Teachers receive partial increases to salaries

first_img…as GTU submits proposal for 25% increasesThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) recently stated that teachers were only paid part of their debunching monies in December and as such, called on the relevant authorities to address the issue.This was confirmed by President of the GTU, Mark Lyte during an interview on Thursday.The President informed that teachers received a payment in December 2018, which was the eight per cent on the old 2017 salary. Another interim payment, he said, was made for 2016 and 2017 at one time which was 10 and eight per cent and then an eight and a six per cent.Lyte explained, “Ten and eight (per cent) for 2016 and eight and six (per cent) forGTU President, Mark Lyte2017, so now with the new arrangement that we had, in terms of the increase, we agreed that 2016 would get a 12 per cent and a 10 per cent so it means that those persons who had already received an interim would get two per cent more. As a result of that two per cent it means that 2016 two per cent would trigger an increase of two per cent for 2017 and also another two per cent for 2018, so that amount was to be paid in January”.Although that payout was expected, teachers were surprised when they checked their accounts to find that those amounts were not added.“When we received the increase in January it was not correctly calculated,” the GTU head said. As a result of the red flag, he noted that the Union has already engaged the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, who is reportedly in the process of setting up a meeting with the Finance Ministry to have those issued thrashed out.It was only on October 24, 2018, that the GTU signed an agreement with the Education Ministry to accept a 12 per cent increase in salaries for 2016 and an eight per cent increase for 2018.According to the agreement seen by Guyana Times for the year 2016, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will benefit from a 12 per cent increase while teachers who earn $100,000 and over monthly will gain an eight per cent increase.For the year 2017, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will get an eight per cent increase and those who earn above this amount will receive a six per cent increase.Meanwhile, for 2018, there will be an across the board eight per cent increase for all teachers.25% increase in salariesThe teachers’ Union has not been wasting a moment of time and has, in fact, already submitted a salary proposal of a 25 per cent increase for public school teachers for 2019.Lyte said that in this new proposal, the Union requested that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning supplies. “We believe that like in some regions where schools are given a grant to purchase what they need, other schools can have that as well,” he said.In addition to this, the President of the Union disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for special needs schools was highlighted.Lyte explained that, “Class size was agreed on in the last agreement that will see a reduction in class size so we want that to be maintained and in addition to that I don’t think that we spent enough time talking about the special needs school and how those class sizes should be different so we are stressing special needs school in terms of its class size”.Meanwhile, in relation to other schools, he said he is cognisant of the fact that some schools are overpopulated so they are bearing with the Ministry to have that sorted out.last_img read more

SDA Pathfinders celebrate 65 years in Guyana

first_imgThousands of Seventh-day Adventist members from across the country, over the weekend, gathered at the National Park, Georgetown, to celebrate 65 years of Pathfindering in Guyana.Members of the Seventh-day Adventist church gathered at the National Park over the weekendThe event coincided with Global Pathfinder Day, celebrated among Adventists worldwide. Some 3000 Master Guides, Pathfinders and Adventurers were invested in their respective classes as they completed their programmes.The Investiture Programme, according to the Youth Director of the Guyana Conference, Pastor Marvin Smith, was to “reflect on how far and how large the church has come from and grown over the past 65 years, and to celebrate the work and achievements of Adventist Youths across the Local Conference”. He also reiterated that the Pathfinder Club has been and continues to make a significant contribution in the Guyanese society as it relates to mission, service and community development.The theme of the celebration “created with purpose” was emphasised by the speaker, President of the Guyana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Exton Clarke, at Saturday’s gathering. “Purpose determines how we live in society; how we respond to needs; how we respond to challenges and what influences our actions and activities. We are of the conviction that our young people, as long as they are connected with God, he plants that purpose in their lives and the Pathfinder programme helps to inspire young people to realise that purpose.”The celebration continued on Sunday with a grand parade which started at the Jubilee Square and ended at the National Park where Master Guides, Pathfinders and Adventurers displayed their para-military training through the streets of Georgetown. At the National Park, the programme included a drill display, a fair and other events that showcased the works of the various clubs within the organisation.“The Adventist church in 2017 celebrated 130 years of Adventism in Guyana, and the Youth Department, an arm of the church, features activities to meet the needs of youth within the churches and society at large. The club is filled with action, adventure, challenge, group activities and provides opportunities for the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, team spirit and a sense of loyalty and respect for God”, stated the Deputy Youth Director, Lennox Jason.last_img read more

