GTUC rubbishes Labour Dept’s denial over handling of complaints

first_imgEven in light of repudiations, Head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis is maintaining that the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry has failed in its responsibility to effectively and efficiently investigate labour complaints made by workers.Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottGTUC Head Lincoln LewisIn debunking the Minister’s denials, Lewis disclosed that the Postal and Telecommunication Workers Union (PTWU) made several complaints to the Labour Department, asking for a meeting to address a major matter pertaining to the working hours of the staff at GTT.Lewis said the Union has written the Ministry twice within the past three months, but was yet to receive a response.This revelation comes on the heels of a recent statement released by the GTUC expressing grave concern over the fact that it has been receiving a number of reports that workers making labour complaints at the Ministry were being turned away.“GTUC continues to receive complaints from workers that they are being turned away from the Ministry of Social Protection when they seek to lodge complaints against employers. The process in industrial relations on matters of such nature is not to turn away complainants but to activate a process to investigate and resolve the complaint,” the organisation had stated.In a statement subsequently, Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott denied the allegations made by the GTUC.The Minister asserted that his labour officers were unaware of any such instance occurring within the Department.“From investigations conducted with staff, not surprisingly, they have all categorically denied this baseless allegation,” Scott stated.However, he admitted that in rare cases when persons come to the Department without the requisite information pertaining to their employment/ past employment, they were requested to furnish same to facilitate a speedy investigation into their complaints.last_img read more

Inconnu Swim Club at Safeway this Sunday selling tickets for Fall Raffle

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club will be at Safeway tomorrow, Sunday, December 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., selling tickets for their Fall Raffle. Inconnu thanks the community and its various sponsors for their continued support.Advertisement For more information, you can visit Inconnu’s Facebook page. Corporate sponsors include Central Mountain Air, Everflo Compression Ltd, Northern Vision Care and Sugar Ray’s Pilot and Hotshot Services. All proceeds from this raffle go to support the kids that are involved with the Inconnu Swim Club as Inconnu is a non-profit organization and rely on this generous support. – Advertisement -The prizes up for grab includes:center_img This will be the last chance to buy these tickets at a convenient location.  The draw date is December 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the North Peace Leisure Pool. Inconnu has only 240 tickets left out of the printed 3,500. Tickets are just $5.00 each. 1st Prize – 2 Return CMA Tickets + $500.00 Cash 2nd Prize – $1000.00 Cash 3rd Prize – $500.00 Cash last_img read more

Students struggle with book prices

first_imgGarcia is one of millions of students nationwide who are realizing that school is hard – but paying for books can be harder. The National Association of College Bookstores reported that prices of college textbooks have skyrocketed nearly 40 percent in the past five years. In hopes of finding a way to address this issue, College of the Canyons will host a public hearing Monday. The forum was organized by the U.S. Department of Education and is part of a year-long study requested by U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. “Textbook prices are particularly noticeable in California because our tuition at community colleges is the lowest in the nation,” said Eric Harnish, assistant to the president at College of the Canyons. “When you are paying $60 for a three-unit class that requires a $120 textbook, the price is very noticeable.” VALENCIA – Just one of Elvia Garcia’s textbooks cost her nearly $175. The 18-year-old Newhall resident is taking 16 units at College of the Canyons this semester, and with classes like calculus, physics and history, her book bill was more than $400. Considering she makes just $350 a month, it’s no surprise she’s had to make payments on her texts. “There is still one book I haven’t even bought,” Garcia said. Harnish said college bookstores have nothing to do with textbook prices – those are set by publishers – but the college holds frequent outreach programs to advise students about financial aid and scholarships to help pay for education. But most of COC’s 19,000 students have little or no help struggling with the price of books. Kristina Davey, a counselor for COC’s Extended Opportunity Program, said the textbook issue is huge for students living in Santa Clarita – already an expensive place to live. “Most students I know are already working one to three minimum-wage jobs just to cover rent. That doesn’t even include books,” Davey said. The EOPS-CARE program Davey works for helps qualifying students – usually low-income students who are the first generation in their families to go to college – by giving them book vouchers. The first semester students get $150, and returning students get $300. Davey said the vouchers are good as gold for most students, but they still don’t cover all book expenses. “The average students spends anywhere from $300 to $500 a semester on books, with math and science books being at the top of the price list,” Davey said. Students have also begun buying books online. Web sites such and sell used books at rates 30 percent to 70 percent cheaper than most college bookstores. But, Davey said, many times Web sites cannot keep up with the pace of new textbook editions, and new editions are always more costly than earlier ones. Garcia, who is a freshman biochemistry major and plans to be a doctor, knows her book expenses are only beginning. “Many of my friends can’t even afford to buy any books,” Garcia said. Still, students find ways to be resourceful. “We just share books.” (661) 257-5254 If you go A public hearing on textbook prices will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday in the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road. 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

