Situation for sugar workers and their families has not improved

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU could not miss Mr Earl John’s letter appearing in the October 17 section of the media titled: “Loud silence on plans for the former sugar workers”. Indeed, we felt the title was most appropriate considering, it seems, the powers-that-be have all but forgotten about the some 7000 workers they put on the breadline following their decision to shutter sugar estates.Mr John begins his missive by recognising GAWU’s presence on the corporation’s Board of Directors. Our Union, for some time now, as he is no doubt aware, has been invited to name a nominee to sit on the Board. We have grasped that opportunity as, we contend, we should not fail to use every opportunity and platform to advocate on behalf of our members. We should add, on that note, that though having a representative on the Board, the plans to minimise the industry were not discussed in the representative’s presence, though he was a Board member at the time. It seemed to indicate that the corporation’s Board was not really privy to the plans to minimise the industry and gave rise to suspicion as to who was really giving direction. This fact of notoriety we drew to the Government’s attention at the inaugural meeting held on December 31, 2016 to discuss the future of the sugar industry. Mr John may recall our concern as he was present at that December 2016 meeting.At the meeting held at Enmore in December, 2017, our Union along with Mr John, who represented GuySuCo, among others, listened carefully and attentively to what NICIL-SPU had to say regarding its plans for the estates identified for divestment. We agreed, at that time, there was much optimism from the NICIL-SPU and the workers who stood to be affected were hopeful those plans would have become a reality. Of course, now nearly 2 years down the road, those plans have all but evaporated and been replaced with suffering, misery and hardship for thousands in the affected communities.In furthering his concern, Mr John drew attention to a study that was conducted regarding transitioning sugar workers into farmers. The study which, was done by consultants contracted by the European Union (EU), was tasked to prepare a roadmap, as we understand, to pursue the transition. Of course, as we recollect, the GuySuCo did not want the consultants engaging our Union. In fact, it was only after a stern foot was put down that the consultants were eventually allowed to meet with the Union.During that engagement, we did share with the consultants some of the concerns we had and some of the matters we believed required attention for the transition to be successful. Following our meeting, we never heard from the consultants or what finally they recommended. This apparently is a State secret. The transition of displaced workers into farmers were also expressed by Government officials and during an engagement with President David Granger in January 2018 we did share our views on the matter.It was, therefore, for us, a surprise to learn that GuySuCo Managers were actually trained to facilitate the programme. We wonder how many workers were trained, since as far as we know the Alternative Livelihood Programme developed by the Corporation also was not as impactful as may have been envisaged. That programme, we understand, trained a small number of the displaced workers.Nevertheless, the situation for the workers and their families has not improved. Their remains a dearth of opportunities whether for entrepreneurship or jobs. The talk about taking care and assisting the workers has all died down. And, as Mr John puts it there is a loud silence.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

MOCI Warns Businesses against Hoarding, Hiking Onion Price

first_imgWilson Tarpeh, Minister of Commerce spe-US$6.00 for onion bagThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry, (MOCI) said it has received information on an alleged shortage of onion on the Liberian market, a situation that is contributing to hoarding and hiking of onion price on the market.“We want to inform the general public and consumers that there is an adequate supply of onion on the Liberian market as it is being speculated,” the ministry said in a statement issued on Monday.“Those engaged in price hiking of onions must stop, as the price of onions is US$6.00 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars,” the ministry said.The ministry has called on businesses involved in hoarding and hiking the price of onion to desist from such unscrupulous behavior as the act is a violation of the Competition law of Liberia, which provides penalty ranging from US$1.00 to US100,000.00 as a fine, the Ministry said.In the ministry’s mandate, “We regulate all prices of goods on the Liberian market for the benefit of both the consumers and the sellers. A consignment of about thirty containers of onion is expected to arrive in the country Friday, August 3, 2018.The ministry of Commerce and Industry remains committed in ensuring that the basic commodities are available and affordable within the commerce of Liberia.The release said, the Ministry has further instructed the inspectorate division to keep surveillance on the sale of onions in the various markets around the country to ensure that those involved stop or be fined.Meanwhile, the Ministry is appealing to the public to report anybody who is found hiking the price of onions or hoarding the product and other basic commodities on the market.The numbers to call are: on Lonestar Cell MTN 9911 or on Orange 6624.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province starts GamesTown 2010 Competition

