…no valuation in 2 decades The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) on Thursday revealed that the reason it is cash-strapped is because of the large amount of debt it is owed by large businesses.According to Town Clerk Royston King, this totals over $4 billion. He informed media operatives that many large business enterprises are guilty of undervaluing their properties and assets, thus ensuring they pay less than they are legally required to.King stated that, in many instances, the business owners are paying a standard domestic rate when in fact they should be paying the commercial rate.“We have an amount outstanding of over $4B owed to this Council by mainly big businesses. Those who neglect to pay their rates and those who are undervaluing their properties so they are paying, for example, the commercial rates of 250 per cent, they’re paying the domestic rate of 40 percent,” the Town Clerk said.King explained that as long as a building is completely constructed, the proprietors would have to contact the Valuation Department, and thereafter the Council would calculate the correct amount of money that has to be paid. Those who do not adhere to these regulations would be hauled before the courts.“The property owners know that once they complete building, that they have to approach the Valuation Department for revaluation, and they have to approach the City Council so that we can calculate the correct amount of taxes or rates that they are expected to pay, and that they go ahead and pay it. In the event that they neglect and refuse to pay it, the matter is taken to the court.”Additionally, King noted that as it relates to a valuation procedure, the council has not had one in some two decades, which leaves a window open for these business owners to continue paying smaller amounts of monies.“The trouble we have (with) the process to recover outstanding sums from defaulters is [that] it is so cumbersome that it serves as a disincentive to the Council, (which) actually collects this money.Instead, it should be a deterrent, instead of serving as a disincentive. By the time you go through the process to actually collect the money and to actually have a judgment, so many years would have passed and so many things would’ve changed,” he said.As such, the M&CC is still required to supply the same quality of services for a lesser quantity of revenue. This, as a result, affects some of the projects which the Council should’ve embarked on, which includes the restoration of City Hall, which is currently in a deplorable state.The Town Clerk further explained, “So we are in a vicious circle, having to supply vital municipal services with very limited money, and we go on and on as the years goes by. We have not had valuation in over two decades, and as a result of that, we are really, really strapped for cash, and that is why some of the things you see, like the physical condition of the City Hall building.It is because the council doesn’t have the money to prepare, restore and preserve the building.”In March of this year, it was reported that the cost of the restoration exercise was estimated at some $400 million, and the project is a collaborative effort between the European Union (EU) and the National Trust of Guyana.
Resurfacing works that have improved a busy section of road between Raphoe and Convoy have been welcomed locally.The works follow the completion last year of the replacement of some 6km of the local mains water pipe network carried out by Irish Water.The new road surface between Convoy and Raphoe.Praising its completion, Councillor Liam Doherty said: “I very much welcome the completion this week of the resurfacing of the Convoy to Raphoe road route.” “This work was very badly needed as the condition of the route was quite poor and had fallen into a state of disrepair, something which was compounded by the completion last year of the pipe replacement programme by Irish Water.“While of course this work was necessary to improve the quality of the drinking water, replacing the local piping network required the excavation of a considerable amount of the roadway above and this – understandably – took its toll on the quality of the road’s surface in the areas affected.“I am therefore delighted that, after much lobbying, that Donegal County Council has this week finally completed the resurfacing of the road between the two towns.”Resurfacing of east Donegal road welcomed locally was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Cllr Liam DohertyconvoyRaphoe
Money may not buy you love but it can now buy the comforts of an Emirates lounge.The Dubai giant is allowing members of its Skywards frequent flyer program who do not already have access to its premium lounges to buy their way into the resting places of the elite.But it isn’t cheap.A four-hour stint in an Emirates business class lounge will cost $US100 while a similar stay in its first class facility costs $US200.The offer is only available to Skywards members travelling on the carrier’s flights and guests accompanying eligible business and first class lounge customers.