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

Employers claim deceased man was mentally ill

first_imgPartially decomposed body The employers of Soesdyke resident Patrick Vyfhuis, whose partially decomposed body was discovered on Wednesday in Kuribrong, Region Eight, are claiming that the man had been mentally ill, and they were unaware of this when he was hired.The employers, of Kuribrong, Region Eight, told Guyana Times on Saturday that Vyfhuis had left for the interior on July 11. According to his employer, after the labourer arrived at the mining camp, he began acting strange, and even told them that somebody wanted to kill him.“He went in with my husband, and when he go in, everything was okay. The next day now, he went to my husband and he tell him that, ‘Look (names given) coming to kill meh’. Me husband said he turn and tell him and said, ‘Bai relax yourself, nah?’ So he said the night now, he keep running into the bush and want run to the creek and so,” the employer told this publication.It was further related that other workers on the camp attempted to control the man’s absurd behavior, but failed.The employer said that as a result of this, on July 15, they were about to escort the man to his home. “When he reach on the landing, he start running up and down at all them shops. So they (ended up) getting him back into the cruiser; and while going out now, he messed his skin up so they stopped at a creek to wash off him, because he can’t go in the vehicle like that. So when they stop now, he run and gone in the bush,” the employer said.According to three other employees, they again went in search of Vyfhuis, but failed in their attempts. A report was subsequently made to the Bartica and Mahdia Police Stations.The employer contends that Vyfhuis’s mother knew of his mental illness and did not inform them.But Odessia Spencer, sister of the deceased man, rebutted the allegation made by the employers, since, according to her, her brother had never suffered from any mental illnesses. Family members of the now dead man have called for a thorough investigation into circumstances surrounding his death.Vyfhuis’s body was reportedly found by a pork-knocker some four miles away from the camp site on Wednesday last, and was later identified by his employer.The duo was questioned in relation to the body found.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Sterling hits back at critics after not starting Estonia clash due to fatigue

first_img1 Raheem Sterling in action for England England forward Raheem Sterling has hit back at his critics after failing to start the Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Estonia due to fatigue, saying: “Excuse me for being human.”The Liverpool youngster was used as a second-half substitute in Tallinn, which England won 1-0, after manager Roy Hodgson revealed the player was tired.The Three Lions chief said Sterling, 19, who is regarded as one of the team’s key players, had complained of fatigue on the eve of the match.That prompted considerable debate, with Sterling himself receiving critical messages on Twitter.The player responded by tweeting: “Now listening too.. Excuse me for being human?? omw home.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Tottenham striker Adebayor would ‘fit in really well’ at Stoke, claims Begovic

first_img Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor 1 Asmir Begovic claims Stoke target Emmanuel Adebayor would fit in well at the Potters.Mark Hughes worked with the Tottenham star during their time together at Manchester City, and he wants to take the Togo forward to the Britannia Stadium on transfer deadline day.Spurs are understood to be willing to do a deal, and Stoke goalkeeper Begovic admits the ex-Arsenal striker’s arrival would be a boost for the Staffordshire-based side.“Adebayor is a player of great quality,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s a player who can help any team.“We’ve got a good bunch of guys here so I’m sure he would fit in really well. We’ll see what happens. We are all for signing anyone who can make us better.”last_img read more

WET ‘N’ WILD STUPID – OUTDOORS CHAMPION SLAMS NEW ‘NANNY STATE’ LAWS

first_imgAN OUTDOORS enthusiast has warned that Ireland could be turning into a nanny state – and ban simple outdoor pleasures.Gus O’Driscoll, who runs the Wet ‘N’ Wild store in Letterkenny has warned that draft harbour bye laws could be coming to County Donegal.And he says the new rules about what we can and cannot do along our coasts will be a disaster. Said an angry Gus (pictured): “Imagine a Taoiseach who would make it a criminal offence to swim off Portnablagh Pier, to take a photograph off Downings Pier, to play children’s games or park a car on Magheroarty Pier, to moor a boat in Mevagh, to wash a boat on the slipway in Downings without payment or permission?“Fact or Fiction? Make up your own mind. I would urge people to check out the attached document “Draft Harbour Bye Laws” (on donegaldaily.com below this article) currently due to be voted on by members of Kerry County Council.“Apparently some spineless soulless mandarin in the Department of the Marine dreamt up this document and wrung his hands in delight as he tried to decide which was the greater pleasure, criminalising the Irish children of the future for doing what their fathers and forefathers before them had enjoyed for centuries or creating a whole new revenue stream for the present goverment to squander as they have our oil and gas reserves, our national pension fund, our health system?”Mr O’Driscoll is urging people to read the proposed laws – and fight back. He told donegaldaily.com: “I would ask people to ask your local county councillor where they stand on this issue before its presented at a Donegal Co Co meeting (as its a Dept of Marine proposal that is to be adopted by all County Councils in Ireland) so they dont have a chance to say “I didn’t know” or “I never meant that to happen”.“And while we are at it could Enda Kenny be asked to identify the gormless spineless soulless person in the Department of the Marine that formulated this document so that he could be tried for treason against the Irish people!”You can read the entire legislation here:http://www.kerrycoco.ie/en/allservices/roads/draftharbourbye-laws/thefile,5992,en.pdfWHAT DO YOU THINK? LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWET ‘N’ WILD STUPID – OUTDOORS CHAMPION SLAMS NEW ‘NANNY STATE’ LAWS was last modified: January 18th, 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:donegalgus o’driscollnew harbour lawslast_img read more

