An unconscionable contract can never be final (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,The petroleum contract is an absolute disgrace, even the dead, the deaf, the dumb and the mute can agree symbolically on this. For our politicians to behave as if they have the authority to tie and chain the masses of Guyanese people to agreements of extreme exploitation, oppression, abuse and humiliation is very cruel and void of any virtue. As long as this contract remains in force, we will be seen as the idiots of the Caribbean, and the world; it is a perpetual shaming of Guyanese alive and dead.In my formative years, I grew up in a Guyana and West Indie, where we were Kings of world cricket, with heroes from Guyana such as Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Steve Camacho, Roy Fredricks, Alvin Kallicharran, Colin Croft and Faoud Bacchus. From further afield, we had Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Lawrence Rowe, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Joel Garner, though not from Guyana, they all represented Guyana and the West Indies, against the rest of the world with such glory. These men imbued in us a sense of invincibility.This horrible and revolting petroleum agreement has conjured images of blind, bespectacled ants signing off on contracts with global corporations, and thereby, engendering more offensive and ridiculous contracts, which are all very disadvantageous to Guyana. This is no time for sophistry, doublespeak, party politics, showmanship or rhetoric. The contract is an abomination and a heavy millstone on the Guyanese people, future descendants and our ancestors: from the native Americans, enslaved Africans, and indentured labourers to those who now live off the sweat and bloody sacrifices they made for their families; and our family. This obnoxious, objectionable and invasive petroleum agreement starts and ends with Exxon’s Esso. Guyanese must not be ensnared by Exxon and our politicians who seem to be compromised in Exxon’s tentacles; must be made to speak and act for the Guyanese people. Once we have the agreement renegotiated with Exxon; the other oil exploration companies will follow suit.According to the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December 2015 and the resulting conference of the parties pronouncement in February 2016, re: Of the 23 largest US oil and gas exploration and production companies Exxon holds almost a third of total reserves of this group and around 41 per cent of the combined market capitalisation. The reserves of Exxon certainly now exceed one-third of the total reserves of the group – primarily because of the additional oil finds in Guyana during 2016, 2017 and 2018. Exxon is the giant anaconda; the virtual nation state that our Government needs to ask for penitence.The egregious pronouncement from our Government does not end on the fake finality of the Exxon agreement; by some waffling of unimaginable arrogance, as detailed in Kaieteur News dated February 24, 2018; we have this headline “Worry about information overload leads Government to phase transparency”; the article includes the following statement from Minister Harmon, speaking on behalf of the Government “There must be a time framework. We cannot release everything at one time. I suppose in the fullness of time those documents will be released. It is a question of what is convenient because sometimes you release everything and you just flood people with information that you almost suffer from information overload.“But I believe you can understand that these contracts as the President and the Minister of Natural Resources said, they will be released eventually.”Phased release! Is the Government saying that Guyanese are such dullards that we can’t analyse five to 10 oil contracts concurrently? How disrespectful; what effrontery to string together senseless mazes of words in a naïve attempt to dupe the Guyanese people; in paraphrasing Schopenhauer.It is infinitely more logical to have all the oil and gas contracts made immediately available to the Guyanese people for the much-needed comprehensive comparative analysis. It will make our overture to Exxon for contract renegotiation that much more informed, practicable and achievable. Sense can only be made of this ridiculous phased release approach, if the intent is not to renegotiate the contract with Exxon. Our politicians are intelligent people and this segway to contract entrapment must be rejected. We have struggled too long; we Guyanese were seen and treated as the pariahs of the Caribbean, rejected at every port with or without our rice bags, some gave up everything in Guyana to go and labour in North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, we have lost too many lives along the way, to now reach the summit of our El Dorado that our founder leaders envisioned for us; and to just sign away a significant majority our new found wealth. We must renegotiate the agreement/s that robs the Guyanese people, and in addition, places double locks on the mental chains that trap us; then we are thrown overboard enchained, when our Government shamelessly agrees to pay the contractor over US$460 million to have our oil resources plundered.With or without Esso finding oil in Guyana, we will always have Guyanese on the margins, who have relative power and wealth from both political parties, including private businessmen. The wealth from the oil find should be invested generously across our small population: amongst our youths, public servants, Private Sector workers and old age pensioners.I ask any Government official: What difference does it make, whether you have US$10 million or US$100 million? The virtue and purpose of living is not to make a few dollars more. Certainly, leaving a positive legacy to Guyanese is worth much, much more. Walter Rodney died almost 38 years ago, and everyday his good works are referenced. It is not how long you live or the wealth you have acquired; what matters is how as a citizen and servant leader you have uplifted your people.To all political parties and Private Sector leaders: President David Granger; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Private Sector leader Eddie Boyer; this petroleum agreement is literally burying the hopes and aspirations of Guyanese and their children. Immediately seek renegotiation of the petroleum agreement to obtain a 10 per cent royalty; remove the baseless US$460 million invoice from the contract with Esso and company; immediately table all oil contracts and endeavour to make the contracts fair to Guyanese. President Granger this is far and away worse than bones jammed in our throats.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

