Negotiation with Govt was for “living wage” – GPSU

first_imgGPSU President Patrick YardeThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) said its engagement with the Government in the wages, salaries and allowances negotiation had a clear goal of seeking out a “a living wage” for public servants, solutions of the de-bunching issue within scales, and addressing the matter of the adequacy of allowances paid to public officers.The two parties are still at a standstill following Government’s announcement on Wednesday that the negotiation had come to an end and that the GPSU is yet to accept a 10 per cent increase offer. The public servants’ representative said the issue has to be discussed at its General Council meeting.“Prior to the start of the negotiations it had been agreed at the level of the union, that, first, an appropriate stage having been reached, our members would be briefed on the unfolding negotiations. It had also been agreed that the position of the Government of Guyana would be put to the General Council of the Union with a view to having it arrive at a determination as to whether that position met with the expectations of the union’s members in the context of the mandate set the negotiating team,” GPSU said in a statement on Thursday evening.It said during the initial period of the discussions, Government’s negotiating team made two offers commencing at the base at 5.5 per cent. They then increased that by .5 to six per cent. The union’s negotiating team rejected both proposals.“The union requested detailed information on several aspects of Government’s revenue and expenditure. Up to this time, these have not been provided. Even in the absence of the requested information the Union proceeded to finalise its own proposals. These were presented on August 9, 2016,” the GPSU statement outlined.Government on Wednesday evening issued a public statement reiterating that its “proposal took into consideration the fundamental need for a restructured public service which included the adjustment of scales for wages and salaries; the implementation of a merit increment system; and a resolution of the issue of de-bunching.”According to the missive released by Reginald Brotherson, head of the Government’s negotiating team, “GPSU agreed to consider Government’s final offer and indicated that a response will be forthcoming after a meeting of its General Council.”The negotiations were conducted within a two-month period from June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016.The initial proposal of the GPSU was for a 40 per cent across the board increase for public servants, but this was subsequently adjusted to 25 per cent. The union had also demanded that allowances be included in the negotiations.Government responded by proposing that persons earning less than $100,000 be paid a 10 per cent increase while persons earning above $1 million would only get a one per cent increase.The union in its statement listed it wages, salaries and allowances proposals over a three-year period from 2016 to 2018.For the period of 2016, the GPSU proposed that “effective January 1, 2016, a flat increase of seven thousand, five hundred dollars ($7500) per month added to the salary at December 31, 2015 of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service” in addition to “a 25 per cent increase across the board to the salary of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service.” With respect to 2017, GPSU proposed “a flat increase of seven thousand dollars ($7000) per month added to the salary at December 31, 2016 of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service” in addition to “a 20 per cent increase across the board to the salary as at December 2016 of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service.”While for the third year of 2018, it was proposed by the GPSU that “a flat increase of nine thousand dollars ($9000) per month added to the salary at December 31, 2017 of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service” in addition to “a 20 per cent increase across the board to the salary as at December 2017 of each person employed in the public service as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each of bands one to 14 of the schedule of salary in the public service”The union body also outlined that in respect of each of three years there “shall be an additional increase to cover the inflation as determined by the Bureau of Statistics.”The two-month long collective bargaining process concluded on Thursday without a definite agreement in place, leaving the door open to a unilateral increases by Government should the unions continue to reject the proposals.last_img read more

