Jagdeo urges early severance payments for sugar workers

first_imgAhead of upcoming court battle…says no timeframe set for pay-outFormer sugar workers and millions of dollars of their severance payments currently being held up formed part of the recent discussions between Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger.At his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo revealed that he confronted the President on the status of payments for the unpaid former sugar workers. According to Jagdeo, he received assurances that the severance would be paid. Those assurances came, however, without any projected timeframe.“I raised the question of the sugar workers and their struggle to get the remainder of their severance. And I said to the President, this is money that is due to them. They worked for this. This is not a hand-out that they should be struggling for or requesting or begging for. This is mandated by law. So I asked when they will receive their severance,” Jagdeo recalled.“He said to me, they’ve taken a position to pay the severance, but I could not get in what time period they would pay the severance. He said they took a decision… weIn the past, sugar workers were forced to protest for their severance paymentswould like to see the severance paid early to the workers.”On the matter of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as a company, the former President said this also formed a topic of conversation. According to Jagdeo, Granger assured him that GuySuCo falls under the Agriculture Ministry and not the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) or the Special Purpose Unit (SPU).“And I said to him, but Mr President, you have by order transferred all the assets of the closed estates to NICIL from GuySuCo and you have also transferred 100 per cent of shares of GuySuCo to NICIL.”“Further, NICIL has borrowed $17 billion that they already have in an account and they’re out in the market to borrow another $13-14 billion. So they have money they are borrowing on behalf of GuySuCo and you’re saying they have no responsibility, it’s the Ministry of Agriculture.”Jagdeo recalled that NICIL had announced it had given $2 billion to GuySuCo, which left $15 billion. The former President therefore questioned what the remaining sum would be spent on.SeveranceIn January, Government had announced that some sugar workers, owed $500,000 or less, would be paid in full by January month end. In June, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) took Government to court. This was done on behalf of workers from Skeldon, Rose Hall and the East Demerara sugar estates.In the legal documents, it was outlined that the redundant workers were to receive their redundancy allowance/severance payment no later than December 29, 2017. The legal team, which was led by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, stated that the over 4000 workers were paid only a portion of their severance payments.The lawyers highlighted that even while this was ongoing, GuySuCo transferred all of its assets for those three estates under the Finance Minister to NICIL as per notice published in the Official Gazette (Extraordinary) of Guyana on December 30, 2017.Lawyers also observed that GuySuCo has been collateralised as security for a $30 billion loan that it has or is borrowing from commercial banks.The attorneys are seeking an order from the court to direct the respondents – GuySuCo and NICIL, their officers, servants and agents – to “pay forthwith to the said 4280 employees of GuySuCo – and members of the Applicant, all severance or redundancy payments or allowances due, owing and payable under the provisions of TESPA.”When the matter came up for hearing before High Court Judge Fidella Corbin-Lincoln, attorneys petitioned to have these arguments for the sugar workers dismissed. The matter is scheduled to continue on September 4.last_img read more

Patient-lifting bill would protect nurses

first_img? The idea is to replace unassisted manual lifting with state-of-the-art devices and trained workers to cut down on needless injuries. ? Consider this: Kaiser Permanente ? recently began using patient mobility teams and lift equipment at its 18 medical centers in Northern California. ? At the Oakland medical center, the new lift policy led to a 25 percent drop in patient-handling injuries from fiscal year 2006 to 2007. ? We urge the governor to sign SB 171 into law. – Contra Costa Times We don’t usually think of nursing as back-breaking physical labor. Yet the fact is that nurses in California lift an average of 3,600 pounds per shift. Struggling to move bedridden patients – growing numbers of whom are obese – causes health-care workers serious back and neck problems. According to U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, health-care workers suffered 72,780 work-related back injuries in 2005. That’s nearly twice as many injuries as for construction workers. ? That’s why the California Nurses Association is so vehement about passing SB 171, which would require acute-care hospitals to use ? lift teams and mechanical equipment to help reposition and transfer patients. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gonzaga staves off LMU