ANNIVERSARY HEARTACHE – I LIVE FOR MY BOYS NOW MY GIRLS ARE GONE

first_imgHeartbroken Lorraine Gallagher has said that only the strength of her two young boys has helped her survive the worst year of her life.The late Erin and Shannon Gallagher.Lorraine was speaking to Donegal Daily on the eve of the anniversary of her daughter Erin’s death a year ago.The Ballybofey mum’s world fell to pieces over the space of six horrific weeks last year when both her daughters, Erin, 13, and Shannon, 15 took their own lives. Now Lorraine says she does not how she would have got through her ordeal but for the birth of her son Lennon and her other son Sean James, 6.Fighting back tears, Lorraine said she has been forced to find an inner-strength she never thought she had to fight on. “There were times when I just thought I would never get through it without Erin and Shannon.“They were my life and to lose them so suddenly will always leave a huge hole in my heart.Lorraine Gallagher“But I knew that I had to stay strong for my son Sean James. “And when Lennon came along, it was as if I had been given even more reason to stay and help make as best a life as I could for the two boys. “The girls doted on Sean James and they would have been exactly the same with Lennon.“I know this is what they would have wanted.“I used to have a house full of girls but now I have a house full of boys I have to look after,” she said.Lorraine is trying to lead as normal a life as possible and even got engaged to partner Phelim Quinn.However, Lorraine, 37, says there is not an hour goes past when something does not remind her of Shannon or Erin. “It’s the little things in life that make you think of them. All the good times we had together and the fun.“I might watch a television show that the girls liked or hear a song from a band that they liked and it will bring all the memories flooding back.“We squeezed a lot of good times into the few short years we were all together,” said LorraineLorraine, partner Phelim and her two sons will attend a special anniversary mass for Erin tomorrow (SUN). In November they repeat the occasion again when they recall the life of Shannon, 15.Shannon took her life saying she could just not carry on without her little sister and best friend Erin.Erin was found dead by Lorraine in their Ballybofey home on October 27th claims that she was being bullied online.Both girls had been students at Finn Valley College.Their deaths sparked a huge investigation into online bullying including the ask-fm site on which Lorraine claimed her youngest daughter was being cyber-bullied on.“Like all girls they would have wanted their own day.“We will recall Erin’s life on Sunday and remember all the good times we had with her and of course Shannon but it will be Erin’s day.“I have bought flowers and we will visit her grave.“We will do the same again in November when it will be Shannon’s day,” said Lorraine.Lorraine admits that she still strives for questions and is still angry at the passing of her two daughters.“I have a very good solicitor in Patsy Gallagher and I am happy to allow the legal path to take its course.“I can’t say too much because it is an ongoing legal situation but I am still very angry at a lot of people in authority,” she said.As the first anniversary of her youngest daughter arrives, Lorraine knows exactly where the beloved sisters would have spent today if they were alive.“They would have been in the Finn Valley Centre watching Jason Quigley fight for gold for Ireland. I have no doubt about it.“Both of them boxed and Katie Taylor was their hero. They would have been in the middle of it all having fun like all the other teenagers.“Their friends will be there and I hope they enjoy themselves and appreciate how lucky they all are.“I meet Shannon and Erin’s friends all the time and they are so good to me.“They know the real people Shannon and Erin were and how much they were loved by the people that matter.“And that’s all that matters to me,” she said.ANNIVERSARY HEARTACHE – I LIVE FOR MY BOYS NOW MY GIRLS ARE GONE was last modified: October 26th, 2013 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more

