zoomImage Courtesy: Baleària Baleària’s newest smart ship with LNG engines, Marie Curie, was floated out at Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy on November 28.The newbuilding is one of the company’s first two ferries fueled by LNG that will operate in the Mediterranean.Marie Curie’s sister vessel, Hypatia de Alejandría, is expected to complete its construction and commence sea trials in the coming weeks with both LNG and fuel. Hypatia de Alejandría will begin operating at the beginning of next year and Marie Curie a few months later, according to the company.As informed, the entire structure is finished on Marie Curie and work is being done to prepare the passenger and crew areas meaning more than 50% of the construction is now complete. Moreover, the LNG engines and tanks, as well as the primary equipment, are already onboard.With a length of 186.5 meters and a maximum speed of 24 knots, the two vessels have a capacity for 810 passengers, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 vehicles.Baleària has invested around EUR 200 million (USD 226 million) in these two smart ships.Recently, the company unveiled the construction of a fast ferry for passenger and cargo powered by dual-fuel LNG engines, described as the world’s first such ship. The Incat Crowther 125 design ferry will be the first to use dual-fuel reciprocating engines and will also be one of the largest fast catamarans in service once it is delivered in summer 2020.The project is part of the smart maritime concept developed by Baleària, consisting of the application of new technologies, Big Data and artificial intelligence.Baleària is also introducing LNG powerplants to its fleet, pioneering agreements with fuel and machinery suppliers.What is more, the company has embarked on a new project involving retrofitting of six of the fleet’s ships. Worth EUR 72 million, the project received a grant of EUR 11.8 million from the European Commission.Within the next three years, the company plans to have at least half of its fleet powered by clean energy and one hundred percent of the fleet within ten years.
The Murrays Hill Bridge in Inverness County will reopen next summer. The bridge, which crossed the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, was recently removed because of damage sustained during flooding in September. “We recognize the importance of the bridge to the community,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I’ve asked the department staff to explore options to determine the most efficient way to get the crossing back in operation.” The bridge was more than 100 years old and was not used in the winter because of the steepness of the approaches. The crossing was not used by school buses, fire trucks or emergency vehicles.
Islamabad: A Pakistani court will hear on Wednesday the appeal of jailed former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in a corruption case. Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. A two-member division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will conduct the hearing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The same bench will also take up an appeal by the National Accountability Court Bureau, the prosecuting agency in the case, to increase his sentence. Sharif was removed as prime minister following a judgement by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017. The top court also ordered to launch three cases of corruption against Sharif and his family. Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar was convicted in the Avenfiled case last year but the sentence was later suspended by the IHC. The case was related to the ownership of the Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House, London. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls He was however convicted in the Al-Azizia steel mill case for owning assets beyond means. However, Sharif was exonerated by the accountability court in the Flagship corruption case. Sharif’s family and lawyer insist that the former premier should be set free as the judgment was tainted and the judge who delivered the verdict was also removed. Justice Arshad Malik was removed after his daughter Maryam released a video in which he was purportedly seen confessing in a chat with a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader that he was under immense pressure from certain elements to convict the three-time premier in the graft case.
Country star Kristian Bush of Sugarland will greet shoppers at the Goodwill Southern California Los Feliz store before headlining his Troubadour Concert on August 27.Country star Kristian Bush is encouraging people to #GiveItAway with a FREE meet and greet on Thursday, August, 27 from 12pm – 1pm at the Goodwill Southern California Los Feliz store (4575 Hollywood Blvd. L.A. 90027). Bush, also known as one-half of country music duo Sugarland, is currently serving as a celebrity ambassador for Goodwill Industries International, with his Top 20 hit “Trailer Hitch” featured as the centerpiece of their #GiveItAway campaign. The first 50 fans in line will receive a free autographed copy of his debut solo album Southern Gravity.When people donate to Goodwill, they help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages in their communities secure sustainable employment through education, training, work experience and career placement services. Goodwill Southern California supports its mission of Transforming Lives Through The Power of Work with proceeds generated from the sale of donated goods at 80 retail stores.“We are honored to meet and host Kristian Bush, whose song reminds us of the importance of giving to others and how good it makes us feel to do so,” said Craig Smith, President and CEO of Goodwill Southern California.“I’m excited that I get to use my partnership with Goodwill to do something good for this community.” said Bush. “When I learned more about Goodwill and what they do with the proceeds from donations – how those donations help create jobs – I was really excited to join the effort. If you are interested in creating change in your community, donating to Goodwill is a great place to start.”Following the meet and greet, Bush will perform a concert at The Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd) in West Hollywood, CA. Kicking off at 8p.m., Bush will be joined by special guest Rita Wilson. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music and their mission to improve lives through the power of music. Tickets are on sale now here.
