GPTWU workers give Govt 1-week ultimatum for pension payout

first_imgThe Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Unions (GPTWU) has given the Guyana Government a one-week ultimatum to resolve the decades-old issue regarding the payment of pension to retired workers of the Guyana Telecommunications Corporation (GTC) and the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Limited (GTT).When the GTC was privatised in 1990, the workers who stayed on under GTT were promised that they would be paid their benefits when they retired from the telecommunications giant – an Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN) majority-owned company – as if they were in the public service.However, those former GTC/GTT workers who retired after years of service underPresident of GPTWU Harold Shephard surrounded by GTC/GTT pensioners at Wednesday’s press conferenceboth companies are still trying to get their correct outstanding entitlement.As such, during a press briefing on Wednesday, they called on Government to take actions immediately to resolve the matter, threatening to move to the court if nothing is done.“We’re giving the Minister of Finance and the Government of Guyana, an opportunity once more to have dialogue with the union to address this issue. [But] we’re not prepared to wait indefinitely… we’re prepared to take the necessary actions to ensure that this issue is resolved… We expect at least a call from some senior official within the next week or so for us to sit down and have dialogue… if not we will seek legal advice and if we have to protest, we’ll protest,” President of GPTWU, Harold Shepherd asserted.One of the things the union is looking forward to from Government is the establishment of a special committee in accordance with a 2014 recommendation, which the union believes is the way forward in resolving the issue.“We would like to ask the President to appoint, as was recommended in 2014, a Special Select Committee to bring about a resolution to this long outstanding issue. We have been languishing approximately two decades and [it] is our opinion that this resolution is not for the Minister of Finance [Winston Jordan] or the Ministry, it lies in a special select committee,” retired worker Lennox Skeete said.He added too that they would also recommend that Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Godfrey Statia be included in that committee “because of their involvement with this pension issue some years ago”.Documents shared with the media revealed a correspondence from the Privatisation Unit to the Finance Ministry back in 2000 detailing excerpts from the 1990 sale agreement which states: “…You will be continued in employment with GT&T and your service will be treated as continuous and unbroken and other conditions of service will not be less favourable than what you presently enjoy. You are guaranteed employment with GT&T for a period of eighteen (18) months, subject, of course, to the right of the management to dismiss or discharge you for cause. These amounts will become due and payable to you when you finally retire from the service of GT&T, or your employment with GT&T is terminated, in circumstances in which, had you been employed in the Public Service, you would be entitled to Pension and Gratuity under Section 8 of the said Act. The liability to pay the above benefits, when they become due and payable will be transferred to the Government in the Ministry of Finance.”However, over the years, GTC/GTT pensioners received a mere $22,000 instead of a minimum of $90,000 or a maximum of $700,000 in accordance with their last salary base. According to the pensioners, although the Finance Ministry had adjusted the rates back in 2017, it was still inadequate to what they are actually entitled to.Furthermore, the retired workers also called out Finance Minister Winston Jordan over comments he made, claiming that the matter has been resolved.Insisting that this was not the case, another pensioner, David Wallace, challenged the Finance Ministry to proffer proof that the matter was resolved. Wallace further called the utterance of the Minister “disrespectful, untrue and insulting”. He noted that it is the retired workers who are suffering.“There are people within the Government who knows what is taking place and it is our perception that the Ministry of Finance does not have the knowledge and skill to look at this matter, and because of this we are suffering,” Wallace asserted.The GPTWU also revealed that they had written to President David Granger back in November 2018, appealing for his intervention to have the matter resolved. In December, Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams acknowledged receipt of the letter, informing the union that the President asked that the letter be forwarded to the Finance Minister “for action”.last_img read more

‘Fighter’ Neymar will be fine for World Cup – Jesus

first_img0Shares0000Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus expects to be playing alongside Neymar at the World Cup © AFP/File / PHILIPPE HUGUENLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus backed Brazilian international team-mate Neymar to make a full recovery in time to lead his country’s bid to win a sixth World Cup.Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week to repair a broken bone in his foot just over three months from the tournament getting underway in Russia. Jesus was Neymar’s strike partner as Brazil stormed through qualification once Tite took over as coach in June 2016.But he too has had to bounce back from injury as he scored on his first start for over two months in City’s 2-1 Champions League defeat by Basel on Wednesday after recovering from knee ligament damage.“Neymar sent me a message right after his injury,” said Jesus.“I told him how I felt and how my recovery was. He is a fighter and everything is going to be fine.”However, Jesus admitted he will take some time to get over the “fear” that a potential injury setback could cost him his place at the World Cup.“When you are in the game, without wanting it, you end up thinking about the previous game where you got injured, you have a bit of fear.“I think I still played with some fear, there’s some movements when I still have some worries about getting injured again.“I know anything can happen but I’m sure that the more you play, the quicker that fear is going to go away.”Jesus had displaced City’s all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero at times earlier in the season when Pep Guardiola opted for just one recognised striker.Aguero, though, has fully reestablished himself as Guardiola’s first choice in Jesus’s prolonged absence by doubling his tally for the season in the last two months to move onto 30 goals for the campaign.And Jesus insisted his is happy to play a supporting role in City’s bid for Premier League and Champions League glory.“Aguero is my team-mate and I’ll always cheer for him to score and help the club,” he added.“When the opportunity comes for me, I’ll do my best and I’m sure that they’ll support me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Dirk Kuyt is a better right-back than Glen Johnson!’ – Twitter’s love for Liverpool hero

