– Ministry considering alternative arrangementsThe multi-year impasse between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry remains unchanged following a stalemate between the two sides over salary increases; and union President Mark Lyte said on Thursday that the August 27 countrywide strike will go ahead as planned.Immediately following the union’s announcement outside the Education Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, subject Minister, Nicolette Henry held an emergency press conference where she signalled that Government is already considering alternative measures to deal with the fallout from any strike action.The breakdown of talks followed a meeting between GTU representatives and Education Minister and labour officials at the Education Ministry. This came after a meeting which was held last week. The discussions on Thursday lasted over twoEducation Minister Nicolette Henryhours and certain agreements were agreed upon but both sides held steadfast to their positions on salary increases as the union contemplates legal advice on its next moves.“We are coming out very dissatisfied with this engagement for the simple reason that our salary issues were a major concern here. Increases in salaries and other financial benefits have all been pushed down; it remains the same. The union’s position would have to remain the same – disagreeing with them,” the GTU President asserted.Lyte told members of the media that the GTU outright rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. He said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases. The stalemate also revealed that Government was not budging on the clothing allowance which remains at $8000. Lyte said too that for Whitley Council leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off. GTU was appealing for three years.He revealed that the Ministry indicated that it wants to maintain school boards withGTU President Mark Lyte speaking after the breakdown on talks in salary increasesan improved staff, but the GTU is not in favour of this proposal since school boards and the Teaching Service Commission are “operating at a different level and there are a lot of problems”.He however noted that the meeting did see the Ministry and the GTU come to an agreement for improved salaries for (SEN) Special Education Needs teachers which would help those schools that have dormitories to remove some of the “burden” that rests with head teachers.The two sides also determined that hinterland teachers will be allowed to return to their homes once per term. Lyte added that the Education Ministry is setting up a revolving fund committee to deal with the Teacher House Revolving Fund.He further stated that there was some consensus on class sizing for certain categories of schools. Despite these agreements, Lyte was adamant that teachers must not accept what has been proposed.“Incumbent now on the Minister of Labour to put in place an arbitrator-deliberator on this matter but in interim, the Union has to go forward with its plan; our teachers must send a strong statement, we don’t believe there will be another meeting,” Lyte stressed on Thursday.Observing that industrial action is completely up to the Union’s discretion, Minister Henry pointed to legal stipulations that govern what the Education Ministry can do to cushion a situation where teachers would be off the job. In the meantime, however, she said she will make contact with Union representatives by SundayTeachers and Union representatives supporting GTU’s strike action at the Education Ministry on Thursdayafternoon.“There is the internal Standard Operational Procedure (SoP) that is utilised by the Ministry of Education and its dated 2003 and the Permanent Secretary at that time would have circulated that and that was in effect and it would need to be reactivated and circulated is there is need for that to be,” Minister Henry committed.The Government official noted that under this internal SoP, the administration has to ensure that there is always adult supervision at the schools in addition to hiring alternative persons to replace the striking teachers on a temporary basis. This arrangement, she indicated, will also provide an assessment of the impact of the strike and whether or not a school could remain open or be closed.“What it says; parents have to get involved through PTAs (Parent-Teachers’ Association). It talks hiring of temporary persons in the classroom to fill those gaps; the number of persons on strike or on board; whether you go half-day or rotate but those are the technical issues I’ve asked my CEO that we have all of the preliminary work done in the event that we have to activate,” she noted.She described the meeting as being “very productive” and noted that conciliation may be the next step as she awaits the Union to consult its constituents before announcing its next moves. She responded in the negative when questioned if the coalition has not lived up to what it promised teachers. Henry cautioned that increases will be based on the available resources and fiscal space.“As a Government, we have committed to improve salaries and working conditions of teachers… teachers benefited from increases in 2016, 2017,” she highlighted.The GTU envisions that 90 per cent of teachers in the public schools were ready to support their U Junior nion’s move. Negotiations have been ongoing since 2015 when the Multi-Year Agreement came to an end.