APTN National NewsThe Tahltan nation in British Columbia says it is once more fighting to preserve the so-called “sacred headwaters”.A mining company is doing exploration work in the area located in the northern part of the province.Tahltan elders issued an eviction notice to the company and are now blockading the worksite.APTN’s Tina House has the story.
It says activists also obstructed workers at the Burnaby Terminal, where it plans to install 14 new storage tanks, an enhanced storm water treatment system as well as clear trees, for which it has received approvals.Trans Mountain says since the end of November and nearly every day since, protesters have caused delay and financial harm to the company, with the goal of stopping the entire project, which has received approval from the federal government.Members of Stand.earth say in a news release the court action is aimed at preventing anyone from protesting peacefully and is an attempt to burden critics of the controversial project with legal costs. VANCOUVER, B.C. — Kinder Morgan Canada is seeking an injunction against a group of anti-pipeline activists protesting construction at two of the Trans Mountain terminals in Burnaby.A notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court before the start of a hearing today is asking that named individuals, along with John Doe, Jane Doe and “persons unnamed,” be restricted from coming within 50 metres of the facilities.The Calgary-based company says protesters have obstructed roads that it requires to access the Westridge Marine Terminal in order to build a new dock complex with three berths.
CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP received a report, on March 18, that several mailboxes had been broken into.According to the RCMP, the mailboxes, located at the post office on 50th Street SW, were broken into sometime over this past weekend.The investigation is ongoing and the Police are seeking the public’s assistance at this time. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Casablanca – The death toll from the collapse, on Friday, of three residential buildings in Casablanca has climbed to 23, said local authorities on Sunday. A previous death toll said 16 people died after rescuers recovered the body of a 34-year old man from under the rubble, according to the same sources.The search for more victims was temporarily suspended on Sunday due to the subsidence risk of other adjacent buildings, lieutenant-colonel Mohamed Pilia, commander of the regional mobile unit of Civil Defense in Casablanca told MAP, adding that laser rangefinders have been installed to detect movement.
7 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spotlighted in two new reports to the General Assembly how Israeli practices impinge upon the rights of Palestinians through the continued building of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and other means. In one publication, Mr. Ban stressed that United Nations resolutions and a 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) both reflect how Israel’s construction of settlements – “in effect, the transfer by an occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” – breach the Fourth Geneva Convention. Other activities, such as land requisition and the destruction of houses and orchards, are also “illegal,” he writes. Between 1967 and the end of last year, Israel set up 120 settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, and as of this August, over 1,000 new buildings were being erected in the settlements, the report says. “The existence of settlements restricts the freedom of movement of Palestinians resident in the West Bank in several ways,” the Secretary-General notes, with Palestinians barred from entering settlement areas without a special permit. “Despite the claim of the Government of Israel that the internal closure system within the West Bank is imposed on Palestinian residents there for security purposes, most of those internal restrictions on movement are largely premised on the protection of Israeli settlers and settlements and are designed to provide settlers with unobstructed travel capacity between settlements and to Israel itself.” Further, the report, covering the period between January and August of this year, says that one-third of settlements and land incorporated into these areas is private Palestinian-owned land, much of which was expropriated by Israel on the grounds of military necessity. Mr. Ban calls on the Israeli Government to abide by its commitments to dismantle outposts built after March 2001 and freeze settlement activity called for in the so-called Road Map, which foresees a two-State solution with Israel and the Palestinians living side by side in peace, as well as the Annapolis Joint Statement of 27 November 2007, which was intended to reinvigorate the peace process. He also urges Israel to take steps to curb attacks by Israeli settlers against civilians in the occupied territory and guarantee that violent incidents are properly investigated. The second report made public today covers the same time period as the other, and says that the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory is “worsening.” Regarding closures, the Secretary-General says that Israel’s