New Diamond/Grove Primary sweeper/cleaners not paid for 3 months

first_img…no increase for Zeeburg Secondary sweeper/cleanersAfter the matter was brought to his attention by Guyana Times, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) head, Patrick Yarde said he will be investigating two cases of non-payment and failed salary increases of sweeper/cleaners as was promised by the Government earlier this year.It is being reported that sweeper/cleaners attached to the New Diamond Grove Primary School, East Bank Demerara (EBD) have not received their salaries since August 2018.The report which was made by the school’s head teacher, Wendy Chichester, revealed that the workers have been reporting for duty at the school from 08:00h to 16:00h, five days a week.According to her, the “dedicated workers” who go “beyond their call of duty” havePatrick Yardebeen told that no payments were available for them.In a post via Facebook, Chichester indicated that the workers are currently living off funds gathered for them by the school, through mini fundraising activities.“Now these cleaners are human beings, mothers, grandmothers playing the role of mothers; women who have heavy loads on their backs. As a school, we have tried by lending them whatever we can afford and even doing two mini fundraising activities to assist these unfortunate souls. As an individual, I have given them what little I can afford and even parents have tried in their own little ways. Now what are these cleaners expected to do for survival?” Chichester questioned.Further, the head teacher questioned the reason for the late payments, condemning the blatant disregard of the human rights of the workers.“Every morning at school I listen to their cries in sincere empathy for these women who have been performing duties that most, if not all of us, won’t want to do for a single day. Now whatever is the problem with their salaries, I do not know, for all we have been told is, it’s not ready as yet. Maybe you can call back next week… That’s all we heard from September to now… Does anyone who is earning six-figure salaries have any clue as to what these cleaners are suffering? I think this is a blatant disregard for their human rights and a violation of workers’ rights. By now those in authority should have had an alternative or emergency plan to address this issue, for our cleaners are extremely valuable to us and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” Chichester chastised.Guyana Times also received reports which indicated that sweepers/cleaners attached to the Zeeburg Secondary School, West Coast Demerara and who signed contracts earlier this year after the Education Ministry had granted them a salary increase, have not been paid said increases.This newspaper was informed that the cleaners, following the signing of those contracts, are now required to work from 07:30h to 16:00h daily as opposed to previously working four hours per day.They have all commenced working but to date, they are still awaiting the increase promised. The workers are decrying the merciless actions of the Government and are calling for answers.When contacted, Yarde said that GPSU continues to be upset with the treatment of sweeper/cleaners across Guyana. The GPSU head stated that an officer would be immediately sent out to the schools to investigate the reports.“This is a vulnerable group, they require sensitivity, why is it taking the Government so long to have this matter resolved? We will not give up the fight for these workers,” Yarde said.The GPSU President assured that a report would be given on Friday regarding the issue.Attempts to make contact with the Labour Department and the Education Ministry for a comment on the issue proved futile. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

60 Guyanese to benefit from Fijian aquaculture advancement training

first_imgThe Commerce Ministry of the People’s Republic of China and the Fujian Institute of Oceanography, in collaboration with the Agriculture Ministry, on Wednesday started a 14-day training course for Guyanese with the main aim of improving their capacity in the aquaculture sector using technological advancements.Participants of the workshop during the opening ceremonyThe 60 stakeholders from private and public organisations will be trained by specialists in scientific research and modernised mechanisms to improve this sector. Over the past decades, China has been a leader in this sector and its expertise is one that can be shared with other countries.It has managed to utilise common resources to develop state-the-art marine systems that can be beneficial and advantageous.Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Chen Xilai noted that the interest shown for the training was evident from the number of persons attending and the remote areas from which some hailed.“There are about 60 attendees from seven regions which has clearly demonstrated your interest in this training course, provided by the Chinese Government and supervised by the Fujian Institute of Oceanography,” said the Embassy official.Incoming Director of National Cooperation, Ambassador Forbes July used his platform to ensure the two countries’ relationship with each other despite being miles apart. Adding to that, Guyana is capable of making its way into the sustainable aquaculture environment.“Here in Guyana, there are possibilities for development of the subsector with the emergence of very viable economic production to supply both local market and beyond, as well as create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods,” said July.Meanwhile, Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd emphasised that Guyana could thrive in this sector, judging from the favourable conditions present. However, the challenges lie mainly with the exploitation of marine resources and climate change.Nedd stated, “The promotion of aquaculture in Guyana is of great priority and we are blessed with land, fresh water and reasonable favourable conditions to be able to make aquaculture production a significant part of our economic harness.“There are many challenges, challenges such as over-exploitation, illegal and unreported fishing practices, unregulated fishing practices and more recently, climate change. These challenges would have placed significant and tremendous stress on our marine [life],” she added.Owing to these factors, resources are decreasing and this workshop is timely in aiming to broaden this sector.“Our resources in this regard are dwindling at an alarming rate. One measure in addressing this particular issue has been diversifying aquaculture,” Nedd posited.Last year, a similar training programme was facilitated, and the response generated called for provision to host the workshop once again. Over the next two weeks, theoretical discussions will be done along with practical sessions to better understanding of what is necessary.last_img read more

