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Govt support should not end after severance payments

first_imgDear Editor,Several sections of the media reported that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, announced about the outstanding redundancy pay to the thousands of workers made jobless by the callous, heartless decision to close several sugar estates in recent times. Minister Harmon is reported to have said that the Government already has identified the source of funding to meet the illegally withheld payments to the beleaguered workers. We expect that the Government will soon advise the workers when their payments would be available.The State Minister, according to the press, was also seemingly critical of our move to the courts on this matter. But it seems that, hadn’t we pursued such a course, the Government wouldn’t have awoken from its seeming deep slumber and finally decide to address the matter. Again, it confirms that our decision to go to court was the right decision.While pleased to hear about this latest development, we indeed hope that the Government’s support does not end there. With the GuySuCo Alternative Livelihood Programme and Sustainable Communities Programme from all indications suffering a still-birth, there is strong need for a realistic programme to support the workers and their families at what is possibly the hardest and toughest time in their lives. It is dismaying for us that, on to this day, the Government has not seen it necessary to visit the hard-pressed communities. It seems to us that the Government wants to wash its hands after the outstanding payments are made.We sincerely hope this is not the case, but the indications do not give us much hope.The suffering workers can be assured of the GAWU’s commitment to press the Government to give focused attention to address and ensure relief to the plight of the affected workers and their dependents.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWUlast_img read more

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President admits no consultation held

first_img… to meet with Toshaos Council todayPresident David Granger said on Wednesday that he did not hold any consultation before the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Amerindian land titling.He said however that the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry was expected to make recommendations.Chairman of the National Toshao Council, Joel Fredericks, and Vice Chairman Lenox Shuman“We had embarked on a procedure. The Ministry of the Indigenous People’s Affairs had to make certain recommendation. I did not have a consultation, but what I’m doing now, I’m meeting with the National Toshaos Council tomorrow (today). I met with the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) and we have agreed on a way forward,” the Head of State told journalists at State House.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday chided Government over its “unilateral” move to establish the CoI into land titling in Amerindian communities.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said his Party condemned the move by Government, as it would drive a much wider wedge among the people. He said there was no need to appoint a single commission for the Amerindian communities and African ancestral lands.“We believe that the Government doing it in this fashion (in a single commission) would drive a wedge, because it may look as though we are trying to balance interest here.”The Opposition Leader said his travels to Amerindian communities across the country have garnered utmost disagreement on the ongoing CoI. He said it therefore came as a surprise when Government announced in the National Assembly last week that the CoI was established after consultation. He called that a blatant lie.He lashed out also at the talks in Parliament about the rights the Head of State has to establish CoIs. He said, however, that there was no need for any noise to be made about that, since, at no time – in this case in particular – was that fact challenged. What is being challenged, he said, is the “efficacy or the lack of common sense of putting together two issues that may cause conflict between people of two different ethnic backgrounds in Guyana”. Last Friday, the political Opposition pressed through a motion calling for the immediate suspension of the CoI that was established by President Granger.Government, however, maintained that the Inquiry would move ahead. In fact, Minister within the Labour Ministry, Keith Scott said the Amerindians were greedy for requesting security for the lands they own. He opined that sovereignty now belonged to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.last_img read more

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Lavezzi denies racism after slant-eyed pose provokes outrage in China