12 dogs, cats in county sickened in scare

first_imgLos Angeles County public health officials said Wednesday that at least 12 dogs and cats in the county have suffered kidney failure after eating tainted pet food. At least five of the animals have died and health officials said they also are investigating an additional eight cases in the county and expect the number to increase. Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding advised people to stop feeding their pets any products made by Menu Foods and to contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet becomes sick after eating pet food. Fielding said the county’s Environmental Health Division surveyed 219 area pet stores and found most of the affected foods had been removed from store shelves. Surveys of supermarkets also found the product had been removed, he said. Pet owners can log on to www.menufoods.com/recall or call (866) 985-2708 for a complete list of dog and cat food that is affected. No dry food is at risk. Pet owners can report a suspected case by filling out a report at www.lapublichealth.org/vet/disintro.htm, or by calling (562) 401-7088. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985last_img read more

United effort launches NoHo cleanup project

first_imgAfter years of failed attempts, North Hollywood business owners opened the doors of a Business Improvement District office Monday, marking the official launch of a community-based cleanup effort in the burgeoning commercial area. The district, which stretches for 40 blocks in and around the commercial area of the NoHo arts district, was approved by 168 property owners in April and will provide the area with additional services like street cleaning and security in an effort to boost the area’s revitalization. The three-year project is funded through tax assessments from local property owners, and the project will receive an additional $500,000 a year from the MTA Proposition C fund – established to compensate business owners impacted by the construction of the Red Line. Bob Akhavan, a local property owner and president of the district’s board of directors, said efforts to launch a project of this size have previously failed in North Hollywood because developers were skeptical about the area’s revitalization. Programs like the “Clean Team” will handle sidewalk and alley maintenance, graffiti removal and even sidewalk pressure-washing six days a week. The “Safety Ambassador Program” will bring additional security to the area seven days a week to deal with vandalism, trespassing and illegal vending. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge thanked local business owners for banding together to improve their community. “NoHo is one of the first areas in the Valley to be developed and this is not its first transformation, it is like its third,” LaBonge said. “The bid will be able to ensure that this area is clean and graffiti-free. When someone sees a clean street, they say someone cares about this neighborhood.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com 818-713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Before, developments in the area were not as tangible for property owners,” Akhavan said. “But now property owners and developers recognize the need for a united effort.” Rena Leddy, executive director of the NoHo BID project, helped spearhead the project while she was vice president of Urban Place Consulting Group. Leddy said that convincing local business owners to approve the district wasn’t easy and required going door-to-door to explain the benefits. “This was a three-year process and when we started, there were some negative feelings. Property owners felt like no one cared about this area,” Leddy said. “But now they have said they are willing to pay for these additional services. People are excited about creating a force of change in their community.” last_img read more

POPULAR DONEGAL BAR/RESTAURANT SEEKING TO RECRUIT NEW TEAM MEMBERS

first_imgThe Traveller’s Inn, Milford is looking to expand its team and has a number of new positions available.The local bar and restaurant, who celebrated their 10th birthday last year, has an opening for a part and full time chef/cook as well as part time opportunities for bartenders and waiters. Centrally located in the town, The Traveller’s Inn offers locally sourced and fresh produce at exceptional value. The cosy venue is open seven days a week from 12 noon to 9.00pm and offers a host of homemade and fresh dishes to suit every type of eater.Owner of the Traveller’s Inn, Michael McBride says that customer satisfaction and use of local produce is core to the Milford business.“Over the last ten years, we’ve been perfecting our menu and we’re confident that we give our customers the very best that Donegal has to offer. Thankfully, the business has continuously grown over the last decade and it’s all down to our talented, customer-focused team. We’re looking for experienced cooks/chefs, bartenders and waiters to join the team and if you’re hard-working, motivated and willing to grow with us, then we’d love to hear from you.” The Traveller’s Inn recently launched a new special offer, ‘Start & Tart’, which runs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the summer season.Customers can opt to have a starter and a dessert for just €9.90. Perfect for those just looking for a lite bite during the summer days.

