Protesters refuse to unblock Berbice River

first_imgBauxite workers impasseThe Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), which is the trade union representing bauxite workers who were dismissed by Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) has no plans of instructing any of its members to desist from blocking a section of the Berbice River leading to the company’s operation located at Aroaima, Region 10.Residents of Ituni, Hururu, Kwakwani and Mapletown, Aroaima in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) protesting on TuesdayThe river was blocked off by disgruntled residents and workers after over 60 employees were fired by the company some three weeks ago. This led to residents and disgruntled workers retaliating against the Russian-owned company, RUSAL, by blocking off the access road as well as a section of the Berbice River leading to the company’s operations.Although RUSAL has said that it will reinstate the dismissed workers if the blockages are removed, the President of GBGWU, Lincoln Lewis, in an interview with <<>> said that he is not going to intervene.“No, we are not going to do that. We are not going to do that. We didn’t put them up, don’t ask me to move them.”The trade unionist is of the view that persons have a right to have their voices heard and if those who are participating in the blockages feel that their actions are just and in keeping with the law, then he sees no need for the union to interfere in the matter. The river has been blocked with wire rope, preventing bauxite-laden barges from passing.This publication understands that as a result of the blockages, the Russian company has lost millions already.More protestMeanwhile, on Tuesday, in solidarity with the employees recently dismissed following their protest over the one per cent increase by RUSAL, over 100 residents took to the streets of Mapletown, Aroaima in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in another protest.Residents from neighbouring riverine communities including Ituni, Hururu and Kwakwani, marched through the streets holding placards bearing slogans including, “RUSAL must go”, “1 per cent can’t mek it”, “pay up or pack up” and “daddy not working, I can’t go to school”.The residents also chanted loudly, “Who must go? RUSAL!”, “One per cent, can’t work!”  and “No Union, no work!” as they made requests for a larger increase for the bauxite workers.“We are here to encourage one another. I am so glad when I see people from Kwakwani coming over…it gives us more strength,” a protester noted.The protesters made their way over to the company’s quarters and the river crossing where residents continue to block that section of the Berbice River leading into the Aroaima-based company.The disgruntled residents noted that there will be “no letting up” as it relates to unblocking the river until their demands are met.The RUSAL impasse is now in its third week with the bauxite company coming under heavy criticism over its decision to fire 61 workers because they started a strike action against a one per cent increase in salaries, which they said was agreed to by Government.OppositionLast week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, a similar matter had arisen, and the then Administration managed to save the jobs that were at risk.Jagdeo added, “we took back the company that was private to the treasury, brought it back, renationalised it and kept it going until we found a replacement…we worked hard to protect those workers there so our track record is important”.According to him, not only are private and foreign companies taking advantage of workers but Government Ministers are doing the same while making specific reference to the 7000 sacked sugar workers who had to go to the Judiciary to get their legally entitled severance payments.The Opposition Leader added that the then PPP Administration exhausted every effort to ensure that workers’ rights are protected, especially with the passing of several laws which mandated severance payments among others.Jagdeo pointed out that he has been lending Government advice which seems to be of no use.Sixty-one workers were fired by the Russian-owned company after they protested a one per cent salary increase, which they said was agreed to by Government. Following a meeting with Government, RUSAL refused to reinstate the workers and subsequently dismissed 30 more persons from the department in order to temporarily close it as a result of the strike actions.last_img read more

