GPSU rejects 6% salary increase for public servants

first_img… agrees to consider Govt’s revised 10% proposalThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has outrightly rejected a proposed 6 per cent increase in public servants wages and salaries for 2016, but has agreed to consider a subsequent proposal for a 10 per cent increase for persons earning below $99,000 per month.Government on Wednesday evening issued a public statement to this effect, and reiterated 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 bunching.”According to the missive released by Reginald Brotherson, head of the Government’s negotiating team, “GPSU agreed to consider the Government’s final offer and indicated that a response will be forthcoming after a meeting of its General Council.”The two month long collective bargaining process concluded yesterday without a definite agreement in place, leaving the door open to a unilateral increases by government should the unions continue to reject the proposals.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 5.5 per cent increase while persons earning above $1M would only get a 1 per cent increase.The proposed 5.5 per cent offer was later increased to 6 per cent by Government, but this too was rejected by the union.According to Brotherson, the Government re-considered its position and a final offer was presented. This proposal by government, if accepted by the union, will see public servants earning below $99,000 getting a 10 per cent increase with the rate incrementally decreasing to a one per cent increase for those earning in excess of $1M.Brotherson, in his public missive on Wednesday, sought to stress that “It was pointed out to the GPSU that the GOG’s final offer for wages and salaries increases for Public Servants had taken into consideration the current socio-economic environment; the difficulty in agreeing to increases that would entail having to raise additional revenue and the unsustainability of any further addition to its offer with regard to the current and future budgets.”He said too that Government reiterated to the Union that its members were also the Government’s employees and that the Government was equally mindful of the need for financial relief for the workers under consideration.last_img read more

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Delta Airlines CEO: Ebola Procedures in Place

first_imgWhile executivees say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had minimal impact on Delta Air Lines’ business, its CEO told CNBC the airline’s priority is making sure its operations are safe for passengers and crew members.Delta has screening mechanisms in place at the airport in Liberia, and its flight crews and pilots turn out of Dakar, Senegal, pick up passengers in Liberia and return to Dakar, Richard Anderson said in an interview with “Closing Bell.” Delta flights to Liberia will continue until August 31, 2014. However, Anderson said the airline is taking it on a “day-by-day basis.””We have good procedures in place. The government of Liberia is doing a good job screening people in advance of entering the airport,” he said.”We have a deep relationship with the CDC and Emory,” the hospital that is treating two Americans with Ebola, he said.”We operate under their guidance and advice and we’re continuing to operate under their guidance and advice.”On Wednesday, the International Air Transport Association said the Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in March could be one of the biggest challenges for airlines. However, the World Health Organization has said the risk to plane passengers from Ebola is low and has not recommended travel restrictions. British Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month. Emirates airline has suspended flights to Guinea and two regional African airlines have cancelled all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Canada red continuing preparations in advance of pre-tournament game tomorrow

first_imgAfter their pre-tournament game against the United States tomorrow night in Dawson Creek, they’ll be back in Fort St. John to begin the preliminary round Sunday night against Finland at 7 p.m. After a second day of practices yesterday things appear to be coming around for Canada red. Players exhibited more polish in their drills as they continued to prepare for their pre-tournament game Friday night against the United States.Head coach Kris Knoblauch acknowledged that Tuesday’s skate was tough for his squad, but said his players familiarity with each other stood out yesterday for their second round of practice.“The first day was difficult for the players. It’s tough for the coaches but extremely difficult for the players where we have a long day’s travel to get in to their hotel at 1:30 a.m., a lot of those guys it’s 4:30 eastern time and then we’re practicing the next day and they’re tired. Today [Wednesday] they’ve been together for awhile and they’re comfortable with each other. They just look like they’re ready to get the games going,” he said.- Advertisement -When it comes to what to expect from other teams at the tournament, he said while the Canada red coaching staff may not know all the details of the players from other countries, for the most part the brand of hockey showcased tends to be similar.“The Canadian teams we know a lot of just because we know they’re going to play a very similar style of hockey to us. We know their players from just being in the Canadian Hockey League. Typically countries play a similar style. Canadians, whether it’s World Juniors, U-17s, or the Olympics, they play a brand of hockey that’s pretty much universal throughout Canada. It’s similar for the United States, Slovakia, Sweden. We don’t know exactly what they have for players or what kind of power play break out their going to employ but we have an idea of how they play the game,” he said.Canada red is back on the ice today from 12:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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NEB holding public hearing regarding possible exports

first_imgAnyone wishing to intervene in the hearing or make an oral statement must file the required documents by Thursday, Sept. 1.Online forms for all three methods of participation are available on the official NEB website. One B.C. company is hoping to begin exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to overseas markets.The National Energy Board announced Tuesday it would be holding a public hearing to consider an application submitted by the B.C. LNG Export Co-Operative LLC, for a 20-year licence to export LNG from Canada to Pacific Rim markets.- Advertisement -The application is based on future projections, which predict a substantially increasing demand for natural gas in the Pacific Rim markets over the next 20 years.B.C. LNG is requesting authorization to export up to 1.8 million tonnes of LNG annually.The Board will consider several different aspects of the application, which include export markets, natural gas supply, transportation agreements and the status of regulatory authorizations. The board will also have to consider potential environmental effects of the proposed export, as well as any social effects directly related to those environmental effects.The hearing will be open to the general public and people can participate in one of three ways, by seeking intervener status, by filing a letter or comment or by making an oral statement to the board.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Saudi Arabia offers to fund new Iraq football stadium

