January 17

Struggles of old age pensioners

first_imgDear Editor,From my understanding of a press statement made by the Finance Minister and which was seen by me for the first time in 2017, a laid down principle was provided for old age pensioners countrywide to benefit from tax exemption on their savings accounts.The relief was considered to be helpful with the savings as we all know, no matter how infinitesimal becoming ever so important to have especially when exigency arises.For the year, as a recipient of the relevant particulars that were given at Anna Regina Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) office for withholding tax which expires at the end of each year and it was granted to me.But for this year a similar request was rejected without given any reason even though the same was done as the previous one with the only difference being another female who made me to understand that it is at the discretion of the GRA to do so but her explanation did not find favour with me. This disparity is ever so much confusing and remains beyond my understanding with something definitely wrong for my humble opinion discretion is not applicable and totally irrelevant to this issue.From my point of view, once the withholding tax becomes discretionable, it will obviously create an opening for corruption as it would be possible for anyone to pay and get one.The Minister’s statement to me is ever so much pellucid on the entitlement of tax relief from which pensioners stand to benefit and must be so confined within the ambit of the law.With GRA doing otherwise to now reject my request, some form of clarity along the line becomes necessary as a matter of public interest.Yours faithfully,Baliram Persaudlast_img read more

January 17

Berbice Police awarded

first_imgIn an effort to motivate ranks who play an integral role in crime fighting, 65 ranks from ‘B’ Division were awarded on Saturday.The ranks were awarded for their prompt, intelligent and good Police work in capturing wanted persons and criminals and also in the recovery of firearms and detection of illegal drugs.The award ceremony was held at the St Francis Community Developers auditorium in Rose Hall Town.Also receiving awards were 17 work study students, 13 members of the business community and four individuals for their selfless service and commitment to social activities that aided crime prevention and traffic improvement, while eight media operatives were awarded for their continuous support to the Division.Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam noted that the media have been highlighting the good work being done by the police.“I commend those media houses that have things like court round-up and they show where persons who are prosecuted in the magistrates’ courts or in the High Court; when criminals see that it is used as a deterrent. So the perception is that if you do crime and are caught you will go to jail.”Speaking about the Police’s performance, Amsterdam said many ranks have been dedicated and were not awarded during the Force award ceremony July in observance if its 177th anniversary: “We want to do this as part of our contribution to our ranks and all those who would have supported us thus far during the year.”He pointed out that several ranks were awarded during the 177th anniversary in July, however, there are others who were unable to receive awards despite the exceptional work they did. This was due to a lack of funds.According to Amsterdam, more that $14 million in incentives were given out to ranks but some $20 million more was needed. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

January 11

Dawson Creek to undergo municipal government performance audit

first_imgDawson Creek is one of the local governments scoped for her planned audit on Learnings from Local Government Capital Procurement Projects and Asset Management Programs. Acting Mayor Charlie Parslow says he welcomes the audit, and the city has been supportive of the new Auditor General for Local Government position, which was introduced in January.“The City of Dawson Creek is very proud of its efforts to ensure the community’s fiscal sustainability and to provide transparency around our financial processes,” he writes in a release. “The Auditor General for Local Government seeks to strengthen British Columbian’s confidence in their local government’s stewardship of public assets and the achievement of value for money in their operations.  We believe that our goals and objectives are closely aligned with those of the AGLG.”The audits are scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2014. City staff have already been in contact with the AGLG’s office to discuss the timing and details of the audit.- Advertisement -Other communities will later be audited for their protection of drinking water, and dealing with the risks of having limited human resources in small governments.last_img read more

December 30

MAJOR LETTERKENNY HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgLetterkenny’s Main Street has been dealt another worrying blow after one of the town’s best-known hotels went into receivership.Dillons Quality Court Hotel was placed into the receivership of Deloitte yesterday.The major financial house will now handle the day-to-day running of the hotel for the foreseeable future. The hotel will continue to operate as normal and there have been no announcement of job losses.The news comes hot on the heels on the recent closures of a number of shops and restaurants on the town’s Main Street in recent weeks.The most recent to close was well-known clothing store Classic Casuals.  MAJOR LETTERKENNY HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: May 4th, 2012 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:Dillon’s Quality Court Hoteldonegalhotel receivershiplast_img read more