closures have had serious consequences, including economic ones, on Palestinians. “The restrictions continue to undermine the enjoyment of other rights guaranteed under international human rights law by effectively impeding access to health care, education and employment.” In the West Bank, restrictions have blocked access to such services as health and education, while “approximately 1.4 million Palestinians are forcibly confined in the Gaza Strip, where social and economic conditions are deteriorating rapidly,” he writes. The wall erected in June 2002 by Israel to separate it from the West Bank further impedes access for Palestinians, the report says. “In addition to its immediate impact on freedom of movement, the wall and the associated restrictions of movement significantly undermine the enjoyment of a host of other fundamental human rights.” It calls on the Assembly and the international community to take measures to further the implementation of the decisions, resolutions and recommendations of the Security Council, ICJ and UN human rights mechanisms. The Secretary-General also says the Assembly should ask for the Council’s help in putting into practice the ICJ’s 2004 advisory opinion that said that the building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal, called for an end to construction and said Israel should make reparations for any damage caused.
21 January 2009Hundreds more troops will arrive in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region within the next two months in an effort to boost protection of civilians, the African Union-United Nations mission there, known as UNAMID, said today. Additional troops are expected to arrive by March from Egypt, South Africa, Senegal and Bangladesh, and later this year, further troops will arrive from Nepal, Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia, UNAMID said. Tanzania has also announced it will send an entire infantry battalion of about 900 personnel and an advance party, including engineers crucial to UNAMID’s plan to expedite its deployment target. The hybrid force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians on the western flank of Sudan, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.Earlier this week in Addis Ababa, the UN, African Union and the Government of Sudan met to discuss ways of accelerating the deployment of UNAMID to reach the strength of 26,000 military and police personnel authorized by the Security Council. At the end of the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding on air operations was signed by the Government of Sudan and UNAMID to enable the latter to make a more effective use of the infrastructure of Sudanese airports to speed up the process.In December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that UNAMID deployment had been delayed by continued fighting between the parties on the ground and the slow provision of units and equipment previously pledged to the mission.However, as the mission marked its first anniversary earlier this month, Mr. Ban confirmed that troop levels have exceeded 60 per cent of the full authorized strength.One year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), some 12,374 blue helmets are now in place across Darfur, which is 63 per cent of the 19,555 authorized military personnel.In addition, on 5 January, two new contingents of Nigerian police officers trained in high-risk operations joined the mission, bringing the total number of Formed Police Units (FPUs) serving with the mission to five, following the earlier arrival of units from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal.
Graduates from McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering will be making history when they accept their degrees later this month. More than 940 students will receive the institutions first-ever digital diploma following their convocation ceremonies. The pilot project marks a first for any major Canadian post-secondary institution. A handful of American universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have already begun issuing digital degrees. A free app called Blockcerts will allow the students to carry and securely validate their credentials through their phones.The app was built by MIT and is anchored by bitcoin blockchain technology which is a secure ledger.Blockcerts uses bitcoin transactions to publish publicly accessible proof that a student’s degree was issued by McMaster. The proof is a digitally signed hash similar to a unique fingerprint. Once published in the bitcoin blockchain, it can be instantly verified and never changed.“Once we give the credential, students own that credential on the blockchain platform. They can share it or keep it private. When they share it with employers, employers have an immediate link to verify the credential – it takes the middleman out of the equation,” said McMaster’s dean of engineering Ishwar K. Puri in a news release.Puri said it was important for the faculty to invest in digital diplomas to stay at the forefront of innovation.“Just as society is innovating and business is innovating, higher education must also innovate,” he said.The online version is a digital replica of a printed McMaster diploma, which students will also receive.
