Dismissed bauxite workers to resume duties within 72 hours

first_img…5 workers refuse to return to workTalks between the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) and management of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) have resulted in the decision to have the 61 dismissed bauxite workers and the 30 who were displaced resume duties.According to GBGWU, the Union and the management of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) have commenced post-strike engagement consistent with the commitment at item three of the Terms of Reference (ToR) that all workers will resume duties within 72 hours after the official signing of documents on Friday.“This will mark full resumption. Whereas the Union will not be privy as to how many have not returned to their substantive job, given that Record of Attendance forms part of the company’s record, we have been advised some workers may not return. Approximately five have communicated they will not, the reason given is that while they are happy, BCGI via the ToR, has accepted the basic rights of the workers to a union of choice and collective bargaining, they can no longer work under the current conditions.”Next moveThe Union stated that in keeping with item four of the ToR, that “within 14 days following full resumption of work, the parties shall commence negotiation of a new collective labour agreement…” the GBGWU has begun the process of preparing its proposal.“This proposal shall be submitted to management not later than Friday, 11th April 2019. At the submission of same, BCGI is expected to give a written response with a view of commencing bilateral negotiations in the first week of May. In the meantime, the branch and management shall have engagement on a number of issues, inclusive of transportation to and from work, and workers’ living condition at the campsite in Aroaima. These meetings shall take place at the Aroaima location.”BCGI had dismissed 61 workers on February 19, 2019, for protesting against a one per cent wage increase and employees had resorted to blocking off a section of the river which leads to the company’s operation located at Aroaima, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). A further 30 persons had been dismissed since the affected section of the operation had to be temporarily closed. However, late in March, the Russian-owned company finally sought to recognise the GBGWU as the Union selected by the bauxite workers to represent their cause(s) and lobby on their behalf. According to the Union’s Head, Lincoln Lewis, the protesters had said that they would not remove the blockages until the company, in writing, gives in to their demands. (Kristen Macklingam)GBGWU Head Lincoln Lewislast_img read more

Govt policies contributed to decline in production – Ali

first_imgReport on forestryA recent report originating from the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) of the Ministry of Finance has painted a bleak picture of the forestry sector, and Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali strongly believes that Government policy has largely contributed to this development.PPP/C Member of Parliament, Irfaan AliOne reason cited by the EPAU report for the forestry sector’s decline is “the Government reorganising the sector in pursuit of better forestry management and greater value-added.” Another reason has been identified as “the downsizing of Barama Company Limited”. But putting the situation in perspective, Ali has said the new taxes and overall bureaucracy implemented by the Government have contributed to undermining the productive sector.He said the effects are thus being seen by the report on the forestry sector, which produced 427,351 cubic metres of logs in 2015, but has dramatically plummeted to producing 327,781 cubic metres in 2016.The decline in the forestry sector’s production has been progressing“We spoke in the budget (debates) about policies pursued by this Government that are inhibitive to growth, inhibitive to development, and (which) will more or less cripple the productive sector,” Ali declared. “If you look at all the new taxes, fees, licences and the new bureaucracy, it is all (capable of) stymieing growth and development.”Ali added, “You will not have an improvement in the productive sector if you continue to have high energy and operating costs.”According to the former Minister of Housing, the policies have drained the incentive for companies and individuals to work in the sector.Referring to the removal of concessions in regard to Value Added Tax (VAT) on heavy equipment as one example, Ali said these policies would not only cripple the sector, but reduce its competitiveness.“It is time the Government understands the seriousness of the economic situation,” the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) frontbencher declared.Forestry production for January 2017 amounted to 17,174 cubic metres, compared with 25,733 cubic metres in January 2016. Lower production is expected from this industry as Government continues its reorganisation.ExportsThe report revealed that domestic exports increased in January 2017 by US$15.5 million to US$95.7 million, constituting a 19.3 percent increase compared to January 2016. Total domestic exports in January 2016 were US$80.3 million.In January 2017, bauxite and timber had decreases of 27.8 percent and 35.9 percent respectively relative to January 2016. Bauxite exports decreased by US$3 million to US$7.9 million, whereas timber exports decreased by US$0.9 million to US$ 1.6 million.According to the report, global prices for Guyana’s major traded commodities saw modest increases in January. Compared to January 2016, prices rose for all the commodities except logs, which had a decline of 2.3 percent.The local Forestry Sector has been in decline in terms of production and exports of forest produce as far back as 2015. A draft annual report on the sector for that year had stated that there were respective declines of 14.5 per cent and 15.8 per cent in production and exports for the sector in 2015, compared to the previous year.This report, coming from the Ministry of Natural Resources, has stated that the decline is directly related to depressed markets locally and internationally.last_img read more

