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Sugar workers protest President’s office

first_imgMerging of LBI/Enmore Estates“We want wages!” and “No merging!” were the echoing sounds of sugar workers as they took their protest action to the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday. This action comes in light of their frustrations over the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) finalising its decision to merge the La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Enmore estates. About 100 workers and their union representatives braved theGAWU President Komal Chand standing on the picket lineSugar workers and union representatives want more dialogue with GuySuCoThe protesters outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesdaymorning rains, and continued to denounce what they described as “bullyism” and “hostility” meted out to them by GuySuCo.According to the protesters, La Bonne Intention (LBI) workers are being “treated like footballs” by management and they are calling on Government to ensure that the Sugar Corporation engages in more dialogue with its workers. It was related that the workers are concerned with how some of their fellow colleagues have been transferred and it was noted that their rates of pay at Enmore are lower than what they currently receive at LBI. This publication was told that this figure moved from $2100 per day to $700 per day.Many of the protesters, who have not performed duties in over one week, exclaimed that they are not prepared to move to the Enmore estate.“It got over 2700 hectares cane plant in LBI and LBI people (workers) must remain at LBI. It got fertiliser, spraying and cane cutting; it got all work over at LBI,” expressed Balkissoon Ramdasoon.He also decried the Sugar Corporation’s treatment of workers and noted that the entity is trying to “cripple” their representative, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).“Them seh you [have to work] at Enmore but when you go over, no [work is there]…dem only frustrating de workers,” Ramdasoon stressed, noting that eight months into 2016, workers have not seen any increase in wages.“You claim yo mek 247,000 tonnes sugar last year, you pass the target… eight months [we] deh in; GuySuCo is trying to cripple the union but we standing up with our union [and] we gonna stand up until betterment reach,” the frustrated man pointed out.One Enmore worker who joined the picket line claimed that the current wages workers are receiving, cannot meet their needs.“Me want de President fo call on GuySuCo to come out and talk to the people [so that they] could go back to work,” the Enmore worker expressed.However, some LBI workers said that moving to Enmore signals that they would have to spend more time travelling and stated that GuySuCo ought to pay out severance packages.“Leh deh close it down and pay people they lil money!” a female sugar worker expressed. A male nearby exclaimed: “To go to Enmore you have to wake up one hour in front of time, one hour late, you meet back home and more time for you waste,” the protester stressed.Meanwhile, GAWU President, Komal Chand, who stood in solidarity with the sugar workers, claimed that Noel Holder is the first Agriculture Minister who has not engaged the Union and by extension, sugar workers, in open dialogue since the sector was nationalised in 1976.“I personally asked the Minister to engage us [but] he has never…we had been able to meet all the Ministers in the PNC (People’s National Congress) Government, under President Hoyte and President Burnham and all the other Presidents but this Minister is behaving in a queer way, in that he is not wanting to meet with the Union – no dialogue, no discussion,” Chand postulated.The veteran sugar representative further explained that he is hopeful that GuySuCo will meet with GAWU to discuss the matters at hand.“We cannot allow this situation go on like this…we are looking forward to immediate discussions between the Union and GuySuCo to address the issues where they are violating even the law, not only the agreement, in the forceful nature of the merger of LBI with Enmore,” Chand pointed out.Meanwhile, some workers said they feel “embarrassed” that the Minister doesn’t want to meet with them. GAWU in a statement claimed that in “recent months”, there has been an erosion of their “gains and benefits” which were secured by workers after “hard and bitter struggles”.last_img read more

