The court case regarding the non-consultations of unions over the severance and redeployment of workers attached to Wales Sugar Estate is slated to be heard in Chambers of the High Court today.At the previous hearing on May 25 the matter was rescheduled after attorneys for Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) were a no-show at the proceedings.The matter, being heard by Justice Roxanne George, is scheduled to hear arguments from plaintiffs, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) as well as defending statements from GuySuCo.These hearings follow an interim injunction that was granted on May 6 in favour of the unions, which had barred the Guyana Sugar Corporation and/or their servants/agents, from proceeding to implement the decision to sever the employment of workers from the Wales Estate, unless consultations with the workers were held.Using the injunction as its justification, GuySuCo said it was unable to pay the 105 Wales sugar workers their severance packages evenThe curtains will come down at Wales by yearendthough these workers on March 22 received letters that stated they would have been paid on May 4.GAWU has however rejected the sugar corporation’s stance, noting that the agreement between the workers and GuySuCo was reached before the May 6 injunction was granted.GAWU President Komal Chand had expressed that while the matter is being sorted out at court, GuySuCo should give the 105 workers employment as they have been jobless over a month.Guyana Times has learnt that the sugar corporation has given six of these workers employment, suggesting that 99 workers remain jobless.Meanwhile, a vigil to show solidarity against the closure of Wales Estate is planned for next week.The court action was brought after GuySuCo began discussions with individual employees of Wales estate to negotiate severance packages, without informing or involving the unions.At one point, workers were given a 3-day ultimatum to make their decisions but GuySuCo backtracked after the media was made aware of the corporation’s side plan.Unions GAWU and NAACIE are seeking damages in excess of $1 million for breach of statutory duty owing under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Cap. 99:08, Laws of Guyana.The judges had granted an interim injunction, restraining GuySuCo from proceeding to implement their decision to sever the employees until the hearing and determination of a Summons returnable in Chambers.One legal expert told this newspaper that if it is agreed that severance is the best option then negotiations on the severance package, inclusive of its calculations, will commence and this must be done between GuySuCo and the two unions.
A 45-foot Hanuman murti is under construction in Leguan, Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) at the Rama Krishna Mandir.The Hindu deity statue is billed to be one of the biggest in Guyana.The almost completed landmarkThe statue is being voluntarily built by sculpture Jainarine Prahalla owner of JP Sculpting with voluntary donations from the general public.The statue is to be completed in August this year with a grand four-day celebration being held to commemorate the opening.
“We’re excited to have our award winning service, great fares and more seats available to guests travelling between Vancouver and Dawson Creek,” President of Hawkair, Jay Dilley said. “Transportation is crucial to supporting economic development and our team is looking forward to helping grow air transportation into Dawson Creek.”Dawson Creek is Hawkair’s fourth non-stop destination from Vancouver International Airport.“We are positively delighted to welcome Hawkair to Dawson Creek and to begin a new partnership with a respectable company adding to its northern service,” Mayor Dale Bubstead said. “With its reputation and commitment to superior service, this announcement continues to offer residents and visitors of the South Peace a convenient and comfortable way to catch a game, a connecting flight or just get away to the city.”- Advertisement -Bumstead adds, “We are extremely pleased to assist our Vancouver investors and visitors with Hawkair’s non-stop reliable service, so that they too can experience all the hospitality the north has to offer.”Below are the details of Hawkair’s new service:“To celebrate we’re offering introductory one-way fares that begin at $129.00 all taxes and fees included,” Director of Corporate Services, Jocelyn Lebell said. “We look forward to welcoming even more Dawson Creek guests on board with this limited time offer, and providing them with the same great Hawkair experience that we are known for.”Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Prosecutor Pat Dixon said sarcastically: “So he’ll be known as Mr. X?” Plourd interjected: “Or Ms. X.” “If the individual gets in the case, we’ll know who it is,” Fidler said. “I want Mr. Spector to be comfortable with this attorney,” he said, granting a delay until Nov. 6 for an appearance by a new lawyer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Phil Spector has narrowed his search for a new lead lawyer to an unidentified California attorney who has not yet completed negotiations with the record producer to represent him at his second murder trial, Spector’s remaining lawyer told the trial judge Monday. With Spector in court, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler read two written reports submitted by attorney Christopher Plourd and said the documents would remain sealed because they detail Spector’s financial negotiations with a number of lawyers after his first trial ended with a jury deadlocked last month. Spector, 67, is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, 40, on Feb. 3, 2003, at his Alhambra mansion. Fidler said one document was a declaration from “proposed counsel who hasn’t been retained yet.” He asked if there was any objection to revealing the person’s name, and Spector indicated there was.
