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It Will Not be Peaceful For Metta In OKC

James Harden and Metta World Peace will meet again tonight.Tonight will not be so pleasant for Metta World Peace in Oklahoma City.  And he does not plan to make it any easier.Instead of showing remorse about violently elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden three weeks ago – an act that earned the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward a seven-game suspension – the former Ron Artest said he will not offer an apologetic handshake to Harden.That only will make the booing he will hear every time he touches the ball.Why won’t he show more contrition?“I don’t shake hands with substitutes,” he said.Harden, who won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award last week,  was not fazed. “I’m not worried about him or what he has to say,” Harden said.World Peace told reporters that mebers of the Thunder intentionally ignore the pre-game ritual of players shaking hands as a sign of mutual respect. “I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands … Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either.”Lakers captain Kobe Bryant admitted the OKC fans will use the situation as motivation. “The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace’s return). I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do.” read more

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Someday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic Dominance

Florida-Nebraska1995-973 33 matchups tied2 MatchupSpanYears Boston Celtics-New York Knicks1951-555 Time spans considered are 1903-2018 for MLB, 1933-2018 for the NFL and 1947-2018 for the NBA/ABA.Source: Sports-Reference.com Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees1976-783 LSU-USC2005-073 Alabama-Oklahoma1973-764 Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers1965-695 MatchupSpanYears Florida State-Miami1987-926 Nebraska-Oklahoma1971-744 Baltimore/Washington Bullets-New York Knicks1969-746 There’s perhaps nothing more alluring in sports than the notion of unpredictability, that what you’re witnessing isn’t scripted, that anything could happen. George Mason. Leicester City. Buster Douglas. These narratives are the reason we keep coming back year after year.Recently, though, it seems like the improbable has taken a back seat to the foreseeable — at least in a few major American sports.On Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff final. It will mark the fourth consecutive season the two will have met in either the finals or semifinals. On the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.1That streak, however, will … not continue. And on the ice, the Washington Capitals have skated into the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs.But though it might seem like it happens all the time, it’s actually pretty rare for the same teams to square off in the postseason year after year.For example, the MLB playoffs date back to the late 19th century and feature only three instances of teams meeting three seasons in a row.2The Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox played each season from 2007 to 2009, the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees played each season from 1976 to 1978, and the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each season from 1921 to 1923. The NFL playoffs have seen a single instance of teams meeting exactly four years in a row3The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played each season from 1995 to 1998. and a single instance of teams meeting five years in a row.4The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers played each season from 1972 to 1976. In the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury played in four consecutive playoffs from 2013 to 2016. In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there have been eight instances of teams meeting in three consecutive tournaments.5Seattle and Oregon State played each season from 1962 to 1964, Utah State and Arizona State played each season from 1962 to 1964, UCLA and San Francisco played each season from 1963 to 1965, UCLA and New Mexico State played each season from 1968 to 1970, UCLA and Long Beach State played each season from 1970 to 1972, Providence and Pennsylvania played each season from 1972 to 1974, and Utah and Kentucky played each season from 1996 to 1998. And in the women’s NCAA basketball tourney, Notre Dame and UConn faced off in the Final Four, in either the semifinals or finals, an incredible five consecutive times from 2011 to 2015. Fort Wayne Pistons-Rochester Royals1950-545 NBA/ABA NFL MatchupSpanYears Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers1972-765 Anaheim Angels-Boston Red Sox2007-093 10 matchups tied3 Consecutive postseason meetings really are few and far between. And in college football, where turnover among top-tier programs is unavoidable and injuries are prevalent, it’s striking that the same two contenders are about to produce a tetralogy. After bruising, monthslong schedules, we’re left with orange and crimson once again.Even though the teams are familiar, there’s still plenty to be excited about in Monday’s title game. Don’t let the betting line fool you; this year’s installment promises to be the best matchup yet between the two schools. In college football, the playoff is so new that it’s harder to look at consecutive matchups in a historical context. But we can guess at which teams might have faced off in a playoff by looking at the teams that ended each season since World War II in the top four of Elo ratings. Programs that missed out on playoff rematchesPairs of college football teams with the longest streaks of finishing a season in the top four in Elo ratings, 1946-2013 Playoff rematches are rare in the big three pro sportsLongest streaks of the same teams meeting in consecutive postseasons for MLB, NBA/ABA and NFL Source: ESPN MLB Boston Celtics-Syracuse Nationals1953-575 Alabama-Oklahoma1978-803 Nebraska-Penn State1994-963 New York Yankees-New York Giants1921-233 7 matchups tied4 Possible matchupSpanYears Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers1995-984 The ESPN Stats & Information Group has tracked total efficiency back to 2005. This year’s Alabama squad ranks first (96.9) of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that time frame, and Clemson ranks 15th (91.6). Each enters the game racking up more than 525 yards and 44 points per contest, so it will no doubt be the best offensive matchup we’ve seen in the playoff between the two programs. Compared with each previous meeting, this will be the worst Alabama defense Clemson has faced and the best Tigers’ defense the Tide has played — though the two teams are separated by only about 4 points of defensive efficiency.Alabama’s program has never been known as a high scorer, but it now features the most efficient offense of any team in the past 14 years. But the Tide will stare down a defensive line that is months away from playing in the NFL,6With the notable exception of Dexter Lawrence, who remains suspended over a banned substance found in a drug test. which is likely why the Tigers tout the nation’s third most-efficient defense since 2005.Quarterbacks under Alabama head coach Nick Saban are often more game manager than gunslinger and generally operate in a system that skews conservative. Not this year. No team averages more yards per passing attempt than Alabama’s 11.34. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have each posted Total Quarterback Ratings that would rank in the top five among quarterbacks with at least 100 action plays in a season since 2004.7The first season for which we have data for that stat. In total, Alabama QBs have contributed 247.09 expected points on passes this year, 105.8 more than any previous season under Saban and the fourth-most by any team in a season since 2004, the first year for which data is available. The passing attack has accounted for 50 touchdown passes8To just six interceptions. and a team Total Quarterback Rating of 94.1, the best marks produced by an SEC offense over at least the past decade.The offense of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney features an elite rushing attack, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence could become the first freshman QB to lead a team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Where the team is most improved, however, is in its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage on the defensive end. “They wanted to be the best ever,” Swinney said of his defensive line, which leads the nation in sacks (52), quarterback contacts9Which measures the total number of times opposing quarterbacks were hit by a team’s defense. (312) and pressure rate10Which is the percentage of dropbacks in which the opposing quarterback was sacked, was under duress or was hit by a team’s defense. (43.7 percent). Under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the unit averages 7.96 expected points added per contest on run defense, the fifth-best mark since the statistic was first tracked in 2004.The trophy case at both schools is getting full: Alabama is looking for its third title in the past four years, while Clemson is looking for its second in the past three. But don’t think these two programs are approaching the game as just the humdrum, foregone conclusion of their seasons. The matchup may have become predictable to us as viewers, but the teams are as eager as ever to face off for college football’s ultimate prize.“It is Clemson,” Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. said. “So it is a little more personal.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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Football Ohio State stays at No 4 in latest AP Poll

