Chevons, Puran Bros withdraw services again

first_imgCity Hall’s financial woes… says promises to pay prompted decisionPuran Brothers Disposal Inc and Cevons Waste Management have decided to withdraw their services to City Hall, as the lack of payment to the companies continues despite promises to be paid.According to the companies, in a joint statement on Saturday, the issue of non-payment for services rendered has been a long standing one. The companies revealed that City Hall’s debt dates as far back as 2015 and promises proffered by the Council have not been honoured.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green“Further, engagements between City Hall and us on the matter of outstanding debts are customarily characterised by insensitivity on the part of the municipality’s bureaucrats and disrespect for the two companies and a shocking level of indifference to our appeals for their understanding. A point has reached where we have no faith in their promises,” the companies said in a joint statement.According to the companies, it was a “sense of obligation” to the public that pushed it to continue its services. The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, dates from July 12, 2017 when the companies resumed work after a four-day suspension of services over the same issue.They stated that their return is conditional based on a meeting that would have been held to discuss payments. But despite assurances from the Minister of Communities, the companies said, there has been no such meeting nor has the municipal authorities “shown (any) inclination to meet with us.”“We believe that the citizens would agree that it is entirely unacceptable to expect individuals and companies to provide services without being compensated over a protracted period,” the companies elucidated.“That is the situation in which we find ourselves. Our services require significant monetary, labour and equipment outlay and have reached a point of near unsustainability, given the fact that the sheer size of City Hall’s debt to us.”Expressing regret for withdrawing its services and the consequences it would have on the citizenry, the company promised that it would be willing to resume services once proper assurances are given. President David Granger, the companies added, has been formally notified.For quite some time, the M&CC has been accused of being cash strapped, and on multiple occasions, work around the city has had to be halted, since the municipality was unable to pay workers.Earlier this year, it was reported that the Council and its partners (the contractors) reached an agreement, which in substance said that the City Treasurer would focus on payment of the current accounts while working to find an arrangement to settle the outstanding debts for 2016 while avoiding service disruption.The Council has said that it would be putting alternative measures in place for garbage collection, and urged residents to ensure they properly dispose of their waste and await the arrival of the garbage collectors. They also say that the Treasurer’s Department would be intensifying its revenue collection drive to recover money owed to the city.At a meeting with stakeholders in April 2017, the Mayor had informed that the Council is cash strapped and requested businesses pay more for commercial waste disposal. Mayor Chase Green had told business folks that City Hall cannot afford to keep up with the weekly amount of $1.8 million to clear commercial waste.Though there have been talks of the implementation of a new fee for commercial waste, City Hall officials have remained mum on just how much they are proposing to charge. Notwithstanding, the Mayor threatened that should businesses refuse to pay the new fee, City Hall will have to resort to using the law to discipline them.Town Clerk Royston King noted that even if citizens pay all of their outstanding taxes, the Council would still fall short of enough money to cover everything it has to do. King said the implementation of a new fee is in order because the service of waste disposal is a very expensive one that the Council cannot afford at the moment.last_img read more

Police destroy more marijuana camps at Millie’s Hideout

first_imgA continuous “Drugs Eradication” exercise by Police ranks in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), recently unearthed two additional marijuana camps at 10 Miles, Millie’s Hideout, Upper Demerara.One of the camps that was found during the police operationThe ranks discovered two half-acre farms of marijuana which contained about 300 cannabis plants, measuring between 3 to 5 feet in height.The drugs were said to have an estimated weight of approximately 250 kilograms. Ranks also discovered two makeshift camps, one which contained a hammock, three mattresses with makeshift beds, a quantity of kitchen utensils and clothing.A quantity of dried cannabis found in another campThe other camp reportedly contained dried cannabis which had an estimated weight of approximately 150 kilograms.The plants and camps were destroyed by fire and the location marked for further investigation. No arrests have been made in relation to the discoveries.last_img read more