Many ways for saving your money

first_img If you lived without it before, you can live without it now. The attitude: Make savings a fun game and play to win. I’ve garnered these conclusions from the multitude of ideas you keep sending for saving and building an emergency fund. As part of its “America Saves” campaign, the Consumer Federation of America has invited readers of this column to submit savings tips (e-mail Nancy Register at nregister@consumerfed.org ). The first two principles account for two perennial favorites, having money automatically deducted for savings from your paycheck or checking account, and putting loose change in a jar and depositing the money in a savings account when the jar is full. But many of you also submitted ideas that illustrate principle No. 3, as well as a winning savings attitude. The “secrets” of saving boil down to three basic principles and an attitude. The principles: You won’t miss money you don’t see. Small amounts add up to big amounts over time. From Robin Cohen of White Plains. N.Y.: “As a teacher, I pay union dues the first eight paychecks of the school year. As a single mother with two school-age kids, I was able to fund my 403(b) this way (depositing an amount equal to the union dues) without feeling the pinch.” From Rose Stuart of Wingdale, N.Y.: “After buying and changing an average of 60 diapers a week for two years, I understand every parent longs for the day their child is potty trained. I suggest when that glorious day arrives, parents take the $800 a year they might have spent on diapers and save it. After saving diaper money for 15 years, they will have a nice fat nest egg to crack for their child’s college tuition.” From Anne Atheling of Boston: “When I paid off my mortgage last December, I decided to save the monthly mortgage payment in my credit union `emergency’ account. The savings are piling up nicely.” From Jim Tawney of Uniontown, Ohio: “Five years ago, I decided to mow my own grass rather than pay someone $30 per mowing. Every time I mowed, I put the $30 into a savings account. There is more than $5,000 in that account now. Last summer, I gave myself a `raise’ and started putting in $35 for each mowing.” From Robert Kuehl in Menomonee Falls, Wis.: “For consumers who are paying off a loan involving fixed payments, such as school loans or auto loans, after making the last payment consider putting into savings all or part of the monthly payment that now no longer needs to be paid. You won’t really miss the money.” From Patricia Welch, Eugene, Ore.: “I used to spend $30 a week for lunches and miscellaneous expenses (vending machines, soft drinks, etc.). Now I draw out the same $30, but I spend only $10 and put the other $20 into savings. I take leftovers from home for lunch and snack food that’s on hand most of the time. I still have a little `mad’ money for an occasional treat. My grocery bill didn’t go up. I just was able to throw away less waste, so it was a win-win.” From C.R. Stevenson, Schaumburg, Ill.: “One way to establish a savings discipline is to save an amount equal to whatever is spent on indulgences. Put a matching amount in a cookie jar when you spend for beer, wine, cigarettes or designer coffee. If you can’t afford to save the matching amount, you can’t afford the $4 super almond low-fat latte.” (Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto(at)aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. )160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Neymar returns to Paris after Brazil trip

first_imgPSG coach Unai Emery said on Monday that Neymar had gone home because of a family problem and that he hoped the former Barcelona star would be back in “three or four days”.Amid speculation over the reasons behind Neymar’s trip, Brazilian website Globoesporte published social media messages accompanied by photographs which suggest the player could have been at the birthday party of his friend’s father and had also visited a dental clinic.On Monday, Neymar published a photo of himself on Twitter with the message: “Focus, strength and faith for the celebration of another day!!”PSG, who are bidding for a fifth successive League Cup title, lost 2-1 to Strasbourg in the league 11 days ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar will miss the French League Cup tie at Strasbourg on december 13, 2017, after also sitting out the previous weekend’s 3-1 win over Lille through suspension © AFP/File / Christof STACHEPARIS, France, Dec 13 – Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has returned to the French capital and will train on Thursday after being allowed to visit his native Brazil on family matters, the Ligue 1 leaders said Wednesday.The world’s most expensive player will miss Wednesday’s French League Cup tie at Strasbourg, after also sitting out last weekend’s 3-1 win over Lille through suspension.last_img read more