“This has been implemented in response to increasing demand from our valued customers for guest access to our lounges,’’ a spokesman said. “Credit card payments can be made at the lounge check-in counters.”Emirates is among a number of airlines that allow people to buy access to their lounges but there are alternatives.Priority Pass touts access to more than 1000 airport lounges for an annual fee. The basic pass costs $US99 a year but people using this pass must part with a further $US27 to access a lounge for three hours. The $US249 standard plus pass comes with 10 free visits, while the $US359 gives the holder free access.Not all airports have participating lounges but some, such as Singapore’s Changi, have a range of options from which to choose.You can also sign up directly with a lounge operator.Plaza Premium Lounge, for example, has 140 lounges at 35 international airports that offer facilities such as comfortable chairs, showers, food and beverages, television and newspapers.Online reviews of some lounges have been mixed but they are cheaper than Emirates with gift cards offering three visits at $US147, five visits $US219 and 10 visits at $US349.Credit cards provide another way into airport loungesEligible American Express cardholders get free access to a network of high-standard lounges the operates in the US and international locations such as Sydney, Mumbai and Buenos Aires. The free entry is limited to higher-end cards and in some cases to two visits a year. Diners Club also runs a lounge program with access to more than 700 lounges worldwide.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After grabbing international media headlines last winter, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to launch their new-and-improved Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio Stadium just in time for football season. The Bacon Vending Machine was available for the first home game of the season for Buckeye fans to purchase ready-to-eat bacon, while supplies last, at Ohio Stadium all season long.“The Ohio Pork Council is proud to support Ohio State Athletics and could not think of a more fitting location to launch our new Bacon Vending Machine than Ohio Stadium,” said Nathan Schroeder, District 1 Director, a pig farmer from Putnam County, Ohio. “Thanks to the Bacon Vending Machine, fans can cheer the Buckeyes on to victory with a classic game day favorite — bacon.”Developed in collaboration with Innovative Vending Solutions, the custom machine features a variety of ready-to-eat bacon for fans to enjoy at an affordable price. The modern machine also features a touch screen interface with educational videos and facts about Ohio’s pig farming community on display — enabling consumers to learn more about responsibly raised pork.“In partnership with the We Care initiative, the Bacon Vending Machine serves as a unique conversation piece for Ohio’s pig farmers to educate consumers about their commitment to responsible animal care and providing quality pork products,” Schroeder said.The Ohio Pork Council invites Buckeye fans to visit the Bacon Vending Machine, located near section 37A in the south stands, at each home game for the remainder of the season.For more information about Ohio’s pig farming community, visit www.OhioPork.org.
Dion Waiters scored 21 points for Miami, which was potentially playing the next-to-last home game of Dwyane Wade’s career. Hassan Whiteside came off the bench to finish with 18 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, and Wade scored 17 for the Heat.“Kind of like a playoffs kind of game,” Wade said. “It was a good basketball game. They held us at bay. Every time we tried to make a run and get close, they made something happen.”Detroit and Brooklyn also lost on Wednesday, meaning the race for the No. 6 spot in the East is even more muddled than it was entering the night. Detroit is sixth at 39-39, Brooklyn and Orlando (which beat New York) are 39-40, and the Heat fell to ninth at 38-40 — a half-game out of eighth, a game out of sixth, but running out of time.It could be a doubly costly loss for Miami. Josh Richardson returned from a three-game absence with a sore heel, and left early in the third quarter with a leg injury. He’ll get an MRI on Thursday and the Heat are concerned.“They got us into some tough looks and when we were open, we missed some of those,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team shot 41 percent and went only 12 for 20 from the foul line. “It was a combination of everything. You have to credit their defense.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward drives to the basket as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Miami. The Celtics won 112-102. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Gordon Hayward is playing his best basketball of the year, and his timing could not be better for the Boston Celtics.Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112-102 on Wednesday night to hang on to the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It was the sixth consecutive double-figure scoring game for Hayward, his longest such streak of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Boston led for the overwhelming majority of the first three quarters — the Heat led for 5:36 of those 36 minutes, yet the Celtics never really seemed in full control of the game until the final moments.Little spurts were enough. Goran Dragic tied the game for the sixth time with a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter, and Boston scored the next six to go up 89-83 with 8:55 remaining. The Celtics held the lead the rest of the way.