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Child labour policy soon to be finalised

first_img…poverty listed as main cause of child labourWith attempts to combat and eliminate cases of child labour, which has been on the rise for a number of years, a workshop for the draft of the National Child Labour Policy was on Tuesday hosted by the Department of Labour.A skit that was performed to educate the gathering on child labourThe workshop, which was held in commemoration of World Child Labour Day under the theme “Generation safe and healthy, end child labour”, saw the contributions of a number of stakeholders. The recommendations from the workshop are expected to result in a final document that can be implemented to prevent child labour.General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) Dawchan Hagasar, commented on the alarming picture of cases of child labour in Guyana and the dangers which can be caused to a child as a result of working at a young age in dangerous conditions.“While we are aware that there is a commitment to eradicate child labour in Guyana, we also at the same time cannot be comforted by the statistics. We have seen from the most recent available national labour rapid assessment survey that children in Guyana are engaged in the worst forms of child labour including dangerous activities in agriculture,” Hagasar stated.Some children may be exposed to hazards when they lift and carry heavy loads, in domestic households or by working with pesticides in the agriculture field. Hagasar also related that the high unemployment rate in Guyana does not contribute to the lowering of these cases, since many children are sent out to work to support their families.“Children employed as domestic workers work long hours and are isolated in private homes where they are susceptible to physical abuse and sexual abuse. Children working in the streets are vulnerable to severe accident and crime. The facts are alarming and the situation is saddening. The massive bellowing of the unemployed in our country in the recent times cannot be helpful.”Meanwhile, Advisor of the Consultative of the Association of Guyanese Industry (CAGI) Samuel Goolsaran noted that while children are working for small wages, some magnitudes of child labour can cause irreversible damages to a child. He explained that while some cases might be visible, it is difficult to recognise other instances of child labour in Guyana.Additionally, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle who addressed the gathering of stakeholders on behalf of the Minister within the Social Protection Ministry Keith Scott revealed that the main cause of child labour in Guyana is poverty, which accounts to some 82 per cent while 13 per cent was as a result of force by parents. There is an interconnection between poverty in the household which requires children to enter into a work environment to obtain money. In these circumstances, their education is abandoned.“The root cause of child labour is extreme poverty. There’s seems to be a strong coloration between poverty and child labour. Hence, every act directed at the illumination of poverty can be considered as an attack on child labour.”General Secretary of the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis, also recognised poverty as the main factor for the exploitation of a child in Guyana. According to him, the education of people after the policy is completed will lead to awareness. This will foster action and result in change. However, the principal target still remains at poverty.Further, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative Palo Marchi noted that the policy is important since there is not much statistics on child labour in Guyana which can cause major prevention.“The development of the policy will push an agenda. Let’s have a policy which is going to have a strategy, piece of legislation and implementable. So we will push an agenda to together prevent child labour by ensuring more focus investment towards education and social protection measures to combat child labour and especially prevent it.”At the end of the workshop’s discussion, concerns surrounding the drafts were likely to be finalised to ensure that a comprehensive policy is completed and adopted.last_img read more

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Pedestrian hit by vehicle

first_imgOne person has suffered minor injuries after being hit by a pickup truck in Fort St. John.The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday in the Totem Mall parking lot when a senior citizen was struck.- Advertisement -RCMP and B.C. Ambulance attended the scene. The male was reported to have minor injuries.Police say they are continuing to investigate and there is no information as to whether charges will be laid.last_img

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Dutch star insists he has not spoken to QPR over Premier League move

first_img Rafael van der Vaart QPR boss Harry Redknapp has not yet made a move for Rafael van der Vaart – despite declaring an interest in the Dutch midfielder last week.The Rangers manager wants two midfielders and a playmaker added to his squad before the season starts on August 16, and he is a big admirer of the Hamburg man after signing him at Tottenham.“Harry Redknapp has not been in touch with me. He has not phoned me,” Van der Vaart told BILD.“In football you never know, but so far we have not been in touch.“Harry Redknapp and I enjoyed a really great relationship back at Tottenham. He is a top-quality manager.“I was in great form back then. I scored 12 [Premier League] goals in one season and I netted 13 in the other season.” 1last_img read more

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KEAVENEY POCKETS A FORTUNE FOR LEAVING DAIL

first_imgFORMER Fianna Fail senator Cecilia Keaveney is set for a cash windfall after stepping down from the Oireachtas.The ex-TD will pocket a €55k termination payment.She will also receive a pension lump sum of €126,675 – plus an annual pension of €40k. The Inishowen politician has still not made a public statement on an expenses claim controversy.She wrongly claimed overnight accommodation expenses on FOUR separate occasions when she was actually out of the country.The Fianna Fail politician was contacted three times about her expenses – after claiming overnight expenses when she was away on official Dail business.She wrongly claimed €140 for each of nine nights. On those different occasions she was in PARIS, ISTANBUL, BELFAST and STRASBOURG – when her accommodation was already paid for!!! The revelations came in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.Despite repeated attempts to get an explanation the former senator has refused to comment.KEAVENEY POCKETS A FORTUNE FOR LEAVING DAIL was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:cecilia KeaveneyDail Eireanndonegaldaily.com exclusiveexpenseslast_img read more

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CHP will be out in force to make holiday weekend safer