The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State stayed as the No. 4 team in the latest AP Poll after defeating TCU 40-28 on Saturday. The Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote. Ohio State began the season as the No. 5 team in the nation according to the preseason AP Poll, but had failed to earn a first place vote after defeating both Oregon State and Rutgers in the first two weeks of the season. Ohio State did earn a first place vote in the USA Coaches Poll released Sunday, which had the Buckeyes as the No. 4 team in the nation as well. The Buckeyes defeated the Horned Frogs on Saturday, which fell to No. 17 after the loss. Ohio State is one of five teams from the Big Ten represented in the latest AP Poll along with Penn State (No. 10 along with Washington), Wisconsin (No. 18), Michigan (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 24). The AP Poll: Week 41. Alabama (58)2. Georgia3. Clemson (3)4. Ohio State5. Oklahoma6. LSU7. Stanford8. Notre Dame9. Auburn10. Washington10. Penn State12. West Virginia13. Virginia Tech14. Mississippi State15. Oklahoma State16. UCF17. TCU18. Wisconsin19. Michigan20. Oregon21. Miami22. Texas A&M23. Boston College24. Michigan State25. BYU read more

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Baseball Ohio State comes up empty in trip to South Carolina

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (7-8) lost all three games in the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The drive from Greenville, South Carolina to Spartanburg, South Carolina did not prove to be refreshing, as the Buckeyes also dropped their fifth-straight game on Tuesday.  Michigan StateThe Buckeyes fell to a Michigan State squad fueled by early runs and stellar pitching. Michigan State (3-10) defeated Ohio State 7-1 on Saturday. Spartans junior pitcher Mike Mokma went the distance in the 11-strikeout win. Mokma allowed seven hits in his nine innings of work, leaving with a 2.05 ERA on the year. The Spartans added three runs in the first inning to give Mokma early run support. Senior third baseman Ando Royce had two hits and three RBIs. Ohio State freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 on the year. Burhenn allowed seven runs in five innings. Freshman pitcher TJ Brock put in three hitless innings of relief for the Buckeyes. He recorded five strikeouts in the process. Western Carolina A big inning plagued the Buckeyes, as they dropped their third straight game. Ohio State fell to Western Carolina (8-5) in a score of 8-5. A five-run seventh inning propelled the Catamounts to a comfortable four-run victory. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone hit a solo home run for the Buckeyes, his fourth of the year, to put the Buckeyes up 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Ohio State freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning, picking up his first loss of the year. Despite producing 11 hits, Ohio State stranded 12 baserunners in the loss. Western Carolina junior pitcher Jacob Corn received his second win of the season, as he allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. FurmanDespite producing 10 runs, Ohio State dropped its fourth straight game in dramatic fashion Monday. The Buckeyes were outscored 11-10 in 10 innings against Furman (4-9). A solo home run by senior first baseman John Boswell ended the game, giving the Paladins its second win in three games. The Buckeye offense recorded a season-high 15 hits. Four Buckeyes produced at least three hits in the loss. Ohio State junior first baseman Conner Pohl recorded four hits and one RBI. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry added three RBIs, hitting his fourth home run of the season. The Buckeyes led 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. After two throwing errors put two runners in scoring position, a ground out reduced the lead to one with two outs and put a runner on third. A single knocked in the tying run to extend the game. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfenning received the loss. Furman freshman pitcher Rob Hughes picked up his second win of the season; he has no earned runs in 15 innings of work. Wofford The Buckeyes could stop the bleeding, dropping their fifth straight in a loss to Wofford. Ohio State lost 8-6 to Wofford (11-6), despite jumping out to a 5-1 lead through three innings. The Terriers’ offense produced seven runs in the next four innings to secure the lead and ultimately the win. Wofford sophomore starting pitcher David Yourke struggled early, allowing five earned runs in four innings. The relief for the Terriers rebounded, however, allowing only one run in the final five innings. The pitching for Ohio State did not excel against a talented Wofford batting order. Freshman third baseman John Dempsey produced three RBIs, including a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry had a three-hit performance for the Buckeyes that included two RBIs and two doubles. Cherry is now batting .344 on the season. Ohio State junior pitcher Andrew Magno received the loss, while Wofford junior pitcher Rasesh Pandya earned the win. read more

