GTU, MoE salary proposal negotiations stalled

first_imgNegotiations between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on a proposal to see teachers’ salary being increased by 25 per cent, among other demands, have been stalled to ensure that the Ministry fulfils its promises in the last agreement.This is according to President of the GTU, Mark Lyte. In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, he explained that this decision was made during a conference the GTU held in April from the 23 to 26.He was keen to note that this is the highest decision-making body for the Union and executives are required to follow these suggestions.“The position is that the conference which you know is a high decision-making body indicated that we shouldn’t proceed with the talks until we have all the outstanding matters addressed in the present agreement…we are putting our energies and time into ensuring that the few outstanding things are settled and after that we will go full speed ahead in terms of addressing the new proposal,” Lyte stated.He, nevertheless, assured that the Union and the Ministry have been engaging to ensure the outstanding matters are addressed.A few of those matters include debunching for teachers and non-payment of clothing allowance.In addition, the GTU Head said, “We are seeing some implementation of almost every other thing like the class size. We are having some issues with the Whitley Council and its interpretation but that is being addressed with the CEO [Chief Education Officer] presently, where some of the regions are not acting as they should in terms of allowing for the allowance to take effect, so we are addressing that”.Another issue had to do with the scaling of teachers but that too is being addressed presently, the executive pointed out.According to him, “The Ministry had to get information from each teacher to know which file they are in and at what stage of the scale they should be placed and that was completed so they are…some of the far-flung regions’ information was slow in coming but they are on course with getting that”.Lyte said he hopes to have these issues sorted out before the end of this term so that the Union can enter negotiations on the new proposal soon.Along with a 25 per cent salary increase, the Union has proposed 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 suppliesIn addition to this, the GTU President 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.last_img read more

Northern Lights Raceway hosting a whole day of street-legal racing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights Raceway will expanding on their street-legal drag racing nights, which take place on Friday nights prior to racing weekends, by hosting a whole day of street-legal races.On Saturday, August 20th, the dragstrip will be open to anyone that has a driver`s license, and a road-legal vehicle that can pass a tech inspection and runs the ¼ mile in less than ten and a half seconds. The lsit of permitted vehicles for the event includes motorcycles, but does not allow vehicles with open headers, straight pipes, or turbo dumps. Racers will be split into two separate brackets: vehicles that can run the drag strip in 12.99 seconds or quicker, or in 13.00 seconds or slower.The pits will be open on Friday evening for anyone wishing to camp out at the track, with race tech opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The entry fee is $20 per car for all-day passes. Entry into the bracket classes is an additional $20, and gives drivers a shot at a first place trophy and prize money.- Advertisement -For more information, contact Raceway president Mark Brush, or Dane Lucas via the Northern Lights Raceway Facebook page, or the racetrack’s website.last_img

Mayor says changes to Enerplex design to be Paid for by Builder

first_imgWhile conceding there are some design problems with the Enerplex, Mayor Eglinski says they are the responsibility of the engineering firm and must be resolved at its expense. Here’s part of what the Mayor said yesterday on Issues and Answers about concerns with the Speed Skating Oval…[asset|aid=121|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Mayor Jim-Enerplex problems_1_Pub.mp3] The mayor added that a new type of foam barrier is being looked at now, which “may not” require the builder to go to 4′ of thickness. He also says the City’ consultant, David Wilkenson, is working closely with the engineers and that he expects a solution will be found.- Advertisement –last_img read more

