GPSU wage/salary deadlockovernment seems to have an innate interest only in what is important to it, and according to political commentator, Dr David Hinds, when it comes to the situation involving the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), it is obvious that much consideration has not been given to the well-being of public workers.Speaking with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Hinds said Government’s 10 per cent salary increase offer was very much inadequate, considering the social, political and economic factors involved.Dr David Hinds“For example, 10 per cent of 60, 000 is $6000; there is not much more a woman with two or three children can do with that. Public servants, like all categories of workers, deserve a living wage. The Government’s explanation that that’s all they can afford is not good enough. What Government can afford is based on what Government prioritises,” Dr Hinds told Guyana Times in an invited comment.Government and the GPSU are still at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent increase offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.While speaking to this publication, Hinds questioned whether Government has made public servants’ wages a priority.“Of course, there are times when different categories of workers or different policy initiatives must be prioritised, but I have not heard of plausible reasons why public servant wages should not be given a look in at this point. I say this even after taking into consideration that the Government did give the public servants a raise during its first year in office. When one takes into consideration that the majority of public servants come from the Government’s constituency, it is even more puzzling that it is not more forthcoming,” he posited.Dr Hinds said while he was not suggesting that Government should engage in “overt clientelism”, the reality was that it was not sensible to go out of its way to alienate its constituency.Hinds continued, “I am a bit disappointed that the Government has chosen to go ahead and pay the increased wage even though the Union has rejected it.I think it’s bad political optics. It can be interpreted as a form of power politics—”We have the power to do it, so we will”.He said a better approach would have been to reach an interim arrangement with the Union of say 15 per cent, while the two sides continue to negotiate. This, according to him, would have sent a signal of compromise rather than “unilateralism”, and the latter was never a good approach for a government to take, especially one that is under the microscope as this government is.“If I were the Government, I would try arbitration as much as possible. It is not good politically. They should try to reach an amicable solution as much as possible. Getting a third party involved sends the message of inflexibility on the part of the two sides, but often it is the Government that suffers in the eyes of the public to avoid arbitration,” Dr Hinds saidWhile suggestions of arbitration have been brewing, the GPSU, however, has not yet begun such talks, although the option is openly available for it to thrash out the wages and salaries impasse with Government.The GPSU had come out very strongly recently, warning Government that it needed to be guided by the 1999 strike, which lasted for 57 days and led to arbitration over deadlocked salary talks.
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The law firm founded by the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who successfully defended O.J. Simpson against murder charges, has been sued for discrimination. Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley claimed in her lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court that the firm’s leaders discriminated against her because she is black. After Cochran’s death in 2005, the firm’s leadership was turned over to white men who discriminated against black lawyers and black clients, and who eventually fired her, the lawsuit said. “In deference to the memory of Johnnie Cochran and in deference to his family, I do not intend to engage in the public airing of our disagreements,” Holley said in a statement through her lawyer. “The lawsuit speaks for itself, and this matter will be litigated in the courts.” A call to the Cochran firm in Los Angeles was not immediately returned. Randy H. McMurray, a partner in the firm, told a newspaper the allegations were not true and that Holley was not fired.