City on schedule to completing construction projects by October 15

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Fall season now here, construction projects around Fort St. John should be wrapping up within the next couple of weeks.According to City Communications Manager, Ryan Harvey, all City construction projects are all on schedule and are expected to be completed by the seasonal deadline of October 15.For the north end of 100 Street, Harvey says the lines have been recently painted on the pavement and now just finishing the boulevards and trails. This section of 100 street, north of 114 Avenue is expected to be open to the public by October 15.- Advertisement -When it comes to other street projects within the City, Harvey says 93 Avenue by the Fire Station has reopened, 92a Street is almost complete, and 101 Avenue by Surerus Park has been paved.For construction project updates, you can visit the City of Fort St. John’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Colbert Presidential campaign dies

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert’s fanciful White House bid on Thursday. Colbert, who poses as a conservative talk-show host on the Comedy Central cable network, filed to get on the ballot as a Democratic candidate in his native South Carolina. His campaign paid a $2,500 filing fee just before the noon deadline, said state Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler. However, after about 40 minutes of discussion by top party officials, the executive council voted 13-3 to keep the host of “The Colbert Report” off the ballot. “He’s really trying to use South Carolina Democrats as suckers so he can further a comedy routine,” said Waring Howe, a member of the executive council. And Colbert “serves to detract from the serious candidates on the ballot.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter told the committee Colbert could showcase the state “in a way that none of the other candidates on the ballot have been able to do.” “I think you’re taking this a little too seriously,” she said. When Colbert announced his candidacy on his show last month, he said he would run only in this key primary state. He said then he planned to run as a Democrat and a Republican – so he could lose twice. The GOP filing fee is $35,000; the deadline was Thursday night. Democrats say he will get his $2,500 back. last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 12/11/2012:Reserves: The double is on after the reserve team defeated North London Shamrocks last weekend in the league semi final at a muddy Greenford.The guys have now two finals to look forward to in the coming weeks with a league final against St Kiernans and a championship final against Fulham Irish.Credit must go to NLS on fielding a second team at this late stage of the season but they came across an experienced Gaels team determined to win more silverware this season.It was a solid all round team performance with the defence giving away very little while Brendan Friel was covering every inch of the turf whilst adding a few scores. Up front Ciaran Carr, Niall Gilleece and Declan Alcorn all played excellent support roles to the awesome Vivian Browne, who started the game surprisingly in goals but showed his worth when introduced to the full forward line.Final score TCG 3 -19, NLS 0-2Seniors:It was a disappointing weekend for the senior team with the KKG giving us a walkover in the final of the Conway cup. Nobody wants to win a cup without having to kick a ball but sadly this has happened, so it’s the end of the domestic season for the boys with three trophies in the clubhouse cabinet.Next up will be the Munster champions in Ruislip in the All-Ireland club QF on Sunday 16th December 2012.Fixtures: Our under 21 championship final game against Tara/Harlesden last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.Check local papers or the club website for this weekends fixtures.Sam Maguire Returns:The big cup was back in Greenford last Sunday with Donegal manager Jim Mc Guinness making an appearance to the joy of many Donegal immigrants. Check the club website in the coming weeks for pictures of the Gala dinner dance and Sam in the clubhouse.Poker Classic:The club is happy to announce the return of our popular annual poker classic in partnership with bookmakers BET365 on Friday 14th December 2012.This event always creates a lot of interest with a good nights Craic guaranteed, entry fee for poker is £50 which includes a free pint and hot buffet.Maurice Carr who has won this for the last two years (sober) says he will take it easy this time around and will have the beer goggles on.There is only a limited number of 90 places available so book your seat early by contacting club secretary Stephen Mc Loughlin on 07788 723922.GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 11th, 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:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgPROUD: CHLOE MAGEEDonegal badminton star Chloe Magee ended her 2012 season on an impressive note as she won the women’s singles and mixed doubles titles at the Turkish Open.The Raphoe woman beat France’s Sashina Vignes Waran 21-18 23-21 in the singles final.The Frenchwoman was number one seed in the tournament. Double Olympian Chloe then teamed up with her brother Sam to land the mixed doubles title.The Magees defeated Germany’s Fabian Roth and Jennifer Karnott 21-14 21-10 in the mixed decider. TAKE A BOW CHLOE! RAPHOE STAR’S END OF YEAR DOUBLE SUCCESS was last modified: December 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TAKE A BOW CHLOE! RAPHOE STAR’S END OF YEAR DOUBLE SUCCESSlast_img read more