VAR drama as Spurs book UCL semis spot

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur forward Son celebrates his goal against Manchester City during their Champions League semi-final match at the Etihad StadiumMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City on Wednesday was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit.Four goals were scored in a crazy opening 11 minutes as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva cancelled out two Son Heung-min away goals for Tottenham. City finally looked set for the last four when further goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero put them ahead in the tie for the first time.But there was a further twist when Fernando Llorente’s controversial goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard.VAR intervened again deep into stoppage time to save Spurs once more when Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick only for Aguero to be ruled offside in the build-up.Sterling thought he had given City a massive win but the goal was ruled out for offsideTottenham’s reward is a semi-final clash against Ajax.Pep Guardiola will face more questions over his failure to land the Champions League three seasons into his City’s reign, but after a more conservative approach for the first leg was criticised, he set the tone for a thrilling 90 minutes.Kevin de Bruyne was restored to the starting XI among four changes from the first leg and the Belgian showed why the decision to leave him out last week was so questioned.De Bruyne drove at the heart of the Spurs defence before feeding Sterling, who cut inside and curled a wonderful shot into the far corner.Guardiola had called for the home fans to finally produce an intimidating atmosphere on a European night at the Etihad.However, they had barely retaken their seats by the time Tottenham were level.Aymeric Laporte cut out Dele Alli’s forward pass, but only turned the ball into the path of Son, whose shot had too much power for Ederson.Three minutes later, City’s quadruple quest appeared in tatters as Laporte was again caught in possession, this time by Lucas Moura and the Brazilian teed up Son to curl into the top corner for his 20th goal of the season.Pep Guardiola reacts after teh last minute VAR decisionYet, a kamikaze opening 11 minutes had another twist as Bernardo’s effort deflected off Danny Rose and wrong-footed Hugo Lloris at his near post.By the midway point of the first-half, City were back in front as Bernardo and De Bruyne played creators once more and Sterling finished off a low cross at the back post.Spurs’ hopes of holding on to their advantage on away goal suffered another blow when Moussa Sissoko was forced off with an injury.Mauricio Pochettino chose attack as the best form of defence by replacing the midfielder with Llorente in what proved to be a decisive change.City started the second period with the same menace they did the first as Lloris denied Sterling before the French World Cup winner made a brilliant stop to deny De Bruyne the goal his performance deserved.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero scores against Tottenham during the Champions League quarter finalHowever, De Bruyne had his hat-trick of assists on the hour mark as he surged through midfield before timing his pass for Aguero to perfection and the Argentine rifled past Lloris.Finally ahead for the first time in the tie, Guardiola soon sent on Fernandinho to restore some sense of control, but City were pegged back again as an incredible tie swung back in Tottenham’s favour.Kieran Trippier’s corner was bundled in by Llorente, but there was controversy as the ball seemed to hit the striker’s arm on its way in.After a VAR check, though, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir stood by his original decision and the goal stood.And VAR went against City again deep into stoppage time as delirium soon turned to disbelief inside the Etihad when what would have been a hat-trick for Sterling was ruled out.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everton star out of Belgium action through injury

first_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku 1 Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has joined up with his Belgium team-mates but has been ruled out of forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers through injury.The 21-year-old limped out of Sunday’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers with a hamstring problem which manager Roberto Martinez hoped would prove just to be cramp.However, the Belgian Football Association has announced Lukaku and Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour will not feature against Cyprus on Saturday or Israel the following Tuesday.last_img read more

VALUABLE MUSIC INSTRUMENTS STOLEN IN RAID ON SHOP

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the theft of a number of valuable music instruments in a shop in Letterkenny.Raiders appeared to have a list of ‘go to’ products which they took in the robbery earlier this week.Among the items stolen were a number of piano accordions and also a number of fiddles. But the raiders are understood to have ignored equally expensive items.The exact cost of the instruments stolen is not known.Gardai believe the instruments will either be sold here but more than likely across the border for the Christmas market.People who have ben offered such instruments for sale at a knock-down price are asked to contact Gardai.     VALUABLE MUSIC INSTRUMENTS STOLEN IN RAID ON SHOP was last modified: December 20th, 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:letterkennymusic instrumentsrobberylast_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL HURLERS THROUGH TO NICKY RACKARD CUP FINAL AFTER O’DONNELL PARK WIN

first_imgDONEGAL’S hurlers are through to another All-Ireland Final after a fine win over Monaghan at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny today.They will play Roscommon in the final at Croke Park in two weeks’ time after the Rossies overcame Tyrone in the other semi-final on Saturday.Lee Henderson was Donegal’s hero as they claimed a 5-12 to 2-9 win over their fellow Ulstermen. The Sean MacCumhaills clubman came back from injury and hit 2-03 after coming on in the second half. And it was a game-changer,Monaghan had led by 2-05 to 1-05 at half-time.But Donegal worked hard and with Henderson in top form, they overtook Monaghan with a combination of fine scoring up front and some good defensive work, limiting Monaghan to just four points in the second half.Roscommon beat Tyrone 3-28 to 0-14 at Athleague.   GAA: DONEGAL HURLERS THROUGH TO NICKY RACKARD CUP FINAL AFTER O’DONNELL PARK WIN was last modified: May 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL HURLERS THROUGH TO NICKY RACKARD CUP FINAL AFTER O’DONNELL PARK WINlast_img read more

