RelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson RelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson RelatedGovernment Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, has said that the Government cannot afford the wage bill which it will be saddled with in 2009/2010.“The Government cannot pay a wage bill of $149 billion,” Senator Nelson said Friday(April 3).He explained that the Government is grappling with an increasing wage bill. For this month, the wage bill was tabled at $149 billion, while at the close of 2008 the payout was $111 billion. He said that he has been negotiating with all the public sector entities, persuading them to support the Government’s efforts, because of the declining revenues.Chair of the Public Relations Office and Publications Committee at West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT), Dr. Anna Perkins, (left); Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, (second left); Vice President of Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, Danny Roberts, (second right); and President of Jamaica Chapter of Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA), Beverly Hunter, (right), in discussion at ACHEA in collaboration with WIGUT discussion forum on: ‘The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Job Security in Higher Education’ that was held at the University of the West Indies, Mona on Friday, April 3.He said that the administration is considering some “harsh and hard” decisions, as means of tightening budgetary spending. Among these were possible job cuts in the public sector or salary reductions by state workers. He noted that there were 60,000 posts within the public entities, but some 100,000 employees.“The public sector in Jamaica is not spared from the threat of job losses,” said the Minister.Mr. Nelson was speaking at the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) discussion forum on: “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Job Security in High Education”, at the University of West Indies(UWI), Mona. The forum was staged in collaboration with the West Indies Group of University Teachers(WIGUT).Senator Nelson said that the global financial meltdown has significantly impacted on Jamaica’s trade industry, and the collapse of the local bauxite sector was proof.Locally, West Indies Alumina Company(WINDALCO) has sent home 500 workers, with 800 employees remaining but earning 40 percent of their salary. ALPART laid-off 1,176 people to shut-down in April.Job security beset other bauxite companies, as St. Ann Bauxite released 150 people, with 600 left behind receiving 80 percent of regular salary, he told the audience.The Minister said that the impact of the unfavourable global financial situation on the economy, has resulted in a reduction in production, decrease in remittances, lower than planned revenue inflows, unstable foreign exchange markets and loss of jobs.In terms of jobs, some 17,000 posts were made redundant, excluding in the sugar industry.Senator Nelson also provided statistics on the impact of remittances. He said that, according to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), inflows declined by 18.3 percent in February, down from $163 million to $133 million.Additionally, the February issue of BOJ’s Balance of Payments Remittance Update stated that Jamaica had a total intake of US$1.8 billion, between April 2008 and February 2009. This year, for the first time since 2000, there was a decline in remittance inflows into Jamaica.“Remittances to a large extent address consumer needs of our people, purchases of goods and services, sending children to school, health, construction,” he noted.“Decline in remittance can also lead to greater demand on social safety net amenities provided by the state,” he added.Senator Nelson said that the Government faced an uphill battle, amid the crisis, in sustaining productive development and growth.He said that for these reasons, the administration implemented a stimulus package, late last year, which resulted in a loss of revenue for the Government of $862 million, January to March 2009. The stimulus package included an increase access to credit, removal of custom user fees on capital goods and raw material, reduction in general consumption tax and an increase in the tax threshold.President of Jamaica’s Chapter of ACHEA, Beverly Hunter, said that though the country was experiencing the effects of the financial crisis, investments in training and education should not falter, as an economy fosters with skilled personnel.“Our greatest single challenge is a shortage of a highly educated skilled and intellectually motivated labour force,” said Mrs. Hunter.She said small developing states, should follow the route of Barbados, who responded to the financial crisis by investing in higher education, training and research.Professionals in the field of business, education and finance participated in the discussion forum hosted by the nine-year-old Caribbean organisation. Government Cannot Afford $149 Billion Wage Bill, Says Senator Nelson Finance & Public ServiceApril 4, 2009
On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Landscaping & More, LLC and DIGS Construction, LLC. The two local businesses hosted a bi-weekly company-wide safety meeting while social distancing Monday in the UNM-LA parking lot. Los Alamos Landscaping owners Craig and Rachel Wehner provided breakfast from Secret City Kitchen for the crews during the meeting. The Wehners wanted to share how their companies have continued to work under the restrictive circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their employees practice social distancing and wear face masks made by Office Administrative Assistant Megan Tripp. The Wehners said as an essential business they are grateful to be working during this pandemic and very happy with the continued business from the community. Courtesy photo
Op Selamat 15 recorded another 13 fatalities after a total of 176 on 7th June, bringing the new total to an alarming 189, in just 24 hours. Op Selamat 15 recorded another 13 fatalities after a total of 176 on 7th June, bringing the new total to an alarming 189, in just 24 hours.Royal Malaysia Police said that 177 fatal accidents were recorded between May 29 and June 8th. They resulted in 189 deaths.The 15th Op Selamat was launched on May 29 in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season. The season is when scores of Malaysians return home to celebrate the festivities with their loves ones and travel around to meet other relatives and friends.Selangor recorded the highest number of fatalities at 33, followed by Johor at 28 and Perak with 18, thus far.A total of 241,144 summonses were issued during the period through 3,226 traffic operations by the police. Accordingly, the largest number of summonses were issued in Selangor (33,310), Johor (19,278) and Perak (18,072).Bear (nothing to do with the sun bear) in mind that the number of accidents and fatalities here could be higher as most went by unreported. Also the number of summonses does not include those from JPJ (Road Transport Ministry) operations and from the Automated Awareness System (AWAS) speed cameras.The operations centres on six major traffic offences. They are driving in the emergency lane, overtaking over double lines, using mobile phone without handsfree while driving, queue-jumping, speeding and running traffic lights.Op Selamat 15 is set to end on 12th June.To us, the number of accidents and fatalities are beyond alarming. Motorcyclists still constitute the largest number involved. The authorities had better overhaul the entire driver licensing syllabus – NOW!–Ads– A total of 241,144 summonses were issued between 29th May to 8th June. Op Selamat 15 began on 29th May and ends on 12th June.
