A former Minister has come out swinging at the delay in giving teachers a salary increase; noting that based on statistics, the average salary in the Ministry of the Presidency has gone up by 40 per cent.This is according to economist and former Housing Minister, Irfaan Ali, who noted there are parts of the Government bureaucracy where there were excessive salary increases in contract workers.“Take for example, the Ministry of the Presidency, the Department of Project Development and Administration, from 2017 to 2018, reduced the number of contracted staff reduced by 86 to 213… yet salaries reduced by a mere $4.7 million, for the entire year. This meagre decline in salaries corresponds to an increase in average salary by more than 40 per cent or from $223,790 to $312,289, monthly.”Another example used by the Member of Parliament was in the areas of defence and national security. Ali explained that contracted staff reduced by one, yet, inexplicable, salaries increased by $5.9 million.“When compared to 2017, average monthly salaries of contracted staff, it was found, increased from $230,798 to $256,752, or by 12 per cent.”“Under the Public Service Management, from 2017-2018, contracted staff declined by two, while salaries increased by $39.5 million. In other words, average salaries under contracted employees, increased from $190,829 to $280,136, or 99.9 per cent.”According to Ali, the Citizenship Ministry and Immigration Services reduced its number of contracted staff by 74 from 2017 to 2018. Despite this, he pointed out that salaries increased by more than $31 million. Ali stated that when compared to 2017, average monthly salary increased from $65,860 to $251,086, or 312 per cent.Ali contrasted all these increases with the salary scales teachers currently work with. For untrained teachers, he noted that they are paid a net salary of $65,000. For teachers trained at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), he placed their salary at $85,000.In addition, Ali noted that for teachers trained at both CPCE and the University of Guyana, their net salary scales rested at $120,000. He described the situation as a heinous one, when living expenses including at least $28,000 in food is considered.“Thus, a bit reprioritisation of resources could easily increase fiscal space by more than $6.7 billion, which is enough to address the $4 billion or 40 per cent increase in salaries of our teacher, without compromising any developmental project.”With pressure mounting on the Education Ministry, it finally decided to give into the Guyana Teachers’ Union’s (GTU) call for arbitration.The decision was made on Thursday during the second round of conciliation talks between the two parties, held in the boardroom of the Social Cohesion’s Ministry, Department of Labour on Brickdam, Georgetown.This process will see the two parties both agreeing on an independent body, to address the issues affecting teachers at present.The Union is seeking agreements of 40 per cent increases on each year from 2016 to 2020, but Government has stressed that this request is just not feasible for the over 10,000 teachers in the system.
A Donegal branch of the Extinction Rebellion activist group has been launched this week.The group, known as XR, is part of an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to highlight the climate change crisis. The aim of XR is to get governments to “tell the truth” about the environmental emergency and to take action against climate change.In cities such as London and Dublin, the group has engaged in protests by blocking traffic and staging ‘die-ins’, where they pretend to be dead. Young and old attended the launch of the Donegal XR branch on Wednesday at the Letterkenny Town Park.Caroline Kuyper at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalThe audience heard Clare Thompson read from the Extinction Rebellion Declaration stating that “Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history. One which, unless immediately addressed, will catapult us further into the destruction of all we hold dear: this nation, its peoples, our ecosystems and the future of generations to come.”The group is part of a Derry-Strabane /Donegal collective and will support the development of autonomous local groups across the county. An information evening will take place on 21st August at 7pm in the Community Centre, Letterkenny. A further meeting to formalise the group will take place on 2nd September at 7 pm.Claire Thompson at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalNora Newell at the launch of Extinction Rebellion DonegalVoicing her frustration at the poor response of government to the climate crisis Caroline Kuyper said, “I felt, with many others, that direct acts of disruption of ‘business as usual’ is the only option left at this point to force the issue onto the forefront of governments and corporations’ agenda.” Natural beekeeper Aoife Valley pointed out that “when we act, we feel better. When we set intentions and follow through, we can relax a bit. This is not something we will fix individually. Joining XR is part of me doing my bit. I am hopeful we can sort this out.”The meeting closed with a quote from broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough who has said, “I feel an obligation; the only way we can get up in the morning is believe that, actually, we can do something about it. And I suppose we can”Climate activist group launches in Donegal with rebellious intentions was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:climateExtinction Rebellion
LAS VEGAS — Antoine Roussel received a maximum fine for biting Marc-Edouard Vlasic Friday night. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer isn’t sure whether the punishment matches the severity of the crime.The NHL Department of Player Safety slapped the Vancouver Canucks agitator with a $5,000 fine Saturday, the maximum allowable under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, for his bite on Vlasic in the final minute of the Sharks 4-0 win at SAP Center Friday. DeBoer …
