MoE, GTU to begin teachers’ salary negotiations

first_imgThe Education Ministry on Friday announced it is expected to meet with the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) in the second week of March to begin negotiations on public school teachers’ salaries.The Ministry said a “High-Level Committee on Public Education (HLCPE) has been reactivated to examine the Guyana Teachers’ Union’s proposal that was submitted to the Ministry of Education”.Honorable Nicolette HenryMinister of EducationIt was only on Thursday that the General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald told Guyana Times that she is looking forward to a timely decision agreeable to both the GTU and the Education Ministry, so as to avoid any negative reaction from teachers across the country.“In 2018, you would have seen the reaction of the teachers when it came to their benefits and I want to say to you in 2019, it is going to be no different… I am hoping that at that first meeting, we are going to actually lay out where we want to go and how quickly we are going to get there, because I am sure the officials at the Ministry of Education, they would not want to have a repeat of what transpired in 2018. If we have to do it, we will do it, but we are saying loud and clear we are prepared to sit and talk, but we are not prepared to sit and talk for a whole year,” McDonald stated.GTU President Mark LyteShe explained that the 2019 proposal submitted by the GTU went beyond this year and was a three-year proposal. She hopes that within a two-month period after discussions begin, the two parties involved can settle things amicably with decisions that are welcomed by both the Union and the Ministry.The Union submitted a proposal to have teachers’ salaries increased by 25 per cent earlier in February.President of the GTU, Mark Lyte, had said in this new proposal, the Union requested that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied, as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning supplies. “We believe that in some regions where schools are given a grant to purchase what they need, other schools can have that as well,” he said.In addition to this, the President of the Union disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover, the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for special needs schools were highlighted.Lyte explained that, “Class size was agreed on in the last agreement that will see a reduction in class size so we want that to be maintained and in addition to that, I don’t think that we spent enough time talking about the special needs schools and how those class sizes should be different so we are stressing special needs schools in terms of its class size”.Meanwhile, in relation to other schools, he said he is cognizant of the fact that some schools are over populated so they are pleading with the Ministry to have that issue sorted out.last_img read more

For Bosnian fans, Dzeko is a man for great moments

first_img“People love him because he has proved that it is possible to succeed even from this country as it is,” his friend Jasmin Ligata, 32, told AFP.“Because he always stayed there with his heart and with his soul.”Dzeko is one of Sarajevo’s ‘war children’.The day after scoring what would prove to be a crucial away goal at Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Dzeko posted on Facebook, not about the match but about the anniversary of the start of the siege of his home town, which began on April 5, 1992, when he had just turned six.The siege lasted almost four years.“In a city where you didn’t know if you were going to see your best friend tomorrow, whether you’d hug your father or your mother again, whether you’d open your eyes or even go out to play with your friends, I spent every one of those 1,425 days under siege,” Dzeko wrote.Bombs rained down, Serbian snipers spared no-one. Of the estimated 11,000 deaths, between 1,500 and 1,600 were children.– ‘I survived’ –“I was lucky and I survived, while many of my peers were wounded or are no longer with us,” he added. “To them in remembrance, I dedicate my goal against Barcelona in the Champions League.”Dzeko’s parents still live in Sarajevo, a city even now dealing with the shadow of the siege.The Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege opened in a city park in 2010 carrying the engraved names of victims that relatives come and touch. The War Childhood Museum opened in the town last year.Even amid the violence, the young Dzeko went out to play in their neighbourhood of Otoka.“When he went out to play football,” his mother Belma recalled in 2010, “I was very scared.“I did not forbid him to go out to play, even if it was crazy. He was playing all the time, the war meant nothing to him.”One day, she did say no.“He was crying, it hurt me.” But, she said, “a shell fell exactly where Edin played with other children, there were dead, wounded”.Although he’s gone on to play in some of Europe’s biggest football league’s, Dzeko has never forgotten his humble beginnings.“Edin was often there when we needed him the most,” said Ligata, a Bosnian sports press advisor who ran through a list of the times when Dzeko showed an uncanny ability to make unlikely triumphs possible.There was the 92nd minute equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 that made possible the 3-2 victory that won Manchester City’s first English title since 1968. There were the 26 goals in 2008/09 that propelled Wolfsburg to their only Bundesliga title.– ‘Great moments’ –Even though Sergio Aguero and Grafite might have caught the eye in those teams, Ligata says Dzeko “is somehow predestined for great moments”.Few moments have been greater than Roma’s quarter-final comeback against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at the start of April, when the Italians kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico trailing by three goals on aggregate, as they will against Liverpool on Wednesday.Dzeko had given his team hope by scoring an 80th minute away goal at the Camp Nou before fanning the flames of an unlikely comeback with a sixth-minute opener in the second leg.He won a penalty converted by Danielo De Rossi on 58 minutes before Kostas Manolas completed the remarkable turnaround eight minutes from time.Dzeko also started Roma’s fightback from five goals down at Anfield last week with an 81st minute strike.At Zeljeznicar, the Sarajevo club where Dzeko started, his signature is on a wall and his name on a seat plaque, recognitions of donations to the renovation of a stadium which, during the war, was on the front line.His first coach at Zeljeznicar, Jusuf Sehovic, remembers a little boy “interested only in going for goal… who kept calling for the ball” and was driven by “the will to work and the ambition to succeed”.An old friend, Mirza Trbonja, 32, remembers the day in 2005 when he drove Dzeko to the airport to leave for Czech club Teplice.“He was the same man then that he is today,” said Trbonja.These days, though, when Dzeko flies back to his home town, he returns as a star.Edin Dzeko scored twice and won a crucial penalty in the Champions League against Barcelona © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTO“When he comes, you need a lasoo to catch 10 minutes with him,” added Trbonja. “When someone asks him for a photo or autograph, he never refuses.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edin Dzeko gave Roma some hope when he scored at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFSARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 1 – Roma supporters may harbour only slim hopes their team can once again overturn a three-goal Champions League deficit, but Bosnian fans of Edin Dzeko are convinced their hero will once again rise to the challenge.In Bosnia, Roma striker Dzeko is known as the “Dijamant” — diamond.last_img read more

