Dear Editor,This letter was motivated by a statement by the Minister of Health and Chairwoman of the PNC, Volda Lawrence on preference of PNC party comrades for employment and Government contracts, which was widely reported in the media. She was also the former Minister responsible for the labour portfolio. What a vulgar statement! However, Volda Lawrence must be commended for her honest confession of the not so subtle practice of the PNC. That position is discriminatory and unlawful as stated hereunder,The system of industrial relations is informed, influenced and functions within the norms of national legislation, international labour standards, and regional labour policy of Caricom. The national Constitution of Guyana, the labour laws, and international labour conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), ratified by Guyana as treaty and international law, provides the legal basis, foundation and framework in employment by the Government, its agencies, and the social partners represented by trade unions and employers and their organisations. Together, these instruments constitute the Labour code of Guyana.The general principles of Part 1, Chapter II of the Constitution of Guyana provides right to equality of opportunity and treatment in all aspects of employment, education, social and political life; and imposes a duty on the state to protect the just rights and interests of citizens. Our Constitution on fundamental rights states that the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual entitles every citizen basic rights without distinction and discrimination including the right, regardless of his/her race, origin, political opinions, colour or creed to freedom of conscience, of expression, assembly, and association.Guyana’s Prevention of Discrimination Act No. 26 of 1997 protects against unlawful discrimination, and prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, indigenous population, national extraction, social origin, economic status, political opinion, disability, family responsibilities, pregnancy, marital status, or age except for the purpose of retirement and restriction on work and employment of minors.The Act also prohibits discrimination against a person by distinction, exclusion or preference, the intent of which is to deny equality of opportunity or treatment in any employment or occupation. Under this Act, it is unlawful for any employer or his/her agent to discriminate in relation to recruitment, selection or employment on any grounds including discrimination in advertisement of the job; in determining who should be offered employment; in terms and conditions offered; the creation, classification or abolition of jobs; by retrenching or dismissing the employee; in conditions or work or occupational safety and health measures; or by denying access, or limiting opportunities for advancement, promotion, transfer or training connected with employmentThe International Labour Convention 111 – Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) 1958, ratified by Guyana, as an International Treaty:i) requires the promotion of equality of opportunity and treatment in relation to employment and occupation and calls on states to declare and pursue a national policy designed to eliminate all forms of discrimination;ii) defines discrimination as any distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin affecting equality of opportunity or treatment in employment and occupation; andiii) covers access to vocational training, employment, and terms and conditions of employment.Caricom’s Declaration of Labour and Industrial Relations Principles outlines the general labour and industrial relations policy to which the Caricom states aspire. The Declaration is informed by ILO Labour Standards (Conventions and Recommendations) and re-enforces these standards relating to non-discrimination in employment and occupation, and employment policy.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 of the United Nations, Article 23, states that Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment without any discrimination.Sincerely,Joshua Singh
– as interrogators claim accused verbally admitted to crimeIt was a long day of witnesses testifying at the High Court on Monday, but one of the major revelations came during the afternoon session when former Police Inspector and ballistics expert Eon Jackson revealed that he was unsuccessful in his attempts to locate several would-be exhibits.These were purportedly spent shells from the crime scene. Delon Henry, also called “Nasty Man”, is on trial for the gunning down of footballer Dexter Griffith, who was killed near his mother’s East Ruimveldt, Georgetown home on September 29, 2015.At Monday’s proceedings, Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage owing to multiple gunshot wounds, noting that the deceased was shot six times. He said that he noticed injuries to Griffith’s arms, leg, shoulder, back and elsewhere, but did not find gunpowder residue. He further suggested that the assailant fired from three to five feet away.Five of the spent shells were recovered and former Inspector Jackson, then a Sergeant of Police, had tendered the exhibits at the Magistrate’s Court. However, when he testified on Monday, he admitted that he could not find the said exhibits, noting that he made several checks at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters Eve Leary and also at the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) section at the same location.After Defence Counsel Adrian Thompson sought clarification during Jackson’s evidence-in-chief, Justice Sandil Kissoon observed that the items may have been removed by a third party.Meanwhile, Police Sergeant Detective Rodwell Sarabo and Inspector Shivram Murgaya both corroborated a recollection to the jury of “Nasty Man” admitting to the footballer’s murder. On October 5, 2015, the two Police ranks were present at CID headquarters where they put the murder allegation to Henry. Sarabo and Murgaya told the Court that Henry was treated at a hospital for injuries he had sustained on his foot while he tried to escape from Police custody.They claimed that upon his return to CID, he refused to give a written statement, noting under cross-examination that what the accused related to them could not be counted as a confession statement. However, in evidence-in-chief, the duo asserted that while in custody, Henry admitted.“Officer Barrow used to watch meh back. When they kill El Sinkie that is when I come out, fo kill he; so that is why when this man dead, he and Mafia roll up in a dark car with a hand gun fo kill me,” the two Policemen quoted Henry as saying.They added that they never assaulted, threatened, used violence against or made any promises to Henry. The witnesses also noted that the defendant declined having a meal, having observed that he had already eaten.According to reports back then, after being shot, Griffith reportedly managed to stand and walked a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry, but eventually fell unconscious to the ground, while his assailant escaped. Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are prosecuting the State’s case.