first_img1 The internet loves Dirk Kuyt.The Liverpool hero has been an ever-present in the Netherlands national team having proved a dependable team player during his days on Merseyside.Up front, on the wing, in the centre and now at right-back, the versatile Dutch workhorse has surprised a few at this World Cup, and not even the sweltering heat of Brazil has curbed his tireless scampering, covering practically every blade of grass on the pitch.Less is heard of the golden-locked beast since his switch to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, but the striker-cum-midfielder-cum-defender clearly still has a place reserved in the Anfield faithful’s hearts.He may not have enjoyed his best spell in the World Cup semi-final against Argentina, needlessly giving away possession a number of times throughout the first half, but that didn’t stop the love pouring out from every online orifice as he once again graced the pitch with his glorious presence.So, please be upstanding for the working class hero of world football… Dutch hero Dirk Kuyt flies into a tackle on Argentina’s Enzo Perez last_img read more

LVG ‘convinced’ Rooney will end Premier League goal drought

first_img1 Wayne Rooney Louis van Gaal insists has no doubts that Wayne Rooney will be prolific in the Premier League again.Rooney has scored four times in cup compeitions this season but has not found the net in the top-flight since April 4.But Van Gaal maintains he is not concerned by his skipper’s league drought.“He has already scored four goals,” the United manager said, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland.“I don’t think that is an issue for him, for me or for the club so he shall score also in the Premier League. That I am convinced of. And you shall see it.”While Rooney has come in for criticism, new signing Anthony Martial has made a stunning start to his United career with four goals in four games.Martial will lead the line for United against Sunderland, with Rooney operating behind him, and Van Gaal believes they can build an excellent partnership.“I think that Wayne can play a lot of positions,” Van Gaal said. “He has shown that last season.“I want to play with a first striker and a second striker and maybe they are a very good duo together. We shall wait and see.“I also have to wait and see if he can play as a second striker in this system, which we now play.“He is a striker for me and maybe I shall use him behind Martial.”last_img read more

Jessica’s Flaw: ‘Tough’ sex-offender measure skimpy on details

first_imgTHERE are, as of last count, about 660 convicted sex offenders wandering free around California, not wearing the monitoring devices that Jessica’s Law requires. And state officials say there’s nothing they can do about it. That ought to come as a shock to California voters, who overwhelmingly approved Jessica’s Law at the polls last year – under the promise that the state would finally get tough on child predators. Turns out we were had, again. Proposition 83, its proponents told us, would stiffen penalties for sex offenders. It would prohibit released sex criminals from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. And it would require them to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. And countless other state politicians – from the governor and the attorney general all the way down – happily backed the measure because it was “tough on crime,” even though it was light on details. Voters don’t read the fine print or the legal mumbo-jumbo on ballot initiatives, nor should they be expected to. It’s reasonable to expect that a measure does what it’s designed to do, and that the politicians, their lawyers, and their staffers will take care of the logistical questions. Once again, the voters did their job, but the politicians have not. And the result, as usual, is a “reform” that’s a far cry from what the politicians advertised.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonYet even with Jessica’s Law on the books, State Corrections Secretary James Tilton told Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Sex Offender Management Board in October that his department was removing GPS devices from 500 ex-convicts who had completed parole – regardless of the lifetime monitoring requirement. And 160 more ex-parolees have been freed from monitoring since then. Not only are the whereabouts of these offenders unknown, but the state’s ability to enforce Jessica’s Law’s residency requirements is severely undercut. The reason, according to the governor’s board, is that Proposition 83 was too vague about certain key details. First among them: Which authorities – state or local – would be responsible for monitoring the offenders. And, by extension, who’s responsible for the cost. The board says it’s trying to come up with an answer to those questions. Meanwhile, offenders who complete their parole can carry on as they have before. Apparently the politicians who wrote Jessica’s Law – state Sen. George Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon, both R-Lancaster, did a great job coming up with tough-sounding promises, and a less impressive job of codifying them into law. last_img read more

