Dear Editor,While in Guyana the jobless and beleaguered sugar workers are forced to protest for their lawful entitlements and are told by the Prime Minister, through his representative, that their concerns would be raised at Cabinet, our union’s attention is drawn to the situation regarding the workers of Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin). While the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union disagrees with reasons being advanced for the closure of the company’s refining operations and recognises that the closure will take a heavy toll on the workers, their families and their communities, we saw considered attempts by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to at least dampen the serious consequences of closure.On September 19, 2018, the media reported that Energy Minister Franklin Khan said Petrotrin and the Oilfeld Workers Trade Union (OWTU) were engaged in discussions regarding severance and said “…the State, Board and Government is willing to sit with the union… and possibly offer some enhancement to that package”. But in addition to a possible enhanced severance package, that country’s Social Development Minister, Cherrie Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, according to the report, shared that the Government had devised a plan which would offer the retrenched workers assistance to purchase food, to access public assistance and general assistance; would see vulnerable workers benefiting from an electricity subsidy; the workers would have access to health/wellness centres; they would receive advice on financial security; the Government would assist NGOs who in turn would set up soup kitchens and temporary shelters; and toll-free call centres for workers who require information on Government assistance.We also saw the Energy Minister in a report which appeared in the August 31, of sections of the media that those workers above 55 saying “…for people over 55, pay them off, and they’ll have their full pension”. From the Minister’s statement, he seems to say that workers beyond 55 will get both their severance and their pension.Indeed, while we know first-hand the serious difficulties of closure, we recognise that, from all indications, some serious attempts are being made to cushion the fall by our Caribbean counterpart. We sincerely hope all that is promised to the Petrotrin workers materialises, recognising our sad past with promises. Now for the 7000 sugar workers who have been put out onto the cold breadline, our caring Government is pushing workers to the brink; forcing them on the picket line to demand their lawful entitlements; engaging in all sort of legal gymnastics to further deny them their just payments, and then rubbing salt in the wound by saying their payments are haemorrhaging the country. It seems to us that it is the Government which is haemorrhaging the thousands of retrenched sugar workers.We urge our Government to take a page out of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s book and considerately treat our people in a humane manner at this difficult period in their lives.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
Vacation students attending the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) over the weekend dedicated a community latrine they renovated in the Soniwein Community. The project is part of the students’ community service program. Anthony Kimba, who coordinated the project, said the vacation students decided to renovate the latrine because that was the students’ way of identifying with their respective communities.Funding for the project was provided by the AME University and partners through which the students were able to purchase materials they used for the project. Soniwein was selected due to its poor environmental condition particularly the lack of decent latrines. “With these kinds of project, students recognized the suffering that ordinary Liberians who do not have the hands go through on a daily basis. Therefore students undertaking such a project will make poverty-stricken Liberians see the need to undertake projects in their respective communities in the near future,” Mr. Kimba said.He said the student vocational program is based on the idea of transforming 12th graders from high school to college through standardized education activities.The program provides opportunities for participating students to interact with motivational speakers that drive their ambition for a productive life in society; instils a sense of community ownership among the participants through the implementation of a community service project each year.Kimba said 60 students are admitted into the vacation school on a merit- based process and it runs for four weeks with no cost, but the students are provided daily transportation stipends, lunch, etc.In his remarks, Soniwein Block ‘D’ Deputy Community Chair, George Drow, expressed gratitude to the students for the renovation, which he said will go a long way.“We have long been suffering due to the lack of a decent latrine, now you have given us one. We hope that this will not be the last as we need more help from you people, Mr. Drow said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Their outside hitter (Suddeth) pretty much kept them in the game,” Krieger said. “Hesperia was very scrappy, and played very good defense, but our mental lapses played a part,” Saldivar said. Host Redlands East Valley took third place by defeating Yucaipa 25-16. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDLANDS – Hes peria put on a determined effort, but it was not enough to over come the strength of Riverside County powerhouse Martin Lu ther King as the Scorpions fell 25-23, 26-24 in the title match of the 15-team Redlands East Val ley High School Volleyball Classic on Saturday. King looked like it would make quick work of Hesperia after taking a 21-14 lead in the first game, but Penina Suddeth and Brittany Westplat led the Scor pions on a 9-3 rally to make it 24-23. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we would have gotten a bet ter start earlier in that first game, it would have been interesting.” Hesperia advanced to the finals after upsetting the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Yucaipa, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13. “We got lackadaisical after beating Yucaipa,” Lopez said. King (12-4) took the trophy by finally wearing down Hesperia and its 21-20 lead with a 6-3 finish. Noel Rosborough led King with 10 kills and all-River side County setter Holly Ander son had 29 assists. Stephanie Saldivar led the two-time de fending Ivy League champion Wolves with seven digs. “Things they were doing were things we should have been stopping,” said King coach Gene Krieger, referring to the center dump. “Hesperia im pressed me, but there was no one in the tournament who could hit the ball like Rosborough or Ju lian Paul. If we make a good pass, there is hardly anyone (who) stops our middle play.” Suddeth led Hesperia with 13 kills and Alyssa Auck added five kills and 18 assists. Westplat finished with six kills. Hesperia (13-2) lost the first game when the referee awarded King the winning point on a net infraction. “We realized how bad we want ed it after they took the big lead,” said Hesperia coach Omar Lopez, who called a key timeout after his team trailed by eight points.
India captain Virat Kohli consolidated his position at the top of International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman rankings after the outstanding century he hit during India’s 146-run defeat in the Perth Test against Australia.The first innings-century – 123 runs from 257 balls – on a bounce and pace-rich Perth Stadium track has helped Virat Kohli accumulate 14 points and reach a total of 934, three away from his career-best Test rating points.The valiant century helped Virat Kohli extend his lead over second-ranked Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points. The New Zealand skipper was closing in on Kohli after a series of consistent scores in their historic 2-1 win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Nonetheless, Williamson has reached his personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.Pant, Bumrah achieve career-best rankingsFor India, apart from Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with Player of the Match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.advertisementAmong their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side.New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position.For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.Top 10 Test batsman (As on December 20, 2018)Virat KohliKane WilliamsonSteve SmithCheteshwar PujaraJoe RootDavid WarnerDimuth KarunaratneDean ElgarAzhar AliHenry NichollsTop 10 Test bowlersKagiso RabadaJames AndersonVernon PhilanderMohammad AbbasRavindra JadejaR AshwinNathan LyonPat CumminsJosh HazlewoodYasir ShahAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar’s ultimatum to Virat Kohli if India fail to win Australia Test seriesAlso Read | PCB asked to pay 60 per cent of cost claimed by BCCI in compensation battleAlso See: