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

GAA NEWS: LAST REGISTRATION NIGHT FOR GLENSWILLY

first_imgRegistration nightThe final chance to register with the club is this Friday, March 18th between 7-9pm in the clubhouse. If you are not registered then you cannot line out as part of any team. Garda vetting forms will also be available on the night and any adult who has any connection with any underage teams MUST complete this form and be Garda-vetted. This is the third and final registration night so anybody who is not registered is asked to do so. Managers are asked to make sure all their players are registered. Thank you.Minors The Minor boys drew with Buncrana in the league.U14 boysThe U14 boys have returned to training and are due to play a friendly against Dungloe this Friday night. Full details will be sent to players by text.U14 girls Training continues this Saturday 3.30pm to 5pm on the training pitch. Everyone is welcome. Please bring gum shields, water and €1.BusesAnyone organising a bus must inform Bryan Faul 0867887774 for either friendly matches, league or championship matches.BingoThe bingo continues each and every Wednesday in the clubhouse starting at 9pm. LottoThe winner of last week’s lotto was Donal Kelly of Killymasney who matched three numbers. The numbers were 2,8,14,19. The lottos are available in most local shops and other outlets. If you’re not in, you can’t win.Keep fit and Couch to 5KA number of keep fit classes (for men and women!) are now operating in the clubhouse throughout the week. The adult keep-fit class takes place on Monday nights at 7pm. The juvenile (aged 7 and over) takes place each Tuesday night from 7pm and the Couch to 5K takes place on Wednesday nights, also from 7pm. All classes are taken under the watchful eyes of Martin O’Donnell and Jimmy Carolyn. NotesCan anyone who wants anything included in the clubs notes please email them to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com before Monday evening. Thank you.GAA NEWS: LAST REGISTRATION NIGHT FOR GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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:donegalGlenswilly GAAlast_img read more

EFF: Your Browser Has a Fingerprint

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#NYT#privacy#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published results from a study of nearly half a million website visitors’ browsers and concluded that the settings configurations exposed to sites we visit are close enough to unique to identify repeat visitors with a high degree of accuracy even if cookies are deleted.Highly granular version numbers of installed plug-ins and seemingly random orders in lists of installed fonts were the primary offenders. The EFF has concluded that the most viable remedy may be consumer pressure applied to software vendors to change these practices. Even if you’re not particularly concerned about privacy on this level, the findings are quite interesting.Flash and Java were the primary examples provided as identifiers. These plugins expose version levels beyond what is needed for users in order to maximize developer convenience when debugging, the organization says. The EFF’s tests were fairly sophisticated, but the organization says there are already companies selling commercial software that claims to track browser fingerprints.Reasonable Expectations?Readers will need to decide for themselves whether the understanding of privacy found in the report is reasonable by their standards. The report notes that cookies, for example, are valuable as a way to deliver certain features, but suggests that users somehow balance that with privacy concerns. The EFF’s stance on cookies can seem downright antiquated at times, though. “There is growing awareness among web users that HTTP cookies are a serious threat to privacy,” the organization writes, “and many people now block, limit or periodically delete them.”While the ability to visit websites anonymously remains an important part of democratic communication and the preservation of liberty, more contemporary privacy debates tend to focus on sites sharing user data with third parties without consent. None the less, the fact that individual users’ browsers have nearly unique fingerprints is disconcerting. The EFF’s call for software developers to stop using such granular version numbers might be reasonable, or it might be contrary to the core of software development culture. Likewise, the random ordering of installed font lists seems like an indication of the futility of expecting privacy as a casual user of such complex software with so many variables in play.What do you think? Should users demand that browser and plugin software providers account for this dilemma or is the EFF barking up the wrong tree on privacy?last_img read more

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2015

first_imgWe spend a lot of time here on sales, meaningful work, hustling, and success. But there is a reason we do all of things. The holiday season is a time to reflect on those reasons.Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!Anthony and Cherlast_img