Paying severance to sugar workers is not a favour; it is the law

first_imgDear Editor,Thursday, October 18, was another day of shame, disgrace and infamy for Guyana. The President, the Prime Minister, and the APNU+AFC Ministers and MPs treated sugar workers as if they were not part of Guyana, while embracing a small group of counter-protesters organised by APNU/AFC to intimidate and harass peaceful sugar workers.They also ignored a group of Rastafarians protesting for the decriminalisation of marijuana.APNU/AFC’s dishonesty and hypocrisy know no bounds. It has been almost a year since more than 4,500 sugar workers were fired when three estates were closed. The Government paid them just about half their severance some four months later. Now, coming up to almost a year since they were retrenched, APNU/AFC has still not paid them the other half.There are also another 2,500 workers who were retrenched earlier, after Wales Estate was closed. Some of those are yet to be paid their severance, two years later. Last week, confronted in person, and under pressure from protesting sugar workers, President Granger promised them they would be paid as soon as Parliament meets again. Parliament met on Thursday, October 18. There was a notice of a Supplementary Budget to be considered by Parliament on October 30. That Supplementary Budget is for $7.5 billion, about $2.4billion of which is intended to pay the sugar workers who are owed severance.Thursday, October 18, also revealed huge advertisements in the daily newspapers, costing millions of dollars, with the Finance Minister gloating that APNU+AFC is doing a favour by paying sugar workers their severance. It is gross dishonesty for APNU+AFC to beat their chest and huff and puff as if they are doing the sugar workers a favour. Paying the severance is neither a favour to sugar workers nor is it any sort of generosity. Paying the severance will end the egregious violation of the law. In fact, the payment should now include interest owed on the late payments.If an advertisement costing millions had to be made, it should have been to apologise to the workers and their families. Hopefully, the Opposition would insist that the President and his ministers apologise to the workers.Many of those workers were on Thursday present in front of Parliament. The President came to speechify in Parliament, but ignored the workers, drove past them, never acknowledging them. The Prime Minister, too, walked past the workers, never even signalling that he had noticed them. This is the man who, not so long ago, had deemed himself the “champion of sugar workers”.Not a single APNU+AFC Minister, not a single APNUAFC MP, chose to acknowledge the sugar workers. They were invisible at the least, and less than human at worst.But, disgustingly, several of Granger’s Ministers and MPs graced the presence of a loud and intimidating group organised by APNU/AFC to harass and intimidate the sugar workers. They even infiltrated a group of Rastafarians who were there to peacefully advocate for the decriminalisation of marijuana.The Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, and his MPs acknowledged the presence of both the sugar workers and the Rastafarians. They engaged them in discussion, and offered their solidarity. These Jagdeo-led PPP MPs showed their humanity, identifying with their Guyanese sisters and brothers of different races, different political affiliations and ideas. In contrast, Granger, Nagamootoo, and the APNU/AFC MPs ignored sugar workers and Rastafarians, only acknowledging their own organised APNU/AFC protesters.Worse, on the day that the President came to speechify in Parliament, his Ministers and his MPs, aided and abetted by the Speaker, refused to treat the severance for sugar workers as an urgent matter. The Leader of the Opposition and his PPP MPs wanted to consider the severance issue, and to go through all the stages for the Supplementary Budget, so that the workers could be paid without further delays. This would have been the morally right thing to do, ending the breach of the law.Nagamootoo was the one who moved that the Parliament suspend business to accommodate the speech by the President, while further delaying payment for the workers.Now we learn that, while APNU/AFC are playing games with another stupid election gimmick, the payments cannot be made until the Parliament meets again, on October 30, to pass the Supplementary Budget. This means that the severance payment is not likely until closer to year-end. If they are honest and care much about these sugar workers, there is no need to wait until Parliament meets again. Further, not all workers will receive their severance payments. The workers from Wales, many among the protesters, will not be paid the long-overdue severance.The law has been breached. The violation continues in spite of the President’s promise to end the breach this week. Shamefully, APNU/AFC is forcing poor workers and their families to wait a little longer.It is even more shameful because the President today boasted that he and his Government are keeping the promise of the “Good Life” for every Guyanese.Respectfully,DrLeslie Ramsammylast_img read more


