Labour’s lost love

first_imgContrary to the fears of some, the two factions of the labour movement, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) which marched in unison like a Red Sea on the way to the National Park on Labour Day, were not parted as in the past, before they reached their destination. And ironically it might have been because Moses Nagamootoo, acting as President of the Republic, was there to personify his APNU/AFC coalition government and face the uniformly trenchant criticisms of the labour movement.As we noted in our editorial of yesterday, “Workers of Guyana, unite”, the trade union movement in this country, which gave birth to the political movement, was gradually transformed into mobilisation vehicles for the latter during the struggle for independence. Their subsequent tactics, ostensibly to represent the interests of the workers were instead subsumed within a framework of lending legitimacy to the two major political forces in the country – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC).With these two parties competing for national power, the trade union movement inevitably became bifurcated throughout the last 50 years, even when they were covered by one umbrella body, the Trade Union Congress. This unfolded in a shifting and fluid manner, based on leadership preferences as well as principled stances regarding workers’ rights. Thus in the 1960’s, the Public Service Unions supported the actions of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to remove the PPP from office and install the PNC, but by the 1980’s opposed the latter Government when it trampled on workers’ rights. Similarly, Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) supported the PPP in the 1960’s but took contra stands on several issues during the first decade of the new millennium.In this year of “Jubilee” independence celebrations, the united march was therefore a very positive beginning to the necessary process of soul searching the trade union movement needs to undertake as it seeks to advance workers’ interests in a world that has changed radically since independence. Internally it is hoped the trade union movement recognises its support for any Government of the day cannot be reflexive. If for no other reason than those governments’ position on issues affecting workers are inevitably shaped by a wider concatenation of forces and interests. We see this unfolding in the sugar industry through the Government’s obdurate decision closure of Wales Estates to privatise it even though 1700 workers will be adversely affected. The unionists’ speeches showed cognition of “labour’s lost unrequited love” for politicians.The international environment has also been radically altered. At independence, the labour movement’s world was fractured down the line between those that supported the ideologies of the US or of the USSR in their Cold War. By the time the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in 1989 – representing the defeat of the USSR’s communist ideology – the “left” orientation of most unions in the developed world had been broken by the neo-liberal victory epitomised by Reagan in the US and Thatcher in the UK.In Guyana, the labour movement has to have a clearer conception of its role in representing labour in the present liberalised global economy. In a world without borders for global finance, no labour movement in any particular country can act in a vacuum. While, for instance, we may want our bauxite or sugar workers to have their salaries increased, trade unions have to be aware of the reality of the situation in the global markets for their products and adjust their demands based on that reality. Management of corporations, on the other hand, must follow the German example and have union representatives on their boards, so that the workers can have access to their real financial positions.In a nutshell, the old reflexively antagonistic stance of the unions to management must give way to one of “bargaining” with them so that the companies becomes more profitable and workers obtain their fair share of those profits.last_img read more

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Misinformation in the news

first_imgDear Editor,This is being written to clear the misinformation that has been in the news this past week, which is purported to come from the Childcare & Protection Agency (CPA); the statement that “children in institutional care dropped by 25 percent.” This is a misrepresentation and not from CPA. What was presented is that the number of children in state residential care institutions – the Drop-in-Center, Mahaica Children’s Home and the Sophia Care Center is now approximately 165 children which signify a reduction since towards the end of 2015 there were over 200 children in these three (3) institutions.At the beginning of 2016, with the presentation of the CPA statistical information, the figure of the total number of children in residential care was given as approximately 700. This figure is the sum total of the children in all the residential care institutions in the country. The number of child residential care institutions in the country is twenty-three (23) of which twenty (20) are privately owned and managed and the three (3) being state care centers as mentioned above.There was a mix-up in the presentation of the news information relayed and the CPA had asked the news agency to correct after the first airing of the news. However, this was not done and the misinformation continues to be published.Further, I wish to state that the reduction of the children in the state care centers is due to the renewed effort of reunification of children to biological families and the development of the foster care programme.The policy of the agency is the promotion of family based care and institutional care as a last resort. If there is an alternative other than admission to an institution that option will be taken since children are better served in a family and the agency has a programme of the deinstitutionalization of children.The agency is appealing to persons to come and register to be foster parents. There is a screening process and initial training followed by ongoing training and support to ensure the children continued wellbeing.Yours faithfully,Ann GreeneDirector of ChildrenServices & Head ofChildcare & ProtectionAgencyEditor’s note: The information was disseminated by the Government Information Agency (GINA) to all media houses in Guyanalast_img read more

