GTU’s books not audited since 1989 – AG

first_img…“We have nothing to hide” – Union’s PresidentAs the countrywide teachers’ strike over wage increases enters its fourth straight day, attention is simultaneously being placed on the financial status of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), after a request was made for Auditor General Deodat Sharma to conduct an audit of the union’s finances.Auditor General Deodat SharmaThis request was made after the union announced that it cannot pay full strike relief to all teachers.While the probe has not started, Auditor General Sharma told Guyana Times on Wednesday that, based on the information obtained so far, the GTU’s books have not been audited in almost 30 years. He pointed out that his office had written the GTU in the past to submit its records.“The last audit was since 1989. We had written them to submit their records. I don’t think they’ve got it for those years, but I have to double-check my records. Normally, based of financial statement audits, unless we get the financial statement, we don’t really go in, unless there is some inquiry or accusation,” Sharma observed.GTU President Mark Lyte speaking after the breakdown on talks in salary increasesSharma cautioned that the audit would move forward once the records are present. On those grounds, he pointed out that at this point he could not say how long a probe would last.“I don’t know. First of all, it’s due to the availability of the records. Once we get the records, within two to three weeks we should be able to have something,” the official surmised.GTU not afraidMeanwhile, at least two executives of the GTU, while responding to disclosure of the possible probe, questioned the timing of the request and pondered if the letter has truly come from a concerned teacher. GTU President Mark Lyte told this newspaper that the union is focused on advancing improved wages.“It (the letter) says it’s coming from a teacher, but I believe it’s coming from a certain office that everyone knows where,” Lyte said.He told this newspaper the GTU’s books were audited, and maintained that the union has no issue with being re-audited.“Why does the media have to be tracking us down for this? The issue at hand is teachers’ livable wages and salary, and that is the focus right now. If the books have to be audited, the people who have to audit, come and audit; we don’t have anything to hide,” Lyte disclosed.Even as the possibility of an audit probe looms, the union President stressed that the teachers’ 50 percent strike relief would not be affected.“It affects nothing; we’ve already said to the teachers that strike relief would be provided,” he asserted.No distractionLyte’s fellow executive, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald, declared that the union has been a transparent one, having suggested that there continues to be regular internal audits.“We have no difficulty with [an audit]. Our books are always opened. Our teachers at any time can come and peruse our books. At every General Council meeting, we have a report from the treasurer, with audited statements coming from our auditors,” McDonald declared.“If you check history, every time a union decides to call industrial action, whichever Government in power always wants to threaten you that your books are not audited; so we will not be distracted by them,” she added.Guyana Times, in trying to ascertain when the last audit was done, the executive stressed that the GTU auditing is ongoing.“Auditing is a process, so our process is ongoing. In 2016, we had our elections, and we had audited statements that were issued.Our focus is to move this matter to arbitration, end this fiasco and ensure that our nation’s children are being taking care of before we fight to see if our books are up to date,” she noted.In the August 23, 2018 letter, the “concerned” teacher requested that an audit be conducted in the management of funds paid to the Guyana Teachers Union. It related union President Mark Lyte initially saying that the union could not provide relief benefits as the union had other financial commitments, such as bursaries, death benefits, and buildings to maintain.Teachers had been concerned that there would be cuts to their salaries, and were not sure if the union would provide strike relief; but the GTU General Council held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to offer partial strike relief to teachers amounting to 50 percent of their salaries. However, Lyte also cautioned that the relief fund could cover teachers for up to one month. Teachers are seeking increases of some 40%. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Swimmer’s memoir up for award

