GuySuCo requests time to respond to court order

first_imgWales Estate closure caseBy Shemuel FanfairAfter finally showing up at the High Court to defend itself over non-consultations with unions on the employment status of sugar workers attached to the Wales Estate, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo)GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine and NAACIE General Secretary Kenneth Joseph speaking to the mediahas asked for time to respond to the litigation.Justice Roxanne George on Tuesday granted the Sugar Corporation the requested time to respond to the legal action brought by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) on the severance and redeployment of Wales Estate workers.This follows an interim injunction which barred GuySuCo, its servants and/or agents from proceeding to sever the employment of the sugar workers from the Estate, unless consultations with the workers were held.During Tuesday’s proceedings, GuySuCo claimed that it was not served notice of the legal action and as such, was not ready to answer to the litigation. Justice George obliged and the sugar entity was given until Friday to prepare and submit a response to the legal action.Speaking with the media after the hearing, officials from GAWU and NAACIE – Seepaul Narine and Kenneth Joseph – both observed that GuySuCo had an obligation to honour the requisite laws regarding the employment of workers.Narine, GAWU’s General Secretary, stated that in keeping with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Chapter 99:08, GuySuCo has to meet with the unions for consultations before any worker could be made redundant. “[GuySuCo] ought to comply with the law and that is what the court order has directed them to do,” Narine noted.Joseph, NAACIE’s General Secretary, expressed that there were laws which workers had to follow, so the Sugar Corporation should follow suit.“GuySuCo needs to understand that they are not lord-it-all…GuySuCo is breaching the laws; this is what has been going on between the union and the company for a very long time and I think with the new CEO, we will have to struggle a bit harder,” Joseph pointed out.Meanwhile, the unions’ Attorney, Anil Nandlall said he found it quite strange that the Sugar Corporation at this stage would claim that it had not received notice of the court action. Nandlall deemed this action as “delaying tactics”.The case will continue in the High Court on June 28.When the matter was heard on May 24, GuySuCo’s lawyers were absent which forced the case to be rescheduled to June 7. In the meantime, 99 of 105 sugar workers who were promised severance on May 4 remain without employment from the Estate. This continues even though the workers were given letters on March 22 stating that they would be paid termination benefits.GuySuCo maintains that the injunction barred the payments to workers. GAWU has, however, pointed out that the agreement between the workers and GuySuCo was reached before the May 6 injunction was granted.The court action was brought after GuySuCo began discussions with individual employees of the Wales Estate to negotiate severance packages without informing or involving the unions. At one point, workers were given a three-day ultimatum to make their decision on accepting severance or being redeployed, but GuySuCo shelved these plans after the media was informed.GAWU and NAACIE are also seeking damages in excess of $1 million for breach of statutory duty owing under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.Sugar operations at Wales will close by yearend.last_img read more

Turkish lawmakers OK Iraq incursion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lawmakers voted 507-19 in favor of empowering the government to order the military to cross into Iraq during a one-year period, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said. They then burst into applause. Turkish leaders have stressed that an offensive against the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, would not immediately follow the authorization. In Washington, President Bush said the United States was making clear to Turkey it should not send a massive number of troops into Iraq. Bush said Turkey has had troops stationed in Iraq “for quite a while.” “We don’t think it’s in their interest to send more troops in.” Bush also noted that Tariq al-Hashimi, one of Iraq’s vice presidents, was in Istanbul expressing that Iraq shares Turkey’s concerns about terrorist activities, but that there’s a better way to deal with the issue than sending more troops into Iraq. BORDER: Government is authorized to launch offensive against Kurdish rebels. By Suzan Fraser THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANKARA, Turkey – Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a possible cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, although the government appears willing to give diplomatic pressure on the U.S.-backed Iraqi administration more time to work. “What I’m telling you is that there’s a lot of dialogue going on and that’s positive,” he said. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to dismiss Bush’s comments. “What’s important is the parliament’s decision, not what people say,” private NTV television quoted him as saying. Wednesday’s motion authorizing an attack into Iraq sometime in the next year had the backing from all of Turkey’s parliamentary parties except a Kurdish party. Oil prices surged to a $89 a barrel after the vote, which overshadowed a U.S. government report that crude oil and gasoline inventories rose more than expected last week. Hours before the vote, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called his Turkish counterpart to say that his government was determined to halt the “terrorist activities” of the PKK on Iraqi territory, and he emphasized the need for the two nations to continue to talk, his office said.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


