Protesters refuse to remove blockade prohibiting access to RUSAL operations

first_img– say will not stop until Russian company meet their demandsEven as loggers and other workers employed at RUSAL complained about being affected by the blockage of the Berbice River, the protesters are not giving up that easily.The blocked Berbice RiverIn fact, Ephraim Velloza, Branch President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), which is representing the dismissed and displaced bauxite workers of Aroaima, told Guyana Times on Thursday that the wire ropes and other items used to block the waterway will only be removed when RUSAL gives in to the Union’s demands.These demands include the reinstatement of the 91 workers who were dismissed and displaced as well as an increase in workers’ salaries. They also want this agreement to be legal and binding.“There is nothing we can do at the present moment, but the persons them can talk to the Government or talk to RUSAL, let them loose their strong hold. So there is nothing that we can do at the present moment, but let them go and talk to the people, like the Minister of Natural Resources, talk to the forestry department and let them put the pressure on RUSAL. So that RUSAL can release their strong hold, because we are in this thing, because RUSAL has been dealing [with] us unfairly,” Velloza stated during a telephone interview.He explained that the situation was not only affecting the workers but the surrounding communities.“The loggers they are purchasing from the communities. Now if we open and let the loggers pass they won’t make any contribution back to the communities, because they already paid their royalty and I feel if somebody is paying a rent or a royalty, they are supposed to be taken care of or looked after. Now they are coming and calling on us and we are in this plight, they are doing the wrong thing, because I think that they should call on the people in authority.”The GB&GWU is scheduled to meet with RUSAL today to commence their first round of talks on this ongoing issue; however, this does not necessarily mean that RUSAL will be offering anything much, Velloza further stated.“We don’t know how it will go and where it will go from there. They could call us, decide to accept us, but when we reach at the round table, they don’t appreciate our support and they could do otherwise. If RUSAL does not adhere to our proposals, then we will continue and probably take it to the next level,” Velloza added.last_img read more

16-year-old recaptured by Police after escaping custody

first_img…claims beaten, forced to give statement admitting criminalityThe 16-year-old youth who found himself in hot water after Police ranks had discovered a firearm at his residence, escaped from the Cove and John Police Station on Sunday morning, only to be recaptured a few hours later.The young man had taken the opportunity to bolt from lawful custody when he was using the washroom. However, after making his way to Georgetown, and then to Sophia where he resides, his mother turned him over to Crime Chief Paul Williams and ‘C’ Division Commander Edmond Cooper by informing them that her son was in the area.The 16 year old teenAccording to Police reports, the young man had requested to go to the washroom, and was escorted there by a Police rank. After approximately 10 minutes, ranks became suspicious at the length of time he was taking to use the washroom. It was then that another officer observed the youth climbing over a fence. The officer tried to pull him down, but was kicked to his chest. The officer raised an alarm, which alerted the rank that had escorted the young man to the washroom, but when the other ranks arrived, the youth had already escaped.On the other hand, the youth had a different tale to tell.In a video posted on social media, the young man recalled that he was asking to use the washroom since the night before, but was prevented from doing so.He related that after noticing that a different officer had assumed duty in the morning, he decided to ask again, and was allowed out of his holding cell. Under the watchful eye of a rank, he proceeded to the washroom facilities and observed that there was a loose board in the bathroom area. In a split second, he had made his way through the opening, and was unsuccessfully stopped by the Police officer.In an interview prior to his arrest, the teenager vehemently denied any involvement in the crimes, stating that the accusations against him were false. The juvenile also claimed that he was coerced by Police to give his statement, noting that a threat was made to his life. “The gun that they find in the house down there, I don’t really be over there. But they try to claim is this man I get it from, this man they carry me by, that that’s the man I does rent it from. That’s what they make I say, and they make me mother sign it,” he stated. “Them tell me if I ain’t seh that, they gon kill me,” he added.When questioned about the stolen cell phone that was discovered in his possession, the youth claimed, “The cell phone there, I buy it from a young man not too long ago, before the Police come by me, for one thousand dollars.”In a surprising twist, the young man also admitted that he was involved in a previous gun crime, but stated that that was the only occasion in which he had done something to that extent.The juvenile’s arrest came on the heels of a discovery made by ranks of ‘C’ Division (East Coast Demerara) at a Sophia house.On Thursday evening, 34-year-old Abinda Accra, a painter of ‘C’ Field, Sophia, was robbed of his cellular phone and cash while in the Sophia area. The man reported the robbery to the Police, stating that the perpetrator was a teenager. Operating on intelligence, Police ranks swooped down on the home of this 16-year-old and found a .32 special revolver. During the interrogation, the youth disclosed that he had rented the firearm from another man in the area. That man’s house was searched, and an additional .32 special revolver was found along with a .40 pistol and a total of 10 live rounds.They are now both in Police custody.last_img read more

