Signing of Public Sector Pay Agreement Postponed

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and unions representing Government workers has been postponed. The agreement was scheduled to be signed Friday (June 24) at Jamaica House, but Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who returned from a one week vacation Thursday (June 22), has advised that the signing has been deferred. He explained that this was to facilitate consultations being carried out by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) with their members this weekend. The contract will cover the implementation of the seven percent wage increase for Public Sector workers this year, and a schedule for payment of the outstanding retroactive wages due from fiscal years 2009/10 and 2010/11. In a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Mr. Golding said that following discussions with a number of the representative groups which have already accepted the Government’s payment schedule, he decided that, in keeping with the spirit of goodwill and the constructive engagement that has attended the latest round of negotiations, it was necessary to allow for the fullest consultation to take place among the remaining three groups.   The Prime Minister said he hoped this facilitation would have a positive impact on the groups’ acceptance of the Government’s proposals, and an appreciation of the obligation of his administration to exercise fiscal constraints to preserve the gains made so far, in restoring the economy to a path which can guarantee sustained economic growth. Mr. Golding has extended his appreciation to the fifteen (15) trade organisations which have already accepted the proposal – 11 of which are major unions under the umbrella of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, as well as the Police Officers Association, the Island Special Constabulary Force Officers Association; Island Special Constabulary Force Association (Rank and File) and the United District Constables Association. RelatedSigning of Public Sector Pay Agreement Postponed RelatedSigning of Public Sector Pay Agreement Postponed Signing of Public Sector Pay Agreement Postponed Finance & Public ServiceJune 24, 2011 By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor RelatedSigning of Public Sector Pay Agreement Postponedlast_img read more

Education Ministry to Focus on the Sciences in High Schools

first_imgEducation Ministry to Focus on the Sciences in High SchoolsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedEducation Ministry Approves Changes to Some GSAT Subjects Education Ministry to Focus on the Sciences in High Schools EducationMay 16, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedEBN To Broadcast Programmes This Year Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education. Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right), speaks with Katalyxt representative, Stephanie Thomas, during the company’s Youth Innovators’ Competition awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 14. RelatedStudents Benefit from Hope Zoo Initiativecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says increased emphasis will be placed on teaching the sciences in all secondary schools, starting this financial year.This move is consistent with the Ministry’s plans to fully and formally integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) into the education system. This will result in the upgrading of science laboratories and provision of equipment in high schools. Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says increased emphasis will be placed on teaching the sciences in all secondary schools, starting this financial year.This move is consistent with the Ministry’s plans to fully and formally integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) into the education system.Rev. Thwaites, who was speaking at the Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 14, informed that the Ministry will also be improving the capacity for teaching sciences in all secondary schools.“As we make this important change, we are polling each school to determine what their needs are and it is our modest, but essential ambition that every high school in Jamaica should have at least one functioning and well-equipped science laboratory,” he said.He said this will result in the upgrading of science laboratories and provision of equipment in high schools. Micro-science kits will also be provided at the upper primary level, to ensure that those students are properly prepared for high school.Mr. Thwaites invited the private sector and the non-government community, including alumni associations, to partner with the Ministry in this regard.Additionally, he informed that the Ministry is developing a new national curriculum for all grades and subjects. The Education Minister said the intensive application of the STEM methodology and subjects will be apparent in this new model.He remarked that while Jamaica will continue to be noted for its extraordinary athletes and recording artistes, “we have to also win the Olympics in science and technology”.Rev. Thwaites further argued that Jamaica must get ahead in expanding practical knowledge that will provide the country and its people with the foundation for economic development. Advertisementslast_img read more

NCC orders health checks on Nigerian operators

first_img MTN Nigeria payments access restored AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 AUG 2017 Related EtisalatNCCNigeria Author Saleha Riaz Etisalat to bring open RAN to Afghanistan MTN Nigeria mulls pricing change after bank row Tags The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will sanction operators if they don’t pass financial and technical checks, in order to prevent a repeat of a situation involving Etisalat Nigeria, which was unable to pay $1.2 billion of debt.Sanctions are being considered as the regulator seeks to ensure operators’ financial books are up to date, their networks meet required benchmarks, and they are fit to apply for loans for network expansion, ThisDay reported.Director of stakeholder management at the regulator, Sunday Dare, said the Etisalat Nigeria incident was a huge embarassment for the country.The operator could not pay back loans it had taken for network upgrade and expansion and eventually rebranded as 9mobile after parent Etisalat terminated a management agreement with its Nigerian unit and handed its 45 per cent stake in Etisalat Nigeria to a trustee.In a statement issued in July the NCC said if 9mobile had gone under it would have “created a social problem especially with the job of over 2,000 Nigerians on the line”. The commission added the loss of the operator could even create security challenges for the country.NCC CEO Umar Garba Danbatta said at the time the regulator wants to “avert a looming economic disaster and see a viable and thriving 9mobile.” Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleTelenor CEO anticipates phased 5G rolloutNext ArticleFacebook adds 360-degree image capture capability Home NCC orders health checks on Nigerian operatorslast_img read more