Three drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series have strong Southern California ties. Brendan Gaughan, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Tyler Walker all started their NASCAR careers racing on the West Coast. Gaughan, driver of the No. 77 Chevrolet Silverado for South Point Racing, won two NASCAR West Series championships and a number of races at Irwindale Speedway before making the jump to the Truck Series and a stint in the Nextel Cup Series. Hornaday won two NASCAR Southwest Series championships before moving up to the Truck Series and winning two more championships. He was a track champion at Saugus Speedway before moving up to the NASCAR touring divisions. He currently drives the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the racetrack is close to my hometown,” said Hornaday, who holds the record for Truck Series career wins. “In the last California race we lost the master cylinder and had no brakes. Heading into the second race with a seventh-place finish at Daytona, is a good way to start the season off.” Walker drives the No. 36 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. Walker, who graduated from Granada Hills, was the highest qualifying rookie in the Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He started the race sixth. Walker made 19 Busch Series starts in 2005 and posted seven top-20 finishes. “I’ve waited for an opportunity like this for a long time, and I plan to make the most of it,” Walker said. “Bill Davis’ entire organization is top-notch, and the Bill Davis Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program is, in my opinion, the best one out there. With trucks from BDR, and teammates like Johnny Benson and Mike Skinner and 360 OTC behind me, I can’t imagine how I would ever have a better shot at success in NASCAR.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gaughan has made five career Truck Series starts at California Speedway, collecting two top-10 finishes. But Gaughan said he feels like he should have at least two wins at the Fontana track. “California Speedway has always been a really great race track for the South Point Racing team,” Gaughan said. “It’s always been a great track for me – going back to my Winston West days when I won there. I’ve had that truck race won twice and twice we had it taken away from us last minute – we had a flat tire once and then finished third the other year. This year, I want to close the deal.”
Will evolutionary paleontologists ever make up their minds about Neanderthals? The story seems to change every year. Just when they had been getting more respect as Homo sapiens brethren, another researcher is demoting them to outsiders. An Argentinean anthropologist has measured anatomical features and concluded they were a separate species, reported PhysOrg. Understandably, “Reconciling these diverse classifications from a tiny number of specimens spanning millions of years has led to lots of claims and counter-claims, as well as much confusion in the general public, about how we came to be here.” Meanwhile, National Geographic News claimed Mr. Neanderthal had a big mouth. A team of Israeli anthropologists believe Neanderthals could open their mouths wider than modern humans. Perhaps all this proves is that they were good politicians. The alternate spellings of Neanderthal and Neandertal seem to be equivalent, according to Dictionary.com.The PhysOrg article has a picture of a Neanderthal thinker in a pensive pose. He’s thinking, “I tell you, I can’t get no respect from evolutionary anthropologists. One of them, he told me I was crazy. I told him I wanted a second opinion. He said, OK, you’re ugly, too. I bet your mother fed you with a slingshot. When I was born, he said, the doctor shoulda slapped your mother. You are the sap in the family tree. Better watch out for that saber-tooth cat over there – he’s likely to cover you up. I tell you. I got a PhD, a muscular physique, a wall covered with hunting trophies and a voice like Pavarotti, but I can’t get no respect. The government taxed the shirt off my back. At least I don’t have to worry about pickpockets.” How should you read news articles like this? Sadly, you must ignore them. Science, a word that used to mean “knowledge,” has abandoned its respect for rigor and restraint. It has become a playground for storytellers shooting off their gaping mouths to get a moment of fame in the news. Anything you read today is likely to be overturned next month. What does this Brazilian know about Neanderthals and their relationship to the human family tree? Nothing. He made it all up. The article said as much. “Various species of Homo have been put up for the crown of being our direct ancestor, only to find themselves dismissed by critics as failed branches of the Homo tree.” So on what basis do they dismiss Neanderthal and promote Homo habilis today? They could take any random sample of living humans and come up with dozens of theories of who is related to whom. Undoubtedly some of us would be demoted from the human line. Certain individuals demote themselves from the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens by their own folly.