Govt pussyfooting around on teachers’ salary increase – GTU

first_imgThe Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) is growing weary of the continuous delays and excuses being made by Government with regard to the proposal for an increase in teachers’ salaries and other benefits.GTU President Mark LyteWhile Education Minister Nicolette Henry has said that the matter was now in the hands of Cabinet and that recommendations were made and submitted for initial evaluation, the GTU said it was fed up.GTU President Mark Lyte told Guyana Times on Sunday that the Union has learnt unofficially that the work of the High-Level Task Force of Public Education has been dealt with by Cabinet.However, he said the Union was yet to hear a word from the Government on its decision.Lyte recalled that the GTU had written President David Granger about the slow pace at which the negotiations were proceeding and not being able to get a response, among other concerns.He said that missive was dispatched on June 5. The Government responded and said that the Finance Ministry is advising Cabinet on the matter. The GTU only received the letter last Friday, June 29.Asked whether the Union was confident that a decision could be made soon now that the matter was with Cabinet, the GTU President said there was not even the slightest optimism, given how the issue was dealt with.“We are obviously very concerned because the Task Force has completed its work and we are still to hear from Cabinet on a decision…three months after,” he reminded.Lyte also recapped that the Task Force had completed its work and handed over its report to the Minister on April 6, but there was still no concrete word on when Cabinet could make a pronouncement.“All we are told is that the Finance Ministry is advising and that is not enough word for comfort,” he added.The GTU official also pointed out that the Government has been claiming that teachers were important, yet its action seemed to differ as there was no real genuine effort being made to address their needs.“And just recently, we were being told that private schools are outperforming public schools and only when exam time comes people feel it. But this is a result of the low motivation,” he explained.The establishment of the Task Force, which comprised Government and Union representatives, followed on the heels of threats of strike action from the GTU in retaliation for the slow pace of addressing the pay increase for teachers. This led to its establishment to fast-track the salary issue.Earlier in April, the same High-Level Task Force was engaged in a meeting, whereby the factors affecting teachers were discussed, with the possibility of them receiving an increase in their monthly salaries. However, since May, it was revealed that the matter was within the remit of the Finance Ministry.The Union has proposed a series of increases. These, it said, were proposed with the aim of improving the financial stability of teachers, who are the most significant figures within society.A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).Among its list of proposals that are still in queue for a response are the duty-free concessions that the Union has been making pleas for in the past few years.The proposal had been reapproved by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, in 2017, but since then there have been no further discussions on when or if this would be implemented.The GTU is hoping that negotiations with this current Administration would see teachers being placed in scales which will reflect the results of the debunching, in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) governing the period 2011-2015.This would mean that teachers with advanced levels of training would be placed on a scale that is different from those of recently-graduated teachers.Importantly, also, the GTU has proposed that the payment of sums of money in regard to debunching be retroactive to 2011, when the previous MoU was inked. And if the MoU is approved, teachers would also benefit from monthly emotional, stress, risk and maintenance allowances.The Union had said that the extensive proposal also included benefits for teachers serving in hinterland communities and addressed the need for scholarships and other non-salary issues.last_img read more

EnCana case moved to Dawson Creek

first_imgThe first court appearance in the EnCana case has determined that it will be moved to Dawson Creek.The court appearance had been scheduled to occur in Fort St. John, but it was recommended by both the Crown and the defense that the case should be moved to Dawson Creek. The Ministry of the Environment has filed two charges against the corporation. EnCana is charged with introducing business-related waste into the environment and failing to report a spill of a polluting substance.The charges are in relation to a sour gas leak that occurred in November of 2009. The leak was caused by sand that had eroded a piece of pipeline infrastructure, called a ‘Tee’.The next hearing is set for Dec. 7 in Dawson Creek.- Advertisement –last_img

Soldier gets 100 years for rape, killings in Iraq

first_imgEarlier Thursday, tears rolled down Cortez’s face as he apologized for the rape and murders. He said he could not explain why he took part. “I still don’t have an answer,” Cortez told the judge. “I don’t know why. I wish I hadn’t. The lives of four innocent people were taken. I want to apologize for all of the pain and suffering I have caused the al-Janabi family.” FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – A soldier from Southern California was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year. Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, also was given a dishonorable discharge. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea agreement. Cortez, of Barstow, pleaded guilty this week to four counts of felony murder, rape and conspiracy to rape in a case considered among the worst atrocities by U.S. military personnel in Iraq. In his plea agreement, he said he conspired with three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi. The girl, her parents and a younger sister were all killed. 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

