GPSU now represents MMA-ADA workers following signing of MoA

first_imgThe Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) guarantying the entities mutual grounds for the recognition, avoidance and settlement of disputes.GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener and General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles display the MoAThe MoA signing also ensures that the GPSU regains its position as the sole bargaining agent for the Authority. This was according to GPSU First Vice President, Dawn Gardener during the signing exercise at the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour.Gardener, in recognising the accomplishment of the agencies, noted that the MoA stands as the first step towards the development of MMA-ADA, given that the Union is now solely responsible for ensuring the rights of these public servants.“The Guyana Public Service Union is proud today in signing this [recognition] agreement with the MMA and history will have it, it’s not the first agreement because the Union was once the bargaining for the workers at MMA….but the Union has now regained its position as it relates to the bargaining unit for the workers at MMA and this is because the workers recognise the strength and the ability of the Union”, she stated.Additionally, Gardener pointed out that the Collective Labour Agreements (CLA) which usually regulates the terms and conditions of employees at work, is yet to be signed. This, she added, will be done before the end of the year. The CLA includes the management of wages, benefits, and duties of the employees.“After this, we’ll have with management, the collective agreement signed, we’ll work and done and have the signing of that. That should be finished before the end of the year because collectively, we’ll work on that.” Gardener noted.Meanwhile, General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles expressed satisfaction with the Union’s interest of the workers’ representation noting that it [the Union] is the means by which workers become more aware of their rights.“Today we have closed another chapter in the journey as it relates to workers’ rights and what the Union stands for…. however, we appreciate that because it helps in development of workers and it has made workers more aware of their rights,” Charles said.The signing of the MoA was conducted in the presence of Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle along with representatives of the two agreeing parties.last_img read more

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How Cloud Computing’s Growth Disrupts Hardware & Software Vendors

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#enterprise#saas#Software Businesses are subscribing to software, storage and computing power delivered over the Internet at a jaw-dropping pace, Over the next five years, global spending on cloud-computing services will increase at a pace five times greater than the growth of the information technology (IT) industry as a whole. To survive in this new landscape, technology makers will have to completely redefine their products, business models and culturesInstead of selling direct to the corporations that actually use computing services, hardware, software and infrastructure vendors will all need to pivot to serve the new cloud services new market. That’s the lesson from the latest forecasts by market researcher IDC.The difference is stark. IDC estimates companies will spend $100 billion on IT cloud services by 2016. That compares to $40 billion companies are expected to spend this year and represents a five-year, compound annual growth rate of more than 26%.Software DisruptionHuge disruption is expected in the software market. Salesforce.com, launched in 2000, perfected the Software-as-a-Service market for businesses, and its success has led to big-name companies like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft introducing SaaS versions of their own business software. “You have to be a strong player in SaaS now, if you’re going to survive as a software vendor,” said Frank Gens, IDC analyst and co-authorof the forecast. Delivering software over the Internet will account for almost 60% of the public IT cloud in 2016.Heading into to the cloud means redesigning products and making major business model changes for software makers. The lump-sum software sales prices and annual maintenance fees software makers get today will have to be converted into monthly subscription fees. It’s not at all clear whether those fees will match the totals of the sales and maintenance charges they replace. And they money will come in at a very different pace – distributed over time rather than with the majority up front.In addition, customers will pay only for the software and service they actually use, rather than licensing the whole package. “That is hugely disruptive for the market,” Gens said. “Traditional vendors are all looking at a financial abyss that they’re trying to vault over.”The only way to make the numbers work, vendors and observers agree, is for software vendors to dramatically in increase the number of customers they serve. The days when large vendors could build a robust business selling to just the Fortune 5000 are nearing an end. Instead, most software makers will have to sell to everyone, since success will be measured in volume.“If you just stay with the Global 5000, it’s going to be very hard to be a successful large scale IT vendor anymore,” Gens said. “You have to reach out to and you have to love small businesses, even the smallest ones.”Hardware Vendors Have Their Own ProblemsHardware vendors will also suffer stress in the transition. To a large extent, heading to the cloud represents a continuation of the trend toward virtualization that has dominated IT for the last 10 years. Before companies could run multiple operating systems on virtual machines, servers were often used at 20% to 30% of capacity. With the cloud, on-premise hardware will share computing power with an infrastructure service provider, which will result in companies doubling the amount of capacity they get with their hardware. Assuming equal demand, that’s likely to suppress the need for new servers and associated equipment.To make up the difference in selling less hardware to enterprises, vendors will have to focus on those companies delivering cloud services, whether its SaaS companies or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendors like Amazon and Rackspace. Demand from such companies will increase as more businesses of all sizes rent more server capacity in the cloud. Will it be enough to make up the difference?“The market will absorb as much capacity as the industry can throw out there, if it’s cheap enough and easy enough to access,” Gens said.Corporate IT Shops Get Hit, TooThe disruption won’t be confined to hardware and software vendors. Corporate IT shops will also have to deal with dramatic change. Their tasks will shift from managing silos of their own technology resources to working with cloud vendors to get the services they need, properly integrated, at the best possible price.Traditionally, IT shops have been divided into groups with separate organizations taking care of servers, databases, storage or sets of applications. Under the cloud model, the vendors take much more responsibility for managing and maintaining the software and hardware components.Many jobs that focused on individual areas of in-house software will become obsolete. Instead, IT staff will be managing cloud service providers to set service levels and make sure those levels are met. “If that cloud service fails, you’re in deep trouble,” Gens warned. “Suddenly, you don’t control it. It’s your vendor controlling your IT operation.”That’s a big deal for IT departments, since CEOs will still hold them responsible for they the company’s technology strategy and execution, even if much of the actual work gets “outsourced.” On the plus side, they should be able to save money – on up-front capital costs if nothing else – and take advantage of the latest technology and trends without having to make huge investments themselves.As the cloud brings significant risks and benefits hardware and software vendors as well as their customers, everyone will have to work together to successfully navigate the technology evolution. But among the many choices for all the parties, opting out won’t be one of them.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… antone gonsalves Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