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Another killed on Guyana’s roadways

first_img− Police maintains “Operation Safeway” continues to yield successA motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after being struck by a minibus along Sheriff Street, Georgetown on Friday.Dead: Oswy Crum-EwingOswy Crum-Ewing, 77, of Lot 79 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was riding his motorcycle on his way to work at Subryanville, Georgetown, but was attempting to cross the road to purchase fuel from the Guyoil Service Station when he was struck.The now dead man received severe injuries due to the impact and was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died a few hours later.He suffered internal injuries, a broken foot, hand and lacerations to the head. Samantha Duncan, a granddaughter of the dead man told Guyana Times that she was at home when she received the news at about 06:30h.She was told that her grandfather was involved in an accident and was taken to the GPHC. Without hesitation, she along with other relatives rushed to the medical institution where she saw the elderly man lying on a bed.Duncan recalled her grandfather attempting to tell her something but the words were not coming out of his mouth. She nevertheless enquired about the accident and was told that he was struck by a “greens bus” which was travelling South along Sheriff Street.The driver of the bus, she noted, claimed that he was heading to the East Bank of Demerara to sell and did not see when her grandfather rode out of a street close to where the accident occurred.He was subsequently taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations. Duncan however, explained that her grandfather would leave home early and head to work. “He did maintenance work for some people in Subryanville,” the woman stated.Crum-Ewing’s body is at the Georgetown Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. He leaves to mourn his five children, grandchildren and other relatives. The Police are continuing their investigations into the accident.However, although it seems as though fatal accidents are on the increase, the Police stated that “Operation Safeway” continues to yield positive results since its implementation in September.Police in a release showed that road fatality is on the decrease. It stated that fatal accidents have decreased by 44.4 per cent, while serious accidents have decreased by 47 per cent and minor accidents by 21.4 per cent.In addition, the Police stated that 4250 road offences have been reported, of which 1371 were charged for speeding and 1863 were tested for alcohol consumption, but only 274 were found to be over the legal limit.last_img read more