GTT’s “Pinktober” continues to raise awareness of cancers in Guyana

first_img– need for more collaboration to help save lives – GTT CEOThe list of activities for the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph’s (GTT’s) flagship “Pinktober Month” for 2019 officially commenced on Monday with a cancer symposium and the telecommunications giant is urging that more corporate entities join its fight against all forms of cancer.The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin NeddPinktober month is aimed at raising cancer awareness and facilitating access to support for all Guyanese. In 2017, GTT raised $4 million while in 2018 the company was able to almost triple that amount.This initiative has resulted in the company being able to continue its fight against cancer by providing support to multiple foundations and according to GTT’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd, for this year, his company aims to do more.“Today is the October 1st and it kicks off a series of events that we have for the month, the month of Pinktober. And why are we doing this? GTT takes pride in bringing people together and connecting people…it is important for us to be connected to drive things like early detection right through to palliative care”, Nedd stated.A section of the gathering at GTT’s Pinktober Month 2019 Cancer Symposium at Duke Lodge on TuesdayAt the symposium, various health officials and guest speakers elaborated on the various forms of cancer affecting the Guyanese populace and reminded that the fight against this deadly disease is everybody’s business.The GTT CEO stated that there is scope for improvement in relation to cancer awareness and treatment and, therefore, it is necessary that more persons get on board.“We have quite a bit of work to do and that is why it is absolutely important that we continue to come together because if everybody puts just a little bit, we can save lives together. We do look forward to stronger policy…and from the organisations’ end and from the individuals’ end we really want to collaborate and come together and raise funds because much of this cost quite a bit of money.”The concept of Pinktober was birthed out of a marriage between the significance of the colour pink in the cancer society and the month of October which is a month set aside for Cancer Awareness.This initiative by GTT is held annually and has created a calendar of activities that will engage the public.last_img read more

Gaming revenue allocation decision delayed

first_imgCity Council is going to wait to decide where revenue from gaming will be spent. City Manager Diane Hunter argued in the motion presented yesterday that it would be smarter to wait until Fair Share negotiations and an agreement with B.C. Hydro are finalized. That way, council will be able to create better policies for long-term financial sustainability.In the past money from gaming has gone towards the operation of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. It was discussed in February however, making a change to the way gaming funds are allotted.There’s speculation that clarity on the Fair Share issue will emerge shortly.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Make or break for PSG and Real Madrid in Champions League clash

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is unlikely to remain in his job long if the Qatari-backed side are knocked out of the Champions League © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis, France, Mar 6 – Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid meet on Tuesday in a huge Champions League clash that will make or break both clubs’ seasons, with severe consequences for the loser.Two-time reigning European champions Real are in the box seat coming into the round of 16, second leg match at the Parc des Princes, having won 3-1 when the clubs met in Spain last month when Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice. PSG are up against it, all the more so with Neymar, the world’s most expensive player missing as he recovers in Brazil following a foot operation.But the lavish spending of the Paris club’s Qatari owners in recent years means there is enough quality in their squad for them to maintain hope of turning the tie around even without their 222-million-euro ($275 million) talisman.In the absence of their star Neymar, PSG will be counting on the Champions League experience of former winner Dani Alves, pictured in the centre, against Real Madrid © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“This club has had its limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club,” warned PSG defender Dani Alves, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona.“We have a unique opportunity to change the history of the club. We need to believe we can do it,” the 34-year-old Brazilian said.Elimination, after PSG had taken the lead in the first leg, would surely hasten the departure of Spanish coach Unai Emery.He has never completely won over the doubters and has never previously made it past the last 16 in this competition, with the 6-1 humiliation in Barcelona a year ago still fresh in the memory.– End of a cycle? –Out of contract at the end of this season, Emery is relying on big performances from players like Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria, who were both left out in the first leg.A victory for the hosts in the French capital would be the most significant result for PSG since the Qatari takeover in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and the collapse in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.But another premature exit would raise questions as to the long-term viability of the Qatar project — the money spent on Neymar, the 180 million euros committed to signing French starlet Kylian Mbappe and a host of other big transfer fees, was meant to fast-track the club to European glory.An exit would also see PSG lose out on extra millions on offer for further progress in Europe, money which would help them meet UEFA’s financial fair play rules.“Certain narrow-minded people will no doubt take great pleasure from going back over the investments of last summer,” former PSG player David Ginola told Le Parisien newspaper when asked what the reaction would be to a defeat.“But for now let’s leave open the possibility that PSG will make us dream.”There is a precedent for the Parisians overturning a 3-1 deficit against Real, and Ginola remembers it well — he scored as the French side beat the Spanish giants 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg in 1993.It was with a nod to that game that the headline on the cover of sports daily L’Equipe on Tuesday screamed: “To Be Repeated”.Such an exploit would be bad news for Real coach Zinedine Zidane, with the Spanish giants throwing everything into their quest to win a third consecutive Champions League.They are currently third in La Liga, 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, and are long since out of the Copa del Rey.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Spanish capital © AFP / FRANCK FIFEWithout continued progress in the Champions League, it will be a long couple of months until the end of the season for Real.“After the game, it’s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football,” admitted Zidane, one of France’s most celebrated players.His remarkable record in his first two years in charge at the Bernabeu means sacking him would not be easy for club president Florentino Perez.However, a first last-16 exit for Madrid since 2010 may signal the end of a cycle.Ronaldo, who scored his 100th Champions League goal for Real in the first leg, is 33 now and Perez is likely to step up the search for a new megastar signing in the summer, win or lose on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