“I think we’re doing a great job right now just being patient, taking the shots that are afforded and being aggressive,” Irving said.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston, which jumped out to a 17-2 lead over Miami on Monday, started this game on a 9-0 run. … Jaylen Brown missed his second consecutive game with back spasms, and Marcus Morris was out with a sore left knee. … Irving has now played in 11 games at Miami; his Cleveland teams went 0-7 on the Heat home floor, and his Celtics teams are now 2-2.Heat: Justise Winslow (thigh, nine games missed) and Rodney McGruder (knee, eight games) returned from injuries. … Miami has now used 26 starting lineups this season. … Heat legend Chris Bosh sat courtside.SPECIAL ANTHEMThe national anthem was performed pregame using “The Instrument of Hope,” a trumpet made from bullet casings — a project by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The trumpet has been on tour for the past several weeks, part of the students at the Parkland, Florida, school’s quest to continue the conversation about gun violence.WADE AT HOMEWade played for the 574th time at home in a Heat uniform. He’s assured of only one more game in Miami — the Heat close their home regular-season schedule on Tuesday against Philadelphia. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Indiana on Friday.Heat: Visit Minnesota on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Pacers handle playoff-chasing, Griffin-less Pistons PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Everyone made big-time plays for us,” Hayward said. “We want to be playing the best we can be going into the playoffs.”Hayward had 15 of his 25 points after halftime, made 12 of 13 shots from the foul line and added eight rebounds and five assists. Al Horford scored 21 and Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who went on a 10-2 run over a decisive three-minute late stretch to turn a two-point lead into a 10-point edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Guys did a good job on both ends,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Aron Baynes had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which remained tied with Indiana for the fourth-best record in the East. Those teams meet in Indianapolis on Friday, with the winner getting the No. 4 spot in the conference with two games left. MOST READ View comments
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Anderson Exclusive: Karanka can lead Nottingham Forest beyond Clough shadowby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCross-generational comparisons of sporting greats are fervently argued across social media every day. In basketball, it’s Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan. In tennis, it’s Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras. Amongst football players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s abilities are constantly equated to those of Diego Maradona and Pele.But what about football managers? How do the current crop rank with the greatly revered, often mythologised, coaches of yesteryear?According to Viv Anderson, former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough was implementing ‘tiki-taka’ some 30 years before Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona revolution and would have no problem managing in today’s continental game.Charismatic, intelligent, and at times controversial, Clough revolutionised Forest during his 18-year tenure at the club. It might seem hard to fathom for fans relatively new to the Premier League, but in the late 1970’s, Forest were the kings of England and Europe – twice.Given English football’s reputation as physical and direct, it would be easy to assume Forest scrapped their way to glory. But that wasn’t Cloughie’s style. He despised the long-ball tactics of his contemporaries, having once famously said: “if God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”Anderson started both European Cup finals against Malmo in 1979 and Hamburg in 1980 and said it was Clough’s unorthodox tactics in the latter that helped steer Forest to victory.When asked if Clough could excel in today’s game, Anderson told Tribalfootball:”Absolutely 100 per cent. Because he believed in playing football in the right way, the pass and move. They were always entertaining. Although I think he would have to adapt because you have to do a lot more media than back in his day. “You have to remember he played one up front in a European Cup final 30 odd years ago, so he was forward thinking more than any other manager than I can think in those times. I can remember playing in that final with five midfielders and one up front and we went ‘what is this?’, but we got on and managed to win. Would he able to manage now? Yes in a heartbeat.”I think Forest had a team of people who were comfortable on the ball, play it through and it wasn’t kick long or long balls, it was always to feet and I think it’s very, very similar to how Pep Guardiola plays his football. So I think there are a lot of similarities to how he [Clough] played and how Pep Guardiola plays.”Clough remonstrating in the City Ground dugout still burns strong in the memory of older Forest fans. To them, the Middlesbrough native, who passed away in 2004, represents the ever-passing golden years, a time when the club