first_img“The club has discussed this matter with Lavezzi, who said he meant no racial offence and apologised deeply for any harmful impression that it created,” the club said in a statement on Sunday.The episode illustrates the potential culture clashes that can arise as Chinese teams spend big on foreign players. It comes just a week after Brazil striker Hulk, who plays for Shanghai SIPG, denied claims of a racially-charged assault on a rival team’s coach.Hebei China Fortune said some photos in the Lavezzi promotional shoot taken earlier this year were meant to be in a “light-hearted” and “wacky” vein.But the team nonetheless conceded it had not been vigilant enough in the matter and would “draw lessons” from it, vowing to prevent anything similar occurring again.The pictures drew condemnation on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, with outraged users demanding Lavezzi be punished or even tossed out of the league.“This is an extremely abominable gesture that discriminates against Chinese people. Get him out of here!” said one posting.The club did not announce any punishment for Lavezzi. No direct statement from the player was immediately seen.– Foreign invasion –Lavezzi is among a wave of foreign players signed in recent years by free-spending Chinese clubs amid a state-encouraged push to develop soccer laggard China into a world power.Brazilian midfielder Oscar has joined his countryman Hulk at SIPG this season in the biggest transfer in Asian football history — a whopping 60 million euros.Shanghai Shenhua this year, meanwhile, added Argentine former Manchester City and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez on a reported annual salary of 38 million euros.Other recent high-profile signings have included Brazilians Alex Teixeira and Ramires, and Colombia’s Jackson Martinez.A Chinese company that works as an official photo partner for the CSL put out a statement saying the offending photos of Lavezzi were shot in Spain in February when the team was conducting winter training there.The company, ImagineChina, said they were taken by photographers from Spanish national news agency EFE who were hired by ImagineChina for the shoot.ImagineChina said the photographers had no intention of producing insulting photos.On May 6, the head coach of CSL side Guizhou Zhicheng, Li Bing — who has since been sacked — accused Hulk of punching an assistant coach.Li initially implied the attack was racially motivated though he later appeared to back off that assertion.Hulk and SIPG denied the accusations and the Brazilian said on Weibo that he was being slandered, adding: “I like and respect all of the Chinese people.”The Lavezzi episode recalled the controversies that erupted in 2008 ahead of and during the Beijing Olympics, when photos emerged showing the disrespectful gesture being made by members of Spain’s men’s basketball and women’s tennis teams, and Argentina’s women’s football squad.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ezequiel Lavezzi joined Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATASHANGHAI, China, May 15 – Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has issued an apology through his Chinese club after publicity photos showing him in a slant-eyed pose caused outrage on social media.Lavezzi, who joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune last year from Paris Saint-Germain, landed in hot water over the weekend as photos emerged with the 32-year-old smiling and pulling the corners of his eyes back.last_img read more

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Russia loses on missile shield

first_imgROME – President George W. Bush signaled Friday the United States will press ahead with a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe despite Russia’s heated objections. Poland’s president expressed support for installing interceptor rockets in his country. An upset stomach crimped Bush’s schedule on a busy day that took him from Germany to Poland and finally to Italy. The president stayed in bed and skipped morning sessions at the summit of world leaders in Heiligendamm, Germany, and he appeared subdued later after talks in Poland with President Lech Kaczynski. “Still not 100 percent but better all the time,” White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said of her boss. Today, Bush will meet for the first time with Pope Benedict XVI. Large anti-Bush demonstrations are planned in Rome, and Premier Romano Prodi had to ask his Cabinet members to refrain from taking part. The administration made clear it was not abandoning plans for a missile-defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic despite a surprise counterproposal Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to instead use a Soviet-era radar tracking station in Azerbaijan. Putin had more suggestions on Friday for locations for missile interceptors: “They could be placed in the south, in U.S. NATO allies such as Turkey, or even Iraq,” Putin said. “They could also be placed on sea platforms.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an Associated Press interview in New York, said Friday, “One does not choose sites for missile defense out of the blue. It’s geometry and geography as to how you intercept a missile.” “This is an idea that has not yet been vetted,” she said of Putin’s offer. “We have to see whether Azerbaijan makes any sense in the context of missile defense.” The U.S. system calls for a radar screen in the Czech Republic to watch for missile threats, and 10 interceptor rockets in Poland to shoot down any missiles. Both Bush and Kaczynski said the system would not threaten Russia. The Kremlin argues that the system would undermine its nuclear deterrent. “The system we have proposed is not directed at Russia,” Bush said after talks with Kaczynski at the presidential retreat at Jurata, a resort on the Baltic Sea. “Indeed, we would welcome Russian cooperation on missile defense.” Bush said a working group including the United States and Russia would “discuss different opportunities and different options, all aimed at providing protection for people from rogue regimes who might be in a position to either blackmail and/or attack those of us who live in free societies.” Kaczynski voiced strong support for putting the interceptors on Polish soil. “As far as the missile defense system is concerned, the two parties fully agree,” Kaczynski said. “The Russian federation can feel totally safe,” said Kaczynski. He said Moscow must recognize that the world has changed since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago. Bush thanked the Polish president for sending troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan.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