Among the resolution’s provisions is a request for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to include in his reports to the Council a list of countries or parties to conflicts that recruit children into their armed forces.Adopted unanimously, the resolution also obliges combatants, UN Member States, the UN system and regional and sub-regional organizations to respect international treaties dealing with children’s rights, consider ways to provide protection and assistance to women and children during and after hostilities and contemplate action and legislation against those who recruit child fighters.The Council’s text also asks that international financial and development institutions devote part of its funding to support programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers and that child protection staff are included in peacekeeping and field missions.The Council action followed a daylong debate involving representatives of nearly 30 countries, as well as top UN officials. Speaking at the outset of the discussion, the Secretary-General said the UN had always sought to alleviate the plight of children affected by war and that the Council’s resolution “tells each of us what we have to do to protect children in armed conflict.””It calls on States to punish conduct that fuels and exacerbates conflict,” he said. “It draws attention to issues such as the recruitment of children and trafficking in arms and natural resources. It urges donors, lenders and others to use their financial leverage. And it insists that this Council, the United Nations system, the international financial institutions and others use their influence as well.”For his part, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, told the Council that since its first open debate devoted to the protections, rights and rehabilitation of children affected by armed conflict, there had been a progressive integration of those concerns into the peace and security agenda of the UN. He said that despite that progress, however, the overall situation of children exposed to war remained grave and unacceptable – an assessment that was echoed by Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund. For the first time in the practice of the Council, a child was invited to address the 15-member UN body. “We want to be able to move about freely in all parts of the country to attend the schools of our choice,” 14-year-old Alhaji Sawaneh, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone said, pleading to the Council on behalf of the children of his country. “We want to be able to visit our friend and families everywhere in the country without fear of abduction, recruitment and other dangers. Above all, we want our parents to be able to work and educate us and to become useful citizens.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enterprises to see some support from the Bank of Canada by audreywhelan Posted Nov 17, 2015 6:48 am MDT The Business Development Bank of Canada is extending its lifeline for small and medium sized enterprises impacted by low oil prices.The BDC has allocated another $500-million in financing to provide loans and advice.President and CEO Michael Denham tells 660 NEWS, the focus will be on good companies with good prospects that are having a tough time getting credit elsewhere.“A client of ours that is in the water treatment business, and its focus historically has been exclusively on the oil and gas sector and they have a couple clients that they provide these water treatment solutions to with some pretty modest investment in terms of a new orientation in sales and a fairly modest investment in terms of their manufacturing process, they can position themselves to sell their solutions into different segments,” he said.The BDC will be releasing an economic study on November 30 that will look at the diversification of a resource-dependent economy.
Judge cuts potential fine after California pipeline blast by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2016 7:09 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – In a big victory for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a judge on Tuesday cut nearly all of a potential $562 million fine against the giant utility in a criminal case alleging it violated safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in California and then obstructed investigators.U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson issued the order without explanation late in the day, hours after the U.S. Attorney’s Office requested it in a court filing.Prosecutors also offered no explanation for their surprising decision to seek a lower fine against PG&E after more than a month of testimony at trial and four days into jury deliberations.Jurors are deciding whether the company is guilty of multiple charges filed following the 2010 blast that sent a giant plume of fire into the air, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Bruno.PG&E now faces a maximum fine of $6 million if convicted of 11 pipeline safety violations and obstructing investigators after the blast. No PG&E officials are facing prison time.The potential $562 million fine was double the amount of money prosecutors said PG&E saved by skirting pipeline safety requirements. The utility argued in court filings that determining any savings would be complicated and unduly prolong a penalty phase of the trial.Prosecutors may have been concerned that jurors would think they were asking for too much money and too much of their time to sit through a possible penalty phase, said Robert Weisberg, a criminal law professor at Stanford University.He said jurors might be so angry at prosecutors that they would side with the company on every count.Brandon Garrett, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law who studies corporate crime, said the larger fines the government was initially seeking are meant to act as a deterrent and prosecutors appeared to be giving PG&E “a massive and unexplained discount” in the revised proposal.