M&CC pensioners threaten legal action against City Hall

first_img…still waiting on $124M approved disbursementRetired workers of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are contemplating legal action against the council for outstanding gratuity and other benefits owed to them dating back to 2015.Vice President of Pensioners’ Association, Kathy FowlerVice President of the Pensioners Association, Kathy Fowler on Wednesday said that the association has been pleading with the M&CC to disburse benefits owed to the pensioners, who would have worked with the municipality for more than 30 years. “There are pensioners that would have served the municipality well. Who would have served for 30 years, 33 years, 35 years. Persons that would have given their youth to the municipality and this is how they are being treated [at] the end of the day,” she said.Fowler, a member of the Guyana Local Government Union, explained that several attempts were made to retrieve the funds from the council, however, they are being ignored. The association has 35 members, all of whom are still awaiting their retirement benefits after four years.She added that a meeting was held under the stewardship of the new Mayor, Ubraj Narine, in early January where the Deputy Mayor, Town Clerk (ag), City Treasurer (ag) and Chairman of the Finance Committee also attended to update them on the issue of non-payments, however, no progress was made.The Mayor and team committed to putting measures in place for the pensioners to receive their benefits and two follow-up meetings were done in January month end and mid-February but to date, nothing has been done.Fowler said the M&CC had begun paying workers retroactive pay increase on salaries and the pensioners had picketed the exercise. This resulted in them being called to a meeting with the Mayor. She added that the meeting was attended by the Deputy Mayor and a few of the councillors but the Administration had abandoned the meeting. “To date, nobody has called us. Even though the media covered everything. Nobody called us. Nobody had the courtesy to sit with us or to acknowledge us,” she argued.Fowler disclosed that some of the pensioners attended the M&CC Commission of Inquiry in 2018 and spoke on the issue. She said subsequent to this, recommendations emerging from the CoI revealed that $124 million was given to the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan to address the pensioners’ issues.“Coming out of the CoI, based on the recommendations, the $124 million was given to the Minister of Communities, Mr Bulkan, to address the issues of pensioners’ gratuity, Guyana Public Service Credit Union and the National Insurance Scheme but we got nothing and not a word from them,” she explained.The money was given to begin to pay the retired pensioners, however, to date, none of them has received the payment.Fowler warned that they will be making efforts to meet with the Communities Minister soon before moving ahead with legal actions, which they have in the pipeline. “We do have legal actions in progress and we will also try to meet with the Minister before taking those steps,” she said.last_img read more

Breaking: Man arrested leaving Australia after crash which left two Donegal men seriously injured

first_imgA young Irishman has been arrested boarding a flight from Australia to Dublin following a serious crash which has left two other Irishmen with serious injuries in hospital.The 22 year old, understood to be from Co Donegal, was arrested yesterday on board a plane about to take off from Sydney Airport.Donegal Daily yesterday reported how an incident in the Sydney suburb of Chifley on Saturday last resulted in a car crashing into a parked van in the early hours of the morning. Eye-witnesses said a Mazda 323 car traveling at speed crashed into a parked Toyota Hiace van leaving two men trapped in the car.CCTV footage showed the driver of the car jumping out of the wreckage, surveying the scene before fleeing on foot.One of his passengers also fled on foot a short time later.Emergency services including police and ambulance personnel arrived on the scene a short time later. The scene of the serious crash in Sydney.It took the rescue services more than an hour to free the two men following the crash in the early hours of Saturday morning last.One of the men, a 25-year-old was left unconscious having suffered serious injuries.He was taken to St George’s Hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.The other trapped passenger, a 27-year-old man, was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.New South Wales police launched an immediate search for the driver and the passenger. And last night they confirmed that the man they believe to be the suspected driver had ben arrested and taken into custody.The man was arrested at 9pm on Monday evening Australian time.A police spokesman confirmed “Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit commenced inquiries and about 9pm last night (Monday, July 29), a 22 year old man was arrested at Sydney Airport on board a flight to Dublin.“He was taken to hospital under police guard, for treatment to injuries sustained during the crash. “Charges are expected to be laid upon his release from hospital.“Inquiries continue to locate the fourth occupant.”Breaking: Man arrested leaving Australia after crash which left two Donegal men seriously injured was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:arrestAustraliacrashdonegalplanepolicesydneylast_img read more