first_img0Shares0000Iraqi supporters watch their team at a training session ahead of a home friendly against Saudi Arabia in Basra on February 28, 2018 © AFP/File / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALIBAGHDAD, Iraq, Mar 6 – Saudi Arabia has offered to fund a new football stadium in Iraq, as FIFA prepares to decide whether to lift its ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.The offer came in a telephone call between King Salman and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday evening, the prime minister’s office said. It provided no further details about the cost of the stadium or where it might be located.It follows an international friendly between the two countries in Iraq’s third city Basra on February 28, their first on Iraqi soil in 40 years.The king described the game, which Iraq won 4-1 in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd, as a “success”, Abadi’s office said.It was watched by Asian Football Confederation head Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa who said “the time has come” to end the three-decade ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.FIFA is due to decide on March 16.The country has not played full internationals on home turf since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.The ban, covering all but domestic matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.It was briefly lifted in 2012, but a power outage during an Iraq-Jordan match in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil led FIFA to promptly reinstate it.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Hughes to miss 6-8 weeks

first_imgCleveland guard Larry Hughes will miss the next six to eight weeks with a broken finger. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said that one or two screws would be inserted in the joint area of Hughes’ right long finger to close the fracture. The surgery will be done in Cleveland later this week. Orlando’s Hill out: Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill was placed on the inactive list for Wednesday’s game against Toronto Raptors because of a strained groin. Hill missed the first 19 games this season after sports hernia surgery. Bulls’ Chandler sidelined: Chicago center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss a week with a sprained right ankle. Chandler injured his ankle when he stepped on the foot of Milwaukee guard Mo Williams during the third quarter of Monday’s 93-92 loss to the Bucks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Also: Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson wants to be a part of the U.S. basketball team for the 2006 world championships and 2008 Olympics, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said. … Guard Mateen Cleaves was waived by the Seattle SuperSonics. … The Houston Rockets waived rookie guard John Lucas III and forward Josh Davis. … The Utah Jazz assigned second-round draft pick C.J. Miles to Albuquerque of the NBA Development League. center_img 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

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MATCH REPORT: Man City thrash Palace 5-0 to boost top four hopes

first_img Kevin De Bruyne was the key man for Manchester City against Crystal Palace Manchester City boosted their hopes of a top four finish to the Premier League season with a dominant 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.David Silva opened the scoring with just two minutes on the clock, sweeping home after sloppy defending from the Eagles.The score remained the same until minutes into the second-half, when captain Vincent Kompany made it 2-0 with a fine first-time finish from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.De Bruyne was in great form and orchestrated most of City’s best moves. He was unlucky to hit the bar with a dipping free-kick moments later with a dipping free-kick, but he eventually found the back of the net on 60 minutes with a neat finish from the edge of the box.The rout continued when Raheem Sterling fired past Wayne Hennessey on 80 minutes with a sweet half-volley, under absolutely no pressure in the penalty area.And the thumping was complete when Nicolas Otamendi headed in to make it 5-0 in stoppage-time.There were seven Crystal Palace defenders in the box when De Bruyne’s free-kick was floated in, but not one of them picked up Otamendi’s run and he was left free to steer a header past Hennessey to wrap up a big win.Palace rarely threatened. They were set up for Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke to hit on the counter, and while they looked dangerous at times, their attacks were well snuffed out by City’s back-four.Pep Guadriola’s side ended the game with 69 per cent possession, registering 26 shots on goal to Crystal Palace’s meagre five.Substitute Mathieu Flamini’s deflected shot being tipped over by Willy Caballero was the closest they came to scoring.The win moves City up to third place, level with Liverpool on 59 points, and four points clear of fifth-placed rivals Manchester United.Crystal Palace, meanwhile, sit six points above 18th placed Swansea, but their superior goal difference may just be enough to secure their safety from relegation with two games to play. 1last_img read more

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‘I don’t make many mistakes’ – Liverpool star insists he is finding his feet

first_img changes Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates the Reds scoring Popular Premier League News 2 gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “I’ve locked myself in my room in the past but I don’t do that anymore!’ he told the Daily Mail.“I am more mature today so I deal better with the mistakes than the many times when I locked myself away and wanted to be alone. But if you look at my history, I’m not somebody who makes many mistakes.“My game is characterised by consistency and that is what has brought me to Liverpool and helped me grow and develop. I make simple saves: they are not to show off or Hollywood saves for the camera. I like to keep it simple. Yes, I’m working on playing with my feet so I take risks.“I wait for options, hoping that a space for a pass will appear at the last moment. That’s what happened at Leicester game.“The ball held up in the grass and, if it hadn’t, I think I would have made a successful dribble. I know now I should have kicked the ball into the stands.” The Brazilian has rarely been tested with the Red conceded an average of just 8.2 shots per game, the third best record in the division.But believes his penchant for doing the easy things rather than making a show of his shot-stopping ability has allowed him to flourish, so far.And while he did make a mistake against Leicester City, although it didn’t stop Liverpool from claiming a win, he revealed he’s matured in the way he deals with these moments. SORRY silverware center_img Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 REVEALED Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has insisted he’s the right man for Liverpool having replaced error-prone predecessors Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.The £67million summer signing has already made one blunder in the Premier League but believes you won’t see many more as it’s in his style to keep it simple. tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted whoops Alisson had a moment to forget against Leicesterlast_img read more

