Councillors at the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council statutory meetingRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) officials are currently seeking to have all sweeper/cleaners attached to public schools in the region paid the minimum wage across the board.The issue was, for the second time in recent months, raised at the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC’s) statutory meeting, where it was highlighted that some workers are yet to be paid the minimum wage of $64,200.Sweeper/cleaners in Region 10 had just last year welcomed a decision by Government to have their positions regularised consequent to a review of their hours of work. Following this, approval had been granted for them to be paid the then minimum rate of $312 per hour, which has since been increased to $370.4 per hour, the present minimum wage.It was, however, noted that in some cases the hours of work varied between the nursery, primary and secondary workers, and some were yet to be brought up to standard. It was noted that while some workers are being paid the minimum wage, others are yet to receive same.During the statutory meeting, Councillor Charles Sampson noted that he was informed that the sweeper/cleaners were given a new work schedule which would see them working for nine hours (from 07:00-16:00) with an hour set aside for lunch, which would result in eight hours of work. He accordingly sought to ascertain if the workers were receiving the appropriate minimum wage of $64,200 monthly.Responding, Regional Chairman Renis Morian noted that he had received from one of the agencies a package stating that the RDC is supposed to do a number of things in relation to the payment of the workers. Morian said there needs to be correlation between the ministries to effect movement for the payments to be made. He then questioned Deputy Regional Education Officer (DREO) Maylene Stephen, who noted that the Council is currently paying according to the prescribed rate of $312 per hour.Stephen noted that more money would definitely be needed to move in the direction of increasing remuneration.“I know the Personnel Department engaged the cleaners and the sweepers in relation to this, but they are not getting the $64,200,” she noted.Morian stressed that the matter needs to engage the attention of the Chief Executive Officer of the Education Ministry, the Education Minister and the Financial Secretary of the Finance Ministry, in moving forward. He said a letter to effect change would be prepared and copied to these persons.According to Councillor Sampson, the $312 per hour which some cleaners are receiving is equivalent to $54,000 monthly, which he said is totally wrong if the workers are working for eight hours. He argued that the rate should be $370.4 per hour, to bring the workers up to the minimum wage.He added that the issue was raised since the previous statutory meeting, and needs to be fixed. Sampson pointed out that when the workers worked for six hours, their payments were accurate according to calculations. However, if they are not paid accordingly now, it would constitute a violation of the Government’s minimum wage.Meanwhile, Councillor Douglas Gittens said temporary workers attached to nursery schools had complained of receiving far less pay, but he noted that they were expected to increase their hours to normal working hours, to be regularised and receive the payment.“We want this thing fixed like yesterday, so a number of things got to happen. When that letter is written, the money got to be released… If the money is not released, you can say, ‘Pay them whatever’, they won’t be paid…and it’s easy for somebody to say, ‘Yes, I okayed the payment’. That is one Ministry, but it’s that same Ministry our budget does go to, and if you ain’t make a strong recommendation for that money to increase, the people ain’t gon get paid,” Gittens said.Prior to the regularisation of sweeper/cleaners, there had been countrywide protests by the workers. Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Regional Representative Maurice Butters had also made several calls for all of the Region’s sweeper/cleaners to be brought up to scratch and paid the public service minimum wage.
Watford have made an offer for Lille defender Marko Basa, according to reports in France.The Hornets are on the hunt for reinforcements this summer as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of a return to the Premier League.New head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has reportedly identified a number of targets and the club are keen to do business.And, according to L’Equipe, Watford have now made a bid for Basa after positive scout reports.The 32-year-old is available for a cut-price fee after a clause in his most recent contract saw his valuation slashed.However, the Montenegrin centre-back is still unsure whether to make the move and could yet snub any forthcoming approach. Marko Basa in action for Lille 1
Mame Biram Diouf’s close-range header means QPR are behind at Loftus Road.Stoke manager Mark Hughes was given a predictably hostile reception from the home supporters because of his ill-fated spell as Rangers boss.The Welshman is faring much better at Stoke, however, and they went ahead in the 11th minute.Mauricio Isla’s hesitation enabled Victor Moses to cross from the left and Peter Crouch, perhaps unfairly, climbed above Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball down and give Diouf a simple finish.Moses then had a low shot saved by Green as the visitors continued to have the upper hand. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore: Barton; Mutch, Fer, Kranjcar; Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Zamora, Dunne, Hoilett. Stoke: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch.Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Arnautovic, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — It was hard to discern who needed the win more, the Giants or Drew Pomeranz.In danger of being pulled from the rotation, Pomeranz pitched his way out of a bases loaded situation in the top of the first inning Friday night and ended up pitching five scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Pomeranz didn’t actually get the win — it went to Reyes Moronta, the first pitcher out of the bullpen — but he was a winner in the eyes of manager Bruce Bochy as the …
