The Guyana Public Service Commission (GPSU) on Wednesday facilitated its 23rd biennial conference at State House, which was declared open by caretaker President David Granger.In the presence of stakeholders from the public sector, GPSU President Patrick Yarde highlighted the current situation of public servants, explaining that some of them are living on small wages. This, he noted, is grossly inadequate.GPSU President Patrick Yarde“The reality is that many public servants are living in abject poverty…Whoever is responsible for advising the Government about the adequacy of pay is not merely only out of touch with the needs of workers, but I would say, unconscionable…I have often wondered why is there a lack of addressing the human needs of life and living that are grossly inadequate,” Yarde asserted.The conference was organised to address topical issues which have affected public servants in Guyana. In the past, there have been many calls for increased wages and other benefits.Meanwhile, the Granger sought to recognise the evolution of public service during his address, noting that it has become more competitive and complex. The prevalence of unemployment among youths was also acknowledged.“The Public Service has changed since those slow, sluggish days. It has become a more complex network of agencies, departments and Ministries offering a variety of services to wider urban, rural, hinterland and even international communities in terms of the Foreign Service. It has also become more competitive and the people who acquire new skills can perform better than their colleagues, will move further, faster… It is a fact that too many young people, between the ages of 15-24, are not in education, employment or training”.Changes in the public sector, he said, have resulted in their survival for many decades. But public servants must be educated and trained to meet the demands of other sectors which will come in the future.“A study of trade unionism in Guyana over the past century will indicate how many have disappeared because they failed to change with the times. Change, also, is taking place at a rapid pace and is transforming the nature of the workplace. Workers who are not prepared for the continuous changes in the field and office could find their careers retarded and their service redundant,” Granger insisted.He stated that if persons are not educated, they will lose opportunities and employment. As such, the Head of State encouraged partnerships between trade unions and other agencies.“Workers will be unable to adapt to this new workplace environment unless they receive constant training. Education is essential to preparing employees to enter the labour market and once in the labour market, to adapt continuously to the changing nature of work. It means that education must be continuous”.Granger added that workers require better training to be able to adapt to this environment. “Unions, particularly the Public Service Union, must play a part in helping its members to adapt to these changes and to ensure that the workforce is better educated in order to play a meaningful role in the delivery of these services”.
Green light for car park sale eases pressure on cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers 1 Championship side Bolton obtained a validation order in the High Court on Friday afternoon that paves the way for a key car park sale at the Macron Stadium.Wanderers’ accounts were frozen when HM Revenue and Customs served them with a winding-up petition over £2.2million of unpaid tax and their first trip to the High Court this week resulted in a five-week adjournment over that matter on Monday.However, at another hearing in the capital on Friday Bolton sought permission to purchase a section of land next to a car park that it is understood they plan to sell as part of a larger deal to the owners of the Middlebook Retail Park, which is adjacent to the ground.That validation order was granted and Bolton also confirmed plans are afoot to push through payment to staff after their salaries were not paid on time on Thursday.A club statement read: “Bolton Wanderers is pleased to confirm that today, Friday 22 January, the club was able to obtain a third validation order at the High Court to allow it to enter into a transaction that enables it to continue trading.“The validation order gives authority to the club to finalise a commercial arrangement with Middlebrook Business Park Ltd and the club will provide a further update on this transaction on Monday.“In the meantime the club can confirm that instructions have been issued to expedite payment of all delayed staff January wages.”Earlier in the day manager Neil Lennon had revealed he and his coaching team had provided financial support themselves for some of the staff most affected by the missed pay packets.“I’ve got staff – part of my football staff and backroom staff – that are struggling to make ends meet at the minute,” Lennon revealed.“That’s not a great scenario. Some of us have had a whip round for a few of them just to keep them on board.“Hopefully when the car park sale goes through we can get a takeover done eventually and things can move on from here.”Lennon added of the staff: “They’ve been here quite a while and they absolutely love the club. If anyone deserves to be paid it’s probably these people for what they give to the club.”
LANCASTER – More California Highway Patrol officers will be out on Antelope Valley highways and roads over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The CHP’s maximum enforcement period, when 80 percent of officers are on patrol, will start at 6 tonight and run through Sunday. “This is one of the heaviest holidays for vehicular traffic,” CHP Officer Henry Ross said. “We expect a lot of traffic this weekend.” Traffic traveling along Highway 138 through the Antelope Valley to Interstate 15 was already bumper to bumper Monday night, Ross said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals CHP officers will be cracking down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear seat belts. Officials say wearing a seat belt is the easiest and quickest way to survive a crash. Fifty-six people were killed on California roadways over the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend. Within the CHP’s jurisdiction, of the 39 vehicle occupants killed, 15 were not wearing seat belts. Two people died last Thanksgiving weekend on Antelope Valley highways and roads. A 26-year-old Littlerock woman died the night before Thanksgiving 2004 when her car collided head-on with a big rig on Highway 138, and a 41-year-old Littlerock woman died the following Saturday when her sport utility vehicle hit a tree blown down by wind onto Avenue K east of Lancaster. Meanwhile, the California Department of Transportation warns travelers to expect heavy traffic during peak periods on Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita at Templin Highway. Crews continue work to stabilize a mountainside that caused heavy damage to the freeway during rains last winter. Three northbound lanes and four southbound lanes remain open. Caltrans officials suggest using The Old Road, which parallels the freeway through the Santa Clarita Valley, as an alternate.
