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November deadline not likely as materials limited – Foreman

first_imgKitty Market restoration progressesBy Ramona LuthiDespite the visible progress made in the restoration of the Kitty Market Guyana Times was informed on Monday, by the foreman of the construction workers that the overall slow pace of restoration was due to the lack of materials provided.City Hall says the Kitty Market is scheduled for completion on November 1According to the foreman, who preferred not to be identified, the original deadline set for the completion of the Kitty Market rehabilitation, in time for Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations in May, would have been possible if the materials were being provided consistently.“To my estimation, this work could’a finish for the 50th anniversary, if we had gotten the materials on time,” the emphasised to this publication.He highlighted that due to continuously “running out” of materials, he is unable to uphold the announcement by City Hall that the Kitty Market is scheduled for completion on November 1.“That is a thing I can’t answer. I could give a deadline if the materials coming how it expected to come. But I can’t do that,” he stated.The Kitty Market rehabilitation began in February of this year and the initial deadline was announced for Guyana’s Jubilee Anniversary in May; however, construction was halted, causing many persons to speculate that the Mayor and City Council had become cash-strapped and was unable to pay contractors for the restoration.This speculation was later confirmed by the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green.Restoration recommenced in July and during a statutory meeting last Monday, Town Clerk of Georgetown Royston King declared that the new completion deadline is November 1, 2016.last_img read more

Taking to the streets

first_imgPolice work can only do so much, Singer said. “Traditional law enforcement focuses on the arrest, but it’s often just a revolving door,” Singer said. “We focus on a gang and they go to jail for two years, get out and then we put them in jail for three years,” he said. “We’ve got to give parents a way to get their kids away from gangs.” James Arenas, an administrator at Destiny Community Church, said Friday’s walk went well. “It was a tremendous success in our goal to reach one family at a time. We’re on the right track. This is one of the first times the clergy, service groups and city groups have come together with a united effort,” Arenas said. In some areas, someone was home at every residence, Arenas said. In others it wasn’t as fruitful. But most people were receptive, said Charlie Gallegos, pastor of Destiny Community Church. “I think it’s great,” said Jessi Eagleman, a resident on Bright Avenue. “If we don’t address this issue, somebody else will.” The date for the next effort will be decided on Monday. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Video: Outreach task force More than 40 volunteers spread out Friday over the lower Uptown area going door-to-door handing out bottles of water and fliers to publicize a community educational meeting designed to curtail membership in gangs. The meeting – to be held by the Hispanic Outreach Taskforce – will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17 at Lydia Jackson Elementary School, 8015 Painter Ave. “We’re inviting families to our parent orientation program where we will be educating parents and giving them the tools to help them in keeping their children out of gangs,” said Mary Romero, executive director of the Hispanic Outreach Taskforce. The meeting will feature an inspirational speaker, workshops to help parents identify gang behavior in their children and the presence of a variety of social-service groups that can offer services, Romero said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Romero said the goal is to get more than 300 people to the meeting. And the way to do that is go out and talk to parents one-on-one. Friday’s two-hour walk was the first of what are expected to be weekly outings throughout the Uptown area to reach every family in an area bordered by Beverly and Whittier boulevards and Pickering and Painter avenues. A gang injunction against the Whittier Varrios Locos covers that same 1 square-mile area. “This effort is in response to that gang injunction,” Romero said. Whittier Police Chief David Singer called the planned meeting and publicity effort “the other side of what police do.” last_img read more

DONEGAL’S NEW CREATIVE STRATEGY TO FOCUS ON BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

first_imgMichael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, putting the finishing touches to one of the displays for the launch of the new Donegal Creative Strategy next week. Also included in the photo are (centre) Grace Korbel of Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Fiona Higgins of Donegal Designer Makers.Steps towards establishing the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in Donegal will be unveiled next week with the launch of the county’s first Creative Strategy.Details of the plan will be released at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Monday 18th May, with hopes already high that the strategy can prove as successful for the creative sector, as the Food Coast has for food in Donegal.“The core purpose is to let people grasp the creative business opportunities that exist in Donegal,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office explained. The first steps towards developing this strategy began with a consultative process involving stakeholders from the creative sector.According to Mr Tunney, this allowed stakeholders to identify key challenges and set priority actions as they looked towards the long-term development potential for the creative sector within the county.“From those gatherings, a sense of common purpose emerged and the launch of this strategy aims now to harness the momentum that has been set in motion and allow for the careful development of a longer-term, shared ambition for the creative sector.”The Local Enterprise Office official added that the new Creative Strategy will outline a number of action plan themes, identify immediate projects for the initial phase, as well as outlining aspirations for longer-term development. “The creative sector covers a broad church, so it was clear from the outset that clarity of purpose as well as co-operation and collaboration would be critical to the successful implementation of any plan.It is evident that there is great energy among talented people already co-creating and collaborating in Donegal. There is strong interest in supporting grassroots activity and enabling the right conditions for the next wave of talent who need to be able to identify and maximise new opportunities within and outside the county. The focus of the LEO within the strategy will be to work with the sector to develop viable and sustainable businesses.”This, he said, can be realised by “joining the dots” – between the Local Enterprise Office and other departments within Donegal County Council, practitioners, educators, enterprise and tourism agencies – towards a common purpose of unlocking opportunity for the creative sectors in the County. DONEGAL’S NEW CREATIVE STRATEGY TO FOCUS ON BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES was last modified: May 13th, 2015 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:Donegal Creative StrategyMichael Tunneylast_img read more