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College-prep plan showing progress

first_img“This program takes average kids and teaches them strategies to achieve,” board president Tom Pigott said. “These are kids that were kind of at-risk, and now they are scoring below the pre-IB/honors.” AVID students are viewed as having academic potential. They have average to high test scores, grade-point averages of 2.0 to 3.5 and have the potential to attend college with additional support. In determining which students qualify for the program, it’s taken into account whether they are the first in their families to attend college, are low-income, or are part of a minority group that has been historically under-represented at four-year colleges. “It seems there are tons of programs for high-level kids, and quite a few for low-level kids. It’s the middle kid that we are targeting that we believe has the potential to succeed but has been underserved,” said Brent Woodard, director of educational services. “We target kids who may not have considered college but are now doing so because of this program.” The first AVID program was started at Littlerock High School in 2000, and the program has expanded to all comprehensive schools except Eastside, which is starting its program next school year. The AVID program also is at SOAR High School at Antelope Valley College, where college coursework is blended with high school classes. Many middle and intermediate schools, whose students advance to the high school district, also offer AVID. National figures show that 75percent of 2006 AVID graduates were accepted to a four-year college, and a higher proportion of minority AVID students take Advanced Placement tests compared with non-AVID minority students. The percentage of Latinos taking AP exams is nearly five times higher among AVID students than Latinos in general, records show. No comparable figures were available for the district. Test scores of AVID freshmen in the district through the first semester of 2006-07 have them outscoring every other subgroup in English and AlgebraI with the exception of pre-International Baccaulaureate and Honors students. In one instance, in first-quarter test results, AVID freshmen outscored the honors pupils, with 63percent of them scoring proficient or above in AlgebraI, compared with 56percent among International Baccalaureate and honors students. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A college-prep program for average students – some whom were heading for trouble – is showing promise in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Students in Advancement Via Individual Determination are scoring above district averages and just below, and in some instances surpassing, honors and International Baccaulaureate students. And 100 percent of AVID 10th-graders passed both portions of the high school exit exam on their first try this year. “We don’t usually have 100percent of anything, so this is pretty amazing,” trustee Donita Winn said. “Since the AVID program is fairly new to us, we’re very excited to see such dramatic results from it so soon.” last_img read more

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Datebook

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! “Day of Diversity,” 9 a.m., California State University, Northidge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-2408. State Assembly 42nd District candidate Clark Baker will be the guest speaker of the Woodland Hills Republican Women Federated Club, 10:30 a.m., Calabasas Inn, 23400 Park Sorento, Calabasas. Cost $21 per person. Call (818) 345-8822. World City: Ranganiketan, a celebration of Indian and South Asian culture, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 250-ARTS. National Tartan Day, 12:15 p.m., Oviatt Library Lawn, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Interpreters available upon request. Montrose Art Walk & Sale, 4 p.m., 2300-2400 blocks of Honolulu Blvd., Montrose. Free. Call (818) 249-7171. Nationally recognized Latina storyteller Olga Loya will perform, 4 p.m., Burbank Public Library, Northwest Branch, 3323 W. Victory Blvd. Call (818) 238-5640. 20th Senate District Election Debate, 7 p.m., AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 6844 Oakdale Ave., Winnetka. Call (818) 348-6908. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council will meet, 7 p.m., Park Plaza Apartments recreation room, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Park advisory board meeting, 7-9 p.m., Studio City Recreation Center, 12621 Rye St., Studio City. Call (818) 769-4415. New Works Festival will feature plays written by student playwrights, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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Chelsea star Marcos Alonso reveals the secret behind his goal scoring record

first_imgChelsea full-back Marcos Alonso has revealed the secret behind his impressive goalscoring record this season – manager Antonio Conte.The Spanish defender got a goal and assist in Sunday FA Cup win over Newcastle United, taking his tally this season to a career-best of seven goals.The 27-year-old found the net against the Magpies with another fine free-kick, and he has revealed under-fire Conte is behind his impressive flurry of strikes this term.“The gaffer always wants bodies in the box”, Alonso told Chelsea TV.“If I can get there and then get back to defend, I try to be in a position to score.”Alonso has become a key player for the Blues this season, but while a number of other first-team players were rested against Newcastle, Kenedy’s recent loan move to Newcastle meant the Spaniard was required to play.Kenedy’s exit suggests a left-sided player will arrive before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, with Roma’s Emerson Palmieri linked, but it the meantime Alonso is happy to play as many games as he can for the team.“There is no-one else – I had to play,” he added.“I’m always happy to play, to be involved as much as I can.” 1 Marcos Alonso scored his seventh goals of the season against Newcastle last_img read more