‘No Competition Among Liberian Students’

first_imgVoinjama Multilateral High School Principal, Mr. Ericson Boakai, has said that there is no competition amongst Liberian students.Mr. Boakai made the statement on Friday when he spoke to a team of journalist on the school campus in Voinjama City, Lofa County.The principal said students have taken more interest in social activities than studying their regular lessons after schooling hours.He said this is because 90% percent of Liberian students are parents and therefore, they all have their families and responsibilities to cater to.“Despite majority of students being parents, they must be given due respect. But with that respect they are tasked with the responsibility of studying their lessons. If our students are studying well, they will have the kind of competition that once existed amongst Liberian students years ago”, he asserted.He said his institution as its own way of keeping the students focused, sizes the tie of any senior student who fails two or more subject and gives red shirt to any junior student who fails three subjects and above.The principal noted that the removing of tie from senior students serves as motivation to continue studying their lessons.He, however, said the school still lacks some basic materials needed to smoothen the learning environment for the students.‘During the civil crisis, this institution was badly damaged by rebels at the time. In the process, we lost so many things that would have contributed greatly to our learning process now.If we had a laboratory, library, computer room and enough reading books, students wouldn’t spend time watching champions league and going to video clubs because these activities will keep them busy after schooling hours.Students spend the whole day looking for money, ridding pen pen and it’s really affecting the learning process greatly”, he explained.The principal said with over 1200 students last semester, the institution has been able to maintain it good records at the West African Examination Council (WAEC).“We have also put polices into place to make sure that there will be no room for teacher and student relationship. If a teacher is cut in the act, he or she loses their job on the spot. As for the student, he/she will be expelled immediately.The school has also engaged in other extra curriculum activities like quizzing, debates and sports to keep the students equip and ready to compete with other schools around the Country”, he  noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tunes Liberia Issues Public Apology

first_imgTunes Liberia authority has issued a public apology to fans and artists for the delay in publishing the weekly top five downloaded songs, saying the delay resulted from an administrative decision to expand the song selection process.In a press release, the company said after the first edition of the top five downloaded songs was published in the Daily Observer newspaper, they received lot of emails questioning the selection process.The release explained that the content of each email received forced the Tunes Liberia authority to abruptly stop the process “until clarity is made public.”“On the selection process, we monitor the website on a daily basis to keep track of all the songs’ daily downloads for the week beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday.“To get the monitoring statistics correct in order to avoid cheating, we also use our Zippyshare download statistics to do the final tracking, and it always corresponded with ours. “Zippyshare, a file-sharing website, which we use to upload our song, keeps record for all Tunes Liberia downloaded songs,” the release added.However, the release disclosed that the top five songs do not come from the daily top ten chart, because even a single view on a song can make it climb one step ahead.According to the release, the top ten-chart assist Tunes Liberia authority to only monitor the hottest songs on the daily, and also its daily downloads.“People should not get this confused,” the release continues. “Our top five downloaded songs is not for the week; it is but for the past week.”Meanwhile, the release noted that publication of the weekly Tunes Liberia chart would resume next week.Tunes Liberia came into operation in November of 2015, and was inspired by a desire to see Liberian music spread worldwide. Since it began operations the site details more than 1,000 subscribers making Liberian music more accessible to the outside world. To stay in touch, go to www.tunesliberia.com, and official Facebook page, Tunes Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crash snarls commute on 4 freeways

