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January 14, 2020 0

Bartica businesses urge Govt to rethink “monster” Budget

first_imgThe Bartica Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has labelled Budget 2017 as a “monster budget” and has called on Government to rethink some of the burdensome measures entailed therein.BCCI spokesperson Sherwyn Downer expressed concerns over the attraction of 14 per cent VAT on water and electricity, noting that it will definitely affect those who fall in the low income bracket.The Bartica Stelling“BCCI demands justification from the government for the poor decision of the proposed implementation of 14 per cent VAT on water and electricity,” he said in a statement to the media on Saturday.Noting that Bartica’s economy has been in a coma due to falling gold prices, Downer said the 2017 Budget will only add to the economic misery of the new town.“Presently, residents and business alike are experiencing financial hardships as Barticians depend solely on mining. The business community is experiencing a slowdown in business. No economic activity is taking place now and with the recent announcement of a possible 14 per cent VAT attraction on water and electricity can only be seen as the Government and the merchants attending the funeral of the poor,” the Chambers expressed.BCCI highlighted that the living standards of Barticians will be severely interrupted because the masses expend more than $1500 and $10,000 on water and electricity, respectively.“They will now be forced to make electrical appliances into home ornaments. For example, if one has a microwave, iron or fan they will avoid using these household comforts out of fear of a monstrous light bill exceeding $10,000 per month. On the other hand, for those residents who do not yet own a microwave, iron or fan they will now think twice about purchasing same,” the Chambers explained.Additionally, BCCI urged the Government to consider exempting miners from the ban of used tyres.According to the Chambers, new tyres will only have a long lifespan if driven on good roads but given that the roads miners typically use are in a deplorable state, new tyres would be challenging for all.“With new tyres on vehicles and bad and unacceptable conditions of roads leading into the interior, the cost of transporting goods and services into the interior will skyrocket. Not forgetting too that taxi fares and public transportation cost will also increase. Where does that leave the poor?” BCCI noted.The Chambers also contended that the hopes of the poor and entrepreneurs of elevating their economic status and standards of living have been shattered by the proposals made in Budget 2017.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 0

Snuggling photos with Anna Nicole might hurt official

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas – Photographs of Anna Nicole Smith in bed embracing the Bahamian immigration minister who approved her application for permanent residency here revived a political scandal in the islands Monday. Also Monday, the son-in-law of the American developer embroiled in an ownership dispute over the Nassau mansion where Smith was living said he found methadone in her bedroom refrigerator when he went to secure the estate following her death in Florida last week. A private pathologist has said methadone contributed to the death of Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, in the Bahamas in September. Daniel Smith died while visiting his mother and newborn half-sister in a Bahamas hospital and an inquest into his death in the Bahamas is planned. In Los Angeles, Prince Frederic von Anhalt said Monday that he plans to file a paternity challenge to gain custody of Smith’s infant daughter, even if it costs him his marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor. The baby stands to potentially inherit a fortune from Smith’s late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. Von Anhalt, 59, and Gabor, 90, have been married for more than 20 years. The news of her husband’s alleged affair has deeply upset Gabor, according to von Anhalt. “She says, of course, `If you bring a baby home then it’s over,”‘ he said. “If my wife wants to divorce me then it’s up to her.” Two photographs published on the front page of The Tribune of Nassau on Monday showed Smith and Immigration Minister Shane Gibson, both fully clothed, embracing on a bed decorated with pink flowers and a white ribbon. In one of the photos, they look into each other’s eyes, their faces only a couple of inches apart. Gibson, an elected member of Parliament from the ruling Progressive Liberal Party, has already been accused of showing Smith preferential treatment by fast-tracking her residency application last year. With general elections due this spring, many said the photographs, taken in Smith’s bedroom, could damage the ruling party. Cassius Stuart, leader of the Bahamas Democratic Movement, said Gibson has “shamed” the Bahamas and called for him to resign. “He should do the right thing and step down,” he told reporters outside Smith’s Nassau residence. The BDM is a small opposition party with no seats in parliament. Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham called for a police investigation of Gibson’s role in granting Smith residency. Gibson did not return calls seeking comment. But government spokesman Al Dillette dismissed any suggestion of impropriety. “Minister Gibson is a friend of Anna Nicole, and that’s all a matter of public record,” he said. John Marquis, managing editor of The Tribune, declined to say who provided the photographs. He said he published them because of their potential political impact. Ron Rale, a lawyer for Smith and representative of her most recent companion, Stern, scrambled Monday to keep control over items he said were stolen from the mansion over the weekend, including images from a computer taken from the house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If the court rules in my favor, I will go to the Bahamas and pick up the child,” he said, adding that he would ask for a DNA test. Smith’s companion Howard K. Stern and her former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, also have claimed paternity of 5-month-old Dannielynn. Alexander Denk, who had worked as a bodyguard for Smith, told the television newsmagazine “Extra” that he had an affair with Smith, and that it’s possible he is the father. Denk’s attorney, Cyrus Nownejad, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment. Ron Rale, a lawyer for Smith, also did not immediately return a message. last_img