first_imgWith the recent launch of the Province’s GamesTown 2010 competition, there has never been a better opportunity to show off the healthy living and Olympic-spirit of the Peace River Region. The gold, silver and bronze medal winners will receive cash awards of $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, to put towards upgrading a local sports, fitness or healthy living facility. Grand prize winners will also receive tickets to the 2010 Winter Games. As well, draws will be held in March, April and May when 16 communities each month will win prizes to use as incentives and awards to encourage their residents to participate. In total, 15 pairs of tickets to the 2010 Winter Games are available to be won as part of the monthly prizes. Community entries will be judged on: the creativity and enthusiasm of their submissions; a variety of healthy living and environmental sustainability criteria, such as the level of community engagement at recreation facilities and in amateur sports; the community’s participation in the World Healthy Living Challenge; its commitment to environmental sustainability initiatives; and how active the community is in incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic theme in its current activities and plans for the year ahead.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgEighty young athletes enjoyed five days of athletic activity/coaching when the annual Tir Chonaill AC summer camp  was held in the spacious grounds of the Abbey Voc School Donegal Town from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July.Camp Director Jackie Harvey and club coaches/teachers and club leaders, ensured that the young athletes had an enjoyable and challenging time.The comprehensive five days programme included coaching and instruction in Art, Dance [Celli and Sean Nos], Gymnastics, trampoleening, Volleyball,Basketball, Badminton,Soccer, Gaelic Football and Tag Rugby skills plus minor games/activities eg unihoc/dodge ball/orienteering/target and board games. Track and field skills/events were also introduced to the older age groups i.e. Jumps –High/Long/Triple Jump and Pole Vault;Throws Shot/Discus/Javelin/Hammer and Sprints /Hurdles.The camp culminated with with a visit to the local Bumble bees activity fun arena and a McDonalds Athletics Jamboree.The club would lie to thank the following for thier invaluable assistance during the week.Club leaders Sean Kerrs, Christopher Doherty, Mark McGuiness,Kate McCarthy,Barry Quigg,Louise Harvey,Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Hannah  Quinn. Coaches/teachers – Rena Brogan, Vera Haughey,Brenda Morris,Pauric Harvey,Paul O’Gara,Anne McGowan, Ellen Doherty, Selina Stinson,Sharon Thomas, David Doherty and Mary Doherty. Also a word of appreciation for  Kate Duncan/O’Rourke and  Bridgeen McCauley/Bell for assistance with group trip to Bumblebees and to Abbey Voc School Principal Mr McCormick, for use of the schools excellent facilities.PIX: TIR CHONAILL AC HOLD SUCCESSFUL SUMMER CAMP was last modified: July 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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:PIX: TIR CHONAILL AC HOLD SUCCESSFUL SUMMER CAMPlast_img read more

Villa or Fulham to claim £160m-£280m by winning Wembley showdown

first_img1 Could Wembley Stadium – the home of English football – soon by owned by an American? The winners of this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham will land a jackpot of at least £160million.Promotion to the Premier League is the biggest prize in world football and the winners could rake in more than £280million if they survive their first season in the top flight.Villa and Fulham hope to join Wolves and Cardiff in the Premier League next season with victory in Saturday’s annual winner-takes-all clash at Wembley.The winners will benefit from future additional revenue of at least £160m across the next three seasons, which could rise to in excess of £280m if they retain their Premier League status.The figures, released by Deloitte, are the same as last season with this year’s showdown falling in the second year of the latest, record-breaking three-year television rights deal.“All eyes will be on Wembley on Saturday afternoon for this winner-takes-all clash,” said Deloitte’s head of the sports business group Dan Jones.“It will be, as ever, a fantastic advert for the competitive intensity of the Championship and the financial attraction of the Premier League.”Jones said the financial rewards for the winners of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev later on Saturday pale in comparison.“Whilst in football terms the UEFA Champions League final is the bigger game, the financial rewards on offer in Kiev are dwarfed by those at stake in north London,” Jones added.“The difference between winning and losing for Liverpool this weekend, is a mere £4m in distributions from UEFA and they are already assured of appearing in next year’s competition.”last_img read more