Employee benefit plans should be reviewed during open enrollment

first_imgOne of the most expensive benefit categories is health care, and costs are expected to rise nearly 9 percent next year, according to Hewitt Associates, a global human resources company based in Lincolnshire, Ill. As a result, the average employee can expect to pay about $330 more in health care costs in the coming year, or about $3,600 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Tom Billet, a senior consultant with Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc., a human resources consulting company based in Arlington, Va., said it’s important for workers to educate themselves about their options during open enrollment “because making the right choices can lead to savings of thousands of dollars, while making the wrong ones can potentially cost thousands of dollars.” Billet said this means workers should read the benefit packages their employers provide and not hesitate to ask questions about them at human resources offices or call centers set up by benefit providers. So what, aside from price, could be so different year-to-year? For one thing, companies increasingly are providing incentives and tools to encourage healthy behavior, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, and adding penalties or boosting premiums for those who don’t make lifestyle changes, Billet said. NEW YORK As the open enrollment season begins at most companies, workers need to re-evaluate their health insurance plans and other benefit offerings to determine which best satisfy their needs. But studies indicate that many people allot a half-hour or less to the task, and then simply renew last year’s selections without weighing the changes in their benefits or in their lives, said Bill Mullaney, president of MetLife Inc.’s institutional business. That’s a problem because employees are being asked to take more responsibility for selecting – and funding – their benefit programs at a time when the costs for many of them are going up, he said. In addition, many companies are setting up disease-management programs with free drugs to treat chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma, or underwriting preventive screening tests such as mammograms. And some are adding “spousal surcharges” if workers seek to cover spouses who have access to insurance through their own employers. “Families have to look at the benefits both (spouses) are offered and decide what to do,” Billet said. “In some cases, it might make sense to pay the surcharge, while in others, you won’t want to do that.” Sara Taylor, head of open enrollment at Hewitt Associates, suggests that workers focus on what she considers to be the most important offerings – health care insurance and retirement savings plans. “Workers don’t have to pick all the benefits – and many can’t afford to – so go for the big-bang ones,” she said. Taylor added that not making a choice for medical coverage can have ramifications, too. Pick or they’ll do it “If you don’t select a health plan, some employers will say, `You will stay in what you have today,”‘ she said. “Others, if you don’t act, will decide that they’ll move you to another plan of their choosing. “And some have become very aggressive, saying `If you don’t enroll, we’ll put you into the `no coverage’ category for medical.”‘ Randy Stram, vice president of MetLife Employee Benefits, a division of the New York-based insurance company, said a survey of workers found that the majority would like more help in selecting benefits, with six in 10 saying they would like employers to suggest benefits most appropriate for their ages and lifestyles. “Twenty years ago, employees didn’t need to make any decisions because there were no choices,” Stram said. “Today, benefits have become more complicated, and employers have shifted more of the decision-making responsibility to their employees. But employees are saying, I’m ill-prepared to make these decisions.” `Rules of thumb’ MetLife has developed some “rules of thumb” guides for workers in various life stages, available on its Web site at www.metlife.com. When it comes to health insurance, for example, single workers are told that if they’re young and in good health, they should consider high-deductible plans; new families are told that while health management organizations may be cheapest, a family is likely to want a wider selection of doctors and should consider other plans. Stram said that according to the latest survey, workers still rate medical insurance as their most important benefit, just ahead of paid vacation. Other prized benefits, in order of preference, are 401(k) retirement accounts, prescription drug benefits, dental benefits, sick leave, pensions, vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible work schedules, long-term care coverage, financial planning services, homeowners and renters insurance, income annuities, auto insurance and banking services.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

