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Teachers deserve every cent of proposed figure – Opposition MP

first_imgSalary increasesOpposition Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill was on Saturday applauded by teachers as he said they deserve every cent of the increase being proposed. His statement was made on the lawns of the Caricom General Insurance Company in Ruimzeigt, West Coast Demerara, during a backpack distribution exercise.Juan Edghill is flanked by a few happy recipients of school bags, along with executives from the Region Three PSA“I believe our teachers need every cent that they can get to make their lives better. I will add (to) that sentence, I believe our teachers are deserving,” he said.The MP, whose first job was a teacher, said he is cognisant of the fact that teachers are some of the hardest workers and the parents of all the children they teach. “Teachers are a very special kind or a special breed. Everybody’s children are there children.”Further, Edghill pointed out, “I would want to ask all of Guyana even when we are having an impending crisis, if I have to give solidarity anywhere, it would be solidarity with the teachers of Guyana because they deserve it.”Edghill’s statement comes at a time where over 7000 teachers are slated to go on strike on Monday.On Friday last, the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) did not attend the conciliation talks between the Social Cohesion Ministry’s Department of Labour, and the Education Ministry since they received a late invitation.GTU President Mark Lyte has since signalled that the teachers’ strike is on as they continue to lobby for their increase in wages of 40 per cent on the 2015 salary, and five per cent with each year that came after until 2020.Meanwhile, the 500 school bags, worth over $1.5 million, were handed over to children from nine different schools by the Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) on behalf of the Private Sector Association (PSA).Edghill praised the Association for its tremendous effort and said it is evident that the region’s PSA is not just living for themselves but for others.“Don’t just take it for granted what is happening here this afternoon (Saturday) because this is not just about getting a bag or a bag pack to go to school. This is about giving our children hope,” the MP encouraged. As such, he urged the recipients to be inspired and to take advantage of what is being given to them.Meanwhile, President of the region’s PSA, Radesh Rameshwar, shared that he believes education is the greatest asset.“The Association recognises the importance of education for we all know that the greatest asset that could be given to a child is education and not a Nike boots or a LA gear shoe or sneakers or whatever it is… education is the only legal way out of poverty and by making these contributions today the Region Three Private Sector Association is laying the foundation for the reduction of poverty in Region Three,” Rameshwar stated.The nine schools which benefited from backpacks were Patentia Primary, Upper and Lower Bonasika, Kawal Primary, Vive La Force Primary, Wales Primary, Parika Back Primary, Vreed-en-Hoop Primary, Den Amstel Primary and Wakenaam Secondary.The Region Three PSA was founded in 2016 and has since funded several projects, including the rehabilitation of the Bonasika Computer Lab, where for the first time children have access to the Internet.last_img read more

QPR boss Redknapp praises Southampton following summer of turmoil

first_imgFormer Southampton boss Harry Redknapp is surprised how well the club has done after losing their manager and a number of top players in the summer.Mauricio Pochettino quit the Saints for Tottenham, while Luke Shaw joined Manchester United and Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert joined Liverpool.But Ronald Koeman has come in and, after signing a number of new faces at St Mary’s, he has the south coast club up to second in the Premier League table, much to Redknapp’s surprise.“I’ve been very surprised at how well they’ve done, it’s been amazing,” he said.“They keep producing good players there, they’ve got this conveyor belt of kids coming through.“They’ve bought well. He’s got a couple of good players from Holland that he knew and they’re a powerful outfit again. They play some great stuff with confidence.“They had another excellent performance against Arsenal the other night. I’m sure Ronald knows it’s a long season – we’re only five games in but at the moment they’re looking the real deal.” 1 New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman last_img read more

WATCH: Tottenham and Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb scores for Under 21s

first_imgNabil Bentaleb – remember the name, Spurs fans?The Algerian midfielder has played little part in the north Londoners’ Premier League campaign, having appeared in just one league game since September.The 21-year-old has impressed for the club in the last two seasons, but his progress has slowed after picking up an injury early in the campaign. He returned to action for Algeria in November and has since played in Tottenham’s first team in the Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League (against Crystal Palace). But French-born Bentaleb may be back in Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts after putting the under 21s back on level terms against Southampton. See below! Nabil Bentaleb GOAL: #SaintsFCU21s 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur U21s (Nabil Bentaleb 77)The visitors level it up at St Mary’s.— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 9, 2016center_img 1last_img read more