December 29

Burbank gets $1.4 million grant for seismic retrofits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The city has received a $1.4 million federal grant for seismic retrofits of aging municipal buildings and infrastructure. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go toward strengthening five Burbank government buildings – the Field Services Administration building, the Police Pistol Range, the Water Reclamation Plant, the Starlight Amphitheater and the Public Works Refuse Locker Room. As part of the grant, the city will contribute about $480,000 to the projects. “I am very pleased by this news,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, said in a statement. “The federal government has an important responsibility to help local municipalities safeguard their critical infrastructure before disaster strikes. These funds will ensure that vital federal resources are available to protect our communities.” Burbank is one of three California cities and one county getting a total of $8.7 million. The others are Santa Clara County, San Francisco and San Diego. last_img read more

December 28

IT’S GAME ON TO HELP LITTLE PAUL DOHERTY TO WALK FOR THE FIRST TIME!

first_imgDust down your old joypads as the ‘Retro Gaming Night’ returns in the Orchard Inn in Letterkenny to raise funds for young Paul Doherty’s “Mammy, I Want to Walk Fund”. Gamers will be able to battle Bowser, Ryu, Space Invaders and Ms Pac-man as they relive their past with consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Atari, Spectrum, Playstation, SEGA Medadrive and many more.Who among us doesn’t remember? Fighting with your older brother about who got to be Mario and who got to be Luigi? Struggling to play your mate’s Mega Drive because the “controllers were just too different”? Being blown away by the shear realism of Goldeneye on the N64? Or even better – the images of pac-man running around his maze and Lara Croft being incessantly followed around by her butler have been burned onto our collective retinas. The first great gamer generation has grown up, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten it’s heritage.Relive past glories. Beat personal bests. Re-enact old rivalries. Who remembers the combination of buttons that resulted in Blanka’s electric shock? Or the secret short-cuts in Sonic? Who went from World 1 direct to World 4 on Super Mario Bros? (don’t tell me you wasted your time actually playing worlds 2 and 3!)In a world which today tolerates Flappy bird and Minecraft as genuine games; in a time where games are geared ‘at the masses’; in an age where the Nintendo Wii can become a viable console (good God). In these troubled waters, perhaps it’s time for true gamers to unite.Take your joypad in your hand. Write your cheat-codes on your hand. There will be no outcasts here. Sega, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, Atari, and Spectrum; all versions and iterations welcome. Because on the 5th of November 2014 in the Orchard Inn, Letterkenny, gamers take back their games! The time for talk is over. Now is the time for play.Doors are open from 4pm for all ages and U12’s must be accompanied by an adult. There will be games and spot prizes for the younger gamers and later on in the evening the older generation, who grew up with cassette tapes and cartridges will have a chance to prove themselves, as they compete to win prizes and the chance to become the ‘Ultimate Retro Gaming Champion 2014’ and win the coveted Golden Joystick .A number of local businesses have shown their generosity by donating prizes and a draw will take place on the night. The Radission Hotel, Tesco, Irwin’s Electrical, Brian McCormicks, Xtra-Vision, Century Cinemas, Stateside, Sony Center, Easons and SMYTHS Letterkenny who have donated an X-Box 360 and more.SO WHO IS PAUL DOHERTY?Since 5 year old Killygordon boy, Paul Doherty could talk he always said “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke his mum’s heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with. “Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk.Then I came across an operation in America called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.“Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon (Dr. Park) in St. Louis hospital, Missouri expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches and a walker if he gets the operation. This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years.“We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Tree of Hope to realize Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4 – 6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme”.IT’S GAME ON TO HELP LITTLE PAUL DOHERTY TO WALK FOR THE FIRST TIME! was last modified: October 30th, 2014 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:donegalpaul dohertyRetro Game NightWALKlast_img read more