COUNCIL SETS UP DROPPING POINTS ACROSS DONEGAL FOR REFUGEE AID

first_imgDonegal County Council is to open a number of its buildings as collection points for the public to donate clothes and other items to the refugees in Calais.Donegal is beginning to play its part for refugees.The items can be dropped off at a number of collection points which are listed below.Cllr Jack Murray, who is the Donegal contact for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity group, said the harrowing images of refugees drowning in European waters captured the attention of so many people in Ireland. “It drove home the desperation that these people are faced with and I was contacted by many, many people who wanted to help.“As such, I contacted the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and requested that our facilities are used as donation points for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.“I am delighted that this has been agreed and our facilities have been open for those who want to help. This is brilliant gesture by the council on behalf of the people of Donegal.“I would ask that the public gives what it can before Friday 18th September.” Collection points are as follows:Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal· Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town· Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh· Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe · The Old Courthouse, The Diamond, LiffordThe following items are needed:· Tarpaulin· Heavy duty rubbish bags · Tents: 4 person +· Blankets and sleeping bags· Men’s clothes: specifically, small to medium to sized warm clothes.· Shoes, runners· Candles, torches· Men’s toiletries – 2 options:· Option 1: Men’s toiletry bag to include; tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, 2 razors, 1 can shaving foam and a pack of tissues in a medium sized durable bag· Option 2: Any 1 of the above items boxed separately and labelled· Tools for fixing bikes, pumps, puncture repair kitsItems can be left at the following collection points during normal opening hours from Tuesday 15 September until Friday 18 September 2015:· Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal· Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town· Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh· Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe· The Old Courthouse, The Diamond, LiffordPlease ensure that all items are placed in clean bags or boxes for ease of transport.COUNCIL SETS UP DROPPING POINTS ACROSS DONEGAL FOR REFUGEE AID was last modified: September 15th, 2015 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:buildingsCllr Jack Murraycouncilrefugee aidlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Huddersfield sign Derby County winger Tom Ince

first_img1 New Huddersfield signing Tom Ince Huddersfield have signed winger Tom Ince from Derby for an undisclosed fee.Former England Under-21 international Ince has agreed a three-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club, with the option of a further 12 months.“The 25-year-old attacker moves for a fee that will remain undisclosed at the request of Derby, putting pen to paper on a contract that runs until the summer of 2020,” the Terriers announced on their official website.Ince, son of former England midfielder Paul, is Huddersfield’s fourth summer signing and the third new player to arrive since they secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time.“Everybody in England knows that Tom has high-quality; he has been one of the best players in the Sky Bet Championship for many years now,” said Town’s head coach David Wagner.“He scores goals, creates them for others and is always a threat when he’s on the pitch, so I’m very happy to welcome him to the club.“I have spoken to Tom and he has a massive desire to come to Huddersfield Town and play in the Premier League.“He has had a taste of the division for two short spells and is desperate to show everyone that he belongs in the top division. I think he can be a big player for us.”Ince progressed through Liverpool’s academy but made only one first-team appearance and dropped down to the Championship when he signed for Blackpool in 2011 for an undisclosed compensation fee.He scored 31 goals in 100 appearances for Blackpool and had a loan spell at Crystal Palace before moving on to Hull when his contract expired in the summer of 2014.Ince featured on only seven occasions for Hull and following loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Derby he completed a permanent move to the latter in a £4.75million deal in 2015. He scored 25 goals in a total of 83 appearances for the Rams.The Terriers have set a new club record transfer fee twice already this summer following the arrival of striker Laurent Depoitre, understood to be £3.5million, and when turning midfielder Aaron Mooy’s season-long loan from Manchester City into a permanent deal for £8m, rising to £10m with add-ons.Prior to this summer, the club’s record transfer fee was £1.8m for defender Christopher Schindler, signed from 1860 Munich last July.last_img read more

MAN WHO DIED IN DUNKINEELY CRASH NAMED

first_imgThe driver of the van who died following a crash near Dunkineely on Saturday night has been named as Seamus McGroary from Frosses.The 30 year old was involved in a crash at approximately 10.45pm at Brenter on the N56 between a van and a car.Another young man who was involved in the crash was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but his injuries are not understood to be serious.  MAN WHO DIED IN DUNKINEELY CRASH NAMED was last modified: May 27th, 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:crashDunkineelyFROSSESSeamus McGroarylast_img read more