For the past 10 years, Geocaching HQ has been home to a geocaching legend. His name is Jon Stanley and he’s a member of the data team. But he’s better known as Moun10Bike in the geocaching world. As one of the world’s first-ever geocachers, Moun10Bike earned his geocaching fame by creating the first of what we now know as geocoins.Moun10Bike has cached in nearly 20 countries and has some impressive stats to go along with his 19 years of geocaching. But we may have given him his hardest challenge yet: choose your top 10 most memorable (active) geocache finds. Without further ado, I give you Moun10Bike’s top 10 (in no particular order):1 – Above the Clouds, Washington, USA (GCB67)A fabulous climb up Washington’s most famous volcano: Mount St. Helens! The Cologne Cathedral – A Geological Point of View, Cologne, Germany (GCZ8H7)A visit to one of the most spectacular buildings in the world, the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Cool Place, Oregon, USA (GCGG27)I had wanted to visit this secretive location since reading a newspaper article about it in the ’90s, and it did not disappoint when I finally got there! 4 – Amsterdam Urban 2 – Under the bridge (GC921)Amsterdam, The Netherlands: A fantastic urban cache that consists of renting a canal bike and paddling out into the canals of Amsterdam. Awesome!5 – Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, USA (GCH0QX)A grand Multi-Virtual that takes you to several outstanding locations in this beautiful piece of geologic history. Looking for more recommendations? Check out this List with five pages of amazing caches approved by Moun10Bike. Don’t forget, Premium members can copy a List to their own List Hub to add, edit, and personalize it!Share with your Friends:More 7 – Half Moon Cache, Washington, USA (GC1221)A long but memorable Multi-Cache with a fantastic final location that must be seen to be fully appreciated!8 – Hidden Basin Geocache, Washington, USA (GC8E22)An absolutely stunning hike into the North Cascades. After finding the cache, we continued on to the summit of Vesper Peak for extraordinary 360 degree views. Bonus caches: (because when you have over 20,000 finds, it’s tough to choose just 10!)Plains of Abraham, Washington, USA (GCGTYK)A phenomenal, other-worldly location in a moonscape created by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. This is a must-see location, and if you are a mountain biker, a ride that must be added to your bucket list! 10 – Love Grotto, Alberta, Canada (GC849)Walk up gorgeous narrow ravine in the Canadian Rockies to find this cache. A misty waterfall, sheer cliffs, and ancient petroglyphs await! 2 – Castello Baradello, Italy (GCWG86)A nice hike to a hilltop castle south of Como that offers incredible views of the city, Lake Como, the Alps, and beyond! 6 – Devils Tower National Monument II, Wyoming, USA (GC22DD)A nice hike around the base of this iconic landmark that I’ve wanted to see ever since I was a small child. 3 – Warthog Down, Arizona, USA (GCGC55)A challenging desert hike that involves fording the Virgin River and scrambling off-trail up through a canyon to the site of a 2001 crash of an A-10 Warthog. 9 – Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, New Mexico, USA (GC1TVB6)A mini blizzard hit us as we started our hike for this EarthCache, but it soon let up and we were treated to a gorgeous walk through a snow-dusted canyon filled with amazing rock formations. SharePrint RelatedFrom the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”The Father of the Geocoin: Moun10BikeMay 25, 2015In “Community”Een prof-geocacher deelt zijn top 10 cachesMarch 19, 2019In “Nederlands”
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips audrey watters Your startup can have developed the most amazing application ever, but if your customers can’t figure out how to use it, then it’s bound to be a flop. The startup IORAD hopes to address what it calls “the most painful part of deploying applications – user training” with a tool that makes creating a tutorial incredibly simple.One of the drawbacks of creating instructions for applications that you design yourself is that it’s easy to take for granted certain steps along the way. Arguably this is one of the downsides of creating a screencast, as you might fail to fully explain the process. As IORAD founder Sundeep Patel observes, oftentimes the lack of clarity and precision in these videos forces you to “pause, rewind, pause, rewind, so you can follow along with what they are doing.”IORAD – the “Instructional Appliance” – is a browser-based tool that takes a screenshot with every mouse and keyboard actions. Then, the IORAD editor rebuilds the mouse path, putting a highlight box where you clicked and placing a simple text caption for each step. You also have the option to make an interactive tutorial so that the user has to perform the correct action in order to proceed. The final product can be embedded on a website or can be saved as a Word Doc, a PowerPoint or a PDF.According to Patel, IORAD plans to add new features by the end of the year, including thirty party API integration with Flickr and pixlr.IORAD is still in beta and plans to implement the freemium model, with an ad-supported free version and a premium one that provides more customization. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix as Abueva returns “They really are driven. Remember that they came from Adamson. Before they found their way to Lyceum, they used to play for Adamson. So they really are motivated to play, and they really are enjoying themselves,” said Robinson.Jaycee poured six of his 19 points in the last five minutes, while also grabbing two boards and two steals in the Jawbreakers’ 83-76 victory over the Falcons, while Jayvee did a stupendous defensive job late and wound up with five markers, four steals, three dimes, and a board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut 20-year-old Jaycee clarified he wasn’t motivated to get one over Adamson, saying he still enjoys a healthy friendship with his former teammates like Papi Sarr, Sean Manganti, and Jonathan Espeleta.