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Decision makers compassion-less about jobless sugar workers’ plight

first_imgDear Editor,Our union has seen a report titled “APNU/AFC Govt has been visionless – David Hinds” which appeared in the May 21, 2018 Stabroek News. That newspaper, among other things, reports Dr David Hinds as saying in relation to the Government’s approach to the sugar industry that the coalition “…must be commended for confronting the problem”.The Working People’s Alliance Executive and newspaper columnist, is then quoted to have said “[w]hile previous Governments have kicked the ball down the road, this one decided to tackle the problem…” In his comments, we also recognised that Dr Hinds decried the Administration’s failure to effectively communicate its approach to sugar.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is supportive of everyone’s right to an opinion; a freedom that is now under seeming threat by the Cyber Crimes Bill as currently crafted. At the same time we cannot fail to place on record our strong disagreement with the apparent plaudits Dr Hinds is showering on the administration for its destructive approach to the sugar industry and the well-being of thousands of Guyanese.We wonder how one can be pleased when sugar workers are the only group of the State’s employees to have had their wages frozen since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change took office. Then the sugar workers have faced assault after assault with many of their hard won rights and benefits just taken away or ignored. Then after all of that, they are told that they are not needed and their jobs are taken away without any consideration about how they would survive. Certainly, in our view, it is not a situation in which one can commend, as Dr Hinds has done.Moreover, the situation in the sugar belt need not be the way it is. There are real workable alternatives. We see the Guyana Sugar Corporation itself borrowing $30 billion to make its estates viable by moving into greater diversification, something GAWU advocated and the Commission of Inquiry into Sugar recommended. The fact that as many as 70 parties are interested in acquiring the now closed estates, described as unprofitable and inefficient, in our view, says a mouthful. The future is not bleak as it is being made out to be.The fact that so many people are suffering and so many communities are finding themselves in difficult times is a situation that Guyanese, known for their concern for their fellow citizens, cannot take comfort nor pride in. The absence of any consideration of the implications of the decisions taken and, more so, the absence of any compassion, or even regret, by the decision-makers of the sad situation they created are beyond any reasonable words.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

CAL jet clips Fly Jamaica plane’s tail at CJIA

first_imgThe Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Boeing 737-800 aircraft operating from JFK International Airport, New York to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana was involved in an incident on the ramp with a Fly Jamaica aircraft early, Tuesday morning.The CAL aircraft knocked off the tail of a Fly Jamaica plane upon landing. Both planes are groundedThe CAL aircraft clipped the tail of the Fly Jamaica aircraft.According to a source, the exhaust of the auxiliary power unit to the CAL aircraft was damaged as a result of the collision. The source indicated that an investigation was launched by both the CJIA and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) into the incident. The source noted that a team from Caribbean Airlines’ head office in Trinidad and Tobago has also travelled in to assess the situation and to conduct an independent investigation.For now, both planes are grounded and all passengers and crew were safely disembarked.According to a statement from Caribbean Airlines, the aircraft has since been temporarily withdrawn from service and all appropriate inspections and procedures are in process. “Caribbean Airlines re-affirms our commitment to the safety of our valued customers and crew and thanks the public for your continued support,” it said.last_img read more

Update: High-Speed Chase – More details released

first_img Officers located the vehicle about an hour later. Two marked police vehicles attempted to stop the driver, who then rammed one of the police vehicles. Two officers in that vehicle then got out.However, the driver then drove directly at one of the officers. Officers fired at the vehicle to stop the driver from running over the officer. The driver of the stolen vehicle then drove away. Several minutes later, the driver drove the stolen vehicle head-on into a police SUV, disabling both vehicles. Police immediately began first-aid treatment on the driver, who was treated in hospital, then released into police custody.The Fort St. John RCMP’s Use of Force in this matter is currently being investigated by E Division Major Crime Unit in Prince George. Police have confirmed the suspect is known to the RCMP.Charges have now been laid following this incident. Click Here for more details on the charges. Video: The investigation continued into the early morning hours Wednesday following the high speed chase – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.caAdvertisement Photo: Fire Crews & Paramedics were at the scene following the chase – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caPolice have now confirmed that a high-speed chase last night resulted in severe damage to two RCMP vehicles.- Advertisement -Police report that at approximately 8:41pm last night, Fort St. John officers responded to a call of a stolen vehicle two hours north of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Liverpool aim to spoil Messi’s Champions League dream