Tinney’s Toys: How Christmas clubs can reduce December stress

first_imgChristmas clubs have been a favourite of canny shoppers in one form or another for a great many years. It reduces the financial burden of the season by spreading payments over time and if you choose your club wisely, it can also guarantee availability of items which might become difficult to find during the hysterical and panicked shopping frenzy that heralds in the season of Goodwill.The idea is a very useful and practical one. Select a shop where you will definitely be spending money at Christmas, apply to join the club and pay into the scheme at regular intervals.The best Christmas clubs allow you to reserve products and let’s face it, there is a huge relief in knowing that the longed for toy is safely secured in hiding till you, or Santa produce it at Christmas. Smart parents are reserving products early and spreading the payment to ensure a happier, stress free Christmas shopping season. Anything that avoids the wrestling the last torn box containing this year’s most wanted toy from the hands of another stressed parent has got to be good.Christmas Clubs all but disappeared in the boom times of the 1990s’ when no one baulked at the idea of carrying debt into the next infinite number of years.Thankfully, good sense and a more practical approach has returned and with it, the Christmas Club is once more a popular and sensible idea for those wanting to avoid the last minute rush.The most popular Clubs are those run by the local butcher shop (turkey and ham sorted!) and toy shops. Irish parents spend an average of €254 on each child at Christmas. This can be managed better by joining a club and choosing toys wisely to avoid that last minute expensive ‘compensation present’ when the one on the wish list has been sold out.It also makes sense to manage the child’s expectations and point them towards sturdy well made products from a reputable supplier.A note of caution if you are thinking of joining a club as they differ greatly in operation.Some large retail stores allow you to amass credit in their club, but do not put toys on hold for you. This could result in you being forced to spend in-store credit on something other than the child’s dream gift.Tinneys Toy’s in Letterkenny are one shop who operate a simple, no nonsense Christmas Club where your chosen toy is held for you while you avail of the easy financial plan. Reserved products will be held until early December and you can make payments at any time to ease the burden on Christmas wallets.Payments to their Christmas club can be made through the shop, by phone or online.The count down to the Festive Season is already on. Let’s make it as stress free, as organised and as happy as possible. The well organised and simply operated Christmas Club definitely has a part to play in that dream scenario.For more information on Tinneys Toys Christmas club click here. Tinney’s Toys: How Christmas clubs can reduce December stress was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Watch: Trevor Noah, new host of the Daily Show

first_imgSouth African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace the legendary Jon Stewart as host of the US Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year after 15 years. The news has surprised many, with Noah having made only three appearances on Comedy Central network’s flagship late-night satirical show. Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show in the US after Jon Stewart retires later this year. (Image: press.cc.com)• US TV debut for Trevor Noah • The South African who dresses the walkers • Nelson Mandela in film • Be good brand ambassadors for South Africa • ‘Don’t underestimate South Africans’ Melissa JavanThe Daily Show announced yesterday that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Jon Stewart when the latter retires later this year. Noah made his debut on the the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Comedy Central flagship show in December 2015, and so far has appeared only three times.Reaction to the news took over social media across the world yesterday. We bring some you the best responses – and video of Noah’s best performances.“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement. “He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny. For the next host of the Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”On Twitter, Noah paid tribute to Stewart, who has hosted the Daily Show for 15 years.No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015 Watch Noah’s debut on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Another of Noah’s contributions to the show: Noah discusses his background in comedy, in a Comedy Central interview: Fans of South Africa’s best comedy export – local and international – soon took to Twitter to voice their delight. Thank you president Obama pic.twitter.com/PgFJCCyRTa— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 30, 2015 Very proud of you Trevor and thank you on behalf of my son and daughter @Trevornoah #WeWereAlmostGreat — IG : TfromtheV(@TumiMolekane) March 30, 2015 Comrade Hlaudi must broadcast The Daily Show on free to air channel. The masses of our people need to see Comrade @Trevornoah in action— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) March 30, 2015 Well. The man set the bar, raised it at every turn and now, well, hayino words. Hats and weaves off to Trevor Noah. Dayum! ??????— TumiMorake(@tumi_morake) March 30, 2015 Congratulations @Trevornoah – South Africans are proud of you. Good luck. @lead_sa pic.twitter.com/PQMJMobP7G— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 30, 2015 Noah is known not to be afraid of controversial issues. Here he discusses the Ebola epidemic: Noah in action at the Apollo in London: Noah roasts Steve Hofmeyr and others on Comedy Central: He tells CNN how he prepares for comedy: Noah shares his views on South African politicians Helen Zille and Julius Malema:last_img read more

