Overseas-based Guyanese donates over $1M to dismissed sugar workers

first_imgAn overseas-based Guyanese has donated in excess of $1 million in cash and other items to dismissed sugar workers in East Canje and Skeldon, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).A representative of the donor on Wednesday distributing cash gifts to dismissed sugar workersEach of the worker received $5000 along with lunch on Wednesday. Some of the former estate workers were also given school bags for their children. The donor, who asked for his name not to be published, left Guyana in 1982 at age 19.He told Guyana Times that in New York where he currently lives, many Guyanese are disappointed with the move by Government to close two of the three sugar estates in Berbice.In December last year, Government closed the Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates in Region Six, leaving thousands of workers on the breadline.Last year, 1851 workers were dismissed from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1181 from the Rose Hall Estate, 1480 from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate.The donor said the Diaspora wanted to send a strong reminder to President David Granger that Region Six depended heavily on sugar and with the closure of two of the three sugar estates in the region; all other sectors have been affected.After several months of protest action by the dismissed workers backed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Government gave the former workers half of their severance package and promised the balance before the end of the year.The full package was due to the workers upon their dismissal.Since then, commercial activity in East Canje and the Upper Corentyne has slowed significantly.According to the donor, the Guyanese Diaspora has over the past months been very supportive to the affected workers and their families. Regional Chairman David Armogan, who attended the donation ceremony, told Guyana Times that some of the workers have close family members living in the Diaspora and as such the impact of the closure is also being felt overseas, since they have to financially assist their relatives in Guyana.“It has put more stain on them because they have to be handing money and other things to send to their family members back home and some of those family members also worked with the estate before they left Guyana, so they understand what has happened and how serious it is. That is why whenever a Government Minister goes to New York, he or she is greeted with scores of protesters because those Guyanese recognise what the Government is doing to their country,” Armogan said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Council issue warning over slippy roads today

first_imgDonegal County Council have warned that roads may remain slippy today following the cold snap last night in which temperatures plummeted to -3. Similar temperatures are expected tonight, with freezing fog returning with lows of -3 and highs of +2.Donegal County Council gritters have been out since 6 this morning on roads throughout the county. Caution is encouraged as there may be black ice on the roads. The Council urge drivers to assume that “no road is ice-free”.#SlippyRoads this morning. Ice formed on many roads. Drivers should drive with extra care.— RoadsDCC (@RoadsDCC) November 20, 2016Met Eireann report that tonight “apart from a few showers near the north coast, it will be dry tonight, but very cold with a widespread frost and with freezing fog returning. Lowest temperatures of -3 to +2 degrees in a light to moderate northerly breeze.”To keep up to date with Donegal County Council’s road news, you can follow them on Twitter. Donegal County Council have also released a map to see which roads may be dangerous. You can view this by clicking here.This afternoon, most of the slippy roads are concentrated in the South-East of the county however all drivers should exercise caution regardless of their location as black ice may have settled on the roads.Source: http://donegal.maps.arcgis.com/ Council issue warning over slippy roads today was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

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