first_imgBut Klopp has warned his players not to focus only on the Argentinian.“It’s not only about Messi but of course it’s about him as well,” Klopp said at a press conference on Tuesday.“Can we concentrate on Messi? We should in a lot of moments but if we only concentrate on him there are 10 other world-class players who can decide the game as well.“Messi said before the season, ‘we want to bring back that cup’. That sounds like a threat to me. Now we did it, now we are here and all I can say is we want to go to the final as well.”Barcelona play Liverpool four days after celebrating winning La Liga on Saturday, and with a Copa del Rey final to come next month against Valencia. It means a treble is in their sights.“Leo has been a La Liga champion 10 times in 15 years and of course, after seeing him lift the cup (on Saturday) with such happiness, that motivates everyone,” said Ivan Rakitic.“If Leo is happy to win every title, it makes us even more eager too. We know we’re Barca, we have to give everything and following the best player in history gives us more confidence to do that.”Liverpool hope to have their own striker back in time for the first leg, after Roberto Firmino trained after recovering from a muscle strain.“If he is 100 per cent ready to play he will maybe play,” Klopp said. “He is here. Tomorrow we have another session.”Messi is likely to be flanked by two former Liverpool players, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho expected to start in an attacking three.But while Suarez has flourished in Spain, Coutinho has struggled to find his feet since joining Barca for 120 million euros in January last year.“We miss Phil Coutinho a lot because he is a world-class player and I loved working with him,” Klopp said. “When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona I couldn’t imagine it would be good. But we had to deal without him and we did well.”Barcelona have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2013 while the last English opponent to beat them on their own turf was Liverpool in 2007.– ‘Mean a lot to win’ –“A draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we would go for it but it would be okay,” Klopp said.“It would mean a lot to win. It’s difficult, so many teams came here with an idea to do this or that and they got a big knock.“But we saw the game against Real Sociedad and they did well. Levante did well a couple of days ago. But the better the opposition is, the higher the stakes are, and the more they are engaged.“Now they are champions, they can completely focus on the Champions League.”Liverpool have lost only once in the Premier League this term and are still fighting with Manchester City to win the title.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino already boast 68 goals this season between them.“We need to stop them running at our defence,” Rakitic said. “We are going there to score but we mustn’t lose our heads.”“We know in these ties one good game is not enough, you need to play two great games,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “If you switch off for five minutes against Liverpool, they can finish you off.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp at the Camp Nou Camp © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, May 1 – Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are ready to end Lionel Messi’s Champions League mission by beating Barcelona in the semi-finals.Messi has been rested for Barca’s last two league games and appears more motivated than ever in Europe, after pledging to “bring that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season.last_img read more

Statue of legendary Donegal musician to be erected in Belfast

first_imgA statue of Ballyshannon guitarist Rory Gallagher is to be erected in front of Belfast’s Ulster Hall after councillors approved the plan.The Donegal guitarist played the venue many times throughout the Troubles, staging annual Christmas and New Year shows at a time when few major acts were willing to travel to the city.A plaque to commemorate the Bluesman was put up at the Ulster Hall in 2006. Last night the planning committee of the city council passed proposals for a new statue.The east Belfast-based Wilgar Community Forum has been fundraising and lobbying for a statue of Gallagher to be placed outside the Bedford Street venue.Other statues of Gallagher have been put up in Ballyshannon, in Cork, where he spent most of his childhood, and in Temple Bar in DublinGallagher, who was known for his exciting live performances, suffered liver damage and died in 1995 at the age of 47. Statue of legendary Donegal musician to be erected in Belfast was last modified: October 19th, 2016 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:BelfastdonegalguitaristRory Gallagherlast_img read more