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – Janice Adams had almost begun her commute across the San Fernando Valley when she saw news reports Tuesday of a semitrailer sprawled across the 101 Freeway. But unlike thousands of drivers trapped for hours by the crash, she managed to skirt the logjam. “Oh, my goodness, it was backed up … thank God, I had another route,” said Adams, 48, of Los Angeles, who works in Woodland Hills. “I dodged a bullet.” Many didn’t. Rush-hour commuters were tied up by two early morning crashes on U.S. 101 near Coldwater Canyon Avenue, caused by a drunk driver, CHP officers said. The result was a big rig sprawled across the median, blocking six lanes on both sides of the freeway, snarling traffic into Ventura County from about 4:30 a.m. “It was like a shotgun effect,” Officer B. Denike of the California Highway Patrol said of the congestion that clogged the 101, 134, 170 and 405 freeways. “At one point, the (101) freeway was completely stopped.” Nine freeway signs as far away as the Foothill Freeway flashed “Accident on Coldwater: Traffic Jammed,” as thousands of drivers scrambled to take alternate freeways and cross-town streets. It took until just past noon for transportation officials to completely clear all lanes, according to the California Department of Transportation. Each workday, some 293,000 commuters use the 101 Freeway. “There are so many operators in the Valley, so many commuters, if we have a major incident, it’s going to affect surrounding highways and surface streets,” said Denike, an accident investigator at the West Valley station. “There’s nothing we can do about it.” A traffic SigAlert was issued when a Toyota heading eastbound on the 101 hit the central divider west of Coldwater, spun out and stopped sideways in the No. 3 truck lane, Denike said. A minute later, a Freightliner truck smashed into the car, lost control and veered into the center divider, coming to rest atop the median. Three drivers, including a truck passenger, sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Denike said. The identity of the man, about 35 years of age, was not released. It took two industrial tow trucks to remove the big rig from the median. With some drivers arriving an hour late to work, transit advocates said the answer was the cross-Valley Orange Line busway, which now stops every four minutes at each stop. “The truth is, most people in that SigAlert would not think: Maybe I should take the bus,” said Kymberleigh Richards of Southern California Transit Advocates. “They think: Maybe I should use a different freeway, moving the congestion over. “You put all these people in their own little car, at the same time and they start cursing at each other.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 Trains and buses For information about train and bus routes, call 800-COMMUTE, or go to www.metro.net. For real-time traffic information, go to rtmap.metro.net/html/index.html 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

Valley man personifies mayor’s hopes for L.A. youths

first_imgSYLMAR – Ruben Rubio has packed a lot of living into his short life. At 11, his best friend was slain by gang members. At 18, he made it into UCLA’s competitive theater program. By his early 20s, he’d done a national commercial and appeared on “The Shield.” At 26, he’ll attempt to become a naval officer. And Wednesday, he took the stage to introduce Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s State of the City address, serving up his own history as an example of hope. “I witnessed a lot of violence growing up,” Rubio said in an interview before introducing the mayor. “I lost two close friends at an early age. … That affected me profoundly; I wanted something more.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So he got into acting at San Fernando High School, graduating in 1999. On his way to UCLA’s drama department, he started volunteering with Communities in Schools, a North Hills gang-intervention, prevention and job services agency. After his 2003 college graduation, he took a job with CIS, running its hip-hop and boxing academies at Maclay Middle School in Pacoima. At the same time he’s pursued his acting career, he’s shepherded at-risk youths away from the gang lifestyle and into athletics and music. Though Rubio intends to pursue a career in the Navy in May, when he’ll attend Officer Candidate School, he hopes to continue community outreach in the future. “Here’s a young man representing this part of our great city in the best way, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said CIS President Bobby Arias, who helped recommend Rubio to the Mayor’s Office. “I told him, Go search the world, be Indiana Jones, be an officer and a gentleman. You’ll always have a home here.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com last_img read more

Enjoy it! Leicester players told they are under no pressure ahead of Man City clash

first_imgLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to enjoy their football and not be daunted by their place in the upper echelons of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s visit.The Foxes have had a superb first half of the campaign and will have the chance to end 2015 top of the pile with a win over City after Arsenal knocked them into second place with their victory over Bournemouth on Monday.Pressure will only increase as the second half of the season begins to tick down and Ranieri is keen to avoid a repeat of what he saw at Liverpool on Boxing Day, where his side were over-anxious.“You know my idea about this (the title) – we are dreaming,” said the Italian.“We are in good condition and in a good position with 38 points.“Now we can continue, but I want to see my players enjoy it. I don’t know why we were so nervous at the beginning. Why?“Play football, don’t worry. If you lose, lose. That’s it. We have the time.”Despite Ranieri’s assertions, City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Leicester have what it takes to stay the course in the title race.Pellegrini has warned his players they must approach Tuesday’s trip to the King Power Stadium as they would any other top-of-the-table showdown.The Foxes’ loss at Liverpool was only their second defeat of a campaign in which City have already been beaten five times and Pellegrini does not believe one bad result will prompt a slump.Pellegrini, whose side moved within three points of Leicester by thrashing Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday, said: “Before that they beat Chelsea and drew against (Manchester) United.“We must consider Leicester not thinking that they lost on Saturday and could collapse, but as a team that will have options to be fighting for the title until the end. With that mentality we must try to play the game.“They are top of the table because they deserve to be. They have important players in a very good moment with high performance.” 1 getty center_img Claudio Ranieri last_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTSTAR’S EMOTIONAL ‘THANK YOU’ AS HE BATTLES CANCER

