Stricter monitoring of foreign enterprises needed – trade unions

first_imgIt is time for the Department of Labour, and by extension, the Government, to investigate and remedy the conditions some employees are forced to endure when working at mining sites.General Secretary of GTU Coretta McDonaldThis was the call of General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Coretta McDonald, who said that the Government of Guyana must not allow foreign companies operating locally to disregard the rights of Guyanese workers.“I am saying this has got to stop. And I think that the time is now when we will have to…put some pressure on our administration so that these things can change. Employers must respect the right to collective bargaining, they must respect the rights for association, and they must have respect for the union that is there to bargain for the workers.”She stated that the low wages and unlawful dismissals of workers have rippling effects on families and more so on school-aged children who belong to those affected families. When such negativities occur they more often than not affect the attendance and/or completion of studies for those children, McDonald noted.“I would want to call the Department of Labour to ask them to very quickly send their folks to see under which conditions they (miners) are working. Even though we have been working under these conditions, there is nobody there who is saying you know these workers work for long hours. These workers are working under conditions that are not proper,” the GTU Secretary said.GAWU General Secretary Seepaul NarineMeanwhile, President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), Lincoln Lewis, explained that the administration was voted in office to protect the rights of all citizens and the rights of workers in the mining industry should not be sidelined.Additionally, General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine posited that the recent actions of the Bauxite Company of Guyana (BCGI) to dismiss over 90 workers without any regard to laws and conventions in Guyana must not be overlooked by the administration.GB&GWU President Lincoln LewisHe pointed out that the company seems to be following a trend that other foreign enterprises in Guyana have set over the last few years.“An almost similar approach was embraced by the Malaysian-owned Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL), the DTL in 2016 had moved to dismiss a number of workers after they took part in a protest exercise outside that company’s head office in Kingston, Georgetown…in 2017 there were certain breaches by the Canadian-owned company. The Union, at that time, had also expressed concern that workers were not being granted any pay rises…also concerns being expressed in the media regarding employees employed with El Dorado Offshore (EDO), another foreign enterprise involved in the oil sector, who could be fired were they to disclose their working conditions,” Narine added.The General Secretary added that while GAWU is not averse to foreign investment, it has justifiable concerns regarding the practices and ploys embraced by some foreign enterprises operating locally and while the public announcements made by the administration on such issues are welcomed, it needs to do more than speak, it needs to act.last_img read more

Chelsea linked with Stones as Luis is tipped to complete £20m move

first_imgTottenham have leapfrogged Chelsea and Arsenal in a race to sign Everton defender John Stones, the Daily Express say.It is claimed that the Blues want Stones but that Spurs have targeted him as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.The Express also say Gary Cahill will be offered a new four-year contract by Chelsea, while the Daily Mail reports that Filipe Luis is close to completing a £20m move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.The Mail also say Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.Cahill has been tipped to sign a new deal.There continues to be speculation that Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could join Chelsea rather than Arsenal.The north London club are ready to end their interest in Khedira, 27, because of his wage demands, according to the Daily Mirror.And the Daily Telegraph reports that Petr Cech has returned to full training three weeks ahead of schedule following his shoulder problem.The Chelsea goalkeeper, who is reportedly wanted by Paris St-Germain, was injured in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and missed the final matches of last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDespite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Lightning Motorcycle teases the forthcoming Strikes electric motor