€500 reward to return precious pictures lost by heartbroken little girl

first_imgAn eight year old girl who traveled to Glenveagh Castle last Saturday afternoon misplaced her iPod on, or near one of the shuttle buses.Her mother, Nancy, has launched an appeal with us after realising the iPod was missing as the device holds precious memories and pictures, and videos collected over the last four years.The iPod looks like a mobile phone and is hot pink in colour. Although the family have been in continuous contact with the castle, no one has turned it in to the lost and found as of yet.Nancy explained how the device is not currently connected to her iCloud account. However, if anyone finds the device Nancy asks that if anyone finds it to simply flick the iCloud button on the “on” position, and all the photos and videos will be restored to Nancy’s account, salvaging the photographs and videos made over the years.Nancy is willing to reward the person who hands in the iPod €500. All that Nancy asks if that someone turns on the iCloud button.She concluded by saying “my daughter is heartbroken and can’t stop crying”. €500 reward to return precious pictures lost by heartbroken little girl was last modified: August 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Glenveaghipodlost ipodlost pictureslast_img read more

Tax forms road maps to future

first_img Line 12, business income (or loss). As self-employed writers, this is where we report our net income from work. (If you work for an employer, you would look at line 7 for your wages, salaries and tips.) Even if it means paying more taxes, we want the number to grow during our working years. We managed a small increase last year, even as we cut back a bit on our writing, thanks to more publications running our stories and columns. Line 13, capital gain or loss. The main point here is not so much whether our investments went up or down last year (happily, they did go up on average). The point is that line 13 was sufficient to report our capital gains because all of them came from mutual fund distributions and not from any direct sale of securities, which would have required us to fill out a separate Schedule D form. Not having to mess with Schedule D is just reward for our strategy of holding high-quality investments for the long term. Line 28, for self-employed qualified plans. Our entry reminds us we were able to cut our taxes substantially by contributing – and thus deducting from our taxable income – more than half our combined work income to our self-employed 410(k) plans. If you work for somebody else, you can cut your taxes and taxable income by contributing to a regular 401(k) or similar plan. While such contribution won’t show up directly on your tax return, it will reduce dollar for dollar the amount on line 7. Lines 15 and 16 on Schedule A for gifts to charity. The tax savings here are a bonus (and available only if you itemize). The biggest reward is the satisfaction of helping others and contributing to a favorite cause. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Enough time has passed that most of us have mercifully recovered from the mind-numbing task of filling out and filing our federal income tax returns. Now, I’m going to commit what seems like the ultimate act of mental cruelty by asking you to dig out the return you already filed and take another look. But I want you to look at your return in a more cheerful light – not as a dreaded government-imposed chore but as a personal road map for achieving your dreams. Reviewing your finances once a year is a useful exercise financial advisers often recommend. Many people do it at the beginning of the year or around their birthday. I prefer to do it at tax-filing time because much of the information I need is right there, on the tax return. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMost Americans look at tax preparation as an isolated task, separate from the financial planning process, according to a recent study by the Hartford Financial Services Group. Among 1,103 taxpayers surveyed, two-thirds didn’t know the tax forms could provide a record of their savings strategies. “Many of us view tax preparation as drudgery and merely a look at our financial past,” said John Diehl, a certified financial planner with The Hartford. “In reality, similar to the way a medical chart can help us diagnose our physical health, our 1040 tax form can provide clues on where we are financially, and where we might go in the future.” For example, line 32 of the 1040 form inquires about deductions for individual retirement accounts. We should be contributing as much as possible to government and sponsored tax-deferred retirement vehicles such as IRAs and 401(k) and 403(b) plans, Diehl said. If you’re already retired, lines 15, 16 and 20 will show any income received from IRAs, pensions and annuities and Social Security benefits. Analyzing the numbers with the help of a professional, if needed, will help you determine whether you’re taking income the most tax-efficient way. In fact, just about every line on the 1040 form can help you pinpoint areas to examine and sharpen your financial plan, Diehl said. Here are a few my wife, Georgina, and I regularly look at, while also comparing our latest return with the previous one: last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Set for Foreign Tour Through Costa Rica

