Disgruntled Linden CIIP workers demand payment from LM&TC

first_imgSeveral disgruntled Linden (Region 10: Upper Demerara/Berbice) Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP) workers on Monday gathered inside the compound of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), demanding payments reportedly owed to them for additional work conducted since 2015.This publication understands that some 53 workers had each been promised half of their payment, which amounts to $12,500; but upon turning up at the Council in seeking same, they were given no certainty regarding their payments. The employees then gathered in the compound to express their frustration. Police and Constabulary staff had to be summoned to remove them.According to the employees, when they turned up for payment, they were told they would be paid “whenever”. Acting Town Clerk Orleena Obermuller noted, however, that the payment would be facilitated by Friday, since all of the workers could not be facilitated on Monday.Disgruntled Linden CIIP workers demanding payment on MondayShe refuted claims that she had said payment would be made “whenever”. Obermuller said it was agreed during a meeting on Monday that the employees would be given half the payment. The employees were expecting the payment on the same day, which, according to Obermuller, could not be facilitated at the time.The workers have also lamented that the system of payment at the Council is frustrating. They noted that they are paid in the new month for work done in the previous month.This publication understands that a confusion in payments in 2015 had seen employees who did not work the extra hours receiving the additional payment as well.Meanwhile, efforts to contact Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell regarding the issue proved futile. Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune, when contacted, said the Linden Town Council had not received any information regarding the circumstances of the issue, as he and Arindell were out of town. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more


first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice, moments ago, upheld the 2013 decision of the High Court, which found that insufficient evidence was presented to convict Mark Royden Williams, and James Anthony Hyles for the 2008 Lusignan massacre.“The appeal is allowed and the decision of the Court of Appeal set aside, and the jury’s verdict of acquittal of the appellants is restored,” CCJ’s President Sir Dennis Byron said while delivering the verdict this morning.Hyles called, ‘Sally,’ and Williams, called ‘Smallie,’ were found not guilty on each of the 11 counts of murder in August of 2013 by a 12 member jury before Justice Navindra Singh.‘Smallie’ and ‘Sally’ were allegedly a part of the notorious criminal gang headed by Rondel ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins and were accused of killing 48-year-old Clarence Thomas, his 12-year-old daughter Vanessa Thomas and his son Ron Thomas; 32-year-old Mohandai Gourdat and her two sons, four-year-old Seegobind Harrilall and     ten-year-old Seegopaul Harrilall; 22-year-old Shazam Mohamed; 55-yearold Shaleem Baksh; Seecharran Rooplall, 56, his wife Dhanrajie Ramsingh, 52 and their 11-year-old daughter Raywattie Ramsingh, on January 26, 2008 at Track ‘A’ Lusignan in the week hours of the morning.Following the not guilty verdict the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Hack, appealed the decision and the Court of Appeal overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial. However, attorney for the men, Nigel Hughes sought the intervention of the CCJ, which resulted in this morning’s restoring of the not guilty verdict.last_img read more

City announcing substantial new Enerplex sponsor on Wednesday

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has a big announcement regarding sponsorship for the Enerplex.On Wednesday 29th, the City says it will unveil a substantial new sponsor. Earlier this year, the City sent out a sponsorship package to associate a corporate name with the Enerplex facility, with a deadline of April 24 for receipt of proposals.But, there was little interest from businesses, with most business owners citing poor economic times as the main reason for not submitting a proposal.- Advertisement -At a May City Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Lantz announced he would pitch the proposal to some oil and gas companies in Calgary.Now, WL Construction became the first sponsor in June, when they announced they would be sponsoring the arena ice resurfacing machine for $20,000.There is still sponsorship opportunities available, visit fortstjohn.ca for more information.Advertisementlast_img read more