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Public authorities undermining collective bargaining in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The principles and practice of collective bargaining are being ignored, undermined, or sabotaged by public authorities in the public service and the University of Guyana, contrary to established and agreed procedures between the trade unions and the organisations. In short, the procedures in sequential stages require direct negotiations, conciliation/mediation, and finally arbitration. Ignoring or violating these procedures is contrary to the spirit and intent of the labour laws, and International Labour Convention Treaties ratified by the Republic of Guyana and notified to the international community of the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation.Accordingly, reference is made to general principles to our national Constitution, and in particular, some relevant International Labour Convention Treaties, and labour laws on the fundamental principles and rights at work including:Convention No 87: Freedom of association and protection of the right to organise;Convention No 98: the right to organise and collective bargaining, and which obligates the State, public and private authorities to provide adequate protection of trade unions exercising their right to organise and collective bargaining to regulate the terms and conditions of employment;Convention No 151: Labour relations (Public Service) provides the same rights and protection accorded under Convention No 98 for the Private Sector employees, through negotiations, conciliation/mediation, and arbitration;the Labour Act – Chapter 98:01 on the settlement of industrial disputes; andthe Trade Union Recognition Act – No 33 of 1997 obligating the employer and the recognised trade union to confer and bargain in good faith in the collective bargaining process. This law is clear – failure or refusal on the part of either the employer or trade union constitute an offence and liable on summary convection to payment of fines.Any aggrieved trade union should challenge the management in the Private or Public Sector – in count, for failure or refusal to bargain in good faith, or indulging in subterfuge or bad faith in negotiations in collective bargain. The University of Guyana and the public service unions, or the Department of Labour should resort to the courts, as may be necessary, to ensure that there is full observance of the principles, legal, and treaty obligations to bargain in good faith.Wake up trade unions at the University of Guyana, and the public service and promote and protect the interests of your members through collective bargaining. Members of unions should take the leadership of unions to court for failure or refusal to bargain in good faith on their behalf in keeping with the agreed or established representation procedure in the collective bargaining process.Yours sincerely,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

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Several Region 2 rice farmers still owed for paddy