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Parents complain about tablet ban as they worry about how to occupy

first_img@nytimes god help all those parents with young children and their plane-mates too. #ipad is saving grace traveling with kids. https://t.co/NRp9gIDlst— Katie (@greenkate) March 21, 2017 Matt cartoon Parents have taken to social media to complain about how difficult it will be to occupy their children on flights after it was announced laptops, tablets and other large electronics will be banned in the cabin on flights from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.Giving a child a tablet is usually a sure-fire way to stop them from complaining or getting restless, but now parents will have to find other ways to occupy them on flights from those countries due to a new al-Qaeda terrorist threat.More than two million passengers a year flying on airlines including British Airways, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Easyjet will be prevented from taking devices larger than a mobile phone into the cabin.One social media user wrote: “Making kids sit through a 14 hour flight with no screens to distract is a form of terrorism.” They shld put Trump in a plane full of kids without ipads kindle laptops etc for 12 hrs let’s see what he’s gonna do pic.twitter.com/fipN4oyHqQ— Abi ® (@AbiBb9) March 21, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Making kids sit through a 14 hour flight with no screens to distract is a form of terrorism.— Emily of the State (@EmilyGorcenski) March 21, 2017 @KamahlAJE that’s a bit of an understatement… all those kids on the plane without iPads! pic.twitter.com/8yt8icB1gd— Hamad Al-Amari (@hamadalamari) March 21, 2017 The Government introduced the ban after a similar move by the US, where officials revealed “evaluated intelligence” showed that terrorists are “aggressively pursuing innovative measures” to carry out attacks with devices such as laptop bombs. In case the flight over with a child with autism wasn’t difficult enough, now the US has taken away our use of his tablet on the flight back— Jessi Frenzel (@jessifrenzel) March 21, 2017 what if tablets are the only thing that shut their kids up on a plane? Asking for a friend https://t.co/EM36cJe5u9— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) March 21, 2017 Theresa May’s official spokesman admitted that the restrictions will cause “disruption”, but said that they are necessary for the safety of passengers.The spokesman said: “Safety of the travelling public is our highest priority. That is why we keep aviation security under constant review and put in place measures that are necessary, effective and proportionate.“Over the last few weeks, the PM has chaired a number of meetings on aviation security, most recently this morning, where it was agreed new measures will be introduced.”last_img read more

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Python found lurking in Essex toilet may have been on the loose

first_img Laura Cowell The snake Credit: Laura Cowell Although royal pythons are in fact harmless, Mr Yardley was unwilling to cause panic amongst his neighbours by publicising the missing snake on social media.He had eventually resigned himself to losing Reggie, fearing that he could have been eaten by a fox or a cat, until he heard of the snake’s emergence in Mrs Cowell’s bathroom. He has apologised on social media to the Cowell family for the “total accident” and thanked Reggie’s rescuers for saving him from the sewers.For now, Reggie is staying at Scales and Fangs with Mr Yeldham, as a disheartened Mr Yardley had given away Reggie’s enclosure, believing he would never get his pet back.Reggie also was suffering from scale rot from bleach in the sewer system, and so Mr Yeldham said that he wants to keep the snake “until his skin problem is gone and I am sure that he is feeding alright.”Mr Yeldham has also donated a new enclosure to Mr Yardley for Reggie on his return. A snake that shocked a five-year-old boy after it was found lurking in a toilet seems to have been on the loose for more than two months.”Reggie”, the baby royal python, escaped from Tim Yardley when he moved house, and had been missing until it emerged in Laura Cowell’s bathroom when her son went to the toilet last Wednesday. The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “But when Mr Yardley came in he quickly proved it was his with photos on his phone – snake’s skin patterns are like fingerprints and Reggie has a very recognisable stripe on the back of his head.”The snake had been lost as the air vent of its enclosure had been dislodged during Mr Yardley’s move, he added.“During the night, the python must have found its way up the enclosure to the air vent and pulled it off, which opened a hole. From this it escaped and made its way to the toilet.” After the snake’s appearance gained attention in the news and on social media, Mr Yardley telephoned the pet shop Scales and Fangs, whose owner, Rob Yeldham, had retrieved the python from the toilet.Mr Yeldham said: “After seeing the social media activity we received a few phone calls from people claiming the snake was theirs.last_img read more

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Families put at risk because NHS is refusing to test for deadly

