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Cabinet to deliberate on teachers’ salary increase – Education Minister

first_img… says decision within a monthNegotiations that were done during a meeting with the high-level task force some time ago to determine whether or not teachers will be entitled to an increase in their salaries is now at the hands of Cabinet.This was according to Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who earlier this week informed media operatives that recommendations were made during the discussion and these were submitted to her for initial evaluation. However, the final resolution will be made after the matter is debated at the level of Cabinet.“The High-Level Task Force of Public Education met and they would’ve made some recommendations in so far as emoluments are related to teachers. That was one of the many issues that was discussed, and they would’ve submitted to me a document which I have reviewed and which I will have to discuss with my Cabinet colleagues as the subject Minister.She explained that other factors surrounding the increase were also raised and were therefore considered before the initial document was crafted.“Prior to that discussion of course, we had to look at the feasibility based on what was proposed and so there were several instances of back and forth with the High-Level Task Force. Cabinet, I suppose, will be able to make an announcement which many will be able to benefit from in a month’s time. ”She noted that while the increase in wages was an important aspect of the discussion, several other issues were highlighted, and recommendations were accordingly made. Again, it was recorded that a response will be made within the period of a month.“It’s much more than salary issues. Coming out of that process, there would be a number of recommendations that we would’ve found favour with and so we intend to move with that in the shortest possible time. Speaking in terms of relativeness, I will say we will see something in about a month’s time or thereabout.”Earlier in April, the High-Level Task Force was engaged in a meeting, whereby the factors affecting teachers were discussed, with the possibility of them receiving an increase in their monthly salaries. However, in May, it was revealed that the matter was within the remit of the Finance Ministry.The original proposal suggested by the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) called for a 50 per cent increase for 2018 and the next two years.last_img read more

Debris from high winds wreaks havoc on residents, property

first_imgThe cold front, which swept down from the north but brought little moisture, helped push some of those high winds down toward the surface, Kittell added. In Los Angeles, the number of Department of Water and Power customers without power jumped to nearly 100,000 customers, at one point increasing by 40,000 in less than two hours, said the utility’s Gale Harris. Hardest hit were Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, Winnetka, North Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Silver Lake, Atwater and the Los Feliz areas of Los Angeles, Harris said. Gusting winds were howling across many parts of the Southland, uprooting large trees in Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks. The National Weather Service issued wind advisories in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys, and issued high wind warnings in the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County mountains. The Weather Service reported peak winds Thursday of 45 mph in Van Nuys, 48 mph in Burbank, 35 mph in downtown Los Angeles and 54 mph in Lancaster. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this City News Service story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In La Mirada, a tree was blown over into the street on Weeks Drive at La Mirada Boulevard, which caused no damage or injuries, and was quickly cleaned up, said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Myron Johnson. In La Puente, the winds knocked a basketball hoop onto a 52-year-old woman about 1 p.m., said Lt. Jaime Baltazar of the sheriff’s Industry station. There was no report on her condition. Baltazar also said a fallen electrical wire started a small backyard grass fire on Eseverri Lane in La Habra Heights. The passing of a cold front overnight Wednesday combined with a southern shift of the jet stream to cause the high winds, said metereologist Ryan Kittell of the National Weather Service. “One of the main reasons was the jet stream right over us, which only happens a few times a year,” said Kittell of the high-altitude winds, which typically travel at speeds upwards of 130 mph at 30,000 feet. WHITTIER – High winds knocked out electricity Thursday to more than 110,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison customers, authorities said. As of 7 p.m., about 2,200 Edison customers in the San Gabriel Valley remained without power, said Edison spokesman Steven Conroy. Montebello customers had the longest waits to get their power back on, said Conroy, though Sierra Madre, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Alhambra, and Monrovia also had power outages lingering into the night. A tree in a residential neighborhood was blown over and fell onto a car about 3 p.m. on El Braso Drive near Messina Drive in Whittier, said Whittier police Sgt. Carlos Solorza, but no other damage or wind related problems were reported. last_img read more