December 27

SOCCER NEWS: MCLAUGHLIN THE HERO FOR CAPPRY AS HE NETS LAST-GASP WINNER

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 1, 6, 7, 9. There was no jackpot winner The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Andrew Doherty, Cappry.Next weeks jackpot is €1200. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!SENIORSCappry Rovers were away to Cranford On Sunday and continued their great start to the season with Benny McLaughlin nicking it for Cappry in the last minute of the game. Cappry started the game on the front foot and soon took the lead when Benny McLaughlin beat the Cranford defender and crossed for Aaron Kelly to place the ball in the back of the net.Cranford came back into it after the Cappry goal and soon grabbed one of their own.They could have taken the lead but for Eoin Gallen in the Cappry goal saving a Cranford penalty.Benny got the 1st of his 2 goals before half time to put Cappry back in the lead. The 2nd half was very tight and even when Cranford were reduced to 10 men, they brought the game to Cappry and found an equaliser.It looked to be heading for a draw before Benny came to the rescue. CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 18’sThe under 18’s had a free weekend. They are due to play Keadue Rovers on Saturday in Central Park, Keadue.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 16’sThis game was played in good conditions for football on Tuesday night. Cappry started well and should have taken the lead in the 9th minute when Daire McCafferty’s cross found Sean McBride who controlled well but blazed his shot over the bar.The home team kept pressing for the opening goal but Lagan’s defence held out well and with their keeper making a few fine saves from both Karl Doherty and Sean McBride.Lagan were always a threat on the break and kept the Cappry defence on their toes.Cappry started to pile on the pressure at the start of the 2nd half but it took until the 52nd minute before they got the breakthrough. It came after some fine play from Jamie Keegan who then crossed for Daire McCafferty who finished superbly when he chipped his effort in at the back post.But Lagan did not give up and they drew level in the 56th minute when Ciaran Daffan pounced on a mistake in the Cappry defence to round the home teams keeper and tap into an empty net.The game was in the balance, but in the 64th minute Cappry went in front again after Sean McBride was fouled on the edge of the box.From the free kick Oisin Gallen found Chad McShorley who made no mistake with his header from 6 yards.In the 70th min the home team wrapped up the points when Lagan could only clear Oisin Gallen’s corner to the edge of the box to N.P McDaid who’s shot found the bottom corner.Two team performance’s.Cappry started this cup game well and were well on top from the start.The home side were unlucky not to go 1 up in the 5th minute when Karl McGlynn found Kyle O’Meara at the back post but he saw his shot come back off the post.The home side kept pressing for the goal that their play deserved and they finally got it in the 12th minute when Karl McGylnn’s shot found the bottom corner.The home side doubled their lead in the 15th when Sean McBride finished well in the box.In the 20th minute the home side made it 3-0 when after a driving run Chad McShorley was fouled in the box. Sean McBride made no mistake from the spot sending the Ballybofey keeper the wrong way.In the 25th minute Kyle O’Meara seen his terrific header from an Odhran Doherty cross come back off the crossbar.Shaun Rodgers picked up the clearance and went on a great run before cutting back and crossing to Sean McBride who scored with a stunning volley.The home team were playing really well at this stage and were passing the ball really well.To their credit Ballybofey never gave up and worked hard trying to contain the home team.In 53rd minute Cappry made it 5 when Oisin Gallen crossed to Rory Mulligan who put his header in the top corner.In the 65th minute Cappry made it 6 when Rory Mulligan crossed for Luke Gavigan who headed home from 6 yards.Ballybofey kept going and in the 73rd minute Anthony Bruton forced Jamie Bell into a smart save.Good team performance from Cappry.Team performance from Ballybofey.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 14’sThe under 14’s had a free weekend but are back in league action again on Saturday with a home game against Drumkeen Utd, 12.30pm Kick off.The U14 Crusaders had another good win in the Letterkenny and District League in Cappry Park on Sunday. They defeated Letterkenny Crusaders 8-3.They’re away to Bonagee Arcade this weekend.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 12’sThe U12’s played Curragh Athletic in Killygordon on Saturday in a game that pitted 1st against 2nd.The game finished 2-2 with Oisin McGlinchey and Luke McGlynn getting the Cappry goals.They are playing Lagan Harps in Cappry Park this Friday evening with a 7pm kick off.The Crusaders were away to Letterkenny Utd at the weekend and were beaten 4-2 on the day. They are at home this weekend to Glencar Hammers.The Colts continued their good start with another good win. They beat Lurgy Celtic 1-0 with Darragh Porter getting the goal. They are away to Letterkenny Crusaders this weekend.Times for games to be confirmed.UNDERAGE TRAININGKeep an eye on our facebook page for training times.LAST MAN STANDINGA massive thank you to all who entered our Last Man Standing competition.All weekly selections/results will be posted on our facebook page.Good luck to one and all……..SOCCER NEWS: MCLAUGHLIN THE HERO FOR CAPPRY AS HE NETS LAST-GASP WINNER was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:Cappry RoversNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