“Obviously, if a company does not have to pay a fine that is larger than its gains, then its crime becomes profitable,” Garrett said.During the investigation of the San Bruno blast, the San Francisco-based utility misled federal officials about the standard it was using to identify high-risk pipelines, prosecutors have said.The standard PG&E used violated safety regulations and led to a failure to classify the San Bruno pipeline and others as high-risk and properly assess them, prosecutors said in a 2014 indictment.PG&E also was charged with violating pipeline safety laws after prosecutors alleged the company ignored shoddy record-keeping and failed to identify threats to its larger natural gas pipelines. The company did not subject the pipelines to appropriate testing, choosing a cheaper method to save money, prosecutors told jurors.PG&E pleaded not guilty and said its employees did the best they could with ambiguous regulations they struggled to understand. Engineers did not think the pipelines posed a safety risk, and the company did not intend to mislead investigators, PG&E attorney Steven Bauer said during the trial.The utility inadvertently sent officials a draft policy about its standard for identifying high-risk pipes, not one the company was actually following, he said.Investigators have blamed the blast in part on poor PG&E record-keeping that was based on incomplete and inaccurate pipeline information. California regulators fined the company $1.6 billion last year for the explosion.___This story has been corrected to say a jury is deciding whether PG&E is guilty of the charges, not deliberating on a penalty.
When you walk into the Learning Commons at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA), you are greeted by the always-smiling face of Lesley Bell.The long-time Co-ordinator enthusiastically helps students, staff and faculty alike on their quests for knowledge, is always eager to explain how a piece of software works and has no shortage of stories to share about art, the University or life in general.It is her passion for the work that she does, and for the people she works with, that inspired the Visual Arts Department to pay tribute to Bell’s legacy with a student award named in her honour.Created in recognition of her retirement at the end of August, the new Lesley Bell Award will be presented annually to the third-year History of Art and Visual Culture major with the highest average.Donna Szőke, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, said the award is a fitting way to recognize student accomplishment as well as Bell’s time with Brock, both academically and professionally.“Lesley has been an invaluable resource to our department,” she said. “Her constant generosity of spirit, curiosity and kindness has touched the lives of the many students, instructors and staff of Visual Arts, as well as Brock as a whole. We celebrate Lesley with this award.”Bell, who has been employed with Brock for 34 years, is the longest-serving staff member in the Visual Arts Department.She remembers her journey through the ranks at Brock fondly, starting from her decision to enrol as a student in 1983.While working part time as a waitress, Bell would always share her love of the arts with her coworkers. As a mature student in her 30s, however, she was skeptical about going back to school.After some prodding from coworkers — and realizing there was a night class at Brock that she could attend which wouldn’t interfere with her work schedule — she decided to enrol.“I started an art history class with Sylvia Osterbind, a fine arts librarian who also taught the Art History course for a fledgling program in History and Studio Arts at Brock,” Bell recalled. “Sylvia was a formidable teacher. I sat at the back of the class and watched her stride in front of two projected images of ancient art in her sensible shoes, waving her pointer and lecturing with her succinct German accent.”From that point on, Bell was “hooked.” She would close down the bar, working until the wee hours of the morning, and then wake up for early morning seminars.“I suddenly noticed ‘classical’ architectural elements on the buildings on St. Paul Street when riding the bus home from Brock, and I met some people who are still important friends,” she recalls fondly. “I started Brock thinking I was not smart enough for university, but that course showed me that I had a mind that could ask questions, and I had eyes that could see the creative world around me.”After graduating with an Honours B.A. in Visual Arts from Brock University in 1988, Bell then continued her studies and earned a Master of Library Science degree from Western University in 1993.From there, she returned to the place where it all started and began working at Brock as a Visual Arts resource co-ordinator.Over time, her job would evolve to include oversight of the Brock University Art Collection and the former Sean O’Sullivan Art Gallery on the main campus.Bell would eventually conceive and help design the Learning Commons in the new MIWSFPA building in downtown St. Catharines, where her duties expanded to include managing the equipment kiosk and supervising student monitors. She constantly worked to develop opportunities for the space to further benefit students and the community, and never stopped striving to make it a more inclusive place to study and congregate.Bell is not one to boast about her accomplishments or bask in the spotlight, however. Especially, she says, when she was simply “doing her job.”But when it comes to the student award in her honour, she is proud that her legacy will serve to inspire future students to also pursue their passions.