YouTube to Help Monetize One-Hit Wonders

first_imgDo you remember YouTube sensations like Otters Holding Hands, David After Dentist or Dramatic Hamster? Of course you do. You probably Dugg, Tweeted and ClikBalled them until the mash-ups came out. From there, you probably repeated the process until a full-fledged meme was afoot. In the same way that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a mob to raise a meme. In the past, YouTube’s Partner Program has worked with prolific community stars to help them monetize. As of this morning, Google announced it is extending its program to incorporate its one-hit wonders. Some people know when to quit. Not every YouTube channel can keep more than a million subscribers satisfied and returning for more. Channels like Fred and Val’s Art Diary keep viewers continuously entertained. Most of us simply don’t have the time or eye to create quality video content over and over again. Great video producers, including ReadWriteWeb’s own Jolie O’Dell, are a rare breed. But every now and then, even mediocre videographers harness an unexpected streak of brilliance. YouTube wants to monetize those moments. According to the announcement, YouTube will determine video eligibility after looking at factors like traffic, virality and compliance with the community’s Terms of Service. If your clip is determined to be the next big meme, Google will contact you to enable revenue sharing and offer you AdSense options on your video page. If you plan on following up your hit video with a meme-worthy sequel, the company encourages you to sign up for the YouTube Partners Program and take advantage of enhanced channel features. Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Before you run off to make your video, remember a few rules of thumb:1. Own the Rights: Make sure you are well within your rights to use the music, media, etc. that you plan to incorporate in your video. YouTube won’t offer you revenue share if you appear to be walking a legal gray line. 2. Keep it Clean: Avoid using offensive or obscene language and images. Few advertisers want their messaging coupled with something they see as inappropriate or likely to alienate their customers. 3. Entertain and Elevate: The YouTube community may not be the most high-brow bunch, but it certainly knows the hottest memes. Research your subject matter before putting yourself out there. What may be funny or interesting to you could be last month’s news to the community (and in Web years, last month actually equals 5 years ago). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

India will miss street-smart Praveen in WC: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said they will badly miss “street-smart” Praveen Kumar in the upcoming World Cup as the pacer has been ruled out of cricket’s showpiece event due to an elbow injury.Praveen, who has been a vital cog in India’s ODI scheme of things for a little over three years and was certain in India’s seam attack in the World Cup, was ruled out on Monday after failing to recover from an elbow injury which he sustained during the South Africa tour.”It is very unfortunate that Praveen had to miss the World Cup. He featured consistently in the ODIs for us. He is a street-smart cricketer and he will miss him a lot,” Dhoni said during a pre-tournament press conference in Bangalore.”But you can’t really restrict injuries from happening to players,” he added.Without mentioning the names, he also indicated that Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar all have recovered from their injuries and will be totally fit by the time India play their tournament-opener against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.”A few players are suffering from slight niggles, which is always there but nothing serious. Hopefully, nothing major happens to any player,” the skipper said.The World Cup has come in for its share of criticism from some quarters for its length which spans around 45 days, but Dhoni reiterated that a perfect scheduling is always difficult to churn out and the rest period between matches will help the players to recover from their niggles.advertisement”As I have said earlier it is very difficult to form a perfect schedule and format. A tournament schedule will be either too long or too short but I am quite happy with the schedule. It will give us time to recover from small niggles,” he insisted.Dhoni also reiterated that pressure for his side is added responsibility and will not be a deterrent in their World Cup quest after 28 long years.”It (pressure) is an added responsibility. Whenever you play for India there is always pressure. But the good thing is that we have a very experienced team. Most of the guys have been there for 5-7 years and know how to handle pressure. We have some talented youngsters who can change the course of any game,” he said.Asked about the heavy burden of responsibility on his own shoulders in the tournament, the wicket-keeper batsman said, “I have been doing it for the last four-and-a-half, five years.”He refused to give importance to the fact that the World Cup is being held at home after 15 years and said the event is just any other tournament for the Indian team.”There is a lot of hype and expectation around the World Cup. But every series we have played so far there is always lot of expectation. Expectations will always be there but we need to consider it just as a big tournament,” Dhoni said.The Indian skipper said to taste success in the World Cup what India need is right strategies and not worry about other factors. Sachin TendulkarAsked whether the team had special feeling for the tournament, which expectedly is coach Gary Kirsten’s last assignment with the Indian cricket team and also swansong World Cup for batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the skipper replied in the negative.”Feel is the same irrespective of what is the position. We are concentrating on our preparation rather than thinking about other things. We are quite good at distracting ourselves from all issues,” Dhoni said.He also said that as of now all the 12 countries have equal chances but as the tournament progresses the sub-continent teams will have an edge because of the climatic conditions.”It is cooler now but as we come to the middle of the tournament it will be hotter,” he added.With four formidable and three not-so-strong teams featuring in both the pools, many are of the view that the real excitement and competitiveness in the World Cup will start only from the quarterfinals but the India captain feels otherwise.”For us the World Cup will start from game one and not quarter-finals. Many are saying that group matches will be boring but these small (teams) surprised in the 2007 World Cup. So wait and watch what they can do,” Dhoni said.Asked about potential threat for India, he refused to pinpoint any country and said all the teams will approach tournament with a positive frame of mind.”All the teams are dangerous. As a team it is always better to back your strength. I think most of the teams will go with a strong bowling attack,” Dhoni said.advertisementTerming himself a big fan of ODI cricket, Dhoni said powerplay is a thing to watch out for in the World Cup.”I am a big fan of 50-over cricket. It is a mix of Test cricket and T20. You see glimpses of both Test and T20 in ODIs. I love ODIs but it doesn’t mean I don’t like Test or T20.”With PTI inputslast_img read more