Op-Ed: More reasons to vote than ever, says NCLGA President

first_imgThink back to 2011, right after our last municipal election. If asked where we’d be in 2014, many in Northern BC wouldn’t have predicted our current state. Coming out of the recession, we weren’t sure how the economy would fare, or how our communities would do.Compare that to our situation now: intense international interest in liquefied natural gas, a restored and diversified forestry economy, growing business districts, and more. A lot can happen in three years.Weathering changes is made possible by responsible and committed local governments – the same governments we voted for in 2011. Making the best of opportunities takes a different kind of savvy, one that our future local governments will need.- Advertisement -CivicInfo BC shows that in 2010, only 29% of registered voters cast a ballot across BC. The Columbia Institute recently released a study, titled “Getting the Majority to Vote.” It addressed the lower municipal turnout rate, and cites increased work (figuring out which candidates to vote for) and decreased benefits of voting (local government isn’t perceived to hold much influence).Many aren’t aware of what powers local politicians have – from RCMP budgets to snow clearing and road maintenance, many issues aren’t as ‘sexy’ as those at the provincial or federal level. But pipeline deals, revenue sharing, and worker camps are all issues that directly impact Northern BC residents, and they are all issues that that our local governments exercise control over.All residents, young and old, need to get out and vote on November 15th, because it is our region that will change the most over the next four years in British Columbia. If you call your community home, take the time to educate yourself on candidates. Show that you care about your leadership, and who is making decisions on your behalf. Make your voice heard, because whether it is for Mayor and Council, or Regional District, or School Trustee, every vote matters.”Advertisement Brian FrenkelPresident, NCLGAlast_img read more

Government bails out cash strapped Ingwe

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards players walk into the pitch for their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Fosa Juniors of Madagascar at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on February 11, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18- AFC Leopards will after all travel to Mahajanga, Madagascar on Monday morning for their CAF Confederations Cup return leg tie against Fosa Juniors after the government bailed them out with 29 return air tickets.The reigning GOtv Shield champions had brought out their begging bowls to government streets, asking for help to aid them honour the tie. “The government has bought for us 29 tickets and this will go a long way in easing the financial burden that we expected. We now only have to worry about accommodation and local logistics,” Dan Mule, the AFC Leopards chair told Capital Sport.Since the withdrawal of their sponsors, AFC who are closing in on 55 years of experience have been willowing in financial difficulty with Mule crying out for sponsors to come on board and assist them keep their boat floating especially in continental football.“It takes an average of almost Sh7mn to ensure a team travels and plays an international match and definitely it will not be easy for us. More sponsors should come on board because we see other countries like Zambia, teams are hugely supported,” Mule added.He has however disclosed the club has been able to pay salaries for the first two months via their sponsors SportPesa who seem to have put one foot in and another out as far as partnering the team is concerned.AFC Leopards players line up before the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We went and talked to them and told them the problems we are facing. They told us they will help us pay salaries for the first two months until their appeal in court is heard. We are expecting that once this is complete at the end of the month, we can have some light at the end of the tunnel,” Mule further disclosed.AFC travel to Madagascar with a 1-1 result from the first leg played in Kakamega last weekend and will need either a high scoring draw or an outright win to book themselves a ticket to the first round.A loss or either a 0-0 draw will see them exit while a 1-1 result will force the game to penalties.Mule who will accompany the team to Madagascar is however confident that the team can do well especially having had no KPL match over the weekend and having time to prepare for the tie adequately.The team will however be without Ghanaian forward Prince Arkoh who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in the first leg tie and is set to spend the next six months off while right back Dennis Sikhayi remains sidelined with a groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A GREAT bit of business for Liverpool! Rick Parry hails £49m Sterling sale

first_imgFormer Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has praised the club’s hierarchy for staying strong over the Raheem Sterling saga and negotiating a “fantastic fee” for the starlet.Sterling sealed a £49million move to Manchester City on Tuesday after turning down a new deal with the Merseyside club and making it clear he wanted out of Anfield this summer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parry said: “It is a very, very good deal for Liverpool. It has been obvious for months he wanted to go and he was going to go but they have stayed strong, named their price, haven’t budged, and they have got a fantastic fee.“In the fullness of time it may also be a great deal for City if he does come good and I stress come good because, while has got tons of potential, he isn’t the finished article yet.“They need English players and he has obviously got a great deal of talent, so it could be a good signing both ways. But, as of today, it is a great bit of business for Liverpool.”last_img read more