Abused mother of 3 lives in fear after husband threatens to kill family

first_imgA mother of three is now fearful for her life and those of her children after her abusive husband threatened to kill them.Denita MohamedThe woman, Denita Mohamed, who almost lost her life two weeks ago because of a beating she received from her husband, noted that while she is fearful, she has to protect her children.She identified her abuser as Shafeek Mohamed.The young mother told Guyana Times on Monday that she is constantly being abused by the man with whom she has been with for more than 11 years. As a result of the abuse she received from the hands of her husband, she was forced to leave her marital home and is now staying by her parents with her children.She noted that despite them being at her parents’ home, whenever the man sees her, he would carry out his threats. She recalled her husband giving her ecstasy pills about two years ago and dealing her a severe beating. This resulted in her lodging a complaint against him with the Police.He was subsequently arrested and charged for assaulting her. The court had imposed a restraining order against him for two years.Mohamed was severely beaten by her husband two weeks ago“Nuff time he had cutlass and he would put it in front me and my daughter and then he would hit me in front of the children,” she noted.The woman further stated that the last fight she had with her husband stemmed from him visiting her home and begging her to return home. After she refused, she was beaten in her parents’ home.“I nearly die on December 27… he brutally beat me and cut my fingers… bit my nose… damage my face and threaten to kill me, my kids and my parents. If wasn’t for my parents, I would have not been here because they heard me screaming in the house and came out,” she cried.The distraught woman was almost in tears during the interview with Guyana Times. “I’m so frustrated and worried for my life and my kids’ life,” she stated. Ever since the last incident, he has been in hiding but the young mother believes that his parents are aware of his whereabouts.A report was made to the Police and they have launched a manhunt for his arrest.last_img read more

Sourcingmap sourcingmap® 9 : hair bun maker

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-25 14:50:31Reviewed Item sourcingmap® 9.6″ Magic Sponge Bun Maker Curler Hair Ponytail Holder BlackRating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  16  reviews This is very good piece for women with straight/medium to short hair. The metal inside is strong and it hold the hair well. Unfortunately, for me this did not work because my hair is very long( down to my waist) and curly=too much hair :). Very thin foam around the metal apart from that does the job. sourcingmap® 9.6″ Magic Sponge Bun Maker Curler Hair Ponytail Holder BlackProduct Name : Ponytail Bun Holder;Features : Sponge Coated Flexible Metal WireSize : 24.5 x 4cm / 9.6″ x 1.6″(L * W);Main Color : BlackMaterial : Metal Wire, SpongeWeight : 11gPackage Content : 1 x Ponytail Bun Holder The idea is great but i think my hair is too thin and i find it a bit difficult fiddling with my hair at the back of my head – probably more because of my disabilities rather than there is anything wrong with the product. This product is what it says and it does every thing well. A really useful addition to my hairdressing drawer. This little thing is amazingit is really cheep, and makes an amazing bun. It looks, and works better then those doughnut things. As a student, i don’t have a lot of time -or money- so this is great for meworks best on longer hair, but mine is just over shoulder length and works greati would recommendthank you for the amazing product.sourcingmap® 9.6″ Magic Sponge Bun Maker Curler Hair Ponytail Holder Black : Great if hair not to thick and to long . Should come with instructions bit fiddly. Posted on May 25, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags Sourcingmaplast_img read more