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Reese’s power is his power

first_imgTodd Huber, Colin Baxter, Erik Lorig and Craig Stevens are just a few of the big, physical specimens who have flexed their muscles as kings of The Hill. Yet senior Ryan Reese might be the strongest lineman in Peninsula’s history, and that’s a distinction that requires some brute force. Reese set Peninsula’s squat record in the weight room, and the Panthers expect to rally around the strongman when they open the season tonight at Serra. “He’s the perfect Peninsula lineman. He definitely fits that mode,” Coach Tony Uruburu said. “He’s big and he’s very strong. He’s just a physically tough, gnarly kid, and he commands respect because of the way he plays on the field.” Reese has tremendous strength, as evidenced by his school-record 505-pound squat. He also has bench-pressed 315 pounds and power cleaned 280. “The guys give me a really hard time because I’ve got really big legs, but that kind of power gives me an edge,” Reese said. Reese earned first-team All-Bay League honors last season despite Peninsula’s struggles in league play that kept the Panthers out of the postseason. And Reese takes no prisoners on the field. “My goal is to (dominate) the guy in front of me, pop him in the head and knock him on his butt,” Reese said. “I try to get off the ball quicker than him, beat him to the punch and win those one-on-one battles. “In fact, I saw the Kansas City Chiefs coach (Herm Edwards) on HBO, and he talked about winning those one-on-one battles in the games, and that makes the difference. It’s a team thing, but you’ve got to hold your own too.” The only downside for Reese is that at 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, he is not drawing much recruiting interest because he is considered small by Division I standards. “If he was 6-5, they would be all over him,” Uruburu said. “The bigger schools get caught up in the size thing. He’s not as tall as some of those guys, but he’s just as strong if not stronger.” Yet Reese said he is not letting it affect him. The recruiting will come if he plays up to his standards, he said. For now, Reese is focusing on this season, on being a leader for a young Peninsula line and helping the Panthers make a run for a return trip to the playoffs. Reese said he and Joey Trapp are trying to provide a veteran presence on a line that is welcoming first-time starters Robby Downey, Tunde Ogunmola, Brian Austin and Chris Sutherland. In fact, Reese said he and tight end Eric Stevens combine on a monster block. “We use that block to mess with people,” Reese said of the double-team. “It’s like tray, tray all day. We have fun doing it.” Though Reese is usually reserved and soft-spoken off the field, he takes on a different persona on the field with a take-charge attitude that grabs everyone’s attention. “I’m usually not much of a talker off the field, but during practice and during games, I start yelling and hitting people, and I get kind of loud,” Reese said. “I get excited about the football, and that makes things a little bit easier. But I’m still not much of a talker.” Uruburu described it as a split personality. “Off the feel, he’s kind of quiet, but still pretty popular on the team and around campus,” Uruburu said. “He’s not as outgoing or loud like Huber, but on the field he’s very vocal, a team leader. It’s very different from his personality around school. “He’s progressed through our program nicely. He’s a real mature kid. You can sit and have a conversation about football or about something that has nothing to do with football.” Reese played on the frosh/soph team as a freshman and on the junior varsity team during an injury-plagued sophomore season. He made his first varsity appearance in last year’s season-opening victory over Serra, and he said that provided a foundation for the rest of the season. “Beating Serra on the line gave me a lot of confidence last season,” Reese said. “Peninsula’s always had a strong line, and it’s a hard standard to live up to. But I think this is going to be the strongest line overall since I’ve been there, and our line is going to be a force to be reckoned with.” Just like Reese. tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PREP FOOTBALL: Lineman might be the strongest of all the Peninsula standouts. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER When it comes to producing exceptional offensive linemen, Peninsula has been one of the South Bay’s top factories. last_img read more

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Manchester City star plays down talk of La Liga return

first_img1 Jesus Navas Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has played down the possibility of a return to his former club Sevilla.City take on the Spanish side in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Navas expected to start against some of his old team-mates.The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League since moving to the Etihad in 2013, sparking rumours he may be looking for a return to his native country.But when asked if he would consider another stint at Los Robjiblancos, Navas insisted his focus is solely on City.“It’s special, the affection is mutual and everybody knows this is a special match for me,” he said.“But I’m only thinking about City. I’m thinking about the present at the moment. Wednesday’s game is a very special one for me.”last_img read more

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Officer lauded for saving choking infant

first_img“I rubbed my knuckles on her sternum,” he said, explaining that he then turned the girl over and patted her back when she did not immediately respond. When he rubbed her sternum again, this time more firmly, he saw bubbles come from her mouth. “I felt for her pulse and there was a distinct, rapid pulse,” he said, “and I noticed she was breathing.” Moments later, Monrovia police and fire officials arrived, and the 14-month-old child was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital. The girl remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday. Though just beginning his career, Cortez is no stranger to recognition. In August, he was awarded the Medal of Merit for keeping a suicidal teen from leaping off an Arcadia mall parking structure in May. He was also presented this year with the California Highway Patrol’s 10851 award, given when officers recover at least 12 stolen vehicles over 12 months, with half leading to arrests, Sanderson said. mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I responded because I knew I was only about two blocks away,” Cortez said. Upon arriving, Cortez ran into the home and noticed a woman holding the young girl. “I grabbed the child from the lady and asked her what happened, at the same time feeling the brachial artery for a pulse,” he said. “The child wasn’t responding.” A language barrier – most of the eight or so people in the home were speaking Spanish- made communication difficult. “The females were crying and not knowing what to do,” he recalled. Cortez administered a first aid technique learned at the Rio Hondo Police Academy, where he graduated second in his class in May 2005. MONROVIA – A quick-thinking Arcadia police officer was hailed as a hero Monday after saving a choking toddler. Officer Joe Cortez, 23, has been with the city’s police force less than two years, though he is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the department’s brightest young stars. “We’re very proud of him,” Arcadia police Chief Bob Sanderson said. “He’s motivated, goal-oriented, loves what he does and it shows. He is exactly the type of individual you want as a police officer.” Cortez was on patrol about 10:41 a.m. Monday when he heard a dispatch call from Monrovia police about an infant not breathing on nearby West Colorado Boulevard. last_img read more