first_imgFinn Harps captain Kevin McHugh with Mark Farren at today’s event. Pic by Joe Boland.One of Donegal’s most successful sportstars has said an emotional ‘thank you’ to the people of the county as he continues to battle cancer.Inishowen man Mark Farren has netted more than 100 goals from 200 games for Derry City in a stunning career.Today hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to the Greencastle native during a 5K run in Killea in his honour. The fundraising initiative was organised by Finn Harps captain and former team-mate Kevin McHugh.As well as Finn Harps and Lifford AC, many other clubs turned up to raise funds for the 31 year old.An emotional Farren admitted that he was struggling to face up with his battle against cancer but said today’s event had spurred him on.Among those who turned up was former Derry City and current Dundalk FC boss Stephen Kenny as well as former Finn Harps veteran Paul Hegarty.  DONEGAL SPORTSTAR’S EMOTIONAL ‘THANK YOU’ AS HE BATTLES CANCER was last modified: February 8th, 2014 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:cancerderry cityFINNA HARPSMark Farrenlast_img read more

Men’s Soccer to Host Pair of Home Matches

first_imgDrake (4-3-1, 0-0-1 MVC) ended its match last Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Loyola,its first tie of the season. Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal in the 23rd minute, his third goal of the season, which puts him at first in goals scored for the Bulldogs.  ESPN+ – Western Illinois Following this week’s games, Drake faces Omaha at home on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. It will be the final home contest of a three-match homestand. Print Friendly Version Central Arkansas (3-3-1, 1-0-0 MVC) travels to Tulsa, Okla. Tuesday night to face Oral Roberts before heading to Des Moines. The Bears are led by Niklas Brodacki who has scored six goals this season. Central Arkansas blitzed Bradley, 3-0, in its league opener. Drake narrowly leads the all-time series with the Bears, 5-4-1. Their last meeting was last season when Central Arkansas handed Drake a 3-1 loss in Conway, Ark. Story Links ESPN+ – Central Arkansas center_img Live Stats Loyola scored late in the second half of regulation to tie the game. Neither team netted the winner through two overtime periods as the match ended as a tie for the second-straight year after a scoreless draw in 2017. Goalkeeper Jared Brown (Aurora, Ontario) totaled eight saves to bring his save percentage up to .816. Western Illinois (2-4-2) won its last game by a score of 1-0 over IUPUI, but in the Leathernecks last three games they have scored just one goal. They have also been held to one goal or fewer in all but one of their eight regular season games. Paul Kirdorf leads the Leathernecks with two goals, followed by three other players tied with one goal each. Drake leads the all-time series 18-8-2, with the last meeting coming in 2017, which Drake won 2-1 on the road in Macomb, Ill. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team returns to the Cownie Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. when it takes on Western Illinois. Drake then returns to Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday versus Central Arkansas at 4:30 p.m. where the Bulldogs will host Alumni/Faculty Appreciation Night. Both games will be available for streaming via ESPN+.last_img read more