first_imgNASA has issued a G2/KP6+ warning for the Aurora Borealis from midnight tonight until Friday.A G2 / KP6+ prediction means there’s a wonderful chance of seeing a spectacular show of the Northern Lights in North County Donegal, especially Inishowen and the upper reaches of County Derry and County Antrim. So if you have never seen this wonderful light display, tonight could the perfect chance to get your New Year off to the most amazing start.GREAT CHANCE TO SEE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN DONEGAL TONIGHT was last modified: January 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:donegalnorthern lightslast_img read more

Man accused of rape is arrested in Donegal

first_imgThe High Court has refused to grant bail to a Romanian man accused of raping a woman in Scotland in early 2017.Raul Covaci Novak was arrested in Donegal earlier this month on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Scottish Authorities. In the European Arrest Warrant seeking his surrender Novak, and another man, is accused of raping a young woman who was allegedly lured into a car thinking it was a taxi on 1 January 2017.The young woman was inebriated at the time of the alleged incident, the EAW states.Following the alleged incident, Novak was brought before Kirkaldy Court in Scotland and was granted bail.It is claimed he did not attend at court for his trial and fled to Romania.It is claimed that he subsequently moved to Ireland, and was living in the Letterkenny area in Co Donegal with a relative for about a year before his arrest earlier this month by the gardaí.Yesterday, Novak applied to be released on bail until the High Court has determined the extradition request.However, his application was refused by Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon.The judge said while Novak was entitled to a presumption of innocence in respect of the charges he is facing in Scotland the Judge said that based on the evidence given by the gardaí was not prepared to grant Novak bail.The state, represented by Ronan Kennedy BL had opposed the bail application, on grounds that Novak represented a flight risk, and due to the serious nature of the crimes, he is accused of.Evidence was given to the court by Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan who said that Novak did not have any strong ties or assets in the jurisdiction and that the accused represented a strong flight risk.Novak, represented by Mark Lynam BL said his client was willing to abide by any bail conditions set down by the court and had offered a surety of €2000 which was a significant sum of money for him.The gardaí had his national identity card and he had no passport, his counsel added. His counsel said his client had family members living in Donegal.His client said he had left Scotland to return to Romania with his wife whose father died. He had contacted his solicitor in Scotland to say he would return to face the charges.Counsel said Novak’s Scottish solicitor had also informed him that it was too late to return to that jurisdiction voluntarily and a warrant for his arrest would be issued.After refusing Mr Novak bail, the judge remanded him in custody and he will appear before the High Court extradition list next month.Man accused of rape is arrested in Donegal was last modified: September 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more


first_imgFootball Competitions: Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.  Mouth Guards: Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it is compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.  Quiz: The divisonal quizzes will be held on Wed. 30th January. An email will be sent shortly to all schools detailing times and venues of each quiz. Teachers please note that its one entry per school with the top three schools qualifying for the county finals in mid February.  Indoor Football:An email has been sent to all schools in relation to the boys and girls indoor football competitions. Schools must reply to the email by Tues. 22nd January if they are entering the competitions. It is hoped to run the competitions in late February. Teachers please note that all children must be U-12 on 1st July 2012 to be eligible for these competitions. it is a 5-a-side competiton with a panel of 8 players.    GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES was last modified: January 21st, 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:GAA schools noteslast_img read more


