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GPSU calls on Govt to resume talks for 2016 pay hike

first_imgThe Guyana Government has been formally notified of the Guyana Public Service Union’s (GPSU) rejection of its one to 10 per cent differential approach to increases for public servants and the Union.GPSU has also formally invited the Government through its negotiating team to resume negotiations “within the spirit of what is just, consistent with its 2015 manifesto commitment and with due respect for the Union’s representation in pursuit of a living wage being paid as the basic pay for an employee of the Guyana public service.”The GPSU, in releasing its missive to Government, said, “it is the intention of the Union to ensure that its members continue to be well-informed regarding the progress of the negotiations through the media and by way of other channels of communication available to the Union.It is the firm intention of the GPSU to continue to take the negotiations in a direction that results in an outcome that allows for public servants to attain the goal of a living wage and adequate related allowances and conditions of service,” the Union stated.Government Chief negotiator, Reginald Brotherson, the Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of the Presidency, was written to by GPSU’s acting General Secretary, Kempton Alexander, with the missive copied to President David Granger, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Finance Minister Winston Jordan.GPSU in its letter to Government said the Union “hereby informs you that at its General Council Meeting held on September 2, 2016, a unanimous decision was taken to reject the offer of 10 per cent – one per cent differentiated approach proposed by the Government of Guyana.”The GPSU has since called on Government to resume negotiations.GPSU President Patrick Yarde had over the weekend cautioned Government to return to the bargaining table, saying it should be guided by history, including the infamous 1999 public servants strike which lasted for 57 days and had to be resolved through arbitration.Yarde during the recent meeting of the GPSU’s General Council Meeting had cause to point out that more than $6.8 billion was set aside in the 2016 Budget to cater for salary increases for public servants – none of which was spent.He had also accused Government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it will go ahead and make an arbitrary award in face of the Union’s refusal of the differentiated 10 per cent to one per cent salary increases for public servants.Yarde has since also sought to remind the parties that form the coalition Government, that it had campaigned on a promise to pay public servants decent wages/salaries.“Rather than address workers’ wages/salaries and conditions of work, the Government instead opted to increase its own salaries by as much as 50 per cent,” Yarde said.Yarde, in his public missive over the weekend, said the outcome of any negotiation that is considered just, is one where the results are agreed upon by the parties involved.He said the GPSU rejected the wage/salary offer and for the Government to state that the position put forward to the Union is final; and it will go ahead and implement it even if the Union has not accepted same, is a breach of trust and can be described as evidence of bad faith negotiations.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEAM HOPING FOR A ‘MODEL’ PERFORMANCE WITH PIPPA!

first_imgAll roads lead to Pairc Naomh Brid in Ballintra this coming Sunday for RTE’s Celebrity Bainisteoir.The Donegal side line out against St.Marys Rochfortbridge with a huge amount at stake.Gates open at 1pm and the match starts at 3pm. The Green and Black flags are already flying high around the parish this week in support of model Pippa O’Connor and the boys.And there promises to be a red hot reception for Pippa’s husband Brian Ormond who is in charge of St Marys.“A large crowd is expected so come early to get a good spot and there will be parking available in the field across from the pitch.“Bring all your friends and family and cheer the boys on to what we hope will be victory,” said a spokesman.  DONEGAL TEAM HOPING FOR A ‘MODEL’ PERFORMANCE WITH PIPPA! was last modified: July 24th, 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) Tags:BRIAN ORMONDCelebrity BainisteoirPIPA O’CONNORlast_img read more

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Federer’s cricketing display at Wimbledon makes him ‘No.1 Test batsman’

