The ongoing feud by retired and current employees against the Mayor and City Council for an unfixed agenda of working without any benefits will be resolved in the near future.This is the statement made by the Human Resources Manager, Paula Braithwaite, who told the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that the process of working for 10 additional years minus benefits is a fair practice.However, Legal Assistant Sherwin Benjamin posed the thought as to how the process is fair, since many persons would have worked their entire life at the Council and received no money at the end of their service. He explained that this is indeed an “unfair employment regime”.“Imagine you have persons who work all their work lives and would leave without having pension. Is that fair?” he questioned.Braithwaite then told the Commission that officials of the Guyana Labour Union and City Hall would have discussed the issue and it was agreed upon that the persons would be placed under the fixed agenda after working for over seven years.“If it’s seven years and over, all of them would be placed on the fixed establishment and will receive benefits accordingly and persons seven years and under, they will remain on the unfixed agenda,” said the Human Resources Manager.This generally means that they would work until the age of 55 and retire with a severance package and insurance; as opposed to working until the age of 65 with no benefits.For many years, persons have been subjected to this condition of work and there have been numerous complaints that were submitted to the Commission. The only shocking situation behind this decision is that the Union did not mention this and nor did the respective staffers of the Council.Over the past week, President of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union, Wendy DeCunha also voiced her disagreement with the Council, calling for all employees to receive their benefits.DeCunha noted that during her witness statement, the Union tried to engage City Hall, but the relationship has been “confrontational”.Kenrick Hamilton is one such employee, who achieved no benefits after serving over 20 years. At the current age of 55, he is hoping that the system can be rectified so that other employees can retire with a pension package.
A businesswoman is among several others counting their losses following an early morning fire in Kitty, Georgetown that reduced three buildings to ashes.The fire reported started at about 01:15h at Lot 11 Sandy Babb and Railway Streets, Kitty, Georgetown, and rapidly spread to a Beer Garden located at Lot 12 and another building owned by a doctor at Lot 10.Guyana Times understands that the building in which the fire started is owned by an overseas-based Guyanese but was occupied by several relatives.The houses on Fire on Thursday eveningOne day before the fire, the occupants of the house reportedly had a heated argument during which one of the young men threated to set the place on fire. However, on Thursday evening, another argument broke out and it was at this time that the young man allegedly set a mattress alight in one of the bedrooms.Due to the high winds, the fire reportedly spread rapidly. Some are of the opinion that the absence of an effective firefighting operation lead to the fire completely destroying three building.Since there were no fire hydrants in the area, fire fighters eventually tapped into a water source at Vlissengen Road but by this time, all three buildings were already engulfed. Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told media operatives that after the GuyanaThe aftermath of the fireFire Service received the call, tenders from several stations in Georgetown were dispatched to the scene.He explained that by the time the tenders arrived, the wooden structures were already in flames but the firefighters kicked into firefighting mode. Two of the officers were injured during the operation, he noted.However, at the scene on Friday morning, members of the Guyana Power and Light were working assiduously to restore power to the area. Several lamp poles were destroyed as a result of the blaze which has affected the entire Kitty area. Several persons were at the scene discussing the fire and how it started.It is believed that the person who set the mattress on fire is a well-known drug addict. His mother, from all indications, operated a “run shop” at her house.Nevertheless, Dineshwar Rampersaud, whose mother owns the liquor shop thatHundreds of thousands in drinks that damage during the firewas destroyed by the fire, explained that he returned home at about 23:00h on Thursday evening and went to bed.He said he was awakened after he felt a heat emanating through the windows of his bedroom. As he got up, his realised that his room was illuminated and as he looked through his window, he saw the ‘middle house’ on fire.“I came out of my room, got my mom out of her room, bring her downstairs, take her out of the house, get the car out of the garage, and did not get to go back into the house,” he noted. He noted that the flames were so severe; it prevented him from reentering the home to save any household items.At the time of the blaze, he and his mother were the only two occupants of the house.When asked about his neighbours, Rampersaud related that several reports are at the Kitty Police Station about their behavior, suggesting that the fire was purposely set.While he could not estimate his family’s losses, he noted that millions were destroyed including credited goods and stocks.He posited that only last December, they renovated sections of their house with modern amenities and his mother who was the owner of the business had plans to open another.While the building is insured, he posited the insurance cannot compensate for the amount of losses his mother has suffered.Althea Solomon, who rented the upper flat of the house where the fire started, explained that after realising that fire was raging beneath her, she quickly grabbed her two children and ran to safety without turning back.She confirmed that the fire was started by a “well known drug addict” after he set his mattress on fire. “Instead of throwing out the mattress, he rushed out of the house and ran away,” Soloman added.In addition, Dr Rambaran, owner of the Lot 10 Sandy Babb and Railway Streets, Kitty property said the building was rented to two tenants. The doctor disclosed that she received a telephone call at about 01:30h informing her that the house was on fire.She along with her husband and father rushed to the scene only to be greeted with heavy smoke and flames. While none of the tenants were able to save anything, one of them lost his dog in the fire. The occupants of a house at the back lost their car which was parked in front of Dr Rambaran’s yard.“It was impossible to get from the back house to the road to remove the car,” she added. Meanwhile, residents have lashed out at the Guyana Fire Service, claiming that they if the fire fighters had come equipped, at least one building could have been saved.Officials from the Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force have launched an investigation into the fire. Up to press time, it is unsure if the suspected arsonist was arrested.
