The Wales Sugar EstateIn light of high-level meetings regarding the financial state of the sugar industry, workers were finally paid but only after information surfaced that several categories of employees had not been paid for their services for about two weeks.At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) request for urgent monies was granted which paved the way for workers across the estates to receive their salaries. Guyana Times was told that workers at Uitvlugt and at Wales received their weekly salaries by Wednesday afternoon.The disbursements for workers at Wales followed a nearly three-hour meeting at that entity on Wednesday morning where workers, in some tense moments, had demanded to know why they weren’t paid up to that point. Many workers had earlier contended that their dwindling finances were affecting their ability to feed and send their children to school and to meet other financial needs. This publication was made aware that the lack of finances during the period also hit the village economy.It was only Wednesday that Guyana Timesreported that the industry’s “cash-strapped” status was directly impacting workers. This newspaper had also reported that workers across the industry were turning up at the various estates only to be told that there was no money available to pay them.Workers still attached at the downsized Wales Sugar Estate had been called to a meeting on Monday, where they were informed of the industry’s financial state. When workers inquired as to when they will be receiving payments, officials at Wales were, at that time, reportedly reluctant to commit to a date but said that as soon as finances are available, the sugar workers would be paid.On Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo along with GuySuCo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clive Thomas and Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, met to discuss “urgent cash flow relative to wages, salaries and other payments at GuySuCo.”GuySuCo had revealed that at the high-level meeting, it was agreed on the steps to be taken to ensure the employees are paid for services provided to the Corporation for the past week. GuySuCo had disclosed that the Chairman and the CEO were “given assurances that the matter is being given the utmost consideration by the Government and the Corporation.”At present, the Guyana Sugar Corporation employs close to 17,000 people but it has been estimated that its planned downsizing could directly affect the livelihoods of some 10,000 sugar workers and thousands more via their family members and communities that depend on the sugar industry. Government has long contended that the necessary measures to re-organise sugar must be implemented for it to be sustained and the Wales Estate was the first entity to be closed under the policy decision which was met with much criticism and protests.
Athletics Ireland has named reigning world youth walk champion, Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) as part of a 15 member squad to compete at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Barcelona from the 10-15th of July. Veale finished an impressive sixth at the recent IAAF World Cup of Race Walking in Saransk, Russia. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) will also compete in the 10k Walk.Mark English (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 800m having run an impressive 1.45.77 this season to break his own National Junior Record. This time moved him to fifth on the Irish all-time list, ahead of Marcus O’Sullivan (1.45.87). Fellow Donegal athlete, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC), is also set to compete over this distance. Karl, European Youth Olympic medallist from 2011 has shown good form this year breaking English’s 800m Youth Record, running 1:49.63. 16 year old, Síofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) will compete in the 800m. Her personal best of 2:04.82, set at a Dublin Graded Meet in June, ranks her second fastest Irish woman to date this year. European Youth Olympic Champion, Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 1500m having run 3:46.27 this year. He will be joined in the 1500m by Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) who recently ran 3.46.41 for the distance.In the longer distance event, reigning Inter club Cross Country Champion Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) has been selected to compete over 3,000m with Kevin Dooney (Raheny AC) competing in the 10,000m. In the Sprints, Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’ Toole) will compete in the 200m. Lawler has this year so far, set personal bests of 21.42 in the 200m and 10.72 in the 100m, both new Irish Youth Records.Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go in the 400m in Barcelona. Mills ran brilliantly last year to place fourth in 400m final at the 2011 European Junior Track and Field Championships in Estonia.Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) is selected for the 100m hurdles. Lavin began 2012 in style by equalling Derval O’Rourke’s national junior record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.46. Lavin transferred this form to the outdoor season recording an impressive personal best of 13.73 to win the Irish Schools. European Youth Olympic Champion from 2011, Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) is set to compete in the 400m Hurdles.Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) will compete in the Hammer having set an Irish Junior Record of 70.02m earlier in the year. McGuigan will be joined in the hammer by newly crowned National Junior champion, James McCabe of Dunboyne AC who has thrown 68.62m this year.Jacqui Freyne Junior High Performance Manager said “This is a strong team across a variety of events and reflects the immense athletic talent that exists, and the quality of coaches working within the younger ranks in athletics in Ireland at the moment, and we wish all the team the best of luck in Barcelona.”Irish Team IAAF World Junior Track and Field ChampionshipsAthlete Club Coach EventMarcus Lawler St. Laurence O’ Toole AC Patricia Lawler 200m Joanna Mills Ballymena & Antrim AC Ian Neely 400mSarah Lavin Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey 100m HurdlesBen Kiely Ferrybank AC Bríd Golden 400m HurdlesMark English Letterkenny AC Teresa McDaid 800m Karl Griffin Tír Chonaill AC Eamon Harvey 800mSíofra Cléirigh-Buttner DSD AC Eddie McDonagh & Donal Hennigan 800mRuairi Finnegan Letterkenny AC Teresa McDaid 1500mSean Tobin Clonmel AC Anthony Moynihan 1500mSarah Collins Finn Valley AC André Puschnig 3000mKevin Dooney Raheny AC Dick Hooper 10,000mKate Veale West Waterford AC Jamie Costin 10k WalkEmma Prendiville Farranfore Maine Valley AC Michael Lane 10k WalkDempsey McGuigan Finn Valley AC Alan Bertram HammerJames McCabe Dunboyne AC George Eyres HammerDONEGAL ATHLETES NAMED IN WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)