first_imgFor the report contacted 531 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer between February and April this year. More than 1,000 members of the public were also interviewed about their knowledge of ovarian cancer and BRCA. NHS England said it did not carry out any evaluation of the implementation of commissioning policy. “Sadly many women aren’t even aware the test exists, so if their doctor does not send them, they won’t even know it’s available.“It’s not just the cost to women with cancer, but also their families. Most women are only picked up in the later stages of ovarian cancer, and many women are diagnosed in A&E because the symptoms are so vague, so anything that can help pick up the disease early is beneficial.“Lack of screening is not just a small, minor thing. Missing out on it could be fatal.”Some NHS trusts including those in Newcastle, Manchester and Lancashire are also limiting testing to under 60s even though all under 70s should be offered screening.Around 15 per cent of cases of ovarian cancer are linked to BRCA gene mutations. In the general population up to one in 400 carry a mutation, but most have no idea they are at higher risk of cancer.People with Dutch, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish origin  have a much greater risk, as do Ashkenazi jews. People with the genetic variant have a 50 per cent chance of passing it onto their children. The survey showed that 29 per cent of women were not offered a gene test at all, which means more than 2,000 women and their families are being put at risk each year. Some NHS trusts were stopping women over 60 having the test.Women claimed GPs were often dismissive when they asked for BRCA testing even though they had a family history of ovarian or breast cancer. Of the women who went private after being denied testing on the NHS, 100 per cent were found to have a mutation.Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive of Ovarian Cancer Action said BRCA testing is ‘one of the strongest weapons’ against ovarian cancer but said NHS trusts were still restricting screening, which could be devastating for families who found out about their risk too late.“There are still many eligible women not being offered a BRCA test when they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” she said. “Individuals with significant family history are also struggling to be referred for testing.“The NHS is still missing the opportunity to use BRCA testing as an effective cancer prevention strategy, and women are dying as a result. No one eligible should slip through the net or be denied testing.” The gene mutation also raises the risk for menCredit:Phanie / Alamy Stock Photo Rosie Lapsley, 67, a retired pharmacist from Baldock, Hertfordshire and her family are an example of how missed screening can ruin lives. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1960 and a maternal aunt of ovarian cancer some years later. Rosie Lapsley and her daughter Louise Wright  Women and their families are being put at risk from cancer and denied lifesaving treatment because NHS trusts are refusing to test for the ‘Jolie Gene’, a new report shows.Since 2015, trusts were supposed to screen all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer for BRCA gene mutations, which were highlighted when the actress Angelina Jolie revealed she carried the variant, leading her to opt for a precautionary mastectomy and hysterectomy.But a report by Ovarian Cancer Action found nearly one in three women are not offered the test, which means they are not eligible for the most effective medication, PARP inhibitors.It also means their family members are being left in the dark about their own risk.Up to 60 per cent of women who carry a BRCA1 mutation will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, compared to just two per cent of the general population, and up to 90 per cent will develop breast cancer. Jolie’s own mother died of ovarian cancer aged just 56. But despite a clear family link, neither she nor her family were tested for BRCA until last year.“In January 2016 my younger sister was diagnosed with Stage 3-4 fallopian tube cancer was advised to have genetic testing,” she said. “This confirmed she had a BRCA1 mutation and so we as her siblings were offered testing.“I was tested in July 2016 and was also found to have the mutation. By this time my other sister had also been found to have fallopian tube cancer. In October 2016 the histology of my ovaries showed I had stage 1c aggressive ovarian cancer. Thankfully although my treatment was not pleasant I have recovered well.“Sadly this was not the end of the story. My children were offered genetic testing Thankfully my son, who has two young daughters did not have the mutation, but my daughter did. An MRI revealed a small but aggressive breast cancer. The treatment nearly cost her her life.”The risk is not limited to women. Men who carry the BRCA2 mutation have double the risk of developing prostate cancer. However the report showed that eight in 10 men had never heard of a BRCA gene even though they could easily pass it on to their children. If women know they have the mutation they can take preventative measures, as Jolie did, or have regular health checks.Marie-Claire Platt, Head of operations and campaigns at Ovarian Cancer Action said: “It’s very disappointing and concerning that despite guidelines women are still not being offered genetic testing. Rosie Lapsley and her daughter Louise Wright  The gene mutation also raises the risk for men Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Households in England facing inflationbusting council tax rises of £100 or more

first_imgCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Nearly all councils (95%) plan to increase council tax Adult social care was the greatest long-term pressure (nearly 38%), the survey said.Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGiU, said: “Councils are on the edge. They are for the most part holding services together (though a significant minority are not). But they can only do this this by raising council tax, increasing charging and draining their reserves.”The system is unsustainable and needs far more fundamental reform than is presently on offer. It’s simply not acceptable that we don’t know how local government will work post 2020.”Councils are calling for assurances around funding for the next three years and for a fundamental redesign of the finance system. At present government is offering neither. That has to change.”Responding, Local Government Association chairman Lord Porter said: “Some councils continue to be pushed perilously close to the financial edge.”Many will have to make tough decisions about which services have to be scaled back or stopped altogether to plug funding gaps. Nearly every household in England will face inflation-busting council tax rises of £100 or more along with higher charges for parking and disposing of waste.Nearly all councils (95%) plan to increase council tax while 93% will hike charges to make ends meet, the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research conducted by the LGiU think tank and The Municipal Journal found.The council tax rises will add around £100 to the average bill for a Band D property – equivalent to 6 per cent – but as much as £200 for owners of more expensive properties. The planned increases come against a backdrop in which 80% of councils fear for their financial stability.Council tax can be hiked by up to 3% this year, in line with inflation, before a referendum is triggered, while authorities can also levy an additional “precept” to raise money for spending on social care.The greatest immediate pressure on budgets came in children’s services (nearly 32% of councils), followed by adult social care (nearly 28%), and housing and homelessness (19%). Credit: Alamy “Extra council tax raising powers will helpfully give some councils the option to raise some extra income but will not bring in enough to completely ease the financial pressure they face.”This means many councils face having to ask residents to pay more council tax while offering fewer services as a result.”The LGA has warned about the urgent need to address the £2 billion funding gap facing children’s services.”A child is being referred to council children’s services every 49 seconds on a daily basis and councils started more than 500 child protection investigations every day last year – up from 200 a decade ago.”This unprecedented surge in demand shows no sign of abating.”- A total of 113 individual councils responded to the survey, representing a third of all English local authorities.A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Our finance settlement strikes a balance between relieving growing pressure on local government whilst ensuring that hard-pressed taxpayers do not face excessive bills.”We have listened to representations made from councils and delivered on these with extra funding.”Overall councils will see a real-term increase in resources over the next two years, more freedom and fairness and with a greater certainty to plan and secure value for money.”We are also delivering on our commitment to give councils more control over the business rates they raise locally – with millions of pounds staying in communities and being spent on local priorities.”We want to work with local government to develop a new funding system for the future and encourage councils to submit responses to the review currently under way.” Nearly all councils (95%) plan to increase council taxlast_img read more

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Driver arrested for attempted murder after ploughing car into Gravesend nightclub in

first_img“We ripped the tent wall apart and got out and called the police.”It was a complete mess of panic and chaos.”One partygoer wrote on Facebook: “I was right in front of the gate, only saw 1 security guard get hit before running for safety hope no one else got hurt.”Kent Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to assist Kent Police at an incident on Queen Street.A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.53pm to assist Kent Police at an RTC (road traffic collision) in Queen Street, Gravesend.”Two fire engines attended. We left the scene at 12.50am.” A number of people have been injured and a man has been arrested on suspicion  of attempted murder after a car was driven into a Gravesend nightclub. Revellers described scenes of chaos after the vehicle ploughed into a marquee at the venue shortly before midnight on Saturday. Kent Police said the driver was believed to have been asked to leave Blake’s nightclub in Queen Street following an altercation, and added that the incident was not being treated as terrorism.Details on the conditions of those injured have not been released.The force said: “The driver of the vehicle who is believed to have been asked to leave the nightclub earlier that evening following an altercation has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody. A number of people have sustained injuries.”Footage posted on social media showed a large car, headlights still shining, on a chequered dancefloor inside a marquee at the Blake’s nightclub. Never been so scared in my life. The car came inches from running me and my friends over, What is the world coming too? SMH #Gravesend #Blakes pic.twitter.com/ETNv11yRdM— Sonny Powar (@Sonny_Powar) March 18, 2018 In another clip, security staff appear to surround the driver, and a reveller can be heard asking: “Why did he try and do that?”. Another replies: “I’m so confused.”Witness Sonny Powar said he saw two people get hit by the car before the driver was pulled from the vehicle. “(It was) just a normal night out at Blake’s Nightclub in Gravesend in Kent,” he told the Press Association.”But some guy wasn’t let into the club or got kicked out so he drove his 4×4 into the tent we was all in.”It stopped at my feet so any further and I could of died then he reversed up and we all ran. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A GUY WHO DIDNT GET LET IN THE CLUB JUST DROVE HIS CAR INSIDE AND NEARLY KILLED US ALL pic.twitter.com/8CkeUn2TSm— Reece Parkinson (@Reece_Parkinson) March 17, 2018last_img read more

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Novichok poisoning Russian suspects in Skripal attack sent coded message saying The

Sources close to the investigation have insisted the British authorities now have the names of those behind the poisonings. The coded dispatch helped cement suspicions that it was the Russian state behind the attempted assassination, before counter terror police using facial recognition technology and CCTV images were able to identify those responsible.It is believed the perpetrators flew back to Russia shortly after carrying out the hit, travelling to London from Salisbury by train.The Telegraph reported in April that key suspects had been identified. following the attack.  Russian agents responsible for the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury sent a coded message to Moscow which included the phrase, “The package has been delivered”, it was claimed last night.A British intelligence listening station based in Cyprus, allegedly picked up the message shortly after former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were attacked in March. Yulia and Sergei Skripal But Prime Minister’s deputy official spokesman would not confirm whether the information had been presented to the Russians.She said: “This is an ongoing complex investigation and I can’t comment on the speculation around it. We need to make sure the police have the time and space to carry on with the investigation.” A combination of undated pictures taken from the facebook page of Dawn Sturgess (L) and Charles Rowley (R) Police are now exploring the theory that the assassins discarded a glass bottle containing traces of Novichok in Queen Elizabeth Gardens in the centre of Salisbury, which was discovered three months later by local couple Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley.The investigation became a murder inquiry earlier this month when Ms Sturgess, 44, a mother of three died after she was accidentally poisoned by Novichok.Mr Rowley, 45, is making a slow recovery and has been able to help police piece together the likely movements of the assassins before they fled Salisbury. An inquest into her death was opened by the Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner in Salisbury on Thursday, with her body released to her family for a funeral. It was adjourned until January.”The cause of death will not be given until further tests are completed,” coroner David Ridley said. Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, said Moscow has not been officially informed of the identities of the alleged suspects.She said: “No contacts were initiated from the side of British law enforcement or official or diplomatic representatives about this topic today in principle.”All the the information we have is taken from media through leaks or statements. Our London embassy writes requests to confirm or deny this information but doesn’t receive any answers.” Yulia and Sergei SkripalCredit:EAST2WEST NEWS A combination of undated pictures taken from the facebook page of Dawn Sturgess (L) and Charles Rowley (R) Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Shamima Begums baby is British and could return to the UK say

Begum, 19, was told yesterday Home Secretary Sajid Javid had decided to strip her of her British citizenship, four years after she fled the UK to join ISIL in Syria and marry a Dutch-born Isil fighter. As a result, she will be banned from Britain as her return would “not be conducive to the public good”, a move that could only be taken because the Home Office claims she has dual British-Bangladesh nationality due to her parents being from Bangladesh. The newborn baby of Shamima Begum is a British citizen and could return to the UK despite the teenage mother losing her citizenship over her support for the terror group  Isil, according to lawyers. Without dual nationality, it is illegal under international… read more

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Michelle Obama People need to get off the phone and start talking to