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COMMERCE – Firefighter Felipe Marcial stepped out on a ledge on the fourth floor of an empty building Friday and with strong ropes rappelled his way down the side to another firefighter waiting below. Then he headed back up to go through it all again. It was part of high-angle rescue training with Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 103 of Pico Rivera and Long Beach Fire Urban Search and Rescue 6 at the former Commerce Plaza Hotel. “I’ve been over cliffs that are 100 feet or more in the middle of the night for rescues,” said Marcial, a member of USAR 103. “That is why this is so important.” The day of training for 11 firefighters from the two task forces began in the morning and resumed in the afternoon after a brief interruption by a call to deal with a jumper on the Manchester Boulevard overcrossing in Inglewood. The jumper was brought safely down. By late afternoon, the firefighters had attached mountain- climber carabiners and ropes to a large tripod-like piece of equipment known as an Arizona Vortex that creates a high point for the ropes. The training, done by lowering the firefighter on a main line and a belay line attached to a harness on the firefighter’s body, are all meant to simulate a real rescue. Jumpers can be included in these types of rescues. Ropes also are needed to rescue children from wells, workers stuck in storm drains or pipes, window washers hanging off the sides of buildings and to bring up people whose vehicles go off mountain roads. “Most of these rescues can be very dangerous, so the main reason we are out here is for safety,” said firefighter Kevin Frye of USAR 103, who was in charge of the training. Friday’s training was the third USAR session this week and the last time the firefighters will be able to use the Commerce building before it’s demolished. The firefighters typically try to do the training three times a year, in addition to training in swift water, marine disaster and mountain rescues. The training helps such teams deal with incidents in Los Angeles County or wherever they are needed in larger disasters both in the United States and other parts of the world. Members of USAR 103 traveled to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and they went to New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack there. They were also on the scene after the tsunami in Southeast Asia. “We do a lot, so we need the hands-on practice,” said Capt. Don Griffiths of USAR 103. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028
A Donegal motorist walked free from court yesterday despite admitting drinking nine pints and failing a breath test.Man walked free form court after admitting drinking nine pints and failing a breath test.How hundreds of motorists facing drink driving charges may have their cases struck out after the DPP ruled in the case. Sean McKeown had his case struck out after the DPP decided it would not pursue the case against him.McKeown, 40, of Abbey Park, Manorcunningham was stopped by Gardai on November 13, 2011 and admitted to drinking and then subsequently failed a breath test.However solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn had argued that the case should be struck out because it was illegal.He said the Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) checkpoint was unlawful because the document authorising it had listed three different townlands.The solicitor quoted legislation saying “An authorisation shall be in writing and shall specify the date on which and the public place in which the checkpoint is to be established.”He told Judge Kelly: “It is clear that once an officer above the rank of inspector has signed authorisation for a MAT checkpoint that it must only specify one public place and one only.“The law does not allow for multiple choices for gardai below that rank and in this case that is precisely what the authorisation allowed for.The case had been put back until yesterday to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to review the case.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that the DPP had advised to withdraw the case.Solicitor MacLochlainn told Judge Paul Kelly previously that he had already had a similar case struck out.It is now feared that hundreds of similar cases due to come before the courts since the 2004 Road Traffic Act could also be challenged.It is now understood that Gardai name one specific location and not multiple locations for MAT checkpoints.DRIVER WHO DOWNED NINE PINTS AND FAILED BREATH TEST WALKS FREE was last modified: January 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:breath testdrink drivingJudge Paul KellyloopholemanorcunninghamSean McKeown
Action from tonight’s game. Pic Joe Boland/NorthWestNewsPixFINN Harps took maximum points at home to Galway United in a cagey affair tonight, Harps now have 3 wins from 3 as well as keeping 3 clean sheets along the way.A dull first half at Finn Park, were neither team could control the game or create any clear cut chances. On 34 minutes Scully got a half chance but failed to hit the target, as did Galway United’s striker Padraig Cunnigham 3 minutes later again failing to hit the target.It took until the 60th minute for the first shot to hit the target. The ball broke to Dave Scully who hit it on the half-volley but was easily gathered by Galway’s Conor Winn. The game opened up in the second half as both teams created some decent opportunites.Finn Harps broke the deadlock following build up play from McNamee and