L.A. pension fund soars 11%

first_img “The ebb and flow of the markets is one thing. Then you have decision-makers, particularly at the state level, that as soon as the projections get rosy, they start handing out more money. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a benefit proposal on the table as these unfunded liabilities are perceived to be going down. And again, the taxpayers will get stuck holding the bag.” The record LACERA assets – which mirror an 11.2 percent gain in the California Public Employees Retirement System fund that pushed it to a record $200.1 billion last year – comes amid growing concerns about how public agencies are going to pay for the enormous unfunded liabilities, the difference between the assets and liabilities. In California, taxpayers are on the hook for an estimated $110 billion to $185 billion in unfunded pension and benefit liabilities. Nationwide, taxpayers are exposed to more than $350 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. These debts have grown significantly since 2000 as public pensions have become increasingly generous, boosting retirees’ monthly checks, making it easier for employees to retire earlier, and spending more on health benefits. National pension expert Stephen D’Arcy, a professor of finance at the University of Illinois, said the question of whether the improving stock market will reduce the unfunded liabilities significantly depends on elected officials. “In the long run, we can’t count on investment returns themselves bailing us out of the problem,” D’Arcy said. “We still have to have the discipline to fund the plans on a regular basis to meet the long-term needs. So if the public entities continue to put the funding in that is required, that coupled with some very good years in returns, will solve the problem. “What I’d be concerned about is if public officials look at the great investment returns, and then cut back on annual funding thinking they don’t need to put the additional funding in.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think it’s great news,” county Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said. “We tend to forget that the markets are cyclical challenges. They go down and they go back up. So the continued pressure on the county to fund the unfunded liability is greatly lessened by this. “I think (the unfunded liability) will go pretty close to zero. That’s what happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It went from a huge deficit to a surplus. It’s moving in that direction again.” George Passantino, a senior fellow at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, acknowledged the fund gains, but noted that the county issued $2 billion in pension bonds in 1994 to pay the plan’s unfunded liabilities, a debt the county will not pay off until 2010-11. And Passantino said Janssen’s predictions are too optimistic and that the county should focus on paying off existing pension debts, which total about $300 million a year. “That’s a roll of the dice that taxpayers should be a little concerned about,” Passantino said. “I’m sure there were a lot of attitudes similar to that in 1999 that, ‘We’re in good shape and it’s smooth sailing ahead.’ I’m not convinced that’s the case. Investment income from a gaining stock market and a hot real estate market helped boost Los Angeles County’s pension fund to a record $32 billion last year, the highest level in five years, county officials said Wednesday. The 11 percent increase is welcome news for the Los Angeles County Employee Association fund, which had faced soaring unfunded liabilities amid promised increased retiree pensions and rising health care costs and workers’ compensation claims. Officials said the boost – which pushed the fund over its previous record of $31.6 billion in 2000 – will help offset about $700 million of the fund’s $5.6 billion in unfunded liabilities last year. And the taxpayer contribution to the fund – which jumped from $522 million in 2003-04 to $750 million last fiscal year – is expected to increase more slowly, to about $779 million this fiscal year. last_img read more

Gardai took four years to contact accused in pony deception case

first_imgThe detective Garda who investigated a deception case involving the sale of a pony to a Donegal man in Majorca, said it took him four and a half years to make contact with the accused.Michael Kearins, an international showjumper with an address at Knockbeg, Collooney, Co Sligo, who is currently living in the US, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of deception between 24 August 2012 and 19 October 2012. Businessman Sean Ewing, who lived in Majorca in 2012, has told the court that he had an agreement with Michael Kearins to buy two ponies – a grey and a skewbald – for his two daughters.But when the ponies arrived, the skewbald was a completely different animal to the one he and his family had viewed in Ireland. He had been expecting a pony known to him as Buddy, but he got one called Spot.Det Garda Joseph Scanlon told Sligo Circuit Court that on 1 November 2012 he had received a complaint from Sean Ewing and his wife Terri who had purchased two ponies from Mr Kearins.He said he had got a warrant to access the defendant’s bank account in June 2015 and saw that €10,000 had been received from Sean Ewing on 5 October 2012.The detective told the jury that he had gone to the home of Mr Kearins’ parents after receiving the complaint and had got a foreign telephone number for the accused but could never get a reply.Asked why it had taken him until 2 June, 2017 to arrest Mr Kearins under the Theft and Fraud Act, Det Scanlon said “It took me from that length to get him”.For full story see took four years to contact accused in pony deception case was last modified: March 28th, 2019 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:courtdeceptiondonegalponySean Ewingsligolast_img read more


