Nina Metz, 94, Oxford: March 14, 1921 – April 8, 2015

first_imgNina MetzNina Metz, 94, of Oxford, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS.Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Oxford Christian Church. No visitation is scheduled. A memorial has been established with the Oxford Christian Church Youth Mission Trip and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit Jean Metz was born March 14, 1921 the daughter of Frank and Addie (Main) Owens in El Dorado, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1938. Nina met Lloyd D. Metz while at a music get together. They were united in marriage on March 15, 1939 at the Oxford Christian Church. Nina was a homemaker who worked on the farm with her husband and enjoyed gardening.Surviving to honor her memory are her children, Dennis Metz and wife Marilyn of Wellington and Susan Gosselin of Oxford; grandchildren Dan Metz and wife Justina of Oxford, Wade Metz and wife Sheryl of Oxford, Jason Metz and wife Deann of Wellington and Wilbur Gosselin of Oxford, granddaughter Christina May of Salt Lake City, Utah, great grandchildren Lynsey Metz, Kelsey Metz, Anthony Metz, Bethany Metz, Jacob Metz, Logan Metz, Wyatt Gosselin and Erin May.Nina is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Lloyd in 2008, siblings, Goldie Louise, Margaret Thomas, June Rader, Don Owens and twin sister Dorothy and James Owens.last_img read more

Ross Stripling is happy he’s still a Dodger after trade to Angels falls through

first_imgThe animated reaction:via GIPHY Ross Stripling was about to become a member of the Angels’ rotation on the eve of spring training. Instead, he’s still a swingman for the Dodgers after his planned trade to the Halos with Joc Pederson reportedly fell through Sunday.Stripling, it’s clear, is OK with that. The right-hander quickly tweeted, and even more quickly deleted, a GIF of apparent approval as news of the trade’s demise was reported. (Twitter) BETTS TRADE GRADES: Dodgers still win, Red Sox still wrongStripling, Pederson and minor league outfielder Andy Pages were reportedly headed to Anaheim for infielder Luis Rengifo and two prospects, contingent upon the Dodgers acquiring Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox in a three-team swap that included the Twins. The original Betts-Price deal fell apart, and when a reworked, expanded transaction (two separate trades) was agreed to Sunday, the LA-LA deal reportedly was called off.Neither team has commented on the reports of the deal collapsing.last_img read more

Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1

first_imgExpect a more aggressive and assertive Ben Mbala in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals.Limited to just eight points in the 70-76 defeat to Ateneo in the championship series opener at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, the reigning Most Valuable Player from La Salle center vowed a resounding comeback this Wednesday when the fierce rivals square off anew at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? While he acknowledged Ateneo’s defensive schemes, which held him to a career-low output in points and field goal attempts with seven shots, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian insisted he could have played better.“They played good defense,” said Mbala, who put up 28 points in La Salle’s second-round win over Ateneo. “I average 20 points per game but they held me to eight points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Expect me to be more aggressive offensively [in Game 2]. They (Eagles) were able to get in to my head, that is something that shouldn’t happen again.”The Eagles made the big run that gave them enough buffer to weather La Salle’s last rally when Mbala was on the bench nursing four fouls. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Nazareth-NU, La Salle-Lipa seal title tiff “It’s part of the game,” said Mbala. “We don’t want to look for excuses why we lost. They wanted it more than us.”Chiz Ikeh and Isaac Go took turns in guarding Mbala, but the Eagles also clogged the paint each time the big Cameroonian attacked. With Mbala struggling, Aljun Melecio picked up the cudgels with 24 points. But La Salle’s guns fell silent in the last 2:35 of the game, allowing the Eagles to seal the win.Mbala said they have no recourse but to play the game of their lives this Wednesday.“Obviously if we lose the next game then it is over,” said Mbala. “We are not going to go out here just to have a mediocre game. We have to win or everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just go to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Short-handed Nets beat Thunder in Mexico City

first_imgAllen Crabbe had 15 points for Brooklyn, playing without guards Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell because of injuries and without power forward Trevor Booker after he was traded to Philadelphia before the game.The Nets improved to 10-14 with their second straight victory and third in four games. They will play the Miami Heat on Saturday at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The Thunder (11-13) had won three in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseSteven Adams added 12 points for the Thunder, and Carmelo Anthony had 11 on 5-for-20 shooting. Oklahoma City also missed key players Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brooklyn Nets’ Caris Levert moves the ball across the court during the first quarter of a regular-season NBA basketball game with Oklahoma City Thunder in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY — Caris Levert scored 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 17 and short-handed Brooklyn overcame another strong performance by Russell Westbrook to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night in the first of the Nets’ two games in Mexico City.Westbrook had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Beal explodes for 34 points as Wizards beat Suns LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Coach hopes to see Team Lakay sustain good start to 2018