Juve linked with Willian and Stoke reportedly want Blues youngsters

first_imgWillian is the latest Chelsea player Juventus are reported to be interested in signing.Juve have been linked with Oscar and more recently Mohamed Salah amid speculation that the Blues could part with a player in exchange for Paul Pogba.The Daily Mirror now say Willian is also a target for the Italian club.Willian is the latest Chelsea player to be linked with JuventusThe Sun reports that Stoke want Victor Moses, Patrick Bamford or Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea as well as £8m for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Moses was on loan at Stoke last season, while youngsters Bamford and Loftus-Cheek have attracted interest from a number of clubs. Related West London Sport story: Boro keen on Loftus-Cheek loan deal (18 June)Baba Rahman’s agent has been trying to drum up interest among top English clubs in the Augsburg left-back.Chelsea have been duly linked with him and there have been several reports that Manchester City and Arsenal are also interested, including in the Daily Express.Chelsea have also been linked with Stuttgart’s Antonio Rudiger, but according to German media reports the defender would prefer to stay in the Bundesliga and join Wolfsburg.Meanwhile, the Mirror and the Daily Mail pick up on yesterday’s news that QPR have moved closer to signing Ravel Morrison.Related West London Sport story: QPR move closer to signing MorrisonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors make a change to their TV team: Who’s in? Who’s out?

first_imgThe Warriors, who will enter next season with a drastically revamped roster, apparently believe it’s time to give their television team a fresh look, as well.The organization announced Friday that Kelenna Azubuike will be a color commentator for the games on NBC Sports Bay Area. And no, Jim Barnett is not going away. After 35 years on TV, he’s moving over to the radio coverage.Azubuike, who will work alongside play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald, has been an analyst on Golden State’s pre- and …last_img read more

Concerns about crop insurance budget cuts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to a proposed $3 billion cut in crop insurance support as part of a larger budget deal, the American Soybean Association issued a strong defense of the nation’s farm program and called on Congress to oppose any reopening of the farm bill. ASA President Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, noted that agriculture remains the only industry segment that has come forward and voluntarily accepted spending reductions, and urged lawmakers to seek cuts elsewhere.“ASA absolutely opposes any effort by Congress to reopen any part of the farm bill as part of budget negotiations, and we implore lawmakers to reject any attempt to target crop insurance or any other farm bill programs for further cuts. Speaking frankly, our farm economy is simply not in the shape it was even three years ago when we began the process of writing the farm bill. Crop values are down almost 50 percent, and our farmers face volatile weather ranging from flooding in the Carolinas to drought in Texas and fires in California. Farmers need a stronger safety net, not a weaker one, and now is hardly the time to pull the rug out from under them by weakening the nation’s investment in the crop insurance program,” he said. “We stand with Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson in their defense of the 2014 Farm Bill and the critical safety net it provides farmers. Faced with the need to confront our nation’s budget responsibility, we worked alongside these committee leaders for three full years to craft a piece of farm legislation that strengthens our safety net and brings savings to the table. That’s more than can be said for any other industry sector. This burden is something that must be spread across the board, not shouldered unfairly by a select few.”last_img read more

After Inbound

first_imgAfter inbound produces the lead, then what? Let’s assume inbound drives enough leads to you that you should be able to generate the revenue, then what?Do you know how to qualify those leads, ensuring that you are spending your time with the prospects for whom you can create massive value and who are willing to pay for that value?Do you have a process that allows you to understand where the buyer is in their buying journey and how to create value where they are now?Can you differentiate you and your offering from all of the people who sell what you sell?Do you know how to gain the commitments you need to move your prospective client forward and create an opportunity?Do you have a sales process that helps you move your client from target to close?Do you know how to close? Are you supremely comfortable and confident asking for your client’s business?How well do you do defending your price and the value you create?Inbound marketing is an important part of a client acquisition strategy. It is an above the funnel activity that can supplement–not replace–your prospecting efforts. But it doesn’t replace the ability to sell well.If you are effective at inbound without having the sales chops, processes, and methodologies to create opportunities and win new clients, then being effective at inbound produces the same result as not being effective at inbound.If you are only okay at inbound but have extraordinary sales chops, you will produce better sales results than you would by just being good at inbound.If you are a pure salesperson, you may not need inbound at all. If you can pick up the phone, gain commitments, and know how to sell, you are always going to do well. But if you are the entrepreneurial type with the ability to create content, adding inbound to your mix is going to blow up your results.No matter how good you are at inbound, you better have something after inbound.last_img read more