Scully, they worked the ball to Josh Mailey who then crossed with Sean Houston placing the ball into the corner of the net. 70 mins – Finn Harps 1-0 Galway UtdAlmost immediately after Harps taking the lead, the ball was laid back to Colm Horgan on the edge of Harps 18 yard box who struck well only to be denied by the base of Brush’s post.Galway pushed on for the elusive equiliser but the Finn Harps rearguard stood strong as it has on many occasions this year. A fantastic win for Finn Harps which see’s them leapfrog Sligo Rovers and Bohemians with 23 points. Harps are now 7th due to goal difference, level on points with St.Pats & Galway United. Next up for the Ollie’s men is a tricky away tie to Bray on Saturday the 16th of July. HARPS MAKE IT 3 FROM 3 AFTER DEFEATING GALWAY UTD was last modified: July 8th, 2016 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:3 from 3Airtricity Leaguefinn harpsGalway Utd
ADULT LEARNER WEEK AT MEVAGH FAMILY RESOURCE CENTREAs part of Adult Learners Week the Mevagh Family Resource Centre, supported by Donegal V.E.C, will be holding events in its Centre in Downings from Monday 25th February – Friday 1st March. The Adult Learners’ Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. Check the AONTAS website for other events happening in Donegal. http://www.aontas.com. Creative Writing WorkshopThe week of events will begin in Mevagh Family Resource Centre on Monday 25th February with a Creative Writing Workshop taking place from 10am-12pm. In this workshop Margaret Rooney will introduce participants to some useful tips and exercises that will assist them in finding a starting point to creating their own poems or prose.Mevagh Men’s Group Tuesday the 25th will see the Men’s Group taking place from 8pm-10pm. This group is open to new members and provides a weekly opportunity to mix with other males from the locality with a new activity happening each Tuesday. In the next Men’s Group Michelle Hay, From Mulroy Coast Guard will give a talk entitled Water Conservation.Discussion on Volunteering and Women in Public LifeOn Wednesday 27th February women are invited to attend an open discussion hosted by Finola Brennan and Noreen Clancy. Finola will talk about Women’s Voices -what gets them going and what keeps them going in their day-to-day lives. Noreen will speak on her experience on ‘Women in Public Life’ and Volunteering. This will be a inspirational, fun and informative gathering which takes place from 10-11.30am.Social Media WorkshopFor those out there with little or no knowledge of how to use Facebook, Skype etc., a training session on Social Media will provide attendees with a better understanding of how to create, share and exchange information via popular social websites like Facebook. This class will take place from 3.30 pm – 4.45 pm on Wednesday the 27th of February.HandcraftingAlways wanted to learn how to crochet or knit? The Craft Group are hosting an open morning on Thursday the 28th of February. This event will introduce participants to knitting, crochet, sewing and simple alterations to clothes. New members are always welcome. The group meet each Thursday 10.30am – 12.30pm. Family DayA Family Day for children (3-12 years) and parents will be held on Thursday 28th February. For those with younger members of their family there will be Storytelling, in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre Library, for 3-6 year olds from 3pm – 4pm. 7-12 year olds are invited to learn to play Draughts at 3.30pm – 5pm. Explore Computers with Your Child is aimed at guardians & their 7-12 year olds from 5pm – 6pm. Finally, a Medieval History Session will take place for 7-12 year olds from 6pm – 7pm. All family day events are open to Parents, Grandparents, Brothers & Sisters!Busy Bees Parent & Toddler GroupThe week of events ends with a Parent & Toddler group meeting from 10.30am to 12 noon on Friday 1st March. Bring your ‘Busy Bees’ and enjoy a morning of fun and games with your child. This is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other adults. All of the Adult Learner Weeks activities will have a small fee of €2 and tea and coffee will be served at each event. No booking is necessary but if you would like further information do not hesitate to contact the Mevagh Family Resource Centre on 074 9155055.DD LOCAL – MEVAGH FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE NOTES, DOWNINGS was last modified: February 19th, 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)Tags:Mevagh Resource Centre notes