Most people have heard the ads for companies that sell you a certificate for a star they will name after you. Professional astronomers have usually been quick to discourage people from falling for the schemes that have no professional or international authority for naming stars (for instance, see this article on Wired.com). But now, according to New Scientist, an international consortium of astronomers with the Kepler Mission will be selling stars to raise money for data analysis from the spacecraft:“There are plenty of phony name-a-star things on the web, but I think we were the first scientists to use this sort of model for fundraising, and as a public outreach tool,” says project leader Travis Metcalfe of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “We’re trying to educate people about what the Kepler mission does, and to get them excited about the quest for other Earths.”Since Kepler has 100,000 stars in its field of view, they hope to raise a million dollars at $10 a star “to pay scientists’ salaries and bring them together at conferences.” In return, the donor gets his or her name attached to one of the stars on Google Sky. The program was named “Pale Blue Dot” after Carl Sagan’s book of that name.A fly on the wall listened in to the astronomers cooking up this scheme.“Look, we all know that International Star Registry is bunk, but we need some money. I was thinking, maybe their strategy could be used to our advantage. After all, their continued success proves there is still a sucker born every minute.”“Well, we’d better distinguish what we want to do from what they are doing. We are ethical scientists, you know.”“If we as professional scientists assign them a star, isn’t it kind of official?”“Nah; we’ll never get the International Astronomical Union to agree to it.”“But we won’t be selling the star, really; we’ll just ask them to adopt one for awhile.”“Your point is?”“We could say this is supporting science instead of paying the salaries of slick marketers.”“You realize, don’t you, that this money is going to pay our salaries….”“How about emphasizing the educational benefits of our program?”“Probably not good enough. The star registry sends its customers victims information about ‘their’ star.”“But we want to excite people about what we are trying to do.”“I dunno; my aunt got pretty excited when Uncle Joe bought her a star from one of those phony companies.”“How about the fact that we will print their star on Google Sky instead of on parchment?”“Your point is?”“We could emphasize our price is one fifth their price.”“Now you’re just quibbling about the price. It could still make us look just as sleazy as they are – and cheap, too.”“But isn’t our program for a worthy cause?”“Some people will complain that science shouldn’t grovel in the dirt to get its work done.”“Isn’t that what we do already trying to get government funding?”“I know! Let’s get Carl Sagan’s name attached to it. Everybody knows he was a real astronomer. If they see his picture and slogan, they’ll flock like sheep to the slaughter. Let’s get some celebs to donate first and pitch it on TV. Build a slick website with promos, a donor honor roll and T-shirts with Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot logo, and we’ll be rolling in dough in no time!”“Ethics, schmethics. It’s a new day for science. Three cheers!”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the 1930s, lookout towers were used around Ohio to monitor and identify forest fires. Between 1924 and 1978 more than 30 lookout towers were built and operated in Ohio. By the late 1970s, though, their role was completely replaced by airplanes and now residents with cell phones are the best way to get a handle on spotting forest fires.New this year at the Ohio State Fair Natural Resources Park is a refurbished fire lookout tower on display right behind Smoky Bear. The original Armintrout 71-foot-tall fire lookout tower was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as part of an early warning system in spotting forest fires. Originally located in Pike County, the tower was recently taken down and moved to the fairgrounds to reinforce the message of forest fire safety and provide a link to Ohio’s past.The refurbishing process for the tower included sandblasting, acid dipping, and re-galvanization of the metal legs, as well as replacement of the wooden landing and stairs using wood grown and sawn on Ohio’s “green certified” state forests. The tower was shortened to 60 feet tall in its current location.The tower (though not open to unassisted public visits) offers a great view of the State Fair.“You can see as far as downtown Columbus, the Horseshow and of course the midway,” said Jim Zehringer, ODNR director. “We thought it would add to Smoky Bear that helps promote wildfire reduction and that having this here would enhance that opportunity.”The lookout tower features an Osborne Fire Finder on an alidade, a circular tool with a peep sight and horsehair crosspiece that rotates to look in the direction of the fire. The stationary outer ring is marked with degrees. This was used to determine the location of the fire and its distance from the tower. If a fire could be seen from multiple towers it could more accurately be located through triangulation on a map.Here are some more fire tower facts from ODNR.The first fire tower was built in 1924 — Copperhead Tower in Shawnee State Forest. This tower was recently renovated with help from the Ohio Woodlands Job Corps.The tallest towers were 100 feet, three were built, and two remain standing, at Blue Rock and Sugar Grove.The total number of fire towers once standing was 40.Two towers remain on the Wayne National Forest, one having been relocated next to the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters on US 33 near Nelsonville.Most towers, when closed in the late 1970s, were dismantled and sold for scrap metal. Those that were on leased lands reverted to the property owners.Today, there are 20 towers remaining and seven are in state parks and open for public viewing. They represent technology long ago outdated and still overlook some of Ohio’s more beautiful scenery in the rolling hills of southern and eastern Ohio.In our conversation, Director Zehringer recalled tales of the days of the region’s earliest white settlements when it was said a squirrel could travel from the Ohio River to Lake Erie and never touch the ground. Believe it or not, the state is still is home to beautiful unbroken forests that harken back to Ohio’s earliest days, and a number of them sprawl out beneath the ever-watchful eyes of Ohio’s remaining fire lookout towers. The lookout tower features an Osborne Fire Finder on an alidade