first_imgThe autobiography is filled with photographs, memories and personal highlights of Theodore Yach’s 40-plus years of open water sea-swimming exploits. The book also sets out to motivate other swimmers and offer training advice. In My Element, the autobiography of top open water marathon swimmer Theodore Yach, is up for an international award from the World Open Water Swimming Association.(Images: Lauren Cohen)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lauren CohenCorporate Image+27 21 426 1233RELATED ARTICLES• World first for SA extreme swimmers • Chilling triumph for SA swimmers • Setting sail for a better future • SA women marine pilots make history Wilma den HartighTop South African open water marathon swimmer Theodore Yach, who holds the record for the most crossings to Robben Island, has published an autobiography that has been nominated for an international award by the World Open Water Swimming Association.The 2012 winner is determined entirely by online voting, and South Africans have until 31 December 2012 to vote for In My Element, written by Yach and edited by Carola Koblitz.The full-colour coffee table book was nominated in the world open water swimming offering of the year category, which recognises innovative commercial and free products and services that have made a positive impact on the world of open water swimming throughout the year.His book is one of 21 nominations which include a range of other resources such as chat groups, information-sharing software applications, insurance products, open water swimming tour packages, films, and a marine life first aid kit for swimmers.Speaking about his nomination, the Cape Town-based extreme swimmer says he didn’t expect such an overwhelming response to his book.“It is fantastic to be recognised by my peers in the global aquatic community,” Yach says. “It is a huge honour to be nominated.”In My Element is filled with photographs, memories and personal highlights of his often risky open water sea-swimming exploits undertaken since the 1980s, including stories about swimming with sea life such as sharks, seals and dolphins.The autobiographical book sets out to motivate other swimmers and offer training advice, and Yach also talks about the anxiety he feels during every boat trip to the start of any swim.In My Element is available in bookstores around the country for R275 (US$31), as well as on Kalahari.com and Loot.co.za. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the National Sea Rescue Institute, a voluntary non-profit organisation in South Africa tasked with saving lives at sea. It is run by highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.A worthy nomineeDuring office hours Yach is a divisional director at Zenprop, one of South Africa’s top property development and investment companies. He is also a director of the Mauerberger Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational support and the Cadiz Open Water Swimming Development Trust.He is a well-known personality in the local and international open water swimming community.The 54-year-old swimmer holds the record for the most crossings to Robben Island (67 at the last count), he’s swum across the English Channel, and he is the first person to swim from Cape Town around Robben Island and back, taking 11 hours.Yach comes from a family of swimmers and fortunately his love for swimming was nurtured from an early age.“My late father Solly, himself a champion swimmer, told me many years ago to keep a record of my swimming achievements, which I have done,” he says. “This has now culminated in a book which I hope will encourage more people to take up this wonderful sport.”After many years in the water and numerous record-breaking swims, his autobiography is an inspiring story that brings alive the sport of open water swimming.“I planned a simple paperback book until my editor looked at all the photographs and material I had, and she convinced me otherwise,” Yach says.An unrivalled pastime“Swimming in the ocean is my ultimate joy,” he says of his favourite pastime. “There are no boundaries, no lane ropes to constrain me and very few other people to disturb me.”Long distance open water swimmers are always exposed to the threat of hypothermia, jellyfish stings, bluebottles and the ever-present danger of sharks, but Yach enjoys every opportunity to get into the water.“The best part of swimming in open water is that it isn’t structured. I don’t want structure in my leisure time,” he says. “I like the solitude and the fact that I am in the middle of nature and I like the possibility of a great white that can come to visit.”But he isn’t reckless about his hobby, and Yach takes every precaution to be safe in the water. He always swims within two metres of his support crew and he swims with a shark shield that hangs off the boat. The device creates an electronic force field around him that keeps sharks away.He says that open water swimming is a difficult sport, and involves as much psychological preparation as physical endurance.“The mental aspect of ocean swimming is more important than physical preparation because you are dealing with the sea, the cold water, currents, sea life and the fear of what is under the water,” he explains.“Hypothermia and heart failure is one of the biggest risks for open water swimmers, even more than shark attacks.”South Africa a popular open water destinationYach says South Africa is becoming a preferred destination for top open water swimmers to train, as the water on the Cape coast is so cold.He explains that training in water with optimal temperatures is critical for open water swimmers who are preparing for races.“A swimmer’s ability to cope with cold water is essential and this is why they train in our waters for races such as the English Channel,” he explains. “Cape Town’s water is three to four degrees colder than anywhere else in the world.”He says South Africa’s reputation in the world swimming community, both pool and open water, received a major boost at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.“The outstanding performance of our Olympian swimmers has put swimming on the map. Swimming coaching around the country is exploding,” he says.But what is next for the accomplished swimmer? “I have a few more things up my sleeve,” he says.We are just going to have to wait and see what he does next.last_img read more