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur signs contract extension

first_img 1 James McArthur has committed his future to Crystal Palace He is now an integral part of Roy Hodgson’s side and played a key role as the London claim retained their Premier League status last season.Palace chairman Steve Parish has hailed McArthur as “the epitome of a model professional” and “is a real team man.”He added: “James has been a huge success at the club and embodies everything we are about at Crystal Palace. We are absolutely delighted that he has re-signed with us.” James McArthur has signed a contract extension with Crystal Palace, committing himself to the Premier League club until the end of the 2020/21 season.The Scotland international has played 136 games for the Eagles since signing from Wigan four years ago. 🙌 @jamesmcarthur16 has been a key contributor at #CPFC 🦅 over the last 4⃣ years!— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 17, 2018Palace currently sit 12th in the table after collecting two wins from their five games of the new campaign – beating Huddersfield 1-0 on Saturday.The aim this term will again be to continue their stay in the top flight, and McArthur says there is more to come from the Eagles this season.“I’m excited about the challenges that come,” McArthur said in an interview with the club’s website.“The manager has brought the best out of me from last season, and I really enjoy playing under him.“We need to take one game at a time. We know it is going to be tough, the Premier League is tough.“The manager has put together a very good squad, where there is competition for places all over the field. I think we will get stronger and stronger.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal team slam documents in response to rape allegations

first_img 1 I have been hired to represent Cristiano Ronaldo with respect to the recent civil complaint arising from events alleged to have occurred in 2009, all of which were the subject of a mutual release between the parties in 2010.Given the breach of that agreement by the other side and the inflammatory accusations that have been lodged in the ensuing days as a result, Mr Ronaldo feels compelled to no longer stand silent and in fact, is entitled under the agreement to respond proportionately in kind.To be clear, Cristiano Ronaldo vehemently denies all the accusations in this civil action, in consistency with what he has done in the last nine years.The documents that allegedly contain statements by Mr. Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure inventions.By 2015, dozens of entities (including law firms) in different parts of Europe were attacked and their electronic data stolen by a cybercriminal.This hacker tried to sell such information, and a media outlet irresponsibly ended up publishing some of the stolen documents, significant parts of which were altered and / or completely fabricated. Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual.Cristiano Ronaldo does not deny that he agreed to enter into an agreement, but the reasons that led him to do so are at least to be distorted. This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt. What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisors in order to put an end to the outrageous accusations made against him, in order precisely to avoid attempts, such as those we are now witnessing, to destroy a reputation built thanks to hard work, athletic ability and behavioural correction. Unfortunately, it is now involved in the type of litigation that is very common in the United States.Although Cristiano Ronaldo is accustomed to being the subject of media attention, inherent in the fact that he is a famous person, it is absolutely deplorable that the media continue to propagate and stimulate an intentional defamation campaign based on stolen and easily manipulated digital documents.Cristiano Ronaldo has mandated his lawyers in the United States and Europe to deal with all legal aspects and expresses full confidence that the truth will prevail, despite the corruption of counterinformation, and in which the laws of Nevada will be enforced and respected. Ronaldo’s lawyer has released a lengthy rebuttal Cristiano Ronaldo Legal Team Statement In Full Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer has declared that rape allegations against the football superstar are an ‘attempt to destroy his reputation’ in a lengthy statement.Peter Christiansen issued a strong response after being hired to represent the 33-year-old who is facing allegations of rape from 2009. The lawyer stated that significant parts of the documents first published by German publication Der Spiegel were “altered and/or completely fabricated”Christiansen also added that Ronaldo insists the incident in question was “consensual in nature” and the confidentiality agreement (which has now been broken) is “by no means an admission of guilt.” Der Spiegel wrote that Ms Mayorga filed a report with the Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,00 (£288,000) payment for agreeing to never go public with the allegations in 2010.However, her lawyers are now looking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated the complaint in June 2009 but added they had no suspect in the case.A statement read: “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.”last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: One of the county’s best-known companies Donegal Creameries is on the verge of being sold, understands.The company is to be bought by Connaght Gold – a company with head offices in Co Sligo.And we also understand that the buy-out could be bad news for some employees of the company. Currently the company operates NINE agri-stores outlets across the county including Letterkenny, Kerrykeel, Killygordan and Lifford.The company currently has more than 200 employees including 100 workers at its Creamery Division in KillygordanAlthough the company made a 14% increase in profit from €3 million to €3.4 million, it is feared some of the company’s stores are not as healthy as others.The new buy-out will undoubtedly lead to a full audit of the company which had an annual turnover of €126 million last year. Outside of its agri-business, the company also owns shares in a number of other private ventures including the LYIT Students Hall Accommodation in Letterkenny.A source close to Donegal Creameries told Donegaldaily that a deal has been struck with Connaght Gold but nobody knows what it will mean to the workforce of the company.“There has been speculation about the buy-out for a number of weeks now but I believe an announcement will be made tomorrow.“The company is in good shape but there is a lot of nervousness amongst the workforce about the future.“We do not believe a company would buy Donegal Creameries if they were going to shut it – that would not make any sense. “However there is already speculation that there will be some fine-tuning of some different areas,” he said.EndsUNCERTAINTY OVER WORKFORCE AS DONEGAL CREAMERIES ON VERGE OF BEING SOLD was last modified: September 1st, 2011 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:buy-outConnaught GoldDonegal Creamerieslast_img read more