Appetizers vary depending on season but staples at The Traveller’s Inn include Atlantic prawn cocktail, wholesome homemade soup, deep fried brie, egg mayonnaise, breaded mushrooms and hot and spicy chicken wings with house sauce.The menu also features a range of delicious main courses including roast rib of tender Donegal beef, succulent stuffed turkey and Donegal ham and warm chicken salad. For fish lovers, there’s fresh catch of the day, sourced directly from Donegal harbours and served with a homemade tartar sauce. The Traveller’s Inn steak burger is a house favourite and classics such as spicy chicken curry and golden fried chicken goujons complete the menu.Candidates interested in applying for any of the roles should have experience working within a busy environment with relevant certification. CV’s can be sent to Michael McBride, The Traveller’s Inn, Main Street, Milford, Co. Donegal or emailed to info@thetravellersinn.com.Closing date for applications is Friday, 1stJuly 2016.  For special offers and up-to-date news, visit The Traveller’s Inn website and Facebook page.POPULAR DONEGAL BAR/RESTAURANT SEEKING TO RECRUIT NEW TEAM MEMBERS was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Milfordnew jobsPositionsTraveller’s Innlast_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL JUMPS ON THE ‘BAND’ WAGON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY

first_imgA young Donegal girl is doing her bit to raise funds for charity after she watched a TV programme highlighting the plight of kids with cancer.Aine with one of her pink ribbon loom bands.Áine O’Leary aged 10 from St Johnston is a 5th class student from St Baithin’s NS.Áine decided to make these ribbons from loom bands after she watched “Stand Up To Cancer” programme on television last week. She was touched by the stories she saw especially from the young people who are battling cancer.Her parents Seamus and Julie O’Leary supported her in her decision and are extremely proud of her.To date Áine has made and sold over 20 in her local village to date and she has received a few donations also. She is donating all money raised to the Donegal Hospice.The ribbons are €2 each. She has raised over €100 so far. She is making pink and yellow ribbons for this worthy cause. Aine’s story appears on the Donegal Hospice Facebook page where there is also a donate button. DONEGAL GIRL JUMPS ON THE ‘BAND’ WAGON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY was last modified: October 27th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AINE O’LEARYdonegal hospiceLOOM BANDSSt Johnstonlast_img read more

LARGE PROTEST EXPECTED AT MINISTER’S VISIT OVER SCHOOL TRANSPORT CHARGES

first_imgA large protest is expected outside Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh’s Letterkenny office this morning over plans to charge parents up to €200 per child for school buses.Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon is to meet with five deputations from across the county about the issue.And he can expect a red-hot reception from parents who say they simply cannot afford the new charge. Outraged parents from one school, Glenswilly National School, have arranged a silent and dignified protest outside the Lower Main Street offices at 10am.A spokesman for the group said they are hoping the protest will make other groups across the county and country sit up and take notice.“We can’t just sit by and allow this extra tax to be slapped on us and out children. It goes against the whole ethos of free education.“People are saying the Government has to find the money somewhere but school transport is not the place. There are a dozen quangos which could be closed down to save this money,” he said. The new proposals means that any child living within 3.2 kms of the school will have to pay €200 while those outside will have to pay €50.Principal of Glenswilly National School Liam McGowan has said he suspects this is the start of the end of free school transport.He said the foundation of Glenswilly School was made after the amalgamation of five other schools which were given a pledge of free school transport.However Junior Minister Cannon claimed parents have to come up with new ideas of cutting down on the costs of school transport such as car pooling.He said he has to deal with the realities of economic life and wants to hear from parents about ways of off-setting school budget cuts. The spokesman added that if the new proposals are pushed through, it could mean the end for country schools like Glenswilly.“Many parents may be left with no choice but to withdraw their children rather than to expose them to the risk of serious injury or death that permitting them to walk to and form school would entail in Glenswilly.“If numbers in our school drop we will then suffer the los of teachers and essential services and resources.“Remember, once our children’s rights are gone, they are gone,” he added. EndsLARGE PROTEST EXPECTED AT MINISTER’S VISIT OVER SCHOOL TRANSPORT CHARGES was last modified: July 12th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly National SchoolJunior MInister Ciaran Cannonprotestlast_img read more

