Western Bureau:Courtney Chisholm capped a brilliant display for his side with an audacious solo goal in the 90th minute to lift Spot Valley High to a 2-0 win over Muschett High in their ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Zone C game yesterday.Chisholm’s strike, his fifth goal of the campaign, followed a 54th minute tap-in from substitute Andre Gardner, as the Gregory Palmer-coached Spot Valley moved to 11 points.”We are still eyeing qualification to the next round. It is proving a little bit difficult given what the team has been through recently with points deducted, but we are back with a victory that sets us up moving into our next game,” Palmer told The Gleaner.FEWSPARKSBut in a game that should have provided plenty of sparks, there was little of that except for the two goals and a few missed chances mainly for Spot Valley, as Chisholm, Reno Edmunson and Gardner came close with long range efforts.The zone is still being led by Cedric Titus High (19 points), following their drawn fixture against Herbert Morrison Technical.Meanwhile, a battle royal looms in Zone D with Godfrey Stewart High and Little London High, both locked on 19 points, hoping to steal top honours. And it was made no easier yesterday as both schools won their matches.Godfrey Stewart edged Manning’s 2-1, while Little London, easily the competition’s most improved team, tagged Maud McLeod 2-0. Third place Petersfield hammered Grange Hill 5-0.Zone A runaway leaders Cornwall College, having already sealed an Inter-Zone spot, were in a no-nonsense mood, hitting the fading Green Pond 5-0.Yesterday’s resultsGodfrey Stewart 2 Mannings 1Pretersfield 5 Grange Hill 0Little London 2 Maud McLeod 0Newell 0 Maggoty 0Steer Town 0 Browns Town 3A. Gallimore 1 Marcus Garvey 2Cornwall 5 Green Pond 0
Dear Editor,The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) wishes to respond to a letter by Mr Robin Singh published on Friday, August 31, 2018 under the title “Questions for government policy making keep piling up.”The letter writer insinuates that the position of the GRA and that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the granting of concessions for remigrants is the “source of much confusion.” He made reference to the recent views expressed in the press by the Honourable Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Commissioner-General of the GRA.The Authority wishes to state categorically that the views of the two Agencies are in no way at odds. The Agencies are tasked with differing roles and responsibilities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ensures that the remigrant meets the criteria set out in the said scheme for being a remigrant; while the Ministry of Finance, through the GRA, is responsible for administering the tax concessions. Administering allows the GRA to withhold, suspend, or cancel the concessions when the remigrant is in breach of the conditions of the scheme.In the case of motor vehicles, the exemption of duties on motor vehicles is granted on conditions pursuant to Sections 23 and 36 of the Customs Act, Chapter 82:01. These clearly state that the remigrant must:* Maintain legal residence in Guyana in accordance with Section 2 of the Income Tax Act, Chapter 81:01, for five (5) years from the date of registration of the vehicle* Report to the GRA in person every six (6) months with the motor vehicle certification of road worthiness/fitness, insurance and registration of inspection* Reside in the country for at least 183 days of each year until the five-year period has expired* Use the vehicle as a primary mode of transportation, and ensure that it remains in his/her possession within the five (5) years without being leased, transferred or sold.The Commissioner-General’s remarks on the breaches are factual. There have been blatant breaches in the remigrant conditions specified. The statement that “one in every three” of the concessions is breached can be borne out by the figures and visits to remigrant residences, where the “high end” vehicles cannot be found and the remigrant cannot be located. Investigations have revealed that funds are provided to prospective remigrants, who buy the said high-end vehicles and transfer possession by means of powers of attorney, then return overseas during the stipulated period that they are required to remain in Guyana. Some of these high-end vehicles include Rolls Royces, Hummers, Range Rovers, and Ferraris.To curb this practice, the GRA has been requesting the source of funds for these applicants. These acts constitute serious offences that warrant the Commissioner-General, under Section 36 of the Customs Act, to impose penalties, inclusive of forfeiture or fines in lieu of forfeiture. In December 31, 2017 alone, over $50 million in fines, penalties and duties were recouped from these individuals.Lastly, the Commissioner-General’s views on tax credits versus exemptions are well known. These views are in keeping with international norms and those of the Tax Reform Committee of which he was a member.Sincerely,Godfrey StatiaCommissioner-General
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Oscars Kings is still undefeated two third of the way through the second half of the Fort St. John Men’s Recreation Hockey League season.The Oscars Kings have gone 8-0-2 since the second half of the season started up on January 2nd. The team has however had their winning streak snapped, tying Big Horn 3-3 on January 22nd, and Jiffy Lube 8-8 on the 18th. MRC Global and the HFRN Puckhunters are in 2nd and 3rd place respectively, both with 6-4-0 records to round out the top three teams on the A Side.In B Side action, the Fraction Falcons are also undefeated, going 9-0-1 since the Christmas Break. The Falcons had their winning streak snapped by Viper on January 23rd in a 7-7 draw.- Advertisement -The second half of the season is going until February 16th, at which point playoffs will start.