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak .@TeamLakay coach Mark Sangiao hopes that this victory won’t be the last for the year after that disastrous 2017. @ONEChampionship— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 TNT halts Kia to climb to third seed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netHumbled by the string of defeats that haunted them late in 2017, Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is hopeful that the year 2018 will bring better things for his stable in ONE Championship.“Like what I’ve said before, when we were winning, we took for granted a lot of things,” he said in Filipino. “That’s what’s bad in us, that when we’re getting the things we want, we forget about the little things.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “We still need to work on our weaknesses and hopefully, sustain that. We hope that 2018 will be good for our team and the whole nation,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ With those lessons learned, the Benguet stable buckled down to work and went back to basics as they seek to redeem themselves this year.Those sacrifices have paid off this early.Geje Eustaquio avenged his defeat to Kairat Akhmetov and became the interim ONE Flyweight Championship at ONE: Global Superheroes last Friday. Joshua Pacio and Edward Kelly were also victorious in their undercard bouts, fueling more optimism on the side of Team Lakay.Sangiao, though, doesn’t want his side to feel complacent as his bets seek to reclaim their position as one of the bests in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Following a largely successful showing in 2016, Team Lakay studs drew the short end of the stick late last year, with the toughest defeat seeing Eduard Folayang lose his ONE Lightweight Championship to Martin Nguyen in November here in Manila.“Success will destroy success itself. When we’re getting the things we want, we take a lot of things for granted,” said Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

S. Korean footballer admits submitting fake records for military exemption

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? South Korea’s national football players, defender Kim Young-gwon (R) and defender Jang Hyun-soo (L) attend a press conference at the Spartak Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)SEOUL — A South Korean footballer has withdrawn from playing on the national team next month after admitting he gave false community service records required for his military service exemption, the Korea Football Association said Sunday.Nearly every able-bodied South Korean man aged 18 to 28 owes 21 months of military service by law, but Olympic medal winners and Asian Games gold medalists are granted special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT The statement said Jang — who represented South Korea at the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics — had asked to be excluded from the national team for the matches against Australia and Uzbekistan in November to complete his community service.“I am very sorry for causing disappointment,” Jang was quoted as saying in the KFA statement.“I deeply regret what I did,” he said, adding that he will “faithfully” carry out his community service once the season is over.South Korea has recently hinted at a possible reform of its controversial military service exemption programme, which critics say unfairly rewards athletes and artists for their one-time achievements.Tottenham Hotspur star footballer Son Heung-min was among dozens of South Koreans who avoided being called for military service by bringing home gold at this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award World Series: Boston on brink of title after Game 4 win over LA But they are required to complete basic military training of up to 60 days, as well as 544 hours of sports-related community service.Defender Jang Hyun-soo avoided conscription after winning gold at the 2014 Asian Games and submitted a document that he had completed nearly 200 hours of community service in December last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut it was later discovered that there was heavy snow on the day that Jang claimed to have carried out outdoor football lessons.In a statement the KFA said that Jang had “stirred up controversy” and would be excluded from two friendlies in Australia next month. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Ecobank Launches OMNI for Corporate Customers

first_imgEcobank Liberia, the Pan-African Bank, has introduced ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform,’ a new internet based cash management product to the Liberian market, which will ease money transactions from different parts of the world. Ecobank Omni is a portal for the bank’s customers to manage corporate banking transactions and information online. It is a multi-geography, multi-language and multi-currency platform that offers comprehensive set of electronic banking services to enhance service delivery.At the Ecobank 2016 customer’s forum event last Friday in Monrovia, the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Steve Saah Howard, said the new product would offer customers an integrated cash management system that is flexible enough to accommodate varying business practices locally and across the globe. “This is an exciting new solution from the Ecobank Group that will enhance their services to customers and was developed as a result of feedback on the poor performance the bank received from its clients,” he added.He said Ecobank Omni is essentially a resource for multinationals, public corporations, international organizations and financial institutions that do business in or with Africa that will help them maximize their local and regional opportunities.According to him, Ecobank differentiates itself by offering unique, customer-focused products and services, adding that the Ecobank Omni is one such well-thought-out product based on an in-depth understanding and anticipation of the needs of their customers.“This is a manifestation of Ecobank’s vision to continually automate, develop and improve on our products and services, while taking full advantage of every opportunity that exists in our markets to grow,” Howard said.He stated that Ecobank Omni is a secure electronic banking channel providing corporate clients with single access for transaction and reporting needs.“This product offers a comprehensive suite of flexible online cash management solutions – all designed to help their corporate clients increase productivity,” he added.“With real-time global account access and customizable setup features, you gain control over your critical financials at every level of your organization,” he said, “stressing that irrespective of where you are in the world you are able to securely keep track of your payments, receivables and liquidity.”He added that the product would also allow every possible payment scenario such as bank transfers, interbank and offshore payments, and cheque insurance in local and foreign currencies; and the platform also allows for bulk file upload of salary and supplier payments.Mr. Howard indicated that they built the required security features to ensure that transactions are fully covered and protected.“User access can be restricted to accounts and functions. We are able to replicate your approval limits on this platform based on your internal signing matrix. The platform also allows multiple payment authorizations based on account, amount and payment type,” he noted.Going through the securities, he said, the Omni security has multiple tiers of firewall to prevent unauthorized access to your servers including role-based security implementation with each user configured to access particular accounts or perform specific tasks as per their designation within the company; and secure deployment of Trust Gate device provided by Identity Trust.In several recommendations and other feedback, he said, customers called on the bank to improve on its manager’s checks, transferring of large sums of money to another bank and refusing students’ school fees, among others.Giving the vote of thanks, acting Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia, Mr. David Thompson, promised customers that the bank will improve its customer service to meet their demands. He said the ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform’ is meant to make life easier for corporate clients, since it would enable them to handle multiple financial transactions electronically.The forum was graced by different stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and other individual business operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bullying in schools requires immediate attention – CPCE Head

