No bonus for public servants in Budget 2017

first_img… Jordan criticises workers as inept, lethargicPublic servants waited with bated breath for more than three hours on Monday to hear if Government would announce a month tax-free bonus but were instead treated to a tongue lashing by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who in addition to announcing marginal adjustments to the taxes paid by workers, lashed out at the public service, calling it lethargic and inept.Finance Minister Winston JordanHe later told reporters that Government simply did not have the monies available to make the one month tax-free payment to members of the public service.Speaking to public administration and public financial management during his presentation of the 2017 National Estimates (Budget) on Monday, Finance Minister Jordan said “this Administration has inherited a national crisis of institutional lethargy and ineptitude (in the public service).”Expanding on his position, the Minister told the House that all across the Public Sector, we are faced with issues of sluggishness in implementation, poor inter-agency coordination and cooperation, and a deficit of strategic planning and management.According to Jordan, the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is “perturbed by this situation, as it is a daunting indication of the effort that needs to be invested in ensuring that public services of the highest quality are delivered to the Guyanese people.”Describing the situation as a “malaise”, Minster Jordan said the task at hand will be tackled frontally.The Minister in providing some insight on Government’s proposal to reform the public service through its public servants, pointed to comprehensive institutionalisation of the tenets of results-based management.He pointed too to the recently opened public service college and its role in revitalising workers.According to the Finance Minister, it is “to ensure that our public servants, at all levels of Government, are better equipped to develop and execute our vision and plans, the recently-opened Bertram Collins College of the Public Service will provide for a wide range of training in public administration and related fields.”Despite voting against the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s demands to have the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the public service addressed at the level of a Parliamentary Select Committee, Jordan said, its findings will be utilised to arrest the attrition of qualified public servants.No bonusMeanwhile, on the matter of the expected increases, the Minister instead said Government will continue to engage the Unions in negotiations to find common ground to issues pertaining to wage and salary adjustment, de-bunching and allowances, taking into consideration the state of the economy and our desire to maintain macroeconomic stability.He subsequently told reporters that the payment of the one month tax-free bonus for all public servants was unlikely since the money was not available.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo this past week had called for Government to make the one month tax-free bonus payment to all public servants and pointed to the $8 billion that was transferred from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to the Consolidated Fund that could be used to finance the payments.According to Jordan, however, “We’d love to, once we could find money to do bonus.”He said, “I think what happened this year is that we paid a slightly bigger salary than last year overall and also I think we took on some more numbers… I think the security service, in a sense, took away what we could have had.”Minister Jordan told reporters “we are still looking but at this stage, it is a very slim possibility… Up to last night (Sunday), when we were doing numbers, I was hoping to find something; but, like I said, we took on a few people in the security sector and their bill has to be added up.”Jordan earlier in the evening drew reference to the one to 10 per cent salary increase that had been paid to workers last month.last_img read more


first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 4, 6, 17 and 21. There no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,600 and Match 3 is €180. Niall Erskine’s Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 29th and Daniel Breslin’s team is selling on 5th of November. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Ethna Byrne, Kilcar. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,500 on 47 calls.The Bord Na OG Race Night is on 11 – 11 – 11. Please support and have a good night’s entertainment.The Annual Na Cealla Beaga Halloween fancy dress is almost upon us! The big night takes place this Sunday 30th October 2011 in the Cope House bar… Followed by disco downstairs with DJ Jones blasting out the latest tunes… Music, spot prizes for best dressed and shots galore! Hope to see you all there!!! The seniors and reserves had hard fought wins over Naomh Columba in Glen last Sunday in their final league games. Score lines where Seniors 0-07 Naomh Columba 0-06, Reserves 2-08 Naomh Columba 2-07.Anyone looking for their membership card can contact Macdara to get the card. Also anyone who has email and wants to be on the clubs mailing list, should send an e-mail to secretary.killybegs.donegal@gaa.ieGAA: KILLYBEGS GAA NOTES was last modified: October 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA NOTESlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Viceroy Hotel Group has

