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

Bishop Séamus Hegarty to be laid to rest today

first_imgThe former Bishop of Raphoe and Derry, Séamus Hegarty, will be laid to rest today (Mon) in St Eugene’s Cathedral.On Friday last, Dr Hegarty died at Letterkenny University Hospital, where he was receiving treatment.He led the diocese of Derry from 1994 to 2011, when he retired due to an “irreversible and progressive” illness. Before that, he served as the Bishop of Raphoe.Hegarty, who was from Kilcar, had been Bishop of Derry from 1994 to 2011 having served as Bishop of Raphoe.He was ordained as a priest in 1966, and was consecrated Bishop of Raphoe in 1982.During his tenure, Bishop Hegarty caused controversy on a number of occasions for his response to the issue of clerical child abuse. In 2005, he apologised to Derry parishioners for not telling them that some of their donations were going towards a central church fund to support victims of clerical sex abuse.The Stewardship Trust was set up by Irish bishops to provide financial redress to victims and to fund child protection initiatives.Bishop Séamus Hegarty to be laid to rest today was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Age Estimate for Oldest Glacier Revised Way Down

first_imgDeposits from Antarctic glacial ice thought to be 8.1 million years old have been re-dated at not more than 310,000 years old, and maybe as little as 43,000, reports a team writing in the Feb. issue of Geology.1  Ng (MIT), Hallet, Sletten and Stone (U. of Washington) analyzed cosmogenic helium-3 and calculated the rate of sublimation of the ice to arrive at the new age estimate for glacial till (leftover rock debris from glacial melt or ice evaporation).  “Such rapid recent growth of the till contradicts previous interpretations that it is older than 8.1 Ma at an adjacent site, where it encloses volcanic ash of this age,” they say (emphasis added in all quotes).  “We question whether the ash provides a valid age constraint for the ice.”  Earlier geologists had dated the ash fall as a time constraint on the glacial till, but this team says it may accumulate much more rapidly than assumed.  “Our results show that the ash may not be a reliable stratigraphic indicator.”1Ng et al., “Fast-growing till over ancient ice in Beacon Valley, Antarctica,” Geology, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 121�124, doi: 10.1130/G21064.1.This team may not have the last word, either.  Readers should learn from this story that even among secular geologists, interpretations can contradict one another by orders of magnitude.  This is not just a story about dating methods, but also feeds into the debate about global warming.  Their paper begins, “The recent history of East Antarctica is key to understanding the response of large ice sheets to climate forcing.”  Beware political decisions based on advice from geologists who read present data and weave stories about things that happened millions of years ago, as if it will help forecast future events.  Considering revisions this large, politicians might be better off forecasting climate from analysis of layers in a calf’s liver.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kindle Updates Software, Adds Real Page Numbers and Public Notes

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#NYT#web Kindle has announced some of the software updates that are making their way to its latest generation of e-readers, including one of the most requested features currently absent from the devices: page numbers.Although, on one hand, digital books free us from having to think about “the page” as a physical construct for holding the words, the lack of page numbers on the Kindle has frustrated many readers. If you’re moving back-and-forth between and print and digital version, for example, it can be a challenge to find where you left off. And referencing and citing passages with proper bibliographic notation is impossible. No longer. Kindle is adding “real page numbers.” Rather than simply numbering the pages as they appear on the Kindle screen, Amazon says it will make sure the page numbers correspond directly to the print addition. Page numbers are being added to tens of thousands of Kindle books, says Amazon, and the feature will be available on Kindle apps in coming months.One of the features about the Kindle that I have long felt wasn’t developed to its full potential was the highlight feature. While you could choose to see which passages were the most often highlighted, you couldn’t really tell who was highlighting those passages, and you couldn’t opt to share your notes publically – say with colleagues or classmates. Kindle is adding a “public notes” feature, that will let you make your notes and highlights available for others to see. You’ll be able to follow the notes of others – an interesting to see what others are thinking about a particular book or passage. This is another big move towards taking advantage of the technologies that can make reading more social.Kindle is also improving the magazine and newspaper layout, something that makes it far better as your go-to device for reading this digital content. And Kindle is adding a new feature that, once you reach the end of the book, you’ll be able to rate it and push your thoughts and recommendations out to your social networks, as well as receive other recommendations about what you should read next. If you have the latest generation of Kindle, you can try an early preview of these features by downloading the software update. Once it becomes available, it will be pushed out to all devices via Wi-Fi. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May, 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.Osaka was scheduled to meet Kiki Bertens, who advanced to the semifinals via walkover.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It wasn’t immediately clear how serious the injury was, or if it will affect Osaka’s status for the French Open, which starts in nine days.Osaka won two matches on Thursday after rain a day earlier backed up play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Bidding wars on Twitter ensue as scalpers exploit demand for UAAP finals tickets View commentslast_img read more