Li makes 4 (!) eagles to tie DJ in Saudi Arabia

first_imgKING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia – Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International on Saturday for damaging greens in frustration during his third round, and the Spaniard said he has apologized to fellow players for his actions. In an eventful third round of the new event in the Middle East, Haotong Li of China made four eagles, including two in his last two holes and three of them on par 4s, to share the lead with Dustin Johnson. Just as Li was finishing his round of 8-under 62, the European Tour released a statement saying former Masters champion Sergio Garcia was disqualified for ”serious misconduct.” Garcia said ”in frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.” It wasn’t immediately clear what the extent of the damage was, and on which greens it took place. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Saudi International Garcia shot a 71 and was even par – 16 shots off Li and Johnson – at the time of his DQ. Li, who had his own disciplinary issues in Dubai last week when he received a two-shot penalty for having his caddie line up a putt, said he was ”very, very lucky” to become the first player since Mark Pilkington (Singapore Masters, 2007) to make four eagles in one European Tour round. He chipped in for eagle at No. 1, did the same at No. 10 from about 20 yards, and then drove to within 6 feet of the pin at the par-4 17th. At the par-5 18th, he holed an eagle putt from 8 feet to tie with Johnson (65) on 16 under. ”Those eagles, especially the last couple shots, were really solid,” Li said, ”but except (from) that, honestly, my play wasn’t that good.” Johnson, who had a three-stroke lead overnight, made four straight birdies from No. 9 to move to 5 under for his round. He made par in his final six holes. ”If I want to get it done tomorrow, I’m going to have to play really good golf,” the No. 3-ranked Johnson said. ”Haotong is a good player and he’s been playing well. So I’m looking forward to it.” On Li’s round, Johnson added: ”Yeah, that’s pretty impressive. Four eagles in a golf tournament is pretty good, but four in one round – take that any day.” The Saudi International is new to the European Tour and is being held amid scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record and condemnation following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.last_img read more

6,110 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday January 4thNext articleDog fouling ‘epidemic’ in Strabane News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+ 6,110 new Covid-19 cases has been reported in Ireland this evening.While 6 more people have died as a result of the virus.3,655 of the new cases are in Dublin, 323 in Kildare, 291 in Cork, 234 in Limerick and 137 in Louth.The 14 day incidence rate of the virus is 583 cases per 100,000 people.776 coronavirus patients are in hospital, while 70 people are in ICUs.52 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Donegal.The county’s 14 day incidence rate has risen slightly, to 832.3 per 100,000 people.Chair of NPHET’s Modelling Advisory Group, Philip Nolan, says the number of positive tests is increasing rapidly:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp By News Highland – January 4, 2021 6,110 new Covid-19 cases confirmedlast_img read more

Veteran Fianna Fail Cllr Victor Fisher quits party

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleBody of man discovered in BurnfootNext articleStrabane family welcome news that deadly meningitis vaccine to be introduced News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – March 21, 2014 Veteran Cllr Victor Fisher has quit Fianna Fail after claiming he was “shafted” by the party he has served for 45 years.The former Mayor of Letterkenny says he is deeply hurt that he was not asked to stand for election by the party in the forthcoming local elections.And the local businessman said he is also outraged that his son David was not chosen.Speaking to Highland Radio News, Mr Fisher said he had no choice but to resign from the party.He now says he or is son may run as independent candidates:[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Pinterest Veteran Fianna Fail Cllr Victor Fisher quits party Google+ Newscenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Twitterlast_img read more