first_img4 months later– threaten legal actionFollowing the dramatic scenes that unfolded outside the gate of the Hack Rice Mill in Golden Fleece, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) in late December 2018 when over 300 rice farmers demanded their payments, many producers remain unpaid for as many as four months.  Guyana Times  was told on Saturday that the frustrated farmers will be exploring legal actions if the situation remains unchanged.The farmers said that they were told that they would be paid sometime this month. An industry insider familiar with the matter noted that the proprietor was reportedly waiting on a cheque from the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRBD) to issue the payments. This newspaper made several attempts to contact the proprietor of Hack Rice Mill, on Saturday but the calls to his mobile number went unanswered.According to the farmers, the miller had purchased paddy since September 2018, but they had to mount their protest action last month since multiple attempts to garner the attention of senior management for their payments were futile.Management had eventually met with farmers and reportedly agreed to give them payments between $50,000 to $100,000 until full payments were available, but this was two weeks ago.The farmers had also said that they have their monthly bank installments to meet and the cash given to them in some cases could not have met the required payment.A mother, who had joined the protest had said that it was not easy for her, especially to finance her children’s education, which she said is a very expensive exercise. She had noted that one was at one at Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), one is at the University of Guyana, and the other is writing CSEC exams next year. Some of the other women who were also on the protest line had said that they are single parents and are depending only on their little earnings from the rice industry for their survival.last_img read more

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Judge sentences 2 to death in murder case

first_imgLithuanian native Kadamovas, 40, of Sherman Oaks, showed no emotion during the sentencing. Russian native Mikhel, 41, of Encino, chose to watch the proceedings from a holding cell. Both were ringleaders of a gang that sought to amass a fortune by kidnapping four men and one woman – including three from the San Fernando Valley – and extorting $1.2 million from their families. The victims were lured to business meetings, where they were suffocated with plastic bags. Their bodies were then weighted and tossed from a bridge into the New Melones Reservoir near Yosemite National Park. The money went to buy expensive homes, mink coats for girlfriends and other luxuries. Kadamovas had told one henchman that he hoped they would collect $50 million and dump enough bodies until they “were stacked up on top of each other” in the reservoir. “Animals, animals, those are animals,” said Ruven Umansky, 73, an immigrant from the Ukraine whose son, Alex, was among the victims. “Justice was done,” he said. “If they would allow me, I would (execute them) myself.” In addition to Muscatel, 58, those killed were banking mogul George Safiev, 37, of Beverly Hills; Safiev’s accountant, Rita Pekler, 39, of West Hollywood; Nick Kharabadze, 29, of Woodland Hills, Safiev’s business partner in a fledgling movie production company; and Umansky, 35, of Sherman Oaks, owner of a car-stereo store. Asked for a few final words before sentencing, Kadamovas issued a long monologue, through an interpreter, about being unjustly tried. Mikhel refused to speak on his own behalf. Tevrizian refused to grant a request for a new trial from Kadamovas’ defense team. He also denied a request by Mikhel for a new penalty phase. Another defendant in the case, 34-year-old Ukrainian Petro Krylov, is now on trial. Three accomplices who pleaded guilty – including Kadamovas’ girlfriend, Natalya Solovyeva and Ainar Altmanis, a Latvian who led authorities to the reservoir – will be sentenced this summer. Evgenia Safiev, who lost her father in the ordeal, said there will be no justice. “Justice would be having our loved ones back,” said Safiev, 22, of Marina del Rey. “Members of our family can barely live, day to day, because of what they’ve done.” Roman Khayumov, Pekler’s husband, is left alone to care for their son, who has Down syndrome. “You take a life, you’ve got to pay with a life,” said Khayumov, 45, of Van Nuys. “The only thing (my son) knows is he doesn’t have a mother.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nancy Shapiro had always believed the death penalty barbaric – until her husband was strangled with a plastic bag and dumped into a cold mountain reservoir. So when a federal judge issued the ultimate penalty Monday to two men convicted in the brutal kidnap-for-cash scheme that resulted in the murders of five Los Angeles business people, she could only express relief. “These people are evil. They’re monsters. They deserve it,” said Shapiro, whose husband, Meyer Muscatel, became the first of the victims. “There are no winners in this.” Not a win for the mostly Russian immigrants killed in late 2001 and early 2002 despite promises to their loved ones that they’d be set free. Not for their families who, in addition to their loss, suffered through seven months of gruesome and mocking testimony in the presence of the killers. And not for the attorneys and jailers forced to put up with numerous hunger strikes, suicide and escape attempts by the defendants. More than two dozen relatives sat riveted as U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian issued rulings condemning Iouri Mikhel and Jurijus Kadamovas to death. “In this particular case there were five deaths – brutal, brutal, brutal deaths,” Tevrizian said. “These particular killers showed no mercy to their victims. I have never seen a case in court where the evidence was so compelling.” last_img read more

