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Sugar workers to receive bonuses

first_img– as GuySuCo expects to achieve targetAfter years of complaining that they have not received added financial benefits since the coalition Government came into office, remaining workers in sugar belt are set to have a brighter Christmas with the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) announcement that Weekly Production Incentives (WPI) will be paid. This comes on the heels of the revelation that GuySuCo is set to achieve it target for 2018.This was related through an official release which stated that as of December 12, 2018, 100,485 tonnes of sugar was produced thus far for the year out of the production target of 103,000 tonnes of sugar. This reflected in excess of 12,000 tonnes more than what was achieved for the entire year, 2017, from the three estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. This latest news came as a departure from the gloomy outlook of which many had predicted and had characterised the industry.“Thus far, the three estates have collectively surpassed their weekly targets on 26 occasions for the year which translates to payment of Weekly Production Incentive (WPI). The qualified employees’ will therefore receive a bonus for the year 2018, as a reward for their performance and the value of which would be dependent on the final production,” GuySuCo said on Wednesday.The Corporation took the opportunity to thank all employees for “remaining focused on the task at hand and delivering a successful target.” It said too that with a few weeks left for the Second Crop, “employees are encouraged to maintain the team spirit and managers must continue to show strong leadership and management in 2019.”Only recently, dismissed sugar workers were finally paid their severance benefits after being fired following Government’s cost cutting measures. Thousands of dismissed sugar workers are finding great difficulty in securing alternative jobs following their retrenchment in late 2016 and 2017. Wales was closed in December 2016 while the closures of Rose Hall, Enmore and Skeldon were completed by the end of 2017. The latter three were later reopened under small operations as part of the Administration’s move to garner private investors.In early November, the National Assembly gave approval for almost $2.5 billion to cater for the remaining severance to 4723 sugar workers. However, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union announced earlier this week that plans were afoot to terminate the services of dozens more sugar estate workers, adding to the thousands already jobless. The Union noted that these are workers that were retained following the closures of the Wales, Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara estates to maintain skeleton operations at the factories. These workers were involved mainly in security, drainage and irrigation and power house operations.It reminded that GuySuCo had indicated that it was always its intention to have the workers terminated and it is now giving effect to its intent. GAWU described the situation as saddening, saying that more workers have had to lose their jobs occasioned by the “short-sighted and wrong haphazard decision” to minimise the sugar industry.last_img read more

Mexican trucks to hit U.S. highways

first_imgWASHINGTON – Mexican trucks will begin rolling onto American highways in 60 days, despite warnings from critics that the endeavor is fraught with safety risks, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said Thursday. Peters vowed that all Mexican trucks entering the U.S. under a limited pilot program will be subject to tough regulations – including license checks and drug tests – that will be closely monitored. Mexican truckers in the program also will not be allowed to make domestic deliveries, will not be allowed to carry hazardous materials and will be checked for insurance, she said. “I am convinced we have a situation that can be implemented safely,” Peters said in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s transportation panel. Drug tests, they argued, are easily compromised, and U.S. laws limiting the number of hours truck drivers can be on the road are unenforceable until drivers arrive at the border. Meanwhile, the Mexican government does not have a license database to identify drivers. “We don’t really know who these drivers are,” Hoffa said. “I’m alarmed that the Department of Transportation is moving forward with this dangerous program.” Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., agreed. He noted that, of the 43,000 fatal vehicle crashes in 2005, about 5,000 involved trucks. “Our highways are not the place to conduct an experiment,” he testified. Inspector General Calvin Scovel agreed with concerns about drug testing. He noted that while the actual lab tests are performed in the U.S., tampering with collection samples is rampant in Mexico. He also expressed concern that the Department of Transportation still has no criteria for determining whether the pilot program is successful. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bush administration last month announced the test program in which an unlimited number of trucks from 100 selected Mexican companies will be permitted to haul freight into the American heartland. If it is successful, the trial will pave the way for full cross-border truck access that the U.S. and Mexico agreed to when they signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1992. Currently, about 5 million trucks arrive from Mexico annually, but they cannot travel farther than 25 miles from the border. The system requires at least three drivers for every shipment, agents for the exporters and customs brokers, according to the American Trucking Association. Peters called the process “costly, cumbersome and outdated.” But Joan Claybrook, president of the watchdog group Public Citizen, and Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. contended Mexican trucks fail to meet basic safety requirements. last_img read more

From Fleetwood to Real Madrid? Spanish giants eyeing shock move for Jamie Vardy

first_imgReal Madrid are preparing a shock move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, according to reports in Spain.The 28-year-old has been in sensational form this season, scoring 10 goals in as many Premier League games.The former Fleetwood Town man’s performances have earned him international recognition and have reportedly sparked interest from Liverpool and Tottenham.Now, according to Fichajes, Real Madrid are ready to make a sensational January swoop for Vardy when the transfer window opens.The Spanish side are looking for a striker to provide competition for Karim Benzema and reportedly see the Foxes forward as the perfect addition. 1 Jamie Vardy last_img