first_imgIT’S hard to beat the GAA when you have decided to emigrate to start a new life abroad.And the Donegal Boston Gaelic Football Club, whose past players include Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, is offering a helping hand to Donegal folk who end up in the city.Says Majella McFadden from the club: “The club has come a long way since a group of ex-pats came together in 1988 to form what has become one of the leading lights on the Boston GAA scene. “Donegal Boston’s founding members were: Jackie Rushe (Castlefin), Eamonn Mc Ginley (St. Michael’s), Patrick O`Malley-Daly (Ballyshannon), Ricky Rushe (Castlefin), Manus Mc Fadden (Glenswilly), Anness Mc Clafferty (Downings) and Paddy Mc Devitt (Fintown)“Among the well-known inter-county stars from past and present who have represented the club are Kevin Cassidy, Jim McGuinness, Rory Kavanagh, John Gildea, Declan Bonner, Donnie McCole, Johnny McCafferty, Adrian Sweeney, Padraig Gallagher, James Ruane, Kevin McMenamin, Martin Caulfield, Ryan Bradley and Ollie Reid, Colm Mc Fadden, Christy Toye (all Donegal).“Players from other counties have also represented us including Martin Penrose and John Lynch (Tyrone), Dessie Dolan, Denis and David Glennon (Westmeath), Raymond Gallagher, Niall Cox, Dermot Feely and Cormac McAdams (Fermanagh). Colm Parkinson and Cahir Healy (Laois), Glen Burke (Tipperary), John Finucane (Antrim), Paul Noone (Roscommon) and Jamie Carr (Louth).“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Donegal football club here in Boston. Plans are already in the works for a celebratory dinner dance for later in 2012. “If anyone is thinking of emigrating in 2012, Donegal GFC Boston can help people find work and accommodation. For more information please contact the club through our website, Facebook Page (donegalgfcboston) or the chairman at”The club is in good Donegal hands.A recent meeting elected the new 2012 Donegal Boston committee. They are:Honorary President: Connie mc Elaney (Doagh Island)Chairman: Paddy Mc Devitt (Fintown) Vice Chairman: Eamon Kelly (Buncranna)Secretary: Denise Trimble (Glenties)Assistant Secretary: Paul Friel (Clonmany)Treasurer: Jonathan Byrne (Malin) Assistant Treasurer: Brian Kelly(Urris)PRO: Majella Mc Fadden (Creeslough)Registrar: Ricky Rush (Castlefinn)Delegates:John Cunningham (Glencolmcille)Brian Boyce (Downings)Paul Boyce  (Downings)Gareth Ruddy (Carndonagh)Eamon Rushe (Castlefin)Michael Mc Bride(Downings)Senior Manager (T.B.A.)Junior A Manager: Gareth RuddyJunior B Manager: Brian BoyceDONEGAL BOSTON GAA CLUB OFFERS HELP TO EMIGRANTS was last modified: January 18th, 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)Tags:DONEGAL BOSTON GFClast_img


first_imgA man who is alleged to have led Gardai on a 30km chase is expected to face more serious charges when he appears at Letterkenny District Court today.Cathal Dunleavy, 23, from Glenvar, Kerrykeel, appeared in court facing sixteen motoring charges on Thursday last.It follows an incident in the early hours of Thursday morning last when Dunleavy was allegedly spotted by Gardai in a car at Mountain Top in Letterkenny. A pursuit then ensued and a number of Garda cars were involved in a chase.The car in which Gardai alleged in court that Dunleavy was driving eventually crashed and was a write-off.Dunleavy appeared in court where an application for bail by solicitor Donagh Cleary was refused by Judge Paul Kelly.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately said he feared Dunleavy would not appear in court and that he also felt the accused posed a danger to himself and others.He also suggested that Dunleavy will face more serious charges when he appears in court today.MAN IN ‘GARDA CHASE’ EXPECTED TO FACE MORE SERIOUS CHARGES TODAY was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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:bailCATHAL DUNLEAVYGardaiLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more