GPSU takes aim at Private Sector’s annual $40B ‘perks’

first_img…says more than enough to pay public servants a liveable wageThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has taken umbrage over recent statements emanating from representatives of the local Private Sector, saying that the more than $40 billion it is handed each year in tax waivers and other concessioGPSU President, Patrick Yardns can be used to pay public servants a liveable wage.The public servants’ bargaining body was at the time speaking specifically to Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Vishnu Doerga’s recent statement regarding Government’s ability to afford to make a higher pay increase to public servants.The Union has since questioned whether the more than $40 billion in concessions given to the Private Sector annually has in any way motivated Doerga’s seemingly ill-advised statement.GPSU, in a strongly worded missive in response to Doerga’s affordability argument, said that members of the Public Sector were currently being held prisoners “of meagre wages and salaries”, and they continued “to be victims of a mundane and miserable existence”.The bargaining body, which recently rejected the 1 to 10 per cent final salary increase proposal made by Government, said Doerga, “in all of his argument as with those of Ministers (Winston) Jordan and (Dominic) Gaskin, no consideration is given to the issue of a living wage, not a level of earnings that support the kind of lavish lifestyle enjoyed by many members of the business class, but earnings that afford a decent living, which properly defined, can be taken to mean enough to afford themselves and their families a reasonable and comfortable level of existence.”Taking aim at the concessions afforded to the Private Sector annually, the GPSU said, “If there is some validity in the affordability argument to which both Mr Doerga and the mentioned Ministers cling, the question that they must answer (if they dare) has to do with whether the concept of affordability does not apply in equal measure to the vulnerability of an undermotivated Public Service that continues to keep going by sheer force of will.”The GPSU said Doerga must also relate affordability to the more than $40 billion in duty-free concessions and remission of taxes which the Government gives to the Private Sector each year.This, the Union contends, incidentally, “is more than what is required to pay Government employees in and out of uniform, ie, Army, Police, teachers, public servants wages and salaries, etc.”The GPSU used the occasion to also point out that there was, as well, the issue of Private Sector operatives who do not pay their correct taxes as was mentioned by the Finance Minister.It has since recommended to Doerga and “those of his private colleagues who share his view a course of action that supports a better paid, better incentivised Public Service… This is in the interest of the Public Sector, the Private Sector and the country as a whole.”Despite the repeated objections which have since led to a call for conciliation, Government will this month begin to make the 1 to 10 per cent pay increases.This will mean that public servants will, on their October pay cheques, be receiving their increases for the month, in addition to the amount accumulated retroactive to January 2016.Minister Jordan made the disclosure recently as he engaged the media corps, and insisted that it was all Government could sustainably afford at the time.At the time of the announcement of the final offer, Government had sought to emphasise that the proposal for wages and salary increases for public servants had taken into consideration the current socio-economic environment and 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.last_img read more

West Ham locked in five-way battle for former Liverpool forward

first_img1 West Ham, AC Milan, Lyon, Valencia and Feyenoord are locked in a battle to sign Fenerbahce forward Dirk Kuyt.Reports in Turkey suggest that the former Liverpool striker is ready to make a move and could even leave in the January transfer window.Kuyt, 34, is out of contract at the end of the season and Fenerbahce could look to cash in now rather than risk losing him for nothing during the summer.The Dutch forward has been one of the star performers for the Turkish club and has revealed that several clubs are looking to clinch his signature.Kuyt, speaking on Eurosport Turkey, said: “Yes I have received offers from both within and outside Europe.” Dirk Kuyt in action for Holland last_img