“I don’t know if I can say this emphatically enough: this award means more to me than the decades of service to Brock and is a legacy that actually stuns me,” she said. “We are all here because of the students that we train, nurture and mentor. However, we seldom get a chance to know that we ‘make a difference.’ So, it is deeply significant to me to be given this gift from the department.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabour Day messages 2018May 1, 2018In “latest news”GuySuCo, GAWU spat continuesNovember 14, 2015In “Politics”Guyanese workers reunite in May Day paradeMay 2, 2016In “latest news” Message from President David Granger The labour movement, tasked with protecting workers’ rights and improving their quality of life, is essential to expanding employment opportunities and ensuring just conditions of work.Workers, through their trade unions, historically supported the struggles for the achievement of political independence, social justice, increases in wages and improvements in their living conditions.Workers, today, are much better off as a result of the sacrifices of their forebears. Legislation, organisations, institutions and services now ensure workers’ rights ─ including gender equality and retirement benefits. Improved access to education, health, housing, social protection and public utilities has transformed workers’ lives.Your government has ensured improvements in workers’ well-being, most recently, by increasing the monthly public service minimum wage by 62 per cent from $39, 540 to $64,200; attracting investment to catalyse job-creation; promoting entrepreneurship as a stimulus for employment and expanding public services.The labour movement is urged to continue to work with the government, private sector and civil society to support efforts to generate employment, including self-employment, especially for women and young people.Labour Day celebrates the achievements of the working people. It recalls their sacrifices and struggles for freedom, food and fair employment. It salutes trade unions and their stewardship for the workers’ well-being.Your government remains a friend of workers and of the labour movement. It supports, always, the trade unions’ struggle for a good life for everyone.Happy Labour Day!Message from the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C)On the occasion of International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to extend best wishes to all workers throughout our dear nation.This significant day, which celebrates the important resource of human labour, allows for workers to rally in solidarity with each other and to further highlight their invaluable contributions towards the development of Guyana.From slavery, indentureship, colonial times to present day, workers have scored innumerable victories and have radically transformed their working conditions. The struggle to accomplish these feats was long and hard. Many were brutalised; many were jailed and many paid the ultimate price with their lives. These victories must be celebrated, sacrifices respected and lives never forgotten. However, many of the gains won by these workers are now being threatened and much of the progress made are being reversed under this APNU+AFC coalition administration.We in the PPP are aware that the economic and political situation in our country is a matter of deep concern and worry to workers and their families. Workers from every sector and people from all walks of life are apprehensive, not only about their daily existence but more importantly, about their future, their children’s future and the future of our country. We believe that these fears and apprehensions are well founded.Every productive sector is on the decline; in the sugar industry, estates have been closed and thousands of workers were dismissed; in the mining sector, small and medium scale miners are being taxed out of existence, which together with several other factors have skyrocketed the cost of production, thereby forcing them out of existence; the rice sector has suffered tremendous decline owing to the absence of new markets, lack of competitive prices for paddy and many other factors; the forestry sector has also suffered a deep decline; in the commercial sector, there is a drastic decline in trade and commerce. And we can go on.The party is also mindful of the devastating impact which the draconian tax regime imposed by this APNU+AFC coalition administration is having on the working and vulnerable people of our country. We recognize that VAT on electricity, water, health services and basic food items are simply wreaking havoc on families across this land.Politically, workers are operating in an environment where discrimination is rampant; their rights and freedoms are being trampled upon; the rule of law is under siege and