first_img More From Roadshow 0 The 2019 Zero electric motorcycle lineup gets a technical refresh Enlarge ImageThe Lightning Strike’s motor shares a number of design features with the 200-horsepower unit that drives the LS-218 superbike. Lightning Motorcycles When the folks at Lightning Motorcycles announced in January that the company would be releasing a more affordable electric bike aimed at a wider audience, we were pretty excited. Since the Strike’s initial announcement, Lightning has been trickling out details about the platform, which is set to launch next month. The latest such detail might be the biggest yet.On Thursday, Lightning released a photo of the new Strike electric motorcycle’s motor along with a couple of pieces of information about its design. This photo is notable for a couple of reasons. First, we can see that the motor bears a significant resemblance to the unit found in the LS-218, and indeed, Lightning confirms that the two share some design features.We also learn that the motor is liquid-cooled, also like the LS-218. This means that the drivetrain should be able to stand up to some pretty serious heat before being forced to throttle itself back to prevent damage. This type of thermal throttling is relatively common in electric vehicles of all types, two or four-wheeled. Lightning also talks about the Strike sharing the LS-218’s ability to quick-charge. Based on the spec sheet for the LS-218, it will charge in 30 minutes when hooked to a DC fast charger or 120 minutes on a Level 2 charger. We don’t know anything about the Strike’s battery pack or battery management yet, but if it can match its big brother’s charging specs, that’s impressive.Finally, the last thing that this teaser photo shows is a gorgeous-looking gold Öhlins monoshock tucked up in the background. We asked Lightning for clarification on whether the production Strike, or some variant of it, would be getting this high-zoot suspension, but so far the company hasn’t responded.The Strike is set to launch in March, and so far everything we’ve seen from Lightning on the bike — which isn’t much — has been exciting. The electric motorcycle market is starting to heat up, but so far nobody has released what we’d consider the “killer app” in the segment. Maybe the Lightning Strike will be it. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img 22 Photos Tags Post a comment Share your voice Motorcycles Electric Carslast_img read more

Amazon is our share tip of the week 5 reasons to invest

first_img With both Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season on the horizon, Edmund Shing explains why now is the perfect time to invest in online retail giant Amazon.1) Biggest online retailerAmazon is the worlds biggest online retailer. Its listed on NASDAQ (NASDAQ:AMZN) with a market capitalisation of $301bn (£197bn, €282bn). It has huge sales figures of more than $100bn a year, and it has more than 154,000 employees.2) Cloud computingAmazon is not just the biggest online retailer in the world, its also the biggest cloud computing company in the world – well ahead of rivals such as Microsoft and Google.3) Rapid growthThe company is also growing very fast. In the third quarter to September 30, it grew sales by 23%. And it expects sales over the Christmas period, the last three months of the year, to be up by 15-20%. This is the most important period of the year for any retailer, and Amazon in particular.4) Black FridayIts not just the Christmas sales that Amazon looks to capitalise on. Amazon is the world leader in Black Friday, the manic day of shopping discounts that this year falls on 27 November. The American consumer trend has made waves over in the UK in recent years, with British consumers expected to spend £1bn in the 24 hours of Black Friday.5) Tech giantThe fact that Amazon is a world leader in both retail and cloud computing, coupled with its rapid growth, mean that Amazon is now a quintessential tech stock that you really must own.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

Bengaluru 3yearold dies after being run over by school bus driver absconding

first_img[Representational Image]Wikimedia CommonsA three-year-old girl in Bengaluru was run over by a private school bus in Doddamannugudde village near Ramanagara.”While she was playing on the road in front of her house on Friday evening, a school van of a private school in the area, which was speeding, knocked her down,” the police told The Hindu.Jeevitha, the only daughter of Rajanna who is a farmer was standing outside his residence when the bus came to drop off students. The driver did not see the little girl standing and knocked her down. Her head came under the rear wheels of the vehicle and she died immediately, reports Times of India.”We learned about the incident from a few students on the bus. But all of them had left with their parents by the time we reached the spot,” a police officer was quoted as saying by TOI.An investigating officer said that a criminal complaint was filed against the driver and the vehicle was seized by the Ramanagaram Rural police. He added that the school management was intimated of the accident and was asked to give the police the details of the driver who ran away immediately after the accident. A team has been formed to trace him.This accident has happened just a few days after a 6-year-old was run over by his own school bus when he was getting out of it and the unsuspecting driver began reversing the vehicle. The incident happened at Rajarajeswari Nagar in Bengaluru.”The High Court has taken up public interest litigation on the issue. Various departments such as Transport Department, Traffic Police, and others have already held meetings on safeguarding the interests of students and taking action against errant owners,” an official of the Transport department was quoted as saying.last_img read more