first_imgAshley Nicholl is led into court yesterdayA 21 year old man who went on a drunken rampage wrecking four holiday homes in Inishowen has been jailed for a total of ten months.Ashley Nicholl broke into the homes along with two other men during a drunken orgy of destruction on January 31st 2010. The men wrecked the houses in Moville, Malin and Culdaff which belonged to holiday-home owners from Northern Ireland and the UK.The men destroyed kitchens, stairs, living rooms, smashed mirrors and broke fridges and televisions during the rampage.It total they caused more than €56,000 worth of damage to the four properties.Nicholl was caught when a finger print taken from the scene of the house in Moville matched his when he allowed it to be taken.Nicholl admitted his part in the crimes but said he didn’t remember all of what happened because he was very drunk.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the crimes were very unusual in that very little was taken but it appeared to be just a wanton act of mindless vandalism.Nicholl wrote a letter to the court and apologised for what he had done and promised to get a job and would try to repay the money when he did.Judge John O’Hagan held up photos of the damage to one of the properties for the courtroom to see.He said that such areas depend vastly on tourism and warned that people like Nicholl was putting the tourism industry in great danger by sending out messages like this to potential visitors.Nicholl’s mother was in court with her son and Judge O’Hagan thanked her for coming but told Nicholl that she must be very ashamed of him for what he had done.He sentenced him to two years for each of the four burglaries with all sentences to run concurrently.He also suspended the last year and backdated the sentence from when Nicholl first entered prison in May.MAN WHO WRECKED DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOMES IN €56,000 RAMPAGE IS JAILED was last modified: July 17th, 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:Ashley Nichollburglaryholiday homesInishowenlast_img read more


first_imgPaul Mallon of Gallagher’s Bakery, Linda McLean of Mallow Mia, Anna Good of the Whole Green Juice Co, John Molloy of Green Pastures Dairy and Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods Ltd, all local companies with products in this year’s finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards.Donegal’s blossoming reputation as an exciting and innovative food destination, received another timely boost this week with confirmation that 13 Donegal food products have made the finals of Blas na hEireann – the Irish Food Awards.Now in its 8th year, Blas na hEireann takes place in Dingle, Co Kerry on October 2nd and 3rd and is the
 biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of IrelandOver 2,500 products were entered into this year’s competition and organiser Artie Clifford, who visited Donegal earlier in the year to encourage food businesses to enter, says the Donegal products have reached the final stages in some very competitive categories. The Donegal finalists who between them provide all 13 of the Donegal products in the final stages, are Aran Ard Teo from Ardara, Green Pastures Dairy from Convoy, Island Seafoods from Killybegs, PureBred Gluten Free Bakery from Ardara, Mallow Mia from Newtowncunningham and Mulrines of Ballybofey.But the companies will have to go through a rigorous judging process first to see if they can capture one of the much sought-after prizes.The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative said the awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Donegal Food Businesses. “Last year we had seven products in the finals so it is a sign of the progress we are making here in the county that we have almost double that number this year. The Donegal Food Strategy recognises the huge potential for food in Donegal and we want to work with people with a commitment to Donegal food to create opportunities for success.”Indeed Artie Clifford affirmed that he has been extremely impressed with the ongoing commitment to food industries in Donegal.‘The Local Enterprise Office & Donegal County Council are keen supporters of what we do and we are delighted to be working again with them. It is great to see what they are doing with the Donegal Food Coast Initiative and I think it is important that we have an offering all along our coastline for our guests and visitors to be able to sample the finest of local product.”The local businesses in this year’s final will hear results from the Regional Best in County and Best in Farmers Market for Donegal on 2nd October in Dingle, but it will be a day later before they discover if they have been awarded a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze at the national awards. THIRTEEN DONEGAL FOOD PRODUCTS IN PRESTIGIOUS FOOD TASTE FINALS was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:awardsdonegalFOOD TASTElast_img read more