Man killed in crash near Agua Dulce

first_imgAGUA DULCE – A man was killed when the vehicle he was in struck a power pole in a single-vehicle wreck in an unincorporated Los Angeles County area near Agua Dulce, the California Highway Patrol reported. The crash occurred at 15584 Sierra Highway, north of Vasquez Canyon Road, about 7:20 p.m. yesterday, said CHP Officer David Porter. Scott Douglas Staab, 48, died at the scene, coroner’s investigator John Kades said. It was unclear if he was driving the vehicle, Porter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The roadway was closed in both directions while crews worked to restore the power lines in the area, Porter said. It was reopened late last night.last_img read more

Notts County sack Shaun Derry

first_img Former Notts County manager Shaun Derry Notts County have sacked manager Shaun Derry following their poor recent run of results.The Magpies have won just one of their last eight matches and Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by MK Dons left them outside the League One relegation zone on goal difference alone.Assistant manager Greg Abbott has also departed the club.County CEO Aileen Trew said: “This is without doubt one of the hardest decisions that we have had to make as a board because we know how much this club means to Shaun and Greg and we know how much hard work they had both put in during their time here.“However, we have to make the decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the club and our perilous position in the table meant that we felt we needed to make a change.“I have nothing but positive things to say about Shaun and Greg and the way that they conducted themselves during their time here at Notts County.“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to them, but with a hope that this difficult decision will be the catalyst for a turn around in fortunes, starting this weekend at home to Scunthorpe United.”Former Crystal Palace and QPR midfielder Derry, 37, joined County in November 2013 in what was his first managerial role and saved them from relegation last season.The club have yet to announce who will be in charge against Scunthorpe. 1last_img read more

