Finance Minister rules out Christmas bonus for public servants

first_imgPublic servants hoping for a bonus this Christmas will be left disappointed, as Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday ruled out any bonus pay-out to State workers due to limited fiscal space.In his revelation to the media, Jordan explained that countrywide infrastructure projects are ongoing. As such, he argued that because of these projects, money isFinance Minister Winston Jordanbeing circulated back into the economy.“I can tell you that it will not happen this year,” the Minister said when asked about bonus for public servants. “The challenges are many and the resources are few.”In the absence of a bonus, Jordan explained that public servants still had much to be proud of as he pointed to the ongoing projects such as on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project.“The West Demerara road is close to completion. So there has been a hive of activity across the country. A lot of spending is taking place, so if only because of that, people should be happy because a lot of money is being injected into the economy,” Jordan said.Last year, public servants had waited with bated breath to hear if Government would announce a month tax-free bonus but were instead treated to a reduced amount.He later told reporters last year that Government simply did not have the monies available to make the one-month tax-free payment to members of the public service.Speaking to public administration and public financial management during his presentation of the 2017 National Estimates (Budget), Finance Minister Jordan had said “this Administration has inherited a national crisis of institutional lethargy and ineptitude (in the public service).”The Minister in providing some insight on Government’s proposal to reform the public service through its public servants, pointed to comprehensive institutionalisation of the tenets of results-based management. He pointed too to the recently opened public service college and its role in revitalising workers.last_img read more

Marquez stymies Vazquez

first_img“Israel broke his nose in the first round,” Roach said. “He told me right away after the first that his nose was broken. He wanted me to stop the fight a couple of rounds earlier, but I asked him to suck it up. I thought Marquez was getting tired. “Israel tried to go a couple of more rounds, and then he came back and said he couldn’t do it anymore. His nose is more important than the fight.” Vazquez, 29, of Huntington Park via Mexico City, was attempting to make his third successful title defense. He was trailing by two points on two cards at the time he retired; the other scorecard was even. “I couldn’t breathe properly throughout the rounds,” said Vazquez, who is 41-4. “When I came back to my corner (after the seventh round), I could breathe through my mouth, but I couldn’t breathe through my nose. So I told Freddie, `This is it.’ I thought I was winning the fight. He hits very hard. I was taking a lot of shots because I couldn’t breathe.” Marquez was fighting for the first time at 122 pounds. It didn’t appear he had any trouble carrying his tremendous power up a weight class. CARSON – After the seventh round of Saturday’s World Boxing Council super bantamweight title fight at The Home Depot Center, Israel Vazquez told his trainer, Freddie Roach, that he could not continue because he could not breathe thanks to a broken nose he suffered in the first round. Suddenly, a bloodied Vazquez walked over to Rafael Marquez, waving his arms as if to say, “No m s.” Marquez then was hoisted on the shoulders of one of his cornermen and carried around the ring in celebration. The longtime bantamweight champion from Mexico City became a super bantamweight champion with a seventh-round technical knockout in front of an announced crowd of 5,155. center_img “I proved I am the best champion,” said Marquez, who is 37-3 with 33 knockouts. “He is a great champion. He hits so hard. He is a great champion, and he deserves a rematch.” It took longer than most thought it would, but Vic Darchinyan (28-0) retained his International Boxing Federation flyweight title with a 12th-round technical knockout of Victor Burgos (39-15-3) of Mexico in the semi-main event. Referee Jon Schorle stopped the fight at 1:27 of the final round. robert.morales@ presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img