Govt to spend over 8m on Public Sector pay raise

first_img Related Items:budget, public sector, raise, salary, washngton misisck Recommended for you Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party Government gets extra $11 million; 2015/2016 Budget now $236 million Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2015 – The Salary pay grade review is done and come April 1st, most public sector workers will be getting a raise; it’s a raise the Finance Minister last week announced will cost the country over $8million dollars. “I think the Public Service regarding exercise is costing the Government close to $9 million overall. So we are at a stage now where we are in a position to start to focus on the people who work in this economy in the public Sector, who is responsible for collecting revenue, and who is responsible for helping Government to function and they will finally be recognized by having their pay scales regarded.”While the actual review of government worker salaries is the responsibility of the Deputy Governor’s Office as Anya Williams heads up the Civil Service; it is up to the elected government to budget for the increases which Minister Washington Misick when describing the Financial and Strategic Policy Statement for this upcoming budget year said: A key policy highlighted in the FSPS was the implementation of the proposed pay and grading review, to address pay anomalies in the public service, and assist in the recruitment and retention of critical front line staff. “There was a pay grade exercise done previous to the current government coming to office which had suggested somewhere between $4 and $5 million dollars of additional expenditure to re-grade public service so that they were adequately compensated and so that people were in the right grade based on the performance requirements of the positions of they were expected to hold and perform at. The government did not have the money until now to do so, now that the country has rebounded and the government has the money a decision was made to implement the regarding exercise, and as I said, in terms of some new posts in the re-grading itself we are spending an extra $9 million dollars on public service salaries.”Last month the Premier announced that his administration, is this year, more focused on people. FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6PMGENERAL SITUATION:  THE COMBINATION OF A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN AND A TRAILING TROUGH EXTENDING FROM HURRICANE JOSE CONTINUES TO INFLUENCE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE POTENTIAL OF WATERSPOUTS AND MODERATE TO LARGE SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN. BEACHGOERS SHOULD ALSO REMAIN ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT BEACHES MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES.ALL AREASWEATHER:   VARIABLY CLOUDY WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TOMORROW.ADVISORY:  BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS:  VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET BUT UP TO 6 TO 8 FEET IN NORTH TO NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN.OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 81 °F      27 °CDAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE  91 °F      33 °CSUNSET: 7:10PM                                                              SUNRISE: 6:57AM TUEMOONSET: 6:23PM                                                         MOONRISE: 6:17AM TUEHIGH TIDE: 7:21PM                          &                             7:45AM                TUELOW TIDE: 1:42AM TUE                  &                             1:58PM TUETROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: PLEASE LATEST NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE JOSE, TROPICAL DEPRESSION LEE, LOCATED OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND ON HURRICANE MARIA, LOCATED JUST EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES. RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE PROGRESS OF MARIA.ELSEWHERE TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: SHEZELLE MATHER /C.G. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory

