Foreign Affairs Ministry yet to receive report of incident

first_imgStranded IndonesiansGuyana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it was yet to receive an official report on the incident involving 26 Indonesian nationals, who have been stranded in Guyana for the past five days. The men were brought to Guyana to work with a popular fishing establishment, but were relieved of their duties after raising objection to their remuneration package.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will like to state that while it has seen references to the issue in the media, the matter hasn’t been brought to the attention of the Ministry and, therefore, as of now the Ministry has no role in relation to the matter,” the Public Relations Department of the Ministry said in a statement to Guyana Times.The stranded IndonesiansThe men reported that they were offered US$400 (5,367,200 Indonesian Rupiah) per month to come and work with the popular fishing establishment, but they were being paid in Guyanese dollars, which did not translate into the promised amount. They objected to this, but got no satisfaction and were ordered out of the fishing establishment’s Providence branch and have been seeking refuge at the Providence Sunnatul Masjid ever since.When this publication reached out to the company, via telephone, the representatives refused to given any information relating to the incident and subsequently disconnected the call.A female member of the Masjid told this newspaper that the brothers at the mosque made contact with the Indonesian Embassy in neighbouring Suriname and a representative was expected in Guyana on Monday to address the men’s situation, but it was unclear if the representative did arrive.last_img read more

Council applies for grant to fund Canada 150 Mosaic

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John hasn’t applied for this particular grant before. City Council have approved a request for the Mayor and the Director of Legislative and Administrative Services to apply for $20,000 towards the Canada 150 Mosaic project, to Heritage Canada.$12,500 has already been committed in the 2016 budget to fund physically producing the mural — the additional grant funds would be used for event venues, marketing and promotions, and celebrations throughout the project.The goal of the project is to produce a community mural mosaic in support of Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017.- Advertisement -Mayor Lori Ackerman said it’s a ‘remarkable opportunity,’ as Fort St. John is one of 15 communities in the province participating.This mural will be developed and constructed all throughout next year, and ultimately unveiled early in 2017.Staff have reached out to community stakeholders, including Tourism FSJ, Arts Council, Schools and other interested groups and individuals, who may wish to become involved with the project.Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona move to tie down starlet amid Arsenal interest

first_img1 Munir El Haddadi Barcelona are set to offer a new contract to wonderkid Munir El Haddadi to ward off Premier League interest.The youngster scored on his debut for the club against Elche on Sunday and is tipped to be the next superstar to emerge from Barca’s fabled ‘La Masia’ academy.Munir signed a new deal in January but this was reported to have a release clause of under £10m.That alerted a number of clubs to his availability, including Arsenal, and Barca have reacted swiftly, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta telling the 18-year-old they will offer him a substantial pay-rise.His release clause will then automatically be raised to £27.82m, a sum which should ensure he continues to develop at the Nou Camp rather than be lured elsewhere.last_img read more