first_imgBullying in schools has become an ongoing trend in recent years and is mainly fuelled by discrimination. This calls for urgent attention by all stakeholders to tackle this matter before it escalates further.This was the position shared by Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) Principal Viola Rowe during a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence to commemorate Spirit Day.The event, which was hosted by Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana) and the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association’s Youth Advocacy Movement (GRPA’s YAM), was attended by First Lady Sandra Granger; British High Commissioner Greg Quinn; Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee; UNAIDS Country Director Martin Oditt and other representatives.Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. It was started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan. It was introduced in response to a rash of widely publicised bullying-related suicides.Giving her remarks, Rowe encouraged all stakeholders to “act now in observance of Spirit Day 2018 to make commitments to join the fight to stop bullying against LGBTQ persons and, by extension, those who are targets because of their race, ethnicity, gender, physical appearance, financial status, religious persuasion, or intellectually ability.”She also mentioned the fact that schools have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that learners were exposed to safe learning spaces, adding that bullying must be curbed at the earliest stage.The CPCE Principal added that bullying was a threat to public health as it has major negative effects on persons’ mental and physical health, resulting especially in depression, anxiety, distress and suicide. She assured that the CPCE was supportive of any measures which could curb bullying.SASOD and GRPA’s YAM also took the opportunity to launch an essay writing competition for students in Grades Seven to Nine in secondary schools in Guyana. The topic for the essays is: “There should be effective policies and redress mechanisms to curb all forms of bullying and discrimination against students and teachers in Guyana’s schools.”last_img read more

Bona fides of political parties will be tested in constitutional reform process – Ramkarran

first_imgThe drive for ethno/political supremacy is so compelling that steps towards constitutional reform are hardlyFormer Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarranon the front burner, former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran observed.Constitutional approaches aimed at altering the existing system of election of the President and the structure of the State to encourage compromise and inclusivity in the political process is much needed in Guyana, however the willingness of the major political parties, though still diffident, will be tested in the upcoming process.In his weekly blog ‘The Conversation Tree’, Ramkarran explored the correlation between the census report and the support garnered by the two main political parties over the years to make a rough prediction of how the future series of events will unfold.He highlighted that the Indian population has declined from 326,277 or 43.4 per cent in 2002 to 297,493 or 39.8 per cent in 2012 while the African population has declined from 227,062 or 30.2 per cent in 2002 to 218,483 or 29.2 per cent in 2012.Further, the Amerindian population increased from 66,675 or 9.1 per cent in 2002 to 78,492 or 10.5 per cent in 2012 and the mixed population increased from 125,727 or 16.7 per cent in 2002 to 148,532 or 19.9 per cent in 2012.With this in mind, Ramkarran explained that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) obtains its support from the Indian and Amerindian communities.He said the Indian population declined by 96,924 between 1980 and 2012, that is, from 394,417 to 297,493, an absolute decline of 24 per cent.He noted that the increase in size of the Amerindian population did not make up for the decline in the Indian population since Amerindians increased by 38,149 between 1980 and 2012, that is, from 40,343 in 1980 to 78,492 in 2012.The difference between the reduction of Indians and the increase of Amerindians show a net loss of 58,775 or 15 per cent among the PPP’s voting support.On the other hand, he said, the A Partnership for National Unity obtains most of its support from the African and mixed communities.Ramkarran pointed out that between 2002 and 2012 the African population declined by one per cent whereas the mixed population increased by 3.2 per cent.Therefore, he noted that the APNU benefited from a net increase of 2.2 per cent in the population on which it relies for most of its support.He simplified that in numbers the African population lost 8,579 persons while the mixed population increased by 22,805, a net increase of 14,226 or 7 per cent.Notwithstanding, Ramkarran said neither the numerical nor the percentage support obtained by the parties between 1992 and 2011 show any basis on which it can be concluded that the ethnic population figures have had an impact on the results.He pointed out that the PPP’s support went up from 166,340 in 2011 to 202,694 in 2015, reflecting an intensification of political work after its disastrous performance in 2011.He added that APNU may also have increased from 139,678 in 2011 due to a similar intensification, but there is no way to tell what was the portion of the total vote of 207,200 that APNU attracted, since some of those votes were brought in by the Alliance For Change (AFC).Ramkarran noted though that the speed of the decline of the Indian population suggests that the PPP cannot expect to sustain electoral and political dominance, even if it does so in the short-term.In comparison, with APNU, the declining support of the AFC places the coalition in danger of losing a straight electoral battle with the PPP.“But our political history suggests that, with an ingrained culture of ethno/political competition, APNU/AFC and the PPP will take their chances in the next elections,” he surmised.In this regard, Ramkarran explained that while political differences and disputes are no worse in Guyana than elsewhere, the fact that one-half of the population feels alienated when it perceives that the other half is in power, hinders investment and economic progress.Thus, he underscored the need for political reform as he ignited the anticipation for the major political parties’ involvement in the process.“The intent and bona fides of the two main political parties will be tested in the upcoming constitutional reform process,” he stated.last_img read more