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHumboldt State 3, CS Dominguez Hills 1: Sophia Lopes had 19 kills and 20 digs as the visiting Toros (2-17, 1-7 CCAA) lost, 30-25, 30-32, 30-27, 30-26. In a men’s soccer game … Khadim Diouf scored in the 85th minute to lead host San Diego State (5-2-2, 1-0-0 Pacific-10) to a 1-0 victory over UCLA (4-5-1, 0-1-0). In a men’s water polo game … Tommy Corcoran and Jordan Thompson each scored two goals as top-ranked USC (8-0, 3-0 MPSF) cruised to a 7-2 home win over No. 3 Stanford (5-3, 1-1). From news services Heather Hughes had a career-high 32 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Loyola Marymount women’s volleyball team lost to host Gonzaga, 33-31, 33-31, 28-30, 30-24, on Saturday. Emily Day (West Torrance High) added 22 kills for the Lions (9-7, 1-2 WCC). Long Beach State 3, Cal State Northridge 0: Alexis Crimes had 15 kills to lead the host 49ers (10-5, 4-1 Big West) to a 30-12, 30-22, 31-29 win. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watford transfer news: Hornets told to pay £4.3 million for Monaco defender

first_img Marcel Tisserand spent last season on loan at Toulouse 1 Monaco have slapped a £4.3m price tag on Watford target Marcel Tisserand.The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Toulouse and he is now ready to leave permanently in search of first-team football.Watford have been tracking the defender since July, while Saint-Etienne and German side Ingolstadt are interested too.But, according to L’Equipe, it is going to cost any of them £4.3m if they want to sign Tisserand this summer.Monaco are aware of the Congolese’s desire to play regularly and they are willing to let him leave for the right price.last_img

Helping parents talk sex

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL — Giving parents information so they can be informed and comfortable talking to their kids about sex is the goal of Newhall mother Sally Swiatek, but she’s met some resistance. Working with the national group Planned Parenthood, Swiatek and some other parents are taking classes and training to be able to provide services to area youths. Their first outreach, scheduled May 10 at Rio Norte Junior High School, is aimed at parents to provide up-to-date information on the lifestyles — including the pressures and misconceptions that abound in teen Internet chat rooms and campus talk — of their children. “People have been calling me for information when they heard I was doing this,” Swiatek said. “They’re frightened. They wanted to know if we have problems with kids going off and having oral sex when we think they’re at the movies. They don’t know how to talk to their kids and they are hungry for information.” She organized the free meeting — titled “Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behavior: What Parents Need to Know” — to address those concerns, paying the cost of renting the school facility and printing up thousands of fliers from her own pocket, only to find out the local William S. Hart Union High School District will not send the flier home to parents. “We feel with the topic of a sexual nature, it was inappropriate to send the flier home with the students,” Assistant Superintendent Leslie Crunelle said. “We feel some of the families would be unhappy about it, particularly if it came home with their junior high students.” Swiatak said that concerns her. “Sex is the big fat elephant in the living room and we want to pretend it’s not there,” she said. “This culture is highly sexual and parents don’t always know what to do about their children. “We’re simply attempting to provide comprehensive and accurate information to help parents talk to their children and help their children make educated decisions.” Patti Sulpizio, a Valencia mother of three, is part of the grass-roots group working with Swiatek. “I’m a mom and my kids are bombarded with sexual messages and imagery in music, television and print,” she said. “That puts a lot of pressure on them and there isn’t a lot of information to combat it or prepare them to be healthy sexual beings. “I’m an educated parent, but I have difficulty managing that area with my children. They don’t talk about it very much because they’re not comfortable, even though I’m willing. I know I can use some help and I imagine other parents can use help as well.” Susan Fogel, a private attorney who specializes in women’s health issues, said Swiatek and her group of parents are setting a valuable example for other communities. “Here is this group of parents who recognize that the barriers to sex education for their children are inappropriate and they want to do something about it,” she said. Fogel said the group Reproductive Justice held focus groups that crossed all socioeconomic boundaries and discovered a universal thread — that parents wanted accurate information to give their children. “In many states and communities there are programs that are abstinence-only or don’t give kids comprehensive information or teach them about safe sex so they can make their own decisions,” she said. “Kids need accurate information in order to act responsibly.” For additional information, contact Swiatek at (661) 255-7446.— carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252last_img read more