“Jayvee and I didn’t want to prove anything. We were the ones who decided to leave. There’s no bad blood with us. We’re close with all of our former teammates there,” the humble guard said in Filipino. MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson knew that something was up with twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino in the game against Akari-Adamson on Tuesday.With the twins facing their old school, the youthful mentor wasn’t surprised with how motivated the Jaycee and Javee were in their clash in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Marcelino said that his lone goal for the game was to play at his best as always to help Zark’s-Lyceum rack its third straight win, rising up to 3-1 in the standings.The stellar game coming at the expense of the Falcons, he said, was just a by-product.“I didn’t expect that I’ll play this well and it happened against Adamson. We’re just lucky,” he said. “Maybe after we lost our first game, we all wanted to work hard in our practice, do extra work so that our games will no longer end up in losses.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:36Albayalde liable for graft over 2013 Pampanga drug ops — Gordon01:14Albayalde says no hand in 2013 Pampanga buy-bust01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—John Vic De Guzman has some unfinished business in the international stage, but this time he’ll have a former teammate by his side once again.After failing to advance to the knockout stages in 2017, De Guzman is eager to go to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a renewed sense of confidence especially with Marck Espejo on the team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ De Guzman was filled with joy that he will once again team up with his teammates from 2015 especially with Espejo who’s played as an import with Oita Miyoshi Wiesse Ader in Japan’s V.League.“I’m really happy and proud that one of my teammates from the 2015 SEA Games is back and he was even an import in Japan,” said De Guzman of Espejo. “It just means that this team will fight.”“The one thing that Espejo and I talked about is that we’ll get back at our opponents the moment we become teammates again. Before he went to Japan that was what we talked about.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Phoenix outlasts San Miguel, gets twice-to-beat bonus Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event De Guzman captained the 2017 team in Malaysia but the best they could do was win one set against Indonesia.“I’m excited for this year’s SEA Games because the lineup is different,” said De Guzman, the NCAA’s MVP and Best Opposite Spiker in Season 92 for College of St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsComing into De Guzman’s team is the duo of Espejo and Ish Polvorosa, who dominated the UAAP during their five years in Ateneo.Together the pair won three straight titles with Espejo winning five MVPs and Polvorosa taking five Best Setter plums. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard hails Kepa formby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard kept his first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.”After the clean sheet on Saturday, the person I was happiest for was Kepa,” said Lampard.”Even though it’s a team issue, goalkeepers pride themselves on clean sheets. One of the things I have seen since working with Kepa is that he is a very determined individual, he wants to improve every day. He is very focused and I love that.”His confidence shouldn’t go down. The clean sheets are not always his own responsibility, but also when he thinks they might have been his responsibility, he is very open to accept that fact and work to improve.”I have been really impressed with him. He’s managed to become Spain’s number one which when you think about who he’s competing with at that level is very serious.He is a great age for us in terms of where he’s at in his career. He grew as last season went on to help Chelsea win games, and I think he is growing again now.”I am very happy with him as a player. If anything I can say in his role and his status within the group, he can become a bit more vocal because that’s what great goalkeepers do.”
BAGHDAD – Iraq says it will start receiving bids next June for projects to develop nine oil and gas fields in an attempt by the war-ravaged nation to boost energy revenues.Abdul-Mahdi al-Ameedi, who heads the Oil Ministry’s Licensing and Petroleum Contracts Department, said on Monday that detailed energy information on the nine areas in question will be disclosed at the end of this month.Al-Ameedi says companies that bid on the projects will for the first time be able to take part in the drawing up of the contract, as an incentive for the bidders.He says five of the nine fields or blocs as they are called are shared with Iran, three with Kuwait and one is located in the Persian Gulf.Iraq has the world’s fourth largest oil reserves.
VANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. says its adjusted profit attributable to shareholders rose to $653 million in the second quarter, ahead of analyst estimates.The adjusted earnings amounted to $1.12 per share on a diluted basis, up from $580 million or 99 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Analysts had estimated $1.07 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue was also above estimates at $3.02 billion, up from $2.8 billion. as Teck benefitted from higher prices for steelmaking coal, copper and zinc.Before adjustments, Teck’s net income attributable to shareholders was $634 million or $1.10 per share, up from $2.83 billion or $1 per share.Despite the strong prices for its principle products through most of the quarter ended June 30, Teck warned that commodity prices had weakened significantly in the following weeks due to market uncertainty.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK)