LGC employees still to receive January salaries

first_img…utility companies also unpaid…Govt silent on paymentsWeeks after it was reported that employees of the Local Government Commission are owed their January salaries, it has been confirmed that payments are yet to be made and the agency has been strapped in carrying out its work.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, an employee of the Commission related that there have been no engagements with staff about their salaries and no word is forthcoming on how these payments would be made. Adding to that, fees for other services provided such as utilities are still outstanding.“Nobody was paid. No utilities were paid. Nothing. The commissioners are actually grounded. The people are going to work but we can’t do anything about it,” said the source.The Local Government CommissionThis publication understands that these monies are supposed to be signed off by the Permanent Secretary, Emil Mc Garrell, of the Communities Ministry before it can be disbursed. However, it also needs to be approved by the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan.Since payments during early December, staffers have not received any payments to which it was insisted that these monies should have already been disseminated.“They went through the details of the budget, both the Finance Ministry and the Local Government Commission. It was approved but the voucher wasn’t signed off so nobody received any money since the first part of December when payments were last made. Given from the fact that they paid very early in December, this money should’ve already been in. Apparently, this money is still administered under the Permanent Secretary and he still has to take instructions from Bulkan before singing them,” the employee had revealed.It was claimed in previous reports that the Commission is a constitutional agency but there is some control from the Ministry, which hinders some operations.“This is preventing the Commission from operating as a constitutional body. The Commission has to deal with appointments and dismissal and a host of things that the Minister would usually do. They have not recognised the Commission as a constitutional body. The Communities Minister still wants to be in control of the Local Government Commission.”Letters were penned to the Attorney General, Basil Williams; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and even President David Granger. However, a response is yet to be given.“No one is dealing with this. The Commission has written the Attorney General several times as well as the Minister of State. They even wrote the President to bring it to his attention and no one is responding to these concerns. With the way the Commission is functioning, it is not an independent body but one that is being manipulated,” the source added.last_img read more

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Call of Duty Ghosts reuses cutscene from Modern Warfare 2

first_imgMotion capture is a big part of any game that uses cutscenes. It’s expensive, but still the best way to capture realistic motion and therefore the action contained within cutscenes and parts of the gameplay for that matter. But does that give game developers the right to recycle motion capture data in the new games they develop?That’s what gamers are noticing Infinity Ward has done with the newly released Call of Duty: Ghosts. At one point in Ghosts the injured player’s character is lifted up and carried by two other characters to an escape vehicle. That exact same scene is included in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as you can see in the video comparison below:The scenes are slightly different, with Ghosts using new character texturing and the rescue vehicle is different (a truck instead of a helicopter), but the animation and camera angles are exactly the same. Infinity Ward is being accused of copy-pasting the scene, but it may well just be a homage to Modern Warfare 2.By recycling the animation Infinity Ward will have saved a bit of motion capture work, but not much. I think the reason this particular scene is being noticed and highlighted is because it is so obvious. I bet there’s a lot more motion capture data reuse throughout the game, but players just don’t notice it because it isn’t so obvious or is used for very generic actions e.g. walks and runs.Now read: Call of Duty: Ghosts vs. Battlefield 4: Which battlefield will call you to duty?last_img read more

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