School District 60 finances in accordance with Provincial Guidelines: Audit

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District’s finances for the year ending June 30th, 2016, are in accordance with the Provincial standards that are set out by the province, according to the audit recently done on the board.KPMG, which is a external auditing company, conducted the audit of School District 60’s expenses.The districts total financial assets totalled $17,335,826.00 compared to $11,251,780.00 in 2015. The district also had a total of $70,930,656.00 in Non-financial assets in 2016. In 2015, they had $65,940,843.00.- Advertisement -Revenue saw $68,476,732 come in. The district had originally budgeted for $64,526,926.00. In 2015, revenue was at $69,886,777.00. So there was a slight drop this year from last.Expenses saw a little bit of a spike in 2016. There was $66,583,323.00 in expenses. In 2015, there was $62,493,121.00.Cash and cash equivalents saw a rise from $9,913,301.00 in 2015. In 2016, that number is $15,993,365.00.Advertisement There were $144,000.00 in Prepaid expenses for the year compared to $197,000.00 in 2015.Overall, School District 60 said there were no major surprises when it came to the budget, or any major questions.last_img read more

Schweinsteiger to United is ON and £100k-a-week for Arsenal ace? Latest transfer rumours

first_imgThis is what the biggest rumours on Sunday are…Manchester City will make a third bid for Liverpool’s 20-year-old England forward Raheem Sterling. Their last offer of £40m was rejected but the Premier League runners-up look like returning with a bid close to the Anfield club’s £50m asking price. (Sunday Express) Arsenal will fend off interest from Manchester City in Jack Wilshere by offering the England midfielder, 23, a new five-year, £100,000-a-week contract. (Sunday Mirror) Wilshere is said to be undecided over his future and concerned about how many matches he will play for the Gunners next season. (Star on Sunday) The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied the Bosnia striker has contacted Chelsea about a move to Stamford Bridge and says the 29-year-old will most likely stay at the Etihad. (ESPN) Liverpool want to sign Juventus’ Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 30, or Sevilla’s Colombia forward Carlos Bacca, 28, after refusing to meet Aston Villa’s £32.5m asking price for Belgium frontman Christian Benteke. (Sunday Telegraph) Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto, 22, is to return to Anfield early after his two-year loan spell was cut short by La Liga side Malaga. (Liverpool Echo) Turkish side Besiktas want Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. The 24-year-old Italy international scored just one league goal for the Reds last season. (Eurosport) Manchester United are closing in on a £7.5m deal for Bayern Munich’s Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31. (Sunday Mirror) However, United are less likely to also sign Bayern’s £20m-rated defender Jerome Boateng, 26, because the Germany international’s girlfriend is reluctant to move to Manchester. (Star on Sunday) Red Devils target Mario Mandzukic, 29, has agreed a deal with Serie A champions Juventus. It means the Croatia striker will have signed for beaten Champions League finalists for a third time after joining Bayern Munich in 2012 and Atletico Madrid in 2014. (Sun on Sunday)United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, has told his team-mates he wants to leave the club and join La Liga runners-up Real Madrid. The Spain international is yet to agree an extension to his current deal, which has one year left. (Mail on Sunday) Premier League champions Chelsea are in talks to sign Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 27, who was on loan at West Ham last season. Barcelona value the former Arsenal man at £5m. (Sunday Telegraph) Manchester City are also interested in signing Song, who has two years left on his contract with the Spanish champions. (Sky Sports) Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering a bid for Everton’s 21-year-old England defender John Stones. (Sunday Express) Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Demeble, 27, is also on Mourinho’s list of summer transfer targets. (Sun on Sunday) Meanwhile, Spurs are favourites to sign Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid ahead of Southampton, where the 26-year-old spent last season on loan. (Sunday Times) Everton are interested in Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, with the future of their current number one – 36-year-old USA international Tim Howard – in doubt. (Independent) Swansea have had an £11m bid for striker Troy Deeney, 26, rejected by newly promoted Premier League side Watford. (Sunday Mirror) Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 28, will reject a move to Premier League side Aston Villa to stay with the Championship club. (Star on Sunday) Paris-St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 22, wants to leave the French champions and will “run through the exit” if Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona come in for him. (Marca) Newcastle United will delay a £15m move for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, while they try to find out if the player wants to stay in London. (Mail on Sunday) West Ham United have made a £14m bid for Marseille’s 28-year-old France winger Dimitri Payet. (Sunday Telegraph) And here are the latest transfer tales…Cedric Soares’ arrival at Southampton does not mean Nathaniel Clyne will leave, says Le TissierSterling WILL leave, Firmino interest but Liverpool will NOT move for KovacicChelsea fans not happy with Alderweireld swap rumourArsenal latest: £28.5m bid for Portugal midfielder and Chelsea man nears Emirates switchPogba will join Real Madrid for at least £80m, talkSPORT told Football transfer rumours 1last_img read more