first_img For identical quantum channels, order matters In the past two decades, physicists have been developing a quantum version of information theory in which the internal state of each information carrier has quantum properties, such as superposition—the ability to occupy two or more classical states at once. But the transmission lines are generally still assumed to be classical, so that the path taken by messages in space is always well-defined.Now in a new paper, physicists Giulio Chiribella and Hlér Kristjánsson at the University of Oxford and the University of Hong Kong have proposed a second level of quantization, in which both the information carriers and the channels can be in quantum superposition. In this new paradigm of communication, the information carriers can travel through multiple channels simultaneously. “This work provides the foundation for a new theory of communication where the propagation of information in space and time is treated quantum mechanically,” Chiribella told Phys.org. “It opens up new avenues for quantum communication networks and for a future quantum internet, where data could be sent from a sender to a receiver through multiple quantum servers. Exploiting the interference of different communication paths, it will be possible to communicate more efficiently and more securely. At the fundamental level, the transmission of messages along multiple trajectories could give rise to fundamental tests of the quantum nature of spacetime.”This channel superposition phenomenon can be observed in the famous double-slit experiment, in which a single photon seems to pass through two slits at once. Even though just a single photon is used, the photon creates an interference pattern on the detector. The best explanation for the interference pattern is that the photon interfered with itself, like a wave, after simultaneously traveling through both slits along two different paths. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A Information theory, which was developed by Claude Shannon starting in the late 1940s, deals with questions such as how quickly information can be sent over a noisy communications channel. Both the information carriers (e.g., photons) and the channel (e.g., optical fiber cable) are assumed to be classical systems, with well-defined, perfectly distinguishable states. When an information carrier is allowed to travel through two communications channels simultaneously, it can offer advantages such as reduced noise (due to the interference of noise on different paths) and a higher channel capacity. These advantages have been demonstrated in recent experiments with photons. In the new paper, the physicists had to confront some of the challenges involved in incorporating the superposition of channels into a quantum theory of information. One of the challenges is to describe the superposition of channels in a compositional way, so that the behavior of a channel can be predicted when it is used in combination with other channels. A second challenge is that the superposition of internal states of the information carriers must be clearly separated from the superposition of paths. Otherwise, the path itself becomes part of the message, and the system can be described using the conventional quantum framework. By addressing these challenges, the physicists formulated a quantum communications model that can be used to compute the amount of information that can be reliably transmitted when using a given number of channels in a quantum superposition. Counterintuitively, the physicists showed that, for certain types of noise, the superposition of channels, along with the ability to switch a channel with itself, could be used to completely remove all noise. This opens up the possibility of obtaining perfect quantum communication in a noisy channel.”Our work defined a communication model and provided a few proof-of-principle examples,” Chiribella said. “However, this has only scratched the surface of what can be accomplished with the superposition of quantum communication channels. We are now exploring the power of correlations among them. If two trajectories visit the same region, the process experienced by the information carrier in the first trajectory can be correlated with the process experienced in the second trajectory. By taking advantage of these correlations in a clever way, it is possible to enhance the communication performance beyond what can be done with the superposition of independent channels. Getting ahold of these correlations will give us new insights into the peculiar ways in which quantum information propagates in space and time.” Explore further More information: Giulio Chiribella and Hlér Kristjánsson. “Quantum Shannon theory with superpositions of trajectories.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0903 Citation: Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-physicists-quantization-quantum-shannon-theory.html © 2019 Science X Network The superposition of N channels allows information carriers to travel through multiple channels simultaneously. Credit: Chiribella and Kristjánsson. ©2019 The Royal Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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Mamata lashes out at Centre for trying to curb freedom of Press

first_imgKolkata: Criticising the Centre’s step to “curb freedom of Press” in the name of controlling fake news as a “draconian move”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular of suspending or cancelling accreditation of journalists.Banerjee tweeted: “The PIB circular on #FakeNews control is a brazen attempt to curb Press freedom, a sure sign that the Govt has lost its way. We demand the immediate withdrawal of such a draconian move.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the tweet, she also took a dig at BJP, without taking its name, in connection with the circulation of fake news: “And what about #FakeNews spread by a political party on a regular basis?”It may be recalled that the Chief Minister was the first to raise her voice against circulation of fake news, mainly through social media, to purposely create trouble. She had repeatedly urged people to ignore such news and also directed the police to maintain a vigil so that such news doesn’t get circulated.It may be mentioned that when allegations of attempting to curb freedom of journalists rose against the Centre, the Mamata Banerjee government has issued a notification to give pension to journalists above 60 years as a “respect and responsibility of the state on democracy”.The Centre was forced to withdraw the move in the wake of severe criticism.last_img read more

