President expresses confidence in AG

first_imgLosing streak…blames former Govt, staff for losing casesPresident David Granger on Friday threw his support behind his Attorney General, Basil Williams, who has lost a number of the State’s cases since coming to office.Granger, who was hosting one of his first press conferences in two years, instead laid the blame for the Attorney General’s performance at the feet of the former Government. According to Granger, “you can’t win everything.”“No one wants to lose cases,” Granger said. “As far as I can see, he is a very experienced lawyer and once you go to the courts, you expect that the outcomesAttorney General Basil Williams, SCmay not necessarily be in your favour. But you can’t win everything and I think that he has worked hard (but) you have to look at the team which he has to work with.”He added that there are other cases which are pending, and the AG, like some other Ministers, has to make internal changes in the Ministry in order to get the best quality legal representation. “I do not feel that in the past we had the best representation. Some of the cases which we inherited were lost before we started, because the representation was inadequate.”But he noted that if the Government had had better representation over the years, they would not have lost so much money because of claims against the State.“So I wouldn’t blame the Minister of Legal Affairs. I think that within that Ministry there were some persons who were not necessarily doing the best for the Government of Guyana,” he said.Red HouseLast year, President Granger gave the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) 48 hours to vacate the premises; a directive which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had described as “unconscionable and vindictive”.On August 9, the Opposition People’s Progress Party secured two conservatory High Court orders blocking the State from ejecting the CJRC from the property, once the official residence of former President, the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, overruled every submission made by Attorney General Basil Williams, and refused his request that the CJRC case be dismissed.The Chief Justice upheld submissions made by Attorney and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on behalf of the CJRC: that there are serious issues to be tried, and those cannot be determined at the interlocutory stage.Land leasesIn 2014, a number of farmers were granted 50-year leases for State land, located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice, by then President Donald Ramotar.In March of 2016, however, they received letters from the Mahaica Maichony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) informing them that President David Granger cancelled their leases and they must cease occupation and return the land to the MMA/ADA.The applicants; Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard, Joylyn Nicholson, Gratien Nicholson, Vaughn Aaron and Herman Nicholson, sought justice in the courts. They were represented by Attorneys Nandlall and Manoj Narayan among others, while the State and the MMA–ADA was represented by Attorney General Basil Williams.On the same day as the Red House judgement, the Chief Justice ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers are entitled to compensation from the State, amounting to the sum of $300,000.GECOM chairmanshipSince the retirement of former Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, the Commission has been headless. As the Constitution requires the Opposition Leader to nominate persons to the post, Jagdeo submitted his first list of names in December 2016.However, the list was rejected by President Granger on the grounds that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution prescribes that nominees must either be qualified to be a Judge or be fit and proper. A second list submitted by the former President in April 2017 was treated similarly.But in March, local businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of the President’s reasoning. That judgement was handed down last month.While she acknowledged that the President can determine who fits the bill of “fit and proper”, the Chief Justice overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution by finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.Other casesThe AG’s track record in office as the State’s representative also includes a $1.5 billion settlement with Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) over taxes. It was a case which was over a decade old.Following the settlement, Jagdeo had said that the out of court settlement sets the wrong precedence and could open the gate for other companies to seek tax refunds. And indeed, another company followed suit with a claim against the State.Despite appealing the court’s decision to quash the Government’s termination notice to a Haags Bosch contractor, Williams also drew criticism when a huge settlement was negotiated with the Joint Venture contractors. This is despite previous criticisms of the shoddy work done.last_img read more

