from his team.Liverpool defeated Huddersfield Town 1-0 to earn their seventh win of the Premier League season thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 24th-minute goal.The Merseyside team also matches Manchester City’s points haul so far and have conceded just three goals in their opening nine league matches.Despite being satisfied with the result, Klopp pointed out the areas for improvement.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It could have been better. How it always is in football, if you don’t play your best there are different reasons for it, the main reason today was that Huddersfield did well” Klopp told Liverpoolfc website.“They defended well, very aggressive around the second balls and it’s really difficult to get into a game if the ball is that often in the air and stuff like that. We could have done better, but actually, I thought we did a few things really well and were really close to having big chances at the start of the game.“When Alisson had the ball and we could play the long ball, stretch the formation by coming in between, it was so close that we would have been clean through. But we didn’t do it and Huddersfield defended that well.“Then we scored the goal, we had opportunities, but then Huddersfield came back into the game – I think it started with a corner and then the atmosphere was really there, the crowd was there. It is not too comfortable.”last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q4 beats estimates as more customers pay for mobile internet

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecoms network operator, reported a better than expected 2.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday, boosted by a 15 percent rise in subscribers in its home market for mobile broadband services to 35.5 million.Consolidated net profit rose to 12.90 billion rupees ($194.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, from 12.55 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said.Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 12.21 billion rupees, according to a Reuters poll.Bharti Airtel, headed by Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal, said total revenues rose 8.4 percent to 249.6 billion rupees.Separately the company also approved a share buyback of 14.34 billion rupees.India has over 1 billion mobile phone users, making it the second biggest market behind China, and the market for mobile internet services is growing fast as only a third of phone users already have smart phones.Over 100 million smart phones were sold in India last year and that number is expected to grow by over 25 percent this year while network operators are investing heavily in providing 4G broadband.In the last two months alone Bharti has spent about $1.2 billion on buying radio spectrum to expand its 4G service.last_img read more

Overnight gunfights kill 3

first_imgProthom Alo Illustration Three persons were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with the law enforcement in Chapainawabganj and Cumilla districts early Monday.In Chapainawabganj’s Gomastapur upazila, two persons were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a ‘gunfight’ with the ‘robbers’, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Being tipped off, according to camp commander of RAB-5 Syed Abdullah AL Murad, members of RAB conducted a raid in a den where a group of 5-6 robbers were reportedly preparing for committing a robbery around 12:15am at night.Sensing the presence of the elite force members, the robbers opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight which left the duo injured with bullet.In Muradnagar upazila of Cumilla, another suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police early Monday.The deceased is Al Amin, son of Sirajul Islam, a resident of Saliakandi village of the upazila.A team of detectives along with the police conducted a special raid around 1:30am, said Manjur Alam, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar police station.When the team reached the spot, the OC added, a gang of robbers opened fire on them, prompting the policemen to retaliate, he added.Al Amin received bullet injuries during the exchange of fire, said the OC.Later, the injured was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The team recovered a pipe gun, two rounds of bullet, four sharp weapons and five masks.Al Amin was accused in nine cases filed with the police station, the OC added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more