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Workers’ struggle for rights being reversed under coalition Govt – PPP

first_imgLabour Day 2019…President says workers’ rights “improving”On the occasion of Labour Day 2019, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) while extending best wishes, also took the Government to task for its track record towards workers, particularly the thousands of sugar workers put out of work after the closure of the sugar estates.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Party hailed the contributions and effort workers put into improving their conditions in its press statement, but noted that workers are now in trying times made all the more difficult due to declining sectors.Apart from the sugar industry, the PPP pointed to the mining sector, where it noted that small and medium-scale miners are being forced to leave their profession due to taxes. The Party noted that this, together with several other factors, has increased the cost of production.In terms of the rice sector, the PPP noted that this has also declined due to the absence of new markets and lack of competitive prices for paddy. The Party also noted that the forestry and commercial sectors have also suffered a decline.“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.”President David Granger“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 institutionalised policies of the Government of the day. We believe that these fears and apprehensions are well founded.”The Party noted that on this significant day, workers have a chance to rally in solidarity with each other and to further highlight their invaluable contributions towards the development of Guyana.According to the PPP, workers have scored innumerable victories and radically transformed their working conditions from slavery, indentureship, colonial times to present day. The struggle, the party noted, was long and hard.“However, in spite of these challenges the PPP is confident in the workers’ ability to overcome while recognising their diligence and daily sacrifices and will continue to stand in solidarity with them while robustly and fearlessly representing their cause,” the Party stated.Better lifeIn his Labour Day message, however, President David Granger insisted that workers receive a better life under his Government. Here he pointed to minimum wage increases to $64,200 since taking office in 2015.“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.”“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.”According to Granger, Labour Day celebrates the achievements of the working people, recalls their sacrifices and struggles for freedom, food and fair employment. He noted that it is also meant to salute 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,” the President stated in his Labour Day message.last_img read more

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Amazon Warriors hunting struggling Tridents in return clash

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…By Clifton RossMatch 22 of Summer’s Biggest Party will see a recharged Guyana Amazon Warriors looking to reclaim their spot as table-leaders; when they seek revenge against the Barbados Tridents; a side which handed them their first lost in this year’s tournament.One of the stars of the tournament so far, Sohail Tanveer reminded the masses of his ability to score runs at a canter when his unbeaten 37 off 20 guided the Warriors to a tense 4-wicket win over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, a few nights ago.The Tridents are currently hovering in second to last position but will feel some sense of comfort after they were the team to break the Warriors unbeaten streak during the opening stages at Providence in Guyana. Shai Hope, who has remained a key figure with the bat smashed 88 while left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer, who following his 5-fer against the Amazon Warriors has been under pressure; were the match-winners.Shai HopeA shift to home conditions did little to boost the Tridents luck as they continued to endure woes while their opponents who are tightly placed at third, are seeking an easy path into the playoffs at the expense of their remaining opponents.With original skipper Shoaib Malik back home preparing for the Asia Cup, all-rounder and new captain Rayad Emrit has to absorb the pressure tenfold; especially with his bowling going downhill for the first time in the last match.Cameron DelportThe selection process for the second encounter will be interesting with opener Chadwick Walton under immense pressure having not made a significant score since the tournament began. Warriors star batsman Shimron Hetmyer remains a big player in the situation, being the leading scorer for his team and the best batsman.New Zealand opener Luke Ronchi seems to be peeking as he opened up with some stylish strokes in the previous encounter and could have a big score coming soon while South African power-hitter Cameron Delport seems to be finding his feet, after recently joining the squad.The Warriors bowling will revolve around the South African star Imran Tahir who is fresh off a 4-wicket haul while Aussie Chris Green continues to play his utility role well. However, all-rounder Keemo Paul who has been a match-winner for the Warriors is expected to miss out due to a minor thigh injury while his replacement in the starting XI may see a recall for Sherfane Rutherford or a debut for Romario Shepherd.Jason Holder’s men on the other hand will desperately be seeking a complete reversal of luck after starting their campaign on a good note. Since arriving at home at the Kensington Oval, the Tridents have lost all three of their matches which could leave them vulnerable due to their dip in form.Overall they have just two wins and four losses but could spring a surprise on the Warriors should Hope and Martin Guptill, who seems to have found his mojo again with 73 in his last game; click at the top of the innings.Steven Smith will have to step up in both departments while Nicholas Pooran’s fire-power will be needed after he played a blinder against the Warriors early on and the big man Hashim Amla could turn his fortunes around.In the bowling department, the Tridents will fancy their chances with the Pakistani left-arm pace duo of Mohammed Irfan and Wahab Riaz, skipper Holder and Chemar Holder in good form along with frontline off-spinner Ashley Nurse.The night encounter in Bridgetown will be crucial for both sides, the Warriors will not want to slip up as they lost to the last place St Lucia Stars a few games ago when they were sitting in the number one position. The Tridents meanwhile will not want to suffer another loss and possibly slip at the bottom of the table. Match 22 is expected to bowl off at 20:00h.last_img read more