December 26

Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell linked with shock non-league role

first_img 2 Sol Campbell has emerged as a shock contender to become Maidstone United’s new boss.The former Arsenal and England star is one of the bookies’ favourites to take charge of the National League side. Maidstone are on the lookout for a new manager after Jay Saunders’ departure.Saunders led the Stones to three promotions in seven years but departed the Gallagher Stadium last week by mutual consent.The Kent side have won only two of their opening eight games of the season and are sitting just a point above the relegation zone.Campbell is keen to enter management and has gained a UEFA Pro Licence.He has spoken in the past of his disappointment at failing to land a top coaching job, describing himself as “one of the greatest minds in football”.The 43-year-old, who was capped 73 times by England, held talks with Oxford United and Grimsby Town earlier this year but was overlooked for both roles. 2 Could Sol Campbell soon be managing in non-league? Sol Campbell is regarded as one of Arsenal’s greatest ever defenders Campbell enjoyed a hugely successful 20-year playing career.He made more than 300 appearances for Tottenham before joining north London rivals Arsenal, where the centre-back won the Premier League title twice and was part of the Invincibles squad of 2003-04.He also won three FA Cups with the Gunners and had further success in the competition with Portsmouth, before spells with Notts County, back at Arsenal during the 2009-10 campaign and then Newcastle.last_img read more

December 22

70 year old conman used bogus credit cards for hotel stays in Co Donegal

first_imgA fraudster pensioner who claimed he was recruited to a gang behind a €52,000 scam because of his gambling addiction enjoyed hotel stays in Donegal using bogus credit cards.Serial criminal Patrick Manning, who committed his first theft rap in 1973, dodged jail yesterday after pleading guilty to a number of thefts. In his latest spree he was part of a gang who used cards from Barclays Bank to pay for computers, jewellery, mobiles, laptops, clothes and hotel stays in Letterkenny, Drogheda, Co Louth, and Dublin.The 70-year-old grandad has 44 previous convictions including ten for deception and five for theft.He bought designer clothes, perfumes, sportswear and obtained dollars and sterling from currency exchanges.Although gardai described him as “one of the main participants” of the fraud gang, they do not believe he is the “main brains” behind the “sophisticated operation”.But investigators believe Manning was “very close” to the gang’s ringleader and was a “trusted member” of the mob.Manning, who also has 19 motoring convictions and has received eight one year driving bans, was hit with just a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Court after pleading guilty to theft.The scam worked by the thieves — who obtained the names of six legitimate card holders — contacting Barclays to claim they lost their card while holidaying here.The caller then asked the firm to send an emergency card — which could be used with just a signature — to a hotel booked in the account holder’s name.Once the bank contacted the hotel, it confirmed a room had been booked in the account holder’s name.The item was then sent to the hotel and later collected by a member of the gang.Over the next two days, Manning would go on a spending spree.His purchases would only end when the bank cancelled the card after contacting the legitimate card holder over the “irregular transactions”.The Irish Sun report how Manning — who also claimed to have a heart condition — made no effort to disguise himself during the dodgy transactions because he was convinced the CCTV would be wiped by the time his fraud was exposed.Gardai noted how Manning’s “age profile and the way he dresses” made his stories believable.They added: “He claimed that he was given the credit card and sometimes he would pick it up at a hotel.”He was finally caught after Barclays told gardai a request had been made for an emergency card at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda.Gardai in Pearse Street in Dublin launched a sting op.When the grandad arrived to collect the item, he was arrested by gardai.During a search of his car, officers also recovered a fake UK driving licence and passport images.His splurge started on October 16, 2016, and ended on October 18 with the thief spending €13,585 at the Vodafone Store, Currency Exchange, Debenhams and The Temple Bar.Five days later the ageing crook was up to his old tricks again when he ­converted €10,761 from the stolen cards. And on October 28, he splashed €13,936 on computers, phones and clothes.70 year old conman used bogus credit cards for hotel stays in Co Donegal was last modified: January 20th, 2018 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:boguscredit cardsdonegalfraudsterletterkennyPatrick Manninglast_img read more