From a Leaky Old House to a Tight New Home

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sara and Gareth Ross had spent a decade on the move. Postgraduate degrees and finance work had propelled them from Boston to New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. When it came time to settle down, though, they moved to Amherst, Mass., where Sara had grown up. Amherst is a vibrant college town with rural beauty and Japanese restaurants; for the Rosses, it was the perfect place to slow down, nurture roots, and raise children. The Rosses were not tied either to the idea of a new house or to a remodel. Instead, their vision centered on creating a healthful, durable, and energy-efficient home. Location was the most important criterion While they searched for the right plot of land or a perfect rehab opportunity, Sara and Gareth rented a three-bedroom house in town. It was within walking distance of everything: a bakery that saved the Financial Times for Gareth every morning, a school with swings for kids, and a string of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. They fell in love with the neighborhood. When they heard that the house next door was going up for sale, they eagerly made an offer, completed the sale, and became quickly and firmly committed to an extensive renovation project.Built in the 1880s, the house had suffered years of deferred maintenance: The roof was failing, the chimney needed work, most of the exterior was covered in asbestos siding, the walls were barely insulated, and the furnace was 40 years old. In other words, it was the perfect candidate for a deep-energy retrofit.The interior spaces were not much better. Small rooms on the main floor provided lots of privacy, but these areas were begging for openness. This is a common problem when updating an old house. For example, kitchens used to be tucked away in the… last_img read more

Bus depot launch raises CM hope on pending projects

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said most Commonwealth Games projects have been completed and the remaining ones will be completed before the mega event.She appeared confident about achieving what seems impossible – several Games projects have missed deadlines many times over – while opening a bus depot for the Games.The depot, built opposite the Millennium Park on the Ring Road and claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, can accommodate 1,000 buses.It has five workshop-cum-bus scanning centres, seven dormitories to accommodate up to 500 DTC officials, eight washing pits, four underground tanks for water to wash buses, two CNG filling stations and baggage scanning centre to be maintained by Delhi Police, a transport official said.Dikshit said constructing the depot was difficult because of the soil conditions existing in the area.”We have done this despite the bad weather. Our officials and labourers have worked hard so that the works can be completed,” the chief minister said.She also thanked the media for keeping her government on its toes by criticising the preparations for the Games.Four low-floor hybrid buses, which can run on compressed natural gas as well as electricity, were also launched at the function. They will form part of the government’s efforts to hold a green Games.Lockdown:Security forces will place a lockdown on the Commonwealth Games Village on Sunday. Other venues, including the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) stadium, will be similarly closed by September 23.A government source said rehearsals for the opening ceremony alone will be allowed at the JLN stadium on September 28 and October 1. The source also rubbished reports that the Indian Mujahideen planned to target the Games venues.advertisementUp to 1,000 buses can be parked at the bus depot, touted as the world’s largest.last_img read more

ALL NATIONS- DAY TWO RESULTS

first_imgDAY 2 ALL NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Here are all the results from day two of the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day as results come to hand from TouchNZ. Christchurch weather for today: Maximum 26 degrees, low 11 degrees. For all the results please click here: ***************************************************************** MENS OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (14) def Fiji (1) Australia (13) def England (1) New Zealand Maori (15) def Niue (1) Cook Islands (14) def Tonga (2) Round 5 Australia (7) def New Zealand (6) Fiji (11) def Niue (2) Cook Islands (9) def England (4) New Zealand Maori (7) def Tonga (3) ***************************************************************** WOMENS OPEN: Round 3 New Zealand (20) def Singapore (0) Australia (14) def Cook Islands (1) New Zealand Maori (14) def England (2) Niue- Bye Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (2) New Zealand Maori (14) def Singapore (0) England (2) def Niue (1) Cook Islands- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (6) def New Zealand Maori (1) Singapore (6) def Niue (3) Cook Islands (4) def England (2) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** MIXED OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (6) def Australia (4) Singapore (4) def Scotland (3) Samoa (8) def Cook Islands (2) Niue (11) def Thailand (3) Round 5 New Zealand (10) def Singapore (0) Australia (17) def Cook Islands (0) Niue (14) def Scotland (2) Samoa (9) def Thailand (3) ***************************************************************** MENS 30’s: Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (4) Samoa (7) def USA (1) Cook Islands (7) def Fiji (6) Wales- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (7) def Samoa (3) USA (5) def Fiji (4) Cook Islands (12) def Wales (1) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** WOMENS 30’s/35’s: Round 2 New Zealand 30 (14) def Cook Island 35 (0) New Zealand 35 (2) def Oceania 35 (0) Australia 30 (3) def Australia 35 (0) Round 3 New Zealand 30 (6) def Oceania 35 (1) Australia 30 (5) def Cook Island 35 (0) Australia 35 (8) def New Zealand 35 (2) ***************************************************************** MIXED 30’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def New Zealand Maori (3) Australia (12) def Samoa (1) Round 4 New Zealand (17) def Samoa (1) Australia (6) def New Zealand Maori (4) ***************************************************************** MENS 35’s: Round 3 New Zealand (12) def Niue (0) Australia (9) def Samoa (0) Round 4 New Zealand (10) def Samoa (1) Australia (10) def Niue (0) ***************************************************************** MENS 40’s: Round 5 Cook Islands (10) def Singapore (3) Australia (6) def New Zealand Academy (3) New Zealand- Bye Round 6 New Zealand (10) def Cook Islands (6) Australia (15) def Singapore (1) New Zealand Academy- Bye Round 7 New Zealand (8) def New Zealand Academy (2) Australia (7) def Cook Islands (2) Singapore- Bye ***************************************************************** MENS 45’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def Niue (1) Australia (4) def New Zealand Academy (0) Round 4 New Zealand (4) drew New Zealand Academy (4) Australia (9) def Niue (1) By Rachel Grant, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Deakin to Host Twilight Touch Weekend