SCHALKE VS. MANCHESTER CITYMan City was given a kind draw against a Schalke side clearly struggling in its second season under coach Domenico Tedesco.Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home against Freiburg was indicative of the Gelsenkirchen-based team’s season to date – an unattractive game of few chances with midfielder Suat Serdar sent off before the break for a studs-up challenge.Schalke has won only six of its 22 league games so far and languishes in 14th place in the 18-team standings. It could yet be drawn into a relegation fight before the season is out.The contrast could hardly be greater.City, in its Premier League title defense, is ahead of Liverpool at the top on goal difference.Coach Pep Guardiola had the luxury of resting some leading players on Saturday for the FA Cup win over fourth-tier side Newport. Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were not summoned from the bench and Sergio Aguero had the afternoon off entirely.The team was back in training on Sunday ahead of the trip to Germany.A European trophy has eluded City since the Abu Dhabi takeover 11 years ago, with the semifinals the furthest the team has progressed in the Champions League. BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich knows all too well how tough an opponent Juergen Klopp can be.Now in his fourth season at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is facing Bayern for the first time while leading Liverpool.Bayern visits Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game on Tuesday, mindful that it didn’t always come out on top against Klopp during his time at Dortmund.While Bayern defeated Klopp’s Dortmund side in the 2013 Champions League final, Klopp had the upper hand in the 2012 German Cup final, which Dortmund won 5-2. Klopp also led Dortmund to successive league titles at Bayern’s expense in 2011 and 2012.“Personally I like Juergen Klopp a lot,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who revealed that he almost signed Klopp to take over before the club decided on Jurgen Klinsmann in 2008.Also Tuesday, Lyon hosts Barcelona.On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid welcomes Juventus, and Schalke hosts Manchester City.Liverpool has not lost a European match at Anfield since the 3-0 group stage defeat to Real Madrid in 2014 and Bayern has questions over its defense ahead of its trip.The Bavarian powerhouse conceded twice to relegation-threatened Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday, when Leon Goretzka scored an own-goal after just 13 seconds – the quickest own-goal in 56 years of the league. Bayern won 3-2.Bayern’s scorer Serge Gnabry and his teammates celebrate their side’s first goal during a German Soccer Cup round of sixteen match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Bayern Munich in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola gives instruction to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)By Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares “We’ll have to deliver a whole other performance on the day, especially in defense,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac said, warning of the danger posed by “the three up front,” referring to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool also had the luxury of a week without a game before Bayern’s visit, due to its early FA Cup exit. The team spent four days at a training camp in Marbella, Spain.“Our little preparation for the rest of the season,” Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said.Bayern winger Kingsley Coman is an option for Kovac after fears of an injury sustained in Augsburg proved unfounded. Coman scored twice, set up David Alaba’s winner and struck the crossbar in Augsburg, while he also underlined his growing importance to the side with the winning goal against Hertha Berlin in the German Cup.Liverpool will have to cope without central defender Virgil van Dijk as he serves a UEFA suspension for the first leg. Klopp faces the prospect of having to deploy midfielder Fabinho alongside Joel Matip with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren both injured.While Liverpool is accustomed to deep runs in Europe – winning the Champions League in 2005 and reaching the final in 2007 and last season – the club has not won the English league since 1990.Although a chance to pull away from Manchester City at the top of the Premier League was squandered with two recent draws, Liverpool is still only behind City on goal difference and has a game in hand.Here’s a look at the other Champions League games this week:LYON VS. BARCELONABarcelona is back in good spirits after ending a three-game winless streak and extending its comfortable lead in the Spanish league at the weekend.But it heads into the game against Lyon showing signs it still hasn’t recovered its best form despite having a whole week to prepare before a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Valladolid in the league on Saturday.Lionel Messi and most of his teammates struggled, and the team looked off both in attack and in defense.Arthur’s absence in midfield has become a problem for coach Ernesto Valverde, as the young Brazilian was the main player controlling the team’s pace. Arthur needs a few more weeks to recover from a hamstring injury.The game could go a long way to deciding Lyon coach Bruno Genesio’s chances of keeping his job.Although Genesio guided Lyon to the last 16 without losing a group game, long-serving club president Jean-Michel Aulas has yet to say whether Genesio will stay on next season.Genesio will have to find a way to beat Barca without Nabil Fekir, the main provider and scorer in Lyon’s attack, who is suspended.With Fekir absent, Netherlands forward Memphis Depay has the chance to put in the kind of performance to help him fulfill his wish of joining a bigger club next season.ATLETICO MADRID VS. JUVENTUSCristiano Ronaldo is returning to Madrid with his Juventus side hitting its stride at just the right time and Atletico should be worried – the former Real Madrid forward has scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico.The Bianconeri are on a seemingly unstoppable march to a record-extending eighth successive league title in Italy and could be forgiven for relaxing slightly.While the 3-0 defeat at Atalanta in the Italian Cup ended its chances of a treble, followed by a 3-3 draw against Parma, it appears to have been just a blip with Juve then beating Sassuolo and Frosinone, 3-0 each time.“Yes, we are in a good condition,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment.”Ronaldo scored again against Frosinone on Friday to take his tally to 19 in Serie A. He also showed as good an understanding with Paulo Dybala as he has had with Mario Mandzukic, who joined Juventus from Atletico in 2015.Allegri was able to rest several players for Friday’s match while also giving a run to key defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, back from injury.Atletico has not looked convincing in the Spanish league, scraping a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano on Saturday after two defeats.Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Frosinone at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)