Donegal county councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has reacted strongly to claims from the Department of Heritage that the partial privatisation of shuttle bus services at Glenveagh National Park will result in job creation.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigThe Independent councillor asked if more jobs will now be available where will they be advertised so that people can apply?“The truth is that there will be no new jobs. The introduction of a private contractor opens the door to the gradual privatisation of the entire service. “It is a cruel deception from the Department to raise hopes of new jobs in our county. They say that there are currently two full time and four part time staff at Glenveagh operating the present bus service, but have failed to mention that there is an additional standby driver used at peak periods in the months of July and August. This driver has already been told his services are no longer required. He will be replaced by the private contractor.“There are fears that as staff retire or leave, they will not be replaced, but that the privatised element will be expanded, a process of privatisation by stealth. This is what has effectively happened to the catering service in Glenveagh. After the bus staff, the garden staff could be next,” he claimed.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said he raised the question of where the privatisation agenda was coming from.“Was it from local management or the Department? The deceptive statement from the Department makes it clear it is coming from them. It is idealogically driven. “Where is the cost saving in replacing a seasonal bus driver who is on the minimum wage? It can only make sense if there is a more widespread agenda to save money through wholesale privitisation. I stand over my statement of last week that this will lead to job losses.“I remain totally opposed to this race to the bottom and offer the workforce in Glenveagh my full support.”Glenveagh. Pic by Donegal Daily. GOVERNMENT INVOLVED IN DECEPTION OVER GLENVEAGH JOBS – CLLR Mac GIOLLA EASBUIG was last modified: June 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:Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuigdonegalglenveagh national park
People in Inishowen have been urged to have their say on the proposed upgrade of the Coyles Bridge between Quigley’s Point and Carndonagh. It is proposed to extend the bridge on the downstream side using precast concrete box culverts and to realign the northern and southern approaches to eliminate this pinch point and improve the horizontal alignment of the road in this area.The bridge is a single-span bridge which carries the R240 between Quigleys Point and Carndonagh in the townland of Meenavanaghan within the Inishowen Municipal District. There is a pinch point which reduces the carriageway width from 6.5m to 5.4m at the bridge.Closing date for submissions is before 5pm on Friday, 22 November 2019.Inishowen residents urged to have their say on upgrades to Coyles Bridge was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
21 May 2007The first all-South African final in the history of the Super 14 produced a dramatic twist at the end as the Bulls, who had led the contest for only three minutes throughout, edged the Sharks 20-19 on a successful conversion by Derick Hougaard after Bryan Habana had scored a try after the final hooter had sounded.Agony and ecstacy summed up the final moments of the match for the Sharks and Bulls supporters, but somehow that description seems inadequate. One had to see it to truly appreciate the spectacle.An uncompromising battlePredictably, it was an uncompromising battle, but, if anything, it was the Sharks that shaded matters, excepting on the scoreboard. The home team’s forwards took it to the Bulls’ much-vaunted pack and enjoyed the advantage in the tight and loose phases, while the Bulls had the edge in the lineouts.Behind the packs, the Sharks’ backline showed more enterprise, but the Bulls hung in until the end and ultimately stole a memorable victory at Durban’s Absa Stadium which was swathed in a sea of black and white.“They outplayed us for 79 minutes,” admitted Bulls’ captain Victor Matfield following the game. That assessment was pretty much on the money as the Sharks showed greater focus despite the pressure of the occasion against their opponents who had much more finals’ experience.Hero nearly the villainIn the second minute of the contest, the Bulls’ hero at the end, Bryan Habana, very nearly became the villain at the start, with a nasty illegal tackle on an airborne Percy Montgomery, which saw the Sharks’ fullback clattered painfully to the ground. Had the tackle not occurred so early in the game, he would likely have been sin-binned.It was definitely a tackle that deserved 10 minutes on the sidelines and Habana admitted as much afterwards. “I was fortunate to stay on the field,” he said.After eight minutes the home team made it onto the scoreboard first when Montgomery slotted an easy penalty after JP Nel had been penalised for a shoulder charge.The Sharks were making the running, exhibiting more composure than the Bulls, but the visitors moved onto the attack when AJ Venter was penalised for using his hands at a ruck. Derick Hougaard could have had a shot at goal, but captain Victor Matfield instructed him to kick for touch. It was an unusual decision in a match where a bonus point for scoring tries wasn’t on offer, but it paid big dividends.First