Extending a paw to geriatric patients

first_imgThere are good hires, and then there are great hires. Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center recently made four great hires when it gave full-time jobs to mental health recreation therapist aLora Bernardi Saavedra and a trio of therapy dogs, who were laid off last year when Northridge Hospital Medical Center”s Sherman Way campus closed its doors. “Medicine can only do so much, and these dogs are doing the rest,” says Penni Faul, charge nurse of the geriatric psych unit at the Tarzana hospital. “The whole unit is absolutely a more cheerful place since they started working here. The patients are much calmer and respond to everything better when the dogs are around.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The patients may refuse the staff”s encouragement to attend activities, Saavedra said, but they can”t seem to resist the opportunity to interact with Kelsey, 12, Nikki, 10, and Buddy, 5. You just have to look down the hallway at the woman in the wheelchair to see what she”s talking about. The woman suffers from severe dementia, was frequently agitated and hadn”t spoken in months. Then Buddy walked in her room. “Delilah,” she called, smiling and beginning to cry. “In her mind, Buddy was Delilah, her beloved, deceased pet,” Saavedra said. “She couldn”t reach out to people, but she could to her pet. She gave Buddy a big hug.” Every day now, the woman takes Buddy/Delilah for a walk in the hallway, smiling and having a great time. “Her family is so pleased to see Mom reacting this way instead of being depressed and agitated all the time. Buddy brought her out of her shell.” And he did it because he and his canine buddies were great hires. People and medicine can only do so much. Encino-Tarzana is one of the few hospitals in Los Angeles that employs full-time therapy dogs. While Saavedra gets the paycheck and benefits, Buddy, Kelsey and Nikki get the luxury of being pampered 40 hours a week. “Many hospitals have therapy dogs visit patients once or twice a month,” Faul said. “Our dogs visit them almost every day. “The difference here is our patients form a close, loving relationship with them. You can”t do that when you only see them once a month.” On their breaks, Buddy, Kelsey, and Nikki wander into other areas of the hospital, poking their noses in patients” rooms to see if anyone needs a pick-me-up. “Everybody wants to spend time with them, especially the staff,” Faul says. People tend to forget, but it”s a tough job to connect with geriatric patients suffering from dementia, and trying to make their lives as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. That”s why the staff was so happy in June when word spread through the 24-bed unit that Buddy, Kelsey and Nikki were coming to the rescue. Because medicine can only do so much. Dennis McCarthy”s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 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

Minister McHugh calls for priority list for Donegal to tap into a new €1billion regeneration fund

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has urged the local authority and councillors to draw up a priority list of projects that could tap into a new €1billion rural regeneration fund unveiled by the Government.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “What I’m saying to our council members is that we already have a number of big projects in Donegal where collaboration has been key.“Our councillors need to use this experience and start drawing up a priority list – whether that’s for community development, marine or town and village schemes – find the projects that fit the bill and work on making them winners. “One project in Inishowen that springs to mind is the development of Greencastle Harbour – a major fishing port, a potential destination for cruise ships and a key link for Foyle Port.“In recent years in Donegal we haven’t been shy about tapping into resources for the betterment of our communities, whether that’s European peace dividend funding, new enterprise initiatives and science and tech. And it’s time to put our skills on that front to work again.”The Fine Gael politician said Donegal needs big ideas and ambitious targets to capitalise on this dedicated fund.Following Cabinet discussions on the €1billion Rural Regeneration Scheme on Tuesday, Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, immediately held a meeting with Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed on how to progress schemes through the Fund, including the Greencastle development. Donegal County Council have previously committed to covering 25% of the estimated €10million cost of work at the harbour.Mr McHugh said: “I would say that a project like Greencastle meets a lot of the criteria being set down by the Government.“There’s a collaborative approach here with the County Council, it has a north-south element, it is sustaining a rural community and the investment would be an economic driver sustaining jobs and opening new avenues for enterprise.“That for me is ticking a lot of boxes.”Minister McHugh calls for priority list for Donegal to tap into a new €1billion regeneration fund was last modified: May 31st, 2018 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)last_img read more

Spleen Scores, Darwin Loses

first_imgHold onto your spleen if you can.  The lowly organ, “known as much for its metaphoric as its physiological value, plays a more important role in the body’s defense system than anyone suspected.”  Natalie Angier reported in the New York Times that Harvard researchers found that the spleen acts like a fort for disease-fighting monocytes, at the ready when infection strikes.  It’s like a standing army.  “You don’t want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it,” said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report.  This is apparently a surprising discovery about an organ known since Galen studied anatomy in Roman times.  The spleen can even protect against heart attacks by surrounding the heart with millions of monocytes.  It’s a rapid-response repair team – a “sensible, desirable, an excellent display of emergency preparedness.”    Because a person can survive without it, some Darwinists had considered it a vestigial organ – a leftover from our evolutionary past.  Angier wrote that this finding “sounds a cautionary note against underestimating a body part or dismissing it as vestigial, expendable or past its prime.”  Dr. Nahrendorf quipped, “Evolution has an edge on us.  I would be very careful about saying, ‘You don’t need this organ, get rid of it.’”That last silly line with Evolution as the clever wizard should be enough to vent your spleen.  Evolution got medicine into this mess.  Don’t let Evolution become the hero of the story.  Evolution is a wizard, all right: the blunderful Wizard of Flaws (09/05/2008).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Game park facelift to boost tourism