first_imgMore than 14,000 people are to descend on Letterkenny for the Oireachtas Rince Uladh 2013 / Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from 20th November until 24th November 2013.This event is being held in the Mount Errigal Hotel for five whole days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.It is estimated that in excess of 14,000 people will attend the championships from all over Ulster and some bordering counties during this five-day major cultural event. Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and it is a mecca showcase for those young (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of Irish dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global Celtic community.It adds a festival dimension to the gateway town as an out-of-season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns as well.Letterkenny Town Mayor, Paschal Blake, said “It is an honour for Letterkenny to host the Ulster Dancing Championships once more in 2013. I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. Letterkenny has a great range of facilities to cater for everyone and I hope that everyone will enjoy their stay in the area”.Seamus Neely, County Manager said that he welcomes Oireachtas Rince Uladh back to Letterkenny for 2013 after Buncrana’s successful hosting for 2011 and 2012. He also said Donegal County Council is fully aware of the cultural, social and economic benefits that an event such as Oireachtas Rince Uladh brings to the community of Letterkenny and County Donegal. He wishes the organisers and all concerned every success. This is a Donegal County Development Board lead initiative, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, and is supported and funded by the Letterkenny Town Council. ULSTER IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHTFOOTS ITS WAY TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 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:Irish DancingletterkennyUlster Championshipslast_img read more

Fox’s Kasich set to speak

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake A member of Congress for 18 years, Kasich was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 1978 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, he was the chief architect of the plan that balanced the federal budget. Kasich has been named as one of Newsweek magazine’s “100 People for the 21st Century.” He is the author of The New York Times best-seller “Courage is Contagious.” The conference is sponsored annually by the Board of Trade, and in past years such famous personalities as Gen. Colin Powell and SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan have been keynote speakers. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorships are also available. To buy tickets or for details call (661) 942-9581 or fax 723-9279. LANCASTER – Fox News Channel host John Kasich, an investment banker and former Ohio congressman, will be the keynote speaker for the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference. The conference is Friday, Feb. 24, at the Poppy Pavilion of the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Kasich hosts “Heartland with John Kasich” on Fox News. He also substitutes as host for “The O’Reilly Factor” and hosts “Heroes with John Kasich.” He joined Fox News Channel as a political contributor in January 2001. Presently, Kasich serves as managing director at Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division. He maintains responsibilities across a range of industry groups on which Lehman Brothers focuses its investment banking activities, including health care, power and utilities, technology and financial institutions. 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

DD Fitness: The scales of truth

first_imgFitness columnist Emmet Rushe says that the number on the scales isn’t the be all and end all – there are alternative, more accurate ways to measure your progress.If there is one thing that I have learned from training hundreds of people over the last few years, it is this; The scale is a great tool for measuring clients progress, but it is not the only tool for this.What the scale tells you shouldn’t be taken at face value, as no movement on the scale does not mean that there have not been changes in progress. All it means is that your body WEIGHT has not changed.This does not mean that your body FAT has not changed.I have the weight and measurements of every Personal Training client and every member of my Rushe Fitness classes from the last few years and there is ALWAYS, one thing stands out from the weigh ins.The scale weight of the clients didn’t always match the inches lost by them or the visual changes in their pictures, or how their clothing was fitting. That is not to say that they didn’t lose any weight on the scale, but it didn’t always match up with the amount of inches lost from their waists, hips or thighs, but for most clients, especially the female ones, the scale will always be the ultimate factor to whether their plan was successful or not.Why is this? Why is it that we deem the scale as the ultimate indicator of success? It has been bred into us from years of marketing by the diet industry.You will hear people say that once they ‘lose that last X amount of weight’, they will be happy!As if an arbitrary amount of weight is going to improve your happiness.It won’t. I have had clients lose 10cm from their waist and drop 1-2 dress sizes over a 6-week period, but because the scale weight ‘only’ dropped 2kg, they deemed this as a failure.When asked if their clothes fitted better and if they were happy with the changes in their bodies, the answer is always ‘yes’, but this is nearly always followed with a ‘but’ and this ‘but’ is usually about the scale weight.One can’t really blame them.Females especially, have been hardwired to think that the scales are the be-all and end-all of weight loss, and anything except rapid drops in scale weight is seen as a complete failure. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You are not defined by what the scale says. You must, first understand the variations in weight:There are a few things that go into the variance, that you will see daily on the scale;Carb stores.This amount depends on how much carbohydrates you are currently eating.For every gram of carbohydrate that your body stores (muscle glycogen), it also stores 3 grams of water in the muscle. If you are low on carbs you will be at the lower end of your carb stores (you will weigh less). If you consume a ton of carbohydrates, you will be at the upper end of your carb stores (you will weigh more). This weight is not fat.Water retention.If you consume more sodium (salt), than you are used to, you will probably retain more water (fluid).If you consume much less sodium, than you are used to, you will probably release water (fluid).Your body adjusts to the new levels accordingly, so don’t think that you can keep this value low just by cutting sodium out from your diet, as it is needed and having very low stores will result in fluid retention. There is a happy medium here.Don’t cut salt completely, but if you have a diet that is heavy on processed foods, you shouldn’t be adding salt to your food.Cycle bloat.Women will retain water during their cycle. For this reason, it’s probably best for women to compare their own scale weight on a bi-weekly or month-to- month basis.Example;So, let’s say that you are doing well on a diet plan, you have been sticking to it for a few weeks and then you end up out at the weekend and have a ‘bad night’ and go on a binge. You get up the next morning, and feeling guilty, you step on the scales. Bam! Your weight is up and you look visibly bloated, in the mirror. Congratulations, you have just messed up the last few weeks of your diet.You may give up now and just go back to your old habits and get fat again and eat everything in sight………Woah, woah, woah… hold on there Missy.Let’s look at what we said about carbs and water retention up above.Firstly; if you were on a low carb diet and eating pretty ‘clean’, we are going to assume that your carb and salt levels are slightly lower than normal.Your binge was probably, all the foods that you haven’t been eating over the last few weeks, possibly a take away.What you are more than likely experiencing, along with the guilt, is what happens when people go on a binge.Typically, they will retain a lot more carbs (glycogen) afterwards and see a massive increase in the scale weight.This is only water weight, not fat. Too often, I’ll see people defeated because they “gained all of the weight back.”When the reality is, it is fluid retention and if they get back on track, this will level out over a few days and the ‘weight’ they have put on will be gone.The scale is a tool that can be used for measuring weight.Just remember that there are many ways to measure progress.Scale weight is only one of these and shouldn’t be exclusively used as the be all and end all, of your progress.> How you look.> How you feel.> How your clothes fit.> What your measurements say.> What your pictures tell you.> What others say.These are all much better indicators of whether your plan is working or not and you are not defined by a number on a scale.#TrainSmartIf you can’t make it to the gym due to having a busy job or life, then our LADIES ONLY online plan that you can do from home might be of interest to you.The next intake starts on February 5th. the link above to learn more.DD Fitness: The scales of truth was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare 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:fitnessnsvscalesweight losslast_img read more

49ers vs. Browns pregame: Coleman returns, Wilson sits, Ward to debut

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Running back Tevin Coleman will suit up for the first time in 2 1/2 games and defensive back Jimmie Ward will make his season debut as the 49ers (3-0) host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) tonight.With Coleman’s return, the 49ers opted to inactivate Jeff Wilson Jr., who had scored two touchdowns in two games since his promotion off the practice squad.CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Jeff Wilson, Jr., #30 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown during the second quarter against …last_img