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Sun Devils win at USC’s expense

first_img“It’s very, very, very disappointing,” USC forward Nick Young said. “This could have been one of those games that put us in the tournament.” ASU (7-19, 1-14) was on the verge of becoming the first team ever to go winless in the Pac-10. However, the Sun Devils had been on the cusp of breaking through for weeks. Their last five losses had all been by six points or less, including against No. 5 UCLA on Thursday. After ending a 21-game losing streak against Arizona in Tucson on Thursday, USC players were talking about not wanting to be the team to lose to the Sun Devils. TEMPE, Ariz – Tim Floyd warned his team as early as last Monday that a dangerous opponent was upcoming. That he was talking about last-place Arizona State when the Trojans hadn’t won on the road at Arizona in 22 years was a bit perplexing, but he apparently knew what he was talking about. With a chance to reach 20 victories Sunday and all but lock up a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans instead suffered the dishonor of being the first team to lose to the Sun Devils in Pacific 10 Conference play. Arizona State looked like the NCAA Tournament-bound team and No. 22 USC like the cellar dwellers over the final 17 minutes, as ASU pulled away for a 68-58 upset at Wells Fargo Arena. center_img That pressure might have gotten to the Trojans down the stretch. USC led 32-23 three minutes into the second half, then were outscored 45-26 for the remainder of the game. “You have so much going on in your head, like you don’t want to get this loss,” Young said. “… We didn’t settle down.” The Sun Devils went on a quick 10-0 run to take the lead, started by a dunk from Etiwanda High School product Jeff Pendergraph and finished with a 3-pointer from Derek Glasser. Glasser, a freshman point guard who backed out of an oral commitment to USC in order to attend Arizona State, hit another 3-pointer to finish off a 7-0 run that put the Sun Devils ahead 47-39 lead with 6:22 left. Arizona State’s zone defense frustrated USC from there. Young had just two of his 11 points in the second half. Freshman forward Taj Gibson, who had scored in double figures in 19 of USC’s previous 26 games, was held scoreless for the first time. “Every coach in the league has been talking about it, how they’ve been so close,” Floyd said. “I think everyone knew they were going to get one at some point. They just played better than we did.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Memphis nets 18th consecutive win

first_imgThe Cavaliers (20-8, 11-4), picked to finish eighth in the preseason, finished 8-0 in league play at their new John Paul Jones Arena and moved a game ahead of No. 8 North Carolina atop the conference. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At Georgia Tech 84, No. 8 North Carolina 77: Thaddeus Young scored a career-high 25 points and Javaris Crittenton handed out 11 assists to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina. Losing consecutive road games in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in three years, the Tar Heels (24-6, 10-5) missed a chance to hold onto a share of first place in the league. At Utah State 79, No. 10 Nevada 77 (OT): Chaz Spicer made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to give Utah State an upset of Nevada, ending the Wolf Pack’s nine-game winning streak. Nevada’s Marcelus Kemp missed an off-balance shot he managed to get off before falling out of bounds at the buzzer, but the ball missed everything and had barely landed before Utah State fans swarmed the court. At Virginia 69, No. 21 Virginia Tech 56: Sean Singletary scored 17 points and Virginia gained sweet revenge against No. 21 Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies and moving into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Memphis (26-3, 15-0) shot just 41 percent from the field and couldn’t put UTEP away. Stefon Jackson scored 19 to lead UTEP. center_img Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 21 points and Jeremy Hunt added 19 to help No. 6-ranked Memphis beat host Texas-El Paso, 78-67, on Thursday night, securing the Tigers’ 18th straight victory. The Tigers, who already had won the Conference USA regular-season title, were lucky to escape the Don Haskins Center with a victory. last_img read more

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Paramount names Lesher president of Classics label