Georgia Gas Price Average Falls Below $3

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings The cost of gas in Georgia is officially below the $3 dollar mark.That includes metro Atlanta, where the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded is $2.99, according to AAA.An audio version of this story.0:24That’s down about two-cents from last week, and a whopping 38-cents from last month.“We are seeing gas prices falling at an average of 1-2 cents a day,” said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Motorists are saving 65 cents on average for every gallon they pump into their tank, when compared to the peak price of $3.70 in April. That’s extra money consumers can now use in other areas like holiday shopping.” WTI, the benchmark for crude oil in the U.S., fell $1.08 on Friday to close the week at $81.01. Oil prices hit a two year low on October 16th, briefly falling below $80 a barrel. Analysts predict the price of oil could fall as low as $75. “Cheaper oil equals cheaper gas,” said Carrasco. “Oil accounts for two-thirds of the price at the pump. Right now, demand is low and oil production in the U.S. is at almost a 30 year high. Lower oil prices means more money in consumers pockets.”Commuters in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee haven’t seen prices this low since December 20-10.The national average is $3.05, a six-cent dip over the past week.  0:24 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

PhD Fellow in Pharmacology at University of Copenhagen

first_img Similar Stories June 3, 2016 Published by Gorica University Startup World Cup 2019 Danish Government Scholarship for MSc in Engineering ← Research Intern at IGLYO in Brussels 2020 FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships +1 Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. center_img Deadline: 10 June 2016Open to: students that obtained a Master´s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, Neurobiology or relevant subject area prior to the starting dateScholarship: minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,555.59 around EUR 3,435 (taxable) + pension contributionDescriptionDepartment of Drug Design and Pharmacology is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in pharmacology. The PhD fellowship is financed by the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology. The fellowship is commencing 1 August 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:Carry through an independent research project under supervision; Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project;Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points;Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project;Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences;Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings;Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad.EligibilityRequired qualifications As an applicant you must have:Obtained a Master´s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, Neurobiology or relevant subject area prior to the starting date;Certification in FELASA C course in Laboratory Animal Sciences;Fluency in English and excellent communication skills.Preferred qualificationsThey are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background in/experience with:Rodent in vivo neuropharmacology research, preferably within ADHD or other neuropsychiatric disorders;Experience with rCPT or similar tasks such as the 5-CSRTT or 5-CPT;Experience with experimental design and advanced statistical analysis;Good oral presentation skills.ScholarshipSalary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations.Minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,555.59 around EUR 3,435 (taxable) + pension contribution.How to apply?Your online application must contain:Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page);Full CV;Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used;Possible publication list;Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations.For more information please visit the official website. LinkedIn 0 Tweet PhD Fellow in Pharmacology at University of Copenhagen Reddit Share 0 Call for Papers: European and Security Affairs Journal →last_img read more

World Handball left back 2017?

first_img6 Comments Hansen’s arrival is “one of the biggest days in history of Aalborg”  Loading …CLICK AND VOTE:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 Gogo 24. November 2017. at 12:17 WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017? Vuko Borozan (RK Vardar Skopje – Montenegro) Momir Ilic (Telekom Veszprem – Serbia) Sander Sagosen (PSG Handball – Norway) Mikkel Hansen (PSG Handball – Denmark)View Results Recommended for you Why am I presented for the results, when I’m trying to vote ‘Worlds Best Left Back 2017’ and not given the choices ? Vuko Borozan is the best Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Mikkel Hansen, Momir Ilic, Sander Sagosen, vuko borozan, World Handball left back 2017 Vuko Borozan is the best! Sander Sagosen is HP World Handball Player 2020 powered by NBSCcenter_img 6 Comments Milena 26. November 2017. at 09:45 I wanted to vote for Borozan, but it says that I have already voted for Ilić, which I haven’t. Please fix this issue as it can influence the outcome. Borozan is world class shooter and deserves the award. ShareTweetShareShareEmailComments Pingback: Vuko Borozan u konkurenciji za najboljeg rukometaša svijeta! | Bato 24. November 2017. at 06:49 Eva Haidarz Weiling 24. November 2017. at 09:16 COMEBACK TO DANISH HANDBALL? Mikkel Hansen to join Aalborg! Pingback: Verdens beste linjespiller | ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Schools as centers of community