first_imgZebras grazing in Madikwe Game Reserve,on which Manyeleti is being modelled.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The Manyeleti Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga is set to become one of South Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations, following an investment of R400-million (US$54.9-million) to upgrade the facility.This was announced by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 6 September 2010.MTPA will officially introduce the project on 26 September at a ceremony expected to attract big names in the tourism industry, government officials and journalists.The development of Manyeleti, which means “place of the stars” in the local Xitsonga language, is being funded by both the public and private sectors.The 23000ha park is already home to the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as a variety of other wildlife. It shares fenceless borders with the famed Kruger National Park and the private Sabi Sands and the Timbavati reserves, which enables game to move freely over a vast area.The Manyeleti project is being modelled on the successful Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West province, whose development empowered surrounding communities.MTPA said Manyeleti will “improve the province’s long-term revenue stream from tourism” and create about 600 permanent jobs over the next two years.Top-class lodgesThe new plans have been endorsed by the Manyeleti Conservation Trust, which owns the land. The trust represents land claim beneficiaries, mostly of the Mnisi clan, who stand to benefit from increased businesses at the reserve.Manyeleti is one of four reserves in Mpumalanga where the MTPA has settled claims and co-management agreements with land owners in 2010. The others are Mdala Nature Reserve, the SS Skosana Nature Reserve and the Mabusa Game Reserve, according to the agency’s chief executive Charles Ndabeni.About R350-million ($48-million) will be channelled into developing four new lodges to complement the existing three at Manyeleti. Each of the seven facilities will offer 48 or more beds, which will help MTPA to reach its target of accommodating 350 people at the reserve.The three existing accommodation establishments – the five-star Tintswalo Safari Lodge and the three-star Honeyguide Camp and Khoka Moya Camp – are all specialists in safari tours.MTPA will spend R21-million ($2.9-million) upgrading Manyeleti’s infrastructure, while the remaining funds will be used to establish an empowerment company that will offer game drives at the lodges.The marketing of Manyeleti and the other reserves in Mpumalanga is still a financial challenge, though, according to Ndabeni. “Our biggest challenge, unfortunately, is lack of budget for marketing,” he said.World Cup drives tourismAn additional R9-million ($1.2-million) was used to partially upgrade Manyeleti before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The revamp was among other projects which MTPA undertook to beef up the province’s tourism offerings ahead of the tournament. One of the other facilities set up was a visitor information centre worth R8.5-million ($1.1-million).Mpumalanga is aware that the World Cup success could have a lasting effect on its tourism sector. “We’re hoping that having delivered one of the best World Cups, there will be a boom of tourism in the province,” said Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC Jabu Mahlangu.The province hosted some of the World Cup matches at the 46 000-capacity Mbombela Stadium, which “we’ll be using for our mega-tourism initiatives”, Mahlangu said.Tri-national relationsDuring and after the tournament Mpumalanga saw a growing number of tourists from Swaziland and Mozambique, its neighbouring countries.  “We’ve already seen an increase of tourists in our province,” according to the MEC.“We have an advantage of being neighbours to two countries,” Mahlangu said, adding that the healthy relationship with Swaziland and Mozambique will soon enable all three regions to be launched as a single tourism destination.last_img read more

Transport Month 2016

first_imgIn October every year South Africa celebrates its public transport, and road, rail, air and maritime infrastructure, during Transport Month. This year the theme of the month is “Together we move South Africa forward”.James Hall Museum of Transport: a nod to land transportThe James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg preserves and collects the country’s transport heritage. Here, from schoolchildren to motor enthusiasts, from tourists to ordinary citizens, everyone will find something to catch their eye. READ MORE >Five South African motorsport legendsFrom the late Gugu Zulu to recent MotoGP champ Brad Binder, South African motorsport boasts a host of legends, champions and superstars. Meet some of the country’s best behind the wheel. READ MORE >Transport Month celebrates the ‘heartbeat’ of South Africa’s economy“A resilient and fast-growing economy is at the heart of our radical economic transformation agenda and our National Development Plan,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the launch of Transport Month at Mmorogong village in North West. READ MORE >Public transport: Buses and trains in South AfricaWhile South Africa is well served by an extensive road network, conveniently offering travellers to ability to reach all corners of the country by car, it is still a large country to explore and those not used to driving long distances, there are other options available to travel around South Africa, both between cities and around metropolitan areas. READ MORE >Driving in South AfricaWhen visiting South Africa, the self-driving option is a viable and enjoyable way to get around the country. South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, large vehicle-hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery. READ MORE >Domestic flights in South AfricaSouth Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world. READ MORE >Infographic: Joburg by taxi – a practical guideGetting around Joburg on a minibus taxi can be daunting for newbies. But once you know your short right from your after robot, and your Diepsloot from your Orange Farm, it’s the fastest, most popular and often the cheapest way to get where you want to go. READ MORE >last_img read more