first_imgPhilip Deignan on his visit recent to Cope Cycles with the Errigal YouthsPhilip Deignan with the statue of the founder of The Cope – Paddy The Cope GallagherPhilip Deignan cycles down Dungloe Main StreetPhilip Deignan – Team Sky Cyclist viisting Cope Cycles Dungloe recentlyLetterkenny native Philip Deignan, who is a Professional Cyclist for Team Sky, recently visited Cope Cycles in Dungloe to meet with cyclists, both young and old to share advice on cycling and take part in leisure cycle.Deignan is the first Irishman to ride in Team Sky colours and is now into his 10th year as a pro.With six Grand Tour appearances to his name – including a stage victory and top-10 overall finish at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana. 2013 saw Philip excel on American soil, collecting a string of top results at the Tours of the Gila, California, Utah, and the USA Pro Challenge.In 2014 Philip was 42nd overall in the Giro D’Italia.Philip is keen to encourage young riders to develop their cycling talents and show them that with hard work and determination you can achieve your dreams.Philip visited Cope Cycles on July 4th and had a meet & greet session with both young and old to talk about cycling and youth development. Philip then very graciously took part in a leisure cycle with all who had turned out to meet him.Around the scenic roads of the Rosses, Philip rode with many junior cyclists, offering advice and encouragement to them, with many “older” cyclists looking for advice too!Hopefully Donegal will produce many more cyclists of Philip’s calibre in years to come!  PICTURE SPECIAL: PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST PHILLIP DEIGNAN VISITS COPE CYCLES IN DUNGLOE was last modified: July 16th, 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:CYCLISTFeaturesnewsPhillip DeignanSportTeam SkyTHE COPElast_img read more

Castaways, Topanga fires are contained

first_img “It won’t be completely snuffed out till Oct. 13,” said Joe Luna of the Ventura County Fire Department, from the fire command post in Thousand Oaks. “You’re looking at an area nearly 15 miles long and seven miles wide. “There are a lot of burning embers in there, and the wind is picking up.” The cost of the Topanga Fire soared Tuesday to $14.4 million. Meanwhile, about 30 firefighters worked on the remnants of a 1,100-acre fire in the Verdugo Mountains, dubbed the Castaways Fire after the landmark Burbank restaurant close to where the blaze started last week. They mopped up hot spots and remained alert for potential flare-ups as the Santa Anas kicked up. The fire was contained as fire crews used helicopters equipped with infrared cameras to spot embers on the Verdugo Mountains’ La Tuna Canyon side. No homes were damaged or threatened. “There’s still heat up there, but we’ve got it surrounded,” said Capt. Ron Bell of the Burbank Fire Department. Bell said firefighters would man 100 feet around the perimeter for days until the last embers had burned themselves out. The cost of fighting the fire could amount to as much as $4 million, but officials said much of the cost could be offset by federal and state grants. Also Tuesday, officials reported that the Stough Canyon Nature Center survived the fire but that many hiking trails will be closed at least through this week. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Despite a new burst of Santa Ana winds, firefighters managed to close the last remaining gap in the Topanga Fire at Las Virgenes and Chesebro canyons, fire officials said. Two helicopters, fighting gusts up to 50 mph, made water dumps throughout the day. As backup, engines were stationed in Bell Canyon, Simi Valley, Woodland Hills, Calabasas and Fire Station 36 in Oak Park. Throughout the week, thousands of residents and animals had fled fires from Burbank to Calabasas along the Verdugo and Santa Susana mountains. Fueled by brush thickened by record rains and Santa Ana winds that threatened to carry embers across the Ventura Freeway into the parched hills of Malibu, the Topanga Fire choked the skies and rained ash across Los Angeles. At its peak last week, more than 3,000 firefighters from 100 agencies fought the blaze. Firefighters fully contained two menacing wildfires Tuesday – one in Burbank and the other along the Ventura-Los Angeles county line – but were worried that Santa Ana winds could fan embers in the smoldering burn zones. “We’re still concerned about the wind, because it threatens our containment,” said Kurt Schaefer, a spokesman for five agencies fighting the 24,000-acre Topanga Fire, “It’s (still) a lot of work.” Firefighters said it would be another week before the last embers were snuffed and the Topanga and Burbank fires declared officially dead. By 6 p.m., more than 1,300 firefighters had encircled the brush fire in the hills within Los Angeles and Ventura counties that had scorched more than 24,000 acres and destroyed three houses and 35 vehicles. last_img read more

Sharks coach expresses dissatisfaction with Martin Jones

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Pete DeBoer learned some bad news when he showed up at Staples Center Thursday night: Logan Couture would be joining the Sharks dog pile of absent bodies.Under the weather with flu-like symptoms, Couture ended up being a late scratch for the Sharks showdown with the Los Angeles Kings, taking a key piece off the chessboard in the midst of a tight race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. With Couture, Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek sidelined by …last_img read more