TODAY is election day in Los Angeles. While there are few candidates on the ballots, the votes cast today could have long-standing repercussions on the future of this region. And no race is more important locally than the race for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s open San Fernando Valley seat. This tight race pits challenger Tamar Galatzan against the incumbent Jon Lauritzen, a key protector of the status quo who has been nothing but an obstruction to education reform. Galatzan, top vote-getter in the primary, is backed by the mayor’s reform campaign, and if she is elected along with another South Bay reformer it will transform the school board into a body with a majority of reform-minded members. That would be a remarkable change, and all it takes is a little effort for the city’s registered voters. Anyone who cares about the state of public education owes it to the city’s children to get to the ballots today and vote for Tamar Galatzan. Do it for the kids. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BATON ROUGE, La. – Police stepped up patrols at Louisiana State University as they investigate the killings of two doctoral students from India, while the campus remained open Saturday for the last day of exams. Unlike other schools where shots were fired after the massacre at Virginia Tech, officials opted not to shut down LSU. Investigators believe the killings were part of an isolated home invasion, Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said Friday. Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma, 31, a biochemistry student from Kurnool, and Kiran Kumar Allam, 33, a chemistry student from Hyderabad were found late Thursday after being shot in the head inside an apartment complex for married and graduate students. One was tied up with a computer cable. Allam’s pregnant wife called 911 after finding the men dead, said Srinivasa Pothakamuri, a friend of Komma. Komma, a biochemistry student, had been visiting Allam, who was in the chemistry program. 160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe killings were the first on campus in more than a decade. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the apartment, leaving police unclear about a motive, O’Keefe said. Zewe said police were searching for three men seen leaving the area. LSU officials sent a campus-wide alert out after midnight Friday, more than an hour and a half after the shootings. Officials sent out e-mail and voicemail messages and posted a message on the university’s Web site. But the text message alert did not reach all its recipients.
Four Masters Fundraiser Creating WavesThe Senior and Senior Reserves Four Masters GAA football teams have announced a fundraising event to take place on July 12th when they will be boarding the Donegal Bay Waterbus, however, it is the first prize which is causing waves.As Four Masters continue their Championship bid the management of both Reserves and Senior’s have organised a fundraising event to raise badly needed funds for the campaign. First prize on the ‘Super Raffle’, which will take place on the Waterbus 12th July, is a one hour training session with four County players. Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan, Barry Dunnion and Luke Keaney, have all committed to giving any boy or girl up to age 16 and their team a one hour training session. With the huge numbers attending underage training the excitement is mounting. Rory O’Donnell, Senior Management Team, who has been instrumental in organising the event, commented, “the fundraising event is to support and assist our teams and support on-going player development. The first prize has certainly created a bit of a stir, all Underage teams are very excited about the prospect of the four lads coming along and training them. The fact that the four lads have offered to do this reflects the extremely positive role they play. All our players have come up through the Underage structures and they still contribute in any way they can. Paul Durcan and Karl Lacey have also both contributed signed jerseys from last year, so the prizes are unbelievable. It’ll be a great night out and everyone is very welcome”. The Management and players from both teams will be boarding the Donegal Bay Waterbus on Friday 12th July, to join them for a great night out and have a chance to win some amazing prizes, contact Mickey Martin, 087 619 8905, Rory O’Donnell, 087 887 2283 or Emlyn Hughes, 087 9506 113. This will be a sell out so please get your tickets soon! GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CREATE WAVES WITH COMPETITION TO WIN TRAINING SESSION WITH COUNTY STARS was last modified: June 24th, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CREATE WAVES WITH COMPETITION TO WIN TRAINING SESSION WITH COUNTY STARS