HEAT WAVE SET TO LAST MORE THAN A WEEK – FORECASTERS

first_imgThe pier at Malin Head. Picture Michael McCandless. @candless_mcA BRILLIANT blast of summer on its way to Donegal will last at least a week – and may last much longer, forecasters have said.Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack says a stable high pressure system bringing temperatures of 23C and perhaps even higher will be a welcome sign of summer.“At this stage it looks as though it will continue right through next weekend according to the models,” she said. Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online said this week will “pleasant warm and sunny.”He added: “Local cloud near coasts may come and go, even some fog banks that may remain offshore or drift some distance inland in a few places, with east to northeast sea breezes becoming a little stronger during the period.”He is prediction inland high temperatures of 21C to 25C, with around 18C to 22C on the coasts, with overnight lows of 7C to 11C.Peter added: “By next weekend the guidance begins to diverge into two camps, one saying that conditions will remain almost unchanged with perhaps a little more cloud in the mix and temperatures a couple of degrees lower, the other theme being a return to mostly cloudy but largely dry weather with isolated outbreaks of light rain or drizzle and temperatures around 17-19 C. “As these are not very much different, the compromise forecast would be something like intervals of cloud and sun, highs 20-22 C.” HEAT WAVE SET TO LAST MORE THAN A WEEK – FORECASTERS was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalheat eavesunshineweatherlast_img read more

Gagne might skip Classic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Scott Boras, Gagne’s Los Angeles-based agent, didn’t return a phone message left at his office by the Daily News. Gagne’s name appeared last month on a list released by Major League Baseball of players willing to participate in the WBC, which is set for March 3-20. But the Dodgers have a considerable financial stake – they owe him at least $10.1 million in the upcoming final season of his contract – in convincing Gagne not to take chances at a time when he won’t have pitched competitively in almost nine months. Minor matter: Although the Dodgers still haven’t announced their minor-league coaching staff, one man known to be on it is Jon Debus, the club’s major-league bullpen coach last season. Debus, a member of the organization for all but two years since he was drafted in the 21st round in 1980, will return to his former position of roving catching instructor after one year on the big-league staff. The full minor-league staff is expected to be released sometime this week. Debus is the only member of last year’s big-league staff who remains with the organization. Big fall: Although it went virtually unnoticed amid Saturday’s four-player trade with Tampa Bay, Dodgers pitching prospect Joel Hanrahan was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for one of the two relievers the club acquired from the Devil Rays. Last spring, five years after the Dodgers took him in the second round of the 2000 draft, Hanrahan was sent to Single-A Vero Beach after spending the entire previous season at Triple-A Las Vegas. This after a series of MRIs on his right shoulder failed to provide any explanation for why his velocity had steadily dropped over the years. Hanrahan will remain with the organization if no other club claims him. But the thought he could actually clear waivers is another indication of just how far he has fallen since beginning the 2003 season by going 10-4 with a 2.43 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville. “He just didn’t have that same looseness or fluidity in his motion that he had in the past,” Dodgers scouting director Logan White said. “It got better last year. He might have gotten back up to 92 (mph), but it looked forced, like more effort was going into it.” Hanrahan did post respectable numbers after being promoted to Jacksonville early last season, going 9-8 with a 4.92 ERA. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 tony.jackson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Colletti declined to comment on the matter Tuesday. “You will have to check with Gagne,” he said. “I can’t get in the middle of that.” center_img While Dodgers outfielder Ricky Ledee’s name popped up on Puerto Rico’s preliminary, 60-man roster on Tuesday for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, there were indications Dodgers closer Eric Gagne has decided not to play for his native Canada in the inaugural event. Gagne, who as recently as two seasons ago was considered the top closer in the majors, is coming off season-ending surgery last June 24 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Although Gagne is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti implied during a recent media conference call that club officials would discourage Gagne from participating in the WBC because of the injury. last_img read more

Can you help us bring Ozzi home?

first_imgOzzi was last seen on Thursday morning in Keenaghan, Kilmacrennan.Lucinda Gorman has launched an appeal for information as they miss Ozzi terribly and are very worried. If anyone has seen Ozzi please don’t hesitate to message Donegal Daily’s Facebook page or email info@donegaldaily.comCan you help us bring Ozzi home? was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:found dogkilmacrennanMISSING DOGlast_img read more