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterViceroy Hotel Group has branched out in Baja California with the opening of the Viceroy Los Cabos, in the heart of San Jose del Cabo.Originally conceived by Mexico-based architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés, and formerly known as Mar Adentro, the 194-room masterpiece has reemerged as a Viceroy property after undergoing renovations and enhancements.With a dreamscape design embracing the natural beauty of water throughout every facet of the resort, the new Viceroy Los Cabos is a canvas for discovery with cinematic views and alluring experiences around every turn.Completely reconceptualised and brand-new to the resort are a beachfront pool and bar, a refreshed and vibrant lobby and arrival experience, new dining venues and a state-of-the-art fitness centre curated by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.© Viceroy Los Cabos Ocean View with Seating Area.“The much-anticipated opening of Viceroy Los Cabos marks an extremely monumental day for our brand. I look forward to welcoming guests to this extraordinary resort as we endeavour to create inspiring adventures that willstay with them a lifetime,” said Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group.“The resort stands out as provocative and sensational. It furthers Viceroy’s quest to deliver highly individual, modern luxury experiences in the world’s most sought-after destinations.”“This stunning and unique resort will elevate the already-impressive reputation Los Cabos has as the ultimate destination for sophisticated adventurers,” said Andres & Felipe Chico, Managing Partners at Rodina.© Living Space in Viceroy Premier Suite with Full Ocean ViewUpon arrival through a sculpted iron portal and artisan wooden door, the sensory experience truly begins as guests are greeted by the sound of water, the conceptual central element brought to life throughout the resort.With a striking yet minimalistic design, re-envisioned by Mexico-based design firm Arquitectura de Interiores, Viceroy Los Cabos’ new lobby interiors have transformed from stark white to feature a warm colour palette of blue and natural sand tones, all inspired by the majestic meeting of the Los Cabos desert and sea.© Nido Restaurant at NightThe eye-catching and bold façade is an artistic mélange of white, black and beige, and gives way to the modern and sleek lobby adorned with handmade details, rich textures and unique pieces of art inspired by the local Mexican culture.Among the other renovations, Viceroy Los Cabos reveals five distinct and reconstructed dining venues, each providing a fresh and local experience reflective of the history and culture of Baja.Nido Restaurant, translated from Spanish to mean “nest,” is both a visual centrepiece and social epicentre for guests and locals alike. Its latticed, nest-like structure is surrounded by elevated walkways, appearing to float on water. With an international ceviche menu and innovative handcrafted cocktails, Nido draws inspiration from Spain, Mexico and Peru.Located in the main building of the resort, Casero Restaurant and Otro Bar feature elevated homestyle Mexican cuisine and a Tequila Library stocked with house infusions such as chile and marigold, as well as craft coffee and specialty Mexican Hot Chocolate.Viceroy Los Cabos’ beachside eatery Nidito (meaning “Little Nest”) overlooks the brand-new infinity beach pool and picturesque ocean, while offering colourful and bite-sized decadences including an array of tacos, exotic fruit cups, and Instagram-worthy cocktails with festive garnishes. Opening later this year is a vibrant rooftop bar with scenic ocean views.© Living Space with Red Light in Viceroy Junior SuiteLocated in a city full of art and history, Viceroy Los Cabos is an undeniable gateway to the colourful culture of Los Cabos. The resort offers truly experiential and one-of-kind activities for its guests – curated by its very own Head of Vibe – including learning to surf with a local pro, an exclusive fishing with the chef experience, scuba diving with underwater photography, fluorescent night dives and custom tequila-making classes.Expanding its global footprint into San José del Cabo, Viceroy has grown its Mexico presence where it currently operates Viceroy Riviera Maya, a romantic luxury resort in Playa del Carmen.The opening of Viceroy Los Cabos is a vital part of the brand’s bold and expansive growth strategy with forthcoming openings in Serbia, Argentina, Panama, Portugal, and Vietnam.Reservations for Viceroy Los Cabos are currently available with a starting room rate of US$420.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more