Elaine Thompson – Athletics

first_imgFor her achievement in capturing the silver medal in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in a personal best 21.66 seconds, the second fastest time of the year. Thompson also ran the third leg of the women’s gold medal-winning 4×100 metres team which set a Championship Record and World Leading time of 41.07 seconds.last_img

Region 3 rice farmers defrauded close to $500M

first_imgThe lives of over 50 rice farmers of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are now hanging in the balance following the fraudulent activities of the Chairman of the Ruimzeigt Rice Industry Limited, who is also the director of some 28 other rice companies.As such, the rice farmers from the West Coast and West Bank of Demerara, Essequibo, Leguan and Wakenaam on Tuesday joined hands as they picketed the Ruimzeigt Rice Industry Limited, West Coast Demerara (WCD) calling for Chairman Turhane Doerga to pay some $500 million owed to them.Some of the workers in the rice fieldPicketing actions are being taken after the farmers received what they called “the last straw”, that is, bounced cheques. These cheques were presented to them by an investor who they claim is just a face being used by Doerga to carry out his “fraudulent activities”.Guyana Times understands that after not receiving payments since 2016, Doerga was taken to the High Court which ordered that he pay all outstanding debts.According to Balram Seeraj, Secretary of the Rice Producers Association (RPA), the unpaid farmers have recently received a favourable judgement against Doerga and his son Vijay Doerga. However, it has been difficult to get them to pay up as the Doerga’s owns a number of companies and are dodging farmers.Documents seen by this publication show the name of some 28 different companies, and as such, the farmers are uncertain who to contact for their monies.“In the process of taking the court action, it was found out that a number of companies are operating out of these complexes and it is difficult to ascertain which company owns the assets in order for you to go against that specific company and the assets of that company to get your money,” Seeraj explained.One of the investors, Andre Poonai, of the Golden Grains Investment, when taken to court in November of last year, informed the farmers that he was unable to pay them as a result of issues he encountered with the companies he purchased from Doerga.Doerga reportedly visited the farmers and introduced Poonai as the new operator of the companies, this they call a regular ploy to give them new hope that payment will come soon.“The ploy of this operator is to go after fresh victims every season without paying the old farmers that they owe and they seem to be succeeding. They come with a lot of sweet talks and bring news face, some of whom look foreign and saying that they have sold out the places and that these new faces will be making payments to us,” the Secretary revealed.Poonai also reportedly issued cheques for millions of dollars which all bounced.As such, the struggling farmers, some of whom are unable to work due to lack of finances are calling on Doerga to pay his debt as they called for the intervention of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).“Everytime is a kinda promise and then is another six months you got to wait. One time he supposed to get loan from the bank and then he say that he got somebody line up to come buy the mill, that was fake also,” one angry protester explained.Another said “twenty eight hundred dollars per bag, he did not want me to take the paddy to someone else, he keep promising me payment and promising me to take the paddy right over here, now this man cut me off”.This newspaper had previously reported back in July of 2017, the rice farmers would receive all payments.That was the promise from the General Manager of GRBD, Allison Peters who had noted that the Board will continue to monitor the situation.However, to date, there has been no change in the situation and the farmers have revealed that they are losing faith in the ability of the Board.last_img read more