Michelle Obama has spoken out about the dangers of social media, after telling people to stop reading about their neighbours online and knock on their doors instead.Speaking at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday evening to promote her autobiography Becoming, the former First Lady encouraged people to be “more sceptical about social media” and return to speaking to one another “face to face”.Mrs Obama said she is “not emotionally able” to look at Twitter and the news during the Trump presidency because “you can’t have a steady diet of fear and intimidation”.Speaking to an arena packed with 15,000 adoring fans, she said: “That’s what I would encourage people to do. Don’t read about your neighbours on Twitter, because somebody can talk into your ear about the person right next door to you and they can feed you lies and misperceptions.“We need to get to know each other and not have our actions filtered by some third party that we don’t know what their agenda is. Barack Obama with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha (right) and Malia Mrs Obama’s book Becoming, which was released late last year, sold more than 1.4 million copies during the first seven days, giving it the biggest first-week sales of any book in 2018. “We have to be a lot more sceptical about social media and the internet, which means we have to do more work interactive with one another.”The former First Lady used the evening to discuss bringing her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, up in the White House, describing it as “just a little more extra”.“Imagine the first time you invite Sasha Obama over for a play date,” she said, prompting laughter from the arena.”I’m surprised my girls have any friends at all,” she joked. Barack Obama with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha (right) and MaliaCredit:@POTUS Mrs Obama on stage as part of her “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama” tour at The O2 ArenaCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe/ Getty Images Europe Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Obama shared the strict security precautions that the Secret Service would take before her daughter’s were allowed to go to a friend’s house for a sleepover – sniffer dogs would be brought in and parents would be asked to be open about any guns or drugs in the house.”I would just have to tell parents – don’t lie. They’re not going to take ’em. They just need to know where they are,” she said.”So imagine having that conversation and then you’re like ‘thank you for inviting Sasha over and by the way, there’s going to be a man sleeping outside of your door with a gun, can you let him come in and use the bathroom every now and then?”‘ she said. “We don’t even know who is doing the tweeting. We have got to get off the phone and start talking to each other face to face. We can’t rely solely on this little intermediary to tell us about the world. michelle obama read more

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Just one day of work a week is enough to give a

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study suggests that to get the mental well-being benefits of paid work, the most “effective dose” is only around one day a week – as anything more makes little difference.”We have effective dosage guides for everything from Vitamin C to hours of sleep in order to help us feel better, but this is the first time the question has been asked of paid work,” said study co-author Dr Brendan Burchell, a sociologist from Cambridge University who leads the Employment Dosage research project.”We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s well-being, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose.”We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”Supporting the unemployed in a future with limited work is the subject of much policy discussion, such as universal basic income.However, researchers argue that employment should be retained across adult populations, but working weeks dramatically reduced for work to be redistributed.”In the next few decades we could see artificial intelligence, big data and robotics replace much of the paid work currently done by humans,” said Dr Daiga Kamerade, study first author from Salford University.”If there is not enough for everybody who wants to work full-time, we will have to rethink current norms.”This should include the redistribution of working hours, so everyone can get the mental health benefits of a job, even if that means we all work much shorter weeks.”Our findings are an important step in thinking what the minimum amount of paid work people might need in a future with little work to go round.”Researchers suggested creative policy options for moving into a future with limited work, including “five-day weekends”, working just two hours a day, or increasing annual holiday from weeks to months – even having two months off for every month at work.Dr Burchell added: “If the UK were to plough annual productivity gains into reduced working hours rather than pay rises, the normal working week could be four days within a decade.” Just one day of work per week is the most “effective dose” to give the mental health benefits of paid employment, research by Cambridge University suggests.A study indicated that the risk of mental health problems reduces by 30 per cent when people move from unemployment or stay-at-home parenting into paid work of eight hours or less per week.But researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Salford found no evidence that working any more than eight hours provided further boosts to well-being.Sociologists had set out to define a recommended “dosage” of work for optimal well-being and their findings are published in the journal Social Science And Medicine.They did this in the context of a rise in automation which may require shorter hours for all and a redistribution of work.The researchers used data from a panel survey to examine how changes in working hours were linked to mental health and life satisfaction in more than 70,000 UK residents between 2009 and 2018.They controlled for characteristics including age, children, longstanding illness and household income. read more

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John Swinney finally scraps SNPs state guardian scheme but refuses to apologise

John Swinney has refused to apologise to parents and teachers as he finally scrapped the SNP’s Named Persons scheme to assign every child a ‘state guardian’. But he refused an invitation to apologise to parents and teachers, whom the Tories said have endured six years of “endless bureaucracy” as the SNP tried to introduce the policy. In a statement to MSPs, he said the authorities would instead use “existing voluntary schemes” to identify vulnerable children in need of support, along with further training and guidance. The Scottish Education Minister said he would repeal the legislation after an expert panel he appointed to try and salvage the plan concluded it was unworkable. Mr Swinney’s statement… read more

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Brazil President Michel Temer faces more criminal charges