A RETIRED US Army general with Donegal roots has been made an honorary British knight.Martin Dempsey was made an honorary knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his “commitment to UK-US defence cooperation”.Dempsey’s grandfather, John Óg Devenney, originally came from Ranafast. In 1926, Óg Devenney left his home in Donegal and boarded a ship in Derry bound for New York City.Taking after his grandfather, General Dempsey learned to speak Irish while spending summers back in Donegal as a youngster.Dempsey, who was in the US army for 41 years, is a household name in the United States and has never shied away from celebrating his Irish heritage.Until his retirement in September 2015, he was the highest-ranking military officer in the entire United States. Speaking at Dempsey’s retirement ceremony last year, President Obama lauded his outgoing general, saying: “Sound advice, with a little Irish charm, runs in the Dempsey family.”At his retirement ceremony last year – at which President Obama spoke in his honour – Dempsey took the microphone and sang a haunting rendition of the traditional Irish song, The Parting Glass.As he is not a British citizen, Dempsey will not be able to use Sir as a prefix to his name, but will be able to use the letters KBE after his name.US army general with Donegal roots made honorary British knight was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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)
Liverpool star Adam Lallana made the dreams of brave Donegal girl Mikaela Breen come true.Mikaela has undergone life-changing surgery and got a visit from her hero Lallana at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.Eight-year-old Mikaela, from Convoy, was diagnosed with spina bifida lipomyelomeningocele and needed specialist surgery on her tethered spinal cord in Liverpool last month. Mikaela is due to return home to Donegal this weekend after getting a special visitor.“She has been a huge Adam Lallana fan since he signed when she was four,” her mum, Sinead, said.“He has made her year. She is just over the moon We have to travel over every three months to Alder Hey and he is taking the six of us as his guests the next time we are over.”Lallana gave Mikaela a card with a special message hand-written inside. “So many people have told me what a brave and special young person you are,” it read.“Everyone who knows you is so proud of you x Hope you know you have friends in Liverpool who will be thinking of you x”Bubbly Mikaela told the England player that he should cut his hair!Sinead said: “Adam said his wife wants him to cut it, but he’ll cut it for Mikaela.”Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhride in Convoy, will require follow-up surgery in Boston after a spell at home. Sinead said: “She never complains. She always says to me: ‘I can be brave if you can be brave, Mammy’.”Caring Liverpool star pays heart-warming visit to brave Mikaela was last modified: February 10th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Most platforms gain traction through a killer app. In the second generation of real time, that killer app was market data for financial traders. What will it be in the third generation?Today, the real-time Web is associated with social networking status updates via services such as Twitter and Facebook. But whether this will be the killer app for this generation is not clear. As we enter a period of “social update exhaustion” (as in, “I really do not care what you had for breakfast”), the real-time Web may evolve into things that we really need to make a living or to get essential stuff done. The killer app matters, because the winner at the platform layer will be the company that hosts it. bernard lunn Related Posts Other Killer App ContendersWe think the killer app is something we call “trading scarcity.” Let’s first look at three other contenders:Data portabilityBecause the real-time Web has grown out of social media status updates, the typical killer app that people have been working on is data portability: automated connections between different social networking sites. This is certainly how Gnip has positioned itself. Question: is this interesting to people other than the social media experts who write about it? Or is the mass market happy to choose one site and stick with it? Will we simply see bilateral negotiations between sites emerge, along with basic best practices?News deliveryQuestion: is this interesting to people other than journalists and bloggers? News is a fairly big business, but in the big picture, it is only one niche. How many journalists are there? If all of them used Twitter all day long, would it be a big business?Customer serviceThe ability to react to problems in real time, to nip problems in the bud, is important to companies of any size. This is big. Question: how practical will implementation be? The ability to respond quickly is only one aspect of good customer service; the other aspects (hiring, training, motivation, corporate policy) are both more critical and more complex.The Law of Supply and Demand Has Not Been RepealedThe free, abundant digital domain is mirrored by an expensive, scarce