first_imgCity Hall, GeorgetownCity Treasurer Ron McCalmon has projected an 11 per cent increase in City Hall’s revenue for this year.According to a press statement, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has foreseen a significant jump in its revenue this year and has credited this achievement to the new revenue collection mechanisms being put in place and the existing money sources the municipality is now better able to tap into.During the orientation session of the newly-appointed Georgetown Councillors last week, McCalmon gave an overview of his department while acquainting Councillors with the Municipality’s various sources of revenue.“We expect our revenue to increase by 11 per cent this year,” he told the Councillors before outlining various areas where the municipality intended to strengthen its revenue collection. For instance, McCalmon said there were 150 properties currently registered with the municipality that have changed their status from residential property to commercial, but were paying the same meagre rates.“Some of these people [owners] are paying $2000 annually, $1000 and even $800 for these properties,” McCalmon said, with affirmation from some seasoned Councillors who nodded and clapped, acknowledging the truth of the information.The City Treasurer also spoke on the valuation and re-evaluation of properties to determine the actual sums owed to the municipality.He noted that better car and bus park management, land leases, revenue from new and rehabilitated vending spaces, and revenue collection from container operators, among other measures would also increase the Council’s fees.In relation to containers, the department intends to convene a special team to identify those persons offloading containers within the city during the night to avoid paying the due sums to the Council.After pointing to several other existing revenue earners, the Treasurer said his department was responsible for all of the Council’s revenue and expenditure, including those of other departments. McCalmon urged the Councillors to work towards strengthening the M&CC’s financial abilities with strong policies.Despite the projected increase, the Treasurer is of the view that more can be done to increase the Council’s revenue especially with the number of projects and services that are intended to synchronise to return the Garden City to a green city.last_img read more

first_img2017 BudgetWhile he is sure no government sets out to hinder the progress of the poor and working class, former Foreign Affairs Minister and Economic Commentator, Dr Henry Jeffery believes Government needs to dig deeper to first quell the fear of the poor, by giving a clear understanding of how it intends to see economic growth during the new fiscal year.Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry JefferyJeffrey was speaking to last Monday’s presentation of the 2017 $250 billion National Budget by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, and which has left sections of the population reeling in concern.Part of the budget, which points to a two per cent reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT), also speaks to a 14 per cent tax imposition on customers who uses electricity in excess of $10,000 and water over $1500.While Jordan reminded that the budget was intended to provide a “good life” for all, the former parliamentarian said there needs to be a thorough examination and retrospection.“I believe that many of these things that he seems to be doing in terms of the VAT and others need to be better explained. His attempt to cut the Income Tax threshold will essentially cause rather than a progressive tax situation has created a regressive tax situation. He said most of these things need to be properly explained”.Jeffrey said he is always concerned with economic growth.“Last year, we saw him saying that economic growth declined by some 2.6 per cent and he is trying to take that to a 3.8 per cent next year. But we need to know what he is going to do to achieve that goal”, Jeffrey said, speaking about the Finance Minister.Then there is the issue of the VAT being reduced to 14 per cent and he has also zero rated and exempted some items, Dr Jeffrey said. According to him, the question will now arise as to whether the producer will still have to pay the VAT on those items. All these things, Jeffrey said, have to be considered. “And then there is the issue with the water and electricity that everyone is up in arms about. He may make back the taxes from reducing the VAT. I don’t think that his intent is to bring added burden to the poor. The Minister needs to explain just how he has come to these rates regarding electricity and water.”He continued, “Would it bring the sort of burden upon the poor as everyone is saying at this stage?. I don’t believe that anybody goes into a budget trying to do that kind of a thing and so he therefore needs to explain,” Jeffrey told Guyana Times.He recalled that last year, Government spent less than it budgeted in terms of Capital works. He said now it has spent about $8 billion. He said while Capital Works can help Gross Domestic Product along the way, Government must hope that it also spends the amount of money it has budgeted for this year, if it is going to get that level of economic product.“Essentially, my concern is about economic growth and how the budget affects the poor. I think that that is his intention, but in the things I pointed out, I thought that the richest people, those working for more than a million dollars and are getting benefits, paying less tax to over 400,000 a year… Maybe that it is his intention”.Dr Jeffrey said there should be no added burden on the poor by imposing such rates on electricity and water.“I believe that he needs to go and check this out more, he needs to be very clear about these things, he might have to look at again, but they certainly need explanation in terms of how will they affect economic growth, how these taxes will not affect the ordinary working people,” Jeffrey told this publication.last_img read more