Conte lashes tight turnaround for City clash

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte answers questions during a press conference at the Cobham training facility in southwest London, on September 11, 2017MADRID, Spain, Sep 28 – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte blasted Premier League schedulers over his side’s short turnaround from Champions League action before facing high-flying Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.Conte’s men put in a brilliant performance to inflict only Atletico Madrid’s second Champions League defeat on home soil in 24 games on Wednesday, when Michy Batshuayi’s 93rd-minute winner sealed a 2-1 victory. However, the Italian lamented the advantage handed to City, who played their Champions League fixture at home to Shakhtar Donetsk 24 hours earlier on Tuesday.“I think we are a bit penalised and in this case, it is very important to analyse, before taking these decisions, the different situations of the team,” said Conte.“City played yesterday at home. We played tonight away and we will return to London around four o’clock (in the morning).”City lead the Premier League from Manchester United on goal difference, with Chelsea three points back in third.“Man City is a really strong team. They are scoring a lot of goals, they are in a good moment of form and we have to prepare well (for) this game because it is very important.“Before taking this decision someone must analyse very well this situation.“There is the international break (after this weekend). My surprise is for this because there is the time (to play the game later).”Conte was far more content with Chelsea’s display as they battled back to claim a well-deserved three points despite falling behind to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty five minutes before half-time.Former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata stretched his scoring streak to seven goals in as many games with a deft near-post header from the outstanding Eden Hazard’s cross to level on the hour-mark.– ‘We kept our head’ –Morata and Cesc Fabregas then passed up huge chances before Batshuayi struck the decisive blow with the last kick of the game after a patient team move tore a tiring Atletico to shreds.“It is very difficult when Atletico Madrid score to come back, but despite this we deserved to win because we continued to play with good personality,” added Conte.“We kept our head on the pitch. We deserved to win against a really good team like Atletico Madrid.”Batshuayi was the unlikely hero as he came off bench just eight minutes from time to net already his fifth goal of the season despite playing second fiddle to Morata.“To score for a striker is always important for your confidence but it is more important they understand this way to play is right,” said Conte.“I want this type of player with great athleticism and to give me the possibility to make a change game-by-game.”In stark contrast to Chelsea’s euphoria, defeat leaves Atletico, who have reached the Champions League final in two of the previous four seasons, struggling to make it out of Group C.The Spaniards trail second-placed Roma by three points following their 2-1 win at Azerbaijani champions Qarabag earlier on Wednesday.“They were better in every aspect of the game,” admitted Griezmann. “We have a lot more games to play and we have to try to win them all.“Maybe I needed to play better too. Apart from the goal it wasn’t a good day for me. I have to learn from today and keep working.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA president Blatter rejects Dyke’s demands to publish full World Cup corruption report

first_img1 FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected Greg Dyke’s call to publish the Garcia report into allegations of corruption in World Cup bidding.The FA chairman published his plea to Blatter on Monday, in which he demanded “urgent action” from the goverming body.And the Swiss cheif posted his reply on Wednesday afternoon, saying that publishing the report would break FIFA’s rules as well as Swiss law.Ethics investigator Michael Garcia has compiled a 430-page report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar, but FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert has cleared the countries to host the tournaments.Blatter’s reply to Dyke states: “FIFA would violate not only it’s in rules and regulations but also Swiss law by making public the report in question.”Blatter says every person in the report would have to give consent to publication – something that would be practically impossible.The FIFA president also added: “We have been advised that publication of the report might be permissible if the persons and entities included in the report consent to such publication and waive any legal action they might be entitled to bring.”Dyke had said the latest furore over World Cup bidding was affecting FIFA’s reputation.Blatter responded to that point saying: “I note your opinion that FIFA’s reputation in England is rather low, and that you consider immediate publication of the report….an appropriate means with which to build this reputation.“We understand your line of reasoning but we kindly ask that you also consider our position and our perspective.” FIFA president Sepp Blatter last_img read more