Wheat and hay help salvage a tough 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseDylan Baer and his father, Dave, plant corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay and sell seed on their Wood County farm. Of all their enterprises, the lackluster wheat and struggling alfalfa hay may still be their best performing acres this year. Many acres of the farm went unplanted this spring due to incessant rains.“We run a high management program for the wheat. In a normal year even 90 bushels is disappointing for us in our high management program. We spend some money on it to try and get as much as we can off of it. You also have to factor in that the corn following a wheat crop is typically better than corn following beans. You really have to take that into consideration when you are figuring out the expenses on wheat. We also double-crop some beans — maybe 40 acres or so — after the wheat,” Baer said. “As a seed dealer we always end up with some bean seed left over. Two years ago we had the best double-crop beans we ever had. One field went 45 and another field went 52. We have also harvested 9 bushels before, but we average 30 or 35 bushels for double-crop beans.”This year the Baers had about 250 acres of wheat and they seriously questioned getting rid of it this spring because of the holes left in the stands from the persistent wet weather.“Last fall we felt pretty good about our wheat. We got it all in during the first week of October. Our goal is to get it in by Oct. 10. If it gets much later than that there is not enough height in the winter and it can be ruined in the spring. Last fall we had a good stand of wheat, but it rained and froze and thawed all winter and we were not left with much this spring. We left ours mainly for the straw and we wanted to do some tile work on one farm,” Baer said. “ Looking at our wheat this spring, we thought where we had a stand it looked pretty good, but there were a lot of holes in it. At this point we are really glad we actually had a crop there.”Also working against the wheat yields this year was the timing of nutrient applications. They use dry urea and ammonium sulfate for some sulfur for a total of 105 pounds of nitrogen per acre on the wheat. It got applied much later than would be preferred this spring with a May 8 application date. That was closely followed with a Prosaro fungicide application.“With our application of Prosaro, we never got docked for any vomitoxin and the test weight was right around 59 to 60. The yield ended up being right about average for us. The wheat all went between 70 and 90 bushels per acre, which wasn’t as good as we are used to from the last few years, but still not bad considering,” Baer said. “The straw is making about a ton per acre and the quality seems pretty good, except for a few weeds here and there from not getting the wheat sprayed last fall or early this spring. We run a John Deere combine with a draper head and after market concaves to try and keep the straw quality and keep it long. People like long straw without a lot of loose chaff in it and that is hard to do with just a rotor combine because it all runs out the back all together. I will run a rotary rake around all the straw to knock some of that chaff out. I can tell a difference doing that.”With better wheat prices looking forward, a high demand for small, square straw bales and the double-crop soybeans, wheat acres may expand on the farm in the future.“The wheat price is looking more appealing and if you factor in the straw and the benefits to the following crop it seems pretty good. Last year I was at $2.50 a bale and I expect that to go up at least 50 cents this year,” Baer said. “Small square bales are becoming a hot commodity because a lot of people aren’t messing with it any more.”The small square straw and hay market are valuable parts of the farm’s crop rotation and vital for Baer to remain on the farm full time.“Hay and straw is my main source of income. I farm with my dad and the crops are his income and baling hay and straw is what I do to support my family. This year I’m hoping to bale everything I can get my hands on. The supply is low and the demand is high,” he said. “I’ve got a New Holland 5070 baler and a John Deere 348 baler. Both are late model, in fact the one is brand new this year. I do run a granular applicator to help with the moisture the hay can pick up in the barn the first couple of weeks, especially if it is high humidity. I drop the bales in the field and run around and pick them up with my New Holland self-propelled stacker. It is late 70s model but it is in my budget and works for me. I get a couple of guys to run the baler, which is not too hard to find someone to do that. It is so tough to find manual labor though, even to load to deliver. I have a telehandler with a grapple that I can load van trailers or flatbeds with.”Like the wheat crop, Baer’s roughly 40 acres of hay was not in great condition coming out of winter.“Our area lost quite a few acres of alfalfa. Some guys jumped the gun and went ahead and killed it off anticipating planting corn or beans into it again. That window came and went, though, so at this stage in the game my alfalfa isn’t looking that bad because at least I have a crop,” Baer said. “I am about the only one around here that didn’t kill some of my hay. Everyone else around here killed at least one if not more of their hay fields. I kept all of my hay because I needed it for my income. Even my low quality bales of hay are going to be worth something just because there is not a lot of hay in the area.”He had high hopes for 20 acres of alfalfa he seeded in late August last summer but the first cutting did not fare so well.“It all worked in nice and it was about knee high heading into winter. But it looked liked early on this spring quite a bit of it was missing and there was some wheat in it from last year and some weeds. I finally got started on the first cutting in late June. But now it is filling in nice and it looks like we might have a nice alfalfa field again,” he said. “The first field I cut this year had been in alfalfa for four years. It had a thin stand this spring and some weeds. Since I mowed it, it has started cleaning up pretty nice. The other fields with the new seedings had a lot of tons but a lot of stuff I didn’t want. Overall though, I usually get about a ton and half per acre for first cutting and I was down to not quite a ton an acre on my first cutting. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has noticed that too.”The late first cutting also could set things back all season.“I need a 3-day window to make hay. I can’t do all 40 acres in one day but I try to split it up into 20 and 20. I mow in the morning. The next day I’ll ted it. On the third day I can usually be raking by 11 and at 3:00 I’ll be baling. I pretty much drop what I’m doing when it’s time to make hay. You can’t let it sit there,” he said. “All spring all I needed was a 3-day window to make hay and it was the end of June before I got that. It was tough.”Along with the persistent rains the last two summers, humidity has been an issue.“The humidity is a real challenge for alfalfa. The bales feel nice in the field and you put them in the barn and come back a couple weeks later and wonder what the white stuff is all over the hay bales,” he said. “One year I lost almost a whole first cutting to that. When I went to move it, there was dust on it and people don’t like that. That was the year I bought the applicator.”Baer is hoping his investment, persistence and effort in the hay will pay off this year.“This year has been one for the record books. I have seen hay bales selling for $8 or $10 a bale that would normally sell for $4 or $5. To me, that is excessive, but if you need hay, you need hay I guess,” he said. “Most of my hay all ends up in eastern Ohio, mainly to horse tracks. I’m hoping second cutting is the quality they need. I also have several people with horses in the area that have bought hay from me for the last several years and I try to take care of them first. I mostly do 100% alfalfa hay. That is what my eastern market wants. I have some straight grass, but I only get one cutting from it. Some people want that because it is a little cheaper.”Despite the many challenges, hay and wheat have been good fit for the Baers on the farm — and maybe the brightest spot this year where there has not been much to celebrate in the soggy fields of northwest Ohio.last_img read more