first_imgIn a report to Council, staff stated the cost to renovate the buildings would be significant.The Visitor Centre will be re-located to the Pomeroy Sports Centre.  City staff say the lobby will be renovated to accommodate the Visitor Centre along with one of the meeting rooms.  The move will allow the City to better manage staffing needs at the Pomeroy and the Visitor Centre.The North Peace Business Resource Centre is located behind the North Peace Museum and the is home to five non-profit groups.  The groups will have to relocate to other space in the City.  The City will keep the land and use it as over-flow parking for the Pomeroy Sports Centre.- Advertisement -The Visitor Centre will be demolished this fall and the Business Resource Centre will be removed in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgA Letterkenny Councillor has accused some residents of being ‘bin lids’ for not looking after their wheelie bins.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh says he is sick of people leaving their rubbish bins at the front of their homes all week and not bringing them into their yards or gardens.The Fine Gael councillor is to raise a question at tonight’s town council meeting asking the council to advise residents to keep their bins out of view. Cllr Kavanagh says residents should take it upon themselves to keep their bins out of sight “except on collection day.”He says that the habit is becoming widespread and many people are leaving their wheelie bins at the front of their homes on a permanent basis.“I will be asking the council to see what they can do about this problem. I’m only raising it in the interests of the estate cleanliness and also to help the Tidy Town effort,” said Cllr Kavanagh.Ends LETTERKENNY COUNCILLOR ASKS RESIDENTS TO PUT A LID ON IT was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by StephenShare 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 Jimmy KavanaghLetterkenny Town Councilwheelie binslast_img read more

first_img2018 Dunnes Bar ACL Division 1Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glencar-Manorhamilton 0-12 Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 0-72018 Swan Bar ACL Division 3 Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Fenagh-St. Caillin’s, Fenagh-St Caillins W/O Glencar-Manorhamilton –Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Gortletteragh, Gortletteragh 5-12 Aughawillan 4-15Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Pairc Naomh Muire, Allen Gaels 1-15 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 5-102018 Swan Bar ACL Division 4Sun, 17 Jun, Venue: Ballinaglera, Ballinaglera 4-12 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 3-9last_img read more

first_imgNephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.last_img read more

first_imgWellness programs are on the rise in the workplace because ‘a healthy employee is a happy employee’, right? While this statement may be true- the statement ‘a healthy employee means lower company health costs’ should receive credit for increased wellness initiatives as well.Employer group health plans sometimes are a company’s largest cost, and the recent changes with the Affordable Care Act have employers rethinking their benefit packages to create a new, more compliant plan. Wellness initiatives can keep employees healthy and out of the doctor’s office, which keeps premiums lower. But don’t wellness programs cost money too? It has been estimated that mid- and large-size employers spend hundreds of dollars per each employee on wellness programs, which is a significant increase from wellness spending even as recent as five years ago. There is not much data indicating the effectiveness in the increase of wellness spending, but employers are keeping their fingers crossed that the longevity of these programs will result in some eventual return on investment.It’s hard for employees not to get excited when you hear about new workplace initiatives like smoking cessation classes, weight management resources, ergonomics education and more. Many companies have even partnered with Weight Watchers, local yoga studios, and other programed resources  to offer employees a more convenient way to participate in lunchtime meetings and fitness classes. One of my company’s most popular wellness initiatives to date is a steps competition that encouraged employees to record their weekly steps as a team to eventually learn the distance around the state they had walked over the entire competition. Team-centric wellness participation has increased at our office, so we will keep the activities coming in order to keep employees enthusiastic and engaged!Research indicates that corporate wellness plans could provide specific advantages to the workplace outside of directly impacting the bottom line. For instance, wellness programs increase employee job satisfaction as well as decreases absenteeism and stress. These benefits don’t directly save money, but there are indirect savings since employee turnover and absenteeism is costly in itself.Thought for the reader: What strategic, wellness initiatives has your workplace implemented in the past couple of years? Have you noticed an increase in participation for those activities?The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my current employer.last_img read more

