City Hall workers to strike today

first_img…over non-payment of NIS, PAYE, Credit Union dues…although Municipality deducts $280M from wagesCity Hall may find itself in hot water today if workers decide to follow the advice of the Guyana Labour Union (GLU) and go on strike until monies are remitted to the Credit Union, the Guyana Revenue Authority and the National Insurance Scheme.City HallAt Monday’s statutory meeting, the City’s Welfare Officer, Wesley Adams, informed Councillors that the administration met with the Labour Department; the General Secretary of the GLU, Carvil Duncan; the Deputy Town Clerk and other staff representatives on February 5, 2018, where it was decided that the municipality would be given two weeks to begin addressing the issues.“This morning (Monday) a member of staff brought a notice to my attention in which Mr Duncan sent out this notice informing members of staff because of the failure of the (City Hall’s) administration to address the issues there will be a withdrawal of the workers’ service tomorrow (today) and they are required to meet at the Union Hall,” he related.Adams noted that many of the issues that were being brought to fore were being addressed.“The administration met with NIS as it relates to deduction and remittance and also the Credit Union. However, this afternoon (Monday), I met with some members of staff and I told them clearly, while it is their prerogative to go on strike because the administration is trying its utmost best, I think they should think clearly before they go on strike,” Adams added.The Council was also informed that although monies are being deducted from the workers’ wages and salaries for NIS, Union dues and PAYE, those monies are not remitted to the agencies.According to the City Treasurer, Ron McAlmont, the municipality owes the Credit Union over $26 million; NIS $127.4 million; and the GRA, $132 million. He explained that on Friday last, the Council would have made payments of $10.3 million and $10.4 million to the NIS and Credit Union respectively.Meanwhile, Town Clerk Royston King explained that the current financial status of City Hall should be taken into account when looking at the overall picture. He, however, noted that steps are already being put in place to address the issue in a timely fashion.With all of that being said, some Councillors were at a loss as to how monies could be deducted and not paid over to the entities. Councillor, Andrea Marks, said it is a “shame” that workers are being denied their benefits when they go to NIS because of the administration’s ineptitude. Meanwhile, Councillor Bishram Kuppen, called for a written report on the issue and for it to be addressed urgently by the Finance Committee.Finance Committee Chairman, Councillor Oscar Clarke, said the issue has been engaging the attention of the Committee and noted that with the current financial position of the municipality, had it gone ahead and made those payments, then workers would have been waiting longer periods for their wages and salaries.At an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on November 14, 2017, Clarke had suggested that the municipality consider downsizing the number of staff since salaries account for 68 per cent of the Council’s revenue. That came in light of the cash strapped municipality failing to pay its workers’ their wages and salaries on time leading to protests.The chairman had suggested the Council should begin looking to reduce its 800 staff. He noted that the current financial state will remain if the Council continues to pay 68 per cent of its revenue for staffing.For quite a while now, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has been cash-strapped, and on multiple occasions, work around the city had to be halted, since the municipality was unable to pay workers. The City’s major garbage contractors – Cevons Waste Disposal and Puran Bros Disposal Service – were forced to withdraw their services after the administration was unable to pay over $300 million owed to them. This resulted in Cevons laying off a number of its employees and Central Government stepping in to pick up the tab. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

It’s for Thika to decide whether to honour playoff- KPL Governing Council

first_imgInitially, the play-off was set for December 2 and 6 but Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have announced that they have pushed it by a week ‘after consultations with KPL’.“The long and short of it is that the council advised Thika to take part in the play-off. They did not direct or force them to do so. Thika will now decide whether or not they will play. Apparently, the Joint Executive Committee didn’t make much agreement over the play-off and the council had to make the call,” the source told Capital Sport.Reached for comment, Thika United Chief Executive Officer George Maina said they were yet to receive any formal communication over the same and are still waiting so as to make an official decision.“It is the first time I am hearing this because no one has sent us a letter yet. Once we receive an official communication, then I will be in a position to say anything. As per now, we can’t make a substantive comment on that,” Maina said.FKF had made the play-off directive between the 16th placed team in the Kenyan Premier League and the third placed team in the National Super League after the promotion of the top two second tier teams and relegation of bottom two top tier teams.Thika broke camp immediately after their final game against Bandari which they won 1-0 to guarantee their 16th spot finish and head coach Nicholas Muyoti has told Capital Sport they are yet to resume training.“We were still waiting for communication from the bosses and we have not been in training. Once we are told the way forward we will comply,” the coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30- The Kenyan Premier League Governing Council has thrown the ball into Thika United’s court in the tussle over the promotion and relegation play-off against Ushuru FC set for December 10 and 13.The Governing Council had a meeting on Thursday and according to a source privy to the meeting, Thika will now be left to decide whether or not they will get to the pitch on Saturday.last_img read more

