first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in its continued staff development drive, conducted a one-day intense training for several categories of employees from various departments.The training was facilitated by National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officials.The facilitator from GRA going through his sessionRegional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas disclosed that the training sought to better educate the staff on a number of NIS and GRA matters pertaining to payments, filing of returns and other documents, Government’s two per cent on certain payments among other critically important issues.The REO pointed out that such training is pertinent in ensuring that the employees from the RDC can better serve and respond to the public’s concerns on various matters.“This is part of our efforts to ensure that we become more effective and efficient, thus delivering enhanced service to all. We as a region recognises that if we are going to better serve the public that we must be knowledgeable of all issues, thus better serving those that we come into contact with. As such, as the REO, it’s my responsibility to ensure that optimum training is available to employees so that they can better serve,” she said.Employees representing several departments attended the training, which according to the REO, forms part of the Region’s 2018 focus on enhancing training for staff at all categories. Among some of the departments that staff was drawn from were Education, Accounts, Health, Engineering, Registry, Personnel, NDCs and administration.The Region Four REO noted that such training was executed regularly as they recognised the importance of better educating their employees, who in turn would better educate the public. She promises that they will continue on the path of executing several training forums, noting that each section of the Region has training geared at enhancing the skills and knowledge of every level of employees.“We as a region are responsible in equipping our staff with the right knowledge, skills, and tools to better deliver and that is what I can assure you that I will continue to do as the REO,” she promised.Commenting on the training that was provided, several employees thanked the REO for bringing the training to them, stressing that they were now more equipped to better serve the general public.The staff noted that such an aggressive plan of regular training would certainly boost their efficiency, adding that the public could be guaranteed a better service.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen stressed the need for more training, declaring that it all served in better improving the continued quality of care being offered by the Region.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a mostly upbeat assessment of the economy Wednesday, citing improvements in inflation and housing in comments suggesting the Fed will leave interest rates alone for a while. Wall Street liked the message and propelled stocks sharply higher. The Dow Jones industrials gained 87.01 points to close at a new high of 12,741.86. Bernanke said that at present, interest rates are at a level that is “likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing of core inflation.” “Overall, the U.S. economy seems likely to expand at a moderate pace this year and next, with growth strengthening somewhat as the drag from housing diminishes,” he said as he delivered the Fed’s economic report for the first time to a Democrat-controlled Congress. One is that inflation might flare, which is why the Fed is keeping open the option of a rate increase. It will “be some time before we can be confident that underlying inflation is moderating as anticipated,” Bernanke said. If inflation does not wane as the Fed expects, policymakers are “prepared to take action,” he said. On the other hand, there is the risk that a deeper than expected residential real-estate bust could yet unfold, which could hurt overall economic growth, Bernanke said. The committee chairman, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., a 2008 presidential hopeful, and some colleagues said they thought Bernanke was doing a good job in managing the world’s largest economy. Even so, Democrats were vocal about their concerns about the middle class. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Fed has held a key interest rate steady at 5.25 percent since August, giving borrowers a reprieve. Before that, the central bank steadily had raised rates for two years, the longest ever stretch of increases, to fend off inflation. Many economists said Bernanke’s testimony to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee buttressed their belief that the Fed will continue to hold rates steady for much of this year. Still, Bernanke was not prepared to declare victory over inflation just yet. Thus, he did not close the door on the possibility of further rate increases down the road. The Fed chief was careful to hedge his bets and pointed out risks that could upset the generally good economic outlook. last_img read more