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Putting up a strong fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly election, the Congress wrested 23 seats from different political parties across the State compared to 2014 to win 31 seats. The party, however, lost six seats previously held by it.The Congress wrested the maximum 14 seats from the BJP, mostly along the GT Road belt, considered to be the stronghold of the ruling party, and in South Haryana.Interestingly, the Congress caused the maximum dent to the BJP in the districts along the Grand Trunk Road winning nine seats previously held by it. The most prominent BJP losers in this region included, Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain from Sonipat and Transport Minister Krishanlal Panwar from Israna (SC) in Panipat district. Besides, the Congress won two seats each in Ambala and Yamuna Nagar, one each in Kurukshetra, Panipat and Panchkula. In Karnal’s Assandh, Shamsher Singh Gogi defeated Bahujan Samaj Party’s Narendra Singh. The seat was earlier held by BJP’s Bakhshish Virk, who had recently courted controversy for his remarks over EVMs.8 seats in South HaryanaIn South Haryana, the Congress won eight new seats including four from the BJP. Both, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma from Mahendragarh and Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar from Badli in Jhajjar were among those who lost to Congress candidates. Helped by the BJP rebel Randhir Kapriwas, former Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Ajay Yadav’s son Chiranjeev Rao won from Rewari. The BJP also lost its Bahadurgarh seat to the Congress.Riding on the anti-BJP wave, Congress won all three seats in Muslim-dominated Nuh district. Two of the three seats in the district, namely Nuh and Ferozepur Jhirka, were held by Indian National Lok Dal. Punhana Assembly seat was held by Independent Rahish Khan. All three sitting MLAs from the district had joined the BJP earlier this year.Congress’ Neeraj Sharma won Faridabad NIT defeating the BJP’s Nagender Bhadana. The Assembly seat was held by the INLD in 2014.In Rohtak, the hometown of two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Bharat Bhushan Batra defeated BJP’s sitting MLA and Co-operatives Minister Manish Grover by a margin of 2,735 votes. Similarly, the Congress won two seats in Sirsa and a seat each in Hisar and Jind.But the party lost Ganaur, Hodal, Kaithal, Meham, Palwal and Rai previously held by it.Prominent losersThe prominent Congress losers in these included party’s Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala from Kaithal and former Haryana Assembly speaker Kuldeep Sharma from Ganaur.Besides, the anti-incumbency against the ruling BJP, the Congress was helped by the BJP’s faulty ticket distribution leading to resentment among its cadres. Also, there were few takers for the BJP’s campaign mostly concentrated on the national issues, including Article 370.
In honor of the upcoming release of the new War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox have teamed with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo.Ashley Sullivan, Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, wrote: “The center, currently housing around rescued 150 chimpanzees, represents a place of safety and kindness from humanity – the likes of which many of these chimps have not seen in their early years. Most of the rescued chimpanzees are victims of the illegal entertainment/ “pet” or bushmeat trades, having been orphaned as infants, torn from their forest homes and families. Tchimpounga is their second chance, enabling them to create bonds with other chimpanzees along with their human caretakers, and it is through the shared stories of these beings that we are best able to understand their uniqueness and feel compelled to protect them.”“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” said Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped.”War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and features Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, and Woody Harrelson as The Colonel.“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said War for the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”Read more here.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) sets up the Buckeyes’ offense during the first half of a game against Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State (3-0) staved off a late comeback attempt by Texas Southern (0-3) and held on to win 82-64 at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday.Ohio State forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes to victory with 17 points and 12 rebounds and 17 points and seven rebounds, respectively. Head coach Chris Holtmann said the team will not always rely on Bates-Diop and Tate to carry the team, but they have been growing as leaders.“I just said, ‘Embrace it and really focus in on making the next right play,’” Holtmann said. “And it’s not like it’s always going to fall on their shoulders, but I want them to have the courage to step up and make the play when it’s there for them.”Ohio State appeared to be coasting to its third straight victory, but Texas Southern did not go quietly. The Buckeyes led 54-37 with 14:17 remaining in the second half, when the Tigers went on an 8-0 run in barely more than one minute of game time.Bates-Diop ended the run with a 3-pointer but Texas Southern guard Robert Lewis answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Following an Ohio State timeout, Tigers guard Donte Clark scored four quick points to cut the Buckeye lead to five.Tate responded by catching a backdoor pass from guard C.J. Jackson and finishing a two-handed dunk. Tiger forward Kevin Scott immediately answered with a jumper to cut the lead back down to five.Lewis hit another 3-pointer to make it just a two-point game. Ohio State responded by finding sophomore center Micah Potter for a basket inside. On the Buckeyes next possession they went to Potter again who drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. The Buckeyes were able to string together consecutive stops on defense and capitalize with points of their own. After Lewis’ 3-pointer cut the lead to two, Ohio State responded with an 16-2 run over the next 3:18 to put the Buckeyes up 18. Ohio State would not look back from there.Potter knocked down 9-of-10 free throws overall and 5-of-6 in the final six minutes of the tightly contested game. He credited the Buckeyes’ new coach for keeping the team relaxed under pressure.