Volgograd calm as England fans arrive for W. Cup opener

first_imgOn Sunday, excitement built as Monday’s Group G encounter between England and Tunisia approached.There had been concern that Volgograd could be a flashpoint because of its historical importance to Russia and the risk of potentially provocative behaviour by England fans.Two years ago at Euro 2016 there were violent clashes involving England supporters sparked by Russian fans in the French city of Marseille.Most of the 5,000 England fans expected for the match were thought to be arriving early Monday morning.Only a handful emerged from Volgograd station on Sunday afternoon from the Moscow train after its 20-hour journey south.“Officially through the FA (Football Association), England fans have bought 2,200 tickets for this game. But we expect a few more have got some in the neutral sections,” Thomas Concannon of England’s Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) told AFP.“I doubt if anyone will come here without a ticket because they were still on sale and England hadn’t sold out their allocation.”– Low turnout –He played down fears of trouble, with the England fan turnout expected to be much lower than during the European Championship in France two years ago, and security tight.“In comparison to previous tournaments it is quite a light turnout because England always travel well, take 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 to a tournament,” said Concannon.“This is quite low. They’ve been put off by the prices. It is not a cheap trip. And it is not an easy place to get to.”England manager Gareth Southgate believes the game will pass off peacefully. Twenty years ago in Marseille, there were running battles between fans when these two teams last met in the World Cup.“There have been a lot of stories leading into the tournament which have put people off coming,” Southgate said Sunday. “We don’t see any dangers, everyone can see the security around the tournament.”And Southgate paid tribute to the fans who had made the long, expensive journey to the city, which now takes its name from the Volga river.“We’re really grateful to those who are travelling. It gives us a huge lift to see the fans in the stadium.“I’ve met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back. Sometimes those good people following us are overlooked at the expense of some of the guys who have caused problems in the past.“I don’t expect that to be an issue this time.”The new Volgograd Arena, where Monday’s match will take place, is overlooked by the famous 85-metre-high Mamayev Kurgan, or “Motherland Calls” monument, the tallest statue in Europe.“We are hoping it does go as smoothly as it should and the world’s press will write about a great football tournament and nothing negative,” said FSF spokesman Luc Jones.The mayor of Volgograd, Andrei Kosalapov, said: “We have had no trouble from England fans and we do not expect any. Volgograd is a city of peace.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“The Motherland Calls” statue in Volgograd © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZESVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – England fans began to trickle into Volgograd on Sunday as the Russian city that bears the weight of World War II history offered a warm welcome before hosting its first World Cup match.The Volgograd Arena stands on one of the major battlefields of the war — two million people died in the battle named after the city’s former title of Stalingrad.last_img read more