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Barcelona announce record Sh83.1bn revenue

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona is ranked the fourth most valuable sports team in the world © AFP/File / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Jul 17 – Barcelona announced Monday record income of Sh84.4bn ($812.8m) for 2016/2017 with an after-tax profit of Sh2.1bn (18m euros).The Spanish giants said the healthy revenue was up 13m on the forecast figure in their budget for the period. A statement following the approval of the accounts at a board meeting disclosed the club has reduced its debt by 24.5m euros to 247m euros.The salaries of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and co account for 66% of Barcelona’s expenditure, the statement added.Barca say that the financial results fit into the club’s strategic plan for revenue to top 1 billion euros by 2021.The Catalan side are ranked the fourth most valuable sports team in the world after the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Manchester United by Forbes magazine.Last season Barcelona relinquished their Spanish title to Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Juventus who went on to lose to Barca’s arch-rivals Real in the final in Cardiff.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sterling booed by Liverpool fans as he collects Young Player of the Year award

first_img1 Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling Contract rebel Raheem Sterling was booed by Liverpool fans at their end-of-season award ceremony, less than 24 hours after reports emerged suggesting he will ask to leave the club.The 20-year-old has two years left on his current Reds deal but rejected a reported £100,000-a-week offer earlier this year and negotiations were put on hold until the end of the season.However, it was claimed on Monday night that he will definitely not be signing another deal, with some newspapers suggesting the forward feels ‘bullied’ by the club.In a statement to talkSPORT, Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward played down the reports, but that didn’t stop the Anfield faithful from displaying their disappointment with the young star.There were some shouts of ‘Stay Raheem’ as he made a short acceptance speech but as he finished speaking and left the stage there were audible boos from some of the 3,000 fans assembled at the rear of the Echo Arena Liverpool.When his name was mentioned in a video montage moments later there were more jeers.Sterling has been regualrrly linked with Premier League rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, but on Tuesday reports from Germany claimed Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also interested in the England starlet.Other winners on the night included Philippe Coutinho [Player of the Year, First Team Players’ Player of the Year and Goal of the Season], Gerrard [Outstanding Achievement] and 22-year-old Joao Teixeira [Academy Players’ Player of the Year].Read More:Sterling booed as he collects Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year award – Fans reactlast_img read more

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Bournemouth told strike target will cost them £13million

first_img Lois Diony, on the ball for Dijon, is being eyed by Bournemouth 1 Dijon will demand £13m for Bournemouth target Lois Diony this summer.As talkSPORT told you earlier this month, the Cherries have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old striker as they bid to reinforce their frontline during the transfer window.Former favourite Jermain Defoe remains a key target for Eddie Howe but L’Equipe claim Diony is on their radar too.And, according to the French newspaper, Dijon have now named their price for the man who scored 11 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances for the club, who won their battle against relegation by one point.Diony is under contract until 2019 and, as such, his club will not let him leave for any less than £13m this summer.last_img

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BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA

first_imgA 20-year-old County Donegal man who downed a bottle of whiskey to drown his sorrows after a break-up with his girlfriend verbally abused a female Garda who went to help him, a court has heard.Charles Meehan, 20, Carrickballydoey, Manorcunningham, had been lying on a road in Oldtown Letterkenny on June 7th this year when passersby called the emergency services.Gda Leanne Harraghy attended the scene, as did an ambulance crew. Inspector David Kelly said Garda Harraghy had asked Meehan to sit down on a wall until an ambulance arrived.However Meehan told the garda he didn’t want to talk to her because she was a woman.“The defendant became extremely agitated and made a number of extremely abusive remarks to Garda Harraghy which were anti-women,” said Inspector Kelly.Meehan became violent, resisted arrest and other officers had to use pepper spray to restrain him.He had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Garda station.Solicitor Lisa Finnegan said that Meehan had been drowning his sorrows.“He had been involved in a relationship and it had broken up and he bought a bottle of whiskey. He is not a regular drinker nor does he go out, but he drank it.“He has no recollection of what happened after that,” said the solicitor.She said her client had never been in trouble before and he had apologised to Garda Harraghy as soon as possible afterwards.Meehan, she said, would like to travel to Canada and was keen to avoid a conviction.Judge Paul Kelly told the court: It’s bad enough people abusing Gardai but these Gardai were actually on the way to the assistance of Mr Meehan after he was reported to be in an unconscious state – this is the thanks people get for assisting him.“The Garda was offensively abused on the basis of her gender. The drink involved doesn’t excuse it – nobody forced whiskey into you Mr Meehan. You are here as a result of your own actions.”Judge Kelly ordered Meehan to pay €250 to Donegal Youth Services and adjourned the case until July 22 to give him time to pay it.BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA was last modified: June 26th, 2013 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:BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDAlast_img read more

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CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT NOMINATED FOR WEB AWARD

first_imgSports Pundit Charlie Collins has been nominated for the Best Independent Podcaster prize in the 2013 Realex Fire Web Awards.Since leaving Highland Radio in June this year, he has brought his match analyses and news roundups online to charliecollinstalkingsport.comThe “Charlie Collins Talking Sport” podcasts are uploaded weekly to his website, where listeners can download or stream them online. Charlie’s podcasts cover a range of sports like GAA, Athletics and Tennis, with special guests each week, such as Jim McGuinness and John Joe Doherty.The website was recognised by 2013 Realex Fire Web Awards, along with 15 other nominees in the category.The winner of the award will be announced on November 6 in the Four Seasons, Dublin.CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT NOMINATED FOR WEB AWARD was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie Collins Talking SportNominationweb awardlast_img read more

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Thousands of turkeys reported dead of bird flu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The outbreak was confirmed by Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, who said that Turkish officials had been communicating with the European Union and other international organizations about the outbreak, Anatolia reported. Eker did not specify how many birds died of the disease. Anatolia, quoting officials, said the birds in Turkey died of the H5 type of bird flu – but it was not immediately clear whether it is the exact strain that health officials are particularly worried about. “Unfortunately we met with bird flu,” Anatolia quoted Eker as saying. “But everything is under control. Every kind of precaution has been taken so that it doesn’t spread.” There are several strains of bird flu, but only a few are deadly. Experts are tracking a strain known as H5N1 for fear it could mutate and spawn a human flu pandemic. H5N1 has swept through poultry populations in Asia since 2003, infecting humans and killing at least 60 people, mostly poultry workers, and resulting in the deaths of more than 100 million birds. The virus does not pass from person to person easily. ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s agriculture minister confirmed the country’s first cases of bird flu on Saturday and ordered the destruction of all birds in the village where it was detected to prevent the disease from spreading, the Anatolia news agency said. Military police have also set up roadblocks at the village near Balikesir in western Turkey, 250 miles from Istanbul. The officers checked vehicles to make certain no birds were going in or out. The birds belonged to a turkey farmer, CNN-Turk reported, saying that 2,000 birds died. Anatolia did not cite a number, but said animals on the farm that did not die of the disease were destroyed. Cases of bird flu were also confirmed Saturday in Romania, which borders Turkey. Health Ministry officials ordered birds in the village destroyed Saturday, saying that farmers would be compensated for their losses, Anatolia said. Stray dogs were also ordered slaughtered as a precaution, though authorities did not explain why. Eker said the flu was likely carried by birds migrating from the Ural Mountains, which divide Europe and Asia, across Turkey and into Africa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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