Hazard and Lukaku hit doubles and put Belgium on the brink of progression

first_img Latest World Cup news Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches 3 Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Romelu Lukaku’s delicate chip puts Belgium 3-1 to the good against Tunisia. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Fallon d’Floor You’re the one NO JOY diamond geezer ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Belgium top Group G after beating Tunisia 5-2. Pure class STAR MANRomelu Lukaku doesn’t get the credit he deserves some days but against Tunisia he showed patience, guile, and his technical qualities as he rocked Belgium’s Group G opponents with a brilliant double. He’s now in the hunt for the Golden Boot with Cristiano Ronaldo and has scored 23 goals in his last 20 appearances for his country.LINE-UPSBelgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Mertens (Tielemans 86’), Lukaku (Fellaini 59’), Eden Hazard (Batshuayi 68’).Subs not used: Mignolet, Vermaelen, Kompany, Thorgan Hazard, Januzaj, Dembele, Chadli, Dendoncker, Casteels.Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Bronn (Nagguez 24’), Syam Ben Youssef (Benalouane 41’), Meriah, Maaloul, Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi (Sliti 59’), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Khazri, Badri.Subs not used: Mathlouthi, Haddadi, Bedoui, Ben Amor, Khalil, Srarfi, Khalifa, Chaalali.HOW DOES GROUP G LOOK? Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers center_img For the north Africans Dylan Bronn and Wahbi Khazri got the consolation goals as they threw caution to the wind in an attempt to register a win.It didn’t take long for Belgium, playing in their yellow away strip, to take the lead with Eden Hazard tucking a penalty away with just six minutes on the clock, after he had been taken out by Syam Ben Yousseff.And Roberto Martinez’s men were almost out of sight with 14 gone with Dries Mertens slipping Romelu Lukaku in on goal, with the Manchester United man striking the ball into the back of the net from 17 yards.World Cup 2018, though, has had a habit of throwing up surprises and the deficit was halved almost immediately as Tunisia refused to give up. Dylan Bronn was the hero, flicking Khazri’s free-kick beyond Thibaut Courtois. Shy guy Good times 3 SUPERSTITION Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Sadly, Bronn’s afternoon ended not long after as he injured his knee blocking a shot and Hamdi Naguez took his place.Any Tunisia resistance was finally crushed ahead of half-time as a wonderfully timed run for Lukaku saw him delicately dink home his fourth goal in two games.It was 4-1 to Belgium six minutes after the break when Chelsea star Hazard took down a perfect pass from Toby Alderweireld and with two touches round the goalkeeper and thudded the ball home.Neither Hazard, nor Lukaku were allowed the chance to get hat-tricks with Martinez favouring to rest his stars, bringing on Marouane Fellaini and Michy Batshuayi in their place.The latter saw a shot cleared off the line as he attempted to get in on the act but he could only be denied for so long as he eventually breached the Tunisian goal after 90 minutes, before Khazri struck to make it 5-2. misery Belgium are all but through to the knockout stages of World Cup 2018 as they beat Tunisia 5-2 in vibrant Group G encounter.Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard both hit braces in the clash and Michy Batshuayi got the fifth late on. Belgium star Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku celebrate during their win over Tunisia. 3 Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? LU BEAUTY Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup last_img read more

