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GuySuCo owes $1.4B in levies to sugar welfare fund

first_img– concerns raised over company’s ability to meet paymentsThe Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund (SILWF) was intended to be financed in part from levies on every tonne of sugar exported; but as of 2016, over $1.4 billion in levies have been owed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). This is contained in the SILWF Committee’s Annual Report for 2016, which was recently laid in the National Assembly.According to that report, GuySuCo owes the committee a total of $1.488 billion. Of that amount, $1.404 billion minus interest is attributed to outstanding levies.According to the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Act, interest is calculated at six per cent per annum for payments exceeding the 90-day requirement.In addition, the sugar corporation owes $83.7 million in loan remittances to the SILWF, which, among other things, has been providing housing loans to sugar workers at concessional rates.SILWF’s official mandate includes improving housing, roads and social and public health conditions for sugar workers. Besides its interest-free loans, it has been involved in allocating house lots, conveying Certificates of Title, and providing workers with water subsidies.The report shows that for 2016, a total of $8.388 million in loans was repaid. This includes $8 million in payments made to the SILWFC’s Duke and Barrack Streets, Georgetown office, and $386,400 in loan remittances from GuySuCo.Can GuySuCo repay?Sources have expressed concern as to whether GuySuCo would ever be able to clear these massive arrears to the Fund, considering the dramatic downturn in sugar production and export over the past few years. In 2016, the operations of the LBI Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate.Government also has plans to privatise the Skeldon Estate and close down the Rose Hall and Enmore estates. The only ones slated to remain open are the Blairmont, Uitvlugt and Albion estates.Sugar output in Guyana fell by nearly a quarter from last year, with close to 140,000 metric tonnes being produced in 2017. This was the lowest output in over two decades, and has been one of the factors blamed for Guyana’s unfortunate balance of payments situation. And while the Government is eyeing a sugar production target of 115,447 tonnes, industry stakeholders are unconvinced that this could be achieved.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), for instance, had contended that the sugar production target for 2018 is unrealistic, since only three estates would remain operational. This, they said, is because the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is expected to fall behind its 2017 production target, which is expected to be the lowest in 27 years.“The budget tells us that sugar production will reach 115,447 tonnes next year from the three estates that will remain under GuySuCo’s management. This year, those three estates have produced aggregately 88,116 tonnes sugar…and therefore are budgeted to record a 31 per cent improvement in 2018.“For the GAWU, which has been associated with the sugar industry for decades now, this is a magnificent improvement, and we cannot help but wonder whether it is grounded in reality,” the Assistant General Secretary of the Union, Aslim Singh, noted.In his 2018 Budget speech, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) is tasked with examining and articulating the way forward with respect to the divestment of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, and East Demerara estates. He noted that the SPU would also work to reconfigure operations to guarantee economic viability at the Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont estates.last_img read more