December 17

Ads with Eyes: Keeping Digital Signage in Check

first_imgWhile geolocation based services have been in the forefront of our minds lately, with websites like PleaseRobMe making us second guess announcing our whereabouts, another industry has been quietly ramping up its data collection practices. The Center for Democracy & Technology issued a report yesterday addressing the growing “digital signage” industry, suggesting a number of privacy practices it might adopt.For the uninitiated, digital signage is just that – digital advertisements displayed in the real world on a screen. The name, however, does not give away the full capabilities of these devices, as they can also contain RFID scanners, video cameras and processing abilities to do a number of interesting tasks, such as facial recognition. They can be fully Internet-connected, meaning they can not only store data but compare it to online databases to customize ad displays according to any number of criteria, from the iPhone in your pocket to the type of car you are driving.One somewhat eerie scene in Minority Report that the digital signage industry is surely tired of shows the potential of digital signage. Two years ago, this type of technology, which identifies passers-by individually and tailors ads with data it has collected about them, was predicted to be five to 10 years away. We spoke with Harley Geiger, the author of the CDT’s report, and he said that, “for now digital signage does not quite identify people on an individual basis” but that the “CDT argues that the industry will one day routinely identify individuals for the simple reason that it will be profitable to do so.”Some companies, Geiger says, are already storing information such as phone numbers and usernames, as it would get from an smartphone. Even if they do not store this information, other data, such as a MAC address, which is a unique number assigned to a piece of hardware, is only a step away from being connected to an individual’s unique identity. “While it is encouraging that companies say they are committed to maintaining the anonymity of individuals right now,” Geiger wrote in an email, “the technology and infrastructure is not yet poised for widespread individual identification… so the pressure to identify individuals will come.”According to a blog post on the CDT website, this report includes “a set of recommendations for safeguarding privacy as the DOOH industry increasingly adopts identification and tracking technologies, such as facial recognition, mobile marketing, social networking, RFID tracking and license plate scanners.”“Right now, however, the more worrying trend is with transparency,” wrote Geiger.He says that, while some “Digital Out Of Home” companies offer privacy policies on the Internet, many others do not have anything online nor at the location of the digital signage itself. “Technology vendors are the most likely to have privacy policies up on the Web – but how are consumers in a department store supposed to know who the technology vendor for a particular sign is?” Geiger asks.The report does not call for an end to digital signage. Instead, Geiger says that the CDT feels that “the industry must weave transparency, consumer privacy and security controls into its business model.”“Unless the industry adopts strong self-regulatory guidelines, it is likely to face consumer backlash and reactive government regulation that may stifle innovation,” Geiger writes in his blog post. “It will only take a few bad apples that flout consumer privacy expectations to spoil the image of the whole industry.”The digital signage industry may be tired of the scene in Minority Report, where holograms and digital signs address Tom Cruise’s character by name, but that’s because it’s a future we hope to never live in. If we wanted everyone to know exactly who we were everywhere we went, then we’d all be wearing name tags and t-shirts with our CV screen printed on them. But we don’t, because despite the rather public age of the Internet we’ve entered, we still like to entertain even the smallest semblance of privacy. We hope that the CDT’s recommendations do something to keep these technologies useful, but in check.For more information on what the Center for Democracy & Technology is doing to ensure our privacy in this realm, read Harley Geiger’s blog post on his experience at last week’s Digital Signage Expo 2010. Related Posts mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Internet of Things#news#NYT#privacy#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more