Tonight’s college games

first_imgLa Verne vs. Redlands Site: Ted Runner Stadium Time: 7 p.m. Records: La Verne 3-1; Redlands 1-2 Outlook: It is the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for Redlands. The emergence of a productive running game in La Verne’s 38-22 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last week gives the Leopards another threat to go along with a passing attack (310.8 yards a game) that ranks as the best in the SCIAC. With Philip Craig experiencing an off game, the Leopards looked to Mike Anello and the 5-foot-8 running back came through with 151 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Both quarterback Brian Guerrero (12 touchdowns, two interceptions) and receiver Roger Logan were banged up in that win, with a high ankle sprain for Guerrero and a knee and ankle sprain for Logan. However, both are expected to play in what will be the Leopards’ biggest conference test yet. Redlands is coming off a bye week and used that to help heal a number of wounded players, the most notable being senior MLB Nick Steele (neck/shoulder), who sat out the win over Chapman two weeks ago. The exception is Alex Aldrich, Steele’s backup, who aggravated a previous knee injury and is out for the season. LT Brandon Root (shoulder/hand) is also out and will be replaced by freshman Jared Schwass. Coach Mike Maynard says his goal is to get 150 yards out of the running game and 250 out of the passing attack, but admits that will be a tall order against the Leopards. Senior QB Nick Brown directs the offense with RB Karl Mikolon the leading rusher. The Bulldogs also have two top-notch receivers in Alex Ballard and Charles Coleman, with Ballard a big-play threat on special teams. Antelope Valley vs. Victor Valley Site: Victor Valley College Time: 1 p.m. Records: Antelope Valley 0-5; Victor Valley 1-4 Outlook: The Marauders are a young team with 13 seniors on their 53-player roster. They have yet to break into the win column and have been close just once, losing to Glendale 21-17 in week No. 2. The team relies on the run with an attack led by freshmen Richard Watkines and Dominic Cornelius. Freshman John Taylor is the starter at quarterback, averaging 100 yards per game through the air. His favorite targets are Colt DeCasas and Milton Davis, both freshmen. The Marauders have two former San Bernardino County standouts on their roster freshman kicker Kenny Havro (Hesperia) and freshman tight end Dontae Malone (Eisenhower). Victor Valley has lost four straight games after opening its season with a win over Santa Monica. Two of those losses were by a touchdown or less, including a 27-20 loss to Desert last week. The strength of the team is its running game, led by freshman Erik Hardeman and sophomore Antoine Randolph. Both teams are 0-3 in conference play. San Bernardino Valley vs. San Diego Mesa Site: San Diego Mesa Time: 5 p.m. Records: San Bernardino Valley 2-2; San Diego Mesa 2-2 Outlook: Mesa leads the series 4-3. SBVC won on the field last year 24-21, but that win later had to be forfeited because of an ineligible player. The Wolverines, 1-1 in Foothill Conference play, are coming off a 20-17 loss to Grossmont in which the biggest problem was their failure to convert in the red zone. QB Ryan Rising will be looking to come back from a three-interception game last week. RBs Nathan Acrey (thigh bruise) and Kendrick Harris will both be back this week. Myron Moore and Tim Lewis did a solid job last week in their absence. LB Foaki Fifita led a defense that stopped Grossmont on fourth down three times last week. Coach Pat Meech also singled out the play of Wesley Montgomery and Mike McCoy in the secondary. Chris Rodarte (knee) was injured making a tackle on the opening kickoff last week and is likely out for the season. Mesa comes in with wins over Golden West and Antelope Valley and losses to Santa Ana and College of the Desert. Key offensive players are QB Jake Santos, RB Zac Jara and WRs Verlain Betofe and Philip Gyulai. Mesa boasts a potent passing game. It’s trouble spot has been defending the run. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Closes Regular Season Saturday at Valparaiso