Opposition demands re-establishment of Labour Ministry

first_img…receives endorsement from GTUCWhile criticising Government for its handling of matters concerning outstanding wages and salaries owed to workers by employers, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Gillian Burton-Persaud used the opportunity to call on Government to reestablish the Labour Ministry to look at specific issues in relation to the many delicate challenges facing workers and trade unions.Opposition MP and former trade union leader, Gillian Burton-PersaudBurton-Persaud, who was one of the key speakers at the annual May Day rally which was held at the National Park on Tuesday, told the hundreds of workers in attendance that there is need for Government to fulfil their part of the bargain since many contractors claim the reason for non-payment is because they (the contractors) are yet to be paid for work done for the Government.“The Minister needs to advise the Government better as it relates to its adherence to the Collective Bargaining process, negotiations and workers’ rights. We have seen too much bungling in these areas. I therefore support the call for the Ministry of Labour to be a separate Ministry,” she asserted.The former trade union leader and Opposition spokespersons on labour in the National Assembly said the ‘sorry state of our economy’ signals to the trade union movement that there is a lot of work to do. In delivering a passionate speech, Burton-Persaud said it cannot be business as usual.Further, the MP called on workers to stop succession planning, and activate that plan into flight mode. “The time is now for workers to impose upon delinquent leaders the need to shape up or ship out. Workers must no longer accept mediocre representation from union leaders,” she added.Burton-Persaud said her party, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and its leaders will not stand idly by and allow the rights of workers and the democracy of citizens to be trampled upon.“Therefore, we stand in solidarity with every Guyanese worker regardless of sector, gender, race, ethnicity, religious, political or cultural persuasion in ensuring that your rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of choice, the right to work so as to provide a decent life for yourself and family remain intact and is in no way threatened or taken away by anyone.”Support for MinistryThe Member of Parliament’s call for the re-establishment of a Labour Ministry was supported by General Secretary of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Lincoln Lewis. But he went a bit further to request of Burton-Persaud and her party to table a motion to the National Assembly seeking the re-establishment of the Ministry.“Labour is prepared to work with you to bring this to fruition and hopes you take this commitment in the spirit of solidarity. Labour also holds out optimism that Minister (Basil) Williams would be able to use this experience in impressing on his Administration the wisdom of having a Ministry of Labour and the benefit of treating labour as a social partner consistent with Article 38 and 149C of the Guyana Constitution.”Lewis argued that with the absence of that Ministry, not only does it signal the value Government places on a country’s most valued resource but also communicates to allies and foes of Guyana that Guyanese are not considered pivotal to the country’s development. He said this was also reinforced with the country’s non-attendance to International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference for the past three years.“Where we know better and different we must continue to act accordingly for development of society requires of us staying the course. Employment remains a sore issue. Too many are unemployed, under-employed, and the retired who need to be productively engaged are too being deprived. We note the statistics of the Guyana Labour Force Survey,” the outspoken trade union leader added.Importantly, while Lewis said that the effort of gathering scientific data is commendable, he said it must make real the science through action. “Meaning must be given to data being collected beyond collection and making findings public.” As such, he said Guyana needs a policy for the creation of decent jobs.“We had the Feed, Clothe and House Programme and the Structural Adjustment Programme that gave rise to systems being put in place to make these possible with the trade union playing a meaningful role, and the Ministry of Labour being the institution that coordinated and developed policies that impacted the role of the workers in the process, ensuring laws to protect workers and compliance with international standard based on the country’s obligations to organisations Guyana is affiliated with,” he added.last_img read more