Mother stabs 3-year-old son to death

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratAfter years of mistreating and neglecting her children, a 26-year-old mother of two has fatally stabbed her three-year-old son because she reportedly had a dream that she would die on Saturday.The infant Ramdeo Ferreira of Lot 585-Fifteenth Street, Foulis, East Coast Demerara is now dead following an ordeal that, according to the Police report, began at about 09:45h on Saturday when this mother began pursuing her hapless infant in the yard with a knife in her hand.A few minutes later, ranks at the Enmore Police Outpost received a report that the child had been stabbed by his mother; and when they arrived on the scene, they found the child lying unconscious in a pool of blood with suspected stab wounds to his neck and back.Police rushed the three-year-old to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), but he died at about noon (12:00h) while receiving medical treatment.The mother has since been taken into custody, and is said to be cooperating with investigators.Guyana Times understands that she has since told investigators that she had had a dream that she would die on Saturday, and she did not want to leave her favourite child behind, so she decided to kill him.The child’s father, 50-year-old Shamlall Mahadeo, has said he was at work when he received news about what had happened; and rushed back home only to find a pool of blood on the bed and everyone missing.He said his wife would usually neglect the children when he is at work, and they would have constant arguments over the children’s welfare.The grieving man related that his wife’s erratic behaviour intensified on Tuesday night.“Since Tuesday night like she start trip out, and she talking all kind of thing and making plenty noise. I went to the Enmore Police Station and report it, and them never come! The neighbours all report it, but (Police) nah come! Them only come after she done kill the boy!That was she favourite one. Just this morning (Saturday) he was telling me ‘Daddy, bye-bye’, when I was going to work,” the man said amidst his tears.Neighbours became aware of the incident after the eldest son, four-year-old Sukhdeo Ferreira, ran over to a relative to inform them about what had transpired. Mahadeo’s niece, Chandrawatie Veira, was the one to whom he related the incident.“The big one now he was afraid, and he decided to run out now and run with a rush and run straight to me and tell me that he mommy jook up he brother and that he bleeding and he deh pon the bed,” the woman related.She said that at this time she began panicking and raised an alarm. She said the Police were contacted, and nobody entered the house until the Police arrived.“We go behind the Police, and when we go the child was already like half dead, really helpless. He wasn’t even crying, he eye wasn’t even opened; he was really helpless. She was standing up there and he deh pon the bed in a pool of blood, and like she don’t know what going on.“She refused to hold the child in the Police vehicle when they take he to carry he at the hospital,” Veira said.Veira told Guyana Times that the woman had used a “dull knife without handle” to stab the toddler.NeglectVeira said her uncle has been with his wife for over five years, and the woman never really cared for the children. She said the boys would quite often be seen playing on the road clad only in their underwear.“This morning (Saturday), before everything happened, I was sitting on this chair eating when I see she. The whole place open, and I see she run out the yard, running on the road with a speed, the children screaming behind she and running…If the lil boy didn’t come out and talk, we won’t know,” Veira related.The constant neglect of the boys led Veira to call the Child Care and Protection Agency to intervene, and the officers had visited the home, but no one was at home. According to neighbours, the CPA officers never returned.RegretAnother neighbour has said her only regret is not breaking down the door to the house and attempting to rescue the younger Ferreira. She said that after the older Ferreira sibling had raised the alarm, everyone was afraid to go into the house, because they feared that the woman would have been armed.“It is sad, because things could have happened and not (reach to a stage as bad) as this. I heard the Child Protection was supposed to come in, but everybody just dragging them foot, and I hope when them see this, then them can take action. If everybody formed a group and go in and saved the child then he could have been saved. That is my only regret,” the neighbour said.“The saddest part is when she stabbed that child he couldn’t have scream. When I heard the lil boy come and say, ‘Mommy stab me brother and blood coming out,’ I holler from over here, and I said, ‘Brenda you killed that child? You killed that child?’ and it is just shocking,” the woman added while attempting to hold back the tears.She said the mother of the children woman is afraid of her, since she would quite often threaten to call the Police when the neglect became overbearing. She said sometimes the children would be home alone during the nights, and at 02:00h they would be walking the road searching for their parents.The woman added that as recently as Friday night, the suspect was having one of her episodes, and she spend the better part of the night and into Saturday morning banging on the walls and galvanized zinc sheets. The Police were summoned, but the woman continued her erratic behaviour.Mental illnessInitial reports suggest that the suspect is mentally challenged, and this may have led to her murdering her child. But according to her husband, his wife was never diagnosed with any form of mental illness.He said his wife’s behaviour was always the same, and she would have been to doctors, but was never diagnosed.For now, the woman is in Police custody at the Beterverwagting Station, and a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on young Ferreira’s body on Monday. The child was supposed to begin his nursery education in September and was very excited at the prospect of joining his brother at school.last_img read more