tryWinning a lineout deep inside the Sharks’ 22 metre area, the Bulls quickly moved the ball left to Matfield. He drew the defence before laying off a pass for a charging Pierre Spies, who ran with pace into the gap between two defenders, brushing off their attempted stops to burst over for the first try of the final.Hougaard added the conversion to put the Bulls 7-3 in front.Minutes later, Spies went from hero to villain. He broke off the back of a scrum in the middle of the field before passing wide to his right under pressure from an attacking Sharks’ defence. Winger JP Pietersen read the play perfectly, catching the pass and stepping inside before galloping away to score from 50 metres out, to the joy of the home fans.Montgomery’s conversion was off target, leaving the Sharks with a narrow 8-7 advantage.Extended the leadJust before the half-hour mark Montgomery extended the Sharks’ lead to four points by kicking another penalty after the Bulls were trapped offsides at a ruck.It was tit-for-tat as Hougaard reduced the deficit to a single point within two minutes after Brad Barrit was pinged for being offsides.Shortly after that Montgomery put a sitter over after JP Nel played the ball from an offside position. That put the Sharks 14-10 in front.Three minutes before the break, the fullback had an opportunity to extend his side’s lead to seven points, but he was wide with his kick.Drop goal attemptJust after the restart, Bulls’ flyhalf Derick Hougaard, as good an exponent of the dropped goal as there is in the game today, took a shot at the posts, but he was wide of the target.One minute later he was short with a penalty kick.It took 20 minutes of the second half for points to be scored and they went the way of the Bulls. Hougaard made the score 14-13 when he knocked over a penalty after Sharks’ skipper John Smit had been caught was his hands in the ruck by referee Steve Walsh.With only a point in it, the tension mounted as the clock ticked down. Three times drop goals were attempted, but three times they failed to produce points.Sharks’ tryThen, with only two minutes left on the clock, the Sharks drove furiously towards the Bulls’ line, employing the rolling maul that they had used so effectively throughout the Super 14 as an attacking weapon. The Bulls stopped the surge just short of the line, but Albert van den Berg picked up and dived over the top to just get the ball down on the tryline.The home crowd was ecstatic as it appeared the Super 14 trophy would be on its way to Durban.The result could have been decided by the conversion from Francois Steyn – not a difficult one – but he was wide, leaving the Sharks 19-13 in front.A converted try would win it for the Bulls.There was only one way to find a try and that was by the Bulls giving the ball air and passing it around to try and prise the stubborn Sharks’ defence open.Closing movementThe hooter sounded and both Butch James and Francois Steyn had opportunities to kick the ball out and win the game for the Sharks but, under pressure from the desperate Bulls, they failed to do so.Back the Bulls came. At a ruck it seemed they had lost possession but, miraculously, the ball emerged on their side.Out to the right the ball went to Habana. A wall of Sharks’ defenders rushed across to prevent the speedster from racing down the touchline. Habana, though, cut inside and suddenly it all opened up in front of him. A big gap provided more than enough opportunity for the flyer to race through. A huge dive took him across the tryline for a five-pointer that closed the gap to 19-18 to the Sharks.Hougaard duly converted the try and the final whistle sounded giving the Bulls the honour of becoming the first South African winners of the Super 14.It was a great reward for the Bulls’ coach Heyneke Meyer, who twice previously had been axed as coach of the side, but never gave up on his dream or that of his players of winning the southern hemisphere’s biggest tournament outside of test rugby.Standout performersFor the Bulls, captain Victor Matfield stood out, reinforcing the claim that he is the best lineout forward in world rugby. Bakkies Botha added the grunt in the engine room, while, in the backline, Bryan Habana showed just how devastating he can be as a finisher.For the Sharks, tighthead prop BJ Botha led the pack with distinction in the scrums, giving the home team the edge. Johann Muller, at lock, turned in a massive performance, while Jacques Botes was excellent in the loose, leaving many wondering how he had failed to make the Springboks’ 46-man squad.Butch James probably shaded his battle with Derick Hougaard at flyhalf, while JP Pietersen, on the wing, was electrifying, both on attack and defence.After the game, Sharks and Bulls fans braaied together on the packed fields surrounding the Absa Stadium, emphasising the cliche that had been heard so often before the game – one that was true, however – that South African rugby was the real winner. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material