‘Other Aguilar’ Raymond earns Cone’s praise in Ginebra win over SMB

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Glenn Spencer Wants OSU to Force More Turnovers

first_imgHeading into Oklahoma State’s Big 12 opener against TCU, Glenn Spencer’s defense has been about as good as you could expect, probably better. Through three games its allowed just five offensive touchdowns and ranks fifth in defensive efficiency (first among Big 12 teams).But there’s one key stat Spencer would like to see increase: takeaways.Entering Week 4, the Cowboys rank 27th nationally and second in the Big 12 having forced six giveaways. That’s two per game, slightly above OSU’s average of 1.92 since the start of 2013, when Spencer took over as defensive coordinator. The Cowboys are 7th among FBS teams during that stretch.Not good enough according to Spencer.“We need to be able to create more turnovers,” Spencer said. “I’d like to see us get at least three a game. We’ve dropped some interceptions. There’s some strip opportunities that we’ve missed and were a little dicier than what I’d like to see, so I’d like to see us create more turnovers.”Three would be quite a number to average for the stretch of a season. In fact, OSU has only reached it once since Spencer joined the staff in 2008. Year2017201620152014201320122011201020092008 Avg TOs Gained2.001.922.151.082.541.693.382.622.311.92center_img Only the historically deprivative 2011 team reached that goal with 44 total takeaways, and no FBS team has hit that total since. If the Cowboys can get close to that number in 2017, watch out.But it’s not only taking the ball away, it’s what the Cowboy defense has been able to do with the ball. Of those six, three have ended in the end zone on the same play. The Cowboys are behind only Texas (four) in defensive touchdowns so far.“We pride ourselves on that,” said senior safety Tre Flowers who hauled in his own interception against Pitt. “We try to score at practice every day, and we all always say we’re athletes, so we try to show that when we get to touch the ball. We just have to make it happen.”Flowers hasn’t made it happen, not this year. But junior linebacker Justin Phillips has, catching a deflected pass and heading into the end zone in two straight games. While Phillips will get the praise for his good hands and quick feet, it really is a team effort. It was Darrion Daniels and Chad Whitener who got their mitts in the path of the ball and made those plays possible.It’s been a part of the Spencer’s defensive philosophy for a long time and it’s not just a matter of being lucky. You have to have team speed to get to the ball and some players just seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Last year, it was Phillips’ predecessor at Will backer, Devante Averette who had three fumble recoveries. This year, there look to be several players with a nose for the ball.“I mean, it comes with a little bit of luck, and it comes with a lot of hard work,” said Flowers.“You have to teach them,” said Spencer “and I’m sure a lot of people are teaching it right now – but you have to teach it, coach it, stress it and make them hungry for it every snap. It’s barking and screaming at them to knock the ball out, to strip it. It’s pursuit angles. How many turnovers are created by great pursuit angles? How do we coach it? We coach it like that.”To pair with OSU’s two takeaways per game, Saturday’s visitor TCU has given away two turnovers per game in 2017. Kenny Hill has been improved in the interception department so far this year but has not faced an opportunistic defense like Oklahoma State’s. And TCU quarterbacks haven’t fared well inside Boone Pickens Stadium in recent history.Trevone Boykin had two of the worst (if not the worst) games of his career in Stillwater. In 2015, he threw one touchdown and a career-high four interceptions. Two years prior in 2013, he was held without a score and threw three picks. If the Cowboys can make Hill, who’s had his issues with turnovers in the past, relive the nightmare trips of Boykin, the chances of big win for OSU are greatly improved.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more