…financial analyst dubs this development “ludicrous”By Samuel SukhnandanThe hiring of more ex-Guyana Defense Force (GDF) officers as consultants is causing severe encumbrance on central Government’s annual expenditure and the annual public service wage bill, says oversea-based Guyanese Financial Analyst, Sasenarine Singh.In citing the most recent financial bulletin, Singh pointed out that Central Government expenditure year-to-date totaled $29 billion, compared to $18.6 billion spent during the same period in 2016. While recognising that this massive increase is driven by many factors, Singh stressed that the most outstanding reason is the expansion in employment cost by 16.2 percent.“This is clearly because of but more importantly the expansion in the public service driven by these high cost advisors of mainly ex-GDF officers,” the financial expert opined.According to Singh, the expansion of employment cost a huge problem, since each of the ex-GDF officers who are now employed with Government is costing the state $10-12 million for each person annually.Reports are that there are about 20-25 such persons currently employed by the current administration, which when put together, could cost somewhere between $200 and $300 million each year.“This is an unfair burden to ask the people to carry. You do not have $300 million to pay 1700 GuySuCo workers at wales their severance pay, but you have that to pay 25 ex-GDF officer fat cat salaries. People who are already getting a full pension and on top of that they are getting huge wages,” he stressed.Singh, who once served on the executive of the Alliance for Change (FAC), told Guyana Times that while many of these ex-army officials might be good at military services, he strongly believes that a majority of them are being placed into positions that does not reconcile with their skillset.“So, you are putting in some cases square pegs in round holes and this can have a demotivating effect on the public service. People will realize that they can’t climb the ladder within the public service because of specialism. Because they don’t have the green card (ex-GDF officer),” he added.Importantly also, is the fact that young professionals are being put out of the system because there is less room for them to expand. “Because all of these ex-GDF officers are being parachuted, whether fit or unfit into all these keys roles,” Singh emphasised.He argued, “You can’t tell me that the GDF is the most competent organisation in Guyana. If you read the Auditor General (AG) Reports you would see they failed on many scores, at practicing proper public procurement and they are not necessarily the best spenders of money.”Singh said many of the AG reports, have pointed to cases where the GDF has failed to follow the procurement policies and public procurement laws in Guyana.“So, what are their criteria for being superior human being, than the rest of the society? There is none. It is just naked favoritism being exercised by the Granger administration and nepotism,” he added.According to the Finance Ministry’s March 2017 monthly report, expansion in employment cost resulted from new recruitment as well as the annualization of 2016’s salary increases, while growth in other goods and services was attributed to the early passage of Budget 2017.On the other hand, expansion in transfer payments was accredited to a rise in subsidies and contributions to international organisations, catering for early subscription payments to organisations as well as increased pension payments.
Garrett Muir posted fifth win of the season, making 22 saves on the night. “Flawless game by him, that’s for sure” said Captain Wongstedt of Muir’s performance, with Coach Kalb chipping in “You’ll go as far as far as your goaltending will take you, and right now they’re as good as any two in the league.” Cam MacKinnon scored the lone goal of the third period, firing into the open net after a nifty pass from Robbie Sidhu. The Huskies scored two powerplay goals and tightened their defensive screws, in a 4-1 win over Peace River on Friday night. “I think our powerplay’s coming along, said Wongstedt after the game. “We’re actually starting to get some progress out of it.” The Huskies have gotten their powerplay above 25%, after struggling with the man-advantage early in the season. Coach Kalb was thrilled to see better mileage out of his specials teams. “We incorporated a little bit of quickness in our game, whereas the last little while we’ve been kind of sluggish, and trying to slow things down” he said, adding “ when you slow things down, it doesn’t work. Our forte is speed and puck movement.” Late in the second period, penalties to Cody Kalb and Dylan Apsassin gave the Navigators a full two-minute two-man advantage. But, a shot-block from Kyle Porter, then another from Wongstedt negated the only two chances Peace River could muster. “Payden saved my butt” Garrett Muir said of Wongstedt’s shot block. “He’s unbelievable – I’m impressed.” After Peace River’s Brendan Dickson scored the lone goal of the first period, Fort St. John got two powerplays early in the second, and cashed in on both. On the first, Cody Kalb curled behind the Navigators’ net, and found Dan Pappin in front for a one-timer. On the second, Payden Wongstedt walked in from the point, and beat Cole Robert on a hard slapper. After taking the lead on Wongstedt’s goal, the Huskies kept pushing into Navs territory. Third string goaltender Cole Robert soon gave them a gift, when he miscommunicated with his defenceman, then mishandled the puck, then got it caught in his equipment, then fumbled it into the net. The goal went to Dylan Apsassin, and was as much insurance as Fort St. John would need. Midway through the third period, tempers flared after Jesse Disher was hit from behind by Colter Wiebe only 30 seconds after Wongstedt was hit from behind by Alex Balfour. Both players would be okay, and both resulted in minor penalties. Five on five, the Huskies continued to lock up its own zone, and for the second straight game, the team allowed only one goal against. “Our offence does what it has to do … but our defence is what we need to work on” said Wongstedt, “and once we do that, we’ll be a solid hockey team.” The Huskies wrap up the week on Sunday afternoon in Grande Prairie. The puck drops at 3:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on Moose FM.- Advertisement –