Canyon, Hart standouts en-Shrined

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Wheeler, a receiver/defensive back, totaled 54 receptions, 53 tackles and seven interceptions, and Smith was a key blocker for Hart, which lost to Canyon in the section final. Valencia quarterback Michael Herrick, who set a California career passing-yardage record, was selected but won’t participate because of a schedule conflict. Expect a breakout softball season for Valencia infielder Jessica Spigner, who could develop into the Foothill League’s most feared power hitter. Spigner, a sophomore, hit two over-the-fence home runs during a doubleheader scrimmage Saturday against visiting Santa Monica – the first time in school history a softball player has hit two balls over the fence on the same day. Spigner was intentionally walked in her final at-bat. Valencia won both games, 4-0 and 5-0. High school football standouts Garrett Leary and Matt Brown of Canyon and Jackson Smith and James Wheeler of Hart will play in the 55th annual Shrine Classic all-star game June 24 at Citrus College. One of the nation’s most prestigious all-star events, the Shrine Classic benefits the L.A. Shriners Hospital for Children. Leary, a defensive lineman, and Brown, a linebacker, helped Canyon to the Southern Section Div. II championship last season. “We’re really happy Garrett and Matt are playing,” Canyon coach Harry Welch said. “They should represent the Canyon Cowboys very well.” Spigner, who hit one home run during her freshman season, is drawing comparisons to former Valencia standout Ashley Herrera, a UCLA starter after hitting 12 home runs at Valencia in 2003-04. “Ashley had a great swing, but Jessica is built much differently,” Valencia coach Donna Lee said. “Ashley was a lot thinner.” Spigner pitched a four-hitter in the second game Saturday. In the first game, ace Jordan Taylor pitched a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts. She went 18-3 as a sophomore last year. Brittany Spears – ring a bell? – is the top girls’ basketball player at Pasadena High, which plays host to Hart in the Southern Section Div. I-A semifinals tonight at 7:30 at Arcadia High. “Yes, it’s a famous name, but this girl spells it differently,” Hart coach Dave Munroe said with a smile. College of the Canyons’ athletic department is putting on a fundraiser cocktail party, dinner and raffle March 10 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium, and proceeds benefit Cougars sports teams. The grand raffle prize is $3,000 cash. Event tickets are $100 per pair. Information: or (661) 362-3435. After a 1-for-17 start, former Valencia baseball standout Matt Aidem is catching on at Pepperdine after transferring from UC Santa Barbara following his freshman season. Aidem, the career hits leader for local prep players from the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Conejo and Antelope valleys, is on a three-game hitting streak to raise his average to .154 with two RBIs in 26 at-bats. Former Valencia teammate Jared Clark, a Cal State Fullerton sophomore pitcher/outfielder, also is off to a slow start. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA while allowing three home runs in five innings, and he’s batting .250 with no RBIs in 16 at-bats. USC freshman Tommy Milone (former Saugus) is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 innings. How versatile is Valencia baseball standout Casey Mulligan? Not only can the Cal State Fullerton-bound senior pitch, hit for power and play shortstop, third base and catcher, he’s also quite impressive with a bow and arrow, landing a 200-pound wild boar during a hunting excursion two weekends ago. Former professional wrestler Sting, a five-time WCW world champion whose real name is Steve Borden, is a former Hart High basketball player. Borden, 46, is semi-retired and living in Acton. His son, Garrett, was a starting running back as a sophomore for Santa Clarita Christian High’s eight-man football team last season, and another son, Steven, is a Santa Clarita Christian eighth-grader who is expected to join the team next fall. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 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_imgA very different and yet true reflection of Christmas can be found at the Iosas Centre in the coming days. The Celtic Garden Christmas Trail takes place on a six acre site near the White Oaks Centre in Muff.The Follow The Star experience is a new venture which has brought communities in Donegal and Derry together.People visiting the centre can travel under starlight to discover the true meanings around Christmas including who was Saint Nicholas, why we have candy canes and also Christmas trees.The entire journey, which culminates in the great story of Christmas, takes just an hour. Oonagh McAllister, a youth worker who helped set up the experience, said the group just want to get across the true meaning of Christmas.The accompanying video was shot by Wallace Media. DDTV: ON THE TRAIL OF A TRUE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 18th, 2011 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)last_img read more

