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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to throw my firm support behind all those persons who have been calling for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be urgently held into the workings and outrageous goings-on at the Georgetown City Council.However, I would like to ask that the scope of the inquiry be extended to include not just the shenanigans of the Mayor’s office and the Town Clerk’s department over the last two and a half years, but it should encompass the entire municipality for the last two and a half decades.From the myriad of expensive and useless overseas jaunts, to Councillors receiving $57 million purportedly to spend on community projects in the 15 constituencies, and at the same time utilising the facilities of the Council’s equipment and services of the staff, to the monies the very Councillors are paid to sit on special committees, payments which are outside of their regular allowances and stipends they receive.There still needs to be an investigation into the scandalous parking meter contract to see if any inducements were offered before its aborted implementation and if any sweeteners will be continuously offered should this outrageous initiative be operationalized.A serious relook at all of the contracts that have been awarded by the Council to individuals and companies for cleaning the cemetery, the drains and parapets, etc, particularly those that did not conform to tender board procedures.Review must be undertaken of the Human Resource Department of the Council to examine how employees were recruited, and placed on varying points of the salary scales, and of how the leave of certain officers were deferred whilst others had theirs cancelled if not taken when it was due, and of how some retired officers received their pensions and gratuity expeditiously while others didn’t, and of strange policies for promotion etc.The markets department has to be examined to see what yardstick is used for the allocation of stalls, and how the rents are calculated in the various markets, on how secure the revenue collection system is in light of recent frauds, and the physical security and public hygiene of these facilities.At the City Engineer’s Department, explanations ought to be given as to how building inspectors who are responsible for ensuring building codes are enforced and maintained, are also allowed to be drawing plans privately for buildings being constructed in Georgetown. And as to how so many violations are allowed in the city, a case in point that was highlighted in a recent fire at a major hotel in the city.The Treasurer’s Department should be the subject of special scrutiny, with regard to the waiver of interest for delinquent property owners, and with its procurement systems etc.It may take years to unravel the mysteries of City Hall, buy finally and most importantly, there should be an inquiry into the ‘assets’ including properties, money and other interests held by the senior officers of the Council, particularly those suddenly acquired over the last three years in Guyana or elsewhere.Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Ann Sanner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – About 1 million Simplicity and Graco cribs are being recalled after three children became entrapped in their cribs and died of suffocation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday. In all three deaths, the consumer had installed the drop-rail side of the crib upside down, the CPSC said. This creates a gap in the crib that children can slide into and suffocate. Seven other infants have been entrapped in the cribs, according to the CPSC. There have been 55 reports of the cribs’ drop sides detaching or the hardware failing to hold the side to the crib. None of the cribs that Simplicity currently supplies to stores is included in a recall, the company said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgToday, ask this question about the financial services you receive: How much is that in dollars? The answer can be unnerving. A percentage charge like 1 percent to 2 percent of assets seems reasonable. But the actual cost in dollars can be an incredible bargain – or a monstrous overcharge. It all depends on how much money you have invested. Suppose you have an IRA account with $10,000 invested in mutual funds. Invested in a mutual fund with an annual expense ratio of 1percent, the charge for providing management, accounting, custody and reporting services is all of $100 a year. At the far extreme, a $10,000 investment in Vanguard Wellington fund, with an expense ratio of 0.3percent, costs $30 a year or $2.50 a month. That’s less than a Starbucks latte. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But suppose you have $50,000 invested. Then you’re paying $500 a year at 1 percent expenses, or $1,000 a year at 2 percent. Accumulate still more, say, $250,000, and the dollar figures rise to $2,500 and $5,000. So the further you go up the assets-under-management scale, the more you need to forget about the percentage charge. Instead, ask different questions. How much is that in dollars? What are you getting for those dollars? The dollar differences offer two very distinct opportunities. One is the opportunity to learn and invest for yourself, saving those dollars. The other is to divide the services you buy into asset management and personal financial advice. Do it yourself. Today’s index funds make it possible to build a diversified portfolio at very low cost. With a combination of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, you can build a portfolio for an average cost of about 30 basis points, or three-tenths of 1 percent. If you are approaching retirement with a portfolio of $250,000, you can save $1,750 a year over a 1 percent annual charge from a manager, or $3,750 over a 2 percent annual charge from a manager. If you pay yourself $50 an hour, you’ll be able to devote 35 to 75 hours a year to investing your money. And it’s probably a wild overstatement of the time required. Remember, you can construct Couch Potato Building Block portfolios in a few minutes, and the returns compare nicely with managed funds. At the end of September the year-to-date return on the 10 Speed Portfolio was 11.8 percent and the return on the Margarita Portfolio was 11 percent. Unbundle your services. The second option is easier. Pay separately for asset management and personal finance advice on questions about taxes, when to take Social Security, home mortgages, etc. If you’re paying 2 percent of assets for an ill-defined service that really only manages your investments, the difference between 2percent and 1percent on a $500,000 portfolio is a whopping $5,000. That $5,000 will buy 50 hours of advice at $100 an hour, or 25 hours of advice at $200 an hour. Very few people need 25 hours of high-priced advice every year. Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to scott@scottburns.com or by fax to 505-424-0938. Check the Web site: www.scottburns.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Clark was city clerk for San Bernardino from 1978-90 and its city administrator from 1990-97. Since then, she has been providing consulting and management services to various California organizations and government agencies. In addition to running the city, Clark will help the City Council pick a permanent successor to Bates. “She’s going to be part of the process,” Bergman said. “She was hired and challenged with that.” Clark said the search could take from three to five months. “The first thing to talk about is what (the council) is looking for in a city manager,” she said. Bates, 61, of Los Alamitos, has been city manager since November 2005. Clark said she took the La Habra Heights job because she was looking for a job with less travel. “Something changed in my personal life,” she said. “I decided I wanted to have a job where I could drive home every night. Before, I was a consultant and traveling all the time. I wanted something local.” Clark said she also liked the feeling of La Habra Heights. “I’ve consulted in a lot of cities and have been to a lot of city council meetings,” she said. “There’s a lot of engaged citizens.” Clark, who is single, has a bachelor’s degree in public finance and a master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in finance – both from Cal State San Bernardino. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – A former San Bernardino city administrator has been hired as the interim city manager here. The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a contract paying Shauna Clark, 56, of Pasadena $10,000 a month. Clark takes over for City Manager Ron Bates, who announced Oct. 10 that he was resigning, effective Nov. 19, to become the new city manager for South Gate. She is the 14th city manager in the city’s 29-year history. “Shauna will do an excellent job for us,” Mayor Brian Bergman said. “She’s got very good qualifications. She’s got lots of experience and a definite skill set.” last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDONEGAL SFC: Naomh Conaill have sent out a real message of intent after their demolition of St Eunan’s this evening at O’Donnell Park.Goals from Leon Thompson and Brendan McDyer did the damage – but it was the overall dominance form Naomh Conaill that really impressed. With home advantage many fancied St Eunan’s to edge out Naomh Conaill as they bid to retain their Donegal SFC title.However, Martin Regan’s side had other ideas and they’ve sent out a real warning to all the other sides who have ambitions of lifting the Dr Maguire.Naomh Conaill got off to a flyer and got two quick scores from Leon Thompson and Brendan McDyer settled the visitors down.Then they netted a crucial goal, Brendan McDyer sent a long ball inside and Thompsn got on the end of it and finished superbly. The goal stunned the hosts and they struggled to make any inroads into the Naomh Conaill defence.John O’Malley, Darragh Gallagher and McDyer all added points while Eunan’s could only muster one more score.Half-time score: St Eunan’s 0-02 Naomh Conaill 1-05 Maxi Curran would have been unhappy at half-time but he would have told his team to make sure they got off to a good start in the second-half.However, they did the opposite, Naomh Conaill scored another goal almost from the restart.It was Brendan McDyer who netted and there was no way back for St Eunan’s after that. Seamus Corcoran, Cathal Ellis and a brace of points from Leon Thompson cemented their advantage.St Eunan’s were battling valiantly to get back into the game but Naomh Conaill were just too good for their hosts.St Eunan’s added six points in the second-half but never got the goals they craved that would have got them back in the clash.In the end Naomh Conaill ran out TEN point winners in what was a superb display from Martin Regan’s side. Final score: St Eunan’s 0-08 Naomh Conaill 2-12DONEGAL SFC: SUPERB NAOMH CONAILL STUN ST EUNAN’S WITH CLINICAL DISPLAY was last modified: August 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDonegal journalist and editor Paddy Clancy is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards today.The award, which will be presented on Thursday in Dublin, will honour Paddy Clancy’s long career in journalism.Paddy has held high executive positions in Irish and British national papers and radio. He was the Bureau Chief for The Irish Sun since its launch in Ireland, as well as going on to be a regular columnist for that paper and the Irish Mirror more recently. During a celebrated career, Clancy has covered many major stories at home and abroad. He crossed what was regarded as the most dangerous 100 kilometres in Africa when President Mary Robinson was the first Western Head of State to enter war-ravaged Somalia and he also reported from Derry during Bloody Sunday in 1972.He is also remembered as the presenter who brought his own distinctive style to RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland slot, What It Says In The Papers, for almost three decades.The 2019 NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards takes place on Thursday, 14th November at the Mansion