first_imgSprinting great Usain Bolt has once again thrown his full support behind the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk, which is again set for Falmouth – the capital of his home parish, Trelawny – on Sunday, October 16, 2016.Bolt, who, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, was a partner of the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, will once again demonstrate his support of an activity, which he believes is “a sustainable and important initiative that seeks to raise funds and support youth in various sectors of society”.”I am a solid supporter of initiatives that benefit and empower the people of my hometown, and I am particularly pleased that this event has at its heart, causes that support organisations that work to protect our children and provide needed services in Trelawny,” he said.This year, the event, which has been divided into a 4km Fun Run/Walk and an 8km Run, hopes to raise funds for the Victim Services Division of Trelawny and provide additional funds to last year’s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls, which is also based in the parish.Saffrey Brown, general manager of the JN Foundation, emphasised that the event formed part of the organisation’s focus on rural development.”Our efforts on behalf of the Victim Services Division of Trelawny will ensure that children who are victims of crime will receive adequate social services to aid their recovery,” she noted. “Our continued efforts with the Granville Place of Safety will provide the wards of the facility with additional educational resources to further bolster their future potential beyond the home.”Funds raised will enable the Victim Services Division to acquire materials to support play therapy and art therapy, as well as the design and delivery of group-therapy interventions, benefitting young people in the parish. The completion of a multi-purpose resource centre for wards at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls will also be supported.HEART OF OUR NATION”Our focus on helping children is not by accident as we recognise that our children, whether in rural or urban Jamaica, are the heart of our nation and our future,” Brown noted.She also encouraged Jamaicans at home and abroad who are not able to participate in the run to make a donation via the crowdfunding website, where they have a chance to receive Puma shirts autographed by Usain Bolt when they make contributions to the cause.The run is being organised with technical support from the team at Running Events Limited and will take runners on a course through the streets of the historic town of Falmouth.The 8km is designed to target sprint enthusiasts with a strong desire for competition, while the 4k Fun Run will be geared at engaging families and individuals, with various challenge stations, along with a historical aspect to educate participants on Falmouth while en route.last_img read more

first_imgWages impasseThe agreement only recently made between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry to end the teachers’ salary impasse was expected to be signed off on Wednesday; however, the two parties were unable to do so.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald on Monday told Guyana Times that the agreement was expected to be signed by Wednesday. When McDonald was contacted on Wednesday, she informed that the two sides would not be meeting during the day.Moreover, the General Secretary pointed out that the GTU officials were set to meet and did not comment on the agreement.Although she had previously voiced her concern over the 12 per cent and eight per cent payout being offered by the Government, she opted not to comment before meeting with the Union on Wednesday.Thereafter, all calls went unanswered.Calls made to the Education Ministry’s office also went unanswered.  Last Friday, the GTU finally agreed to the Ministry’s offer after consulting its members. TheThe Education Ministry and GTU officials addressing the media at the last meeting held on Friday lastdisclosure was made after more than six hours of discussion between the two sides.Education Minister Nicolette Henry announced, “What we have proposed essentially is in so far as 2016 is concerned, we finalised at 12 and eight per cent respectively and for 2018, we’re at eight per cent and the debunching figure (is) the one that we shared earlier – the $350,000,000.”Although fewer smiles were seen on the faces of the executives after that meeting, GTU President Mark Lyte told this publication that the Union was satisfied with the amount being given to teachers. “We are walking away a lot happier than initially. We recognise that we were able to broker an agreement with the Ministry of Education that will bring a lot of satisfaction to our members, and I think that was the ultimate objective of this whole process to ensure that every teacher benefits significantly.”According to him, the previous offers tabled did not provide benefits for all teachers. In fact, some 80 per cent of teachers, he said, would not have benefited from the Government’s previous offer.It was explained by him that the increases for teachers will be paid in two tranches. “The increases are going to be paid in two tranches, because you know what teachers receive in 2016 would have an impact on 2017 and 2018, so we are going to have payments being done in December and payments being done in January 2019,” Lyte stated.A joint statement shared with the media from the two agencies said: “Having considered new information provided, which included salary benefits for all scales of teachers ranging from TS1 to TS19 and special and non-salary benefits, the two parties concluded discussions and have committed to the implementation of the agreement. The three-year 2016 to 2018 agreement will be signed in the new week.”Not only has the arbitration process been wiped off the table owing to the recent agreement but also the thought of strike action.Teachers were gearing up for another round of protest action following a number of failed discussions between the GTU and the Ministry. They were being rallied by the Union as they were unable to agree with the Ministry on the appointment of an arbitration panel to decide the teachers’ wages dispute.A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was initially proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).It recently changed its demands and said it was willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government.last_img read more

first_imgANIMAL welfare volunteers have expressed their shock and disgust after rescuing this poor husky dog, so poorly fed she was just skin and bones.Animals In Need Donegal say the dog was one of seven rescued yesterday alone.“We don’t know if we have ever seen a dog so thin,” said a charity spokeswoman. “She is just skin and bone and looks so sad. She was completely emaciated.”The charity has issued a plea to parents NOT to even think of purchasing pets as Christmas presents when so many rescue animals need good homes.They are also desperately seeking donations to care for this husky and the many cats and dogs rescued in recent days.Every cent donated to Animals in Need goes directly to helping the animals in our care,at the moment we have a lot of sick animals and our vet bills and food bills are enormous. You can donate through paypal or (€2) by texting KITTEN to 50300.(100% of text cost goes to ANIMALS IN NEED DONEGAL across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to ANIMALS IN NEED DONEGAL.WELFARE OFFICERS IN SHOCK AS EMACIATED HUSKY DUMPED BY CRUEL OWNERS was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:animals in needcruelcrueltyDOGdonegalemaciatedhuskylast_img read more