Table quiz in Sharkeys Bar Annagry Sat 10th March @ 9.30pm in aid of 5th & 6th class girls Scoil Anagaire/Rann na Feirsde travelling to Athlone for All Ireland Semi Finals Sportshall Athletics Competition on Thur 15th March. Bígí Linn!!!!!The club had strong representation in the Ulster Indoor Championships at the weekened in Magherafelt. Tara Harley won Gold in the Girls Under 13 Shot Putt with a throw of 7.03m. The team was Ailíse Nic Grianna, Tara Harley, Caoimhe Ní Bhaoill and Aoise Willoughby. Gold medal for Aoise Willoughby from Kincasslagh in the Girls Under 12 Long Jump with jump of 3.06m. Silver for Caoimhe Ní Bhaoill when she finished 2nd in the Girls Under 13 High Jump with a jump of 1.20m. The Rosses AC Girls Under 13 Relay team ended an exciting day in Magherafelt with Gold in the Relay. There was 4th Place finishes for Milly Doherty in the Girls Under 12 Shot Putt Mia Mc Devitt in the Girls Under 12 High Jump. Overall a great days performances and results and well done to all coaches and those who travelled on the day. The Donegal Community Games cross country competition will take place in Killybegs on Sun. 11th march at 3.00pm, reg. at 2.30pm. The events are Cross Country u13 1200m (5 boys & 5 girls, panel of 10) .Mixed Distance Relay u12 & u14, boys & girls teams in each event (panels of 6). The third and last race in the 5k Series is planned for Friday March 16th with a 6:15 start time and registrations at the Banks from 5:45 onwards. This is your last chance to see how much you have improved over since 6 weeks since the initial race. All walkers, joggers and runners welcome. Registration is now due so please contact Ita Gallagher or any committee member to get registered. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family. Check out our Facebook page – Rosses Athletics Club.ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 6th, 2012 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)
three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? And now he could be set for a switch to the Premier League with the Toffees considering the option of signing the player.Cheryshev is available with the Yellow Submarine looking to offload the player before the end of the current transfer window.He is only scheduled to return to training today following his World Cup exertions with host nation Russia, but could soon be on the move.Everton have history with players from that area of the world having previously signed Andrei Kanchelskis and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK Everton are interested in signing World Cup star Denis Cheryshev, according to Marca.The Villarreal midfielder, once on the books at Real Madrid, thrilled with some excellent performances and two stunning goals. REVEALED 1 targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Villarreal star Denis Cheryshev had an excellent World Cup. targets RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Transfer News Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LIVING THE DREAM moving on
NEW YORK – Procrastinators may have saved retailers this holiday season with a last-minute shopping surge that put merchants on track to meet their modest sales goals, two reports confirmed Wednesday. But retailers are also counting on a post-holiday sales boost from customers returning to stores to redeem gift cards. “Phase one at least met very modest expectations. It came late and it was uneven,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. “Now, we are in phase two, which is taking on a different character. It could make a modest Christmas into a much better Christmas.” A growing number of stores, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Coach Inc. and teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc., rushed in fresh merchandise to boost the post-holiday business, hoping that customers will snap up some bargains and pick up some new merchandise. That could help boost fourth-quarter profitability, particularly for many apparel stores, which have had to discount heavily to lure customers. A better holiday picture will emerge next week when the nation’s retailers report their December sales results. Niemira believes that if more shoppers than expected redeem their gift cards over the next week, it would add almost 1 percentage point to the December results. How profitable retailers’ fourth-quarter period, which ends late January, will be depends in part on how much bargain buying and how much regular-price buying shoppers will do over the next few weeks. Burt Flickinger, managing director of consulting firm Strategic Marketing, isn’t that hopeful. “I think customers are just looking for the deeply discounted product,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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 Niemira estimated that about 60 percent of gift-card redemptions occur between Dec. 26 and the end of January. Gift card sales are only recorded when customers redeem them. According to The International Council of Shopping Centers-UBS tally of about 70 retailers, sales rose 2.8 percent for the week ended Saturday, compared to the previous week, and climbed 3.9 percent compared to the year-ago period. The tally is based on sales at stores opened at least a year, known as same-store sales. Same-store sales for the month and for the November-December period are on track to meet a modest gain of anywhere from 3 percent to 3.5 percent, compared to a year ago. ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks sales of more than 40,000 mall-based stores, reported that total sales for the week ended Saturday rose 30.3 percent compared to the previous week, and were up 25.5 percent compared to the same year-ago period.