AgCredit Announces Joe Leiser Scholarship Winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgCredit, Agricultural Credit Association, recently announced the recipients of the cooperative’s annual Joe Leiser Memorial Scholarship.Joe Leiser served as the first president and chief executive officer for AgCredit, which is one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders, serving farmers, agribusiness and rural homeowners. Each scholarship recipient received a $2,000.00 for the 2018-2019 school year. This year, all three of the scholar winners are studying at The Ohio State University.Taylor Lutz, from Bucyrus, (Crawford County) is a junior majoring in Agriscience Education with a minor in Production Agriculture.Megan Ritter, from Findlay, (Hancock County) is a senior majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with a minor in Agronomy.Josh Strine, from Caledonia, (Marion County) is a freshman majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness.“AgCredit is happy to encourage and reward these hardworking students. Congratulations! We wish the Joe Leiser scholarship winners success throughout their college years — continuing on to their future careers,” said Brian Ricker, President and CEO.Since 1989, AgCredit has given over $100,000 in scholarships.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Let the Competition Begin

first_imgFor the next several days, “home” for the 19 teams competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon will be a stretch of the National Mall West in Washington, D.C., that separates the Potomac River from the Tidal Basin.It is a prestigious address, near both the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. It has the advantage of being one of the most scenic spots in a city that gets tons of visitors. The roar of commercial jets serving nearby Reagan National Airport might interrupt a conversation of two, but that won’t matter. The Decathlon will be the world’s hottest exhibit of solar-powered homes from September 23 through October 2 – an entire village of remarkable and remarkably diverse solar-powered houses that have been designed, transported, built, and tested by 15 collegiate teams from the U.S. and four from other countries: Belgium, Canada, China, and New Zealand.To help kick things off, on September 22 Solar Decathlon Director Richard King and three team members – David Lee, communications manager for Appalachian State University; Allison Wilson, team leader for the University of Maryland; and Mike Hines, project architect for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – took viewer questions during a webcast designed to offer team perspectives on the contest and the two years participants spent preparing their projects for display on the mall.Affordability – not a typical classroom concernThe competition’s 10 contests include five juried categories – architecture, market appeal, engineering, communications, and affordability – and five measured categories – “comfort zone” (temperature and humidity), hot water, appliances, energy balance (net metering), and home entertainment (which is actually considered both a juried and measured category).Perhaps more than most other Decathlon contests, the one targeting affordability, which is making its debut in the 2011 Decathlon, seemed to bring the realities of the housing market most closely to bear on the design and construction of the homes, which for this competition had to be built within a size range of 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. (The range for previous Decathlons was 500 to 800 sq. ft.) Homes whose cost comes in at $250,000 or lower earn the contest category maximum of 100 points. Homes costing more than $250,000 lose points on a sliding scale that tapers to zero at the contest limit of $600,000.The affordability contest, Appalachian State’s Lee noted, significantly changed the way teams dealt with virtually every aspect of the design and construction processes, and forced team members to make “the same tough decisions homeowners do.”Most architecture students, added University of Maryland’s Wilson, don’t get asked about cost, but as Decathlon contestants, they quickly learned to make cost-effective compromises.The results of the affordability contest, King said, are due to be announced at 2:30 p.m. September 27.Building breadth of knowledgeOne thing the team members discovered about designing and building by committee is that it requires, well, teamwork – a taste for learning about other disciplines, or at least learning enough to keep the vision for the project intact and its development moving forward.“You’re forced to bring a lot of people together to make this happen,” observed University of Illinois’ Hines. “What you see here are projects that mimic the real world.”“In the end, you have a team that’s well versed in everything,” said Lee. From a career-building perspective, added Wilson, the process can open doors. “I’m on my way to being an architect who can speak engineer,” she said.Dealing with a changing lineupAsked about the biggest challenges team leaders faced in bringing projects from concept to the mall, the team leaders, interestingly enough, didn’t focus on particulars of design, construction, transport, and cost. Rather, they agreed that because the mix of participants tends to change over two years as people graduate or become immersed in other commitments, bringing new people in and maintaining momentum proved difficult. “That’s a huge challenge,” said Hines. “You’re in an academic environment, but this is a really a full-time-job project. It’s hard to get everybody coordinated. And the project really is fast-paced. I know two years sounds like a long time, but it goes by quickly.”The process, Wilson emphasized, really is “design by committee. It’s hard.” But she also added that “we all still want to be friends with each other.”last_img read more