first_img Lesher will also work closely with Moore and Berman, Grey said. “I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m excited to work with the whole team,” Lesher said. While at Endeavor, Lesher worked with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jon Glazer, Bennett Miller and David O. Russell. He had previously spent 15 years at United Talent Agency where he was a partner for five of those years. At Paramount, Lesher said he will seek “a healthy mix” of genres and innovative filmmakers. “I’m excited by the challenge to take the label in a new direction and help Paramount re-define its niche market business,” he said. “We intend to create a specialty business that targets a wide array of audiences and demographics.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.comend! 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Lesher will be responsible for film development, production and acquisitions at the label, which will maintain its own marketing and distribution departments. He will report directly to Grey. “Over the last 15 years, John has earned the trust and respect of the most successful and cutting-edge filmmakers in our business,” Grey said in a statement. “He has packaged some of the most critically acclaimed films of the last decade. We are fortunate to have John join us as we create a new specialty business here at Paramount.” Lesher fills an opening created after the October firings of former Paramount Classics heads Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein. Grey has made several key hirings from outside the studio system this year starting with Paramount Pictures President Gail Berman, whom he hired away from Fox Broadcasting Co. He also hired former Revolution Pictures executive Rob Moore as the studio’s president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations. Grey himself, who replaced longtime studio chief Sherry Lansing in February, came directly to Paramount from Beverly Hills-based Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, one of the industry’s most successful management and production firms, of which he had been chairman. Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey continued to build his executive team with the appointment Wednesday of talent agent John Lesher to head the studio’s specialty film label. Lesher’s hiring as president of Paramount Classics had been widely expected and he will start his new job in a few weeks. He is currently a partner at Endeavor Agency where he gained a reputation for discovering and nurturing groundbreaking directors and writers and said he wants to continue that tradition at Paramount. “I want it to be a place where filmmakers want to work,” he said. “That’s really the core and that’s what I’ve done as an agent. I want to take some of those skills as an agent and apply them to this other facet of the business.” Paramount Classics recently released such films as “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Hustle & Flow,” but the label has not enjoyed the same success as rivals Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features. last_img read more

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South African initiation film shines at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgA new South African film, The Wound, which tackles the secretive world of initiation rituals, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the leading global independent film showcase. South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré stars in the controversial and widely praised South African film The Wound, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. (Image: Urucu Media)CD AndersonThe Wound, a feature drama by South African filmmaker John Trengrove, is set during a traditional initiation ritual for teenage boys in a rural Xhosa community. It explores conflicts between tradition and modernity while dissecting the role of masculinity and sexuality in South African culture.South African musician Nakhane Touré plays the film’s central character, Xolani, an initiation mentor who is secretly gay and is conflicted between his culture’s traditions and his own inner desires.The film, a South African-European co-production, premiered at the respected Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on 27 January 2017.The festival, which annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors, filmmakers and film distributors from around the world, was founded in 1978 by actor Robert Redford as a platform to showcase small scale, independently made films, particularly those made outside the Hollywood system.Billing The Wound on its official website before its debut, Sundance said the film offered a rare glimpse into the “secretive male-only cultural ritual fighting for relevance in an increasingly westernised world and orchestrates a complex, dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values”.Variety, the influential US film industry trade journal, described it as a “hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity”, saying it would be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.Another leading US publication, The Hollywood Reporter, praised Touré’s performance as an “expressive … impressive screen debut”. It called the film “intense and provocative”.The Wound has been widely praised and criticised both in South Africa and abroad for its realistic and honest depiction of initiation ceremonies, something usually not exposed to the outside world.In an interview with the Sundance website, Trengrove admitted that ritual initiation was very controversial in South Africa. Having been explored comprehensively in South African art and media over the last 20 years, however, he said that the time was now right to begin talking about the subject in a rational and compassionate way.“I think our film comes at a moment when there’s a growing conversation about a sensitive subject,” he stated. “The ritual has come under fire for reasons of relevance and safety. I think equally it’s still regarded as a meaningful process that boys go through that shows them their place in the world of men.”The Wound will also be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival this month, before returning home to open the 2017 Durban Film Festival in June. It will then be released in selected cinemas countrywide in July.Watch the trailer for The Wound belowSource: Sundance Film Festival websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Four-day Tests can be an exciting format: Zimbabwe legend Heath Streak

first_imgZimbabwe coach Heath Streak feels that four-day matches will help smaller teams to compete with bigger teams, but isn’t convinced that they are the way forward for the future of Test cricket.Zimbabwe play South Africa in the first-ever four-day Test starting on Boxing Day at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. The historic Test will also be a day-night affair and as for major changes in rules – 98 overs will be played in a day, eight more than a traditional five-day match, and the follow-on target has been reduced from 200 to 150.Streak says that change in rules will force teams to take more risks to engineer a result, playing into the hands of the underdogs.”In terms of higher and lower ranked (teams), it is much harder to bat a team out (of the game) because in doing so you might make it harder to win the Test,” Streak told reporters.”It is a challenge, though the 98 overs in a day does make it a four-and-a-half day Test. It will be interesting and exciting to be part of, hopefully it is something that does work out for the future of Test cricket.”It is a point backed up by Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer, who feels his side will be in with a better chance of winning Tests as it will force opponents to be more daring.”When the two teams aren’t ranked that close together, the game will move that much quicker, it will be good to watch,” he said.advertisement”What a lot of the so-called bigger teams do (in five-day matches) is bat the other team right out of the game because they know they have the bowlers to bowl them out twice.”So now what I think the bigger teams will do is probably try and score a bit quicker, and give the lesser team a lot more opportunity to get wickets.”The four-day format has not been met with the same enthusiasm by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.”I believe some of the great Test matches have gone to the last over on day five and that is what is so special about five-day cricket,” he told reporters recently.”Four-day or first-class cricket does feel a bit easier, whereas for five days bowlers have to bowl a lot more and batters have to construct much bigger innings.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Dubai likely to host Kabaddi World Cup in 2019