GOVERNMENT MUST EXTEND HOUSEHOLD CHARGE DEADLINE, SAYS McCONALOGUE

first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called for an extension on the Household Charge deadline in light of a number of legal loopholes that have emerged, the lack of a proper information campaign and the inequalities with payment procedures.Deputy McConalogue said, “The Government has made a mess of this from the start. The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been so distracted by rushing through his controversial legislation and scaring people into paying it by the end of March that he has completely abandoned all sense of fairness and procedure.“With just days to go until the charge must be paid, problems are still emerging with the legislation. The latest comes in the form of a reply to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil, confirming a blunder in the wording for exemptions applying to State-owned properties. The result is that Government Ministers can technically avoid paying the charge on their own homes. Last week, the High Court allowed a challenge to the household charge based on the fact that the legislation wasn’t published in Irish. “This entire campaign has been based on paying the charge online, which has alienated many older people and others in Donegal who do not have access to the internet or would have difficulty filling in a form online. Many people I have spoken to can’t understand why they are unable to pay the charge at their local post office along with their utility bills. However, the Government has failed to involve An Post in the process. It chose not to use An Post to deliver information leaflets, even though this would have guaranteed close to 100% delivery. The result is that with little over a week until the deadline, hundreds of homes across Co Donegal have still not received an information leaflet.“The deadline of the end of this month is no longer tenable. It is time for Minister Hogan to put his hands up and admit this has not been executed in the right way. He must extend the deadline while legal problems are addressed. He must also put aside his campaign based on fear, and instead employ a proper information campaign allowing people to pay in a variety of ways, including at their local post office. Fianna Fáil is also appealing to the Government to consider households’ ability to pay and introduce a number of exemptions for more vulnerable households.” GOVERNMENT MUST EXTEND HOUSEHOLD CHARGE DEADLINE, SAYS McCONALOGUE was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GOVERNMENT MUST EXTEND HOUSEHOLD CHARGE DEADLINESAYS McCONALOGUElast_img read more

Gardaí arrested man in connection with cross-border VAT scam

first_imgGardaí have infiltrated a cross-border gang that has raked in millions running a sophisticated VAT scam across the country.According to a new report,  investigators from the Garda National Economic Bureau arrested a man on suspicion of money laundering on Thursday.The scam worked by the hoods — who operate all over the country — involved establishing companies that claimed to ship consumer goods to non-existing firms in the North. The scammers then claimed the VAT on the goods from Revenue, costing €29million.The probe was first launched by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau in September 2016.CAB and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau were also involved in the probe, backed by the PSNI, the UK’s National Crime Agency and HM’s Revenue and Customs.Gardaí arrested man in connection with cross-border VAT scam was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Skype Gets Group Video Chat

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#news#Video Services#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Skype, one of the Web’s most popular video chat clients, announced today that its newest version will include a new group chat feature that will allow up to five people to video chat with each other at once.The feature is going to be part of a new set of premium features Skype is rolling out in 2010 that have a yet undetermined price.The new feature is available for preview in a trial of the new version of Skype, but the company warns that users should “be aware that group video calling is currently in ‘beta’ – this means that there might be a few rough edges, and that it might not work perfectly every time.”While we were first excited about the feature, as more than 21 million people are using Skype as we type, the mention of money of course tempered our reaction. Where at first, we imagined teenage users going ga-ga over the ability to group chat, we immediately remembered the free video group chat service Tiny Chat. Tiny Chat allows more control over chat rooms and up to 400 participants with 12 live audio video streams per room. The new Skype feature, on the other hand, will support up to five video streams at a time.To get the new Skype group video chat running, simply follow the company’s directions:To make group video calls, the people you’re calling will also need to be running the new version, so make sure you let your friends and family know they can also download the beta by posting this on Facebook and Twitter. Once you’re all set up, it’s easy to start a group call – just use the Add button to invite people into the conversation, and click the Video Call button.The feature is currently only available for PC, but a version for Mac is soon on the way. And while we don’t see this catching fire among the teenagers, the families and business types that already use it for other functions will likely find this a useful feature – but will they pay for it?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Be Curious