13 days agoMan Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting England

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting Englandby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire fears club issues are having a negative effect on England’s beleaguered defenders.Maguire concedes that club struggles may be hurting international form.He said: “Maybe it is a confidence thing because we bring our club football to the international level.“It was a difficult game. We started sloppy and we took the lead in the game when we probably didn’t deserve to.“In the second half, we controlled the game a lot more but we gave them a sloppy goal to win the game.“So we do need to improve on that. It’s hard to lose any football game, but we were not at our best and got punished.” last_img read more

TD CEO says bank would consider cannabis sector financings once legal

first_imgTORONTO – TD Bank would consider participating in cannabis sector financings after recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada later this year, said its chief executive Thursday.Bharat Masrani said to reporters after their annual meeting of shareholders that the Toronto-based bank views the federal legalization of pot for adult use as an “important data point.”Any potential cannabis client would be assessed on its merits but the bank would have to ensure that it did not have a presence in the U.S., where marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, he said.“If it’s against the law, we will not of course be in that business. In Canada, it’s changing, and we will look at it greater detail,” Masrani said. “And where appropriate, we will see what we can do for some of our clients.”The bank is continuing to study the industry to determine what are the key risks that the bank has to mitigate, he said.Canada’s largest banks had largely steered clear of the country’s cannabis sector until January, when Bank of Montreal co-led a $175 million bought deal financing for licensed producer Canopy Growth.Canopy, Canada’s largest licensed producer, does not have any exposure to the U.S. market.While cannabis for recreational or medical use is legal in several states, such as California and Colorado, it is classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law.As Canada prepares for national legalization of the drug, the Trump administration is taking a harder line on cannabis than its predecessor.In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo which suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal. Instead, Sessions said it would be up to federal prosecutors in states where the drug is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce the law.last_img read more

Court rules Canadas TV regulator exceeded its authority with restrictions on Bell