Leicester set to miss out on transfer target after Nigel Pearson sacking

first_img N’Golo Kante 1 Nigel Pearson’s shock sacking appears to have ended Leicester’s hopes of signing Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante.The Foxes removed Pearson on Tuesday evening, apparently for non-football reasons, after he miraculously saved them from relegation in May.It appears Pearson was working hard for the club, with a view to the upcoming season, by getting the deal to land the 24-year-old powerhouse in place.However, according to reports in France, the surprise dismissal of Pearson from the King Power hot seat has left the trail cold.Kante played 75 league matches for Caen over the last two seasons, winning promotion at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and helping to keep them up in the most recent.last_img


first_imgGardaí have launched an investigation after a gang of callous thugs mindlessly destroyed fencing at a Donegal football ground over the weekend.St Catherine’s FC have enjoyed an incredible season in which they went the entire season unbeaten under the tenure of Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian. However, their superb success has been overshadowed by this senseless act of vandalism which was carried out by a gang of youths that were seen hanging around Emerald Park.Significant damage to fencing and to the stands has been met with widespread anger from not only those involved directly with St Catherine’s FC but from the entire soccer community in Donegal.Manager Brian Dorrian expressed his fury on his Facebook timeline, “Way things are going club will have to fence everything off. “Some people have no regard for effort and hard work done by all involved. #disgusted Local supporter Linda Boyle wrote, “After such a successful year and all the hard work put in it’s awful that young people have so little respect.Gardaí are appealing to anyone that may have seen the gang of youths in the area at the time to contact them with any information as they attempt to find those responsible for this cowardly act. GARDAÍ LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER ‘THUGS’ VANDALISE DONEGAL FOOTBALL GROUND was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Museum is seeking information on the current location of an archaeological artefact – the Glennagivney stone cross slab.The stone is decorated with a wheeled (round) Latin cross carved in relief.The stone cross-slab, which measures 61cm long and 15cm x 8cm width.  was found in a ringfort the Townland of Glennagivney near Moville. The cross slab was removed for safekeeping and was in the possession of Mr. T. O’ Kane until he died in 1973, when it was removed to the Parochial House in Moville.The last known location for the cross slab was Moville Parish Church, where it was on public display in the church before renovations started in c. 2008 after which it disappeared.Parishioners have said they remember seeing the cross during renovation and now Parish Priest Fr Pat O’Hagan has contacted the County Museum to send out an appeal for its whereabouts.Grave-slabs give us a small window into the life of the early Church in County Donegal. While grave-slabs like this were used up into the later-medieval period, this type represent some of the earliest Christian artwork to be put onto stone in Ireland. Latin cross slabs are usually 10th Century in date.A spokesperson for Donegal County Museum appealed for information on the cross slab’s current location and the return of the slab.If anyone has any information, please contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124613 E COUNCIL SEEKS WHEREABOUTS OF ‘MISPLACED’ ANCIENT CROSS was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 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

Super 8: Simbwa cautious about referees ahead of Mbarara clash

first_img Tags: Brian SsenyondoMbarara CityPilsner Super 8sam simbwatopURA FC Sam Simbwa wants the referees to be fair. (PHOTOS/File)Pilsner Super 8Mbarara City vs URA FCKakyeka Stadium, MbararaFriday, 02-08-2019URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa has cautioned referees to be ‘fair’ when his side takes on Mbarara City in the Pilsner Super 8 on Friday.The Tax Collectors and Ankole Lions clash in the second match of this year’s pre-season tournament but Simbwa is already worried about who the officials will handle the game.“The referees are always biased in favour of Mbarara to the extent of counting wrong goals,” said Ssimbwa at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.“We think if we get fair officiating, different from previous times we visited Mbarara, I think we will come out victorious.”URA FC head into the game as slight favourites after finishing ahead of Mbarara in the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League. The Tax Collectors ended the season in 3rd, two spots ahead of Mbarara City (5th).They (URA) have been on a major spending spree, bringing in upto 13 new players already.The likes of Ibrahim Dada Juma,John Ssemazzi, Anwar Ntege, Ashiraf Mandela, Samuel Mwaka, Brian Majwega, Ivan Sserubiri, Mikdad Senyonga,Ivan Ntege and Hassan Kalega are some of the new faces that have come in and a host of them are expected to take part in Friday’s game.David Bagoole is one of the new faces brought in by URA FC in the offseason.However, URA will also be without three key players in captain Shafick Kagimu, goalkeeper James Alitho and defender Patrick Mbowa. The trio is currently with the Uganda Cranes CHAN team that is preparing for their return leg qualifiers’ clash against Somalia on Sunday.About the absentees, Simbwa had this to say;“We wanted to take this trophy but we are lacking some of our best players who are with the national team.“We thought our game also could have been called off as that of KCCA FC. We had prepared very well but our best players are on the national team.”Simbwa had initially called for the game to be postponed but FUFA declined his call. KCCA FC who have upto 8 players in the CHAN team, saw their clash with Wakiso Giants pushed to Tuesday next week.For Mbarara City, they have been silent in the transfer window as the main focus was to replace Livingstone Mbabazi.Mbabazi who was at the helm as the Ankole Lions finished 5th last season, terminated his contract towards the end of May leaving the head coach’s role vacant. However, he has been replaced by former Paidha Black Angels and Synergy tactician Brian Ssenyondo whose first competitive fixture comes against URA FC.Mbarara will look to star-player Paul Mucurezi to try and get them past the Tax Collectors.Mucurezi will be Mbarara’s key-man against URA FC.New signings Solomon Okwalinga, Gadafi Gadinho and Bashir Muwesi are expected to take part in the game.Match FactsThis will be the 5th meeting between the two sides ever since Mbarara made their lastest return to the top tier in 2017.In the previous four matches, the two sides have drawn all four games including a 0-0 stalemate in their latest duel.The two matches that have been hosted by Mbarara in that period have all ended 1-1.The first game of this year’s Pilsner Super 8 saw Vipers SC defeat Proline FC 1-0 at Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon.Pilsner Super Eight:July 31, 2019-Vipers SC 1-0 Proline FCAugust 2, 2019-Mbarara City FC Vs URA FCAugust 4, 2019-Onduparaka FC vs TooroAugust 6, 2019-Wakiso Giants vs KCCA FCComments last_img read more

