Who is looking out for me and my future?

first_imgDear Editor,The entry-level jobs in Guyana are going to the immigrants for a myriad of reasons. The obvious is that migrants work for less money, are willing to endure harsher conditions as they make the first step on the ladder to success and Guyanese citizens are not aggressively pursuing entry-level jobs. This is a well-known phenomenon in developed countries but Guyana is by no stretch of the imagination close to being considered “developed”. In fact, it was only after years of sustained growth and systematic debt repayment and relief that Guyana moved from being classified as a Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) to an Upper Middle-Income country, and that was with the consideration that oil has been discovered in commercially exploitable quantity. The problem would seem to lie with the workforce and Government policy. In this season of political panacea, where in the national discourse is the discussion of this fundamental issue of jobs and future of our youth?A senior manager at a large foreign conglomerate with expansive operations in Guyana had this to say about youth and employment “Unemployment??? That’s pure unadulterated BS. .. I interview countless young men for jobs and they would tell me the money we are offering can’t mind them…or after they get the job they are often late or absent with a dumb ass excuse of transportation hard. I totally understand that it’s a Government responsibility to create jobs but it’s the people who have to want to jobs that are available”. This sentiment has been repeated by managers and employers in every sector that I asked questions throughout Guyana.Our country has a problem of colossal proportions, we are not fostering a culture that appreciates a hard work ethic; understanding of the value of a job and its implications for a person’s future wellbeing and security. Guyanese children do not have “holiday” jobs while on school vacation, there are no paper routes for school children, the children who man the “sweetie” stands for parents are the only ones learning that lesson of work equals food and shelter. The affluent and middle-class are making a grievous error in judgment by not encouraging or allowing their offspring to earn through work or enterprise during their formative years. As a child of an affluent father who encouraged every aspect of our development, I can, with pride, talk of lessons learned from “eating the profits” of our boyhood gang’s chicken-rearing business and many other small ventures aimed at earning our own money. These are life lessons learned through trial and errors and are invaluable in the adult world. Given the appetite of some of the members of my youth ‘co-operative’ I can definitively say “partnerships are all too often sinking ships!”Government too must play its part in this period in our evolution, with no clear policy on immigration in place, our youth that are willing to take entry-level jobs and gain valuable experience are being denied that opportunity. Promises of ‘oil jobs’ after a three-day workshop are folly and electioneering gimmickry, with entry-level jobs going to immigrants and top-level management jobs being filled by ‘expatriates’ what is left for Guyanese? Are we to become a nation of clerks? Clear leadership is needed on this issue and urgently. President Granger has made pronouncements on the issue where he has urged entrepreneurship. What he has not done, is create an enabling environment shaped by policy and helpful actions by the Government.The youth of our nation must be made aware that we are at a critical juncture in history that affects them most. Young people must ask “Who is looking out for me and my future?” In four years, the Granger Administration has presented no legislation on “local content” for the approval of the National Assembly. You, my young brothers and sisters, are that “local content”, get involved. Absens haeres non erit (an absent person will not be an heir).Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Athletic Bilbao to offer Spain youth star new contract to fight off Everton interest

first_img Inaki Williams 1 Athletic Bilbao are preparing to offer Everton target Inaki Williams a new contract to quash increasing speculation surrounding his future.The Toffees were reportedly willing to meet the winger’s buy-out clause of £14m in January and have regularly scouted the Spaniard since the summer.But, according to AS, Bilbao are close to renewing terms with the Spain youth international, ending any immediate interest from Premier League clubs.Williams’ current deal expires in 2017 but Bilbao are ready to offer him a significant pay rise as well as doubling his buyout clause.The 21-year-old has scored three goals in seven appearances for the La Liga club this season, including a brace against Real Betis last weekend.last_img

Agreement reached as beef dispute talks end

first_imgTalks between farming groups and meat processors over pricing and other matters in the beef sector continued into concluded on Wednesday morning. However, farmers’ groups said that while some progress was made, the main issue overpricing remained unresolved.Dozens of farmers in Carrigansjoined the nationwide protest earlier this month outside the Foyle Meats factory. The deal includes a commitment to review how cattle are graded by factories, and the specifications demanded of farmers and producers.Beef Plan Movement representatives said that they will bring the document back to their members, but will have to assess it in the “cold light of day”.They could not say whether it would mean no more protests in future at factories.Those protesting said they used to make between €10 and €20 a head per animal, but now lose between €150 and €200 per animal. The Irish Farmers’ Association said that while progress was made at the talks, the prices paid to beef farmers will still be too low.Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, who joined the talks yesterday after two days of negotiations had failed to produce a deal, said what was agreed this morning lays the foundation for better relations between farmers and factories.In a statement, Mr Creed said progress was made on a wide array of areas including supply chain transparency.“After long and detailed negotiations, stakeholders have reached agreement on very significant issues. Progress was made on important initiatives aimed at improving transparency along the supply chain, and improving communication between industry and farmers,” he said.The Department of Agriculture said the agreement includes commitments on a review of the grid, promotional incentives for the beef sector, and market transparency among other issues. Agreement reached as beef dispute talks end was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Honours for South Africa’s Rivonia Trialists