Sen. Ridley-Thomas plans to run for LA County Board of Supervisors seat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Finishing up his fifth year in the Legislature, Ridley-Thomas previously served 12 years on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th Council District. Parks, the former police chief who replaced Ridley-Thomas as the 8th District councilman, referred calls seeking comment to John Shallman, his political adviser. Shallman called Ridley-Thomas a “career politician,” while saying Parks had spent most of his career in law enforcement “on the front lines, making the city safer,” The Times reported. Kerman Maddox, a political consultant who has worked for Parks in the past but is not representing either candidate this time, told The Times: “It’s going to be one heck of a race. “You have two leading African-American politicians. It’s going to divide neighborhoods. It’s going to divide communities. It’s going to divide church congregations. it’s going to be hard-fought, and it’s going to be personal.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, plans to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, and will face City Councilman Bernard Parks, it was reported today. “I have a very strong work ethic and great familiarity with the needs of the residents of the 2nd District, where I was born and raised,” Ridley- Thomas told the Los Angeles Times. Ridley-Thomas, 52, of Leimert Park, filed papers of intention to run that allow him to begin raising funds, The Times reported. The county’s 2nd District seat is occupied by Yvonne B. Burke, who is not seeking reelection in the June 8 election. last_img read more


first_imgKenny: Must intervene, says MEPPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has called on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to intervene on the issue of the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy.This will see the introduction of a discriminatory tax by the British government on Irish hauliers using Northern Irish roads from the 1st of April.Mr. Gallagher specifically has urged the Taoiseach “to convene an emergency meeting of the North South Ministerial Council in order for Northern Ireland to be exempted from the HGV Road User Levy”. Pat the Cope stated “The North South Ministerial Council was established following the Good Friday Agreement, to develop cooperation within the island of Ireland on economic matters including transport. It is vitally important that the Government uses this body which was established to resolve issues such as this. Furthermore, I believe that the UK authorities must take into consideration the funding being provided by the Irish taxpayer for road developments in Northern Ireland, as part of the Good Friday Peace agreement.”Pat the Cope concluded that “an emergency meeting is required as this discriminatory and penal tax will be in place in ten days time. The proposed tax could cost hauliers travelling from Donegal to Dublin as much as €30/40 per trip. The charge of €10 per crossing is based on a 24 hour rate commencing at midnight, therefore, the cost is double if a vehicle leaves Donegal on one evening and returns after midnight on the next day. I am extremely fearful that companies right along the border may relocate to Northern Ireland with serious implications for jobs.” TAOISEACH MUST STOP BRITISH FROM CHARGING DONEGAL HGV DRIVERS – MEP was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalHGV chargeIrish GovernmentPat The Cope GallagherUKlast_img read more

BIG TRANSFER NEWS! Manchester City set to complete world record goalkeeper deal

first_img1 Ederson in action for Benfica Manchester City are on the verge of making Benfica goalkeeper Ederson their second summer signing.The Premier League have agreed a fee of around £35million with the Portuguese club for the 23-year-old.The deal will make the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time, beating the £32.6m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.Ederson is due to arrive in Manchester on Monday to finalise a move to the Etihad.He played for Benfica in Sunday’s 2-1 cup final victory over Vitoria de Guimaraes and admitted to reporters after the match he had “probably” made his last appearance for the club.City are expected to make a host of big signings this summer after Pep Guardiola ended his first season in charge without any silverware.Portuguese playmaker Bernado Silva has already arrived from Monaco in a £45million deal.City are also understood to be chasing another Monaco star –  Benjamin Mendy – and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.last_img read more