Sugar devastation wider than thought

first_img…private farmers, over 2000 workers forgottenWhile the plight of the 5700 sugar workers, who were unilaterally fired by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) just before Christmas of 2016 and Christmas of 2017 has finally percolated to the consciousness of the average Guyanese because of the added indignity of the Government refusing to pay their severance, an even more severe predicament has struck the more than 2000 workers along with private cane farmers at Wales, East Demerara Estates (Enmore/LBI), Rose Hall and Skeldon.These workers had been employed for decades by the private cane farmers and are as dependent on the income from this source for their livelihood – meagre as it was – just as the cane workers employed by GuySuCo. Unfortunately, their working arrangements were much more informal since they were not covered by the union contracts negotiated by sugar unions. For instance, they are not eligible for any severance pay as that owing to the fired GuySuCo workers and therefore face a gloomier future.The private farmers in and of themselves have made massive investments and at Wales contributed up to 40 per cent of the tonnage of cane when that estate was operating. The Government had promised since the closure at the end of 2016 to construct a road to transport farmers’ cane to Uitvlugt more than 20 miles away, but that never materialised. In the meantime, much of the cane has been abandoned by the farmers since it is not economical to ship the cane on the deplorable dams. The workers have obviously not been “required” and have not received any income in over a year.Over at Skeldon, farmers were supposed to provide up to 30 per cent of the canes according to the original modernisation plan, but even though this was never realized, the acreage is still significant and the commensurate workforce, very large. To keep Rose Hall active, private farmers as far away as East Bank Berbice, produced and shipped cane to the factories. The workers there are in the same boat as their colleagues at Wales.On the East Coast of Demerara, the sugar lands behind many of the historic villages such as Buxton/Friendship employed scores of workers on the plots cultivated by private cane farmers who shipped the cane to Enmore factory, now shuttered. While the Government has spent large sums of money to make some lands cultivable, they have refused to address the plight of these now redundant cane farmers and workers. The workers say Government is digging a hole to fill another hole, but they have lost a bird in the hand.Guyana Times spoke to these workers in each of the locales after a number of them approached it and their fears for their future was palpable. They are pleading that the politicians and trade unions also address their plight.In May, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo. This move has seen some 4763 sugar workers being placed on the breadline. There have been countrywide protest actions since the announcement, calling for the closures to be reversed as well as for the retrenched workers to be paid their full severance.According to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, redundant workers are to be paid severance upon termination of their employment. The law state, “On termination of his employment, an employee whose severance or redundancy has completed one year or more years of continuous employment with allowance, an employer shall be entitled to be paid by such employee a severance or redundancy allowance…”However, the workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates were dismissed on December 31, 2017, without being paid their severance.After months of saying that there was no money to pay the displaced workers their entitled severance, President David Granger just over two weeks ago announced that some $2 billion has been earmarked to pay redundant sugar workers 50 per cent of their severance by the end of January, while the remaining monies will be paid in the second half of the year.But this move came in for much criticism with stakeholders, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), saying it is a flagrant breach of the labour laws. Government subsequently announced last week that those redundant workers entitled to $500,000 and less will receive their full severance.On Friday last, various Government Ministers including Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo visited the now closed estates to address the fired workers and where met with protest at the three estates.last_img read more