Arsenal in search of Sanchez tonic at Stoke

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez , currently sidelined by an abdominal injury, is out of contract at the end of the season © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISSTOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Aug 18 – Arsenal head to Stoke City this weekend aiming to register a second victory of the season and divert attention away from continuing questions about the future of Alexis Sanchez.Arsene Wenger’s side kicked off the Premier League campaign in exciting, if not entirely convincing, fashion against Leicester City, coming from behind to register a 4-3 victory thanks to a late Olivier Giroud winner. Sanchez, currently sidelined by an abdominal injury, is out of contract at the end of the season, but despite interest in him from a number of clubs, Wenger would rather lose him for nothing next year than sell him now.“We have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest and most of the time if you can find a good compromise, it’s better,” said the Arsenal manager.“But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”The win over Leicester was the kind of performance that suggested the inconsistencies that dogged Arsenal last term have not gone away.Wenger will hope a repeat of last season’s victory at the bet365 stadium will make a more compelling case for his side to be considered strong title contenders.But their status among the leading clubs will not be confirmed until the transfer window has passed, with Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among the players who are also out of contract at the end of the season.And as far as Wenger is concerned, Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay, even if that means they will be allowed to leave for free at the end of the campaign.For now, Wenger’s focus remains on the trip to Stoke, where Arsenal won for the first time in seven attempts last May.– Jese debut –“We had a convincing win there and that should inspire us,” said the Frenchman.“I don’t believe in bogey teams too much. We had a good performance last season and we have to focus on that, just to deal with the same performance.“Stoke have a good record at home against many teams and I’m convinced that if we play our game, we have a good chance of winning.”Stoke began their testing early-season schedule with a 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend.Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal is followed by a trip to West Bromwich Albion and a home game against Manchester United.Manager Mark Hughes can at least call upon new signing Jese Rodriguez this weekend after the Spanish striker completed a season-long loan move from Paris Saint-Germain.“I have never had an opportunity like this here so I am very happy to have the chance to show what I can do,” said Jese, who failed to impose himself at PSG after signing from Real Madrid last year.“I want to work hard and help the team. I have chosen Stoke because it is a team that wants to grow and evolve in the Premier League and to reach the European spots.“I feel we have got the right players to reach those objectives and to inspire the Stoke City fans.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor, Alger to go on despite Sports Kenya letter

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their friendly match against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14- A letter from Sports Kenya on Monday evening ‘temporarily suspending’ all football activities at the Kasarani Stadium has caused jitters among football fans ahead of Wednesday evening’s CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie between Gor Mahia and Algerian outfit USM Alger.The letter signed by Sports Kenya Acting Director General Salma Ondimu cited destruction of property by Gor fans on Sunday during the friendly match against Hull City as the reason for suspending activities at the ground. But, according to Public Relations Officer Rakki Asman, the USM Alger game will go on.“There should be no worry about that game. It will go on as planned. It is true there was a lot of destruction of property after and during the game but we will deal with this after this game,” Asman told Capital Sport.“This is a big game and CAF have already been to the stadium and given it a go ahead. It will not be logistically possible to switch the game with the opponents already in town and having made plans,” added the communications chief.In the letter, Ondimu said that a probe team would be formed to analyze the damage and come up with ways of preventing similar occurrences.The aerial view of the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani as taken on May 9, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“This (closure) is informed by the unfortunate happenings during the game between Gor Mahia and Hull City  where fans destroyed seats and other properties in and outside the stadium. The extent of the damage is being established,” the letter read in part.Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda confirmed receipt of the letter and said it would be practically impossible to switch the match venue to the alternative which is Machakos, almost 60km away from the city with less than 48 hours to match day.“I don’t know whether they (Sports Kenya) really understand the repercussions because this is no friendly. This is a CAF Sanctioned match which requires a lot of meticulous preparations and you can’t just change venues,” Aduda lamented.Gor have also planned to host Yanga and Rayon Sport on the same venue in their consequent CAF home games. They might also be drawn to playing some of their KPL home games at the venue with head coach Dylan Kerr constantly lamenting about the state of the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.“We will find a solution especially on who to bill because this was a Gor Mahia game but organized by SportPesa. Those are details that we will work on but we will work on a solution,” Asman added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pioneer of Negro Leagues first woman elected to Hall