Liverpool want ANOTHER Southampton star, Chelsea keen on Madrid forward – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here are all the top transfer-related football stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal to join Manchester City from Arsenal, according to reports in Chile. (The Sun)Arsenal are close to completing their second summer signing with the £10m capture of Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow. (Sunday Mirror)Should Manchester United complete the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, the forward will urge Gareth Bale to follow him to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)But negotiations for Morata may not be straightforward because of friction relating to the LaLiga side’s interest in David de Gea. (The Guardian)Liverpool are interested in signing Southampton’s 28-year-old Serbia forward Dusan Tadic, who has a release clause of £13m in his contract. (Sunday Times)Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to join MLS side LA Galaxy following his release from Manchester United. (The Sun)Chelsea are keen to sign Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez and the Spanish club are willing to sell, according to reports in Spain. (AS)Kylian Mbappe is a man in demand this summer and Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Antero Henrique has made contact with Monaco over a bid for the 18-year-old striker. (L’Equipe)Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, has an offer from Arsenal but is waiting for a rival bid from Barcelona. (Sport)Manchester United could face a battle to keep promising goalkeeper Joel Pereira at the club, with Benfica, Porto and Sporting all interested. (Sunday Mirror)Chelsea could be forced into paying a portion of Diego Costa’s wages for the 28-year-old striker to complete a loan deal to AC Milan. (The Telegraph)Juventus have targeted three players to strengthen their chances of going one better in the Champions League next season with Douglas Costa, Steven N’Zonzi and Keita Balde on the summer wishlist. (Mail on Sunday)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Scotland 2-2 England: Late drama at Hampden as Harry Kane nets stoppage-time equaliser in Group FScotland 2-2 England: Three Lions stars rated and slatedCONFIRMED: Manchester United reach agreement to sign Benfica defender Victor LindelofManchester United transfer latest: Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti part of £130m striker swoop, Victor Lindelof and Fabinho newsChelsea FC transfer news: Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko on verge of completing £35m move to Stamford Bridgelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL TO CONTEST COUNTY U-14 FINAL

first_imgTHIS year’s county U-14 boys Final will be between St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill after the Letterkenny lads knocked out Ardara in their semi-final clash on Wednesday evening.The Glenties boys beat Mac Cumhaills in the other semi-final.It was far from a straight-forward affair for St Eunan’s – with some lovely football on display. And no-one seemed surprised when the battle went to extra-time.In the end maybe St Eunan’s were that wee bit sharper, and were seven points clear at the half-way point in the extra period.They saw off the game in the remaining minutes.Final Score: St Eunan’s 5-12, Ardara 2-11. In the other semi-final it was the goals that mattered.If games were won on scores alone, then it would have been Mac Cumhaills in the final.But Naomh Conaill hit a hatful of goals to win the tie on a scoreline of 6-05 to 2-12.The final is next Wednesday. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL TO CONTEST COUNTY U-14 FINAL was last modified: July 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-14s ADVANCE TO FINAL AFTER EPIC BATTLE WITH BRAVE ARDARAlast_img read more

MCLAUGHLIN HOPEFUL OF MAKING STARTING XI FOR PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY

first_imgFormer Finn Harps and Derry City player Stephen McLaughlin is confident he has done enough to merit a place in Phil Brown’s starting XI for Southend’s play-off final with Wycombe at Wembley. McLaughlin had started the first-leg of their semi-final play-off win against Stevenage but was dropped for the return leg.However, McLaughlin’s introduction changed the game and turned the tide in favour of Southend. McLaughlin created the equalising goal and then scored the crucial second in extra-time before Southend sealed it deep into injury-time.In an interview with Soccer Republic on RTE McLaughlin is confident he will start the play-off final at Wembley later this month.McLaughlin said, “I was disappointed to be left out of the starting side for the return-leg but I felt I proved a point when I came on.“I set-up the first goal and scored the second goal so I was delighted I was able to make the impact I did. “I’m hopeful I’ve done enough to earn a place in the starting XI for the final at Wembley.McLaughlin admitted he was excited about the prospect of playing at Wembley and says as a kid you dream of playing on the hallowed turf.McLaughlin reflected fondly on his time with Derry City and encouraged people to continue to donate to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund.“I had a great spell at Derry, we won two cups and lost another final so it was a great time.“Mark Farren is an absolute gentleman and I’m delighted at the response he has got and I’m encouraging people to continue to donate. McLaughlin will be hoping Saturday the 30th of May will be a good day for the man from the Isle of Doagh when his Southend side face Stevenage at Wembley in the league-two play-off final.MCLAUGHLIN HOPEFUL OF MAKING STARTING XI FOR PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newssoccerSportStephen McLaughlinWEMBLEYlast_img read more