first_imgDrake (22-7, 17-0 MVC) cruised past Loyola, 97-53, Thursday night at the Gentile Center after it erased a three-point second quarter deficit and went on an impressive 49-7 scoring run from the start of the second quarter to the first media timeout in the third period. The Bulldogs had five score in double figures led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who poured in a game-high 25 points, including 23 after the first quarter. The 25 points for Hittner are the most for the sophomore in a Valley game. Joining Hittner in double-digits was Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 17 points, Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) had 15 points, Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added 11 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) scored 10 points. Dean, Miller and Rhine helped the Bulldogs’ bench outscore the Ramblers’, 45-10. ESPN3 Story Links Live Audio Drake, which is already the only Valley team to go undefeated in regular season play after last year’s 18-0 run, is one win away from doing it for the second-straight season. The Bulldogs own the longest Gateway/MVC era regular season winning streak as Friday’s win in the Windy City is the 39th-straight MVC regular season win. Live Stats VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes the regular season at Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The contest with the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the ARC and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Valparaiso (12-16, 5-12 MVC) lost to UNI Friday night as the Crusaders fell behind 24-9 after one quarter and couldn’t recover in a 76-53 defeat. Drake and Valpo each started MVC play against each on Dec. 29, 2017 at the Knapp Center. Valparaiso joined the MVC in July, 2017 from the Horizon League. Saturday’s game is the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools as Drake holds a 3-0 advantage. The Crusaders are led in scoring by Cedar Rapids native and senior Dani Franklin, who averages 15.6 points per game. Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) made her second career start and finished with nine points. Greiner knocked down three three-pointers. The Bulldogs made 16 three-pointers as a team as four players made at least two and Dean tied her career-high with five. Drake made 37 field goals and tallied 31 assists as every player recorded at least one assist. Bachrodt handed out six while Greiner and Hittner each dished out five. As a team, Drake nabbed a season-high 18 steals. Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, March 8-11, at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. where they will start defense of their 2017 MVC Tournament title on March 9 at 12 p.m. versus the winner of the No. 8 and No. 9 play in game the night before. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Harps U19s aiming to reach FAI National League Final

first_imgThe Finn Harps U19 squad is completing preparations for their big FAI National League semi-final against UCD this Sunday in Ballybofey (kick-off 2.00). Joe Boyle’s boys produced a superb string of results to qualify from the Northern Section before creating a major upset by defeating the hotly fancied Cork City side in the quarter-finals of the competition.The winners on Sunday will have home advantage in the final so it’s a unique opportunity for Harps to achieve national success and it would be a major boost for underage soccer in the county if this talented group of players can make that dream happen. Boyle and Trevor Scanlon have put a huge amount of work into developing a panel capable of competing at the top level of U19 football in the country.Striker B.J. Banda is easily the most recognised name having scored that famous winning goal against Limerick F.C. last November at Finn Park for the senior side which secured promotion to the Premier Division.Recently Banda has been featuring regularly again in Ollie Horgan’s squad and started against St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday night, while Gareth Doherty was on the subs bench. Mark Coyle also made an appearance as a sub against Dundalk last month and keeper Tommy Lee McCarron was on the bench for the Bray Wanderers game last Friday night.Oisin Hassett featured a handful of times in Harps senior panels in the 2014 First Division season. Other players who would hope to be attracting the attention of Horgan and Paul Hegarty are Declan Sharkey and Simon McGlynn while younger players like Shane Blaney have also impressed during the current campaign. Paul Ferry, Ciaran Kelly, Liam Doherty and Nathan Clifford have been regulars at the back as has Daire O’Baoill who will miss Sunday’s semi-final due to the red card he received against Cork City. Midfielders Jeaic McKelvey, Luke Nelis, Alex Carolan and captain Keelan McDermott also form part of a strong Harps squad for Sunday. Coyle, McKevley, Nelis, Blaney and McGlynn are all available after missing the quarter-final last weekend in Bishopstown.O’Baoill is the only player definitely out for the semi-final but with a couple of the U19s in the Harps senior squad for tonight’s game against Cork City the manager will be hoping that no injuries are picked up. A big challenge this week for Boyle has been taking the players down from the ‘high’ of defeating a Cork U19 side that had a drawn against HJK Helsinki in Finland in the UEFA League. Any complacency will be capitalized by a very strong UCD side who finished second in the Southern Section of the National League.Harps U19s aiming to reach FAI National League Final was last modified: October 14th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more