Clausen keys Oaks’ romp

first_img – Ric Rivas Rosamond 45, Desert Christian 6: Nick Gutierrez completed 12 of 18 passes for 207 yards and two scores to lead Rosamond (3-2) past visiting Desert Christian of Lancaster (2-3). Desert Christian’s Weston Pursley completed 14 of 30 passes for 222 yards, connecting six times with Jordan Corlew for 125 yards. – Steve Collins Valley Christian 21, Paraclete 7: Ken Kimura rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to lead Valley Christian of Cerritos past host Paraclete in an Olympic League opener. The Crusaders’ defense held Paraclete to 89 yards of total offense. – Gary Hunt Brentwood 47, Malibu 0: Kevin Yamazaki ran for 245 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Brentwood (4-1) in a romp over Malibu (2-3). – Colin Ward-Henninger 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 Third-quarter touchdowns by Chris McCabe, Steve Gourley and Brad Willhite helped Grace Brethren break open the game. Kilpatrick was limited to 41 yards and two first downs and committed five turnovers. – George Vranau Boron 28, Mojave 19: Bradley Kostopolous rushed for 279 yards as Boron (3-2) defeated Mojave (2-2) for the first time since 1998. Boron’s James Smith, alternating between quarterback and running back, rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Jimmy Clausen completed 7 of 9 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns in a little more than two quarters as Oaks Christian of Westlake Village opened its Tri-Valley League campaign Friday night with a 65-12 rout of visiting Santa Paula. Santa Paula (3-2 overall, 0-2 Tri-Valley) kept things close until late in the second quarter, when Oaks Christian (4-0, 1-0), No. 1 in the Daily News’ Small Schools rankings, scored 16 quick points for a 30-12 halftime lead. center_img Marc Tyler finished with 138 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns for Oaks Christian. – Rob MacIntyre Grace Brethren 35, Kilpatrick 2: Travis Chupp scored two touchdowns to lead Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (3-2) past Kilpatrick of Malibu (1-4) in a nonleague game at Westlake High. last_img read more


first_imgFormer Sean Mac Cumhaills’ player Martin Mc Laughlin shows the next generation how it is done during the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesFormer Twin Towns Lord Mayor Barry Dowds has a passenger for good measure as he takes part in the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesThe leading runners enter Trusk Road at the start of the Sessiaghonell NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesSean Mac Cumhaills’ Under-14 players Chad Mc Sorley and Shane Griffin pictured among this group taking part in the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesYoung lads taking part in the Sessiagoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesA Female athlete pictured along the route of the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesA young lad taking part in the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk on Thursday evening. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesThere was a large turnout for the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesRunners pictured taking part in the Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesThe Sessiaghoneill NS 5K Fun Run & Walk was a huge success with participants of all ages taking part. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesThe Sessiaghoneill NS 5KFun Run & Walk was a real family event. Our picture includes Dana and Mickey Mc Mahon and Daughter during the event. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfilesHUGE TURNOUT FOR SESSIAGHONEILL 5K FUN RUN AND WALK – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 13th, 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:donegalSESSIAGHONEILL 5Klast_img read more