Lucky man wins Letterkenny Gaels’ massive jackpot!

first_imgPaul Walker was one of the luckiest men in Donegal on Wednesday when his lucky numbers made him almost three grand richer! His lucky numbers were 4, 7, 14 & 21.He was presented with a cheque of €2,650 by Charlie Cannon, Cathaoirleach & Sean Mc Brearty, lotto seller. Paul is a member of Friends of the Gaels which allows club members to play the club lotto weekly by standing order.The lotto jackpot is currently €1100 and increases by €50 each week.Letterkenny Gaels lotto tickets can also be purchased at the weekend in local pubs or alternatively from any club member.Lucky man wins Letterkenny Gaels’ massive jackpot! was last modified: August 26th, 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) Tags:GAALetterkenny Gaelslottolast_img read more

Ulster Senior League: Results, fixtures and top goalscorers

first_imgCOCKHILL CELTIC swept to the top of the Ulster Senior Legaue thanks to a comprehensive win over Swilly Rovers in Ramelton.Swilly Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic Cockhill went ahead on 11 minutes when Gerry Gill’s free kick found the head of Gerard McLaughlin, who headed on to William O’Connor and he headed home from close range. On 20 minutes it was two when Mark Moran scored from close range with the Swilly defence caught napping.O’Connor made it three on 44 minutes following a Gill corner, Swilly’s Laurence Toland went close twice as his ten-yard volley was narrowly wide and his 15-yard shot was well saved by Harry Doherty in the Cockhill goal.Jimmy Bradley and Ryan Varma extended the lead on 82 and 84 minutes.In between, Swilly’s Laurence Toland released Brandon Toye who finsihed well.Mark Moran made it seven near the end.Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Dylan Hegarty, Shaun Crossan, Damien Friel, Marty McDaid, Ryan Toland, Brandon Toye, Jordan Toland, Mark WIlson, Daniel O’Donnell, Laurence Toland. Subs used: Paul Bradley, Kyle Burke, Ryan McDaid.Cockhill Celtic: Harry Doherty, Paul McDermott, Peter Doherty, Oisin McColgan, William O’Connor, Ryan Varma, Gerry Gill, Jimmy Bradley, Gerard McLaughlin, Mark Moran, Ronan Doherty. Subs used: Paul McKinney, Marty Doherty, Darren Coyle. Referee: John Coll.Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers played out an entertaining 2 all draw in blustery conditions in Traigh-a-Loch on Sunday afternoon.Fanad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 2The first half chance of the game came in the fifth minute when Chris Flanagan won the ball outside the box but his rushed shot was easily saved by Shane Graham in the Fanad nets.Fanad took the lead in the 11th minute is what was their first attack of note in the game.When persistence by Davitt Walsh forced a corner, the ball was swung in by Marty McAteer which was met by Shaun McElwaine who powered his header into the top corner. Letterkenny should have drawn level nine minutes later when Darren McElwaine found himself with a lot of space but his shot went well wide.Five minutes later Shane Graham produced a fine save after Steve Okakpo-Emeka burst into the box but his well hit shot failed to get past Graham.Fanad’s bets chance of the half to extend their lead fell to Seimi ‘Nanny’ Friel in the 35th minute.After some good work by Daire McDaid and Marty McAteer, the ball cam to Friel on the edge of the box but his shot came agonisingly back off the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.The second half starting at great pace and Daire McDaid missed a decent chance to extend the lead for Fanad straight from the kick off when he pressurised the Letterkenny defence but his shot went over the bar. Letterkenny equalised in the 47th minute.After some sloppy play by the Fanad defence the ball fell to David Shovlin who’s super cross was met at the back post by Darren McElwaine who made no mistake.Rovers took the lead on the hour mark in controversial circumstances. When Kieran Gorman challenged Chris Flanagan in the box. McElwaine stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards.This spurred Fanad back into life and they were rewarded for their pressure with an equaliser in the 72nd minute. When Friel was fouled 25 yards out, Daire McDaid stepped up and his free found