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Updated Trick or Treat Times

first_imgThe City of Scottsburg has changed its Trick or Treat from Thursday to Friday, November 1 from 6-8:30pAlso, the Town of New Pekin has moved their trick or treating times to Friday night as well from 6-8p. Salem will offer children the option to trick or treat either Thursday or Friday nights from 6-8p.Campbellsburg will trick or treat Thursday night from 5:30-8p.last_img

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Opry Team Wins City of Hope Tournament in Nashville

first_imgOffice Depot was the supporting sponsor of the game. City of Hope patient and acute myeloid leukemia survivor, Brian Lambert met his life-saving donor for the first time. The traditional “meeting at the mound” hit a little closer to home than usual for Nashvillians as Lambert is a well-known executive of the Warner Music family and a long-time City of Hope volunteer through its Music, Film & Entertainment Industry group which has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope over the years.The Music, Film & Entertainment Industry group, founded in 1973, consists of over 150+ music and entertainment executives who dedicate their efforts and time to achieve an annual fundraising goal in support of City of Hope.    Big Machine Artist and Season 15 Winner of American Idol, Trent Harmon kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem. BBR Music Group duo Walker McGuire led with the traditional coin toss. Team Captains were Bobby Bones for iHeart Media, and Bill Cody and Brian Lambert for Grand Ole Opry. Guest announcers Naomi Judd, Jeannie Seely, Tim Rushlow, and Charlie Monk joined by iHeart Media radio personality and Master of Ceremonies, Gator Harrison called the play by play. (Photo by SALEM MEDIA) Jonathan and Drew Scott – stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers, played softball and played around. After a centerfield hit, Jonathan (red) made it to first base where he picked up his brother Drew (blue) and put him on the ground.City of Hope patient and acute myeloid leukemia survivor, Brian Lambert, along with his wife and two children. met his life-saving donor for the first time. City of Hope flew him in from Germany to meet Brian.Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler eyes the ball during the City of Hope Celebrity Softball tournament Saturday morning. Cutler was born in Santa Claus, Indiana and is now going to be a color commentator for Fox Sports.City of Hope joined Music Row to strike out cancer at the 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game today at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. In a friendly competition for a great cause, Team Grand Ole Opry (blue) defeated Team iHeart (red)6-5 in extra innings.center_img Nearly 50 fans signed up as potential bone marrow donors with Be the Match at City of Hope.ABOUT CITY OF HOPE:City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. Additional talent in attendance were:  Adam Craig, Adam Doleac, Brandi Cyrus, Brett Kissel,  Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Charles Esten, Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s The Property Brothers, Eddie Garcia and Ray Slater of The Bobby Bones Show, Gabby Barrett, Jackie Lee, Jay Cutler, Jennifer Fiedler, Lauren Alaina, Liz Rose, LucasHoge, Maddie Poppe, Marc Mariani, MeganAlexander, Seth Ennis, Shawn Parr, TeganMarie, Trey Smith, and Uncle Si & the Si-Cotics, which includes Si Robertson, Marsha Robertson and Bridgette Tatum.last_img read more

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Kavanagh excited about coaching Donegal U16s

first_imgLEAGUE DIV 1 – DOWN V DONEGAL IN NEWRYRory Kavanagh, about to fist the ball to team mate Leo Mc Loone, with Down’s Peter Turley moving in to the action.Pic Michael O Donnell.Former Donegal great Rory Kavanagh says that he is very excited about taking charge of the Donegal U16 county team.The St Eunan’s clubman was ratified for the post last week, and will take charge for the 2018 season.Speaking to Ocean FM at the weekend, the 2012 All-Ireland winner said that he is already familiar with a number of the players that will be available to him at that level…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Rory-Kavanagh-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img