Update: Police say Ludwig not a suspect in bombings; Pick-up truck tip eliminated

first_imgRCMP are now saying a tip provided by hunters near the second of two EnCana pipeline bomb attacks last week has been ruled out. The tip involved a pickup truck seen near the site of that blast. Police say they have investigated the tip but the possibility of the truck’s involvement in the attack has now been eliminated.Meanwhile, police have questioned anti-Oil and Gas activist Wiebo Ludwig in connection with the bombings of 2 EnCana pipelines last week in the Tomslake area near the BC/Alberta border.In an interview with CTV, Ludwig said the media was too concerned with the danger of the attacks when they should be concerned with the danger of escalating oil and gas activity in the area, calling the industry “serial killers.”- Advertisement -Ludwig spent 2 years in jail in connection with a series of bombings on oil and gas infrastructure near his home near Hythe, Alberta in the late 1990s.Police say they are literally leaving no stone unturned in this investigation, but they insist that Ludwig is not a suspect in their case.last_img read more

FBI names Hernandez to head to LA office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles office got a new head on Friday when the agency named Salvador Hernandez as Assistant Director in Charge. Hernandez, who comes from the Criminal Investigative Division, replaces the headquarters-bound J. Stephen Tidwell. A Mexico City native who grew up in Missouri, Hernandez began his FBI career in 1984 and served in Phoenix, San Juan, Louisville and Oklahoma City. His assignments varied from tracking the Puerto Rican terrorist group known as the Macheteros to fighting white collar crime, public corruption and counterterrorism. Hernandez, a St. Louis University graduate, earned a bachelor’s in history in 1981 and a Juris Doctorate in 1984. For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime. 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_imgSeamus Coleman: Having dinner with the UK queenDONEGAL soccer star Seamus Coleman is among the guests at State banquet being hosted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth this evening.The Killybegs man is among hundreds of guests at a dinner in honour of President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle.They include dozens of personalities and sports stars from Ireland who ply their trade in Britain – including Everton star Seamus. Earlier today the Quen and Prince Philip welcomed the President and his wife, Sabina, to Windsor.The presidential couple had lunch at Windsor Castle with the royal couple, before heading back into central London.The President also inspected a guard of honour drawn from Grenadier Guards.There was plenty of pomp and ceremony on display as the President arrived at Windsor Castle, with more than 800 soldiers, 275 horses and the band of the Irish Guards involved in the welcome for President Higgins and his wife. A 21-gun salute also sounded as Britain’s Queen and Prince Philip greeted the President with Amhrán na bhFiann ringing out over Windsor Castle.President Higgins later addressed parliament at Westminster about the growing friendship between the two islands. SEAMUS COLEMAN HAVING DINNER WITH THE QUEEN was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:seamus colemanstate visitwindsorlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Letterkenny Rovers youth star Dale Gorman made his professional bow in English football last night when he appeared as a substitute in the Capital One Cup clash between Stevenage and Ipswich Town.Gorman had made a number of appearances for Teddy Sheringham’s side during pre-season and impressed the former Manchester United star.Sheringham praised Gorman’s performance against Spurs and says he was a talented player with a bright future. Gorman was an unused substitute for their league opener on Saturday.However, the talented midfielder was sprung from the bench at half-time last night.Stevenage exited the competition after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town but Gorman again impressed when he made his introduction.Gorman’s father Anthony had a fine career in both the LOI and Irish League where he played for a whole host of clubs. He won a number of league titles during his spell at Belfast giants Linfield FC.As the old saying goes the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.Well done Dale and hopefully it’s the first of many appearances in English football.DELIGHT FOR DALE GORMAN AS HE MAKES HIS COMPETITIVE DEBUT FOR STEVENAGE was last modified: August 12th, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgAn ear, nose and throat clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital has been deferred because of the impact of high volumes of people attending the hospital, it said today.The emergency department at the hospital is described as extremely busy and delays can be expected according to a spokesperson for the hospital.She advised people that they should first consult their GP if they need medical attention but in the case of emergency they should attend the hospital.The hospital is also advising people that due to the high number of admissions recently, patients due for a planned admission as an inpatient at the hospital should contact the hospital beforehand to confirm the availability of a bed.The hospital can be contacted at 074 9125888.“We regret any inconvenience that these measures may cause and we would like to thank the public for their help and co-operation,” it said in a statement. BEDS CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL TODAY was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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_imgLetterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake today announced details of his Mayor’s project for 2014.A Grianan Theatre in LetterkennyHis plan is to commission a new town clock and also to renovate the large plaza to the front of An Grianán Theatre where the new clock will be situated.With the theatre ‘s plaza now 15 years old, it was overdue for renovation with some hard winters taking a particular toll on the tiles and steps Mayor Blake decided to make this his project for 2014 after he was invited by Anne McGowan, Chairperson of An Grianán Theatre to consider such a project during his term as Mayor.The centrepiece of the new scheme will be a new town clock, specially commissioned from local artist Christy Keeney.The new clock will be made from steel and the design is in keeping with the modern style and construction of the theatre building.The clock will be constructed by Father and Son team Paul and Christopher Hynd from Joe Bonnar Metalcraft Ltd. The new town clock will be situated in a prominent position above the door of the theatre’s main entrance. The work on the overall project will be co-ordinated by Letterkenny Town Council’s Engineer John McCarron and the scheme will be designed the Town Gardener David Donnelly.Work has already commenced on the renovation of the plaza and the new design will make the theatre more welcoming for members of the public.New paving and trees have already been installed and there will also be benches and plant pots added to the area. There will also be a new lighting scheme incorporating recessed ground level lighting in the paving, spotlights on the trees as well as flood lighting of the theatre’s façade to highlight the new clock.The finishing touches to the design will be new paint work for the theatre’s facade with expert advice on the colour scheme provided by the consultants Anne McKeever and Clare McDonough from La Maison Interior Design under Letterkenny Tidy Town’s “Paint The Town” Initiative.The primary new colour is astral green with the trim in hemp beige. Painting is already underway and the work is being carried out by Gerard Farrell and his team. The resources for this project come from Mayor Blake’s own fund as well as contributions from The Community Development Fund and Letterkenny Town Council. An Grianán Theatre is also making a significant contribution and the paint for the theatre building has been sponsored by Dulux and Foy’s of Letterkenny.Mayor Paschal Blake, who is coming to the end of his term of office will launch the completed project and unveil the new town clock in a public celebration to be held on Saturday 17 May 2014An Grianán Theatre opened in October 1999 and rapidly earned a reputation for artistic excellence and accessibility.Now established as an integral part of Donegal’s cultural landscape, An Grianán has worked in close partnership with other key players in the county and nationally to invigorate and develop the local arts scene. The theatre is open to the public all day and one can avail of the excellent café and bar, view art exhibitions or, of course, attend a show.An Grianán is a registered charity and receives annual funding from the Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Town Council, the Dept of Social Protection and the Arts Council/Chomhairle Ealaion.LETTERKENNY ON TIME WITH NEW TOWN CLOCK AND THEATRE RENOVATION was last modified: April 30th, 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:An Grianan TheatreletterkennyMayor Pascal Blaketown clocklast_img read more