the back of the net deceiving Sean Friel in the Letterkenny net.Fanad had a chance to win it with three minutes remaining when Matty Crossan seen his free kick from 25 yards fly just wide of the post.Rovers played the last few minutes with 10 men when Brian McVeigh received his second yellow card for a pull back on Seimi Friel.There was worrying scenes at the end when Seimi Friel was stretchered off after an accidental clash of heads with Declan O’Donnell.This resulted in a number of minutes injury time but neither team could find a winner.Best for Fanad were Shaun McElwaine, Daire McDaid and Seimi Friel. Best for Letterkenny were Conor Tourish, David Shovlin and Darren McElwaine Fanad United: Shane Graham, Oisin Langan, Conor Blaney, Kieran Gorman, Shaun McElwaine, Matthew Crossan, Marty McAteer, Daire McDaid, John McGarvey, Davitt Walsh, Seimi FrielLetterkenny Rovers: Sean Friel, David Shovlin (Paul Boyle 70), Ryan Gildea, Conor Tourish, Declan O’Donnell, Kevin McGrath, Chris Flanagan, Brian McVeigh, Darren McElwaine, Christy Conaghan, Steve Okakpo-EmekaReferee: Michael ConnollyFixturesMonday, November 7, 7.30pmFinn Harps Reserves v Derry City Reserves Sunday, November 13, 2pmBonagee United v Cockhill CelticDerry City Reserves v Fanad UnitedSwilly Rovers v Finn Harps ReservesResultsFanad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 2Swilly Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic 7Top GoalscorersMark Moran (Cockhill Celtic) 4Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United) 3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic) 3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves) 3Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) 3Player of the monthTHE Ulster Senior League, in association with Watson Menswear in Letterkenny, will be announcing our first two Player of the Month winners in the next week. The winners of the Player of the Month awards, sponsored by Watson Menswear, will be presented with a €50 gift voucher.The September and October winners will be revealed soon.The Chairman of the Ulster Senior League, Johnny McCafferty, extended his thanks to Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear for coming on board as sponsor.“These monthly awards give us another avenue to showcase the talent in the Ulster Senior League and to reward our players,” Mr McCafferty said.“We have had a great start to the new season and there will be intense debate about who should win these awards, which says a lot about the standard within the League at present.”Mr McCafferty wished Leonard and the team at Watson Menswear good luck after their reopening following a brief closure because of smoke damage to their premesis on Main Street, Letterkenny.He said: “Everyone associated with the Ulster Senior League wishes Leonard and his staff the best of luck and we were delighted to see Watson Menswear back in businsess again.“It was sad to see a callous arson attack in a nearby carpark result in the closure of a good business such as Watson Menswear, but we’re glad to see that the closure wasn’t a lengthy one.“We look forward to our partnership with Watson Menswear for our Player of the Month Awards.”Watson Menswear opened in 2012 and have gone from strength to strength in their four years in business.Leonard Watson said: “All at Watson Menswear are delighted to be working with the Ulster Senior League and putting something back into local soccer.”The monthly award winners will be revealed on the Ulster Senior League’s new Facebook page.Floodlit gameDRY ARCH PARK will host its first floodlit Ulster Senior League game this Saturday evening when Bonagaee United host Cockhill Celtic. The new development at Dry Arch Park was launched on Friday night last.Katie McFadden, wife of the late Paddy McFadden, one of the founder members, cut the tape and performed the duties to unveil Bonagee’s new facilities before a big crowd.NotesCLUBS are reminded to submit their weekly reports and club news to the Ulster Senior League PRO, Chris McNulty, at chrismcnulty86@gmail.comUlster Senior League: Results, fixtures and top goalscorers was last modified: November 6th, 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)Tags:fixturesgoalscorersResultsUlster Senior LeagueUSLlast_img read more