first_imgMatches will begin in the twilight hours and teams will compete for a share in the prize money. It is expected that eight teams will hotly contest each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Pool games will tap-off from 2pm on Saturday 22 August 2009 with the semi-finals and final held on Sunday 23 August 2009.  Lock in this weekend and get your team together. Places are limited so to avoid disappointment contact ACT Touch on 6212 2880 or visit our website (www.acttouch.com.au) to secure your spot for the Twilight Touch Weekend.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decide

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia retains hope of keeping hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The French midfielder is being linked with PSG as a replacement for wantaway playmaker Adrien Rabiot.Gracia told Sky Sports: “Last season, every week we talked about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him. We can still talk about it. For me, Doucouré is a great player, a very important player for us. “I do not know what will happen. It does not surprise me that other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”He added: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Whats Your Story – A Canada 2017 Yearbook

first_imgOTTAWA, May 1, 2017 /CNW/ – CBC/Radio-Canada invites Canadians to participate in the creation of a special, bilingual project to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK, to be published in both official languages as a single edition in the fall of 2017, will be a fascinating collection of short stories from Canadians across the country – a snapshot of the diverse people, places, things and events that tell a story of who we are now, and where we are headed together as a nation.Starting today, we are giving Canadians a digital space to share their personal stories and memories (in text or video format, accompanied by photos) that define what it means to be a part of this country at this time in our history.Are there any people or places in Canada that inspire you?Was there a single moment you felt proud to be Canadian?If you could change one thing about Canada – what would it be?Are you working on a special project that will make Canada a better place to live? Tell us your story at cbc.ca/whatsyourstoryCBC/Radio-Canada will select some of the most compelling stories to be included in the yearbook by July 15, 2017, and will feature many of these submissions online at cbc.ca/2017 until November 30, 2017.Hardcover bilingual editions of WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK will be available to the public in select bookstores in time for the holiday season. A downloadable digital edition will also be available for free to all Canadians.“Canadians have great stories to tell; unique perspectives and challenging points of view,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “We hope this project will inspire Canadians from coast to coast to coast to share experiences and ideas, learn more from each other and engage in their communities.”WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK is being published by CBC/Radio-Canada with Mosaic Press, one of Canada’s leading independent publishers, multicultural in its scope, and concerned with the publication of works that reflect the Canadian ethnic mosaic.Publication and distribution details will be announced at a later date.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Regulator schedules hearings for BC LNG natural gas pipeline challenge

first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TRP) The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is scheduling hearings over the next three months to consider a jurisdictional challenge of the approval of a pipeline needed to supply natural gas to the recently sanctioned $40-billion LNG Canada project.The hearings are to determine only if approvals given by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are sufficient — if not, the NEB says the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval.The NEB actions are in response to a challenge by B.C. resident Mike Sawyer who argues that because TransCanada Corp. will operate the proposed pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they form a single pipeline which crosses the Alberta-B.C. boundary and therefore must be regulated by the federal government.The NEB says on its website it will accept additional written evidence from the builder late this month, take written evidence from interveners in January and gather information requests and responses from parties in January and February before holding final oral arguments in March.The 670-kilometre, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline would bring natural gas from prolific wells in northeastern B.C. to the proposed liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat on the West Coast.LNG Canada announced in October its partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — had made a final investment decision to proceed with the project after delaying it in 2016 due to poor global prices for LNG.TransCanada’s contract to build the $6.2-billion pipeline was conditional on partner project approval.last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing youth

first_imgWEMBLEY, A.B. – Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16 year old Madison Dugray. Madison was last seen on January 23, 2019 in Wembley.Madison is described as:– Indigenous female– 5’6″, 160 lbs.– Brown hair, brown eyes– Wearing a red sweater and jeans The investigation is ongoing and there is a general concern for her well-being. If you have information on the whereabouts of Madison Dugray please call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more