Govt to introduce e-passport service

first_imgThe Guyana Government will be implementing e-passport services that will see the country being linked to an international Border Management System.This was announced by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday.He disclosed that the contract for the “New Border Management System and e-passport Project” was awarded to the Canadian Bank Notes Company Limited to the tune of US$12.4 million.“Before you used to have passports produced on a manual basis. You fill a form and somebody writes up everything and it takes forever to actually get a passport. The e-passport system allows you to provide information electronically and for that information to go to the Department of Citizenship, where these passports are produced,” he explained.The project, which is funded by the Guyana Government and will be implemented by the Department of Citizenship, will see Guyana being linked to an international system on border security.“I cannot go into the fine details about it but I believe it involves not only the way in which these passports are produced but the way in which you read the information on the passport because it is now linked to an international system of border protection and border security. So that is part of an international process in which all of the passports internationally are produced electronically,” Harmon noted.The use of electronic passports, also known as an e-passport or a digital passport, has been progressing since 2005. More than a decade later, over 150 countries around the world have started issuing this new type of travel document since mid-2018.Unlike conventional passports, the electronic passport has a microprocessor which stores a digital version of the ID photo as well as all of the ID data found on the first page of the paper passport.In addition, digital fingerprints can be stored. In this case, it is referred to as a biometric passport or second generation of electronic passport or e-passport.According to Industry Segment in its business column, an e-passport is an electronic passport with high-security printing, an inlay including an antenna and a microprocessor, and other security features. An e-passport is a biometric passport which includes a chip, which can be used at the automated e-passport gates instead of having your passport checked by a Border Force officer. The chip holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page: the holder’s name, date of birth, and other biographic information. In some countries, including Germany, e-passports include two fingerprints as well.The column published by Industry Segment also stated that the rapid development of the tourism industry and the improvement of people’s living standards are the main factors that promote the growth of this market. There are currently 122 countries with e-passport programs which QYR estimates are producing 146.83 million units of e-passport in 2018. Most e-passports are valid for 5 or 10 years and there are one billion e-passports in circulation, exceeding 60 per cent of all passports in use.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Edges South Dakota, 1-0, In Home Opener

first_img Next Game: HTML Box Score Story Links Milwaukee 9/4/2016 – 1 PM DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) scored the game winning goal for the Drake University women’s soccer team to edge South Dakota, 1-0, Friday night in its home opener at Cownie Soccer Complex. Live Stats Preview Drake returns to action Sunday against visiting Milwaukee with first kick set for 1 p.m. at Cownie. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Full Schedule Roster Junior goalie Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) was great in the net for the Bulldogs. Morris finished with seven saves, including several key stops in the second half when the Coyotes attempted to tie the game. Drake recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to start the season. Brand’s game winner came at the 29:12 mark in the first half. Drake (3-0-1) had been on the offensive leading to the goal as the Bulldogs recorded several good shots on goal, but could not find the net. However, junior Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.) blasted a shot from the top of the box that South Dakota (1-3-1) goalkeeper Parker Rytz blocked but was unable to corral as Brand raced in and finished the play for her second goal of the season. Photo Gallery Drake had an 11-2 advantage in shots in the first half, but South Dakota came back in the second half with a 10-2 advantage in shots in the second half. The Bulldogs played without senior standouts Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) and Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), but had several freshmen play significant minutes. PDF Box Score last_img read more

Volleyball To Host Final Home Series Of The Season

first_imgFollowing this week’s homestand, the Bulldogs will conclude their regular season on the road against Indiana State and Illinois State on Nov. 18 and 19, respectively.  Print Friendly Version Drake vs. Bradley/Loyola Match Notes vs. Bradley Live Video vs. Loyola Live Stats vs. Loyola Live Video Prior to the start of Saturday’s home finale, the Bulldogs will honor their five seniors, Chandelle Davidson, Capris Quaites, Makena Schoene, Michelle Thommi and Nicole Woods. vs. Bradley Live Stats The Drake University volleyball team closes out its home season with a pair of matches against Bradley and Loyola at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs face Bradley on Friday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. followed by a match against Loyola Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. center_img Earlier this season the Bulldogs fell to Loyola 0-3 before defeating Bradley 3-1 on the road. Drake (14-14, 5-9 MVC) enters this homestand in seventh place in the league standings, just behind Loyola (12-16, 7-8 MVC) who sits in sixth place holding on to the final berth for the MVC Tournament. Bradley (7-19, 2-13) is currently ninth in the conference. With two weeks left in conference play, the Bulldogs aim to potentially move into that sixth spot in the league standings to secure a berth in the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  Another Bulldog, Kyla Inderski, is also climbing the charts in the record book as she has now recorded 981 career kills and 997 career digs. The junior has also recorded a career-best 47 blocks this season.  Buy Tickets One of the seniors set to be honored this weekend, Michelle Thommi, recently recorded her 1,500th career dig to become the third Bulldog in program history to reach the 1,500 career dig mark. She is ranked seventh nationally in total digs and her 543 digs this season ranks as the sixth most in program history. Story Linkslast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Opens Exhibition Season Against Creighton