“The biggest thing, coach was very calm,” Potter said. “He was just saying the entire time, ‘Guys, this is exactly what we want. This is exactly what we want and this is fun. This is competitive basketball and this is what makes the game fun.’”The Buckeyes and the Tigers battled back and forth for most of the first half. No Tigers player besides guard Derrick Bruce scored for a six-minute stretch in the first half, but Texas Southern only trailed 17-15 with 8:13 remaining. Jallow then threw down a dunk in traffic, inciting a 16-2 Ohio State run where the Buckeyes seized all momentum. The Buckeyes’ big run included a hustle rebound by senior forward Jae’Sean Tate where he grabbed and tossed the ball to redshirt senior point guard Andrew Dakich as he fell out of bounds. Dakich patiently waited as Tate sprinted down the floor and passed him the ball. Tate immediately zipped the ball to junior point guard C.J. Jackson for a 3-pointer, erupting the crowd and prompting Texas Southern to call a timeout trailing 24-15.The timeout did not slow the Buckeyes’ offense and Ohio State led 42-29 at halftime.Holtmann was proud of how his team responded to the Tigers’ comeback run and reiterated that the team is still a work in progress.“We are learning a lot about this group. — first and foremost — how we respond in those moments,” Holtmann said. “We’ve got a lot to work on — a lot to work on — but we can at least take that, our response from this game, and hopefully build on it.”Texas Southern was without its leading scorer, Demontrae Jefferson (21 points per game), who did not make the trip to Columbus. Ohio State had its own key player missing as freshman forward Kaleb Wesson was suspended by the team prior to tipoff.Ohio State will host Northeastern at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones (86) sets up at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn No. 4 Ohio State’s 27-26 victory over No. 9 Penn State, there were many moments throughout the game that pushed the defense to its limit.The first three drives of the game all went into Ohio State territory. The fifth drive started at the Ohio State 28-yard line. Redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley found redshirt freshman wide receiver KJ Hamler for a 93-yard score, tied for the longest play against Ohio State in school history.But the Buckeyes slowed McSorley and the Nittany Lions offense just enough to pull out the one-point victory in Happy Valley.Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said it’s all part of the game.“We’re tough, our mentality is tough,” Cooper said. “There’s going to be mistakes, you can’t play a perfect game, I mean there’s going to be big plays and everything, it’s just rallying together as a team, as a unit, and realizing that we have to get the job done and just do better.”That is exactly what this Ohio State defense did late in the fourth quarter to slow down the Penn State offense enough to earn the victory.After forcing a fourth down on Penn State’s final drive, sophomore defensive end Chase Young made the game-winning play, breaking through the offensive line and getting to junior running back Miles Sanders in the backfield to seal the game.The Buckeyes defense did much of the same to start the game.While Ohio State’s offense struggled to get anything going in the first half, the defense allowed only six points on Penn State’s first six drives, even with the Nittany Lions getting into Buckeye territory on four of them.The defense also was the major cause of the Buckeyes’ first score, a 26-yard catch by redshirt sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, made possible by a forced fumble from redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland recovered by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones.Cooper said it was the defense’s job to step up early on.“You know the saying, defense wins championships,” Cooper said. “Every time something would go wrong or anything would happen on offense or whatever it was, we knew the defense would have to step up.”Even with the victory and some key stops, this was not a textbook game for Ohio State’s defense.The Buckeyes allowed 492 total yards, 461 of which came from McSorley, who broke the Penn State record for all-purpose yards on Saturday.The redshirt senior used a run-pass option to find holes in the defense on numerous occasions, ending the day with 175 yards on the ground.But, when it mattered the most, Ohio State found the stops, kept Penn State out of a scoring position and came up with the victory.Jones said the defense fed on big plays by the offense late.“We feed off their energy and they feed off ours, when someone makes a big play it’s hard not to want to go out there and respond,” Jones said.For a defense still looking for answers without redshirt junior defensive end Nick Bosa, there are sure to be mistakes. But even without its star player, Ohio State’s defense did just enough to pull out a major victory against the No. 9 team in the country.