1 New Leeds striker Billy Sharp Southampton have announced the completion of striker Billy Sharp’s permanent move to Leeds United.The 28-year-old Sheffield-born frontman has agreed a two-year contract to return to Yorkshire.Sharp signed for Saints from Doncaster in January 2012 and struck nine goals in the final three months of their Premier League promotion-winning season.However, he could not force his way into any of Saints’ top flight squads and was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest, Reading and back to Doncaster last season.A statement on Southampton’s website read: “The club would like to thank Billy for his service, particularly during the promotion-winning season from the Championship where his late run of goals helped the team to a second-place finish.”Sharp could make his Leeds debut against Middlesbrough at Elland Road on Saturday.
The 29-year-old is now committed to United until 2019.Asked if the contract had been extended, United manager Mourinho said: “Yes it was. Last week or something like that.”There was speculation about Mata’s future when Mourinho took charge at United in 2016.Mourinho was manager at Chelsea when Mata was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge four years ago.Speculation returned last week when United completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with questions arising over where Mata would now fit into the team.But Mourinho said on Tuesday: “Mata is very important. He is another one, big story when I arrived one and a half years ago – ‘Mata in trouble, in trouble, in trouble’.“Now he’s getting an extension of one more year. He is an important player for me, an important player for the club, an important player for the other players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Mata has extended his stay at Old Trafford © AFP/File / Roland HARRISONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – Jose Mourinho has revealed Juan Mata’s contract at Manchester United has been extended for another year.Spain midfielder Mata was in the last six months of the deal he signed when he joined the club from Chelsea in 2014, but United had the option of keeping him for an extra season and have triggered that agreement.
The Football Association has given its firm backing to Michel Platini after the Frenchman formally declared he is to run for the FIFA presidency.The 60-year-old UEFA president said he wants to he wants to restore the world governing body’s dignity after the corruption crisis which engulfed the organisation – leading to Sepp Blatter announcing he will stepdown as FIFA president on February 26.FA chairman Greg Dyke has thrown his weight behind the Frenchman but warned that it will be a challenging task to change FIFA. Platini has also championed Qatar’s 2022 World Cup despite the controversy surrounding the bid and the decision to play the tournament in the winter.Dyke said: “We support Michel Platini’s candidacy. We have a good relationship with him and hope he can gain the necessary global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history.“We understand there will be a number of candidates, which should result in a strong and healthy debate. However, we should not underestimate how challenging it will be for anyone to lead an organisation that has been so tainted. The whole structure of FIFA must be reviewed and fundamentally changed.“With FA vice-chairman David Gill newly-appointed to the FIFA executive committee and the level of worldwide scrutiny on the reform process, the opportunity is there to bring about positive change. While we have yet to see Mr Platini’s manifesto, we believe he will fully support an ongoing reform process.“Mr Platini has been supportive of English football in recent years, not least when he visited St. George’s Park last autumn and we spoke at length about the game in this country, our strong leagues, great clubs and fantastic fans. We continue to have discussions with him on our concerns about dwindling opportunities for homegrown players – a concern he shares.“We are pleased Mr Platini has decided to stand as a candidate and we look forward to supporting him.”All nominations for the February 26 election have to be submitted by October 26. 1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jurgen Klopp will meet Liverpool’s owners within the next 24 hours to finalise arrangements before flying to the UK as the club’s new manager. Klopp is likely to be unveiled on Friday. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich faces a world record £37.5m pay-out if he decides to sack Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star)John Carver has revealed Newcastle’s summer signings were already picked for new boss Steve McClaren. (The Sun)Sunderland have approached former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson about their managerial vacancy and he is firmly in contention to take charge of the Premier League strugglers. (Daily Telegraph)But former US coach Bob Bradley is also a contender for the Sunderland job. (Daily Express)Tottenham are weighing up a January bid for a player dubbed the ‘next Eden Hazard’. Spurs have been watching Lille playmaker Sofiane Boufal, who has been described as the natural successor to the Chelsea star. Hazard joined the Blues from Lille in a £32m transfer in the summer of 2012, but Boufal would cost Spurs considerably less. (Daily Star)Barcelona academy graduate Sergi Samper would be willing to accept a move to the Emirates, according to reports in Spain. The central midfielder has a buyout clause of around £8.5million, which Arsene Wenger is reported to be considering activating. