Sunman, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation will present the 2019 Annual Report to the Community on Tuesday, June 18 at the Sunman American Legion. The free-will donation event begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.During the first quarter of this year, the foundation awarded a total of $3,000 in $500 grants to the Batesville FFA, Batesville Fire Department, Ripley County Tourism Bureau, Southeastern Career Center, Summer Food for Kids of Batesville and the Tyson Community Foundation.For catering purposes, please RSVP by June 10 by calling 812-933-1098 or 877-233-5220 or email email@example.com.
Ghana’s fairytale story would continue to unfold later today at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena when the Black Satellites take on 2007 Semi-finalists Chile at the quarter final stage of the competition.The Satellites were literally on the verge of exiting the group phase of the competition after losing her first two games to Spain and France respectively but a result against the United States of America coupled with other results going their way saw the side advance to the Round of 16 stage of the competition.As if by design, the side were trailing 2-1 the Quinta A Seleccao by 2-1 with only eleven minutes of play before substitutes Michael Anaba and Richmond Boakye Yiadom turned the game on its head with two late goals to win the game. Such was the dominance of the Portuguese in the group phase that they were highly tipped to crash a wandering Satellites side that had only gate crushed the knock out phase. Divine intervention if you like. It is no wonder that they have the ever religious and Charismatic Sellas Tetteh as their manager.Chile on the other hand mastered the required 4 points from the group stages against England and Egypt before losing out to the talented Iraqi side who have surprised all and sundry with their sublime skills and their approach to the game to qualify for the knock out phase.Their Round of 16 clash against Croatia saw the Chileans put up their best performance of the competition with two clinical strikes against the European side. That has clearly got the huge Chilean Media presence here buzzing with belief that they could replicate their form of Canada 2007 where they made it to the semi-final stage only to be thrashed 3-0 by Argentina.In player Nicolas Castillo, La Rojita do have a player whose presence makes it extremely improbable that the net will remain untroubled in Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Stadium. With a goal in each of his three appearances thus far, Castillo is thriving in the centre of Chile’s three-man attack and will be out to maintain his 100 per cent record against a Ghana defence that has conceded seven times in four matches. Star midfield player Sebastian Martinez is suspended for this game but the Ghanaian defence, notorious for conceding goals in all four games should be extremely. Two teams out to prove a point take to the Turk Telekom Arena with only a win on their mind.Probable Starting X1:Ghana-Antwi,Nketiah,Baba Rahman,Lartey,Larweh,Seidu Salifu,Odjer,Aboagye,Assifuah,Boakye-Yiadom,Acheampong.Chile-Melo,Campos,Lichnovsky,Robles,Laremas,Baeza,Fuentes,Henrique,Rabello,Cuevas,Castillo.
…call for wage increasesHundreds of sugar workers employed at the Albion Sugar Estate, Berbice, downed their tools since Thursday as they call for a pay increase.This action has severely affected operations at the sugar estate, and those who are on strike action are calling on the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to address the matter before they resume duties.According to the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), since 2015, the wages of sugar workers have been “frozen” and there has been no increase allotted to those workers for the past four years.In a statement to the media on Friday, GAWU said that “the naked discrimination against this hardworking group of the State’s employees manifested through denials of pay increases and attacks on other longstanding benefits and conditions coupled with an ever-rising tax burden, among the other hardships of contemporary Guyanese life, have severely eroded the workers and their families purchasing power and by extension, their standard of living”.The Union argued that the protesting workers at the Albion Sugar Estate are “peeved over the arbitrary hiking” of the Estate’s weekly production targets, as they contended that the increase in the Estate’s targets from 2,100 tonnes of sugar to 2,140 would be disadvantageous.As such, it will prevent the Estate from reaching the target and, thereby, affect incentives arising on the attainment of the target.“The workers argue, quite correctly, that the inability to achieve target through the arbitrary increase could well daunt their commitment and belie the notion of the incentive in the first place. Additionally, workers engaged in the mechanical loading of canes are upset regarding what they believe is an unnecessary change in their hours of work”.According to the GAWU, another issues is that the “bell loader operators” would usually commence duties daily from 06:00h and cease work at 18:00h during the cropping period. However, GuySuCo now requires these workers to work from 10:00h to 22:00h.Another issue, the Union said, regards the workers engaged in the mechanical tillage tasks, who have rightly disagreed with the arbitrary downward adjustments of their pay rates pertaining to certain tasks. The Union is awaiting a meeting with the Industrial Relations Department of GuySuCo to address the matter.In light of the series of complaints by the sugar workers, GAWU is urging GuySuCo to address the matters as soon as possible. According to the Union, only then will the workers resume their duties.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Coast Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017, leaving thousands of workers jobless. The Wales Sugar Estate was the first to shut down in 2016. Only three estates are currently in operation – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt.Some of the protesting workers