President Michel Temer has been accused of leading a criminal group (AFP Image)(BBC) Brazil’s top anti-corruption prosecutor has charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and racketeering.It is the second set of criminal charges he faces and is based on the plea-bargain testimony of the owners of the meatpacker JBS.They accused Mr Temer of taking bribes and of conspiring to buy the silence of a witness.Mr Temer has strongly rejected all allegations of wrongdoing.The earlier corruption charge was blocked by Congress, which has the power to decide whether the president should stand trial.In the second round of charges, President Temer is accused along with six other political allies.The Chief Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said in a statement that Mr Temer “acted as leader of a criminal organisation” made up of senior members of his PMDB party.He said the group had allegedly taken $190m (£140m) in bribes in return for contracts at public companies.The charges derive in part from testimony given by the owners of the world’s largest meat packer, JBS, Joesely Batista and Wesley Batista.They told prosecutors that they met Mr Temer in his Brasilia residence and secretly recorded him allegedly discussing paying hush money to a witness.President Temer has denied the recording shows anything incriminating.His lawyers also challenged the testimony saying it was unreliable because Joesely Batista withheld information from prosecutors.The latest charges must first be accepted by the Supreme Court before being sent for debate in the lower house.The president is widely thought to have enough support in Congress to avoid being put on trial.The allegations against Mr Temer are part of a series of wide-ranging criminal investigations by prosecutors into corruption by Brazil’s elite.Dozens of politicians and business executives have been convicted or are being charged in embezzlement and bribery schemes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieveJuly 14, 2017In “Regional”Brazil’s top prosecutor charges President Temer with corruptionJune 27, 2017In “latest news”‘Biggest cash haul’ in Brazil ex-minister’s apartmentSeptember 6, 2017In “Regional” read more

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NIS employee charged for causing death by dangerous driving

A 47-year-old father of four appeared before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Monday morning in the company of his lawyer where he denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.It is alleged that Dwayne Gonsalves, on November 3, 2017, at Barr and James Street, Albouystown, drove motor pickup GVV 8249 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Ronaldo Jaundoo.Dead: Ronaldo JaundooAccording to the lawyer, the accused who is an employee of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), suffers from hypertension and his blood pressure was at the time of the accident, beyond elevated.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on the day in question the accused was proceeding north along Barr Street approaching James Street when he failed to adhere to a stop light, subsequently colliding with a motorcycle which was at the time proceeding east on the northern side of James Street.The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to the head and various parts of his body and was pronounced dead by medical experts upon arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A breathalyzer test conducted on Gonsalves proved negative for alcohol consumption.The court prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that a life was lost as a result of the defendant’s alleged recklessness, however the Magistrate was inclined to grant bail fixed to the sum of $600,000.Gonsalves will return to court on November, 27, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI employee granted $2M bail for causing road deathMarch 6, 2014In “Crime”$1M bail for man accused of killing UG Employee in road accidentAugust 26, 2014In “Crime”Businessman placed on $1M bail for Houston fatal accidentOctober 28, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Govt taking steps to ensure elderly care facilities meet minimum standards

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPalms undergoing major upgrade; Govt engaging stakeholders to raise standards in elderly care homesMay 15, 2018In “latest news”Night Shelter’s reintegration programme restructured – Social Protection MinistryFebruary 2, 2018In “latest news”All Daycare centres to be licensedJune 8, 2016In “latest news” The Government, through the Ministry of Social Protection, is taking the necessary steps to ensure that all registered elderly care facilities in Guyana meet the minimum standards expected.Director of Social Services, Whentworth TannerAccording to Director of Social Services, Whentworth Tanner many of these homes fall short of the minimum standards of ensuring their residents are treated equally, fairly and with dignity, and lead productive lives.Tanner was quoted in a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that through the Elderly Residential Facilities Visiting Committee, the Ministry has been conducting regular visits to the facilities to ensure full compliance.On the issue of those non-registered homes, Tanner noted that the Ministry of Social Protection is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the agencies to bring them in line with those standards. According to DPI, the Director explained that the aim is not the closure or penalisation of these homes, but rather, to work with them so that they provide the best quality of service.“…It is not to be punitive, at least not in its embryonic stages, but is for us to work with these homes to build their capacity, so that they can meet the minimum standards,” Tanner explained. read more

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EYEWITNESS Hustlers…

Over the past three years, we have noticed a lot of offices being filled with hustlers. And even worse, with HYPOCRITICAL hustlers, who define the term “grifter”: small-time; greedy, and always working the “con”.The phenomenon’s so pervasive it’s got to be the demand of these qualities in their screening process; there’s no way it could be coincidental!Take the latest scandal that’s exploded over at the Chronic, which is titillating the chatterati in Georgetown. It really doesn’t faze folks outside of GT, because their default assessment-setting when it comes to political operatives in the capital is “a bunch of crooks”!! It’s called “folk wisdom”, and it comes from their experience with the species.So we segue into the “Case of Sherod Duncan”, who slithered into the public’s view when he was in UG Law School. Boy, was he agitatedly agitating all over the place!! Thank goodness he didn’t complete his training over at Hugh Wooding, or he would’ve added another burden to the already abysmal reputation of the legal profession!! Anyhow, he gravitated to the AFC since he obviously saw so many of his mirror images in that den of iniquity.After all, which other party leader but AFC’s Trotman would publicly announce they accepted financial contributions as “political investments”??!! Incidentally, have you noticed that pronounced “mean and hungry” look in both Trotman and Duncan?? The AFC fielded Duncan in the GT Municipal Elections, and he became their point man on the City Council, where he went after Mayor Chase-Green like a little fox terrier!!If you ever want to teach a callow youth about the essence of hypocrisy, just regale him with Duncan’s polemics after the Parking Meter Scandal was exposed…and compare them to his ACTIONS in the present Chronic Scandal. The essence of Duncan’s charges was the Mayor made decisions without the permission of the Council on matters concerning the City…and was jetted to Latin America, wined and dined, and God knows what else!!As for Duncan at the Chronic, he was occupying a position as GM that he’d obtained under false pretences (not to mention a conflict of interest, being a member of the Board) since he didn’t possess the requisite qualifications!! With the dissolution of that Board, and with no one to look over his decisions, the man went on a shopping spree that would’ve made Imelda Marcos blush, even with her 7,000 pairs of shoes!! And then he unilaterally fired the Financial Controller he thought had finked on him!!But Duncan’s just a type. Just look at the profligacy of his supervisor, Nagamootoo.He might just get promoted!!…in diplomacyPM Bruce Golding of Jamaica once insulted us by sneering that all Guyana did diplomatically on the economic front was run around with a “begging bowl”. It was Burnham who’d brought Guyana to the shameful point of being declared officially BANKRUPT. And with every single economic sector razed by his co-op socialism and graft, the only option was to seek “debt forgiveness”. PPP didn’t ADD to our debt!But with that debt-albatross removed by Jagdeo, what excuse does Foreign Minister Greenidge – who, not so incidentally, was FINANCE Minister during Burnham’s Nero imitation – have for begging for loans?? Pick a lender – any lender – and Greenidge would’ve bummed them for a “raise”. World Bank? Check! China? Check! US? Check! IDB? Check! IsDB? Check! India? Check! And so on and so forth.So, for Greenidge to boast about “economic diplomacy” is to add insult to our economic injury; especially when the one bright spot of finding markets for our rice is through private initiatives.Maybe he can facilitate payment from Panama?…and fuel suppliesWith T&T shuttering their refinery, we now have to scrounge around for fuel supplies. Has our newly appointed Energy Czar taken responsibility for ensuring at least GPL gets oil?They don’t need another excuse for blackouts!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Changing…June 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Affirmative action…October 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The law…June 15, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Timehri Prison officer being investigated after inmate snitches on drug trade