Top 10 geocaching essentials

first_img10. First aid kit. Hopefully the only injury you incur while caching is a bruised ego from that DNF. But if anything more serious happens, make sure you’re prepared.But more than anything, make sure you always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen!Share with your Friends:More 5. Sunscreen. ‘Nuff said 6. Bug spray. NOT Travel Bug® spray! (You want to attract those). Repel pesky critters like mosquitos and ticks with insect repellent. The yuckier they think you are, the better! 3. Extra logbooks and pencils. Yes, it’s the cache owner’s responsibility to maintain their caches. But hey, if you find a logbook that’s full, or a broken pencil in a cache, do a good deed for a fellow cache owner. You can even let them know when writing your log or through the Message center. #WINNING Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bagYou should always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen, but what else should you bring caching? Here are the Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bag. What are your geocaching must-haves? 9. Flashlight. Ever put your hand deep into a tree hollow then feel around for a cache without being able to actually see where your hand is? Yeah. We did, once. Now we always bring a flashlight. 2. SWAG for trading. SWAG = stuff we all get. One golden rule about geocaching: if you take something, leave something of equal or higher value. Keep a few fun items in your bag to trade.center_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2011March 23, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 17, 2011March 17, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” 7. Rain gear. So you suddenly see a bank of storm clouds headed your way just as you approach the cache, and you’re more than an hour away from your car. Always stay dry and bring a waterproof jacket or poncho. 4. Snacks and water. Looking for geocaches can be grueling work. Maintain your energy and stay hydrated to keep your caching game strong! 1. GPS/smartphone and extra batteries/charger. Don’t lose the juice. Keep your GPS or smartphone charged when going for hikes far away from any outlets. 8. Tools of the Trade — TOTT. Penlight? Check. Mirror? Check. Magnet? Check. Clampy-thing? Check. Pocket knife? Check. TOTT all accounted for. Let’s go!last_img read more

Want Clean Indoor Air? Don’t Bank on Houseplants

first_imgFinding articles online that extoll the many air-cleansing benefits of houseplants is a cinch, but the assertions are mostly hype with little grounding in fact. So writes Robinson Meyer in an article posted at The Atlantic as he debunks a popular claim of health bloggers and more than a few magazine articles. Typical of a pitch to buy more houseplants is this assertion from Katie Wells at her website Wellness Mama. “Houseplants are an effective, simple, and inexpensive way to purify indoor air.” Without citing a source for her claims, Wells goes on to specify which plants are most effective. The list includes bamboo palm, the rubber plant, and English ivy, among others. The same  prescription for clean air can be found in any number of magazine articles, like this one in This Old House.RELATED ARTICLESAll About Indoor Air QualityHumidity, Mold, and Indoor Air QualityRanking Indoor Air Pollutants Where did all of this come from? The claims seem to have originated with a NASA scientist named Bill Wolverton, who in the late 1980s investigated whether houseplants would be  capable of removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air in sealed space vehicles, Meyer writes. Wolverton’s 1989 report, summing up two years of research, found that potted houseplants have “demonstrated the potential for improving indoor air quality by removing trace organic pollutants from the air in energy-efficient buildings.” In considering the plight of people sealed into small spaces, Wolverton said, “If man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system.” In 1997, Wolverton followed up with a book, How to Grow Fresh Air. He provided a list of 50 plants that could help rid indoor air of such pollutants as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene, among others. Other research seemed to support the connection between clean indoor air and houseplants. The public was hooked. A new review is less enthusiastic But, Meyer says, a more recent view of nearly 200 studies shows the benefits of houseplants are significantly overstated. The review by Michael Waring, an engineering professor at Drexel University, and others found that while some plants can remove more VOCs than others in small, sealed chambers, none is very effective in a large room. It wasn’t Wolverton’s original study that was wrong, just that the benefits have since been overstated. Someone would have to be put 1,000 plants in a 10-foot-square room with an 8-foot ceiling to have the same air-cleaning capacity as changing the room air once per hour, Waring said. Even if you chose the most effective VOC-cleansing plant, you’d need one plant per square foot. In a presentation titled “Biowalls and Indoor Houseplants: Facts and Fiction,” Waring describes some of the research that followed Wolverton’s initial study and how the claims have been popularized. “I do not think that houseplants clean the air,” he told Meyer, a point of view echoed by other scientists that the writer contacted. Another study, this one led by Omed Abbass and published in the journal Building and Environment, looked at whether indoor house plants might be effective at removing ozone from indoor air. The result? “Calculations of effectiveness in a hypothetical indoor environment show, at best, modest contributions of about 0.9-9% indoor ozone removal effectiveness …” There are many other benefits to having houseplants — color to counter the drabness of winter, the fragrance of new blossoms, the simple joy of growing something — but cleaner air apparently isn’t one of them.last_img read more