Glenties Community Action Group will be holding registration for inclusion in the new Glenties/Fintown Text Alert System next Monday March 31st and Tuesday April 1st at Inniskeel Co Op in Glenties and The Railway Inn, Fintown.Forms will be available for willing participants to fill out at both locations or if you have a form already filled out it can be dropped into either location with your €5 registration fee.Registration will be accepted during the opening hours of both premises. This scheme has been devised as a way of creating a feeling of safety and security in the Glenties/Fintown area and considerable work and preparation has gone into the schemes creation.The group already has a sizeable response to the scheme and we encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the Text Alert system and be part of making our community a safer place.REGISTRATION NIGHT TO STEP UP GLENTIES TEXT ALERT SCHEME was last modified: March 29th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalGlentiesregistration nighttext alert
ELECTION 2014 LIVE BLOGLarge variance in turn-out.One box from Ramelton showing turn-out of 81 per cent; one of the biggest in the country. Ballyraine in Letterkenny looking more like 53 per cent. LIVE DONEGAL ELECTION BLOG was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalElections 2014:
Donegal death notices for today, Wednesday, February 7. Rose O’DONNELLThe death has taken place at Brindley Manor Nursing Home, Convoy of Miss Rose O’Donnell, formerly of Letterkenny Road, Convoy. Funeral Mass today, Wednesday 7th February, at 10am at St. Mary’s Church, Convoy with burial afterwards in the family plot in Drumkeen Cemetery. James (Dano) QUIRKEThe death has occurred of James (Dano) Quirke, (Ex army.Sgt.”B”Coy 28th Inf Bn.) passed away at Rock Hill House, Letterkenny. Late of Terramount, Rathcormac. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his brother Garry, sister-in-law Breda, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends.Reposing at Ronayne’s Funeral Home, Fermoy, Thursday from 5pm. Prayers at 6.45.pm followed by removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathcormac. Requiem Mass Friday at 2pm. Funeral afterwards to the local cemetery. Liam REILLYThe death has occurred of Liam Reilly, Chapel Road, Dungloe, Donegal, at Letterkenny University Hospital.Funeral Mass today, Wednesday, 7th February, in St. Crona’s Church, Dungloe, at 1pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Sheila WARDThe death has occurred of Sheila Ward, Caravan Road, Dungloe, Donegal.Funeral Mass today, Wednesday morning, 7th February, at 11am in St. Crona’s Church, Dungloe, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Dungloe Patients Comfort Fund.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituaries
South Africa’s Top 50 most valuable brands in 2017 were announced on 26 July 2017, and telecommunications giant MTN topped the list second year running. But there were also surprising contenders which made the cut. (Image: Brand Finance)CD AndersonThe South African Top 50 most valuable brands announcement, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017, is a research project coordinated by Brand Finance and Brand Africa, in partnership with Brand South Africa.While the top 10 list is dominated by financial and telecommunications brands, there are surprising new entries such as Sasol and Woolworths, representing the industrial and retail sectors respectively.The top most valuable brands are measured by their financial value and consumer perception.In attendance were representatives from the top brands, as well as senior representatives from Brand South Africa, including CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, Brand Finance Chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng; and Jeremy Sampson, Brand Finance director, who unpacked the mitigating factors behind the list.Overall, Sampson said, some of the top brands enjoyed growth over the last year, despite the country’s economic uncertainty during the same period. New entrants to the list, including brands such as Capitec, Multichoice, and the Foschini group, showed a promising financial boost, while other established entities such as South African Airways (SAA), Bidvest, and Mediclinic’s brand value dropped significantly.Jeremy Sampson, Brand Finance director, announces the winners of the Top 50 most valuable South African brands, at an event in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Capitec surprise Capitec, for example, saw a 25% boost to its brand value in 2016/17, challenging established entities such as Nedbank and Absa for brand loyalty among consumers.In addition to a growing consumer base – 8.4-million current customers – Capitec has boosted its earnings to R3.8-billion over 2016/17.However, it did not make the top 10 because of the dominance from the banking sector – in addition to Absa and Nedbank, the top 10 also included Standard Bank, FNB, and Investec.The nine banking brands on the top 50 list outperform all other sectors with its combined brand value of R100-billion (25% of the total brand value of the list).Rising and falling Multichoice made the list at number nine with a brand value of R13.5-million, a 16% jump from 2016.Most noticeably, SAA saw a significant drop of 24% in brand value. A company like Mediclinic, that had a 22% drop in brand value, would most likely stabilise in a booming health care industry over the next five years, said Sampson.