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Spurs target Barca ace, PSG eye West Ham defender, Man United transfer boost

first_img 3 3 IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Barcelona ace Malcom in a rare outing for the club. The Brazilian is wanted by Tottenham. targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Here’s a round up of the latest news and rumours from Saturday’s newspapers and online… Tottenham have been linked with a move for former target Malcom. The 21-year-old Brazilian forward is struggling for game time at Barcelona and could look to leave for more regular first-team football. (Corriere dello Sport)Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is planning ahead for a summer fire sale, with Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele topping the list of players he wants to offload. (The Sun)Dele Alli is close to signing a new contract with Tottenham. (Sky Sports)A group ofManchester United players are set to be fined by the club, after they refused to turn up to a sponsor’s event in protest at the transport problems the team has suffered before recent Champions League fixtures. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho wanted his players to join him in walking from the team hotel to Old Trafford after their bus was stuck in traffic for the Champions League game against Juventus, but security staff vetoed the move. (Daily Mail)center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ West Ham centre-back Issa Diop is wanted by PSG Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hinted he will not seek a loan move in January because he wants to continue to learn from manager Maurizio Sarri. (Evening Standard)Newcastlemanager Rafael Benitez has suggested he could remain as boss next season, despite being out of contract in the summer and the team sitting at the foot of the Premier League table. (Daily Mirror)Should Benitez leave, Newcastle are considering a move for former Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, although top flight rivals Leicester are also interested. (le10sport)Jamie Vardy is apparently angry with Leicester manager Claude Puel, who is considering dropping the English striker for the Foxes’ clash against West Ham on Saturday. (Daily Telegraph)Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, is resigned to leaving Arsenal in the summer but has ruled out a move to derby rivals Tottenham. (The Sun) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 United have been boosted in their pursuit of Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba. The Spanish club are set to wait until the end of the season to offer the 29-year-old a new contract, which has presented the Red Devils with a window of opportunity. (Diario Sport)Bayern Munich have joined Man United in the race for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who is rated at £50million by the Italian club. (Calciomercato)West Ham defender Issa Diop is a target for Paris Saint-Germain, who could offer £50million for the 21-year-old French centre-back, according to reports. (Daily Mail)The Hammers have also been linked with a £33m move to sign Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24, from Atlanta United. (Ultima Hora) moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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FTC claims ‘spam’ e-mail on decline; critics disagree

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Ritter questioned how effective the anti-spam law has been in going after renegade e-mail marketers or spammers who can simply move overseas. “It’s a good law for people who want to follow it, but the real fundamental problem is the practice itself and the fact that people aren’t easily tracked down,” Ritter said. The FTC cited two studies in its report. One, by e-mail filtering company MX Logic, said spam accounted for 67 percent of the e-mail passing through its system in the first eight months of this year. That’s down 9 percentage points from the same period a year earlier. The second report by MessageLabs, another e-mail filtering company, said spam rates rose for much of last year but have since declined and hover near the levels they were at in December 2003 – when Congress passed the anti-spam legislation. Even so, the commission acknowledged that spam is still a major headache. “We’re really not here saying that the spam problem is solved,” said Lydia Parnes, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection. “What we’re saying is that we’re making progress.” The commission announced three enforcement actions taken in the past several weeks to derail those accused of sending mass bundles of spam. On behalf of the FTC, the Justice Department filed civil complaints against four people who allegedly sent illegal and unwanted spam e-mails. Two cases were filed in federal court in Chicago and one in Seattle. The commission accused the defendants of hijacking consumers’ computers and turning them into spamming machines that flooded mailboxes with unwanted e-mails. The FTC said the spam was sent with false “from” information and misleading subject lines – a violation of the anti-spam law. The spam also didn’t provide a postal address or an “opt out” option, which allows a consumer to block future e-mails. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Those annoying “spam” e-mails for Viagra or low-rate mortgages that clog computer users’ mailboxes appear to be on the decline, federal regulators said Tuesday. In a report to Congress, the Federal Trade Commission said the anti-spam law that took effect two years ago has helped curb unsolicited e-mail. The report also credits advances in technology, such as better spam filters that weed out junk e-mail. The report was met with some skepticism. “For us, we have not seen one single instance where spam has actually gone down,” said Jordan Ritter, co-founder of Cloudmark, an e-mail security firm based in San Francisco. last_img read more

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