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Liverpool facing fight to keep Philippe Coutinho after Spanish reports claim Brazilian wants Barcelona moveSamir Nasri happy at Manchester City but reveals MLS ambitionBayern Munich chief tells Manchester United: ‘Give up trying to sign Thomas Muller!’Man United blow! Neymar will stay at Barcelona for life, insists club directorManchester United transfer report: Summer target explains decision to stay at PSGValencia to rival Arsenal and Manchester United for Argentina international Lucas BigliaMLS side Orlando City plot ambitious swoop for Man United and Arsenal target Zlatan IbrahimovicExclusive – Jurgen Klopp can get ‘extra 15-20 per cent’ out of Liverpool players, claims ex-Borussia Dortmund coachDietmar Hamann hails Liverpool’s move for Jurgen Klopp: ‘He can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again’Watford captain Troy Deeney tells talkSPORT: Everton star John Stones is the best player I’ve faced this seasonExclusive – Dwight Yorke ‘amazed’ managers are not queuing up to take ‘fantastic’ Sunderland job
When the LAUSD rolled out its Diploma Project in August 2006, the goal was to track about 20,000 at-risk students – even so far as going to their homes to get acquainted with the kids and their parents. This year, district officials said they were able to reduce that to about 17,000 students. Ultimately, district officials hope to reduce the LAUSD’s dropout rate every year, including by 5 percent this year. District dropout rates have been estimated at anywhere from 23 percent to more than 50 percent. Under the program, the LAUSD has 80 Diploma Project advisers at 45 high schools and 34 middle schools to work with teachers and at-risk students to determine how to keep them in school – including through independent study, adult education classes or off-campus learning centers. “The message is come back. Come back to school,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “Do not stay out there and become a statistic in our society.” At Watts’ Jordan High School, where the district held the press conference Monday morning, there were about 20 students that the dropout counselor was able to bring back to school. Rene Ahal, a diploma project adviser at Reseda High School, said the biggest challenge is that most at-risk students are so far behind in credits by the time they reach high school they feel helpless. But Ahal said most also don’t know about the options available to them – including making up credits at community college or adult school. And Ahal said she also talks to them about how much money they can make and what kinds of jobs they can aspire to with high-school degrees. “We expect to see changes, but the program’s only been in effect for the past year,” Ahal said. “Over time it’s going to make a big difference.” Saul Hernandez, 19, said that although he had trouble with drugs in the ninth and 10th grades, he realized he needed to graduate from high school to have a better future. Now, he said, he hopes to tell his story through the Internet to help others who aren’t sure whether they want to get a high school diploma. “I knew that if I wasn’t going to get a good education, I wasn’t going to make it in life,” said Hernandez, a father-to-be who wants to work at a body shop and will graduate in June. “It could make a change for other students. They can see us as an example to not be a dropout.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than a year after rolling out a $10 million effort to keep at-risk students in school and re-enroll those who have left, Los Angeles Unified’s dropout rate has seen little improvement. But the nation’s second-largest school district announced Monday that it will expand its anti-dropout efforts to the Internet and radio airwaves and send even more counselors door-to-door. The new program – “My Future, My Decision” – is a broad effort that includes spots on KPWR-FM (105.9), a text-messaging campaign and interaction through popular social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook. While district officials said they are still waiting for full-year dropout data to be released, the most recent numbers – which include two months under the anti-dropout campaign – show a dropout rate of 25.5 percent or about 1.4 percentage points higher than the year before. “We’re getting a lot of good information from principals and local district superintendents so I would expect to see the (dropout) numbers come down,” said Debra Duardo, the LAUSD’s director of dropout prevention and recovery. “We don’t have the statistics for this year to report to measure how successful it’s been. … We’ll see in a couple of months … the impact of their work.” Duardo said the dropout rate increased in the most recent measures because it was the first year in which the state’s Exit Exam was a requirement for graduation, so 12th-grade performance brought down the total average. The ninth, 10th and 11th grades all experienced significant improvements in the dropout rate, but 12th-graders had 52 percent more dropouts compared with the year before. District officials on Monday said they did not know how much the new efforts would cost, but said it would come out of the $10 million already allocated to the program.