McBREARTY COUNCIL MOTION ON GARDA INQUIRY GETS ALL-PARTY SUPPORT

first_imgALL political parties in Donegal have united in a motion to call for a judicial inquiry into policing in the State.They backed an emergency motion at the Donegal County Council monthly meeting put forward by independent councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr.Mr McBrearty was framed for murder by corrupt guards; and was later exonerated by the Morris Tribunal. His motion, backed by all sides, read:We the Undersigned members of DCC call on the Government to hold an Independent Judicial Public inquiry into Policing in the past, Policing in the present and Policing into the future with a proper set of terms of reference. We also call on Government to Establish a Police Authority, Policing boards in each Garda District throughout the Country and that GSOC be given the independence it needs for citizens to make complaints against the force which will give them the confidence that their complaint will be independently investigated.Tonight Cllr McBrearty told Donegal Daily he was delighted to have the support of fellow councillors.“We need a mature debate on policing,” he said. “It is imperative that this State addresses the very serious issues so that the public can have confidence in the rule of law so that what happened to me and my family never happens again.”McBREARTY COUNCIL MOTION ON GARDA INQUIRY GETS ALL-PARTY SUPPORT was last modified: February 24th, 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:donegal county council motionFrank McBreartylast_img read more

ANGER AS CONVOY ORANGE HALL IS BURNT TO THE GROUND

first_imgAnother Orange Hall has been burnt to the ground.This time Convoy Orange Hall was the target, coming just a couple of weeks after Newtowncunningham Orange Hall was destroyed in an arson attack.Already the incident – at 4am today – is being condemned right across society and communities in Donegal. Garda forensic experts are at the scene of today’s incident.The Orange Order’s Grand Secretary Drew Nelson said local protestant people were beginning to feel beseiged.“We are very disturbed at what seems to be an emerging pattern.“There is a small Protestant minority community in Donegal and they are beginning to feel a bit besieged,” he told the BBC. Another local Orange lodge member told us a short time ago: “There is no reason for this.“This is the second Orange Hall to be hit in weeks and it is causing a great deal of anger across the community.”People from all religions have been condemning the incident.ANGER AS CONVOY ORANGE HALL IS BURNT TO THE GROUND was last modified: October 3rd, 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:arson attackconvoyOrange Halllast_img read more

Letterkenny student scoops top European hospitality award

first_imgConor Mc Eniff, an International Hospitality Management student at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has just won the coveted EMCup in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prestigious Mise en Place Cup, in its 10th year, attracts competitors from the finest hotel schools around Europe.This is the first year an Irish team has won the prize and is the most prestigious international award to ever come to the college. The students beat off stiff competition eventually taking first prize followed by Escola Universitària de Turisme i Direcció Hotelera – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Spain, and Les Roches Global Hospitality Education – Switzerland, who finished third.This year 33 reputable international Hotel Management Schools from 16 countries participated. Adjudication was by a business jury consisting of more than 70 hospitality professionals from 40 countries.The theme, “High Touch vs High Tech”, required the competitors to focus on the question: How to use technology in the hospitality industry without losing the human touch? The DIT team, tutored by Clem Ryan and Dr John Ryan, and captained by Joy Godkin O Brien from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, and made up of Aoife McPadden from Leixlip, Co. Kildare; Josh Finegan from Dunshauglin, Co. Meath; Conor McEniff from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, and Gavin Doran from Swords, Co. Dublin scored top marks leading the field from the start of the two-day competition.The team claimed the top spot and swooped a J1 Visa Scholarship to the value of $5000 alongside numerous other personal prizes.The team, one of the most professionally presented, wore business suits provided by Barry McCabe of Uniformal, the leading provider of uniforms to the Irish hospitality industry. Barry was delighted to kit out the students and reminded them of his business mission of ‘dress for success’ before sending them off to Maastricht.Letterkenny student scoops top European hospitality award was last modified: February 24th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:awardconor mc eniffDIThospitalityletterkennylast_img read more