Minister Harmon pledges $500,000, personal support to Beacon Foundation

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday paid a visit to the Beacon Hospice at Thomas and New Market Streets, Georgetown where he made a personal pledge of $500,000 among other forms of support to the charitable organisation.Noted for providing home-care, counselling and other forms of support services to persons who are diagnosed with cancer, this Hospice, run under the auspices of the Beacon Foundation, caters primarily to women and children who come into Georgetown for treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and at other privately run hospitals.The Hospice aims to reduce the burden of travelling and the associated costs. All services are provided free of cost to the patient (s), including accommodation andMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, in discussion with the executives of the organisation on Friday during his visitmeals.As well as paying the wages of its employees, the entity puts all the profits from its food catering operations to fund its programmes, and takes pride in the fact that it is the only totally self-sustaining charitable organisation in the country.During his visit, Minister Harmon said he first learnt of the Foundation several years ago, after his brother was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, the Foundation provide nurses who not only administered treatment, but also provided counselling to his sibling.The Minister noted that even though some time had elapsed, he is inspired by the Foundation’s work, and believes that the nurses and care-providers of the organisation are “the unsung heroes.”“I believe that you all are the unsung heroes, because, many times we see acts of charity being publicized, but this organisation has not been one to do so; but yet your work is out there and that is because of the difference that you are making; it speaks for itself. Quietly you have been working,” he said.The care-givers travel every week to five regions: Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five), East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six), and Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region Ten) to provide welfare support and pain medication to clients at least once per month, or the Hospice provides care for 86 cancer patients currently.Senior Nurse at the facility, Bibi Salim, said the organisation tries as best as possible to ensure that patients are treated with love and care during their times of pain and struggle, as Director Dr. Kian Jabour said it operates with the motto, “No cancer patient should die in pain, or it should be minimal pain.”The Foundation already benefits from an exemption of corporate taxes as well as support from the Ministry of Public Health.last_img read more

Registration open for Women’s Soccer season

first_imgRegistration for the summer season will be held at Maxx’s from 7-9 p.m.For more information on registering for this year’s season, or for more information on the league, visit the league’s Facebook page, or call Loni Evans at 250-794-7980.- Advertisement –last_img