SANTA CLARITA – The water rate is going up for 27,500 Santa Clarita Water Division customers, an official said Thursday. The Castaic Lake Water Agency board unanimously approved the 14.5 percent increase, which would bring the average bill from $42.94 to $49.15 this year, said John Garon, assistant retail manager for the agency’s Santa Clarita Water Division. The increase is needed for capital improvements, increased power costs and the rising price of water, Garon said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
West Brom are closing in on Wigan’s James McClean after agreeing a fee with the Latics.Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have had an offer of £1.5million accepted with the winger set to become boss Tony Pulis’ first summer signing.Wigan are preparing for life in Sky Bet League One after they were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season.McClean failed to save them from the drop despite scoring six times while playing under three managers.The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international has netted 10 goals in 86 games since moving from Sunderland in 2013.Pulis has targeted the wide areas to strengthen the Baggies after they finished 13th in last season’s Barclays Premier League.McClean will be the second Wigan winger to move to the Hawthorns this year after Callum McManaman’s January switch. James McClean 1
Robin van Persie was mobbed by Fenerbahce fans on Sunday as the striker flew in to Istanbul to complete his move from Manchester United.The 31-year-old was putting the finishing touches to his switch to the Turkish club and is expected to be officially unveiled on Monday.Van Persie opted to make the move after being informed he is not part of Louis van Gaal’s plans at Old Trafford.The Dutchman cost United £24million from Arsenal in 2012 and fired 30 goals to help the club win the Premier League in his first season.His impact since then, however, has been muted due to a series of niggling injuries, and he was limited to 10 goals in 29 appearances under compatriot Van Gaal last season.His former teammate Rio Ferdinand, however, still believes he will go down as one of United’s greatest ever strikers.In a post on Facebook, Ferdinand wrote: “He was actually a better player than I thought he was when he arrived at Manchester United – I had played against him many times vs Arsenal, so I knew he was good but not this good.“Maybe that was because he was up against me and Vida [Namanja Vidic] though!! On a serious note though, I think that was the general thought through the squad too.“As a player he is so silky to watch, great touch, can hold the ball up & bring others into play, timings of his runs, skills & a dream of a left foot….oh and he can finish!”
PETER MORAN believes that his Ulster Senior League squad can compete for and win the Michael Ward Trophy at this weekend’s FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament in Cork.Moran, the Bonagee United manager, has taken over as manager of the team from Donal O’Brien, who won this tournament in 2013 and 2014.Moran was part of the backroom team last year, when the USL lost their three games, but he says his men will be ready for the battle in Cork this weekend.“I believe that we’re going down to Cork with a very strong squad. We’re going down to be competitive and to bring back the trophy,” he said at a press briefing on Tuesday at Café Davitt in Letterkenny. “I was disappointed last year that we didn’t win it. I’ve told all the players that we want to win it. There is no sense in going down there just to make up the numbers.“We are missing some experience from the squad, but that’s natural when you’re going away for three full days – men at this level have other commitments.“But I have no regrets with the squad we have. A few young guys will get a chance and won’t let us down. We’ll go down there and do the Ulster Senior League proud.”The USL concluded preparations on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win at Dergview, Stephen Duffy netting three with Conor Tourish and Davitt Walsh also on the mark. Youngsters like Duffy could be key this weekend given that Moran will be without the likes of Malachy McDermott, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, David Shovlin and Matthew Crossan.Moran knows the League well from his years at Bonagee and says he is honoured to be taking charge of the representative side.He said: “To be asked to do this job is a massive honour. It’s the highest job I can do in this League. Donal invited me in last year to see what it was.“It was good to be there and to see that. It’s the best playes that each province can put out.“There are some quality footballers up here. There is talent in Donegal, in the Ulster Senior League. It takes a lot of commitment and effort to play at this level.” The USL team begin the weekend on Friday night against Leinster Senior League at St Mary’s Park before taking on Connacht at Corinthians Park on Saturday ahead of a clash with hosts Munster at Turner’s Cross on Sunday.Moran said: “We can’t lose on Friday. We have to come out of it with something. We’ll be down on Friday and will prepare as best we can. We’ll get down early and give it the best go we can.“Donal brought a real professionalism to it. The League has backed us and that’s right. These players are going away to represent their clubs and their families as well as their League.“The players are giving of their time so it’s only right that they be backed when they’re doing that.” FIXTURESFriday, October 14, 7.30pmLeinster Senior League v Ulster Senior League St Mary’s ParkConnacht v Munster Senior League Knockgriffin, Midleton Saturday, October 151.30pmUlster Senior League v Connacht Corinthians Park Sunday, October 16, 10.45amLeinster Senior League v Connacht Ringmahon ParkMunster Senior League v Ulster Senior League Turner’s CrossSoccer: USL boss believes his team can win FAI Intermediate tournament was last modified: October 12th, 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) 3.30pmMunster Senior League v Leinster Senior LeagueO’Shea Park, Blarney