Senior Rowers Reflect On Their Four Years At Drake

first_imgBut before any of them embark on their journey into adulthood, the three are taking a much-needed vacation. After helping the team place fifth at the 2017 MAAC Championship on May 12, Brodek, Donat and Larson will be on the beaches of Cabo, Mexico, making up for the four years of never being able to travel during school breaks.  “Everyone was in the same boat as us (pun intended),” Larson said. “The coaches sent out an informational email to the incoming freshman girls and I just stuck with it and loved it.” Larson and Brodek both joined in the fall of their freshman year while Donat joined in the spring with a few friends who were all looking to try something new. “It was nice being able to struggle with your friends and have that bond as freshman,” Brodek said. “There were upperclassmen who knew what they were doing so we were able to mimic what they did and have an idea of what it was all supposed to look like eventually.” “When you play a sport, especially in rowing, there is a point where all of a sudden it clicks and everything just flows,” Donat said. “It’s really hard to describe but everything comes together and you literally move as one. You aren’t eight people rowing you are one boat. There is magic in that moment, and you feel like you are flying over the water.” Print Friendly Version As seniors, Brodek, Donat and Larson have acted as role models for their younger teammates and are there when someone needs an extra push. All three agreed there is no real sense of seniority because, as Donat puts it, in rowing you can be a leader whenever you want to. After Drake, Brodek, Donat and Larson who all graduated this May, are all returning to their respective home states or countries to begin a new chapter in their lives. Brodek is returning to Maine and will be working as a whitewater rafting tour guide for the summer. Then in mid-August, she will pack her bags and travel to Trinidad, Tobago for an internship doing guppy research. Her long-term plan is to go to graduate school for aquatic ecology. Donat will be returning to Germany to begin an internship with an educational company that does study abroad programs. As an international relations major, she also plans to eventually go to grad school. Larson is returning home to South Dakota and plans to take the year off to work in a hospital or physical therapy clinic. She also plans to attend grad school in hopes of working in health care. Since their freshmen year, the rowing team grew from 23 to 35 rowers and with it a lot of positive changes. Not only has their times gotten faster, which always cultivates good feelings, but there’s been an increase in team culture. “It used to be school and rowing were separate, but now we do a lot more as a team,” Brodek said. “Everyone is passionate about our team, rowing and being a family.” And it always helps to have someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to traveling for races. After four years of attending the same races and staying at the same hotels, Larson says it’s predictable for the older rowers and they are able to serve as resources for their teammates. Drake’s women’s rowing team began as a club team in 1988 and transitioned to a varsity sport in 1998. Head Coach Charlie DiSilvestro has been coaching the team since 1993 and helped the program transition through the change to a varsity sport and in 2009 when the Bulldogs joined their current conference, the east-coast based Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. “I’m considering being a graduate assistant at a University and I can see myself helping coach a team,” Brodek said. “I want to do grad school and possibly coach to try and keep it in my life a little longer.” As far as rowing goes, the seniors all agreed they want to give their bodies a break, but all hope to continue casually rowing in the future. “It’s a beautiful sport and it’s worth continuing,” Donat said. “But competitive rowing is hard, so I think I want to take a little break.”  “The people you row with you go through the good and the bad together and it’s a bond you aren’t going to have with anyone else,” Larson said. “You wake up at 5 a.m. together, you grind together, you win together and you lose together. I think that the friendships you make are something to really cherish.” Rowing is not your typical team sport, especially in the Midwest when most teams are in the East Coast. Drake rowing seniors Gabrielle Brodek (Hampden, Maine), Kerstin Donat (Vilsbiburg, Germany) and Sarah Larson (Watertown, S.D.) went from never holding an oar in their life to pros on the water. With an open recruiting process, Brodek, Donat and Larson decided to continue their athletic stature with a completely new sport. Brodek served as captain for the rowing team this past year and she says being a role model is the most important part of being a senior. She is able to take everyone’s questions, comments, concerns and criticism and give it back to them and work through fixing problems. “We try to show our younger teammates what hard work looks like and what a division I athlete at Drake looks like.” The rowing team is, as the seniors would describe it, the underdog when it comes to Drake teams. The team practices at 5:30 a.m. while other teams get the luxury of sleeping in a little later. They don’t benefit from having home games and fans that are always at their regattas. Instead they are each other’s cheerleaders. “We don’t have fans that come to every race so we have to support each other,” Brodek said. For their current and future teammates, the seniors all offered the same advice: stick it out and cherish the friendships. “No matter if you start in the fall and think it’s not the workout you were expecting or you aren’t connecting with others as quickly, you have to stick it out,” Brodek said. “You need to stick it out until you get the racing experience and the time in practice where there’s nothing else you would want to do.” One other huge difference, as Larson said, is there is no star player on the team. There are four or eight people in a boat who all have to mimic one another to advance. They are the ultimate team sport. “I think it makes us different, especially form other sports, how in sync you have to be with everyone,” Larson said. “In rowing, you have to be exactly in line with the person in front of you and do exactly what they are doing otherwise it doesn’t work. So it really is the ultimate team sport. We rely so much on each other that you can’t do it without other people.” “We are here to push people, make sure they are as in it as we are,” Donat said. “We help keep the team together and lead the direction.” The team still have girls join who have never rowed before, the seniors are able to relate to them since they were in the same position their first year. last_img read more

Southampton v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSouthampton’s Ryan Bertrand won the Champions League with ChelseaKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 February 2016Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)Match in a nutshell: Unbeaten in nine league games under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea aim to end Southampton’s long run without conceding.Five key battles: Including Willian v Ryan Bertrand Injuries and suspensionsSOUTHAMPTONRuled out: Victor Wanyama (suspended), Jay Rodriguez (ankle), Florin Gardos (knee).CHELSEARuled out: John Terry (hamstring), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Pato, Remy.Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Mane, Ward-Prowse, Tadic; Long.Subs from: Stekelenburg, Gazzaniga, Targett, Yoshida, Martina, Clasie, Juanmi, Pelle, Austin. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesSouthampton total: W W D W W (13 points)Home: W W W W L (12 points)Chelsea total: W D D W D (9 points)Away: D W W D L (8 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 13; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3, Traore 3; Azpilicueta 2, Fabregas 2, Hazard 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Southampton: Long 9, Pelle 9; Mane 7; Tadic 6; Rodriguez 3; Davis 2, Fonte 2, Romeu 2, Van Dijk 2, Ward-Prowse 2, Yoshida 2.Last five meetings3 October 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 315 March 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 128 December 2014: Southampton 1 Chelsea 11 January 2014: Southampton 0 Chelsea 31 December 2013: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1Southampton 1 win, Chelsea 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photo library: Infrastructure 5

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Oil rigs and drilling ships in the the harbour. Servicing and refurbishing oil installations has become a big business.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production in the harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Traffic moves past new construction developments.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishing boats in Hout Bay harbour. The boats on theright are for catching rocklobster, and the one on theleft is used for trawlingfor sardines.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Film production crew on an incomplete elevated highway.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Cape Town International Airport undergoing renovations and enlargement to accommodate the increased number of visitors expected for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image INFRASTRUCTURE 5: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more