first_img18 January 2016Rivonia Trialists and anti-apartheid activists Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg on Friday, 15 January received the Freedom of Sedibeng District Municipality. The trio will also receive the Freedom of the City of London on 27 January.Kathrada said that he was honoured and humbled to receive the accolade. “One recalls the Sedibeng region’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle in the Evaton Bus Boycotts in the 1950s‚ as well as the horrors of the violence that erupted in the Vaal Triangle‚ particularly Boipatong‚ closer to the advent of democracy,” he recollected.Sedibeng was home to events such as the Sharpeville Massacre, but was also where South Africa’s democratic Constitution was signed into law, Kathrada said.“It is therefore symbolic of how far we have come as a country – from racial oppression by the state‚ to the non-racial future that the Constitution promised‚ and still promises.”ANC veterans Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada&Dennis Goldberg receive Freedom of Sedibeng district municipality pic.twitter.com/jPUEmLnO5v— Ismail Vadi (@ismailvadi) January 15, 2016Goldberg #Kathrada Mlangeni receive #FreedomOfSedibeng .Trialists praise the many community iniatives in the region. pic.twitter.com/IZDQaifqOK— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) January 15, 2016It was during the Rivonia Trial that Mandela made his famous speech that ended with the words: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”The Freedom of the City of LondonIt is believed the tradition of awarding people the Freedom of the City of London began in the 13th century.“The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land,” states the city’s website. “Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term “freedom of the City’.“From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile.”Watch this for more information:Today things have changed, but the tradition continues towards “people who have lived or worked in the City or have been proud to be admitted”.Source: Times Live and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Ohioans lending a hand for farmers in need

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers around the country are responding to the need to help the ranchers hardest hit by the devastation from the wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.“Some of the pictures don’t do justice compared to the stories we’ve been hearing. The loss of livestock and the loss of genetics these people have been building for all of these years are devastating. It is crazy the magnitude this turned out to be. They lost their farms, their homes and their livelihood,” said Latham Farley, from Montgomery County who is involved with the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals. “This is such a huge problem in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. There is a drive and determination to help our neighbors and our fellow farmers there. It is awesome to see how people from around the nation have come together to help with this big need.”There are multiple efforts to provide assistance for the areas hit by wildfires from Ohio’s agricultural community.“The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is taking donations at the Beef Expo for the specific charities out there. If you want to donate, it is a great time to give monetary donations,” Farley said. “They need bags of feed. They need milk replacer for calves that have lost their moms. They need fencing materials such as metal fence posts, barbed wire and insulators. They need clothes, gloves, non-perishable foods — they lost absolutely everything. They have a loss of soil from some of the winds they are still having so they need manure and cover crop seed to slow down some of that soil loss.”Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals are also trying to raise funds for the cause.“We are trying to raise $40,000 for some of the targeted areas from the Young Farmers and Ranchers in about two weeks. We are trying to get the supplies they need,” he said. “We are trying to set up a weekend in each of the affected areas and coordinate that on a national scale to get everyone what they need, especially these young and beginning farmers. I think we can make a positive difference out there for the people who really need help.”Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg, farm in Crawford County, where they raise corn, soybeans, and dairy cattle. They are planning a trip to the wildfire area March 24 though 28 to deliver supplies and lend some helping hands to the relief effort.“It really started by reading the stories of these ranchers out west, specifically the ones in Texas who gave their lives protecting their animals. People do not understand how much farmers care about what they do. Those people really demonstrated that in a tangible way. They gave their lives to protect their livestock. I was just feeling like we needed to do something,” Rose said. “We started with a contribution of hay but it seems like there was more we could do if we were going to make the trip clear out there and do some things to make a lasting impact. We put an ask out on Facebook to see who would be interested in joining us and we were blown away by the response. From there we started putting together some plans. We reached out to the Kansas Livestock Association and they have been instrumental in helping us develop a plan for our time in Kansas and help fine tune the details.”The area has already received substantial amounts of hay from farms around the country and now the greatest need may be fencing.“It seems like they have a fairly good supply of hay. There is some need for some trucking to pick up hay and deliver it to where it needs to be. Fencing seems to be the biggest need so we are collecting fencing supplies like t-posts and barbed wire. Another need is cash. A lot of us have the desire to do something physical but money is just as important,” she said. “It sounds like fence building is going to be a pretty big project we are going to undertake. The Livestock Association is going to put us in touch with some ranchers who need help getting back on their feet. We hope while we are there we can make a difference in that way.”Please visit  this link for a form to pledge support or volunteer for the trip with the group from Ohio. If you would like to travel with the group, please complete the form by March 20. There has also been a fund set up to help move the donated hay to the affected areas. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Kansas Rancher Wildfire Relief Efforts and mailed to 6348 Parks Rd, Sycamore, Ohio 44882.last_img read more

