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first_imgA French textile company is under fire for offering to relocate laid off workers to India with a 96% pay cut.Carreman, which employs 150 people in Castres, France, offered nine terminated employees the option to “relocate” to their Bangalore plant at a monthly salary of $96, compared to the French legal minimum salary of $1,850.Industry groups denounced the cynical offer as “shameful, humiliating, sadistic, and unacceptable,” while the country’s Industry Minister termed it a “provocation” and “profoundly shocking.”In its defense, Carreman director Francois Morel said the company is obligated under French law to offer terminated employees the option to work at another company plant: “I know it’s stupid. But that’s the stupidity of the law.” Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgROME (AP):It will likely be Silvio Berlusconi’s final derby as AC Milan owner. And the first for Inter’s new Chinese proprietors.Plus Silvio Pioli’s debut as coach of struggling Inter.Combined with the rise of Milan’s youth-oriented squad after several difficult seasons, tomorrow’s match is being celebrated both as the end of an era and a time of new beginnings.”It seems like a different derby compared to the last several, in terms of interest, tickets, standings and the new developments in club ownership,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said.Berlusconi, who purchased Milan 30 years ago, is expected to close a deal next month selling his majority stake in the club to a Chinese investor group that includes the participation of a Chinese state investment fund.While seven-time European champion Milan have not qualified for continental play for three consecutive seasons, the Rossoneri have seen a turnaround this season under first-year coach Vincenzo Montella.Relying on 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18-year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli and forward M’Baye Niang, a relative veteran at 21, Montella has guided Milan to third place with a new sense of team unity.”After all these difficult years full of problems which I’m not going to list now, this might be the first time that we’re re-establishing a close-knit group,” Milan midfielder Andrea Poli said. “We’re on the right road and we’ve got to continue along this path.”Inter, meanwhile, are languishing in ninth place with just as many losses – five – as wins this season.Pioli, the former Chievo Verona and Lazio coach, was hired last week to replace the fired Frank de Boer.De Boer was hired less than two weeks before the season began following the unexpected resignation of Roberto Mancini, who reportedly wanted more control over the transfer market and clashed with Suning, the Chinese retail giant that took control of 70 percent of Inter in June.Inter have a wide array of top-quality players – such as Mauro Icardi, who tops the Serie A scoring chart alongside Roma’s Edin Dzeko with 10 goals each, plus Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic and Italy internationals Eder and Antonio Candreva – but the Nerazzurri were inconsistent and appeared confused under De Boer.last_img

Bandits rob businessman at traffic light

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara businessman was left traumatised after bandits on a motorcycle robbed him at a Main Street, Georgetown traffic light.The incident occurred just after midday on Wednesday, in front of the Finance Ministry.Guyana Times understands that the businessman had just left a Water Street, Georgetown bank and was on his way home when he was attacked. It is believed that he was tailed by the bandits from the bank.According to reports reaching this newspaper, the businessman was in his Toyota Hilux pickup along with another person at the traffic light, at Main and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown when two men rode up alongside them on a CG motorcycle.This newspaper was told that the pillion rider jumped off the bike and tried to open the door of the pickup; however, it was locked. This prompted the bandit to whip out a firearm and discharged a single gunshot into the window. The gunman then grabbed a bag, containing an undisclosed sum of cash, from the men in the pickup, before joining his accomplice on the motorcycle and speeding away.Eyewitnesses related their shock at the speed at which the perpetrators operated.“All this happened in less than 20 seconds. What was chilling is how easily these guys operate… That was criminally motivated; that’s our reality. I’m still in awe at what I just witnessed,” one eyewitness, who was also in his vehicle at the traffic light, wrote in a social media post.Luckily, no one was injured in the incident. The Police are investigating the matter and are reviewing CCTV footage obtained from the area.Of recent, there have been many robberies committed by thieves on motorcycles across the country. However, some good investigative work by Police detectives recently saw the arrest of a 26-year-old serial robber of Lot 86 Nelson Street, Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara, who is believed to have used a motorcycle with his accomplice to commit a spate of robberies on gas stations and supermarkets along the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).Uriel Mentore was charged and placed before the courts on six counts of armed robbery and attempted robbery between October 19 and November 11, 2016, during which he stole in excess of $3.3 million in cash and valuables.The first charge states that on October 19, he robbed Shivo’s Supermarket at Nonpareil, ECD; then on November 3, he robbed Wisdom Supermarket at Vryheid’s Lust, ECD; and the following day, he attempted to rob Daily’s Supermarket located at Park Street, Enterprise, ECD.The accused was also charged for robbing R Prashad’s Service Station located on the Mon Repos Railway Embankment, ECD on November 5, attempting to rob the Shell Gas Station at Ogle, ECD on November 9, and robbing Viscom Electronics at Mon Repos Public Road, ECD on November 11, during which he was nabbed.The Police had confiscated the motorcycle and two full-faced protective helmets that are believed to have been used during the commission of the crimes. Mentore was remanded to prison until December 15.last_img

North Peace Cultural Centre launches ‘Snow Day’ event

first_imgThe North Peace Cultural Centre is introducing the first annual Snow Day — a free art day for kids of all ages.Tomorrow, the Cultural Centre will be offering holiday activities and entertainment from 10 AM to 4 PM.Kids of all ages can drop off their favourite toy for the annual Stuffed-Animal Sleepover at the library tonight and pick it up at 9 AM the next morning.- Advertisement -There will be arts and crafts stations, Pastel Drawing in the loft,  Ornament Painting with the Peace Arts Gallery Society, and Dance Workshops.The Library will be hosting “Family Discovery Storytime: Mini Masters”, and the Christmas Artisan Market will also be open on this day for parents to peruse and enjoy, featuring works by artists in the Peace Region.Children can also get their photo taken with Santa, as well — from 12 PM – 3 PM, as well.Advertisement Holiday movies will also be playing in the Theatre, with free popcorn.last_img

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