Spurs vow to pile more misery of Mourinho

first_imgCity travel to Wolves and Liverpool host Brighton on Saturday, while Chelsea travel to Newcastle on Sunday.Spurs are also yet to drop points after defying off the field distractions to see off Newcastle and Fulham.Mauricio Pochettino’s response to not signing a single player in the transfer window and delays over the club’s move to a new stadium have been a lesson in diplomacy for Mourinho.Rather than voice his frustration, Pochettino has consistently called for unity between the board, squad and fans and has been rewarded in the early weeks of the campaign.United, by contrast, look anything but living up to their name with divisions emerging between executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, key players like Paul Pogba and Mourinho.Woodward’s failure to answer Mourinho’s pleas for a new central defender was punished as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof were exposed in defeat at Brighton.But both players were brought in at a combined cost of £60 million ($76 million) since Mourinho was appointed and the Portuguese coach has equally failed to harness their potential or get the best out of an expensively assembled squad.Woodward may now be regretting hiring Mourinho rather than going after Pochettino, who has led Spurs into the top four for each of the past three seasons on a fraction of the resources.The Londoners have lost 1-0 on each of their last three league visits to Old Trafford, though, and are also seeking revenge for defeat in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals.Reversing that run would be a strong statement of intent that they and not United will rival City, Liverpool and Chelsea for the title.– Emery’s era ‘needs’ liftoff –Unai Emery was handed a difficult start as Arsenal manager © AFP / Glyn KIRKA summer of change at Arsenal and West Ham has so far yielded no points for either, making Saturday’s London derby vital for Unai Emery and Manuel Pellegrini to kickstart their new regimes.One of West Ham’s nine new recruits at a cost of nearly £100 million will be in familiar surroundings as Jack Wilshere returns to the Emirates after a 17-year spell with Arsenal ended in July.Emery was handed an unforgiving start with the visit of Manchester City and a trip to Chelsea to begin his reign as Arsene Wenger’s successor.But the Spaniard is fully aware of the importance of getting a win to keep the fans onside.“We need to win this match,” said Emery. “I think it’s very important to show them (the fans) a better performance than in the two first matches.”– Summertime six pointer –Huddersfield sit bottom of the Premier League © AFP / Oli SCARFFIt may still be August, but Cardiff’s visit to Huddersfield already looks crucial for both side’s chances of staying up.Unlike free-spending Fulham and Wolves, Cardiff didn’t splash much of their new found TV riches in the transfer market and are heavy favourites to go straight back down.Huddersfield are rock bottom having shipped nine goals in two games to City and Chelsea.– Golden Boot surprise runners –Richarlison has lofty ambitions for his first season at Everton © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYEverton’s trip to Bournemouth pits two of the in-form strikers of the season’s opening fortnight against one another in Richarlison and Callum Wilson.Richarlison leads the early Golden Boot race along with Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero after scoring three goals in his first two Everton games, and his lofty ambitions for the season ahead.“I want to be the top scorer of the league, take Everton back to the Champions League and reach the Brazilian national team,” he told Brazilian media this week.Wilson has scored in each of Bournemouth’s wins over Cardiff and West Ham and could be rewarded with a call-up to the England squad next week.Fixtures (1400GMT unless stated)SaturdayWolves v Manchester City (1130), Southampton v Leicester, Arsenal v West Ham, Bournemouth v Everton, Huddersfield v Cardiff, Liverpool v Brighton (1630)SundayWatford v Crystal Palace (1230), Newcastle v Chelsea, Fulham v Burnley (1500)MondayManchester United v Tottenham (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino has kept Spurs unified as divisions have emerged at Manchester United between Jose Mourinho, his players and the club’s board © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – A difficult start to the season for Manchester United promises to get even worse unless Jose Mourinho can turn a tide of negative publicity and inspire a reaction from his side against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.United already trail title favourites Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea by three points after a dreadful display in losing 3-2 to Brighton last weekend and that gap could have doubled by kick-off at Old Trafford (1900GMT) with all three expected to win again this weekend.last_img read more

David Luiz interview after 7-1 defeat: ‘Paulinho is used to this at Spurs’

first_imgBrazil had just crashed out of their own World Cup in truly incredible fashion as the Selecao were thumped 7-1 by Germany.The Germans managed four goals in an astonishing six minute period during the first half, as they trounced the host nation and proceeded to qualify for the World Cup final.The Brazillian players took it hard but, as our translator discovered, David Luiz managed to fight back the tears and focus on some of the more positive features of his club career.Disclaimer: Like Brazil’s defending, don’t take these subtitles seriously.CLICK HERE TO SEE DAVID LUIZ LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!last_img

BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSE

first_imgIRELAND’S broadcasting authorities have confirmed that they are allowing an open competition for the next 10-year license to broadcast services in North Donegal.It means millionaire Inishowen businessman Paddy Simpson will be allowed to bid for the license currently held by Highland Radio.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) says it is seeking applications for broadcasting services covering North Donegal. Mr Simpson owns a number of diverse businesses north and south of the Border including a hotel in Belfast and a cinema complex and bowling alley on Derry’s Buncrana Road.He’s a native of Carndonagh and owns one of the buildings currently rented by the BBC in Belfast.If he were to secure the license, it would see it being held again in local hands.Ironically Highland’s bid to keep the franchise is still listed on the BAI’s website as having come from Charlie Collins who quit the station earlier this month.  BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSE was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BROADCAST BOSSES CONFIRM THEY ARE ALLOWING DONEGAL MAN’S BID FOR HIGHLAND RADIO LICENSElast_img read more

CONFIRMED: CELTIC GO 14 POINTS CLEAR AS RANGERS DEDUCTED POINTS

first_imgRangers have been deducted 10 points after entering administration and failing to pay the British taxman €80M.And it leaves the reigning champions 14 points behind Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premier League title.An SPL statement said: “As Rangers FC is subject to an insolvency event, a 10-point deduction has been applied to its total points in the league championship for the current season. “In addition, Rangers FC is subject to restrictions on the registration of players whilst in administration.”Rangers may now go bust.Rangers, who are now nine points ahead of third-placed Motherwell having played a game more, also face a race to prove to the Scottish Football Association that their finances are in shape before 31 March or face expulsion from Europe next season.Although there is no specific ban on clubs in administration playing in Europe, it would be very difficult for such a club to meet the other financial criteria needed for a licence.  CONFIRMED: CELTIC GO 14 POINTS CLEAR AS RANGERS DEDUCTED POINTS was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