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the baseball Hall of Fame when the former Newark Eagles co-owner was among 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues chosen Monday by a special committee. “This is a historic day at the Hall of Fame,” shrine president Dale Petroskey said. “I hoped that someday there would be a woman in the Hall. It’s a pretty proud moment.” This year’s Hall class – 18, including former reliever Bruce Sutter – is by far the biggest in history, breaking the record of 11 in 1946. There are now 278 Hall members. Mule Suttles and Biz Mackey were among the 12 players selected, along with five executives. Buck O’Neil and Minnie Minoso, the only living members among the 39 candidates on the ballot, were not elected by the 12-person panel. Manley co-owned the New Jersey-based Eagles with her husband, Abe, and ran the business end of the team for more than a decade. The Eagles won the Negro Leagues World Series in 1946 – one year before Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

USE A BIT OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ THIS SUNDAY IN FALCARRAGH

first_imgIf you are looking for something to do this Sunday then you could use a bit of ‘horse sense.’That’s because the first horse and pony race meeting of the new season takes place.The first of an eight race card gets underway at 3.30pm at Falcarragh beach. Now all we need is a bit of sun and a couple of winners!  USE A BIT OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ THIS SUNDAY IN FALCARRAGH was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarraghhorse racinglast_img read more

Track & Field Scores In Four Events on First Day Of MVC Indoor Championship

first_img Saturday Results (PDF) Saturday Results (HTML) Story Linkscenter_img CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams scored in four events and six athletes advanced to finals on the first day of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the UNI Dome on Saturday, Feb. 27.The Bulldogs’ opening day at the championship was highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes with Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) turning in a time of 14:28.88, an indoor personal best, to take second in the men’s 5,000 meters. Minutes later, the women’s distance medley relay team of Bailee Cofer, Virginia Hill, Taylor Scholl and Emma Huston finished second with a time of 11:48.31. That performance capped a successful day for Scholl and Huston as both qualified for Sunday’s final in the mile. Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) turned in the second-fastest qualifying time of the day in the event at 5:02.38 while Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) was the eight-fastest in 5:04.80 to advance.In the men’s mile, Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) also moved on to Sunday with a sixth-place finish in the preliminary heats of the event in 4:20.41.Three Bulldog sprinters and hurdlers also advanced through the preliminary round. Sophomore Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) finished third in the 60-meter hurdle heats in 8.58 to advance while Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) was fourth in the men’s 60-meter preliminary heats in 6.84. Bas Van Leersum continued his string of strong performances in the 400 meters by clocking the fastest qualifying time of the day in 48.30Drake’s women’s team also got points from the field events on Saturday with senior Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.75. With five events scored on the first day, the women’s team sits in sixth place in the team standings with 13 points while the men’s team is seventh with nine points.The second day of MVC Indoor Championship action gets underway on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. In the UNI Dome. 2016 MVC Indoor ChampionshipCedar Falls, Iowa – UNI DomeSaturday Drake Women’s Results200 Meters – Prelims13. Mary Young, 25.7915. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.86 400 Meters – Prelims21. Virginia Hill, 58.2224. Rai Ahmed-Green, 58.7325. Kaylen Rettig, 58.92 800 Meters – Prelims11. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.2612. Laura Gann, 2:17.28 Mile – Prelims2. Emma Huston. 5:02.388. Taylor Scholl, 5:04.8015. Cassie Aerts, 5:13.47 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims3. Mary Young, 8.5813. Destani Welch, 8.8218. Virginia Hill, 8.97 Distance Medley Relay2. Cofer, Hill, Scholl, Huston, 11:48.31 Long Jump4. Kayla Bell, 19-2.7511. Taryn Rolle, 18-5 Pentathlon10. Danielle Griesbaum, 3,449  2016 MVC Indoor ChampionshipCedar Falls, Iowa – UNI Dome Saturday Drake Men’s Results60 Meters – Prelims4. Pierce Vincent, 6.8411. Aaron Chier, 6.9213. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9315. Kendall Owens, 7.03 200 Meters – Prelims 9. Pierce Vincent, 22.0013. Demetrius Shelton, 22.1017. Kendall Owens, 22.3119.  Aaron Chier, 22.34 400 Meters – Prelims1. Bas Van Leersum, 48.309. Hudson Priebe, 49.5122. Dominic Lombardi, 51.02 800 Meters – Prelims10. James Saxton, 1:54.9514. George Webb, 1:56.19 Mile – Prelims6. Robert McCann, 4:20.4116. Chris Kaminski, 4:34.36 5,000 Meters2. Reed Fischer, 14:28.88 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims13. Hudson Priebe, 8.2814. Dominic Lombardi, 8.51 Distance Medley Relay8. Kaminski, Lombardi, Webb, Jandal, 10:52.62 Long Jump15. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-11 Weight Throw12. Michael Dolan, 51-9Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: EXCITING DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT LEAD SOFTWARE ENGINEER