Dinosaur Fossil Shows Exquisite Skin Detail

first_imgMore imaginary feathers on a dinosaur have been discovered.  A BBC News article shows a cartoon of a dinosaur with feathers on its arms.  This is strange, because the paper it refers to makes no claim about feathers – only that certain structures had been interpreted as feathers by some.    The original paper by Theagarten Lingham-Soliar (U of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) described a Psittocosaur from China that is remarkable in one respect: it exhibits dinosaur skin in cross section with the finest detail ever found.  Published in the Proceedings B of the Royal Society,1 the paper says that “Also, for the first time in a dinosaur two fibre layers parallel to the skin surface are preserved deep within the dermis at the base of the cross section.”  Collagen at least 25 layers deep – maybe 40 layers deep – suggests that the skin of this species was tough and rigid, providing protection for internal organs.  Tooth marks from a possible predator attack were also found.  For these reasons, the author said this specimen “gives a remarkable, unprecedented understanding of the dinosaur skin.”  It should, therefore, provide an ideal case for a feather hunt.    The BBC report made overt claims about feathers in addition to its cartoon: “The plant-eating Psittacosaurus had a thick layer of shark-like skin hidden under scales or feathers.”  The caption said, “Some scientists believe a number of dinosaurs had feathers.”  Another quote hedged a little: “Soft tissues such as skin are rarely preserved in the fossil record, leading to heated debate over what dinosaurs looked like, and whether they were covered in primitive feathers or scales.”    What did the original paper say about feathers?  Not much.  The only relevant statement was, “To date, all integumental structures described in dinosaurs, whether interpreted as ‘protofeathers’ or structural fibres, occur on the surface of the animal or on adjacent substrate.”    A look at the references for such interpretations showed two for and two against.  The most recent paper in the references was by Feduccia and Wang denying that so-called feathers are anything more than degraded collagen fibers.  The only other comment about feathers in the paper was about the uniqueness of bird skin: “A generalization of the primary functional role of the dermis in the protection and/or support for the enclosed body mass may be extended to most vertebrates with the possible exception of birds, wherein the dermis plays a unique role with respect to feather attachments.”  Nothing in the paper, therefore, supported the claim that the well-preserved skin of this Psittocosaur had feathers, despite the BBC’s depiction.Update 01/10/2008: The author of the paper denies that these are feathers.  Roger Highfield, reporting for the UK Telegraph, found out that the point of Theagarten Lingham-Soliar’s paper was to refute the notion that the collagen dermis layers contain proto-feathers.  Here is what he told the Daily Telegraph:Scientists must really now choose – belief in the nebulous idea of protofeathers or the reality of collagen, the dominant protein in vertebrates.    I am convinced from the nonsense spouted by many of the people who denounce collagen in favour of protofeathers that they have never actually seen collagen in its natural or decomposing state.”Lingham-Soliar also denies that Sinosauropteryx, a turkey-size dinosaur unearthed in 1994, had feathers.  He thinks, instead, that the impressions were remains of collagen that supported a dorsal frill running down the head and back.    Highfield ended his article, “Although the new work will not challenge the link between birds and dinosaurs it will lead to a fundamental rethink of why feathers evolved in the first place.”1.  Theagarten Lingham-Soliar, “A unique cross section through the skin of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus from China showing a complex fibre architecture,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, ISSN: 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online), Issue: FirstCite Early Online Publishing; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1342.The evolutionary flights of fancy in the news media are irresponsible and detrimental to scientific objectivity.  Here was another media flap by the BBC, trying to pull imaginary feathers out of leathery skin, because they so wish for dinosaurs to be the ancestors of birds (compare 06/13/2007).  The Telegraph article was more fair, but still clung to the link between dinosaurs and birds as if that belief is too sacrosanct for evidence.    The reporters and scientists should have been questioning the 70 million years during which this specimen supposedly lay there, its skin exquisitely preserved down to the collagen fibers for all that time.  The carcass of a cow, deer or bird will decay to the bone in months.  The conditions under which such “extraordinary preservation” occurred, and a reappraisal of the dating, should be the first item of business.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more