St Eunan’s College host Junior House Awards night – Picture Special

first_imgSt Eunan’s College in Letterkenny held their annual Junior House Awards at the Mount Errigal Hotel last night.Students received awards in both the sporting and academic fields as well as attendance.Special guest on the evening was Charlie Collins of Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub who recalled his happy days as a student at the college in the not so distant past! Principal Chris Darby commended all students and their families for the hard work and effort they had put in throughout the year.He also paid tribute to the hard-working staff at the college.The school’s ‘house band’, front by Oisin Nee, also treated the guests to some excellent music.Many thanks to Brian McDaid for permission to reproduce his pictures. Shane Monaghan, Shane O’Donnell Kaolan Collier Charlie White and Luke McKeever receive sport sawards from special guest Charlie Collins with principal Chris Darby.Leonardo Palaez-Camacho, Liam Downey and Tomas O’Brian received their years awards from special guest Charlie Collins and Principal Chris DarbyShaji Shyam receives his year award from Special guest Charlie Collins with Principal Chris DarbySt. Eunan’s College Principal Award went of Oisin Nee pictured with his mum Kathy as he received his award from special guest Charlie Collins and Mr Chris Darby. Photo Brian McDaidLuke Cassidy and Max Leadley joint winners of the Junior Sport Person of the Year. Which was presented by Charlie Collins and Chris Darby. Photo Brian McDaidRonan Daly and Conor Bonar which where joint winners of the Junior Student of the year pictured receiving their awards from special guest Charlie Collins with Chris Darby. Photo Brian McDaidThird year Academic Award Winners with Principal Chris Darby and Special guest Charlie Collins.Junior students who received special accommodations pictured with principal Chris Darby and special guest Charlie Collins.Students who received award for Attendance pictured with special guest Charlie Collins and principal Chris Darby.Members of the student band who played at the St. Eunan’s Junior prize giving at the Mr Errigal Hotel.Second year students who received academic awards pictured with special guest Charlie Collins and principal Chris Darby.First year student who received academic awards at the St. Eunans Awards night pictured with special guest Charlie Collins and principal Chris Darby.Second year Student who received academic awards at the junior school price giving pictured with Special Guest Charlie Collins and Chris Darby.St Eunan’s Junior Academic Award Winners with special guest Charlie Collins and Principal Chris DarbyJunior Sports award winners pictured with special guest Charlie Collins and Principal Chris Darby.St Eunan’s College host Junior House Awards night – Picture Special was last modified: December 1st, 2017 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:awardsCollegeletterkennySt Eunanslast_img read more

Iguodala recalls when he and Draymond got under Kevin Durant’s skin at practice

first_img“Hey bro we not doubling in open gym. I … Length is a big deal in basketball. Legs, arms, wingspan, stride, elevation. The longer the better.One possible exception: A long memory.Three former Warriors teammates — Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant — were recently included in a hot topic circulating on Twitter.The subject sprung to life recently when Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker got his tank top in a knot because he was getting double-teamed during a pick-up game.last_img read more

Reviewer Stunned by Author’s Handwaving

first_imgDavid Nicholls appears to have suffered whiplash from a line in a book he was reviewing in Science,1 Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane (Oxford, 2006).  Though he liked the book in general, he said this about Lane’s explanation for how the first cell got its power generator:The author is less convincing when he turns to the origin of life (at least he is not afraid to deal with big topics).  Citing the work of Mike Russell2 and Alan Hall, Lane states that in order to generate a primitive cell from an iron sulphide vesicle “all that the cells need to do to generate ATP is to plug an [proton translocating] ATPase through the membrane.”  Any bioenergeticist who has followed the elucidation of the extraordinary structure and mechanism of the mitochondrial ATP synthase over the past decade will pause at the word “all,” because the ATP synthase—with its spinning rotor massaging the surrounding subunits to generate ATP—is without doubt the most amazingly complex molecular structure in the cell.3   (Emphasis and footnotes added.)After that, Nicholls had mostly praise for the rest of the book.1David G. Nicholls, “Cell Biology: Energizing Eukaryotes,” Science, 31 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5769, p. 1869, DOI: 10.1126/science.1126251.2See 12/03/2004 on theories by Michael Russell.3The amazing structure and function of the universal ATP synthase motor has been discussed many times in these pages.  See, for instance, 01/30/2005 and 12/22/2003, and animation mentioned on April 2002 page.If a pro-Darwinist convinced evolutionist is this surprised that a colleague would treat the “most amazingly complex molecular structure in the cell” so dismissively, what are the rest of us supposed to think?  This is the perpetual bad habit of evolutionists.  It will prove their downfall.  As the gap between life’s complexity and evolution’s explanations continues to grow, Charlie is going to look more and more like Wiley E. Coyote clinging by fingernails and toenails to both sides of a rapidly-widening canyon.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more