first_imgExciting Donegal software company Uppiddee are seeking to recruit a Lead Software Engineer to become part of their innovative and dynamic team.A job at Uppiddee is one that requires a lot of you, but it’s also one that rewards bright, original thinking and hard work.None of us here at Uppiddee would have it any other way. Uppiddee is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic Software Engineer who is comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced agile environment.Qualifications and experience:Strong background in ASP.NET and C#, with experience in scalable web based applications.A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, or a similar science and engineering discipline, and a minimum of 3 years of progressive post-graduate experience. Create robust high-volume production applications, and develop prototypes quickly.Provide development estimates for implementation and project plans.Review applications in all phases of development to ensure adherence to development standards.Research, recommend, and adopt best practices and design patterns for development.Skills to build and lead a small team of passionate engineers. Desirable– Exceptional proficiency using HTML/CSS/Javascript/Angular JS– Experience with SQL and Azure technology– Demonstrated design and UX sensibilities – Rigor in A/B testing, test coverage, and other web best practicesPlease forward your application including CV and Cover Letter to davidoneill@uppiddee.comJOB VACANCY: EXCITING DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT LEAD SOFTWARE ENGINEER was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Job VacancyjobsLead Software EngineernewsSoftware companyUppiddeelast_img read more

Africa’s best brands celebrated

first_img23 October 2015The top 100 brands in Africa were given recognition by Brand Africa and partners last night at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Brand Africa 100, an annual event now in its fourth year, measures and ranks those brands that consumers in Africa admire and their corresponding values.Before 2011, said Brand Africa chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, there was no independent measure of the value and performance of any brand in Africa.The point of his organisation, he told Forbes Magazine at the awards in 2014, was to “capture and measure the value African consumers placed on brands that closely aligned with their core values and best reflected their lifestyles and aspirations”.Infographic:The Top 10 list of the Most Admired and Most Valued brands in Africa are found here.Why the recognition?Brand Africa says the businesses behind successful brands help the continent to drive its agenda and solve socio-economic challenges by creating jobs and the tax bases to fund public goods.The Brand Africa 100 initiative also promotes the outcome of the South African National Development Plan: create a better South Africa, a better Africa, and a better world. Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman of Brand Africa, and Lazarus Jacobs, co- founder of Paragon Investment Holdings, at the fourth annual Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015. Ikalafeng says the top 100 brands show how they are adapting to Africans’ conditions and needs.Ikalafeng said at the event that the initiative was to help shape Africa’s image. “It’s a moment to pause and assess the progress we are making, how we are developing.”Over the last three years, about 20% of the top 100 brands in Africa originated on the continent. “The top brands – even the non-African (origin) ones – show us they are adapting to the conditions, and responding to the needs of Africans,” he said.Brand South Africa has partnered with Brand Africa in hosting Africa’s best brands. The objective of the platform, says Brand South Africa, is not only to celebrate Africa’s top brands but also to create opportunities for global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers to interact, engage and share insights on issues related to Africa’s growth, reputation and competitiveness.Kingsley Makhubela, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said nation branding was what we made of it. As the top brands were being recognised, though, there should not be silence about the smaller or weaker brands. “The top brands unite aspiration in all of us. The top 100 brands should also endeavour to work with the smaller brands, to build nation branding.