Golfer educates students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Stevy Loy is headed for the Ivy League, but before she begins the college phase of her golf career – at Columbia University in New York City – the Valencia High senior and 2005 Daily News girls golfer of the year wants to help other high school athletes be better prepared for the scholarship chase. That’s why Loy, longtime Santa Clarita Valley golf instructor Lee Breckenridge and recruiting service adviser Tom Franco are participating Thursday night in a workshop at Valencia, addressing issues they believe will help scholarship hopefuls. “I didn’t know much of anything,” Loy said of the recruiting process. “I didn’t even think about playing college golf until probably my junior year.” Then, her play started to show the value of her devotion to practice, and by the end of last summer Loy had played in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships, attracting the interest of Columbia, Georgetown and UC Riverside. Michelle Mannix of Valencia and Ali Erdman of Quartz Hill, who both have accepted scholarship offers from UC Riverside, also will participate. Loy’s father Steven and Carlos De Leon – father of 2003 Daily News girls golfer of the year Melanie De Leon of Saugus – are others involved in the workshop, which will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia multi-purpose room. “We’ll talk about a lot of things,” Stevy Loy said, “like contacting coaches, playing in the right tournaments and getting yourself out there. Maybe we can cut down some of the learning time. What I learned is there are definitely many different ways to get where you want to go.” Information: (661) 607-5956 or Names in the game: Justin Leonard opens his title defense today in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a five-round Palm Desert tournament that annually produces some of the lowest scoring on the PGA Tour. The 47th annual event again will have pros teamed for the first four rounds with amateurs – including more than 30 sports or entertainment celebrities this week. Two-time Classic champion Phil Mickelson also is in the pro field, which includes former area collegians Olin Browne (Occidental), Jason Gore (Pepperdine) and Brandt Jobe, Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf of UCLA. Golf-specific physical trainer Michael Pauldine of Woodland Hills enjoyed a strong showing by his area high school clients in Southern Section postseason play last year. Five of them – David Lipsky of La Canada, Danny Hoffenberg of Royal of Simi Valley, Ben Fox of Oakwood of North Hollywood, Nick Geyer of Viewpoint of Calabasas and Erik Jarvey of Highland of Palmdale – advanced to the section final, and all wound up with golf scholarships. Fox (Arizona), Hoffenberg (Fresno State), Geyer (New Mexico) and Jarvey (Cal State Northridge) are now on college golf teams and La Canada senior Lipsky has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Northwestern. Pauldine believes he has a talented new client in Harvard-Westlake of Studio City freshman Glen Scher, and Harvard-Westlake’s Scott Wood – the 2005 Daily News boys golf coach of the year – agrees this first-year high school golfer has plenty of potential. “He plays to a plus-1 handicap at North Ranch,” Wood said of Scher, who finished third in the 2005 Thousand Oaks City Championship, shooting 71-67 for a 2-under-par 138 at Los Robles Greens. Darlene Bognot, a three-time Southern California finalist for Monroe of North Hills, has transferred from Cal State Northridge and will play as a sophomore at College of the Canyons next season. Valley Invitational: El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana will be the site of a new high school tournament April 3, when Harvard-Westlake will be host team for the first Valley Invitational. Wood, who has coached Harvard-Westlake to Southern Section divisional team titles the past two seasons, said Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Loyola of Los Angeles, Mira Costa, San Marcos of Santa Barbara, Hart of Newhall, Valencia, Oak Park, Brentwood and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village are in the field. He hopes to add Taft of Woodland Hills and nine-time City Section champion Granada Hills. The play-six-to-score-five competition, which will offer team and individual awards, already has top candidates in both categories. Hart senior Jason Kang, who is No. 19 in the Golfweek national junior rankings, has accepted a golf scholarship offer from UCLA. Valencia junior Louis Amira qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur last summer and shot 63 in winning an American Junior Golf Association event in New Mexico. Oaks Christian senior James Dalthorp has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Arizona State. San Marcos is a perennial contender for Southern Section and Southern California boys titles. More reality: Golf Magazine is accepting online registration through next week for the St. Joseph Pressure Challenge, a taped-for-television golf-reality special scheduled to be aired by CBS in two segments prior to PGA Tour events in May. David Feherty will be host for the reality show, which will have average golfers – all with a handicap index of 8 or higher – competing for $250,000. Information: Dave Shelburne’s golf column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or 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