were feared and respected, a stark contrast to the last two decades spent outside of the English top-flight.In Anderson’s opinion, Forest’s struggles derive from their failure to recover from Clough’s departure in 1993, comparing their plight to the current situation at Manchester United, who in December sacked their third manager since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.Forest have made the play-offs only twice since their return to the Championship in 2009/10, but supporters remain hopeful that this could be their season. Under the leadership of former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka, who lead Middlesbrough to promotion in 2015/16, Forest are four points off the play-off spots in seventh. And with further investment from Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis this month, Anderson believes the club can return to where he believes they belong.”Its like Manchester United. The Cloughie shoes and the Alex Ferguson shoes are big shoes to fill,” added Anderson, who played over 300 times for Forest.”And they’ve had several managers, both clubs, trying to get the right balance. Hopefully Karanka is the right man to take Forest forward. “I think it helps that they’ve got some money with this Greek owner. So hopefully he can put a little bit more money in to get them where they want to be because a side like Nottingham Forest should be in the Premier League and they’ve been out of their far too long. So hopefully he’s the one to guide them forward.”Forest will face Premier League giants Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Viv Anderson MBE was speaking to Tribalfootball to promote the partnership between ‘Playonpro’ and ‘REDSTRIKE’.Click here to find out more information on Playonpro.
Vine/Josh ParcellUNC and other ACC schools have done a great job of honoring legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith since his passing, but the opening to today’s game at the Dean Dome may be the best tribute yet. UNC, which is playing its first game at home since losing Coach Smith, ran his signature “four corners” offense in its first possession. Even better—Brice Johnson scored on the play.That is just about the coolest thing you’ll see in college basketball today. Well done, Tar Heels. [@JoshParcell]More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015
LONDON — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain’s social support are causing misery for poorer citizens.Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain’s government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country’s departure from the European Union could make things worse should the economy weaken as expected.Alston says “government policies have inflicted great misery unnecessarily” on the working poor, single mothers, the disabled and children.The U.K. government enacted spending cuts in welfare as part of austerity programs to balance the books after the 2008 financial crisis.Real terms funding for the Department of Work and Pensions, which oversees welfare, is expected to fall more than 40 per cent from pre-crisis levels by 2020.The Associated Press
The Literacy Society also announced details about its upcoming 1st Annual 5k Retro Run, which is taking place on Sunday, August 26th.The event, which only has 400 spots available, will be raising money for the Society’s fundraising goal of $8,000 to expand its free programs offered in the Fort St. John community.Registration for the event can be done on Energetictickets.ca via this link: http://energetictickets.ca/event/fort-st-john-literacy-society-5k-retro-run/The run starts at 10:00 a.m. at Northern Lights College and participants are encouraged to dress up in attire from their favourite decade.The Fort St. John Literacy Society is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to promoting literacy for all individuals and groups throughout Fort St. John and the local region since 1990. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society announced Wednesday that it has hired Rosario Lloret, a.k.a. Charo, as its newest English as a Second Language teacher.Charo joins the Fort St. John Literacy Society team with a background in teaching, translation and is a published writer with her novel Wolf in a Beaver Coat.“We are thrilled to have Charo join our team, and are very excited to see the growth and direction she implements in our classroom,” said Literacy Society Executive Director Jessica Kalman. “We are also appreciative of Kara-Lee MacDonald, a past teacher, who has been temporarily filling the position for the summer”
This will be a family friendly, fun and educational event which will share in Philippine Cuisine, the opportunity to experience live music, artist talks and a good time.To view the event FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Philippine Independence Day come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to celebrate with the local Philippine community.June 12, 1898, was proclaimed Philippine Independence Day in Cavite II el Viejo, as Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 5 pm to 9 pm come to the North Peace Cultural Centre to gather with the Philippine Comunity, presented by Artist, Ovvian Castrillo Hill and the North Peace Fil-Can Group and in conjunction with the Ex Situ Art Exhibition & Filipino Heritage Month.