first_imgDubai, Jun 25 (PTI) Dubai is all set to host the fourth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup in 2019. This will be the main agenda of discussion in the International Kabaddi Federation’s annual general body meeting that will take place here on June 29, on the sidelines of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai. The IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot told PTI here that their main objective to organise the one-off Kabaddi Masters here was to organise the World Cup in 2019. He however refused to confirm that Dubai has been confirmed as the venue. “All the three World Cups have taken place in India. We want the sport to spread so we have arranged this preparatory tournament. Dates and venue are yet to be announced. We are assessing the pros and cons here,” Gehlot said. Pressed further, he said: “I am not here to speculate. I will only declare (the venue) when it’s made official.” The six-nation Kabaddi Masters is being held at the Al Wasl Sports Club which hosted legendary Diego Maradona during his 2011-12 stint with its football team. Argentina Kabaddi Federation president Ricardo Acuna also hinted that Dubai has “high possibility” to host the World Cup. “The idea has been mooted now there will be discussions and IKF will also seek feedbacks from the six participating nations (India, Iran, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and Kenya). It’s definitely possible but will only be confirmed on June 29,” Acuna, who brought kabaddi to the football-obsessed country in 1999, told PTI. Acuna further said there would be three Latin American teams in the next World Cup.advertisement “We will have Mexico and Colombia joining in the meet. It will definitely give a great push for the sport. Hopefully we will be able to taste our first victory at international level,” Acuna said. The Kabaddi World Cup was founded in 2004 in Mumbai while Panvel hosted the second edition in 2007. The last edition of the meet witnessed 12 nations including Kenya and Argentina and was held in Ahmedabad. “It’s part of our preparation to get the sport into Olympics. England, Poland, Italy have organised a championship. We have a federation in Denmark. “It’s a slow process. I don’t have a magic wand. We don’t have a vote in Olympic council. There are certain norms and we are trying our best to fulfil the criteria to get recognised by the Olympic council. It’s my dream to see kabaddi in Olympics. We will keep trying but it’s not up to me,” Gehlot signed off. PTI TAP BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Do the Grates Make the Grill? This Company Says Yes.

first_img The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets There are numerous variables that go into making a good piece of grilled meat. There’s the grill, obviously, and the type of fuel, and there’s even the cut of meat (not all cuts are created equal). One company is making the push that there is something else that is the key behind a good grilling sesh: the grill grate.The company, GrillGrate, is on a mission to show that it isn’t the fuel source that drives the flavor, but it’s the drippings from whatever you’re cooking. Dripology, they call it. To prevent juicy droplets of deliciousness from falling onto the coals or into the oblivion of a propane flame, The company says this design allows for the best of all forms of cooking, including conduction, convection, and radiant heat. Together, these various methods create a juicier and more evenly cooked product.Made of anodized aluminum, GrillGrate products have grooves that catch the droplets coming off whatever you’re cooking. From there, moisture and flavor are radiated back up into the food without having to worry about any flare-ups from the heat source below. (Who hasn’t had one hot dog consumed in flames as if possessed by the devil while the rest quietly cooked on?)GrillGrate offers numerous benefits beyond juicier meat (though, to be fair, if something helps give you juicier meat, that’s a pretty great reason to get it). According to the brand, your grill will run hotter (from 100 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit hotter) and heat up/cool down quicker, saving you time and money in the long run. Finally, GrillGrate also helps on a very, very practical level: If you’re one to grill veggies or other small items, GrillGrate prevents those foods from falling between the grates.Aesthetically, a GrillGrate — as a normal grill does — gives killer grill marks, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on those key Insta moments at summer barbecues.So, what does this all mean? If you’re a serious pitmaster who takes great joy in managing one’s heat levels (as well as every other aspect of the grilling process) a GrillGrate might not be for you. But, if you’re a casual griller who loves some cooked meat but maybe wants it to be a little easier (there’s beer-drinking to do!), then a GrillGrate might be your new best friend this summer.GrillGrates come in several sizes and are made for every major type of grill. They can be purchased here. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware How to Cook Steak in the Ovenlast_img read more

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