Red-light cameras may double

first_img LAPD officials say collisions dropped 18 percent at the 16 test intersections during the four-year pilot program. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week San Fernando Valley Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith supported such a further testing period. “I have no stake in any of the companies involved,” said Zine, a former traffic cop. “My only concern is we have the best system.” Smith objected to a contract provision that would have the city’s Department of Transportation do the installation work itself. The majority of the panel, though, was won over by the police officials who negotiated the contract and were confident in Nestor. “They provide the best technology at the lowest cost to the city,” said Capt. Kevin McCarthy. A plan to double the number of Los Angeles intersections with cameras to catch red-light runners won the endorsement of a key City Council panel Monday, despite objections that more study is needed. The Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 to approve a potential five-year, $15.6 million contract with Rhode Island-based Nestor Traffic Systems to put up to 32 cameras at high-traffic corners across Los Angeles. The city previously had a pilot program with cameras at 16 intersections, and, although the equipment remains, the program is dormant until a new contract is signed. Officials with Redflex Traffic Systems said the city’s bid process gave the firms a very close numerical ranking and they urged the panel to delay the final contract to hold a competitive test run for the two companies’ products, as several other cities have done. last_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Announces Final Four Rio Olympic Rematch Fields

first_img Buy Tickets Story Links Rio Olympic Rematch Fields center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee announced the final four Rio Olympic Rematch events for next week’s 108th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, unveiled the competitors for the men’s 400 meters, women’s 110-meter hurdles and the men’s and women’s pole vault. The addition of those four events brings the total number of Olympians set to compete at the Drake Relays to 74.The men’s 400 meters will feature five Olympians and the latest chapter in the rivalry between LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James on the Blue Oval. James won the event last year with a Drake Relays record of 44.08 en route to capturing the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics while Merritt was second the Drake Relays and an eventual 2016 Olympic bronze medal. The pair has combined to win two of the last three Olympic gold medals in the event with James doing so in 2012 and Merritt in 2008.The event will also include the up-and-coming Bralon Taplin who finished his 2016 season ranked fifth in the world after finishing seventh at the Olympics and third at the Drake Relays. Relays’ regulars Tony Quay and David Verburg also return in the event.The women’s 100-meter hurdles will maintain its legacy as one of the premier events at the Drake Relays with this year’s Rio Olympic Rematch event featuring six Olympians, the world record holder, the 2016 Olympic silver and bronze medalist and the 2008 Olympic gold medalist. All eight competitors in the field finished the 2016 season ranked in the top 10 in the world.The defending Drake Relays champion and current world record holder Keni Harrison returns to the Blue Oval to defend her title after running 12.20 last summer and winning the U.S. Indoor Championship recently. She will be joined by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali and the bronze medalist, Kristi Castlin. Castlin was the Drake Relays runner-up in 2016 and champion in 2012 and 2014. Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2012 silver medalist returns to the Blue Oval as a three-time world champion as well.Queen Harrison joined Thursday’s announcement via video conference to announce she is returning to the Drake Relays. A Drake Stadium favorite, Harrison was the 2013 Drake Relays Champion and owns the 10th fastest time ever by an American at 12.43 and finished the 2016 season ranked eighth in the world.The 2015 Drake Relays Champion and Drake Relays record holder Jasmin Stowers is also in the field as is Cindy Ofili, the 2016 Drake Relays university champion who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics running for Great Britain. Her sister, Tiffany Porter, also returns to Drake after advancing to the 2016 Olympic finals and finishing seventh.Boldon also announced the full fields for the men’s and women’s Rio Olympic Rematches inside Drake Stadium with 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris headlining the women’s field. Morris is the American record holder in the event at 16-4.75 (5.0m) and opened her 2016 season with a Drake Relays title before finishing ranked No. 1 in the world in 2016. Mary Saxer, a regular at the Drake Relays who finished fourth in 2016, is also in the deep field, as is Canadian national record holder and 2016 Olympian Alysha Newman. A Drake Relays newcomer, Diamara Planell-Cruz also joins the field as the Puerto Rico national record holder and the nation’s first ever Olympian in the event.The men’s pole vault is equally impressive with 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks returning to Drake Stadium as is Canadian national record holder, 2015 World Champion and 2016 Olympic finalist Shawn Barber. 2016 Olympians Logan Cunningham and Brazilian Augusto Dutra also join the competition inside Drake Stadium. Thursday’s announcement marks less than one week until the 108th edition of America’s Athletic Classic gets underway at Drake Stadium. Competitive action in Des Moines begins on Tuesday with the annual Grand Blue Mile on the streets of downtown Des Moines. Tickets are available for all sessions of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee by visiting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office, calling 515-271-3647 or using DrakeTix.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more