Give funds for ‘Titli’ victims urgently: CM

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that the State has not yet received any Central assistance to carry out restoration work in the areas hit by cyclone Titli and demanded that the same be released immediately. In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, Mr. Patnaik said the cyclone that hit Odisha in October affected 60.31 lakh people in 17 districts of the State. Memorandum submitted“The State government has submitted a memorandum to the Government of India seeking a Central assistance of ₹2,023.13 crore against the total requirement of ₹2,779.32 crore for relief and restoration measures,” Mr. Patnaik wrote. He said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 18, seeking an interim assistance of ₹1,000 crore. “The inter-Ministerial Central team had already made an on-the-spot assessment of the damages during the first week of November 2018. However, we have not received any assistance, so far, from the Government of India,” he said.Mr. Patnaik said ₹1,689.13 crore released for relief and restoration work from the State Disaster Response Fund has been utilised. The Chief Minister sought “personal attention” of the Union Home Minister for “immediate” release of the Central assistance to Odisha for undertaking repair and restoration work, squaring up the liabilities and smooth management of other disasters. ‘Paltry compensation’Meanwhile, a farmers’ organisation has alleged that the State government is giving only ₹2,200 per acre compensation for the cyclone-devastated paddy crop, while adjoining Andhra Pradesh was paying ₹20,000 per acre.The Odisha Krushak Sabha added that the State government was also not providing adequate bonus to farmers during paddy procurement, whereas the Kerala government has decided to give ₹500 bonus over the Central government-prescribed Minimum Support Price.During the 2017 Kharif season, insurance companies collected ₹986 crore as premium from the farmers but paid only ₹200 crore as insurance cover. The OKS alleged that the official assessment of paddy crop loss due to pests alone was ₹2,000 crore.According to the OKS, unlike its counterpart in Karnataka, the Odisha government has not even thought of waiver of agricultural loans. Accusing the Naveen Patnaik government of ignoring the farmers, OKS leader Harikrushna Reddy said: “If this trend continues, the ruling regime may also face the wrath of the farmers in the near future.” The OKS is now planning to start a peasants’ movement to press for its demands.(With inputs from Sib Kumar Das)last_img read more

Wimbledon: Venus in tears, Murray, Nadal stroll as Wawrinka falls

first_imgThe family of Jerome Barson, who suffered a fractured spine and numerous internal injuries in the smash, said they intend to sue the US star.When she was asked how she was coping mentally, Williams added: “I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned.”Despite the tragedy at home, Williams remained focused enough on Court One to clinch a 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the first round.Defending men’s champion Murray celebrated the news that he is about to become a father again by reaching the second round.The top seed and world number one downed Kazakh lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, showing little sign of the hip problem which plagued him in the build-up.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Women’s second seed Simona Halep, blasted off court in the French Open final by Jelena Ostapenko, downed New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1.Ostapenko, the 2014 Wimbledon junior champion, saw off Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Williams, the 37-year-old five-time champion, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her maiden appearance at the All England Club.But that landmark has been overshadowed by her involvement last month in a road accident near her Florida home which resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and — yeah. I’m completely speechless. It’s just…” Williams said in a news conference before breaking down and leaving to compose herself.READ: Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash Durant said to sign two-year deal with Warriorscenter_img LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I have felt OK the last few days and the adrenaline you feel by playing a match numbs any pain you may have,” said the British star after seeing off world number 134 Bublik.Murray next faces Dustin Brown, the man who knocked out Nadal two years ago.German world number 97 Brown came back from a set and a break down to beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4.Joy for Kvitova, Azarenka World number two and two-time champion Nadal secured his 850th career victory with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Australia’s John Millman.Fresh from winning his 10th French Open title, Nadal goes on to face Donald Young for a place in the last 32.“I haven’t had many matches on grass for the last few years, but I had some positive feelings,” said Nadal, who missed last year’s tournament with a wrist injury.Swiss fifth seed and French Open runner-up Wawrinka was knocked out by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.World number 49 Medvedev, making his Wimbledon debut, handed 33-year-old Wawrinka a sixth first round loss at the All England Club, although his efforts were hampered by a left knee injury which required an ice pack at the changeovers.“I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel. But I played against a great player who was confident,” said Wawrinka whose pain was eased slightly when girlfriend Donna Vekic won her opening match. Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after beating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in their Men’s Singles Match on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. APLONDON—Venus Williams wept at Wimbledon over the “devastation” of a fatal road accident for which she is facing legal action as Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal eased into the second round on Monday.World number three Stan Wawrinka was the opening day’s biggest casualty, losing to Russian debutant Daniil Medvedev while there were emotional comeback wins for Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.ADVERTISEMENT Medvedev, 21, kissed the Centre Court grass to celebrate his victory, his first at any Slam.“A year ago I was ranked 250. If someone told me in one year I would win on Centre Court I would tell you ‘you are joking,’” said the wirey Russian.There was plenty of emotion too for 2011 and 2014 Kvitova as the popular Czech downed Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4.Kvitova was playing just her eighth match since suffering a potentially career-ending hand injury fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December.“I felt the energy from the crowd and it was amazing to be back here at Wimbledon and playing on the beautiful Centre Court,” the 27-year-old said.Former world number one Azarenka defeated CiCi Bellis of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in her first Grand Slam since taking time off after last year’s French Open to have her first child Leo in December.The two-time Australian Open champion made the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012.“I understand that I need to be patient but the competitor in me wants everything quick,” admitted Azarenka.Nick Kyrgios, who beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, will not get another opportunity to repeat that shock.The combustible 20th seeded Australian was 6-3, 6-4 down to France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert when he called it quits after failing to shake off the hip injury which has plagued him in recent weeks.last_img read more