first_imgThis month will see the number of Irish schools flying the internationally recognised Green Flag exceed 2,500 as over 1,050 schools attend Green-Schools Award ceremonies across the country.214 schools will be awarded their first Green Flag in recognition of their hard work on the Litter and Waste theme while 874 schools will be successfully renewing their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship and Climate Change.The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at a remarkable rate with over 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 90 per cent of all schools in Ireland. Schools from across Donegal will attend a ceremony in The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny today. Five schools were awarded their first Green Flag while 51 schools renewed their Green Flag.The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority, NPWS and Trócaire. Green-Schools Ireland is sponsored by Repak and the Wrigley Company Limited.Repak is the lead sponsor of Green-Schools in Ireland and Dr Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak commented: Repak has been the lead sponsors of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme for the last six years in Ireland.In that time there has been a major attitudinal change to packaging recycling which is in no small part due to Repak’s involvement in the Green-Schools initiative. Ireland’s Green Schools divert 60 tonnes of waste from landfill every school day. Over the period of their sponsorship Repak has seen the numbers of schools participating in the programme grow from 1,809 to 3,746 and the number of new flags awarded increase by 1,681. Repak is delighted with the success and legacy this program creates for long term environmental change.” Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Green-Schools Manager, Anthony Purcell commented that, “it is a great achievement that so many primary and secondary schools continue to implement the Green-Schools programme successfully and as a result students across Ireland are having a very positive impact on the environment both nationally and locally”.Suzanne Tinney, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council commended the schools for their efforts.“I am delighted with the large number of Donegal Schools being awarded with Green Flags today. I wish to congratulate all the schools that are being awarded with their first Green Flag. This is a fantastic achievement and a great reward for all the hard work that the schools have put in over the past few years.“Today is also quite significant as we have a first for Donegal with the awarding of a Green Flag to a creche for the first time. It is great to see the green schools ethos starting at such a young age. To compliment this I would also like to congratulate all those schools who are today renewing their green flag on the Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity themes.“These schools will be receiving their 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th green flags which shows their level of commitment to the programme and also highlights the sustainability of the programme. I must say a special word of thanks to all the pupils, teachers, parents and other school staff without whose commitment and dedication the Green-Schools programme would not be such as success in Donegal.” DONEGAL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE THEIR ‘GREEN FLAGS’ TODAY was last modified: May 16th, 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:donegalGreen flagsschoolslast_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Management at The Brewery have structured another superb line-up of entertainment this weekend!Tonight, the fantastic Niamh and Eilís will play LIVE in the bar, while the hugely popular will kick-start your weekend for proper on Friday night. On Saturday, the supremely talented musician Matthew Crampsie is LIVE, with resident DJ Oisín playing all your favourites until late.On Sunday, it’s the increasingly popular Karaoke Sunday’s – think you’re a good singer.Why not prove it this Sunday at The Brewery, the stage is set.The Brewery also provides a sensational menu for food and serves daily until 10pm. As always, they’ve got all your sporting needs covered and all the major matches in Football, GAA and Rugby are all being screened live throughout the weekend.While, they will also have the box office World Heavyweight title fight between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua on Saturday night.Cocktails are just €5 – and they’ve got a great selection to choose from.ENTERTAINMENT: NIAMH & ELLIS, HEADROOM AND MATTHEW CRAMPSIE LIVE AT THE BREWERY was last modified: April 7th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesLiveMUSICThe Brewerylast_img read more

Harps left reeling as McNamee joins Swilly Rovers

first_imgFINN HARPS have dealt a massive blow with the news that midfielder Tony McNamee has left the club.Swilly Rovers boss Gerry Crossan confirmed tonight to Donegal Sport Hub that he had secured McNamee’s signature.“As a coach and a manager, I’m delighted to get the chance to work with a player of his calibre,” Crossan said. “Everyone at the club is delighted to see a former Swilly player move back to his homeclub after his time playing in the League of Ireland.”Ramelton man McNamee scored four goals in 60 appearances across two seasons at Harps.McNamee became frustrated at Harps this season with the amount of time he began to appear on the bench and is understood to have informed Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager, of his decision, prior to signing back with Swilly.Harps left reeling as McNamee joins Swilly Rovers was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:finn harpsswilly roversTony McNameelast_img read more

Ex-Liverpool star slams Man United man for ‘feigning an injury’ during England game