Chelsea v Leicester player ratings

first_imgChelsea’s disappointing defence of their Premier League title ended with a 1-1 draw against new champions Leicester City. Here’s how we rated the players in Guus Hiddink’s final game in charge.Thibaut Courtois: 7Returned from illness and, bar a misjudgment in the first half when he was beaten to a through ball by Jamie Vardy, he largely did well. Fielded shots from Demarai Gray, Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp but could do little about Danny Drinkwater’s thunderbolt.Cesar Azpilicueta: 7Tidy defensively in the first half, despite the threat of overlapping full-back Christian Fuchs, but was given a bit more of a test in the second when Schlupp came on. That was until he was switched to centre-back – his third different position of the season – to accommodate debutant Fikayo Tomori.Gary Cahill: 7Was occasionally given the runaround by England team-mate Vardy but also denied him a shooting opportunity when he slid in well at the near post. Still seems to lack authority when John Terry is absent.Branislav Ivanovic: 7Has often put in better performances at centre-back this season and this was no exception. Good in the air and strong on the ground before making way for Tomori.Baba Rahman: 8One of his best displays in a Chelsea shirt. Still needs to polish up his defending but he got forward well, put in some dangerous crosses and almost scored with a deflected effort clawed away by Kasper Schmeichel.Nemanja Matic: 8Much more like the Matic of last season. He rarely wasted the ball, started counters, was fouled for the penalty and even found time to organise Ruben Loftus-Cheek with some choice words.Cesc Fabregas: 9Once again, Chelsea’s creative heartbeat. Scored the penalty that gave them the lead, but also took up some intelligent positions and kept Schmeichel busy.Pedro: 7Bright early on, and went close to opening the scoring with a right-footed shot which narrowly went past the upright. Also tapped in from an offside position, but faded before being replaced by Loftus-Cheek.Willian: 6Picked up Chelsea player of the year award on the eve of the game but failed to make an impact on this game, bar one shot which was spectacularly saved by Schmeichel. Gave the ball away too regularly and ran into traffic at times.Eden Hazard: 7Dazzled every so often, most notably when his incisive run helped set up the attack from which Chelsea were awarded their penalty.Bertrand Traore: 6Once again led the line in Diego Costa’s absence, but he was too hesitant when chances came his way, instead preferring to give way to more senior team-mates. Came off after 54 minutes.Tammy Abraham: 6Replaced Traore for his home league debut and although he showed promise, with bursts of pace and a couple of blocked shots – plus one late on which went just wide – his touch and judgement of the offside trap let him down sometimes.Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6Put himself about after replacing Pedro and had a shot blocked, but struggled to make a real impact.Fikayo Tomori: 7A quietly effective debut at right-back for the newly crowned academy player of the year. He looks promising.See also:Chelsea end season with draw against LeicesterRanieri admits emotion after Chelsea receptionHiddink predicts success for Chelsea’I want to stay,’ Terry tells Chelsea fansFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Social entrepreneurs on building South Africa’s economy