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Celtic striker Bayo faces surgery as Brown fears played down

first_imgCeltic striker Vakoun Bayo may require surgery to cure a knee injury, manager Neil Lennon has said.Bayo will see a specialist next week after undergoing a scan and could face six weeks on the sidelines.Lennon said earlier this week he may look to sign a striker in January, with Odsonne Edouard the club’s only fit forward.Speaking after Wednesday night’s 2-0 Premiership win over St Mirren, Lennon said: “It’s not good. He may require surgery. “He is seeing a specialist on Monday. If he does need surgery we are looking at maybe six weeks.”Lennon, though, played down fears over captain Scott Brown ahead of Sunday’s League Cup semi-final after he limped off with a thigh injury. “He tweaked his thigh,” Lennon said. “He is not feeling too bad, he came off more or less straight away so there wasn’t any danger of making it worse. “We will have to see how it settles but we are hoping he will be OK.”last_img read more

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Watch: Ins-PI-rational Math whizz recites Pi to more than 100 places!

first_imgOne young Donegal student celebrated Pi Day this week with an incredible recitation. Jonathan Mullins, a first year pupil at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in Buncrana, recounted pi to 119 decimal places!Pi Day is a worldwide celebration of a very important number in the maths world. It is marked on March 14th each year, as 3.14 is the approximate beginning of the number. There is said to be more than 22 trillion digits found after the decimal point, and experts are still discovering more.Jonathan Mullins proved to his teachers that he has a very impressive memory on Tuesday last when he made this video:Watch: Ins-PI-rational Math whizz recites Pi to more than 100 places! was last modified: March 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Coláiste Chineál Eoghainmathslast_img read more

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As infraestruturas da África do Sul

first_imgA África do Sul tem infraestruturas excelentes – incluindo uma rede de transportes moderna, energia relativamente barata e disponivel em todo o lado e telecomunicaçoes sofisticadas.E estao a ser significativamente melhoradas e expandidas para preparar a Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010.O governo irmanou projectos massivos de infraestruturas como essenciais para relançar a taxa de crescimento economico e criar emprega e esta a gastar bilioes de rands para cativar investimento.Fornecimento de energiaApesar de o custo da electricidade na África do Sul estar entre os mais baixos do mundo, o forte crescimento economico do pais, a rapida industrializaçao e o programa massivo de electrificaçao levou a que, no inicio de 2008, houvesse uma maior procura de energia. Como consequencia, a empresa estatal Eskom encetou um programa enorme de actualizaçao e expansao da rede electrica do pais. Saiba maisTelecomunicaçoesNao deve surpreender ninguem saber que o pais que inventou a discagem por tom e que dispoe das melhores telecomunicaçoes do mundo. As telecomunicaçoes sao um dos sectores que mais tem crescido na economia sul africana, reflectindo um crescimento rapido do telemovel no pais. Saiba maisRede de transportesA África do Sul tem infra-estruturas de transportes modernas e evoluidas. As estradas sao de nivel mundial. As redes aereas e de caminho de ferro sao as maiores do continente. E os portos de mar do pais fornecem uma escala natural de navios de e para a Europa, as Americas, Ásia, Australasia e ambas as costas africanas. Saiba maisReporter infoSAlast_img read more

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