House, Dublin.Winners will be presented across 26 categories including the overall NewsBrands Ireland Journalist of the Year 2019. Donegal journalist to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award was last modified: November 14th, 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) Tags:NewsBrands Irelandpaddy clancylast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDonegal-born “Peace Women” Kathleen Doherty was laid to rest in Derry yesterday following her funeral Mass at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty.Mrs Doherty, who is originally from Hornhead near Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal, was a mother of eight and was pre-deceased by her husband Jim.The former peace campaigner passed away on Sunday last, November 10, at Altnagelvin Hospital. A family insertion for Mrs Doherty read: “Loving mother of Marion, Angela, Yvonne, Margaret, Martin, Christine, Denise and the late Gerard.“A much-loved grandmother and great- grandmother. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by all her family circle. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on her soul. Our Lady of Knock, pray for her.”With four other local women, Mrs Doherty played a pivotal role in Derry’s Peace Women group from the early 1970s.With Eileen Semple, Margaret Doherty, Mary Barr and Harriet Hippsley, she led a drive for peace amongst some of the most horrific episodes of the Troubles in Derry. The five women were moved to act in 1972 after the events of Bloody Sunday and the subsequent Official IRA killing of Creggan-born soldier Ranger William Best in May that year.All of the women, who lived in the Bogside or Creggan areas, met at a protest the day after William Best’s killing.Such was the revulsion in Derry over his murder, the Official IRA announced that they would only engage in defensive actions against the British Army.The women also tried without success to seek a similar announcement from the Provisional IRA.During the same period, the women also met with then British Secretary of State William Whitelaw and assured him that they had the support of thousands of people living in their districts. To prove their point, they organised a petition with 20,000 signatures.The same year the women also travelled to Dublin in the hope of meeting with Provisional IRA chief of staff Seán MacStíofáin or Sinn Fein president Ruairi O’Bradaigh, but whilst in the Dail met with boxer Muhammad Ali, well-known for his civil rights campaigns.In November 1972 the women met with then British Prime Minister Edward Heath, but their efforts also resulted in them receiving threats.Margaret Doherty and her family were forced out of their home after an explosive device was placed outside her home in Creggan. The women hit back in a statement which read that they “do not take sides with the Army or the IRA” and that “everyone who agrees with us should be able to express their views freely and should do so without fear.”John Hume came to the women’s defence by stating that “the objective that these ladies sought was an honourable one.”The women also tried to help the young men from Derry who had fled over the border by making arrangements for some to be employed in the Republic.In August 1976, the Peace Women organised buses to join Mairead Corrigan, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown in Belfast for their historic Peace People rally.And on September 4 they organised a similar rally to be held on the Craigavon Bridge. Both Corrigan and Williams were in attendance and principal speakers.Donegal-born ‘Peace Woman’ Kathleen Doherty laid to rest was last modified: November 14th, 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 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New tools allow easy access to farm information to gain insights and profitsThe John Deere Operations Center is a set of online tools that enables growers to easily access farm information for better management of their operations. Users are able to see performance over time and collaborate with partners to gain insights, increase profits, and direct their plans with more precision in the field.The new software release for the Operations Center allows growers to reduce their reliance on desktop software (such as Apex) and to eventually adopt one system for their farm data management needs. This update will also more seamlessly connect in-cab monitoring technology such as SeedStar Mobile with Job Monitor and the 4600 CommandCenter Display.“The latest release of the John Deere Operations Center is a big step forward for our customers,” says Tyler Hogrefe, senior product manager, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. “We’re making machine and agronomic information available to users where they want it and when they need it. Users will be able see how their operation is performing, direct and adjust operations in the field, and seamlessly collaborate with trusted partners in order to increase efficiency and profitability.”The new tools and features available in the Operations Center include:Prescription Creator by Agrian – New functionality added by a connected partner (Agrian) to the Operations Center so that growers can easily make management zones and variable rate prescriptions for seeding and application operations.4600 CommandCenter doc data compatibility – Agronomic data captured from the 4600 CommandCenter can now be stored and viewed in Operations Center.SeedStar Mobile integration with Job Monitor – New functionality in Job Monitor offers growers the ability to remotely monitor planter performance through the use of SeedStar Mobile and continue to view that performance information after a job is done.New Notifications Center – The Notifications Center replaces the Recent Activity Panel to provide a place to contain alerts, notifications, and other information, with the ability to filter those messages.Data cleanup tools – New editing functionality available for users to adjust documentation data received, such as crop type, variety, and crop season.Setup Builder enhancements – Capabilities of the Setup Builder are improved to include new functions such as templates and profiles.Shapefile export of application data – New ability to export all application data from Operations Center as a shapefile.