DONEGAL GETS VOTING AS GRAINNE STEALS THE SHOW ON TG4

first_imgDONEGAL singer Gráinne Gavigan stole the show when she performed on the Glór Tíre country music singing competition on TG4.The 18-year old Ardara singer, mentored by Lisa McHugh, was superb on the show.And Donegal people (and country music fans nationally) have been voting in their thousands for the teenager. This year’s Glór Tíre series started last night and will run every Wednesday night with the winner being announced on the 17th of April. The programme was broadcast from the Quays Bar in Galway city.Gráinne will be depending on the public for their support and will be very grateful for all your votes. To vote from the Republic of Ireland, you can call 1513 415 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 53307.For those voting from the North, you can call 0901 6566 108 or text ‘GLOR8’ to 81108. You can also follow Gráinne’s progress on her facebook page.  DONEGAL GETS VOTING AS GRAINNE STEALS THE SHOW ON TG4 was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 GETS VOTING AS GRAINNE STEALS THE SHOW ON TG4last_img read more

Top Garda appeals to public not to post wedding information online

first_imgA leading Donegal-based Garda has appealed to the public not post information on social media that they are attending weddings.Inspector David Murphy said with numerous weddings taking place across Donegal throughout the summer, people are giving information out to people who could prey on empty homes.The Buncrana based Garda told Donegal Daily “It’s just something I would ask people to give a little more thought to. “So many people are on social media and sometimes we say a little too much without even releasing it.“Once that information is made public then there are certainly people out there who will use it to their advantage.“There are a lot of weddings going on during the summer months and we would ask people not to post that they are going to weddings so that others know their homes may be unoccupied,” he said.Top Garda appeals to public not to post wedding information online was last modified: July 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

Proteas overpower Zimbabwe in first ODI

first_img18 August 2014Hashim Amla struck his third century in four one-day internationals to steer South Africa to a convincing 93-run victory over Zimbabwe in a one-day international at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday.The Proteas were put in to bat, but Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura’s decision backfired as Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 109 for the first wicket before De Kock departed for 63 off 69 deliveries.Second century partnershipAmla and Faf du Plessis then added 123 for the second wicket before Du Plessis skied a delivery from Prosper Utseya and was caught by Vusi Sibanda for 59, with the total on 232 in the 43rd over.South African captain Ab de Villiers contributed a quickfire 21 off 12 balls, and JP Duminy struck an unbeaten 22 off of 11 deliveries, to see the Proteas to 309 for 3.Man of the matchMan of the match Amla finished undefeated on 122 from 132 balls, with six fours and three sixes.Off-spinner John Nyumbu picked up 2 for 52 from eight over for the hosts, while fellow spinner Prosper Utseya was the tidiest of the Zimbabwean bowlers, conceding 44 runs from his 10 overs while also removing Du Plessis.Zimbabwean inningsZimbabwe’s reply was propped up by a 100 run stand between Hamilton Mazakadza, who top scored with 61, and Sean Williams, who weighed in with 51, but they regularly lost wickets and their challenge ultimately fell away as they were bowled out for 216 with one ball remaining in their innings.The South African spinners, Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir picked up three wickets apiece at a cost of 43 and 44 runs respectively, while Wayne Parnell claimed 2 for 43.PleasedAfter the game, looking back on South Africa’s batting effort on a slow track, South African captain AB de Villiers declared himself very pleased: “There was talk of 250 at one point and even Hash [Amla] said when he came off that he never thought we would get to 300-plus.“I thought it was a great batting performance today. It was set up by the man himself with Quinton [de Kock] and Faf [du Plessis] batting around him.“It shows you that we are quite dangerous with wickets in hand in the last 10 to 15 overs. It was an exceptional batting performance.”Bowling depthDe Villiers also said it was good to win a game without Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel or Vernon Philander in the line-up because it showed the depth of the South African bowling.“I thought we were good in the field as well,” he added. “It’s easy to go into a situation where you lose your energy and focus, especially after the first 15 overs where we started well. I thought the boys stuck to their guns quite well, we kept taking wickets and stuck to our skills.“It was all-round a good 100 overs for us.”last_img read more