first_imgWorld No.2 Roger Federer eased his way into the quarter-finals of the ongoing Wimbledon on Monday but not before showing off his cricketing ability.Federer was 2-0 up in the first set against Adrian Mannarino when the top seed returned the Frenchman’s shot with a cricket-like forward defence only to concede a point.Wimbledon took to Twitter and tagged International Cricket Council (ICC), the world cricket’s governing body, to ask how much “ratings” Federer deserved for that forward defence shot.Ratings for @rogerfederer’s forward defence, @ICC?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/VVAt2wHPa4Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018ICC replied with an image of Test rankings for batsmen which showed Federer ranked as the No. 1 in the world.*sigh* ok… pic.twitter.com/KXnhaznxL8ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018The cricket body also compared Federer’s shot to Sachin Tendulkar and shared the famous Spiderman meme showing Tendulkar meeting Fedrer. ICC captioned the meme: “When greatness recognises greatness.”When greatness recognises greatness pic.twitter.com/UB2hJli5gwICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018Federer’s pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 win over Mannarino.The 20-time Grand Slam champion was in blinding form during the first set, which blazed by in 16 minutes, but after the Swiss missed four break points in the opening game of the second set, Mannarino made more of a match of it.The world number 26 became the first man to reach break points against the 36-year-old at the All England Club this year, but failed to convert any of them as Federer made it to at least the last eight of the grasscourt major for the 16th time.advertisementFederer, who has now won 32 sets on the trot, needs one more straight sets victory to break his previous longest streak at the All England Club. He holds the record of 34 consecutive sets at Wimbledon between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.The eight-time champion will next play South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Mailbag Friday: why is BBQ so good?