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‘Ujala Clinics’ set for revamp

first_imgAs part of an ambitious plan to revamp “Ujala Clinics” for adolescents, the Rajasthan government will appoint peer educators and “shadow educators” for counselling of youngsters and ensure better coordination with other medical and health schemes. Ujala Clinics are functioning at the government health facilities in 10 districts of the State.A workshop of adolescent health counsellors was organised here earlier this week under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. The role of Ujala Clinics and the scope for connecting them with the initiatives for promoting mental health, reproductive health and de-addiction was discussed on the occasion.National Health Mission’s State Director Samit Sharma said the “shadow educators”, to be appointed in Rajasthan on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, would provide supplementary support to the ongoing counselling services. The new batch of educators will deal with behavioural aspects of adolescents and help them cope with physical and hormonal changes.Ujala Clinics have been established at district hospitals, community health centres and selected primary health centres in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore, Bundi, Karauli and Dholpur districts.United Nations Population Fund’s State Programme Coordinator Sunil Thomas Jacob said a new software was being prepared for reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the clinics’ functioning. Anaemia preventionRKSK State Nodal Officer Rajendra Gaura said the adolescent health strategy was aimed at reducing the prevalence of malnutrition and anaemia and improve adolescents’ knowledge and behaviour in relation to sexual and reproductive health.last_img read more

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Spanish telco Telefónica has unveiled its Spanish

first_imgSpanish telco Telefónica has unveiled its Spanish football programming line-up but has yet to strike a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro to carry its BeIN Sports channel, giving it access to European Champions League and Europa League matches as well as coverage of European and international leagues.The Liga Adelante offering on Telefónica’s Movistar+ service will include coverage of La Liga matches in HD, with 11 fixtures daily to be aired on the Canal+ Liga.Telefónica is also introducing eight-camera coverage of matches, with two mini-cameras providing coverage of the changing rooms of the teams for the final three minutes before they go out onto the field.The telco will also provide multiscreen coverage via Yomvi and the Movistar+ Fútbol App.Telefónica has yet to strike a deal with Mediapro to include BeIN Sports as part of its offering, despite the latter being available via the services of rival telcos Vodafone and Orange and Asturias region cable operator Telecable.According to sports news website Palco23, citing unnamed sources familiar with the negotiations, talks are stalled over the question of Mediapro’s demand for minimum guaranteed payments.last_img read more

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