Independent human resources audit

first_imgDear Editor,Now that a conversation has begun regarding the need for affirmative action to be undertaken at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I believe that a careful look should also be taken at the Georgetown municipality to see whether there is employment equity there.Just a casual look at that entity such as in the City Constabulary, Town Clerk’s, City Treasurer’s, City Engineer’s, Markets, Human Resource, Solid Waste and Public Health Departments indicates an urgent need for the bridging of inequalities in employment and pay and in addressing apparent past wrongs, harm and hindrances.A good idea would be for the City Council to carry out an independent human resources audit to ascertain whether there was any bias with regard to race, creed or colour in the process of hiring. This audit should check to see whether there is any nepotism, favouritism, or cronyism in the hiring process; to see what is the justification in elevating of some persons on the salary scale, and it should review the application process to determine whether the best candidates were selected from those who applied.The City Council collects property rates from citizens of every class, colour, and religion, why then doesn’t employment spread reflect the same diversity? The laws of Guyana are clear on protecting citizens from all forms of discrimination as fundamental human rights. Our labour laws, in particular, the Prevention of Discrimination Act, Chapter 99:09 (No 26 of 1997), provides for the elimination of discrimination in employment, training, recruitment, and membership of professional bodies.There should also be an examination of the various contracts that are given out by the Council, not just for financial probity but to see whether any persons or groups are marginalised.Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something or to be doing something, you might as well be it or be doing it, because that’s the truth in people’s minds.Best regards,Deodarie Putulalllast_img read more

After Santa Fe School Shooting Texas Launches Mobile App To Help People

first_imgJohn Jordan/The Texas TribuneA new mobile app launched after Santa Fe High School shooting last month will allow Texans to report on suspicious activity happening in their own communities and schools. The iWatchTexas app, introduced this week, will help Texans report potential crimes, terrorism or threats to school safety, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, who directed the Department of Public Safety to develop the app. “Our law enforcement officers often rely on vigilant Texans to help keep communities safe, and this new tool will give everyone the ability to quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future tragedies,” Abbott said in a news release Friday announcing the app.The app can now be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Plans were already underway for the app before the shooting three weeks ago at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured. Afterward, Abbott introduced a school safety plan that called for expanding the app’s use “to enable and encourage parents, students and teachers to easily report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school employees, and schools.”The plan also called for more school protections and mental health screenings. In addition, Abbott asked lawmakers to consider “red-flag laws,” which allows judges to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they’re considered an imminent threat. Reporting a threat on the app can take fewer than five minutes, and reports are reviewed by law enforcement analysts after they’re submitted, according to the Department of Public Safety. Officials suggest citizens may report suspicious activity like strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures, unusual chemical smells or vehicles left in no-parking zones at important buildings.“Amid the growing threats to public safety by malicious actors, we want to remind the public that they can be law enforcement’s greatest resource to combat those intent on harming others, including innocent schoolchildren and administrators,” said Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety. Officials noted that all reports are confidential, but the app is not meant to be used to report emergencies — those seeking immediate help should call 911.  Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Confetti Live Trivia Show Lines Up Digital Stars for Creator Week

first_imgFacebook has caught the interactive trivia game-show bug with “Confetti,” which doles out real cash prizes to the winners of the game each weekday — and this week, it has lined up its biggest prize-pool payout ever along with a roster of guest creators to co-host the show.Facebook’s pop-culture trivia game was launched in June with media company Insider. It’s patterned on HQ Trivia, the popular live game show app that has spawned dozens of imitators since launching a year ago. For Facebook, the live, interactive show on its Watch video platform is designed to drive users — and their friends — to engage in repeat visits.This week, “Confetti by Insider” is hosting a special “Creator Week” event with digital stars Gigi Gorgeous (Oct. 1); Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor (Oct. 2); LalaSizahands, aka Lala Milan (Oct. 3); gamer StoneMountain64, aka David Steinberg (Oct. 4); and comedian-actress Laura Clery (Oct. 5). By enlisting the digital creators, Facebook is hoping to draw on their large fanbases in hopes that they’ll become regular “Confetti” players. The total prize money is $12,500 for each game Monday-Thursday; Friday’s prize is $50,000 — for a total of $100,000 this week. Since launching in June, “Confetti by Insider” has distributed nearly $500,000 in cash to winners.The digital stars will co-host “Confetti” this week with regular host J.D. Witherspoon. They’ll be asking questions, offering hints and interacting with special guests on the show’s main stage. In addition, the trivia game will include special questions highlighting the guests.The “Confetti” live trivia game streams live weekdays (Monday-Friday) at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. Currently, the show has 120,000 followers on its Facebook Watch page (facebook.com/confetti). “Confetti” is produced by Thumb Candy Media, the digital studio division of B-17 Entertainment; Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher serve as executive producers alongside Craig Brooks.Facebook encourages users to invite their friends to play “Confetti” along and see their answers in real time. Players who answer all questions correctly are eligible to split the cash prize.To play a live game, users must open the Facebook app for iOS or Android. At the “Confetti” show’s page, tap to join the live broadcast, then tap “Play Now.” To invite friends, users can tap “Share” in the bottom left, then search for friends and tap “Invite” next to their name.Another Facebook game show is “What’s in The Box” by Fresno, in which viewers can win cash prizes for correctly guessing the contents of a closed box.Pictured above (l. to r.): Gigi Gorgeous, King Bach, Laura Clery Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more