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContraband unearthed at NA prison in latest raid on penitentiariesDecember 8, 2018In “Crime”NA Prison officer detained after ganja, contraband findOctober 3, 2018In “Crime”New Amsterdam Prison Officer caught with cannabisOctober 25, 2016In “Crime” A Prison Officer attached to the Timehri Prison, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has been detained pending investigations after a prisoner who is serving a 20 years sentence alleged that he was given a large quantity of narcotics by the said officer.INews understands that the inmate was reportedly observed on Wednesday morning in the prison compound at around 08:40h with a bucket.When questioned, he told Prison officials that he was given same by another officer.When the bucket was checked, it reportedly contained a quantity of ziplock plastic bags and two plastic juice bottles which all contained a quantity of leave, seeds and stems suspected to cannabis.He then led the Officers to a storeroom located under a stairs of the Administrative Building where two Tampico plastic bottles containing cannabis were found.The Prison Officer in question was detained and has since denied knowledge of the crime.Investigations are however continuing.The cannabis has since been handed over to the Police. read more

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24B in severance payments approved Wales sugar workers also included

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSupplementary provision of $1.931B approved in National AssemblyJanuary 19, 2018In “latest news”Confusion surrounds Govt meet with sugar workersMarch 18, 2017In “Business”High Court rules that ex-Wales sugar workers be paid their severance with interestDecember 6, 2018In “Business” …Opposition calls for immediate disbursements as date for payments unclearFile photo: Former Wales workers during a protest marchAfter two long years of waiting for their severance, some 460 retrenched workers attached to the Wales Estate will finally receive their payments before the end of this year as the National Assembly on Wednesday evening approved $2.4 billion in severance payments for over 4000, Wales, Berbice and East Demerara sugar workers who were sacked when Government closed several sugar factories.The monies were approved when all 62 Members of the Parliament on Wednesday evening voted in favour of $3 billion in supplementary funds under the Agriculture Ministry’s current expenditures.Government requested and received approval for a total of $7.5 billion in supplementary funds. This includes $4 billion in current estimates and $3.4 million in capital.Of the entire supplementary funds, the Agriculture Ministry requested $3,051,000,000 of which $2.451 billion is to meet final severance payments to some 4733 former workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).In responding to questions from Opposition Parliamentarian Gillian Burton, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder disclosed that the monies being requested include funds to also pay the retrenched Wales workers.Wales ended operations in December 2016 and some 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, remained without severance payments, putting hundreds of families on the breadline and causing economic crisis to surrounding communities.The workers have been taking to the streets, protesting for their severance to be paid.According to Minister Holder, a total of 460 workers from Wales are to get their severance monies.However, despite being asked repeatedly by Opposition MPs, Burton, Komal Chand and Gail Teixeira, about when these payments will be made, the Agriculture Minister could only assure that the payments will be made before the end of the year.“[They] certainly will get it before the end of the year,” Holder posited, while adding that as soon as the money is available after approval by the House, efforts will be made to disburse same to the dismissed sugar workers.When the supplementary request was put up for voting, the Opposition members were silent when Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland asked if any oppose the additional monies. However, the Government’s side called for a division, which was allowed, the People’s Progressive Party MPs having to voting “yes”’ to the Government’s requests.On Wednesday the opposition called for immediate disbursement of payments. However, despite asking the Government several times about date for payments none was forthcoming.Only last month, President David Granger assured a gathering at Rose Hall, Corentyne, that those dismissed sugar workers will receive the balance of their severance payment when Parliament comes out of recess. The announcement came after months of protest by the workers, who are facing difficulties as a result of the closure of sugar estates.As part of its plans to bring the heavily indebted and cash strap GuySuCo back into profitability and efficiency, Government fired thousands of workers in an effort to downsize the sector leaving a mere three-estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – in operation.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017 with no severance payments made to the workers. However, back in January, Government secured $.93 billion from the National Assembly to pay some of the ex-sugar workers from those three estates.Those dismissed workers whose severance packages are $500,000 or less were paid in full by January 31, 2018, while those entitled more than that amount were only paid 50 per cent, with the remaining half to be paid in the second half of the year.As such, since July, these workers and their families have been looking forward to the second tranche of the severance money from Government.(Vahnu Manikchand) read more

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