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E Railway pitches for womens security hygiene

first_imgThe Eastern Railway has stepped up efforts to improve the quality of services, including catering and security, provided to the passengers in the trains and railway stations. Women’s security is on the top agenda of the Eastern Railway with lady constables being provided in trains, officials said on Monday. Under Swachh Bharat Mission special drives across railway premises are also being conducted. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Ladies Special Trains (EMU) are escorted. Late night EMUs and early morning EMUs are also escorted, including by lady constables. Extra vigil is kept by escort parties over ladies compartments of mail, express and passenger trains,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken by the Eastern Railway for women’s security.  The Eastern Railway has also conducted drive against males travelling in ladies compartments and 16, 310 persons were apprehended. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIn a bid to improve the quality of food, regular inspections and week long drives are undertaken by officials, and all the officers travelling on duty have been instructed to inspect pantry car and food quality. “We undertake intensive cleaning of pantry cars and officials undertake random inspection of pantry cars and on-board catering services. Drastic action is taken for any lapse,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken to improve the quality of services.  Talking about the future plans to improve catering services, he said that sites for base kitchen at Howrah, Sealdah and Asansol have been selected.Besides trains, special effort are being taken to clean the railway stations also.  “Mechanized cleaning has been introduced in all A1, AII and most B&C category stations. Rag picking contracts, garbage removal contracts at all A1, A, B,C &D category stations have recently started,” an official said. The workshops of the Railways like Kanchrapara, Liluah, Jamalpur have also performed well and given good outputs as per expectations.last_img read more

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If you are going through pain and dont laugh you die so

first_imgKolkata: Versatile actor-cum-screenwriter Saurabh Shukla, best known for playing Justice Sunderlal Tripathi in the “Jonny LLB” movies, says the current political situation is funny and one just needs to laugh in times of hardships. Shukla feels even in a politically-charged situation comedy has a role to play and he suggests that people laugh. “Nothing is more funny than the political situation at this moment,” the actor, who immortalised Kallu mama in “Satya” and Tapasvi Maharaj in “PK”, told IANS during a visit to the city. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Explaining how comedy can help in sending political messages, the National-Award winning actor said “anything said with a tinge of humour is received well” and there is humour in everything. Asked about the controversy surrounding Naseeruddin Shah’s comment that he feared for his children in today’s India, Shukla remarked: “Isn’t it humorous? It is highly humorous.” In an interview in December, 2018, Shah had raised concerns about the safety of his children, making an indirect reference to the Bulandshahr violence earlier that month that left two people, including a police inspector, dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Shukla remains optimistically unperturbed. He mentions Osho’s book “Take it Really Seriously: Revolutionary Insight into Jokes”, a collection of 5,000 jokes from around the world. “In its preface, the author said the maximum number of jokes were created by the Jews as they went through so much that they needed to laugh. So, if you are going through pain and you don’t laugh you die. So laugh,” the master of comedy suggested. Shukla’s recent stage production “Barff”, published as a book, is about three characters in Kashmir. “Because it is about Kashmir, everyone expects that it will talk about the politics there. But it doesn’t. Subtly it is there because you are never free from the politics of the land. But it does not talk right in your face,” he said. His mother, Jogmaya Shukla, was one of India’s first woman tabla players and his father was a vocalist. “I was very attracted towards music. I also sing, but not professionally. Even my little knowledge of music helped me a lot in my other art. When I joined the theatre it became my strength. So I tell people, to become a complete artist you should have a sense of everything — be it music, painting or sculpture,” he said. According to Shukla, “Screenplay, acting and everything else go hand-in-hand.” “If I have any advice for the actors, I tell them to write,” the award-winning screenwriter said. Shukla who started with theatre and is known for films like “Bandit Queen”, “Slumdog Millionaire’ and “Barfi”, explained that by writing he doesn’t mean writing like a professional. Actors need to imagine and writing is the best way to express it. His upcoming films are “Family of Thakurganj”, Anees Bazmi’s “Pagalpanti” and “Shamshera”. “Shamshera is an epic, so the character will be epical but there will be a tinge of humour in it,” he added.last_img read more

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