Three Donegal projects get €75,000 in grants under Leader Programme

first_imgThree Donegal-based projects will share grant-aid of €75,000 under the Leader Programme.The projects to benefit include Red Hugh’s CLG, Downstrands Family Resource Centre & Drumhome Heritage Society secure grants worth almost €75,000.Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the grants. He said “Just this week another three projects in Donegal have got great news on funding of about €75,000 to help them improve services and facilities for rural groups and communities.“I am delighted to see the three projects get about €25,000 to support their work.“Red Hugh’s CLG deserves great credit in particular for seeing the need to do more to help people with disabilities get access to the club and get the most enjoyment out of what happens on the pitch as well as off it. A true sense of community spirit.”Minister McHugh said: “Credit also goes to everyone at Downstrands Family Resource Centre for all the supports they are providing locally and I’m sure improving the centre will help improve the services and supports.“And in the south of the county I wish everyone at Drumhome the best of luck with their heritage studies and who knows that the surveys will uncover.” The three projects being backed by Leader are –* Drumhome Heritage Society, Tullywee, Laghey which got €24,503 to help fund geophysical surveys at two different locations in the Ballintra/Laghey area.* Downstrands Family Resource Centre which was awarded €24,599 to help with costs for an office extension and workstation at the Dolmen Eco Centre, Kilclooney Beg, Portnoo.* Red Hugh’s CLG, at Monellan, Killygordon was approved for €24,516 to install a lift to enable people with disabilities to access Páirc Aodh Rua for matches and classes/community events.Minister McHugh added: “Leader does phenomenal work up and down the county. It is these funding supports that make a difference to people’s lives. Small changes, backing bright ideas and putting money into things that boost communities.“Congratulations to everyone involved and I look forward to seeing the work on the ground.” Three Donegal projects get €75,000 in grants under Leader Programme was last modified: September 13th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Why Geographic Segmentation Still Matters in 2019

first_imgYour customers’ perspectives don’t remain the same over time, so what you offer shouldn’t stay static, either. Geographic segmentation can help businesses differentiate their strategies based on regional and cultural preferences. How we structure our days, what we eat, and even what our homes look like can be drastically different based on where we live. This is important for national and international companies to remember, especially if they’re opening a location in a new region or country. Starbucks utilized this geographic specification when it expanded into China; it took the time to create products and an atmosphere that would feel like home for Chinese residents. The stores featured a variety of teas and regional foods that catered to the region’s existing tastes. Unlike the grab-and-go atmosphere in the U.S., coffee and tea shops in China aim to be a destination that offers a tranquility to the beverage connoisseur. That’s why the stores were larger than what a U.S. customer might be used to and offered more seating space. Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite 1. Meet your customers where they are. Tags:#audience targeting#business#Entrepreneur#geofencing#geographic segmentation#geolocation#geospatial data#marketing#retail#segmentation#startup Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 2. Sell seasonally smart products. Related Posts Getting to know your customers on a geographic level can also ensure that your business strategy maintains its agility. Predicting customers’ behavior and their response to specific products is necessary, but so is adapting what you’re selling to what they’re actually buying. It’s important to keep in mind that your customers’ engagement — and product excitement — is going to vary geographically. Spanish fashion company Zara has integrated this engagement-focused strategy in its production process. The company prides itself on creating products that are in line with current fashion trends, which is made possible largely because of its constant and rapid production cycle. Zara designs and produces items in roughly monthly cycles that allow the company to continue producing what actually sells. This way, the brand isn’t locked into a strategy or products that were created prior to consumer and market feedback. Utilizing geographic segmentation can help ensure that your business keeps stocking what your customers are excited about — and redesigning what isn’t working.Where customers live plays a big role in what they buy — and smart brands will take that into account as they develop offerings. While online platforms make it possible to buy anything from anywhere, that doesn’t mean people will. Geographic segmentation is still valuable in helping your company pinpoint what will get individual customers to pull the trigger. 3. Prioritize the agility of your business strategy. Seasonal variations and weather can seriously impact customer behavior and need to be taken into account. Simple seasonal changes can be catastrophic for a company that isn’t utilizing geographic segmentation. What your customers wear throughout the year will change drastically based on where they live. It’s why clothing and apparel companies still utilize geographic segmentation to target customers buying bikinis in California, while those living in New York might be searching for parkas. Weather patterns can even affect the purchase price that customers are willing to pay for certain products. A Canadian study found that sunnier weather tended to increase both consumption levels and the price spent per item. Sunshine led to a willingness to pay more for items like green tea or gym memberships, while cloudy weather made consumers willing to spend more on products like tobacco, alcohol, and coffee.    In the digital age, it can be tempting to believe that where you live no longer matters in relation to what you buy. And it can be easy for non-local businesses to discount localized information. After all, it shouldn’t matter where you customers live because they can always buy your product online, right? And with online shopping continuing to expand its reach from clothing to electronics to paper towels, geographic relevance appears to be taking a backseat. But where your customers live is still relevant to their purchasing habits, regardless of the size and location of your business; just look at Netflix for proof. The digital streaming giant has made headlines in recent years for its massive spending on original content, with the bill totaling more than $10 billion in a 12-month period. But its investment in original content has begun to pay off, especially as networks develop their own streaming platforms that could eventually control a bulk of the content that Netflix currently hosts.How Netflix is utilizing geographic segmentation and coming out aheadA study conducted by InMyArea in conjunction with Netflix tracked the most popular Netflix shows by state over time. In 2013, when Netflix released some of its first original shows, including “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” only 19.6 percent of states had a Netflix original show in the most-viewed slot. But by 2018, the most-watched show in 48 states (96.1 percent) was a Netflix original. That’s a remarkable number, considering that only 8 percent of the site’s content is original. Netflix doesn’t have to lobby for viewers on a state-by-state basis, but by understanding customer behavior and viewing habits, it can more accurately cater to the dominant viewing culture in each state. For Netflix, geographic segmentation might actually be key to the platform’s success, and by understanding the variety of demographics in each state, the brand can better create shows that represent viewers’ reality. Why geographic segmentation remains vital to your industryGeographic segmentation allows your company to adapt to the varying needs and wants of customers in different locations. Not all of your customers are the same; your marketing shouldn’t be, either. Keep these tips in mind: Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Odisha to strictly enforce ban on single-use plastic