Bunker Boys Golf SocietyMonday, April 3, Pattavia, (white tees) – Stableford1st Trevor Priestly (22) 43pts2nd Geoff Cox (15) 37pts3rd Neil Carter (13) 36pts4th Gerry Cooney (16) 35pts Near Pins: Trevor Priestly, Mike Brett, Gerry Cooney, Peter Allen.Unseasonal rain interrupted play for the fourth outing in eight days at today’s game at Pattavia. The greens on the front nine had just been cored and sanded prior to play with more sand on the greens than in the bunkers. Even worse, the sand had not been brushed in properly making putting a bit of a lottery. Added to the mix, thousands of tiny black flies swarmed around the arms and faces of players whenever they stood still to play a shot making the whole experience difficult and unpleasant.None of the above made the slightest bit of difference to Trevor Priestly who breezed through with an exceptional score of forty-three points from a handicap of 22. Trevor is making a habit of playing infrequently and throwing up an exceptional score to win. One feels he may soon have an appointment with the handicapper.Six points back on thirty-seven points was Geoff Cox, another occasional player who scores well. For the first time, when the numbers are between fifteen and twenty, a fourth place was awarded and this fourth position will continue as it was felt unfair that there were only three places paid up to nineteen players and then jumped up to six places when there were twenty players and two flights. Near pins were shared between four players today.Trevor Priestly. Friday, April 7, Khao Kheow (yellow tees) – Stableford.1st Mike Brett (16) 30pts2nd Tony Robbins (19) 30pts3rd Geoff Parker (14) 30ptsNear Pins: Tony Robbins, Trevor Priestly, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Cox.Recent golf reports have at times looked more like weather reports and today was no different as unseasonal wet weather dominated play. The front-nine was played in overcast oppressively hot conditions but this all changed on the back-nine. The rain, which had been threatening for some time, tumbled down in torrents accompanied by thunder and lightning and required a break in play of about fifteen minutes. On resumption of play, the fairways were sodden with no run whatsoever and greens had pools of water in places.The difficulty of the conditions was reflected in the scores with the top three players reaching only thirty points, the final places being decided on count back. Near pins were shared between four players. Wednesday, April 5, Pattana – Stableford.Only seven Bunker boys joined forty golfers from the Links Bar for the monthly competition at Pattana Sport & Country Club’s A and B courses. The weather was cool and overcast with the ever-present threat of rain, which luckily held off. The course was in excellent condition for this time of year, well grassed and the greens receptive.The bane of every golfers life (slow play) was the order of the day, which led to one player being struck by a golf ball standing close to a green but out of sight from the following group. Luckily no serious injury resulted but it serves as a timely reminder to all players to keep up with the group in front and clear the greens quickly after they finish putting. Some golfers seem oblivious to what is going on around them and despite repeated prompting continue to play too slowly.The Bunker boys didn’t acquit themselves very well and only two players figured amongst the prize winners. Brett Chan won two technical awards and lost out on the major prizes on count back with a fine score of thirty-nine points. The other prize getter was Neil Carter with a very good near pin.Bunker Boy scores: Brett Chan 39, Tony Robbins 35, Geoff Parker 34, Neil Carter and Michael Brett 33, Les Cobban 32, Jimmy Carr 30.
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After dropping the opener in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks had the Kamloops Storm right where they wanted.Dan Holland scored twice, including once in a three-goal second period, to spark the Hawks to a 6-2 thrashing of the Storm Saturday night in Spoolmak Country.Beaver Valley squares the best-of-seven KIJHL Championship series at 1-1 with Games three and four, Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.Trailing 2-1 after one period, the Hawks scored the next five goals to secure the win, out shooting the host team 32-18 in the final 40 minutes. Holland finished the game with three points while Riley Brandt, Ryan Edwards, Dallas Calvin and Braden Fuller also scored for Beaver Valley.Brock Balson and Daniel Buchanan replied for Kamloops, the overall regular season winners.Brett Clark rebounded from a Game one loss to register the win in goal for the Hawks.Wade Moyls started the game for Kamloops but was replaced by Liam McLeod for the final period.This is the third consecutive series Beaver Valley has played the first two games on the road and third time the Hawks have headed home even.The winner advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 10-13 in Nelson.
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