January 11, 2020 0

Highway 29 closed in both directions after collision

first_imgAt this time there are no details available about the collision, but we can say it was a single vehicle.  There is no estimate for when the highway will re-open.For more details throughout the night, visit www.drivebc.caIf you have any information to share about this collision, email Advertisement –last_img

January 11, 2020 0

Dawson Creek mother launches book on a special needs adoption love story

first_imgJudy and John, already parents of four, including one child through adoption, adopted Josh in 1994. The couple would go on to adopt four more children over the next nine years. Three of those children would also be diagnosed with a range of special needs. ‘Raising Josh: A Special Needs Adoption Love Story’ is a tribute to the children who have enriched the lives of Judy and John Boyer over the years, and a testimony to the family’s love and commitment to those children. ‘Raising Josh: A Special Needs Adoption Love Story’ is now available on Amazon.Advertisementcenter_img – Advertisement -Josh was born with a genetic disorder, Down syndrome, and was the first of their adoptive children with significant special needs. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A Dawson Creek mother has launched a self-published book on a special needs adoption love story.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 0

Why fiscal education is difficult

first_imgNew questions in this year’s survey also show a strong correlation between test scores and what I consider an attitude of responsibility and personal accountability that parents should foster. For example, students who believe financial difficulties stem mostly from bad luck, or feel that not having enough money to pay the bills is “not so bad,” or that people who retire without having saved much can live “pretty well” from Social Security, scored particularly low. Students who said buying too much on credit is the usual cause of financial trouble, and who feel not having enough money to pay the bills is bad and that retirees will find it tough to live on Social Security, had higher scores. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHow best to teach financial literacy – including whether to just leave it to the parents – has been debated for years. Most educators today recognize the need for students to learn the basics of managing money, including credit and insurance, by the time they leave high school, if not sooner. Another survey by Junior Achievement released this spring showed 10 percent of 17-year-olds and 20 percent of older teenagers have credit cards, and that nearly 16 percent of teens with credit cards make only the minimum payment, a surefire road to financial trouble. But some educators also are concerned that educational materials used in schools, even if typically of high quality and devoid of commercial pitches, are often prepared and made available by financial firms with a product or service to sell. (The latest Jump$tart survey was funded by the Merrill Lynch Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the brokerage firm.) Rather than develop a separate course, schools tend to incorporate financial literacy concepts in these materials into a broader subject, such as social studies. Based on the latest results, that doesn’t seem to be a bad approach. While one in six students reported taking an entire course in money management or personal finance, the average score in the test of those who did was 51.6 percent, below the average for all students. “We have to assume we have not found the right teaching method,” said Laura Levine, executive director of the coalition, which serves as a national clearinghouse for personal finance curriculum materials. Mandell said it is also possible that students “don’t focus much on financial literacy and don’t retain what they have learned because they don’t think it is relevant to their lives.” Levine said an interesting finding over the years has been that students who participate in the popular Stock Market Game, in which school teams compete to see which has the most money in a make-believe portfolio after 10 weeks, tend to score better in financial literacy tests. (I have misgivings the game may encourage a short-term trading mentality in stocks, rather than long-term investing.) Let’s test your financial literacy. Which of the following tends to have the highest growth over periods of time as long as 18 years: (a) a U.S. government savings bond; (b) a savings account; (c) a checking account; or (d) stocks? This was one of 30 multiple-choice knowledge questions in a financial literacy test given to 5,775 high school seniors last December and January in 305 schools across the country. It was the latest in a series of surveys by the not-for-profit Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy every couple of years since 1997. According to the test results recently released, 45 percent of the students picked the savings bond, and another 35 chose the savings account. The correct answer is stocks, which over 18-year periods have consistently done better than all other choices given, often by wide margins. Lewis Mandell, a professor at SUNY Buffalo School of Management, has conducted all the high school surveys for Jump$tart, which seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in kindergarten through college (see Web site last_img read more