What we learnt from the North London derby

first_img Tags: Allan SsekamatetopTop Reactions Emery was tactically spot on against Spurs last Saturday (Agency Photo)1-Sissoko most improved player: Don’t know of any English Premier League player who has improved as much as Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko.The Frenchman is finally showing why Spurs forked out £30+ to sign him from Newcastle United.Sissoko’s poise, strength, ability to beat opponents and recovery pace in central midfield – a position new to him; is the principal reason Mauricio Pocket Gino’s side having sustained an unlikely title challenge for so long.On Saturday night, he was by a country mile Spurs’ best player at both ends of the pitch while simultaneously preventing a porous midfield from being overrun.2- Spurs running on empty: Saturday’s one-all draw with Arsenal is the first time in three years Tottenham Hotspur will feel they are lucky to sneak a home point against their neighbours.Just like in the losses to Burnley and Chelsea, Spurs’ display was flat without being abject. This can be attributed to a narrow squad occasioned by lack of transfer activity.If the club is to avoid waiting ten years for the Premier League title as Pochettino suggests, chairman David Levy ought to use funds freed from moving to the new White Hart Lane to buy some quality. Remember Liverpool and Manchester City have splashed +£200m in the last two seasons.3- Emery topped tactical battle: For the umpteenth time this season, Unai Emery showed he is a manager who does his homework on opposition teams and thinks on his feet during games.Didn’t think I would ever see Arsenal out duel title rivals in a physical confrontation. It just hadn’t happened since the class in 2002-6 when Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Manu Petit ensured they always had a physical edge over EPL opposition.Last Saturday, Emery achieved that by deploying Skhordhan Mustafi at right back and Aaron Ramsey in a free role usually occupied by Mesut Ozil. I must say the team selection worked a treat as Emery proved how he won three Europa League titles.4- Danny Rose no holding midfielder: As Pochettino juggled around his team to try to cope with Arsenal’s single minded approach (even Henrikh Mkhtarayan was out running and out muscling Spurs rivals), one of his curious moves was to deploy Rose in defensive midfield.The England left back was quite a sight. In a five minute spell towards the dying embers of the game, he thrice lost possession while trying to navigate small spaces in midfield.Ordinarily, a team chasing the game with a 3-5-2 formation should have one of it’s central defenders slot into midfield. In Spurs’ case, it’s usually Eric Dier. Danny Rose in defensive midfield is simply a no, no.5- Third and fourth place up for grabs: Manchester United’s imperious form over the last two months which has brought 38 out of the last 42 available points has thrown the race for two of the four Champions League positions available to EPL teams wide open.We’ve spent the last two months saying the first three positions have been sewn up by Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs. Not anymore. If Chelsea successfully negotiate past manager-less Fulham in today’s West London derby and win their game in hand, four teams will be separated by just four points.Spurs’ precarious hold on third place is complicated by the fact they are yet to make trips to Anfield and Etihad Stadium.Footnote – United fans must accord Lukaku respect: From where I watch my football, Manchester United’s £75m striker, Romelu Bolingho Lukaku, is the favourite bogey for fans whenever things aren’t going well.In one game, I spent over 15 minutes (entire half time) trying to list Lukaku’s merits to a fan who was adamant the giant Belgian forward isn’t United’s quality.On Saturday, Bolingho’s brace against Southampton took him to 113 goals and into all time top twenty EPL net busters. And he’s only 25.If he avoids injuries, he should reach 200 goals before his thirtieth birthday. Where in the world can you find another striker of similar ilk? It’s about time United fans started according Lukaku the respect he deserves.Comments last_img read more

How Jon Gruden saved the Raiders’ second ‘Hard Knocks’ episode

first_imgIn episode 2 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the producers kept calling the one sure-fire winning play in their playbook: Spider 2 Y Banana, better known as “keep the focus on Jon Gruden.”With controversial receiver Antonio Brown absent from camp for nearly all of the episode, the Raiders’ gregarious coach was the fail-safe focal point Tuesday night. And Gruden delivered another award-worthy effort for the cameras.Gruden’s sometimes caustic, oftentimes condescending, but all the time entertaining …last_img read more

FD Webinar| From Diapers to Diplomas: Exploring Resilience in Military Children

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin by Alena OzerovaIt goes without saying that children in military and veteran families are faced with many challenges including frequent family relocations, deployment of a family member, and the perpetual fear that their family member may be injured or killed during deployment or other assigned duties.  To say that these children are resilient is simply not enough. While they do have an uncanny ability to remain strong in the face of adversity and bounce back after life’s difficulties, these children still need proper support and understanding.Dr. Catherine Mogil, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, will be joining us on July 13 at 11:00 am Eastern to shed some light on this important and urgent topic.Please join us as we learn more about the needs of these children and the ways in which we can enhance their resilience for their optimal psychological functioning throughout their development and childhood- from diapers to diplomas.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Accused denied bail in Konark temple case

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday denied a plea for anticipatory bail made by commentator Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, days after his derogatory tweets on Odisha’s Konark temple and Odia culture triggered a storm of protests in the State Assembly and outside.A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said this was not a case for granting bail. “You are inciting religious feelings. How are you entitled to bail?” the Chief Justice asked counsel for Mr. Mitra.Counsel said his client was facing threats to his life. “If you are facing threats, there is no better place than a jail,” Chief Justice Gogoi responded.Mr. Mitra is accused of deliberately attempting to outrage religious feelings, promoting enmity on the grounds of religion and offences under the Information Technology Act.Mr. Mitra was arrested on September 20 by the Odisha police in the national capital. The Odisha Assembly had adopted a privilege motion on September 20 against the journalist for his alleged derogatory remarks.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more