first_imgRumors about the next iteration of Apple TV have coalesced around a few key facts – the device is expected to be named iTV in the style of the company’s more successful offerings, run customers an easy $99 and be fully revealed sometime in the fall.Engadget is reporting that the set top box will resemble the iPhone 4’s appearance and capabilities, including apps, but will only be capable of playing back video at 720p, same as the current Apple TV.Apple first launched Apple TV in 2007, when it basically flopped. Steve Jobs tried again in 2008, when he admitted the difficulty Apple faced in trying to get Web-enabled TV into consumers’ living rooms: “All of us have tried. We have, Microsoft, Amazon, TiVo, Netflix, Blockbuster. We’ve all tried to figure out how to get movies, over the internet onto a widescreen TV, and you know what, we’ve all missed. No one has succeeded yet.”Note: An excellent point as to why Internet TV has yet to succeed was made in the comments by Chris McCray, a UK resident and voracious data-user. McCray points out that watching multiple movies in a week could easily push data usage upwards of 40 GB. Compare that to the two and three GB Comcast says its average residential users consume.Apple is reportedly hosting an event in mid-September.If the rumors are true, Apple could be announcing iTV at the same time the first Google TV comes out. The blatantly-named “Sony Internet TV,” the first TV running Google’s Android-based platform, is scheduled to be released in the fall. Google TV will be capable of playing back video at 720p or 1080p. But with apps, an affordable price tag, and a few more years of introducing members of the uninitiated public to the iPhone and the iPod under its belt, it’s possible Apple could crack the mainstream this time. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adrianne jeffries Tags:#Apple#web last_img read more

first_imgIt wouldn’t have prevented the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but a new national ocean policy, announced today by the White House, was welcomed by environmentalists. The policy is intended to promote oceans and great lakes that are “healthy and resilient, safe and productive.” The policy reflects a “modern outlook that doesn’t mistake the oceans for wilderness, but a work zone where we need zoning,” comments Chris Mann of the Pew Environment Group, who hopes the policy will increase the focus on environmental stewardship. Former President George W. Bush created a national Committee on Ocean Policy in 2004 to improve federal coordination on the seas, but this effort largely fizzled. Mann hopes that Obama’s effort will encourage agencies to take the mission more seriously. 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Based on two earlier reports from an ocean policy task force, the policy calls for marine spatial planning to reduce conflicts between users of the oceans and to better preserve ecosystems. The new commission won’t create new regulations or do any zoning, however. Under the policy, new regional organizations would create plans for various parts of the U.S. coastline within 6 to 12 months. The commission would provide guidance for these plans and ultimately help resolve the thorniest conflicts. The final report from the task force is quite close to the previous drafts, but it elevates the role of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by giving the administrator a seat at the National Ocean Commission because of the agency’s scientific resources. The council will start meeting later this summer. The final recommendations (pdf) of the task force, created by President Barack Obama last June, were issued today. Nancy Sutley of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who chaired the task force, said in a press conference that she expects an Executive Order to be released today.last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Verona v Brescia Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Empereur; Faraoni, Veloso, Amrabat, Lazovic; Verre, Zaccagni; Salcedo Brescia: Joronen; Cistana, Martella, Mangraviti; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Lecce v Sassuolo Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Majer, Petriccione, Tabanelli; Mancosu; Babacar, Lapadula Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Kyriakopoulos; H Traore, Obiang, Locatelli; Berardi, Defrel, Bogacenter_img Check the official line-ups from the afternoon Serie A games, Genoa-Udinese, Lecce-Sassuolo and Verona-Brescia. These fixtures kick off at 14.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s SIX Serie A matches on the LIVEBLOG. Genoa v Udinese Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Agudelo; Pandev, Saponara, Kouame; Pinamonti Udinese: Musso; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck, Troost-Ekong; Mandragora, Walace, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Nestorovskilast_img read more