first_imgThe stories of 14 social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors. The authors share their journey in the writing of it, and speak about why this book is important.Kerryn Krige, co-author of The Disruptors, says it’s an important book for South Africans to read. “It shows you that there is a way to build our economy and our society. And that it is not an unreachable goal.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe stories of 14 South African social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors: Social entrepreneurs reinventing business and society.They include Claire Reid, founder and chief impact officer of Reel Gardening. Vegetable and herb seeds are embedded in strips of biodegradable paper, which are then planted. The gardening strips are also water wise. Reid started her business at the age of 16.Then there’s Gregory Maqoma, the executive director and CEO of the Vuyani Dance Theatre in Johannesburg. It specialises in staging dance productions for mainstream theatre and corporate events. Vuyani Dance Theatre also runs outreach programmes to train young dancers.Also in the book is Yusuf Randera-Rees, a Rhodes Scholar, and Oxford- and Harvard-graduate. In 2009, the 26-year-old Randera-Rees returned to South Africa and founded the Awethu Project, with R60,000 of his own savings.More opportunities needed in South AfricaRandera-Rees says: “I knew there were people in South Africa who were more talented than me, smarter, more charismatic, better problem-solvers.“Everything you would want in an entrepreneur, and they were not getting the opportunities I had been getting. That didn’t make sense to me,” he says in the book.He came home to make a difference. The Awethu Project currently manages more than R160-million in government and corporate funding, and has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.Candidates apply or are identified by talent scouts – the same process by which promising sports stars are discovered and nurtured – and the pick of the crop are put through an intensive mentoring and incubation programme: an Awethu Apprenticeship.Gus Silber, co-author of The Disruptors, says the number of social entrepreneurs in South Africa is increasing. “They solve problems in small ways – they are fixing big crises in a small way.” (Image supplied)The aim of the bookGus Silber and Kerryn Krige are the co-authors. Silber is an award-winning journalist, speechwriter and author. Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, which focuses on achieving social and economic change through social enterprise.In the introduction, Krige writes:“My colleague, Itumeleng Dhlamini, who has been deeply involved in the book’s production process, came upstairs to our offices, as a student of our social entrepreneurship programme, frustrated that we didn’t have a textbook that captured the diversity and value of today’s social entrepreneurs.“Without her frustration and foresight, this book would be waiting for someone else’s frustration and foresight to happen.“I hope it encourages you to see the enormous opportunities that exist on the flipside of profit.”About her hopes for the book, Krige says the authors would like more people to learn the meaning of social entrepreneurship. “[We want to let people know] that it is a real, viable way of doing business and achieving enormous social change at the same time.“But the book could not be dull – the aim was a book that you would pick up at the airport because it intrigued you, and the more you read the deeper you got caught up in the stories,” she explains.“At the same time it had to be academically useful, so that we weren’t just telling stories, and it could be used in the classroom. This was a tricky balance and an unusual one and I really think that the team got this right.”It took more than two years to get to print, says Krige, and was published in March 2016. “We are a Network for Social Entrepreneurs, so we drew extensively on the people we knew, and ran several calls online for people to tell us their stories on social entrepreneurship.”The first book on the subject was published by GIBS in 2007. That book, From Dust to Diamonds, profiled social entrepreneurs. “We agreed to follow up with 50% of these, so that we could find out where they were now,” says Krige.“It was a great mix of our own research, extensive marketing for people to apply and building on the older book.”Watch some of the social entrepreneurs share lessons they have learned that have enhanced their leadership:FeedbackSeeing the book on the shelves was the highlight for her, Krige says. “Writing a book is a thing. And people tell you this, but you never appreciate it until you’re in it.”Writing a book was not about the authors, she realised. “We’re a small part of it – but rather about the team of people you work with, and who you align with creatively.”On a recent Skype call with a student at Georgetown University, in Washington DC, about his thesis, he brought up The Disruptors. “Half way through he holds up… our book! And says, ‘In my seven months of reading this is the best that I’ve read. It’s descriptive, informative, and very real.’“The feedback has been extremely positive, and people have enjoyed the blend of academic and storytelling, saying that we have been able to bring both to life.”Watch several of the social entrepreneurs give lessons in how they got funding:Every story a highlightSilber explains that GIBS did the research and interviews with the social entrepreneurs, but the institute wanted a journalist to tell the stories from a different perspective. To do this he also did interviews.He shares his highlights: “Every story is interesting; has a highlight of its own. Most of the stories I’ve never heard of before, and some of it I had never heard in detail.”About the writing process, Silber adds: “It’s not easy to condense someone’s story in a few thousand words; it’s never easy to finish a book.”Entrepreneurs fix thingsSilber believes that social entrepreneurs contribute in a special way towards the economy and society. “We as a society tend to be concerned about prices and problems; we’re a crisis-driven society; we tend to worry about a lot.”Although many of the social entrepreneurs are unknown to the public, he says, they are people providing solutions. “The disruption mostly refers to technology, but people can disrupt – they are refusing to believe that things cannot be done.“They (the social entrepreneurs) are all disruptors. They are positively disrupting the area around them. What they have in common is that nothing has come easy for them; they’re all restless.”The follow-upThere are two versions of the book: the printed one has more constraints and contains 14 stories, while the ebook has 18 stories.The authors are working on a follow up to The Disruptors.To find out more about the interviews, visit the Leading Change site or GIBS’ YouTube channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more