Sectarian killings escalate throughout Iraq

first_imgTal Afar was a stronghold for insurgents until a U.S.-Iraqi offensive drove them off without a fight in September 2005, leading President George w. Bush in March to cite the operation as an example that gave him “confidence in our strategy.” But attacks inside the city have continued. Enraged by truck bombings that killed at least 80 people and wounded 185 Tuesday, Shiite militants and off-duty policemen went on a killing spree that lasted into Wednesday and left as many as 70 Sunnis dead in the streets, many executed with a gunshot to the back of the head. Shiite militants and police roamed Sunni neighborhoods through the night, shooting at residents and homes, according to police and a local Sunni politician. Witnesses said relatives of the Shiite victims of the truck bombings broke into Sunni homes and killed the men inside or dragged them out and shot them in the streets. Outraged Sunni groups blamed Shiite-led security forces for the killings. Al-Maliki’s office ordered an investigation and the U.S. command offered to provide assistance. Ali al-Talafari, a Sunni member of the local Turkomen Front Party, said the Iraqi army had arrested 18 policemen accused in the shooting rampage after they were identified by Sunni families. Shiite militiamen also took part, he said. Tal Afar isn’t alone. Over the past week, supporters of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army, clashed with gunmen from Fadhila, a Shiite party, in the southern city of Basra, raising the prospect of a wider Shiite-on-Shiite conflict in a region of Iraq that had been relatively quiet under British control. In the three mixed towns south of Baghdad – Iskandriyah, Haswa and Mahaweel – Shiite and Sunni mosques have been hit in tit-for-tat attacks. At least 13 people were killed, including 11 who perished in a suicide truck bombing at a Shiite mosque Saturday. Quiet has returned to the towns, but fliers plastered to Sunni front doors, warning them to leave Iskandriyah or be killed, portend more violence. Security in the three towns, near one another and about 30 miles south of Baghdad, is extremely important. They sit at the gateway to the Shiite south, astride roads used by millions of pilgrims headed to the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf. “All the requirements of a civil war are in place,” Mustafa al-Ani, a Dubai-based expert on Iraq, said in a telephone interview. “Civil war practices already are taking place, but the war will formally start when the Americans fail in Baghdad and begin to disengage.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Security, as you can see, is still deteriorating in the country and sectarianism is unfortunately prevailing,” former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a Shiite, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. U.S. and Iraqi officials have said that ridding Baghdad of its relentless sectarian violence would have a calming effect on the rest of the country, giving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki breathing room to impose government authority in hot spots outside the capital. But the U.S.-Iraqi security sweep through Baghdad, which has had modest success since its launch Feb. 14, appears to have forced Sunni insurgents, al-Qaida in Iraq fighters and Shiite militiamen to take their fight to regions where there are fewer U.S. and Iraqi troops. “The security plan in Baghdad has fragmented the terrorist network,” said Reda Jawad Taqi, a lawmaker and a senior leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country’s largest Shiite political party. “It’s like a beehive: When disturbed, the bees fly everywhere.” The violence in Tal Afar, a city populated largely by ethnic Turkomen, was the most ominous sign that sectarian violence may be taking root outside Baghdad, where it had been largely contained. BAGHDAD – A spree of revenge killings Wednesday after bombings in a mixed Shiite-Sunni city was the latest – and most ominous – sign that sectarian and tribal warfare is spreading across Iraq, opening new fronts for U.S. and Iraqi forces already stretched thin by efforts to calm Baghdad. The carnage in Tal Afar, about 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, was a piece in an alarming and increasingly complex bloodletting nationwide: Sunnis fighting Sunnis west of Baghdad, Shiites battling Shiites in the deep south and Shiites against Sunnis in three towns on the southern fringes of the capital. Tal Afar, in Iraq’s northwestern wheat belt, and the three towns in the fertile band of land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers south of Baghdad had no history of major Sunni-Shiite strife until the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown in the capital began six weeks ago. The recent outbreaks of sectarian bloodshed marked what could be a significant acceleration of Iraq’s slide toward a full-fledged internal war among Sunni and Shiite extremists. last_img read more

Pamper your pooch and help the North Peace SPCA

first_imgThe minimum donation is $20 for a bath and blow dry, plus $5 extra each for a nail trim, anal gland expression or an ear clean. To reserve your spot, send an email with your name, your dog’s name and breed, and your phone number to, and your drop off time at Oculus Transport on 72 Street will be confirmed. The fundraiser is part of this year’s Paws for a Cause event, which will take place on September 8 at Centennial Park. Registration will take place at 12, with the costumed walk starting at 1 p.m. There will also be dog training and grooming demonstrations, with a free lunch for fundraisers.- Advertisement –last_img

RCMP investing theft from VE Brandl

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is investigating a break in that took place at VE Brandl on Old Fort Road. The break in was reported on Monday, and a silver pick-up was stolen along with a number of tools.The vehicle has since been recovered, but a suspect remains at large.Officers are continuing to investigate the incident.- Advertisement –last_img

Women’s World Cup – Best goals so far, including stunners from Colombia and Holland stars