where political witch-hunting and persecution have become institutionalized policies of the Government of the day.However, in spite of these challenges the PPP is confident in the workers’ ability to overcome while recognizing their diligence and daily sacrifices and will continue to stand in solidarity with them while robustly and fearlessly representing their cause.As they march in solidarity throughout the country on this Labour Day, they will no doubt make their voices heard bringing attention to their plight. Our Party, trusts that, despite the challenges faced, that in some way, the observances for Labour Day will be rewarding.Once again best wishes to our nations’ workers on this their day.Message from the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) joins in extending best wishes to all Guyanese, more so the workers of our country, on the occasion of Labour Day 2019. This year’s observances coincide with the celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the first workers organization in Guyana. As is now well-known, our country occupies a special place in this regard having the historic distinction of forming the first trade union in the then British Colonial Empire. On this Labour Day, the GAWU recognizes the dedicated efforts and hard work of the Father of Trade Unionism, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow who, it is recorded, faced great adversity and daunting challenges as he pressed ahead with the setting up the British Guiana Labour Union (BGLU). Today as we hail Critchlow’s selflessness and dedication, we also recall those unionists who came after and continued along the road Critchlow started on and whose efforts collectively helped to advance the rights and conditions of our nation’s workers.Today as we assess the situation 100 years since, we recognise that remarkable gains were realized and several major successes scored. In as much as we are encouraged and proud of those achievements, we still recognise that many goals are yet to be attained. In our day, too, we cannot ignore the blatant attempts made to undermine and rollback what have been won through the struggles of the working-class. At this time, we urge workers to be wary of such attempts and to be on-guard of those who come to you disguised as friends.The GAWU cannot fail, on the occasion of Labour Day, to express, once again, its deep dismay that the Ministry of Labour has been abolished by this Government and in its place there is a Department, a retrograde step and one reminiscent of colonial times. This is a vexing issue and is a deep concern for the Trade Union Movement as a whole, especially when one considers that such a Ministry was in place for more than sixty (60) years. It is instructive to point out too that since the un-ceremonial exit of the Labour Ministry in 2015, there has not been any legislation which has advanced workers’ rights though there are several matters which need to be addressed.Labour Day 2019, the GAWU recognizes, comes when workers find themselves facing difficulties in meeting the demands of living. The levying of taxes has taken a heavy toll. Aggravating the situation is the tax hammer falling on previously untaxed and exempted goods and services. The concern regarding the country’s economic trajectory also cannot escape our attention. The economic situation does not give us hope or confidence in the immediate future. The GAWU is well aware that it is the workers that will be the greatest victims of any economic decline.Workers Day comes at a time when there is widespread anxiety about the employment situation in the country. We have seen concerns being expressed about the business environment which undoubtedly has had its impact on employment. The GAWU knows firsthand of the situation in the sugar industry and the drastic fall in the quality of living of workers and their families after closure of several estates. This callous act of the Administration continues to be a disturbing feature of our times. Moreover, it is not lost on us that the large turnout of the jobseekers at the recently held Job Fair, organized by the Department of Youth, is surely a reflection of the sad state of employment in our society.On this day, as we consider the many matters that affect and impinge on our workers and their families well-being, the GAWU must express that it is heartened that Labour Day is, once again, observed with an emphasis on unity of the two (2) umbrella unions. Our Union has long championed unity among workers and is pleased that there has been increased collaboration and co-operation among workers and their organizations in recent times. That coming together has seen workers being successful in their justifiable demands and reminds us that in unity there is strength. At this time, when workers still face formidable challenges as they march towards betterment, we are hopeful that the unity forged can be strengthened and advanced in the interest of the Guyanese working-class.On this day too, expectedly, the workers of Guyana will take stock of where they stand and consider their next steps ahead. Indeed, the road will be arduous, the challenges great. But, the GAWU believes, given the history of struggles and determination of the working-class, is optimistic, they will attain their objective in the end. The GAWU, once again, extends greetings for a happy Labour Day to all Guyanese working-people and, indeed, the workers of the world.
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