December 27, 2019 0


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 011/02/2013:AGM:The club will hold its AGM on Sunday 3rd March 2013 in the clubhouse with a 3pm start. This is a very important meeting for the club and all members are kindly asked to attend and throw their hat in the ring for the various positions.Nomination sheets can be obtained from out going Secretary Stephen Mc Loughlin and who has requested any new people wishing to join the club to come along on the day.Seniors: It was not to be our day last Saturday getting beat 0-10 to 1-6 in defense of the title we won last year. Not to worry we are due to play another championship game sometime in April which will be another game just to finalise the seeding for the championship proper in June.The club was delighted to welcome the new lads that have joined the club with six of them making their debuts in the championship. Some of these included Aiden Downes (Dublin), Andy Sloan (Down), Kevin Farrell (Longford), Cathal McGee (Down), Gary Magee (Down), Dara Walsh (Mayo), Mark Digney (Down) and Aiden McTigue (Mayo).Team: Brian McBrearty, Brian Ross, Mark Digney, Tomas Gribben, Niall Travers, Gary Magee, Marty McCoy, Caolan Doyle, Brendan Friel, Eoin Mageean, Fergus Horan, Barry Mitchell, John McGrath, Cahal McGee, Kevin McMenamin. Subs: Brendan McAtarnsey for Travers, Aiden McTigue for McGrath, Andrew Sloan for Eoin Mageean and Aiden Downes for Brendan FrielUpcoming Events:Sunday 17th February Gaels Selection v Sean McDermott’s (Birmingham) in Greenford at 1pm (Friendly)Saturday 2nd March Gaels Selection v Ballylanders (Limerick) in Greenford at 2pm (Friendly) Sunday 3rd March Gaels Selection v St Dymphas (Luton) in Greenford at 1pm (Friendly)Saturday 20th April. The club is going back to Crossmaglen, Co Armagh to take part in their first International 7s tournament. Those interested please let Stocker know ASAP including players.Race Night:The club will be hosting a race night at the Three Wishes pub in North Harrow on Saturday 9th March at 8-30pm. Race cards can be obtained from Stocker with horses costing £5 and £30 to sponsor a race.Lottery:Lotto results for 07/02/2013Jackpot £3,050 Numbers drawn 2-4-10-22No Jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, J Mohans, St Albans, c/o T O’Connor, PJ Rathigan, c/o T O’Connor, Seamus Carr, TCG, Lenny, c/o T O’ConnorThis week’s draw takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday 14th at 9pm with a jackpot at a whopping £3,100. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 11th, 2013 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:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

December 27, 2019 0


first_imgFollowing a pitch inspection at Healy Park this afternoon, there is currently surface water on the playing surface and the weather forecast gives more rain tonight. Brewster Park is also unplayable.Subsequently, the Ulster Under 21 Football Championship game between Ard Mhacha and Dún na nGall has been moved to Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan with the slightly later throw in time of 8.30pm.  DONEGAL’S U-21 GAME WITH ARMAGH MOVED TO CAVAN was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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

December 25, 2019 0

Greencastle fisherman ends hunger strike outside the Dáil

first_imgDonegal fisherman Gerard Kelly has ended his “fast for fish” following the overwhelming success of the Sea Fisheries Amendment Bill 2017 in the Dáil on Thursday. The bill was passed by 71 votes in favour of it with eight against.Following a three-day hunger strike in the capital, Kelly’s family pleaded with the mussel fisherman to end his strike to which he obliged to take up the fight in other avenues. The bill allows for the reinstatement of a North-South fishing deal that existed between the 1960s and 2016. It allows vessels from Northern Ireland to fish in the Republic of Ireland waters and vice-versa.Fishermen from Northern Ireland had been banned from fishing inside the Republic’s six-mile-limit.But the Northern Ireland authorities did not retaliate and fishermen from the Republic continued to be allowed into Northern Ireland inshore waters.Mr Kelly, 57, a father of five from Greencastle, Co Donegal, had said he had no objection to Northern vessels fishing in Irish waters, once there is equality and reciprocity. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ allowing for reciprocal fishing rights was not legal and that a bill was necessary.Greencastle fisherman ends hunger strike outside the Dáil was last modified: March 29th, 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)last_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