“The most significant update is our partnership with Agrian which gives our customers an opportunity to optimize their placement of inputs through the Prescription Creator,” explains Hogrefe. “This closely-integrated tool, available at no extra cost, allows growers and their consultants to easily construct management zones and variable rate prescriptions based on yield and moisture data. Prescriptions based on soil types will also be made available later in February 2016.”The resulting prescription is then available in the Operations Center where it can be sent directly to the machines through Wireless Data Transfer (via JDLink Connect) or Mobile Data Transfer, downloaded to a USB stick, or shared with a partner directly within the application.“The new software for the Operations Center also shows our commitment to opening up our platform to new apps and software that end-users are requesting,” says Hogrefe. “We are committed to providing the best information through the John Deere Operations Center to help our customers gain more efficiency and profitability in their operations. The Prescription Creator by Agrian is the first of many partner tools that will be made available to users through the Operations Center in the future.”For more information about the new software update in the Operations Center, contact your local John Deere dealer, or visit www.JohnDeere.com.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJoshua Pacio is the ONE Strawweight champion once again. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio reclaimed the ONE strawweight world title after putting Yosuke Saruta to sleep 2:43 into the fourth round in the co-main event of the ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio connected with the hardest of right knees squarely on the temple of Saruta earning the 23-year-old from Baguio his second reign atop the division.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Pacio (14-3) has now won five of his last six fights while Saruta failed to get his winning streak to three.Hometown hero Joshua Pacio shares a sensational victory with his fellow Filipinos! #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/i75H4DCyYa— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019The Baguio City native landed some early spinning back kicks that kept Saruta at bay but the Japanese managed to knock Pacio down midway through the first round.Pacio then continued with his kicks, with Saruta opting to use his wrestling to gain control of the fight in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments But that solid one knee strike from Pacio punctuated the fight which showed utmost maturity from the youngster.Joshua Pacio scores a MASSIVE KO, reclaiming the ONE Strawweight World Title! #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/sPWNAN1H88— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019“Like I said we faced each other there was a lot of hesitation,” said Pacio. “I applied the game plan and you saw it here.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew READ: Joshua Pacio looks to thrive under pressure in chase to regain beltHe lost his belt in January in a contested split decision against Saruta, but he’s the first one from Team Lakay to regain one of the four world titles they lost this year.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, logisticsJoshua Pacio vs Yosuke Saruta. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a close contest for much of the rematch with Pacio holding the advantage in terms of striking with Saruta taking the edge in terms of takedowns and ground control.READ: ‘Refocused, more confident’ Joshua Pacio to show up in rematch LATEST STORIEScenter_img ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles UST veterans Rica Rivera, Alina Bicar get their time to shine Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Premier League title rivals Manchester City are currently the best team in the world but there is no guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side will finish the season with an unprecedented quadruple.With the League Cup already in the bag, City are a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.Also Read | Premier League: Advantage Manchester City but fixtures favour Liverpool”City look like the best team in the world, that’s how it is,” Klopp told reporters.”Barcelona struggled a little bit (against Villarreal on Tuesday) but still did the job. Juve look pretty impressive in Italy but you don’t exactly know how it will be in the Champions League if Cristiano Ronaldo cannot do it.”And you think, OK, City look a bit more stable than all of them. But that doesn’t mean they will win all their games.”Jürgen Klopp has been nominated for the @premierleague Manager of the Month award for March Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019While focus has been on City seeking a clean sweep of silverware, the prospect of Liverpool’s themselves completing a Premier League and Champions League double seems to have slipped under the radar.Klopp, however, does not expect his players to take their foot off the gas until the end of the campaign.”I’m just interested in our games and we cannot do more than win our games,” the German manager added.advertisement”We knew pretty quick Southampton was the next challenge, then Porto, then Chelsea, then Porto again. There is a lot to come and the only thing I can say is that we try everything to be really ready for that fight.”Liverpool visit Southampton in the league later on Friday before City meet Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.Also Read | Premier League: Manchester City consolidate top spot, Chelsea thrash BrightonAlso Read | Premier League: Tottenham inaugurates new stadium with 2-0 win over Crystal PalaceAlso Watch | R Ashwin on Mankading in IPL 2019: My conscience is very clear after the incidentlast_img read more