Use “idle” bank accounts’ monies to pay public servants – GPSU

first_imgThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) believes that the large sums of money that have been identified lying idle in various bank accounts and available for Government use should be utilised to pay public servants a liveable wage.The Union has also said that it was not unmindful of the immediate implications of implementing a living wage and was prepared to support a multi-year approach to achieve this goal, suggesting a three-year period.Moreover, the GPSU blasted successive Governments’ resort to employing persons on contract. “We believe that successive Governments recognised the impossibility of attracting quality labour and skills by their continuing use of high-value contract employees,” the Union said in a release on Tuesday.GPSU President Patrick YardeAccording to the GPSU, this has led to a situation where the Public Service, at least in relation to wages, salaries and allowances, can reasonably be accused of practising discrimination if not outright ‘apartheid’. The Union has since demanded that this practice be halted, saying “it would be insensitive, uncaring and anti-working class to do otherwise”.The missive released by the GPSU further outlined, “We believe that, to use the words of Prof Clive Thomas, ‘the democratic dividend must immediately begin to reflect in a just wage for those who toil’.“We further believe that once the compensation pay for those at the bottom of the scale is taken care of consequential increases and adjustments will satisfy the need for those at the top,” the GPSU added.The Union, in its proposal to Government, has also called for a flat increase of $7500 per month, which should be added to the salary at December 31, 2015 of each person employed in the Public Service, as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each band.The GPSU suggested too that next year a 25 per cent increase be given across the board and in 2018, a 20 per cent increase be paid across the board.To this end, the GPSU asserted its commitment to an objective organisational restructuring in the Public Service, accompanied by a job evaluation exercise of relevant positions; the need to provide for rewarding additional and special responsibilities; and the reduction of overlap, more consistency and logic in the number and spread among bands and their de-bunching where necessary.“In this regard, it is the GPSU’s position that the findings and recommendations of all previous and current reports of committees, arbitration tribunals and the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service of Guyana should form an adequate basis for the determination and completion of this exercise within the three-year period of the above proposal,” the release stated.According to the GPSU, no fulltime worker whether in the Public or Private Sector should be forced by their employer to have to go hungry, without reasonable shelter, basic clothing and adequate leisure.“One of the duties of the employer is to ensure that the worker’s self- esteem and dignity are always preserved and protected…Wages which dooms the worker to poverty deprives the employer of a motivated worker and correspondingly the quality and service which the public expects and deserves. Poverty robs the worker and his/her family of their self-esteem, right to dignity and a decent life,” the Union highlighted.The GPSU said too that its argument in the struggle for a living wage for decades was that it helped to protect the workers at the lowest level of the socio-economic structure.According to the GPSU, “Our economy has for too long been constructed/regulated/structured on a paradigm of low wage…This explains why Guyanese continue to migrate in large numbers and why the paradox of job vacancies and high unemployment persist simultaneously.”last_img read more

49ers vs. Giants: Five keys to winning Nick Mullens encore

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Nick Mullens returns Monday night to his field of dreams, or at least to where a lifelong dream was fulfilled at Levi’s Stadium, by virtue of a smashing debut as the 49ers latest quarterback.He got emotional after that 34-3 rout of the Raiders, doing so in a nationally televised interview and again on his way into the 49ers locker room.How come? It wasn’t for selfish reasons, at least not publicly, which is noble.“It’s just everything that this team works for,” Mullens said. …last_img read more