Dogs unleashed on metal thieves

first_imgTwo specially trained dogs are now helping the City of Cape Town’s metal theft unit in their quest to end the costly theft of copper and other non-ferrous metals in the city.(Image: Stealing cables leads to power outages and a telecommunications setback; it diverts tax funds to replace the loss that could otherwise have been used to supply electricity to those without; and it interrupts business and industry.(Image: CONTACTS• Neil ArendseMedia spokespersonLaw Enforcement Services+27 21 900 1757Gwinyai NhapataCape Town’s Copperheads have been joined by a K-9 unit in their quest to end the costly theft of copper and other non-ferrous metals in the city. Two specially trained dogs are now helping the City of Cape Town’s metal theft unit (MTU), better known as the Copperheads.The unit is a wing of the metro’s law and enforcement service.“Criminals are constantly devising ways in which they can evade detection. We recently had an incident whereby the suspects had concealed stolen cable in a cupboard, under a secret trapdoor,” said the Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.“This would have been overlooked if the information received in the tip-off was not accurate. It is for this reason that the city identified the need for a K-9 unit.”Assistant Chief Neil Arendse, the head of the unit, initiated the step to help officers find stolen copper and aluminium. The K-9 Copperheads were introduced at an official launch on 22 November, at which they gave a demonstration of their expertise.“This event should be seen as a historic moment for the city’s law and enforcement service,” said Smith.“Specialist dogs work in a variety of law enforcement and military functions, detecting a wide range of specific scents that they have been trained to recognise. Detecting the presence of copper is just one more field in which they excel.”Four Copperheads went on a four-week dog handler’s course, during which they learned how to bond with the dogs, handle the dogs off the leash and issue commands to the dogs. The two sniffer dogs were taken through a selection of exercises that imitate conditions in the field; they also learned obedience.Sense of smell“With the aid of these new members, the MTU will now be able to search for copper in a variety of concealed locations,” Smith explained.“It is a fact that dogs have a more keen sense of smell than humans do. When dogs are trained to recognise the smell of copper cables, they are an invaluable weapon in the fight against metals theft. To offer an idea of just how effective they can be, a human’s sense of smell relies on an area of membrane the size of a postage stamp; in a dog this is the size of an A4 sheet of paper. This keen sense of smell allows these dogs to find copper even with the introduction of disguising odours.”He said residents had welcomed the dogs, and on the whole were surprised, excited and impressed to hear that the dogs could detect copper or aluminium. “The community allowed the animals to freely execute their duties, while passing comments such as, ‘This is a good thing’ and, ‘Now the criminals cannot hide.’”It’s a crimeStealing metal and cables is a crime. To conceal the evidence, the stolen metal is often burnt so that it can’t be identified, and is then sold to scrap metal dealers, who sell the metal abroad.Once the thieves have been caught, the Copperheads hand over the cases to the South African Police Service for criminal prosecution. They follow tip-offs and leads to arrest cable thieves and investigate scrap metal dealers to make certain that they abide by the law and don’t trade in stolen goods.Under the Second Hand Goods Act, which came into effect in May 2012, a person who buys stolen goods – including cables – is as guilty of a crime as the person who steals the goods, and could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in jail.But thieves don’t just risk imprisonment; stealing cables and other metal frequently endangers their lives. They can be burnt or shocked, or even killed when stealing high voltage cables.Crime in numbersYet the scale of the crime is massive. Cape Town has no copper mines, but more than R77-million (US$8.7-million) worth of copper leaves the city each year. Media reports placed the cost of copper theft to the city at more than R10-million ($1.2-million) in the first six months of 2011 alone. It was reported in September of that year that Telkom, Spoornet and Eskom spent R263.5-million ($30.4-million) from February 2010 to January 2011 dealing with cable theft and national estimates were that the economy lost about R5-billion ($578-million) a year to cable theft.In the 2006/2007 year, it cost Cape Town ratepayers R22-million ($2.5-million) to restore stolen and vandalised equipment at substations, sewage pump stations, street lights and other council property, prompting the introduction of the Copperheads in 2007. Since then, this figure has dropped, though the theft of metal and cables continues to hit the local economy where it hurts.Stealing cables leads to power outages and a telecommunications setback; it diverts tax funds to replace the loss that could otherwise have been used to supply electricity to those without; and it interrupts business and industry. Trains are frequently delayed or don’t run at all, leading to man-hours lost. The knock-on effect is loss of jobs as companies are forced to downscale or even close.But in Cape Town, the Copperheads are making headway – which is expected to improve with the help of the sniffer dogs. Between January and September 2011, for example, the unit arrested 101 suspects and recovered 10 516kg of stolen cabling worth R630 000 ($73-million).last_img read more

December 18, 2019 0