“As we honour the top 100 brands, let’s focus on the other brands too. The fundamental role is to build society.”Other partners of Brand Africa 100 are Brand Finance, TNS, GeoPoll, African Business, Mail&Guardian Africa, CNBC Africa and the African Media Agency.GeoPoll and TNS conducted a survey in which more than 6 000 people from 22 countries in Africa responded to choose their best brands.Oliver Schmitz of Brand Finance Africa said the most valuable brand was 2 000 times bigger than the last brand on the list. “The study is not about size, it’s about quality. If you are a valuable brand, we celebrate you.”The most admired brands Larry Annetts of MTN South Africa (in centre) with Brand Africa representatives (from left) Kingsley Makhubela, Prof Alinah Kelo Segobye, Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Africa and Lazarus Jacobs at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015. Annetts took home the Grand Prix award for his company.Representatives of MTN South Africa took home the Grand Prix (Africa’s Best Brand) award. MTN was also announced the Most Valuable Brand in the Top 50 South African Brands in September by Brand South Africa and Brand Africa Finance. Larry Annetts, the chief marketing and sales officer of MTN South Africa, thanked the company’s subscribers. “Thank you for your support,” he said last night.The Brand Builder of the Year award went to Bamkole Akingbade of Dangote. Bamkole Akingbade of Dangote (second from left) received the Brand Builder of the Year award. He is pictured with Brand Africa representatives Ben Antonio (from left), Des Brauer from news agency CNBC and Thebe Ikalafeng at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015.The Lifetime Achievement award went to entrepreneur Strife Masiyiwa. Brand Africa representatives are pictured with Tracy Mpofu, who took the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of entrepreneur Strife Masiyiwa, at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015.Ikalafeng described Masiyiwa as an inspiration of leadership for more than 20 years. “He is the standard of African leadership to young and old,” said Ikalafeng.In a speech read by Tracy Mpofu, Masiyiwa said that great brands met people’s needs. “We are building the foundations through our brands. We must create role models that people look up to.’“What I have seen in the past 30 years (as an entrepreneur) is that people are not just building African brands, but they are building brands that go global. In 2025, we’ll be sitting in this room and you will see more African brands, especially on the New York Stock Exchange,” Masiyiwa predicted. In his absence, he thanked everyone for his award.Other admired brands included Sam Mensah of Kisua clothing brand and Swaady Martin of Yswara tea accessories, which was named Emerging African Brand. Nestle was most admired in the consumer / non-cyclical category, Google was the most admired media brand, Toyota for most admired car maker, Samsung in the electronics category, Coca-Cola for non-alcoholic beverages and Heineken for alcoholic beverages.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Wolfgang Feist Defends Thick Insulation

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Dr. Wolfgang Feist is the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. On September 22, 2014, after Feist gave an address at a Passive House conference in Portland, Maine, he agreed to be interviewed. (For links to my two previous interviews with Dr. Feist, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below.)Q. What will it take for a higher percentage of new buildings to be built to the Passivhaus standard?Feist: In North America, the most important thing now is to involve industry to make better components available on a broader level. Far too much is imported now from countries too far away. What is really needed is to have better windows and ventilation systems. That is getting started now. In many European countries, triple glazing is now standard. That means that it is no longer more expensive. It can happen here too. In Germany, if you insist on a double-pane window, it might be more expensive than a triple-pane window.In North America at the moment you have a lot of educated architects, but they still do it by combining products that are not really suitable for a Passivhaus. Even without the right products, it is possible to succeed, but that is more expensive.The other step is education of all involved. At the moment, that means especially the construction workers and the HVAC contractors. The HVAC contractors are the most difficult, in Europe as in America.Q. Is it correct to say that the European Union will require new buildings in Europe to meet the Passivhaus standard beginning in 2020?Feist: That is almost correct. The EU has said that from 2020, the national governments in Europe are required to establish new construction standards with energy performance levels that are as low as the Passivhaus standard.You have to be cautious with… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more