first_imgThe exceptionally smart people I know are also exceptionally curious. They are always hunting for and exploring new ideas.One of the first questions the curious will ask you is what you are reading. See my friend Jack Malcolm, and I dare you try to keep up with his voracious inhaling of books. The curious ask about what’s on your nightstand because they want to find out if you’ve discovered something they might also want to explore. They’re looking for new paths and new ideas.When you run into the curious after a conference, they’ll ask you what you learned, what it meant, and how you plan to use your newfound ideas. See my friend Gerhard Gschwandtner, he just asked me about the conference where I just spoke and traded me two stories about what he learned at Dreamforce. Both of us ended up discovering more about what it means to be human.Curious people also try to make sense of what they discover. Because they are always exploring new ideas, they have the ability to connect the dots, following one idea as it intersects or collides with another. They try to make sense of the world around them, and by doing so, they help other people make sense of things too.Being curious will benefit you and your clients. Being well read and exposing yourself to new ideas makes you more interesting. It also helps to make you more resourceful by giving you reference points, stories, and examples of how other people solved problems. Your curiosity also helps to improve your business acumen, if you step onto the trail and explore business ideas—no matter how weird or how different they are from your business or your client’s businesses.Satisfaction Brings You BackPick up a book about something outside of what you might normally read, but make sure it’s interesting. Find one reference within that book to something that sounds interesting and jump on that trail.Watch a documentary about anything at all (except something that you would normally watch). Write down three observations or three lessons that struck you. What are the implications of what you learned?Go to an event that you normally wouldn’t attend. (I just saw the band McFly at a conference, something I wouldn’t have done under any circumstances. They were great and I learned something about performing).I’m curious to know what’s got your attention right now? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hungry for content more than money: Sidharth Malhotra

first_imgMumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) In his six-year long career, Sidharth Malhotra has featured in a romantic comedy, a thriller, a sports drama and a murder mystery and the actor says his choice of films clearly shows his greed for good content.The actor says he always wanted to explore new things in his career and is happy with the way his journey in films has turned out be.In an interview with PTI, Sidharth says, “This is the period where I am hungry for content more than the money aspect of what I would get from a film.”If your filmography is interesting and has enough variations and you are not trying to sell something typical, whether it does well or not is secondary, what matters is exploring new things.”The 32-year-old actor insists earning good money was never his aim.”I have never done films for money, brands of course (is for money). I have never buckled with a producer or director for a film. I did films because I wanted to be part of a film.”I have never made an issue of what I get paid as an actor. For me it depends on the budget of the film, you want to be more sensitive as well to the producer, it is a business after all,” he says.Sidharths latest release “Ittefaq” may have got mixed reviews, but the actor says he was aware that the film was not the one to make it to the 100 crore club.advertisement”Ittefaq” which is a remake of 1969 movie of the same name, is the story of an acclaimed writer (essayed by Sidharth) and a young homemaker (played by Sonakshi Sinha), who become the prime suspects in a double murder case.And police officer Dev (played by Akshaye Khanna) must figure out whos telling the truth when both offer conflicting stories about the events of that fateful night.The film did a business of Rs 4.05 crore on day one.”It is not a film where you look at the numbers (box office collection), I know it is unavoidable. The film was made on a tight budget, we have other revenues of recovery like satellite rights or digital rights. So the box office profit will be done by the weekend.”It is not a film to boast money wise, as the numbers are not going to be (high). The film is all about these three characters and their performances,” says Sidharth.The actor says, he was first offered the film sometime in 2014 and feels glad that the movie came back to him.”I was offered this film after Hasee Toh Phasee. If you look at zone wise it was similar (referring to thriller, murder mystery space). I was committed to Ek Villain and I felt it made no sense to do two back-to-back films in the same space. I was like will do it afterwards.”Luckily, nothing happened in between and then they (director Abhay Chopra and producer Juno Chopra) came to me. I think the film was meant for me as they did not cast anyone for two and half to three years.”One of the main reason for Sidharth to do “Ittefaq” was his love for his character ? Vikram Sethi.”It is not typical, he is an unpredictable person who gives you a high in the climax. This character has so much to hide and show at the same time. I found it interesting to play this part,” he says. PTI KKP JUR NRB SHDlast_img read more

Greek Ex-soccer Chief Charged over Use of UEFA Donation

first_imgATHENS (AP) — A Greek prosecutor has brought criminal charges against the former head of the country’s soccer federation for alleged breach of duty over the handling of a UEFA donation in 2008.Court officials said on Monday the charges are connected with one million Swiss Francs ($1 million) earmarked for rebuilding soccer facilities damaged by forest fires that ravaged parts of southern and central Greece in 2007, killing more than 70.According to the charges, former federation chief Vasilis Gagatsis — now CEO of Greece’s top soccer league — instead used the funds for a bonus payment to the national squad’s German former coach, Otto Rehhagel.Gagatsis had no immediate comment.Rehhagel was the architect of Greece’s unexpected 2004 European Championship victory. He is not being investigated for any wrongdoing.—FANIS KARABATSAKIS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more