After being retrenched by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) since 2016, former Wales Sugar Estate cane harvester Michael Chootoo has outlined the many challenges that have affected his ability to provide for himself and his family. The worker, who showcased signs of being at his wit’s end over the non-payment of his severance, indicated to Guyana Times in a recent interview that theFormer sugar worker Michael Chootooeducation of his three children is being hindered as he “barely” has enough money to send them to school.“It affecting my family a lot and meh pickney dem could barely get to go school. If I did get my severance, I coulda tek meh money turn over and do a lil business and get a lil profit,” Chotoo decried.The former worker further observed the difficulties of not affording to pay for the many assignments that his children have to complete and he also noted the unfavourable conditions under which he has to send them to school. He noted that the ages of his children are 16, 14 and nine.“Right now my children’s boots aint got nothing underneath, they just going with the top. One of them crying because she say she will stop go to school because she got to get $600 to do assignment to carry in today – me can’t afford that, me an got nothing at all. Right now I take some trust from some people and I can’t afford to pay,” the man noted.He called on the sugar company to pay the Wales workers their termination benefits, claiming that the few hundred workers attached to the former West Bank Demerara entity are being bullied.“I really need my severance and is bullying with GuySuCo because they come and tell me bout meh severance and I agree to take me severance and not to go to Uitvlugt. They bullying us,” Chootoo stressed.In a show of much annoyance, the retrenched worker related that he deserves his severance after devoting almost 30 years of service with the sugar company.“Right now I frustrated with GuySuCo. I waiting on severance since 2016. I work with the estate for 28 years and it hard now from since then to now. Other estates come behind and closed down and done get their severance and I an get nothing yet. The people at Wales angry over their treatment… is months and a year finish and we can’t get nothing,” Chootoo expressed.As with his colleague Stanley Felix, the dismissed worker observed the strain on family life which was brought on by the closure of the Estate.“Nuff time my wife make attempt to leff me because is three children that got to go to school and it hard. Every day, they coming home with assignment an I got to find money for them to go to the Internet [café] because I can’t afford to put Wi-Fi in my house and now the lil money when I work a fine job and save, I got to take out and it ah finish,” he pointed out.“Right now I cleaning people drains and doing other people yard just to upkeep me. It very hard, hard, hard right now,” Chootoo stressed.The father of three is hopeful that the High Court can call up the severance matter, some 10 months after the case was filed.On December 31, 2016, the Wales Estate was closed. GuySuco has since snubbed the Wales workers when it announced on Tuesday that they are not entitled to severance payment.Acting GuySuCo Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Bhim, has declared that these workers were not entitled to those benefits.Bhim maintains that GuySuCo has honoured all its obligations regarding the payment of severance at the Wales Estate. He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that cane cutters were offered jobs at the Uitvlugt Estate and they were at risk of self-termination because of their refusal to take up this offer.However, the workers argued that they were being pressured by GuySuCo when they were aware that the Uitvlugt Estate was located more than 20 miles from Wales. They still contend that this move is contrary to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act. By refusing to adhere to the “Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act” GuySuCo is treating the Wales cane cutters like indentured servants.Of the approximate 4800 workers dismissed in the latest firings, only 1600 fired sugar workers who are eligible to receive $500,000 or less in severance pay have been paid in full, while the others would be paid 50 per cent of the amounts due to them.
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Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid says his Ministry will be working with the police to re-introduce the truancy officer programme in schools.This, he said, is to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times which will lessen the likelihood of them being recruited by gangs or become involved in criminal activities.“No child should be left behind, because if we fail to do that, all we are doing is leaving them to be taken over by the gangsters,” he said.The Minister was addressing the first in a series of anti-gang workshops at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.Mr. Reid said the programme “is something that we have to put back in place” to ensure that once students are at the age for school, they must be attending school regularly.The Education Minister stressed that students found to be out of school must be able to account for why they are not attending school regularly.In the meantime, Mr. Reid noted that the education system must be the avenue through which troubled youth can lead a more purposeful life and transition out of a life of crime.“We are saying that those who themselves are involved in organized crime, there is now an opportunity for you to come out, be trained, be skilled, be empowered, put down the guns, put down the crime, and let Jamaica be a crime free country,” he stressed.For his part, Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said the police is serious about dismantling gangs and welcomes working with the Education Ministry to achieve this feat.He noted that the partnership with the Education Ministry is important, as the Ministry is seeking to go beyond what the police does in addressing the symptoms of criminal gang activities, to tackle the root causes.“In dismantling the gangs, if we do not try to attack the root cause of the problem, then we will always be trying to dismantle gangs,” he said.Noting that there are over 250 active gangs which account for between 60 to 70 per cent of homicides yearly, SSP McLaughlin said he was pleased that the workshop participants will be given the tools and knowledge to help steer students away from gangs and gang activities.“We are not saying that gangs are in schools, but a large number of the students are impacted by gang activities and the gangs are out there recruiting these youngsters and we have to know what we are dealing with in terms of these children coming into school when we see the anti-social behaviours, we must know the signs we are to look for,” he said.Research has shown that gangs recruit children as young as age eight.The six anti-gang workshops scheduled, are being staged by the Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry. They are geared towards providing school personnel with the necessary skills to reduce the vulnerability of stakeholders to a range of potential threats.One key issue the workshops will address is the formation of gangs and the effect on home, school, the community and by extension Jamaica.
zoom Norwegian ferry operator Color Line has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with compatriot shipyard Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest hybrid vessel.Planned to be deployed on the Sandefjord-Strömstad service from summer 2019, the new ferry is a plug-in hybrid, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship’s generators.The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry will be 160 metres long and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars.“This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line,” Gunvor Ulstein, Ulstein Group CEO, said.The vessel, with the working title Color Hybrid, will have almost double capacity as M/S Bohus, which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation.Color Hybrid will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord, Ulstein said, adding that it will therefore “not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area.”
zoom Petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has taken delivery of the Navig8 Gratitude, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI).The Navig8 Gratitude is the last of eight vessels contracted at GSI, formerly CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) Company Limited, to be delivered to the company.The newbuilding is also the eighth and last vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (CSSC) announced on June 25, 2015.Following delivery of the Navig8 Gratitude by GSI to CSSC under the terms of the novated shipbuilding contract, the Navig8 Gratitude was then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter. The Navig8 Gratitude will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Alpha8 commercial pool, the company informed.The tanker owner and operator has taken delivery of twelve LR1 and fifteen LR2 product tanker newbuildings to date and has now completed the delivery of its full 27 eco-design product tanker newbuilding fleet.