first_imgWhy is barbecue sauce so good even though its not orange? [email protected]’m actually glad it’s not orange. Between tangelos, cheese, carrots, and Gatorade, I already have enough orange in my dietary rotation. In fact, I sometimes feel weird eating orange food because everything the color reminds me of Cheetos.So even though I might be housing a super-healthy carrot-tangelo smoothie (this sounds horrendous) it still feels like I’m packing Cheetos into my love handles. Cheetos are the worst.But back to BBQ sauce. You know how some people are really haughty about their meat consumption? Well I never put any kind of sauce or spice on my meat because my meat comes from grass-fed cow-beasts off the coast of Kenya and it has all the flavor I need already cooked in! I only pay $68 a pound at Whole Foods!Yeah, those people are idiots.I put barbecue sauce on everything. Those BBQ pizzas at CiCi’s that everybody used to avoid like the plague? Loved them. Chicken on the grill? Drowning in it. Steak? Pass me a liter of the stuff. I would drink barbecue sauce if it wasn’t culturally unacceptable to do so.The hue is perfect too — I get a little squeamish when my food starts getting too colorful. A deep red with some pepper and other spices mixed in is close enough to being dull that it doesn’t remind me of anything else (Cheetos!) and the taste is magnificent[1. Stubbs is the only acceptable answer to “which kind do you buy?”].So to answer your question (because I haven’t yet), I have no idea why barbecue sauce is so good (though I think it has to do with the amount of sugar companies put in it) — with stuff like that it’s sometimes better to not know.And thank God it’s not orange.OSU starting 5 for basketball made up of non basketball players? [email protected] question.Off the top of my head here are my starting five (it’s going to be difficult to not go all-football):PG – Jarrett Higgins — His favorite athletes are Kobe, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Young. And he’s fast as hell.SG – Justin Gilbert — I’ve heard stories of him doing things at the Colvin that would make Kirby Gardner raise an eyebrow.SF – Tracy Moore — His dad played in the NBA.PF – Blake Jackson — He’d be a monster if he could catch an entry pass.C – Alan Gelogaev – Just because I can.There’s a decent chance this five (with Eddie coaching them) could have rolled with Ford’s pre-Smart teams for at least a half.Over/under on the number of headsets Holgy goes through this year? [email protected]’m assuming you want me to set this line which I will do at 7.5.And you will all take the over.Favorite woman on television? [email protected] you mean the Tami Taylor memorial “best woman on television whom your wife doesn’t hate that you like” award? I’m not watching a ton of shows right now but of the ones I watch, I’m all in on Peggy from Mad Men.She’s gone from the timid secretary to the sneering, strutting copywriter who has the stones to roll Don Draper in a way that nobody else in the company (including the men) wo;;. She’s no Tami in the looks department but her gumption more than makes up for it.Honorable mention to Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) on The Americans[1. I’ve only seen the first four episodes so she might be able to overtake Pegs once I get deeper into the show.]Who is the most clutch player in OSU sports history? [email protected]_g34Such a great question to ponder. I think I’m going to go with Josh Fields here. He has 22% of OSU’s Bedlam wins since 1945. He slayed the Nebraska giant as well. I also considered Weeds, Lucas, Obi, Ventura, and Zac but I have to hand it to Fields.What percentage of plays will we see 2 QBs on field at same time? [email protected] given that a dude with two Xs in his name is third string and OSU’s recent history of QB injuries is not exactly spectacular, I’d say somewhere between 0% and .1%.Who are the best former (and even current) players to follow on twitter? [email protected] don’t follow a lot of athletes on Twitter because most of them are all like “bro, threw some weight around today” and tweet incoherent things that only their teammates can understand. Or they’re pumping some sponsored product that I just don’t care about.Here are some of my awards though:Overall favorite: Weeden (@bweeden3) — Really one of the first OSU people who figured out social mediaBest unintentional comedy: Tony Allen (@aa000G9) — Literally anything is in play.Favorite former athlete: Andrew McGee (@Coach_McGee)Best Instagram: @realrickiefowler — It’s not even close.Which current OSU golfer is going to have the most accomplished career? [email protected] question. It depends on how we’re defining “most accomplished career” — how many regular tournaments equals one major for you? What do you do with European Tour events? What about international play? Olympics?I think we can throw out Wittenberg (meh), Verplank (age), Loar (done nothing on PGA Tour), and Martin (done nothing on PGA Tour). That leaves us with Fowler, Van Pelt, Mahan, Howell, Uihlein, and Hoffmann.Mahan is probably the leader in the clubhouse right now — he has five wins but one was in match play and he doesn’t have a top five at a major yet.Van Pelt and Howell are a little older than the other guys though a major would push either of them to the top of this list since they’ve both won multiple times before (Howell — two PGA Tour wins, Van Pelt — one PGA Tour, one European Tour, and one Asian Tour). It’s also pretty interesting to note that Howell is the 24th highest ranked golfer on the all-time money list with $25 million. Mahan is 27th and Van Pelt is 49th.I think the safe answer is probably Fowler though. I think he’ll be considered the best when all is said and done. He’s already been on a Ryder Cup team, has a win (Wells Fargo Championship), and a top five at a major (2011 British Open) — and he’s only 24.Uihlein’s career is going to be really intriguing too. He doesn’t shy away from the Adam Scott comparisons (in terms of starting on the European Tour) and he’s got (literally) an entire section of the golf world behind him. He could usurp Fowler shortly and, to be fair, Fowler is no lock to take the mantle from Mahan.I think it’s fair to say that a major win is worth 4-5 regular wins. I really believe Fowler is going to win a major at some point (I don’t think Mahan will). So that would immediately vault him to No. 1 on this list (as it would for Mahan, Van Pelt, and Howell as well) with everybody else chasing.Talk about “talk abouts.” [email protected]’s a borderline epidemic at this point. At some point — probably after a few Shiners — I almost changed my mind about this. I was willing to at least give the benefit of the doubt to reporters and journalists about slipping into this habit. “It’s a long season,” I said, and sometimes you just run out of questions.But in the last few weeks I’ve covered the Byron Nelson and Colonial golf tournaments for CBS and done a bunch of interviews and been in press conferences and…well…it’s just not that difficult.I am dying for an athlete, when asked “can you talk about what tonight was like for you?” to answer “yes, I can” and move on to the next question. That athlete would immediately become my favorite athlete ever.Here’s some breaking news for you: athletes (and coaches) will actually give you fairly interesting answers if you ask them interesting questions and don’t just bloviate about how great they are and punctuate with a weak non-question question.If you can’t tell, this is a hill I’ll die on.Other journalistic hills I will lose my life on: “sneaked” instead of “snuck” and misplaced apostrophes (when referencing home runs it’s “HRs” not “HR’s”).If OSU was not a Nike school and you had to choose between Under Armour or Adidas [email protected] would choose to die.Not really, I would just choose another school.OK, seriously, I would choose Adidas. Under Armour is what 12-year-old boys think is cool. To be fair, I do have a few pieces of Under Armour gear but for the most part it’s just horrendous. I don’t mind the long sleeves or hoodies (of which I have both) but their design team seems to have been injected with whatever the Mad Men characters were injected with last week.I mean you’ve seen these, right?mdflagunis3This is the work of a design team in a drunken stupor about three weeks before this game. Adidas at least does some relatively legitimate things. The colored “C” on the UCLA uniforms a few years ago denoting their 100th NCAA title was pretty amazing. And their soccer and golf stuff isn’t awful.I’m not trying to get Kansas’ monochromatic basketball uniforms or anything but with a gun to my head I’ll go stripes over UA.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. 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