Hold the Aluminum, I’ll take the Ten Years! Cake

first_imgTennessee and Virginia geocachers put the sugar rush in 10 Years!If you follow tradition, the gift for a ten year anniversary is, of all things under the sky, aluminum.  You could buy your loved one some real nice aluminum siding or the fuselage of a plane.   Neither is very practical, unless you’re not the interested in making it far into your 10th anniversary.Geocachers celebrated 10 Years! this past weekend in a much more suitable style, with CAKE. They offered the loving gift of thousands calories and a five minute sugar rush, not kitchen foil.  Smart choice.There must be some nerve bundle deep in our cortex, some where near the command and control for your blinking and breathing, that mandates we snap pictures of the cake at events.  You should see the pictures on our Flickr and Facebook pages.  Australians know how to make cakes. And lets not forget about the pastry stylings of geocachers in Denmark.  All were impressive.What’s more impressive might just be the people who showed to eat the cake and celebrate ten years of geocaching together.10 years! Czech style. 10 Years! South Carolina, USA10 Years! Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThis decade has been quite a ride that spread geocaching from a lowly cache in Oregon to every continent on the earth and even to the International Space Station. More significantly the family-friendly adventure has spread inward, to this little nerve bundle in the cortex. Not only does the bundle fire control commands for blinking, breathing and urges to take pictures of cakes, it’s where geocaching has found a home for many.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching is (literally) a Piece of Cake (sometimes)January 25, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Ten Years of Geocaching in AustriaJuly 12, 2011In “Community”Guide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s eventNovember 27, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack: And The Cloud Winner Is…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloudstack#Eucalyptus#OpenStack#VMware As much as we don’t like markets being dominated by a single vendor, it’s almost as bad to try to choose between a chaotic mix of vendors. That’s the current state of the cloud market, and it’s giving some prospective buyers fits. For public cloud, Amazon is the early leader, but within the enterprise…? It’s not so clear.The major cloud vendors admit as much. In a recent Quora thread, executives from Eucalyptus, VMware and more debate who leads the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud market. Answer? It depends.AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack?Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos starts it off, answering the question of “In the IaaS cloud market, who will win between AWS, VMware and OpenStack?” with:All three camps have their respective strengths. VMware is the undisputed leader in virtualization and more broadly in on-premise infrastructure software. So far they have little to show when it comes to public clouds. OpenStack has huge popularity and the backing of legacy IT vendors. They are fighting the public cloud and the private cloud battle at the same time. Amazon Web Services are overwhelming leaders in public cloud, an industry that is growing fast. AWS hasn’t done much with large enterprises or on-premise environments. They do have Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Direct Connect (DC), and the partnership with Eucalyptus.But it’s not as if these vendors are operating in a vacuum. As VMware cloud executive Matthew Lodge notes, both AWS and VMware bring existing fan bases (he calls them “power bases”) to the cloud party. VMware has an enviable foothold with enterprise IT and AWS owns developers. OpenStack, as Lodge points out, has “undoubted enthusiasm around the project from vendors and early users” but “no strong power base” and still lacks many public clouds built on its technology, and has been particularly slow to gain traction in Europe. Cloud Apples vs. Cloud OrangesWhich, of course, is a reminder that at times we’re comparing cloud apples and cloud oranges here.IaaS architect Jason Heiss hones in on this, posing a mock rhetorical question – “In the housing market, who will win between Century 21, Home Depot and a lumber mill?” – and then stressing that each of these cloud providers is “selling different things to different people,” concluding “They’ll likely all ‘win,’ in the sense that cloud adoption is still nascent in many companies.”I’m not sure that I agree that all will win, even in Heiss’ sense. While the cloud a growing market with lots of room for “winners,” enterprises are going to settle on a few vendors, not many. VMware has the “power base” with enterprises, and AWS has the same with developers. Eucalyptus ties the enterprise into the power of AWS through its API, and OpenStack has a great deal of momentum from vendors who want it to succeed against incumbent power bases.In other words, this game is nowhere near over, and it may be too soon to pick a winner.Can Any One Vendor Win The Cloud?And even when we do pick a winner, are we picking a winner in enterprise cloud deployments, public cloud deployments, hybrid cloud deployments, deployments of public clouds built on one’s cloud technology, or something else altogether? Defining the market matters, and at present it’s not clear that there’s any useful way to describe the overall “cloud market” as a coherent thing that any one vendor could possibly win.So when you read that OpenStack has upended the private cloud market, or read a blow-by-blow account of who’s winning between CloudStack or OpenStack, a healthy dose of skepticism may be in order. Not of the analyses, which are often quite good, but rather of the very idea that any particular vendor could win this amorphous market we call “cloud.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Matt Asay How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Iguana vs. Snakes: Behind-the-Scenes 360 Video

first_imgBBC released an in-depth 360 video showing just how they shot the magnificently epic Iguana vs. Snakes clip that recently swept the globe.All images via BBCIf you were on the internet for even five minutes last week, it’s highly likely you encountered the viral Planet Earth II video of dozens of Galápagos Racer snakes relentlessly chasing an adolescent iguana across a beach. The epic pursuit was easily some of the most engaging and suspenseful television footage in recent memory. If you haven’t seen the clip, its a must.Many viewers took to the comments section to question the validity of the whole thing — until BBC quieted skeptics with a behind-the-scenes video of how they shot the incredible scene.Iguana vs. Snakes: How They Shot ItBBC released two behind-the-scenes videos, the first showing what went into filming some of the “not so lucky” iguanas. For the other BTS look, they released a 360 video detailing some of the gear, the positioning of the cameramen, and the techniques used to get these jaw-dropping shots.The setup is relatively simple when it’s broken down. A shooter with a telephoto lens/tripod combo captured the static tight shots of the lizards and snakes. For the on-the-move footage, a Ronin allowed the shooter agility and freedom as the reptile-on-reptile action unfolded. It also appears each crew member might have had a point-and-shoot or DSLR ready to shoot at anytime, just in case. And though they didn’t mention it, some of the shots seem to be taken from a drone — but that’s just my observation.360 videos are an excellent way to promote your content, exposing your viewers to your process in a fun new way. Hopefully BBC continues to put out clips like this for the remainder of Planet Earth II. The series is truly a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking and proves exactly what manner of magic can be captured if you’re in the right place at the right time.What are your favorite behind-the-scenes documentary videos? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Update Bow Jubail Moved to Rotterdam Yard for Repairs

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kustwacht Nederland The chemical tanker Bow Jubail has been moved to the yard in the Port of Rotterdam following the collision with a jetty, Odfjell said. A class surveyor has attended the vessel for survey, and repairs will be conducted accordingly, the ship’s operator added.As informed, work is estimated to take about one week.To remind, some 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) were spilled at the port after Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and ruptured the hull on June 23. At the time of the incident, the 37,500 dwt ship was not loaded with cargo and there were no injuries reported.By June 26, authorities in Rotterdam managed to recover some 150 tons of the oil spilled. The cleanup efforts are continuing and are expected to take at least several weeks, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority.Daily inspections are made throughout the affected area, together with representatives from the harbor masters and other stakeholders. The inspections form the basis for further cleaning, as explained by Odfjell.What is more, HEBO, a specialist in controlling oil and chemical spills contracted to assist in cleanup efforts, has now supplied with extra resources to speed up the process further.“In cooperation with Gard, HEBO, the Port of Rotterdam and other experts, we are doing our utmost to avoid further interruption to the affected terminals. Until the waterways are fully cleared for traffic, intermediate solutions will be sought to mitigate the consequences for the industries in the area,” the company further said.Odfjell, together with relevant authorities, is currently investigating the cause of the incident: “As part of Odfjell’s cooperation with the external authorities to establish the relevant facts, our Incident Investigation Team is currently conducting a thorough inspection which in due time will determine the root cause. This team also includes independent external expertise.”last_img read more