first_imgAfter it faced strong opposition over implementation of the amended traffic rules a few weeks ago, the administration is taking no chances before strictly enforcing the ban on single-use plastic in Odisha.The administration has launched an awareness drive in all the urban areas, including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and Berhampur, in a big way to make people aware of the threats plastic bags, polythene and single-use plastic pose to the environment.Though raids are being conducted in different areas, a period of one month has been given to traders in Bhubaneswar to make necessary arrangements to cope with the ban on single-use plastic. Cases will be registered against repeat offenders, an official said.Although the decision to ban single-use plastic was announced by Chief Minister in July last year, it came into effect in all urban areas of the State on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday.The awareness drive was launched in a big away on Gandhi Jayanti day when pledge was administered to students and their parents in various government schools and Anganwadi centres to shun single-use plastic. Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik had created a sculpture on the Puri beach recently with the slogan “say no to single-use plastic” to create awareness among the people.After banning single-use plastic in urban areas, the State government has planned to enforce it in the entire State in phases over the next two years.While the Housing and Urban Development Department will enforce the ban in the municipal corporations and urban local bodies, the Panchayati Raj Department will enforce it in rural areas of the State.last_img read more

The Spoils of War

first_imgRs 77 croreAnnual fee from 22 endorsements and matches played. Sachin Tendulkar’s annual fee is Rs 64 crore.Dhoni’s endorsementsRealty CheckHis new home, Shaurya, is built on a 4,500-sq ft stretch in Ranchi’s Harmu neighbourhood. The Indian skipper built the duplex bungalow on a Rs 1-crore loan that was offered interest-free to him by the State Bank of India.31%of ads during the World Cup carried Dhoni as brand ambassador, according to tam Sports. He was No. 1 among celebrities in tv advertising. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag occupied ranks 5 and 6. In 2010, Bollywood stars led by Katrina Kaif, not cricketers, dominated.Rs 1 CROREawarded by BCCI after the World Cup win.Rs 2 CROREby Delhi Government. There’s also a house or plot in Mussoorie; stadium to be built in Dhoni’s name in Uttarakhand; residential plot by the Bangalore government; Hyundai car and plot by a Rajkot builder; land for a cricket academy in Jharkhand; Jharkhand Ratna award and an honorary doctorate by Jharkhand Government; lifetime ac pass by Indian Railways.last_img read more