“That’s the … Marshawn Lynch doesn’t seem to miss the NFL much. Or maybe it’s the Raiders he doesn’t miss?Either way, the former Oakland Tech, Cal and Raiders standout found himself at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday. Not only that, Lynch was being interviewed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. shortly before drivers introductions at the South Point 400. And not only that, Lynch was to drive the pace car for the NASCAR event.“I hear this is a bucket list item for you?” Earnhardt said.
Employers should check the National Child Protection Register before they hire people to work with children, which would help to prevent abuse by those who have been convicted of crimes against children.South Africa established the National Child Protection Register in terms of Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act of 2005.The call was made by President Jacob Zuma, who said there were 441 people on the register who had been found to be unsuitable to work with children in the past financial year. “Let us protect children from further abuse.”He was speaking on International Children’s Day, which is observed on 1 June, at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.South Africa was “working hard” to address the scourge of child abuse, neglect and exploitation of women and children.The Department of Social Development had set up the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre, which counselled and supported survivors of abuse and violence.“The South African Police Service is under standing orders to act swiftly against those who abuse women and children,” said Zuma. “All our law enforcement agencies are also responding well and the conviction rates for perpetrators of crimes against women and children are encouraging.”The Cabinet had also established an inter-ministerial committee, led by the department, to combat violence against women and children.To report abuse, contact the development on 0800 60 10 11; the police emergency line on 10111 or Child Line on 0800 05 55 5.International Children’s DayInternational Children’s Day is observed annually on 1 June to honour children’s rights. It was proclaimed at the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.In South Africa, the day coincides with Child Protection Week, which this year is observed from 29 May until 5 June under the theme “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.The first day of June also marked the beginning of Youth Month, held to commemorate the 16 June 1976 student uprisings. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the protests.Source: South African Government News Agency
22 July 2013The government’s multi-billion rand Cornubia development north of Durban is set to get under way, with the South African National Roads Agency having agreed to fund the bulk of the R830-million N2/M41 interchange upgrade which lies at the heart of the development.Initially a joint venture between the eThekwini Metro Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, the Cornubia development has since been adopted by the Cabinet as a national priority project, bringing all spheres of government in as official partners in the development.Cornubia is a mixed-use, mixed-income, 1 200-hectare development, with 80 hectares earmarked for industrial development and the rest for commercial, housing and other social and public facilities, including schools, creches, clinics, multi-purpose halls, police stations and post offices.It is strategically located between Durban’s wealthier Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga areas and disadvantaged areas north of the city such as Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo.Situated some 15 kilometres south of the new King Shaka International Airport, Cornubia will see 24 000 new homes being built, 15 000 for subsidised housing and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels.Cornubia will also boast a bus rapid transport (BRT) system, hence a multi-nodal transport interchange for taxis and buses has been planned.According to the developers, Cornubia will eventually create 370 000 temporary construction jobs and 36 000 new employment opportunities.The issue of the funding of the N2/M41 interchange upgrade, which had previously held up the development, has now been resolved, with South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) spokesperson Vusi Mona confirming the agency’s commitment to funding the upgrade“The cost of the interchange is in the order of R830-million,” Mona told SAnews last week. “The contract was just awarded recently to the contractor, CMC.”Also speaking to SAnews last week, KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane confirmed that agreement on the funding of the interchange had been reached by all parties involved.“The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is going to contribute. However, at this stage, we are not in a position to disclose the actual investment in the project,” Ncalane said.eThekwini Metro City Manager S’bu Sithole also confirmed that all parties had agreed on the cost-sharing ratio for Cornubia, adding: “The developer is to move on site by August.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has responded to calls from members of Congress to investigate monkey experiments being carried out at a government lab. Four U.S. representatives—prompted by an aggressive ad campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which claimed that baby rhesus macaques at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development lab of Stephen Suomi were being ripped from their mothers at birth and being mentally traumatized—called on NIH to conduct a bioethical review of the lab.In a letter to the representatives sent late last week, NIH Director Francis Collins said that his agency “takes animal welfare allegations seriously” and that it had recently conducted an investigation into the lab. The review, he wrote, found no major problems with the research, though he did say additional steps would be taken to “further protect and improve animal welfare.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A day before Collins sent his letter, the American Psychological Association wrote to one of the U.S. representatives—Dina Titus (D–NV)—defending Suomi’s work, stating that the research “has enhanced our understanding of and treatments for mental illnesses such as depression, addiction, and autism.”