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – With gas prices down, road travel is expected to be up this holiday weekend – as will the presence of the California Highway Patrol. The CHP’s maximum enforcement period, during which 80 percent of officers will be on patrol, will start at 6 tonight and run through Sunday. Officers also are cracking down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear safety belts. “Wearing a seat belt is the easiest and quickest way to save a life,” said Capt. Ellen Conley, commander of the local station. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation is warning travelers to expect heavy traffic during peak periods on Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita at Templin Highway. Crews continue to work to stabilize a mountainside that caused heavy damage to the freeway during the winter’s rain. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Three northbound lanes and four southbound lanes remain open. Caltrans suggests using The Old Road, which parallels the freeway through the Santa Clarita Valley, as an alternate. Fifty-six people were killed on California roadways in 2004. Within the CHP’s jurisdiction, of the 39 vehicle occupants killed, 15 were not wearing seat belts. There were no fatal crashes last year in the area served by the local office. In the same time period, 20 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 92.5 percent of Californians are getting the message and buckling up, one of the highest compliance rates in the country. “If you don’t buckle up, if you speed or drink and drive, plan on being stopped and pulled over,” Conley said.last_img read more

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Foul smell plaguing Donegal beach next to world’s most scenic runway

first_imgA foul smell has been offending the nostrils of beach-goers in west Donegal – situated next to the world’s most scenic airport. Described as smelling of “raw sewage”, the pong is said to have been noticeable in the area around Donegal Airport in Carrickfinn, County Donegal.Donegal Airport has been named the most scenic in the world for the second year in a row earlier this year.One local resident said: “The stench of was awful, It’s like a vile sewage smell that lingers.“It had been raining very heavily, so that might have been something to do with it.”It is unclear at this stage what the discharge is at this time but local councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has urged Donegal County Council to act fast before the problem gets “out of control”. The councillor that the smell has been a recurrent problem and there was a concern locally for an oyster farm in the area.He said: “I have asked the council to investigate this and I am concerned over the impact that it may have on the local community who walk those beaches regularly.“This is not the first time this has happened, it isn’t even the second or third time and nothing is being done about it.“What does that say about our services when the beach is right next to the most scenic airport in the world?” He added that Irish Water had been contacted on several occasions over the installation of a sewage treatment plant in the area.“I have been asking them (Irish Water) to engage in a conversation with me for some time over the installation of the sewage treatment plant for the Anngaire parish.”A spokesperson for Irish Water was unavailable for comment when contacted before publication.Foul smell plaguing Donegal beach next to world’s most scenic runway was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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) Tags:Carrickfinn BeachDonegal Airportlast_img read more

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West Brom v QPR player ratings

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South Africa courts Islamic investors

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Interest is considered economically harmful by Shariah law, as the extension of credit increases money supply, which stimulates demand for goods and services but does not always result in real, tangible economic activity,” Grant Thornton tax consultant Tasneem Gangat said in a statement last month. The changes will be effective from a date to be announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Any Murahaba, or financing transactions, between a client and the financier will see “marked up” amounts within the agreement as the taxable amount payable in favour of the bank for tax purposes. “Judging by this success of ethnical funds worldwide, the need to bolster GDP in South African and the intense focus on business ethics, Islamic finance is likely to become a permanent feature of the South African economic landscape,” said Gangat. For investment account agreements, or Mudarabah, tax will be payable on any profits derived by the client as these will be deemed as interest, thus making them taxable at the hand of the client. South African Islamic investors and financiers are likely to be recognised via a new insertion in the Income Tax Act, says consultancy firm Grant Thornton SA, enabling the country to attract further foreign investors to its financial markets. Available to general public Islamic financing is available to the general public and not exclusively for people of the Muslim faith. Even though Islamic finance is still a young concept, it is a way forward as entrepreneurs realise the scope of the potential market for Islamic products. “The principles of investment management such as sector diversification, low risk versus high risk, income versus capital growth et cetera, will still apply to an Islamic investor, but the manner in which these objectives are achieved, as well as the investments utilised, will differ from conventional finance,” said Gangat. Three account typescenter_img 1 September 2010 The basis of Islamic finance is equity through profit and loss sharing schemes and rental income, usually mutually developed through agreements between the bank and client. The Islamic financier will assume the risk of the purpose of the funds he is investing and share in pre-agreed ratios in profit or loss which result from the transactions. For joint ownership financing – known as Diminishing Musharaka – the client purchases the bank’s “portion” of ownership in the asset over time, and the amount paid monthly to the bank includes both the premium payable and taxable amount owed to the bank. “It believes interest-bearing transactions result in economic ills, including issues such as high inflation and unemployment.” Growing investment trend The proposed new section takes into account three types of Islamic financing and will be aligned to Shariah law. According to Grant Thornton, South Africa joins Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and a growing number of other non-Muslim countries developing their Islamic finance sector by changing regulations to attract investors who can only put their money in Shariah-compliant assets. Islamic finance is derived from the Shariah, and essentially involves profit and risk sharing and forbids the paying or receiving of interest or investment in certain industries. Shariah law states that the emphasis on economic activity must ensure that money changes hands (from provider to user), accompanied by an increase in trade, manufacture, service provision and, as a result, employment.last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 21, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temperatures across the state were above normal while most of the state saw very limited precipitation, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 20th. While most of the state saw small amounts of rain, some locally heavy rainfalls were observed, mainly in the southwestern and southeastern parts of Ohio. Soil moisture shortages grew over the week in a remarkable change from the wet conditions that prevailed earlier this season. However, topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are still rated mostly adequate. Corn condition improved slightly and soybean condition was virtually unchanged, but many growers expressed concern over the lack of precipitation during the grain fill period, especially in fields with shallow roots. Widespread opportunities for hay cutting were beneficial, but regrowth prospects were limited. Range and pasture conditions are virtually unchanged but signs of stress are starting to appear there, too.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

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