Big third quarter propels Pleasant Valley past Eureka in first round of NorCal playoffs

first_imgChico >> Leading 26-23 at halftime in the first round of the state playoffs, the Pleasant Valley High girls basketball team heard a message from head coach Tyler Newton.“This could be our last game,” Sirena Tuitele summarizing what was said. “We didn’t want it to be our last game.”Or to put it another way, “We got chewed in halftime. That really woke us up,” Chloe Mayer said.The Vikings played like it in the third quarter, scoring 21 of the first 23 points of the second half as they went on …last_img read more

Three More Designs that Defy Evolution

first_imgDarwinian natural selection sounds convincing until you look at the details of extraordinary designs in nature.Dandelion SeedsA study in Nature shows that the lowly dandelion seed uses an “extraordinary” flight technique that was previously unknown. Called a “separated vortex ring,” the mechanism literally sucks the seed and its parachute up into the air. Jeremy Rehm, commenting on this in Nature, calls it an “‘impossible’ method never before seen” but that might actually be common in the living world. See the short embedded video in Rehm’s article, or on YouTube, where scientists at the University of Edinburgh show how it works. “Perhaps one day, even human technologies could be designed to fly as efficiently as the mighty dandelion seed,” the narrator says of this “completely new type of flight.”The mechanism depends on the precise spacing, length, and mass of the filaments on the parachute, called a pappus. Surprisingly, the open-air parachute creates more drag than if it were a solid disk, and air flow through the filaments causes a low-pressure vortex above the pappus to suck the parachute up, giving if lift and simultaneously stabilizing its orientation. Nature says, “a rare combination of size, mass, shape and, crucially, porosity for the pappus to generate this vortex ring.”Mantis ShrimpThe amazing mantis shrimp is back in the news. New Scientist reporter Leah Crane tells how the googly-eyed arthropod packs a wallop strong as a .22 bullet with its club. Instead of big biceps, “it has arms that are naturally spring-loaded, allowing it to swing its fistlike clubs to speeds up to 23 metres per second.”Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore examined the saddle-shaped device on the limb that stores elastic energy, and watched what happened when they tweaked its shape.Miserez and his colleagues used a series of tiny pokes and prods, as well as a computer model, to examine exactly how the shrimp’s saddle holds all that energy without snapping. They found that it works because of a two-layer structure. The top layer is made of a ceramic material similar to bone, and the bottom is made of mostly plastic-like biopolymers.When the saddle is bent, the top layer gets compressed and the bottom layer is stretched. The ceramic can hold a lot of energy when it is compressed, but is brittle when bent and stretched. The biopolymers are stronger and stretchier, so they hold the whole thing together.Both the spring-loaded device and the resilient material in the club are necessary for the powerful force of the mantis shrimp’s punch, which is strong enough to shatter the hard shells of their prey. And that’s just one of the irreducibly complex mechanisms in this animal’s repertoire. It is also the only animal known that can sense and utilize circularly polarized light (31 March 2008). Crane mentions that scientists at MIT are considering imitating the mantis shrimp’s firepower for human applications.Human BrainClare Wilson announces in New Scientist, “Your brain is like 100 billion mini-computers all working together.” Mark Harnett at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge installed microscopic electrodes into living nerve cells that had been removed during surgery on epilepsy patients. What he found was astonishing.Credit: Illustra Media“Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer,” Wilson writes, “according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail.” Consider just one neuron among the hundred billion inside your skull:Each neuron may have about 50 dendrites, and each dendrite has hundreds of synapses, or connection points with other neurons. It’s signals running across these synapses and into the dendrite that make it more or less likely that the dendrite itself will fire an electrical signal along its length.The number of ion channels per dendrite is smaller in humans than in mice, Wilson explains. But this is good; it gives the synapses at the ends of the dendrites more opportunity for synergy. The dendrites, therefore, “collectively determine the final ‘decision’ on whether the main branch should fire.” That’s happening right now as you read this article.If Darwin were here, his probable reaction is depicted in Brett Miller’s cartoon:(Visited 762 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more