DD Culture: Catch some fantastic concerts this week

first_imgDD Culture: The 29th annual Earagail Arts Festival is in full swing in venues across Donegal from Malin Head to Arranmore Island. Check out some fantastic concerts coming up in the next week! For Foresters and Leila Jane & The HealersThere is a great double header featuring two young Donegal bands at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on Saturday 15th. For Foresters is a three-piece ambient experimental folk act from Letterkenny. Leila Jane & The Healers embrace the magic of the Delta Blues and combine it with sweet sounding tones of 50’s rock n’ roll and country music. Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson and John Lee Hooker are among her influences. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at and West Africa One of the most authentically inspiring global collaborations, where Persia and West Africa intersect – Constantinople, a musical trio from Iran, and Senegal’s Ablaye Cissoko will be performing at RCC Letterkenny on Saturday 15th. It represents a poetic encounter between strings and voices, epic sounds from the Mandingo Kingdom and the music of the Persian courts. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at African Guitar MaestroDescribed as a masterclass in the sonic possibilities of the guitar, Derek Gripper performs  21-string kora compositions from Mali on a six-string classical guitar at the RCC at 1pm on Sunday 16th. It promises to be an engagingly honest and fresh interpretation of music that perfectly balances tradition with real innovation. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at’s Leading Traditional Family GroupThe final RCC Folk & Roots Weekend concert at 4pm on Sunday 16th features Donegal’s finest, NaMooneys.  The family group is comprised of sisters Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle and vocals) and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh (whistle and vocals), their brother Gearóid Ó Maonaigh (guitar), his son Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle) and producer Manus Lunny (bouzouki). Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at Arc Orchestra The closing concert of the 2017 Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend plays host to a specially commissioned supergroup of some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians from across Ireland, the UK and further afield. The Atlantic Arc Orchestra at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny on Sunday 16th includes Dónal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon, Pádraig Rynne, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke, Sylvain Barou, Ewen Vernal and John Blease. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at Ska HeavenThe Selecter was at the forefront of the 2Tone ska revival movement of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Famed for singles such as ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘On My Radio’, The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled their gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, except the pair is more focused than ever. This non-seated gig at RCC Letterkenny on Thursday 20th promises to be great fun. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at CelloThis 4 piece led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman perform at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on Thursday 20th. They deliver cello music like you’ve never heard before – from down home blues to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass. It is funky, sexy, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and only occasionally classical. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at The California FeetwarmersMasters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers play Rathmullan House on Friday 21st. Based in Los Angeles, they stylishly down and re-work old classics, re-visiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at FestivalThe 4th Swell Festival, on Arranmore Island, takes place from July 21st – 23rd. A brilliant line-up includes Mundy, Orchid Collective, Mark Geary, Emerald Armada, Makings, The Altered Hours, Moya, Breenan & Family, Will Carruthers, Clann Mhic Ruairi and many more. Tickets and information atswellfestival.comDD Culture: Catch some fantastic concerts this week was last modified: July 17th, 2017 by Shaun HanniganShare 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:ConcertsCultureeventsMUSIClast_img read more