first_imgTORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

Syndicate involved in fake visa racket busted two held

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have busted a syndicate, who sent people abroad on fake UAE employment visa, from IGI airport. The law enforcement agency has arrested two agents who were involved in 17 cases of fake UAE visa racket.The investigating agency said that one of the accused used to ‘sell’ visa through announcement on the street of Kaptanganj in Uttar Pradesh. Police identified the accused as Javed Ali (46) and Manoj Kumar Sharma (46). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that in the year 2017, total 17 FIRs were registered on the complaints filed by immigration officials wherein it is alleged that on April 8, 2017, total 17 passengers were deported from Dubai Airport (UAE) as all were found using fake UAE employment visa. “Immigration officials got verified the alleged 17 employment visa from UAE Embassy in India and they were found fake,” said DCP IGI. He further said that during investigation, it was found that alleged 17 visa were provided to them by Javed Ali for a considerable amount of Rs one lakh from each passengers. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice said that accused Javed Ali was advertising for easy UAE employment visa through Public Address System in local city Kaptanganj, Uttar Pradesh and induced the public at large. On April 17, police team nabbed him from village Babhnauli. “He used to shout “visa le lo” on the corner of the street,” added investigator. The investigating agency further added that Ali in connivance of his two accomplices, named Prince Yadav and Manoj Kumar Sharma, provided fake visa to 17 persons, all residents of his neighbourhood villages in UP. During the course of the investigation, bank account details were obtained and eventually accused Manoj Kumar Sharma has also been arrested. The search of co-accused Prince Yadav is being made. Investigation revealed accused Prince was the one who prepared and printed the fake Visa in these cases. Shops being used for running fake racket According to investigators, the fraudsters involved in such type of racket are running the racket in the garb of shops.”In cases, we have found that property dealing shops used for crime,” said investigator. They further added that these gangs select those places where people want to go abroad for a job. After opening a common shop in the locality they also tell people about their visa activity when they visit accused place. “Rates for the preparation fake documents also changes,” said police officer adding that most of the gangs run on four to five people.last_img read more

Football Ohio States 2017 recruiting class is Urban Meyers best

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches as the Buckeyes warm-up before their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer has signed a top-10 recruiting class every year he’s been at Ohio State, but the upcoming 2017 class, which becomes official on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, is his best by a wide margin.  OSU’s 2017 class consists of five five-star players – Meyer has signed just six in his previous five classes combined. Of the 19 current commits, 12 are ranked in the top five at their position and 16 are ranked in the top 15. Even OSU’s lone three-star and lowest-rated commit, kicker Blake Haubeil, is the top player at his position. “When you compare the class to its predecessors at Ohio State, it’s pretty clear: this is the most talented and accomplished class in Urban Meyer’s brief stint in Columbus,” said Jeremy Birmingham, director of recruiting at Land of 10. “There are no holes, no weaknesses.” Not only is the class good by OSU standards, its average player rating is the highest ever recorded by recruiting services. “It’s arguably the most-talented team of all-time, if you look at it on a per-recruit basis,” said Andrew Lind, football recruiting analyst at Eleven Warriors. “Florida’s 2010 class is considered the gold standard by recruiting services with a 93.55 average. Ohio State’s current class — with 19 commits — sits at an unheard-of 95.20.” The 2017 class has a chance to get even better by National Signing Day as the Buckeyes are finalists for a number of players making their college decisions, including the nation’s top defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson. OSU also seeks commitments from four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, and four-star offensive lineman Thayer Munford. While he thinks they will miss out on both defensive tackles, Lind said an OSU commitment from Munford is “all but certain.” Despite the class’ historic average player rating, Birmingham and Lind agreed that Alabama — not OSU — will likely have the top class in the final 247Sports rankings, but it’s not quite black and white. “It’s hard to make an apples-to-apples comparison to Alabama’s recruiting class because the Crimson Tide have six more players committed than the Buckeyes do,” Birmingham said. “But it’s absolutely a toss-up nationally between the two.” If the Buckeyes do finish behind Alabama, it will be OSU’s second No. 2 recruiting class since Meyer’s arrival. The first No. 2 fish was the 2013 class, which helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and break an NFL Draft record with 10 players taken in the first three rounds. “Being highly ranked doesn’t guarantee success like the 2013 class had,” Birmingham said. “But it’s a good start.” ‘Editor’s note: Kevin Harrish is a staff writer for Eleven Warriors. read more

Football Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle signs with Carolina Panthers as

Ohio State senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle (93) waits for a USC snap in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern USC: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Carolina Panthers signed former Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State announced Saturday evening following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sprinkle played at Ohio State for four seasons, ending his college career with 20 tackles in 28 games. He was on a Buckeye defensive line that held teams to fewer than three yards per rush last season, giving up an average of just 2.94 yards per carry. Only five teams in the nation held opponents to fewer than three yards per carry.He also helped an Ohio State defense that finished last season with the sixth-fewest rushing yards allowed per game in the country.Sprinkle was not invited to the NFL combine, but participated in Ohio State’s pro day on March 22. read more