first_imgThe Netherlands are another nation famed for their well-crafted goals and technically brilliant stars, and there was plenty of quality on show as Lieke Martens fired the Oranje to a 1-0 victory over New Zealand with this classy finish.Lieke Martens – Netherlands v New Zealand 1 The first round of group fixtures are complete in Canada and one of the shock results saw Germany live up to their celebrated efficiency by absolutely smashing Ivory Coast 10-0 in their opening game.Striker Celia Sasic led the goal fest, making history with the fastest ever Women’s World Cup hat-trick.Germany thrash Ivory Coast James Rodriguez was one of the stars of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, but Colombian compatriot Daniela Montoya gave him a run for his money with the pick of a bunch of wonderful strikes in the Women’s World Cup in Canada.The Real Madrid star won the Puskas award for the best goal of 2014 with his neat swivel and volley against Uruguay, and Montoya had visiting Colombians dancing again with a long-range wonder strike in a 1-1 draw with Mexico.Daniela Montoya – Colombia v Mexicocenter_img Colombia’s Daniela Montoya celebrates her wonder goal against Mexico But it wasn’t suck a good start for England’s Lionesses, who again failed to beat France on the big stage, slumping to a 1-0 defeat thanks to a belter from Les Bleus midfielder Eugenie Le Sommer.England only managed to land one shot on target in the whole 90 minutes against the French, who are ranked third in the world and are one of the tournament favourites. They were on top throughout the clash and sealed victory with this thumping strike.Eugenie Le Sommer – France v Englandlast_img read more

Greenway Trail pact finally OK’d

first_imgAfter a meeting last week, Powell withdrew its bid after discovering some items were left out and some mathematical errors arose, Whittier city officials said. “The process is the normal style public works style of bidding, but as a result of questions we had to take a step back and re-evaluate,” Chavez said. “But \ will have minimal effect.” The trail will follow the abandoned railroad from Pioneer Boulevard to the Five Points Intersection, crossing it on a former railroad bridge and then ending at Mills Avenue. It will include four bridges, including three over Pickering Avenue, and west and east sections of Whittier Boulevard. The fourth bridge will be over Norwalk Boulevard. There also will be five street crossings, most of them with signals. Total cost of the project is estimated at about $14 million and includes the $3.6 million paid to Union Pacific for the abandoned railroad track. The trail will include a 12-foot-wide asphalt bike lane and a 5-foot-wide decomposed granite brick-like pedestrian lane. Construction is expected to start on the east and west ends. The four bridges will comprise the third phase also starting at the same time, Chavez said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWhittier resident Ray Ramirez three weeks ago asked the council to hold off, alleging the company was involved in problems as a project manager for the Montebello and Santa Ana unified school districts. But after a two-week investigation, Chavez said the Del Terra firm had no problems. “We’ve gone through every hoop and everything we can go through to see they’re outstanding,” he said. Then, last week, the council delayed the project after Richard Soll, attorney for Powell Constructors, said his clients should have been given the contract. Although Powell Constructors had the low bid, it was deficient because it didn’t provide evidence of workers’ compensation insurance and a list of subcontractors, Chavez said. WHITTIER – It took three meetings in three weeks, but the City Council Tuesday finally awarded the nearly $7.5million contract for the 4.5-mile Greenway Trail, bringing a dream begun nine years ago closer to fruition. Del Terra Construction of Industry was awarded the contract and is expected to begin construction by early June, completing it in 12 to 13 months, said Bob Chavez, city director of parks. “This is going to be a great project,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “It’s too long getting here, but we got it right.” The project first was delayed when questions were raised three weeks ago about Del Terra; then a week ago there were allegations by another bidder it should have received the contract. last_img read more

Barcelona announce €910million revenue for 2017/18 season

first_imgBarcelona have revealed they posted a club-record income of over €900million for the 2017/18 season. The Spanish giants made an eye-watering total of €910million (£809m/$1.07b) last term, making a €13million profit after tax, as they announced their financial results for the last year.Barca won the LaLiga and Copa del Rey double last term and were involved in some of the biggest transfers in history.The Catalan club received a record transfer fee of £200.6million from Paris Saint-Germain for Brazil forward Neymar last summer.They have since broken their own club transfer record twice, on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) from Borussia Dortmund and Philippe Coutinho (£106.4m) from Liverpool. 2 Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona is the third largest football transfer in history 2 Barcelona nearly went the whole LaLiga season undefeated, with a defeat to lowly Levante in their penultimate league game costing them the historic title of ‘Invincibles’.However, they still set a record for the longest undefeated start in LaLiga history and the club has now revealed they broke records off the field too.Last year, Barca managed an income of €708m, which had been the previous record.The figures are in line with the Catalan side’s plan of reaching €1 billion of income in 2021. Andres Iniesta leads Barcelona’s LaLiga title celebrations after playing his final game for the club last_img read more