first_img REVEALED Most Read Football stories The England players protest the awarding of a foul against Welbeck possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures “There was nothing wrong with him, you were the one that fell onto him. The ball hit him, came out of your hands and he’s tapped it away.“I don’t see what he could have done different, as in Danny.” Emile Heskey has vented his frustration at Manchester United star David De Gea after the goalkeeper’s apparent playacting at Wembley.During Spain’s 2-1 victory over England on Saturday night, De Gea fell under pressure from Danny Welbeck deep into stoppage time before dropping the ball. 2 smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img MONEY Despite the late controversy, England was greatly outplayed by their Spanish guests.An early goal from Marcus Rashford ensured the party atmosphere inside Wembley was able to carry on, but goals from Saul and Rodrigo ensured it was a third straight defeat for England in all competitions. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Did David de Gea get away with one?Watch England’s late disallowed goal against Spain and read what the pundits made of it:— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 9, 2018“He can’t go anywhere can he? It’s not like he pushed him or put his arms up or anything, he stood there.“He [De Gea] came down on top of him and the worst thing for me is feigning an injury afterwards. David De Gea keeps out a Harry Kane effort at Wembley impact RANKED highlights The Arsenal striker thought he had given the Three Lions the share of the points during their opening UEFA Nations Game, only to see it ruled out for a controversial foul.Despite captain Harry Kane slamming referee Danny Makkelie for ‘bottling’ the decision, former Liverpool striker Heskey was far more disappointed with the goalkeeper for his part in the matter.When asked if the goal should have been allowed, Heskey replied: “Very disappointed, I don’t think he [Welbeck] did anything wrong. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have confirmed the appointment of Trevor Scanlon as Head of the club’s Academy.Trevor Scanlon – newly-appointed Head of the Finn Harps Academy.The former Harps and Sligo Rovers defender will take up the position following his role at Letterkenny Rovers where Trevor has been first team manager since 2013.The Finn Harps Academy currently has three age groups expanding to five for the 2015 season. Trevor previously worked as an F.A.I. Development Officer and Regional Emerging Talent Centre Co-Ordinator & Coach and holds qualifications as a F.A.I. Coach Education Tutor and a Child Protection Course Tutor.The Sligoman said he is looking forward to the new challenge.“The Finn Harps Academy is a great opportunity for me to bring some of my experiences from my time in the F.A.I. to assist the coaches in helping the players improve. We want to provide the players with a more challenging level of training enabling them to develop all their capacities to their full potential,” he said.Trevor feels that co-operation across the football community is important for player development “For me it is important that Finn Harps are trying to do things the right way. The link created between all the stakeholders in local football is crucial in the development of players throughout the county. The Donegal Schoolboys league, the grassroots clubs, the players, transparency in the way the club deals with these and how the club can play its part in helping to improve each element is key. Working in partnership with the D.S.L. and the county managers, the Academy gives more kids an opportunity to avail of quality coaching in a structured environment.”James Rodgers, Chairman of the Finn Harps Academy Committee said they are delighted that Trevor is coming on board as Head of Academy.“He has a wealth of experience in all areas of player development and this will be of huge benefit to the coaches and players at the Academy. While we are happy with the progress we have made so far we have been patient in building the project at a pace we feel is manageable and best for the players. Trevor’s appointment is another big step in the right direction and we are looking forward to working with him on the next phase of the Academy’s development.”TREVOR SCANLON IS APPOINTED AS FINN HARPS’ HEAD OF ACADEMY was last modified: October 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:Academydonegalfinn harpsTrevor Scanlonlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch UFC sensation Conor McGregor declare that if his fight with Jose Aldo was to fall through then he would fight the newly signed UFC fighter Joseph Duffy from Burtonport.Skip to 33.00 minutes into the video to hear McGregor’s views on Duffy being signed by the UFC. McGregor told the crowd of media assembled, “Let’s say if Jose pulls out, then lets bring in the last man to defeat Conor McGregor, because that sells as well.McGregor added, “To be honest I signed Joseph, I actually looked and thought if someone pulls out Joseph can slot in.“Joseph is a good guy, we fought many years ago, it was a different era, but if that fight presents itself you best believe I want that fight.Duffy was signed by the UFC a fortnight ago and debuts in Dallas in March against veteran fighter Vagner Rocher. Duffy’s notoriety has risen over the last six months because he was the last man to inflict defeat on McGregor and the UFC’s other Irish star Norman Parke.Two devastating KO’s from Duffy on his return to Cage Warriors seen the UFC move swiftly to secure the Burtonport man to the division.DDTV: MCGREGOR TO FACE DUFFY IF JOSE ALDO FIGHT FALLS THROUGH was last modified: January 20th, 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:Conor McGregorDDTVHome-page SportJoseph DuffyMMAnewsUFClast_img read more