Alli captains Spurs – Tottenham v Watford live talkSPORT commentary, team news

first_imgSpurs continue their quest for silverware with a Carabao Cup clash against Watford.With their new stadium far from complete, this game is being taken up the M1 to Milton Keynes’ 30,500-seater Stadium MK. BEST OF FOOTBALL LATEST The game will be held in Milton Keynes silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Getty After a recent blip, Spurs got back to winning ways at the weekend after grinding out a 2-1 win against Brighton.The Hornets winning run came to an end against Manchester United and they picked up a solid point on the road at Fulham last time out.What time is kick-off?This Carabao Cup third round is set for Wednesday, September 26.Kick-off is at 8pm.These sides met earlier this month at Vicarage Road, where goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart saw the Hornets come from behind to pick up three points.How can I listen on talkSPORT?You can hear live commentary of this game on talkSPORT2.To tune in, use either your DAB radio, our mobile apps or the talkSPORT web player.What is the team news?Mauricio Pochettino has made eight changes from their victory over Brighton, as Dele Alli captains the Spurs side at his former club’s home ground.Meanwhile, the Hornets have made just one change that defeated Reading in the last round of the competition with Craig Cathcart coming in for Sebastian Prodl.Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dele, Lamela, Lucas MouraSubs: Whiteman, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Dier, Dembele, Son, LlorenteWatford: Gomes, Navarro, Cathcart, Mariappa, Masina, Feminia, Wilmot, Chalobah, Quina, Sema, SuccessSubs: Dahlberg, Kabasele, Holebas, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Gray England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade impact REVEALED 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack RANKED last_img read more

AFC Wimbledon vs Portsmouth: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time & team news

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade That loss was a shock 2-0 home defeat to Gillingham last time out, but Pompey have won five out of six away from Fratton Park this term.The hosts have lost four of their last five league games after a decent start and are now hovering close to the bottom four.What time is kick-off?This League One clash is set for Saturday, October 13.Kick-off is at 3pm.The pair met in the Carabao Cup earlier this season on the South Coast, with Wimbledon running out 2-1 winners.How can I listen on talkSPORT?We will have live commentary of this game here on talkSPORT2 from 2.45pm.Tune in using the mobile app, our web player, or on your DAB radio. Jackett’s side are looking to bounce back from first defeat Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ CELEBRATION KO KINGS MONEY SPORT LATEST Getty Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 ANOTHER ONE What is the team news?James Hanson and Terell Thomas are back in training, giving Wimbledon a fully fit squad to pick from.Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is considering getting on-loan forward Joe Mason involved after his recovery from a long-term injury.There are no new injury concerns for the league leaders, although Nathan Thompson is one yellow card away from suspension. PLANS 1 League One pace-setters Portsmouth head to London for a showdown with AFC Wimbledon.With just one defeat from their 12 league matches so far, Kenny Jackett’s side have really played their way into form and have a three-point cushion over Peterborough. live cricket last_img read more

DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS STRUGGLING WITH DEBT BECAUSE OF CUTS – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has said that more and more primary schools across Donegal are falling into unmanageable debt as a result of a series of cuts introduced by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn over the past two years.The Donegal Deputy has called on the Government to immediately address what has become a funding crisis at primary school level in the North West region. According to Deputy McConalogue, the scrapping of the Minor Works Grant last year has hit local schools particularly hard.“Teachers and parents attached to a number of different schools have contacted me to express their concerns about the deepening financial problems at their school. The loss of the minor works grant has pushed many schools over the edge,” said Deputy McConalogue. “This grant was worth between €5,000 and €12,000 to primary schools and its loss has had a significant impact on the financial health of primary schools right across Donegal. Many schools depended on this cash injection to carry out small but necessary works to the facilities that the pupils use every day. The grant was particularly valuable in light of other significant cuts to resources, including cuts to the capitation grant and the scrapping of the summer works scheme. Abolishing the minor works grant on top of everything else has pushed many schools over the edge.“I am calling on the Government to reinstate the minor works grant before the next academic year. The Government Deputies in Donegal have a duty to explain to the Minister the problems that this cut has caused to our local schools. I am asking them ensure that these problems are addressed as a matter of priority in order to maintain the high standard of education that our local schools provide.“The Government cannot continue to stand over a situation where public primary schools are unable to cope with an ever growing black hole in their finances. We can already see that this is putting enormous pressure on staff, boards of management and on parents who are often expected to help raise the additional extra funds to keep the school’s doors open. If this is not addressed urgently, there is no doubt that pupils will suffer as a result,” Deputy McConalogue said.  DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS STRUGGLING WITH DEBT BECAUSE OF CUTS – TD was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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

Jurors reach verdict in Blake civil case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A jury reached a verdict Friday in the wrongful death civil case against actor Robert Blake, acquitted of criminal charges eight months ago in the death of his wife. The jury finding was to be read in court later in the day. If they found him liable in the May 2001 death of Bonny Lee Bakley, jurors could order the former “Baretta” star to pay damages to her children. Jurors had begun deliberations Nov. 4; Friday was their eighth day. Blake was acquitted at his murder trial last March. Bakley’s four children sued the 72-year-old actor in 2002, claiming he should be held responsible for their mother’s death and forced to pay damages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Eric Dubin, an attorney for the children, contended that Blake despised Bakley, believing she trapped him into marriage by getting pregnant, and that he decided to get rid of her so he could raise the daughter he adored, Rosie, by himself. Blake did not testify in the criminal trial but took the stand in the civil case and denied the allegations. Bakley was found shot to death in Blake’s car on a street near a restaurant where they had just dined. Blake claims he went back into the restaurant to retrieve a handgun that he carried for protection but had left behind in their booth, then went back out to the car and found his wife mortally wounded in the passenger seat. If they decided Blake was behind the killing, jurors were then asked to determine if he collaborated with his former handyman, Earle Caldwell. last_img read more