Science headline writers were almost beside themselves with joy at the prospect of watching other planetary systems in the process of forming. Science Daily nearly set a record with a large-print, bold, 22-word headline: “Zooming in on an Infant Solar System: For the First Time, Astronomers Have Observed Solar Systems in the Making in Great Detail.” PhysOrg, which regurgitated the same press release from University of Arizona, headlined only the first 7 words. A quick internet search showed this press release reverberating throughout the web, with little modification, usually accompanied by the same artwork. What on other earths was going on? The press release was based on a paper by J. A. Eisner et al published in Astrophysical Journal, available online in an open-access PDF at Los Alamos National Laboratory.1 The title talks about spectra of hydrogen around certain stars – nothing about planets. The paper itself only makes a brief, data-free, theory-laden statement about planets in the introduction: “Protoplanetary disks play an integral part in the formation of both stars and planets. Disks provide a reservoir from which stars and planets accrete material, and a knowledge of the structure of inner regions of disks is needed to understand the star/disk interface as well as planet formation in disk ‘terrestrial’ regions.” That was it.2 Wading through the hype about planets in the press release to get to the data, though, took a strong machete. The claims were audacious from the first sentence. Not only did the press release deliver planets; it outfitted them for life:For the first time, astronomers have observed solar systems in the making in great detail.A team led by University of Arizona astronomer Joshua Eisner has observed in unprecedented detail the processes giving rise to stars and planets in nascent solar systems. The solar systems the astronomers chose for this study are still young, probably a few million years old.“These disks will be around for a few million years more,” Eisner said. “By that time, the first planets, gas giants similar to Jupiter and Saturn, may form, using up a lot of the disk material.”More solid, rocky planets like the Earth, Venus or Mars, won’t be around until much later.“We are going to see if we can make similar measurements of organic molecules and water in protoplanetary disks,” he said. “Those would be the ones potentially giving rise to planets with the conditions to harbor life.”Surely claims of this magnitude were based on incredibly hard evidence. Did Eisner and his colleagues actually see any planets? Actually, no. They saw dust and hydrogen. They looked at 15 stars with dust disks around them, and measured things like mass, rotation, and magnetic fields. They saw some of the dust getting sucked into the stars. They saw some dust disks getting pushed back by magnetic field lines. They saw violent process, like hydrogen flung out by magnetic field lines: “the gas is being funneled along the field lines arching out high above and below the disk’s plane,” Eisner said. “The material then crashes into the star’s polar regions at high velocities.” The press release explained what happens next: “In this inferno, which releases the energy of millions of Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs every second, some of the arching gas flow is ejected from the disk and spews out far into space as interstellar wind.” Notice that this environment forms the boundary conditions for the story.Question: where are the planets?Answer: in Eisner’s imagination.“‘But the building blocks for those could be forming now,’” he said, which is why this research is important for our understanding of how solar systems form, including those with potentially habitable planets like Earth.” Summing it up, here’s the score. Observations of planets: zero. (This includes habitable planets.) Uh, what was that headline again? “Zooming in on an Infant Solar System: For the First Time, Astronomers Have Observed Solar Systems in the Making in Great Detail.” Incidentally, their work was funded by a Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation.1. Eisner et al, “Spatially and Spectrally Resolved Hydrogen Gas within 0.1 AU of T Tauri and Herbig Ae/Be Stars,” Astrophysical Journal Vol. 718, July 20, 2010 (scheduled); preprint at Los Alamos Natl Laboratory.2. The paper talks much about accretion, but it’s apparent both from the paper and the press release that the accretion being spoken of is material getting swept into the star – not material building up planets. Planet formation (not even mentioned in the technical paper) was not spoken of in terms of data or observations, but only as theoretical possibilities: “gas giants similar to Jupiter and Saturn, may form, using up a lot of the disk material,” and “More solid, rocky planets like the Earth, Venus or Mars, won’t be around until much later, ‘But the building blocks for those could be forming now,’…”Calling on all skeptics who respect science. Will you let this pass? Those of you whose mission is to expose pseudo-science and skewer crackpots, do you ever turn your energies on the likes of these? They’re not your usual targets, but look at what these people have done. Don’t be distracted by the fact that they work for major universities, like the University of Michigan, Caltech, Berkeley, and Max Planck. Don’t be impressed by the fact that they used observations from Keck, one of the finest observatories in the world. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that they got a major research grant from the NSF. Who cares? If someone says a dumb thing, it’s dumb, no matter who says it. If you could, in your mind’s eye, transport yourself to the middle ages, and find the King of France funding alchemical or astrological research, and all the esteemed academics of the University of Paris thinking it was a great idea, would you endorse it on those bases alone? Surely, science must be about more than (1) equipment, (2) prestige, (3) money, (4) consensus, (5) power and authority, (6) publicity, (7) rhetoric, (8) hype, (9) enthusiasm, (10) imagination, (11) some of the above, (12) all of the above. Presumably, science has at least something to do with truth. It has something to do with gaining knowledge about the world through rigorous, testable, empirical methods, and applying what is gained logically, consistently, and conservatively – avoiding the exaggerations to which our natures incline us. Can we agree on that? But look what these scientists, intelligent as they are, educated as they are, privileged as they are to work on the world’s greatest telescopes, honored as they are with taxpayer dollars, did in this press release. They observed spectra of hydrogen around a few T Tauri and Herbig Ae/Be stars. From these spectra, it was reasonable to infer some violent processes at work: hydrogen being accelerated along magnetic field lines, and dust disks apparently either spiralling all the way in to the star or being compressed outward. That’s it. But look at their inferential equation in the press release:Dust + violence = planetsPlanets + time = lifeLook at the absurd teaser in the headline. Look at the suggestive artwork. If that isn’t pseudo-science, if that isn’t an example of wild swings of speculation way out of bounds beyond what the data can bear, then please, pray tell, what is? Why is it that the world’s press just laps up this garbage and barfs it back out for the public? Why is Creation-Evolution Headlines the only site with the guts to call this disgusting? Look; even Space.com fell for it hook, line and sinker – no critical analysis whatsoever. Not a hint of questioning. None of the debate or dispute or controversy that should characterize good science. The media just fall in lockstep like a bunch of gutless, mindless lemmings. If you agree, then do something about it (this is for skeptics). Write some letters to the editors of news sources that regurgitated this press release uncritically and complain. Write the University of Arizona and say that this press release was very unscientific. Tell them it violated your skeptical sensibilities. Tell them it gives the creationist wackos occasion to mock science. Tell them it is illogical to extrapolate from hydrogen and dust to earth-like planets and life. Point out that such talk only encourages the critics of evolution to keep up their rhetoric and grow more bold. Tell them that if they keep publishing thoughtless press releases like this one, intelligent design is going to continue to grow and proliferate, because evolutionary science is going to continue looking like a lunatic fringe of laughable pseudo-science the way it is being exaggerated beyond all logic. Further, tell them that when it gets spoon-fed to the public this way, with no critical analysis, the public becomes skeptical that they are being led down the primrose path. (It might be effective to tack on the quote at the top right of this page.) Do it. Read them the riot act for a change. Then at least we will know you are consistent. Then we will at least know you are an honest skeptic.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season with a shock 2-1 loss at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday, leaving them trailing leaders Manchester City by five points.An ecstatic home crowd at a noisy and rainy John Smith’s Stadium celebrated what was the Yorkshire club’s first win over United since 1952 and one which few would doubt they deserved after a passionate display.Huddersfield were without a Premier League win since August but there was no sign of any dent to the confidence of an energetic and determined side.Hats off, Huddersfield… #HUDMUN @htafcdotcom pic.twitter.com/ynrP7mqxdH- Premier League (@premierleague) October 21, 2017United pushed forward in numbers after going in two down at the break but there was a lack of fluidity and craft to their play which resulted in little real trouble for Town keeper Jonas Lossl.Jose Mourinho’s side had 78 percent of possession but just three shots on target throughout the game.Watched by former Huddersfield and United striker Denis Law, David Wagner’s side took the lead in the 28th minute.Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy robbed Juan Mata in midfield, broke forward, slipped the ball to Tom Ince and fired home after Ince’s shot was blocked by David De Gea.United lost defender Phil Jones to injury and his replacement Victor Lindelof was to blame for Huddersfield’s second when he completely misjudged a long clearance from Town keeper Jonas Lossl allowing Belgian Laurent Depoitre to round De Gea and slot home.Nemanja Matic went close to pulling one back with a shot that flashed just wide shortly before the interval but at the break Mourinho gambled by using both his remaining subs – throwing on Marcus Rashford and Henrik Mkhitaryan as he sought to change the direction of the game.advertisementBut it was not until 12 minutes from the end that United got on the scoresheet with Rashford meeting a Romelu Lukaku cross with a firm header at the back post.Despite intense late pressure from United the Yorkshire side held on for a famous victory and one which will leave Mourinho with plenty of food for thought.WATCH: Head Coach David Wagner celebrates a fantastic win with the #htafc supporters ???? (AT) pic.twitter.com/vg6WG9THNW- Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) October 21, 2017WHAT A WIN! WHAT A CELEBRATION! #htafc (AT) pic.twitter.com/6aIMYrKWGc- Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) October 21, 2017
Lane TaylorOn Lunt: He’s not really a guy that gets choked up under the pressure or caught up in the hype or anything.Really, the only person I can think of that gets choked up under pressure is Adam Morrison.Mike GundyOn Lunt:I haven’t seen him in six weeks, eight weeks. I haven’t really spent a lot of time around him. We’re not allowed to. So I’m looking forward to getting somewhat reacquainted with him the first weeks in August.Oh, those first-few-weeks-of-school flings. Magic.On his coaches:We’ve had tremendous continuity with our coaching staff. Have we?Follow up:Well, continuity is probably not the best word. I guess cohesiveness in our willingness to work together, and whenever we have a turnover like that with coaches, that’s a good thing.Continuity, cohesiveness, both polysyllabic words that describe teams and start with the letter “C”, get out of my face, we’re the Big 12 champs.DanaOn playing OSU:It’ll probably be similar to the way it was back in 2000, when Coach (Mike) Leach left Oklahoma and went to Texas Tech.Yes, I believe it will be pretty much exactly like that. I love that Dana sees his destiny and embraces it.And how about this jewel of a question from, I believe, Berry Tramel to Mike Gundy about his receivers…You said you’d like three or four guys to combine and give you what Blackmon gave you, but behind Blackmon last year, the last two years, you’ve had three or four guys that put up really good numbers behind him. So if you got three or four those guys are now doing Blackmon’s numbers, do you have to find seven or eight guys to do what those three or four guys did the last two years?WHAT? Can a brother get a TI-83 up in here?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireA collection of my favorite quotes from the OSU guys at Big 12 media day.Joseph RandleOn naming Lunt the starter:I knew who had a great spring, but we didn’t know if they was bold enough to really do itCome on, Joe, you do realize you’re working with a guy who dropped triple-digit F-bombs on a nationally televised sports program 11 months ago, right? And you don’t know how bold he is yet?!On Lunt: I’m not trying to say nothing, but it looks very similar to how it looked last year (with Weeden).So you ARE trying to say nothing…Cooper BassettOn Bedlam 2011:We had people come up and say that their 60-year-old parents were boo-hooing after the game because it meant so much to them. And it’s just neat because it’s genuine.
2014 NTL – Live!Can’t make it to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League but would love to watch some of the games live? Never fear, we’ll be live streaming plenty of games to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel this week!To watch the games listed below, please click on the game’s respective links. Stay tuned to the channel throughout the week for highlights and more!Wednesday, 12 March1.00pm – NSW Country Mavericks v Queensland Country Outlaws (Women’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5q7-yxmTDk 1.50pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Women’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kki6O76eYKY 2.40pm – NSW Country Mavericks v QLD Country Outlaws (Men’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDfXiKNim3M 3.30pm – NSW Mets v Alliance (Men’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGeSWjMXMjg 4.20pm – NSW Mets v QLD Chiefs (Women’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4n-ip-s9nY 5.10pm – QLD Country Outlaws v QLD South Stingrays (Women’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Stt9Uc0do 6.00pm – NSW Mets v QLD Chiefs (Men’s Elite Eight) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zSNws7jYQ 6.50pm – QLD Outlaws v QLD South Stingrays (Men’s Elite Eight)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zSNws7jYQ We’ll update the links daily so be sure to come back to this story for all of your links throughout the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League. Related LinksNTL Live!