Former Newcastle star Jonas Gutierrez has claimed Mike Ashley was the person who did not want him at St James’ Park, following his return to fitness after overcoming cancer.The Argentine midfielder left the Magpies in the summer of 2015, having made 205 appearances for the Tyneside club.He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013, and underwent therapy whilst still contracted to the club, but the 32-year-old believes he was treated unfairly by management.He is now seeking a payment of roughly £2million from Newcastle on the grounds of disability discrimination, having missed out on an automatic one-year extension to his contract.Gutierrez was in line to earn a new deal if he started 80 games between 2011 and 2015, but he managed only 78 starts, and he believes that the club actively prevented him from activating the clause.“I think they feared my illness would mean that I could no longer play at the highest level and they considered me to be a liability rather than an asset to the club,” Gutierrez said, when discussing his situation on Tyneside.“I got the impression that they thought I couldn’t be the same player again after such an illness or that I would be bound to have lingering effects, other episodes of illness off the back of it.“This caused me a lot of distress, given my hard work and commitment for the club in the preceding five and a half years.Gutierrez held a meeting with then-manager Alan Pardew in 2015, following his return from chemotherapy, when they discussed the winger’s future at the club.The fan favourite believes that it was not the manager who was looking to get rid of him shortly after the removal a tumour, with the blame aimed at club owner Mike Ashley.He added: “Shortly after my return to the club from chemotherapy, I was called into Mr Pardew’s office.“Mr Pardew apologised for the way he had treated me in December 2013, when he told me I was not wanted by the club any longer but he said that this was not his decision.“I understood by this that the decision was actually that of the club’s owner, Mike Ashley.” 1 Jonas Gutierrez scored on his last appearance for Newcastle
Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere should not be starting for England right now, telling talkSPORT that the Arsenal midfielder is not good enough get into a full strength side.Roy Hodgson caused controversy before Euro 2016 by declaring Wilshere a member of his squad for the tournament despite the fact he had hardly played during the Premier League campaign.Many expected the 24-year-old to be a key player due to Hodgson constantly insisting his importance, but he only played 12 minutes of the opening draw against Russia, before being dragged off in his first start against Slovakia – after a less than impressive showing.He came into the starting XI at the expense of the resting Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney, and Parlour doubts whether Wilshere deserves another starting role if Hodgson’s entire squad is fit.The Gunners hero told Drive: “He’s a good substitution to bring on, Jack, because he’s calm and good on the ball. But at the moment, I just can’t fit him in my team.”The main way Parlour believes the Arsenal man will earn a starting role will be due to an injury to Adam Lallana, who left training today with an ice pack on his ankle.If the Liverpool winger is out of the game against Iceland, Wilshere could be used in a midfield role with Alli and Rooney moved around to accommodate him.“It’s all down to him [Lallana]”, Parlour added. “If he’s not fit or not at 100%.“If he’s only 60% fit he [Hodgson] might have to change it. He might push Alli out [to the wing] and push Rooney in, and Wilshere might get an opportunity.“But certainly, if everybody’s fit, I don’t think he gets in the side at the moment.”
U18 BLAZE GIRLS CLAIM NORTH WEST TITLEBallyshannon 46. Blaze 53.After a year of some close games both at school and club level the NW Final of the U18 Girls was always going to be hard to call.But the Blaze girls were in no mood to being second best and from the tip off contested every ball and play with great commitment. Half time score they were in the lead by 32 to 18.The Ballyshannon girls kept the pressure and in the fourth Quarter reduced the lead to 4. However the Blaze girls kept their composure and ran in some good scores to win the game by 7.A great all round performance by all the girls.A.Nee 12,S.Regan 17,L.Gribben 8,C.Kelly 7,N.Farrell 3, I.Kelly,S.Boyce,S.Boyle 2pts each. R.Mullen,N.Carr,C.Regan.( H.Brennan,S.Canning,K.Cassidy,K.Bourne ) Thank you to Ballyshannon for hosting the Final and to Paul McDevitt who presented the trophy and medals.Thanks also to match officials N.Weir,B.Collins and table officials.U12 Blaze Boys BLITZThe U12 boys hosted their home blitz for the season on Sunday 10th January in Loreto.They registered full points for the day with a 28-14 win over Donegal and beating Ballyshannon for the first time on a scoreline of 22-16. Although Sligo All Stars won on the day they had to forfeit the points having fielded less than 10 players. The boys all played to their potential and played so well as a team. A really enjoyable day and thanks to all the great home support. Elsewhere in a busy weekend of games U14 girls won both their matches against Kilcar BC and Sligo All Stars BC. U14 boys won against Kilcar also while U18 boys registered a good win against Omagh Thunder BC. U16 boys and U16 girls lost out in their matches to Blackwater Steelers and Sligo All Stars. Under 16 dev boys also got a win in Mulroy.BASKETBALL: U18 BLAZE GIRLS CLAIM NORTH-WEST TITLE was last modified: January 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)