Doing a job well

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): It is simply amazing how well the “mutual aid” program for California’s firefighters is working out. They come from everywhere, quietly do their job and then return to their own communities without a word. We do not miss the political actions of the politicians making speeches and looking for photo ops. My hat is off to the fire personnel and the other emergency personnel doing a job well. Are these the people that our governor calls “special interest?” Their special interest is working for the interests of the people who need them. Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills This is L.A. Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): Toto, I don’t think we’re in New Orleans anymore. This is L.A. and the LAFD. Thousands of acres, hours and hours of fighting the blaze and three homes and one injury. C’mon. Give it up for the Los Angeles Fire Department and all the other departments who assisted! They are America’s finest. Tim Culhane Woodland Hills Inter-agency system Did you ever wonder how it is possible to bring together within a few hours 3,000 personnel from many different agencies working together effectively on a 20,000-acre incident? That system is called the Incident Command System that was developed by an inter-agency program in Southern California. Originally designed for use in wildfires, ICS has now become the standard for all jurisdictions and emergency-response disciplines in the country for any type of incident. A component of that system is unified command, which ensures that each agency with incident jurisdiction has a say in developing objectives and a single overall incident action plan. Terence Haney West Hills Agriculture program Re “Grant High cutting agriculture program” (Sept. 29): I was plant manager at Grant High School from 1982 to 1989. In those years, just about every principal threatened to close the program. Doc Wainwright always had a fight on his hands. The sad thing is that the program was one of the most successful programs I ever saw in the 25 years I spent with the LAUSD. Wainwright has a magical ability to get along with the kids and can get through to them. Even the most hard-core types. I’ve seen kids do a 180-degree turnaround under Doc. This is one of the reasons that the LAUSD is such a dismal failure. They abandon successful programs in favor of those that have political clout. The kids just don’t seem to matter anymore. I feel sorry for the kids. James P. Biddle Quartz Hill Building for fire Re “At ‘war’ with fire” (Sept. 30): Just as with New Orleans, a city built eight feet below sea level with inadequate levees and sea walls, we here in Southern California build homes surrounded by more than adequate fuel for wind-driven annual fires. These fires are not surprising anyone. These are annual conditions. So the question lies wherein: Why do our “city planners and leaders” continue to allow housing construction in these areas, but don’t enforce large firebreak areas to be built by the developers? This should be standard procedure. These breaks must be monitored just as graffiti is. Wake up, Los Angeles! It’s quite obvious. Richard Detanna Granada Hills Sense of modesty Re “Pinups lift G.I.’s spirits” (Sept. 27): We Americans are so ignorant sometimes. Hmmmmmmm let me see … My husband (or boyfriend) is away in Iraq with the National Guard, how can I comfort him? I know, I’ll lose all self-respect and sense of modesty, take a risque picture of myself and send it overseas to him and his buddies to salivate over. Our soldiers do not need any more help to be unfaithful to their spouses or loved ones, especially when so far away from home when temptations are strongest. (Nor should they have to worry about their spouse at home allowing someone to take intimate shots of them for the front page of a local newspaper.) How about a fabulous “I love and miss you” care package? Joann Saraceno Glendale Stealth religion Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): Bravo for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. So-called “intelligent design” is merely a stealth name for creationism, which the U.S. Supreme Court has already banned from public schools on grounds that it is religion, not science. ID proponents are fundamentalist Christians who desperately oppose evolution because it lays the lie to their mythological beliefs. Michael D. Harris Reseda Maybe a trade-off Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): If push comes to shove, “intelligent design” should be taught in our school classrooms. A fair trade-off would be to have every church pay a scientist to come to their place of worship and teach their flock that God is nothing but a man-made theory. The scientist could then point out that humans “doing something” instead of praying for it is more productive. And if we fairly taxed all religions, we could fulfill Christ’s orders to feed the hungry, heal the sick and take care of the poor. Wait a minute. That would make Christ out to be a commie. Never mind. Dick Denne Toluca Lake Best for elephants Re “L.A. Zoo needs to give its elephants a break” (Their Opinions, Sept. 28): It is absurd that the city of Los Angeles is planning to spend $16 million to expand the elephant enclosure to two acres _ this is nowhere near enough space for these very large animals to reside. It is well known that elephants can roam up to 25 miles or more in a single day. What good is two acres? This city is being selfish when it comes to the well-being of these animals. What is best for these animals is to send them to a sanctuary, which is what some zoos are now doing. At a sanctuary they have hundreds of acres in which to roam, not two. Hopefully the mayor will do what is best for them and not do what is best for the city. Tia Triplett Los Angeles Wal-Mart works Re “Wal-Mart prepared” (Your Opinions, Sept. 28): Go Wal-Mart. Where do we sign up to support Wal-Mart _ other than traveling miles to shop at their store because the unions won’t let them come to our neighborhoods? I’m for WEMA (Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency). Ruth Fairrington Los Angeles Heinous criminal Re “She’s a scapegoat” (Your Opinions, Sept. 29): Art Haendiges is completely mistaken. Lynndie England is not a scapegoat. Lynndie England is a heinous criminal, a torturer, who should have been sentenced to death. Therefore, in order for our military to regain a semblance of honor she should be executed in military fashion, which I understand is by firing squad. Note I said semblance of honor, and not the real thing. Our military and country lost all honor, irretrievably, with Mei Lai long ago. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Deadlier disaster As America is transfixed by Katrina’s and Rita’s horrible devastation, avian influenza is growing into a global epidemic deadlier than the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed 50 million people. The deadly virus originated in Asia’s poultry farms and has already spread to Russia and Europe. Millions of Americans will succumb, once the virus mutates to allow transmission among humans. Raising animals for food also increases the risk of many chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It funds pollution of waterways by animal waste, destruction of wildlife habitats, and abuse of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. William Davidson Woodland Hillslast_img read more