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team travels to Central America next week as part of a foreign tour to Costa Rica.The week-long adventure will be the Bulldogs’ first foray overseas since its 2015 tour to Denmark and Italy.As part of the week, the Bulldogs will play three games against competition from the University of Ottawa and a team of native Costa Rican talent.The Bulldogs depart Iowa Aug. 3 and travel to Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, for a late-afternoon arrival.The following day, the team will enjoy a guided tour through San Jose’s landmark before taking on the University of Ottawa for a 5 p.m. CDT contest.Aug. 5 includes an adventure to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, one of the country’s top ecological attractions. That evening, the team faces Costa Rica Select and 9 p.m.The team remains in San Jose Aug. 6 for a game and service project. In the morning, the team will volunteer at Holy Spirit Orphanage. That evening, the Bulldogs have a rematch with the University of Ottawa at 5 p.m.Following that final contest of the trip, the team travels to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and a visit to Los Suenos and Jaco Beach. The team’s second day in Los Suenos includes a zipline canopy tour followed by a day to enjoy the beach and the Pacific Ocean before returning home to Des Moines, Aug. 10.Follow the Bulldogs’ trip on Twitter at @DrakeBulldogs for updates as the schedule and internet access allows.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Google Real-Time Search Live Now (Video, Links)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google held a major search product event today and among many incredible new products and features displayed was real-time search. Fresh search results pushed live to the search results page, with a pause button above that section of the page.Results are coming in from freshly published web pages, Tweets, MySpace updates and shockingly, Facebook public profiles. Check out the demo video below.Want to see real-time results for any query right now? Go to http://google.com/trends and click on any of the hot topics on that page. Replace the search query in that page’s URL with a new search term and if real time results are available, you’ll be able to see them. This looks a lot like what Collecta offers with its XMPP API. This option should be baked into Google.com’s main search results pages soon.The company also says that technologies like personalization and localization will be baked into real-time search in the future. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Tags:#Google#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

BackType Now Filters Out Boring Tweets, Launches New WordPress Plugin

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Conversations around blog posts now often happen offsite on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Sadly, a lot of plugins that try to bring these conversation back to the blog end up being somewhat useless, as large numbers of retweets can easily overshadow the more interesting tweets. Twitter search engine BackType just launched a major update to its search engine and a new WordPress plugin that aim to combat this problem. Starting today, BackType will filter out uninteresting tweets from its search results and its widgets.Widgets and PluginsLast April, BackType released its first WordPress plugin. Unlike the original plugin, which features comments from sources like Twitter, Digg, FriendFeed,Reddit and other blogs, the new plugin only focuses on Twitter.Installing the plugin is straightforward. If you use WordPress, you can find the plugin and instructions for installing it here. If you use another blog engine, the widget can be found here. You don’t need to register with BackType to use this service.If nobody has tweeted anything interesting about your site yet, BackType will give your readers the option to send a tweet right from the widget. Sadly, BackType didn’t integrate a re-tweet feature into the plugin, which would have made the service even more useful for publishers.Here is the new BackType widget in action:BackType is obviously working in a crowded market. As a search engine, it has to compete with successful startups like OneRiot, while its plugin competes with more complete offerings from Disqus and JS-Kit. At the same time, though, the simplicity of the plugin is its greatest strength. If you don’t want to replace your current comment system but would like to bring in more discussions from Twitter to your blog, the new BackType plugin is definitely worth a look. Related Posts Tags:#Blogging#news#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification frederic lardinois Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more