physical domain.Online, we tend to focus on the free, abundant digital domain. The debate on Freeconomics rages today, but the basics are simple. The Internet is an enormous, almost-free copying machine for anything digital, so price will tend towards $0. Air is the most precious commodity in the world (try going without it for a few minutes), but it is free (notwithstanding negative externalities).But all that free stuff must be paid for by something that people would pay for. That is where the expensive, scarce physical domain comes in. People pay more for things when the demand is high and supply is low. So to make money, you need to sell products and services that are scarce… and in demand.Or you could make money by connecting supply and demand using the real-time Web.But it has to be real time. That is the whole point of scarcity. A hotel room may be available for $75 right now, but 10 minutes later it could be $125 (or $50). Acme’s services are available right now for $150 per hour, but 10 minutes later it is charging $200 because it is more booked up. You see a hand-knit cashmere sweater available right now for $350; it’s the only one, you want it, and it might be gone in a few minutes. Premium ad space is available right now for a CPM of $15… no, make that $17.I could go on and on. This affects almost every market in the world. Plenty of untapped opportunity lies here for enterprises, startups, Main Street small businesses, and individual free agents.Entrepreneurs have big technical challenges to work on. Message delivery (which we explored in our last post on the subject) is challenging enough but very minor compared to the devil-in-the-details issues at the application layer. These will have to be solved in domain-specific ways.In this world, the status update tends to go from a socially driven message (“I just did this. Are you interested?”) to a more commercially driven message (“This is what I have available right now at this price. Are you interested?” or “This is what I need right now. Do you have it?”).Like fresh fish? Are you willing to pay more for fresh, healthy, and delicious than stinky, old, and sickening? Then go here.Trading Attention and EndorsementFor those of us who were steeped in the early days of social media, this all sounds a bit too commercial. Surely we are not just economic animals, are we? No, we are not. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stated that clearly.But even if you take money out of the equation, we are still trading in scarcity – in this case, the scarcity of our attention.You have only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, and the average life span is around 80 years. You are a limited resource. Sorry if that is news to you. 🙂You are getting pinged from all around, forced to constantly make decisions about where to allocate one of your finite resources: time.Your other limited resource is credibility. Social networks want you to endorse (that is, sell) their services to your friends. They may pay you in cash or ‘Attaboys, but whichever you take, you are dipping into a limited pot of credibility. Shill too much, and your friends will abandon you. Ask any Amway or multi-level marketing sales agent, and they will tell you how that works.Eliminating the Curse of “May You Have Much Inventory”Inventory is the curse of any business in the expensive, scarce physical domain. Think of what Dell did in the PC business: it used real-time supply chains to eliminate inventory, building each PC to order. This is as close to magic as you can get in the expensive, scarce physical domain. You turn negative cash flow (working capital that you need to expand) into positive working capital cash flow: you get an order, get paid, and then you pay the supplier. Perhaps on the real-time Web this all happens close to simultaneously, so the very concept of working capital begins to disappear.Explaining the business value of trading scarcity using the real-time Web is not difficult, then. Ask any company, “Do you want to eliminate inventory?” You will get its full attention. This is not technology looking for a problem to solve. This is the biggest problem that most business people in the expensive, scarce physical domain (i.e. the real world) face every day.What This Means for Real-Time Web PlayersEnvision a future where this has played out. Most of the world’s transactional opportunities flow through the real-time Web. You can tap into that flow to buy and sell. And you can be an intermediary, which is fundamentally the role of aggregating demand. What systems would you use in that future?Those systems are the ones that the winners of the real-time Web have to build.It won’t be simple. Meeting the challenge in one domain is complex enough. Building the platforms that accommodate multiple domains will take a lot of work, and we are at a very early stage. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Real-Time Web 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now