‘Complete player’ Barkley can be one of the best in Europe, says Sarri

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 “He is a complete player,” Sarri said.“He is fast. Technically he’s very good. He’s improving in moving the ball, mentally quicker. And he’s improving tactically.“I think he’s on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only in England.” gameday cracker TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Barkley has been given plenty of game time under Sarri Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has praised midfielder Ross Barkley ahead of their clash against his former side Everton.The Italian admitted the ex-Toffee was ‘in trouble’ in the summer but has gone on to prove he has the ability to be one of the best in his position, not only in England but Europe too. Most Popular Premier League Stories predicted “I don’t think it (the reception) will be the best,” he said in the London Evening Standard.“I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and team-mates – I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me.“On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with.” 3 tense getty The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed whoops Sarri’s first impressions were not quite so glowing. Barkley arrived at Chelsea carrying a hamstring injury and played just four times under Antonio Conte, who Sarri succeeded in July.“At the beginning he was in trouble,” the 59-year-old former Napoli boss said.“In the first month he was in trouble. Then he started to improve in every training, in every match.”Barkley may be facing his boyhood club, but Sarri likes to take the emotion out of such occasions – and the Former Everton man may not start. SORRY Chelsea midfield star Ross Barkley in action. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update changes Sarri added: “In every match I have a player who is an ex. I want to choose for another way, not for this kind of thinking.”Barkley did not play for Everton in the last seven months of his spell due to a hamstring problem and moved in a cut-price £15million deal, with his contract winding down.Barkley anticipates facing some hostility from Everton’s visiting supporters, after moving on following 13 years at Goodison Park. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 3 Barkley’s England career is back on track Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest last_img read more

Hahn admits he’s a little jealous of Villaraigosa’s press

first_img But last week, Villaraigosa was admonished by gadfly John Walsh, who noted a delay. In a couple of months, Walsh predicted, the Villaraigosa-run board would be just as late as the previous panel. Villaraigosa took exception to the criticism, saying he had been doing better than his predecessors and the delay was inconsequential. “It was only four minutes,” the mayor said. One of the classic films about Los Angeles, “Chinatown,” is about to become an educational tool. The union representing some 10,000 city workers, Service Employees International Union Local 347, is putting together a forum Oct. 20 at its headquarters to open a discussion about the city’s history and future. The one thing that union business manager Julie Butcher promises is that there will be no sheep brought in to protest the city’s taking of water from Northern California. Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, provided a firsthand account of her fact-finding trip to Iraq last week, using a Washington-based blog to report on what she saw and her views on the country and its prospects. Harman is blogging for, an online community of political commentators and bloggers. The initials stand for “Talking Points Memo.” Congressional aides said she was approached by the bloggers and agreed to provide her assessment. “It is her unfiltered view of her experiences,” spokesman Tom Reynolds said. In her final dispatch, Harman detailed the exhaustive security she had to go through and warned that much still needs to be done – and quickly. “I calculate three months – culminating with the Dec. 15 election – to persuade the American public that real progress is being made and there is a success strategy in sight,” Harman wrote. “Katrina’s huge price tag and ballooning gas prices have caused sticker shock. We cannot afford an endless engagement in Iraq. But money is just part of it. The daily body count of Americans and Iraqis weighs heavily. “What’s needed is a straightforward message about tangible progress in Iraq. Hollow slogans like, ‘We will stand down when they stand up’ are simplistic and don’t cut it.” Staff Writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this column. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Take all the hoopla over Villaraigosa being called for jury duty. “I guess I should have put out a press release every time I was called for jury duty,” Hahn said. “I think I got called every other year.” The only thing that bothered him about that, he said, is that he could never get selected to serve on a panel. Talk about raising the bar. In his role as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, Villaraigosa has proven a stickler for forcing the notoriously tardy board to start its meetings on time. He’s tanned, rested and ready to let everyone know he has no immediate interest in returning to politics. Former Mayor James Hahn, who was defeated in his bid for a second term this year, showed up last week at Pete’s Cafe, a popular City Hall hangout, for a reunion with about a half-dozen of his one-time aides. Hahn, who still has city security guards provided for him at the insistence of Police Chief Bill Bratton, said he is enjoying private life and has no intention of ever running for politics again. But he admitted he remains in touch with City Hall gossip – after all, his sister, Janice, is on the City Council – and, perhaps, is a tad jealous of all the favorable attention being given Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. last_img read more

After toying with him on the field, 49ers trash Baker Mayfield in postgame comments

first_imgWe know what you’re thinking, Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Browns Fan. Christmas is right around the corner and you’re stuck for a stocking stuffer for Baker Mayfield.Gotcha covered:How to Win Friends and Influence People— Comparebucks (@comparebucks) September 29, 2019 If he didn’t need the Dale Carnegie page-turner before messing the bed against the 49ers on Monday night, he could sure use it now. In fact, why wait for …last_img read more