Jitters over Article 35A eclipse Id festivities

first_imgViolence-marred Kashmir valley witnessed a rare buzz in the markets on Tuesday, eve of Id-ul-Azha. However, festivities were eclipsed by anxiety about the fate of Article 35A, scheduled for hearing in the Supreme Court on August 27. Women and children were seen swarming the markets since morning. An official said over a lakh goats and sheep must have reached the city’s markets this season.Scores of shops in Srinagar put up banners in defence of Article 35A. Public transport operators pasted notices on the vehicles demanding retention of the Article.In a rare Id message, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also the Valley’s head priest, said: “People of J&K, irrespective of cast creed and region, must take a pledge to protect the State subject law and to remain rock solid to foil all bids aimed at changing the demography. On this auspicious occasion, people of the State must vow to take the ongoing struggle forward.”last_img read more

Tribal groups push for early settlement of Naga political issue

first_imgTribe-based organisations in Nagaland have sought a settlement of the protracted Naga political issue within the three-month period Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set in July.This was the crux of Friday’s discussion between 16 groups, including two church organisations, and Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who is also the interlocutor in the peace process primarily involving the extremist Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).Leaders of the tribe-based organisations who attended the meeting declined to disclose what transpired at the meeting. But a representative of one of the largest tribes said it could be wiser to sign the deal soon and work on the ‘Naga national flag’ and ‘constitution’ later.Mr. Ravi also told the groups that the government was keen on an early settlement.The Nagas are divided on these two demands. While the NSCN-IM has been adamant about the flag and constitution, rival outfits clubbed as the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) say settlement should ideally come before these two demands.The Centre is unlikely to accede to the two demands in view of the Kashmir development, though there are speculations in Nagaland that the Framework Agreement signed in August 2015 factored in the flag and the constitution.The NSCN-IM had a few days ago accused Delhi of tweaking the clauses of the agreement to deny the Nagas an honourable solution. The outfit also said the Centre was trying to divide the Nagas through bribes and other means.The Forum for Naga Reconciliation has meanwhile asked the rebels to refrain from mudslinging. “This is only harming the Naga society and making us more vulnerable to further division… We encourage NNPGs and NSCN-IM to meet, address all outstanding differences through dialogues and explore finding a common ground,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

22 days agoREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eye

first_imgREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eyeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen did manage to give Tottenham teammate Jan Vertonghen a black eye – but the incident was a training accident.Eriksen rubbished rumours circulating on social media that Vertonghen had been involved in an affair with his wife Sabrina Kvist Jensen. An image of Vertonghen with a black eye had accompanied some of the posts, suggesting it was related to the unfounded speculation.The Mirror says Eriksen was to blame for the injury in an accidental training-ground clash.Both Eriksen and Vertonghen were involved on Tuesday night as Spurs were humbled 7-2 by Bayern Munich.It was the first time in Tottenham’s history they had shipped seven goals on home soil and extended their indifferent start to the campaign. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoJuventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raidby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri is planning a London return for a three-player raid on Chelsea and Tottenham.Ilbianconero says Sarri is keen on poaching N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri from old side Chelsea.And Le 10 Sport says Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen has been lined up for a free transfer to Turin at the end of the season.It’s said that French World Cup winner Kante, 28, is high on Sarri’s shopping list after starring under the Italian last season.Sarri transformed Kante from a defensive midfielder into a complete all-rounder, and the pair could be set for a reunion at the end of the campaign.He is also keen on Chelsea teammate Emerson too, who he thrust into the side ahead of Marcos Alonso at the beginning of 2019.Eriksen, 27, is available on a free transfer next summer after refusing to talks terms with Tottenham.And Juve will look to open negotiations in January, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeatenby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum claims says they could stay unbeaten for the whole Premier League campaign.Wijnaldum admits it is possible Liverpool could remain unbeaten, but claims they are not thinking about matching Arsenal’s Invincibles.”It is possible,” said the Dutch midfielder.“Nobody knows how it’s going to be. We have had some luck up to now, but we have also put a lot of hard work in.“We don’t think about the fact that Arsenal did not lose in that season. We just try to give everything in every game.” last_img