first_imgAl Witten worked as a teacher and principal for more than two decades in areas ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and disease. Now the South African native is at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he is figuring out ways to make schools central to facing these daunting challenges.“One of my dreams is to set up a nonprofit that would go into the very same communities I came from and work alongside schools to build partnerships to support students,” said the doctoral candidate at HGSE and the interim director of the School’s Principals’ Center.Since 2001, Witten has been at the HGSE developing a type of blueprint, one he plans to bring back to his country, which addresses how schools can respond to social challenges by becoming centers of community life. In particular, Witten is studying how schools can support students and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.His work, he said, aims to address the questions “How are we supporting the students who have been infected as well as affected by HIV/AIDS? … How are we supporting the orphans?”According to the 2006 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) report, approximately 240,000 South African children have been infected with AIDS and 1.2 million children have been orphaned by the disease. The report estimates that by 2010, 18 percent of all children in the country will be AIDS orphans.To help develop his framework, Witten is studying schools in his native country that have created partnerships with health clinics, faith-based organizations, and businesses in an effort to combat the disease. The programs, he said, “range from getting medication out to students and their families to providing psychosocial support to setting up vegetable gardens, because nutrition is a very important component of the challenges of the pandemic,” he said.For the South African, the concepts of dedication and commitment were learned early on. Witten grew up under apartheid, and though the repressive system was collapsing as he finished high school, options, he said, were still limited for black South Africans. The lingering racial conflict and instability made pursuing further education almost impossible.“We were caught up in that phase of unrest and it actually affected what a number of us did after that,” he said. “Trying to study and trying to move on to college was just so difficult.”With the help of a scholarship to a community college, he received his teaching certificate. Later, he earned three degrees on a part-time basis, a bachelor’s and education degree and a master’s in public administration, all while teaching in some of the country’s toughest townships.It was over the course of a 22-year teaching career that Witten found his calling and his means of giving back: working to bring schools and community together.During his tenure from 1993 to 2001 as a teacher and principal at Zerilda Park Primary School in one of Cape Town’s most violent townships, Witten faced an almost unbearable list of challenges: levels of poverty he called “astounding,” malnourished and sick students, and ever-present crime and gang violence.The breaking point came when suggestions were made to erect electrified fences around township schools to combat recurring crime. As the principal, Witten met with members of the school and the community, and together they refused to yield to the drastic measure.“A few of us got together and really pushed back. … It wasn’t about keeping the community out; it was about bringing them in and really building partnerships to support the students and their families.”Expanding on the idea that integrated support and involvement could bring about significant, lasting change, Witten reached out to stakeholders in the area: parents, community members, even local gangs, and enlisted their feedback and support.Together they established a number of projects at the school that included extracurricular sports and music programs, the creation of a social support team composed of local university students who could counsel the youth at the school, and a work project on the school ground that employed local parents.The result was overwhelming success.“People saw that this school was really a center that was concerned about the whole community, [one] that was trying to speak to many of the problems the community was facing.”Witten established himself as a “no-nonsense, demanding, challenging leader,” an “education activist” who suspended the normal way of doing things to incredible effect, said Colby College professor Catherine Besteman, whose recent book “Transforming Cape Town” (University of California Press, 2008) in part chronicles the success of Zerilda Park Primary School.Witten’s work, she said, was “an example of one of the best models for South Africa’s educational future.”Besteman made her remarks at a GSE-sponsored Askwith Education Forum on Feb. 19, where both she and Witten addressed the importance of grassroots involvement in the country’s educational system.His efforts in South Africa, Witten told the crowd gathered in Longfellow Hall, were about “reshaping the social realities that many of our students were facing,” which affected their learning and development. To do that, he added, “We needed to look really much further than just the school walls.”During his time as principal, visitors were regularly bused in from around the country and came from abroad to observe the school’s successful programs. It was on one such visit in 2001 that Witten was encouraged to develop a conceptual model for his work and apply for a yearlong Harvard South Africa Fellowship. He did and was accepted.But one year wasn’t enough time to establish his framework, so Witten applied and was accepted to the GSE doctoral program, to continue his work.“I developed a generic model for how schools could respond to some of these challenges,” he said, “but I had to narrow it down for my dissertation work and look at one particular challenge.”The choice of a challenge was a sadly simple one for Witten.“By 2010 almost 3 million orphans will be in South Africa. … We have yet to effectively work out ways in which we deal with that.”As for his plans once his work at Harvard is done, Witten’s tone is low and sincere when he talks about returning to South Africa.“I haven’t doubted that for one moment.”He quotes his mentor, a fellow educator and one-time political prisoner who was once housed two cells away from Nelson Mandela.“He always taught me never to give up,” Witten said. “He helped me believe that we can change any situation. That’s been a profound lesson for me.”last_img read more