“[Overall in 2016/17], the top 10 South African brands have grown in value by 3%. What did the economy grow by? [Approximately] 1%, maybe less. Brands are out-performing the economy. That is why brands are so important,” Sampson said, adding that brands act as ambassadors to the rest of the world which in turn add value to credit agency ratings, investment opportunities, and international perceptions.“South Africa is in many ways typical of an emerging market with an economy founded on natural resources and mining, underpinned by banking and telecommunications. However, when a country is struggling to grow at 1% whilst its brands grow by 3% it says much about the future potential if not interfered with,” said Sampson.Telecoms and the Africa factorBrand Finance chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng speaks at the Top 50 South African brands announcement held in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Influence on the rest of the continent was also a vital factor for a strong brand, said Ikalafeng.Only 17 of the top brands have a footprint in Africa. MTN continues to dominate on the continent, despite growing competition from Vodacom.On the top 50 list, telecommunications brands combined are valued at R73-billion, second to banking.Despite being the number one brand, MTN still dropped its brand value by 30% in 2016/17, losing over R13-billion of its brand value. The company, Sampson said, has had a “torrid time” in the market over the last two years, facing up to a number of regulatory, consumer perception, and political challenges.The Top 10 list and individual brand values:MTN – R40.8-billionVodacom – R24.3-billionStandard Bank – R20.8-billionSasol – R19-billionWoolworths – R18.4-billionAbsa – R18.3-billionFNB – R15.9-billionInvestec – R13.8-billionMultichoice – R13.5-billionNedbank – R12.8-billionBrand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela speaks at the Top 50 South African brands announcement held in Johannesburg on 26 July 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)The overall message of the top brands research is that, despite an uncertain economic environment, brands can sustain and even increase growth by finding new ways to meet and conquer challenges.Closing the event, Brand South Africa’s Dr Makhubela pointed out the fragility of nation brands affected by political changes and citizens’ uncertainty, citing examples such as the Donald Trump presidency and Brexit after-effects.But it is possible to overcome political and social challenges without sacrificing the constructive role of brand-building by both corporations and individual citizens, he said.For a more in-depth overview of the top South African brands for 2016/17, visit the Brand Finance website. Source: Brand Finance, Brand Africa, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
At least a dozen people were injured after dense fog led to the collision of several vehicles on the busy Lucknow-Agra Expressway here this morning, police said on Tuesday. Reduced visibility due to dense fog was stated to be the reason behind the accident, police said.“Pile-up of around a dozen vehicles took place early this morning on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Jogikot village under Bangarmau police station,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Ambrish Bhadauria. Around a dozen people have sustained injuries in the accident, he added.“The injured persons were administered first aid at the community health centre in Bangarmau, and were subsequently sent home,” he informed.
Sony has recently announced Sony Xperia Go smartphone, which is now available in India on a pre-order. Released in May, it is now listed on Flipkart with an expected price tag of Rs 18,999.According to the listing, the smartphone will start shipping in the third week of July.Sony Xperia Go has a rugged scratchproof screen and dustproof, waterproof body. The phone, which sports a 3.5″ LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor with 512MB RAM.The phone has a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. The 5MP camera comes with additional features like touch focus, Geo-tagging, 3D sweep panorama as well as face and smile detection facility. There is also a secondary camera to aid with video calling. It can also shoot videos at 720p HD resolution.The smartphone supports playback of audio files in formats such as MP3, eAAC+, WMA and WAV and provides you facility to watch videos in popular formats such as MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV.The phone, which runs on quad band 2G networks as well as quad band 3G networks, connects to internet via GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wifi. It also features Bluetooth v2.1 and micro USB 2.0 to support other connectivity needs.Sony Xperia Go comes with a 1305 mAh standard Li-ion battery that provides upto six hours of talk time on 2G networks and upto five hours on 3G.It comes with 8GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 32GB via micro SD card.advertisementNow that Sony Xperia Go has made an appearance, one expects that Xperia Acro S too will be available shortly.