first_imgThe Bulldogs and Bluejays played three, 30-minute periods as part of the exhibition. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell to Creighton, 2-0, in its first exhibition of the season on Wednesday night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Head coach Lindsey Horner took the exhibition as an opportunity to evaluate her players in a live game as more than Bulldogs saw action. Five freshmen – Rachel Panther, Erika Townley, Meghan Brown, Delaney Goertzen, and Olivia Thoen – made their debuts in a Drake uniform. The Bulldogs nearly recorded a goal at the end of the second period, but the ball deflected off the left post.center_img Drake generated six shots and three corner kicks throughout the night, but goals by Creighton’s Juelle Love and Skylar Heinrich in the 20th minute and 52nd minute, respectively, sealed the game for the Bluejays. Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone recorded five saves for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday for an exhibition match against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER

first_imgThe Tax ClinicOne of Donegal’s most respected and reputable financial advice centres is helping hundreds of people across Donegal to get their tax affairs in order.For many years The Tax Clinic, which is based in both Letterkenny and Killybegs, has been helping people across Donegal to understand the tax system – and to make the most from it!Mabel McHugh from The Tax Clinic.Quite simply, The Tax Clinic take the pain out of dealing with the Irish tax system. The Revenue Commissioners are now regarded as one of the most sophisticated and efficient public bodies in Ireland. There information technology (I.T.) infrastructure is the envy of many.Last year the Revenue confirmed that they now have over 50 organisations of which they can source information from such as the banks, credit unions, department of agriculture, the department of social welfare, private residential tenancies board, H.S.E to name but a few.In 2014 the Revenue conducted 41,368 PAYE compliance checks that yielded nearly €22 million and this figure is set to increase in 2015. In conjunction with setting up a PAYE compliance section in each tax district they also issued a detailed document called “ The Compliance Code for Pay as You Earn (PAYE) taxpayers.Compliance Code for PAYE Taxpayers This code was developed by Revenue to set out a clear and consistent approach to checks carried out on PAYE tax payers.For most PAYE tax payers the correct amount of tax will have been deducted from their earnings during the year by their employer.In some instances, underpayment of tax may arise as a result of the following;–          Tax credits, allowances & reliefs granted that the taxpayer was not entitled to.–          A change in the taxpayers personal circumstances meaning that certain tax credits, reliefs & allowances no longer apply. –          Loss of entitlement to exemption from tax or reduced rate USC.In order to ensure that the correct tax is collected and to prevent any build-up of tax arrears, it is essential that taxpayers keep Revenue informed with as much up-to-date information as possible about his or her earnings/income.Tax defaults may be corrected by the taxpayer in any of the following ways:–          Declare that an innocent error has been made. –          Make a self-correction of the error.–          Make a “Qualifying Disclosure”.Revenue intervention can take the form of either:–          An aspect query.–          A profile interview.–          An audit or investigation.Why would I have been selected for a PAYE compliance check?·         The Revenue may have obtained third party information regarding additional non-paye income such as payments from the Department of Agriculture, Rental Income etc.·         You have had a gain subject to Capital Gains Tax during the year, an example would be property/land or shares sold.·         You may be in receipt of a foreign pension.·         The Revenue have recently contacted 60,000 PAYE taxpayers and requested that they complete a Form 12 income tax return.What income types are assessable under a Form 12?·         Income from a trade or profession·         Farming Income·         Income as a Musician·         Rental Income·         Dividend Income·         Foreign Incomes – Foreign Pensions, Foreign Rental Income.When should I complete and return my Form 12?Typically, you will need to complete your Form 12 by October 31st in the year following the tax year of assessment. i.e. for 2014 taxes, the Form 12 must be submitted by 31st October 2015.What should I do now?If you have received a Form 12 do not ignore it.  You must complete the form honestly ensuring that you declare your income from all sources.  In some circumstances it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.We at THE TAX CLINIC are experienced in dealing with all forms of Revenue Intervention and the completion and filing of Tax Returns.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs.Or Telephone: Letterkenny: 074 91 60550 or Killybegs: 074 97 32055BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER was last modified: September 25th, 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:The Tax Cliniclast_img read more

Cricket Cranes squad for T20 World Cup qualifiers named

first_img Tags: Emmanuel IsanezRoger MukasaRogers OlipaSteve TikoltopUganda Cricket CranesZephaniah Arinaitwe Uganda are the Africa Region B, runners up. (Agency Photo)KAMAPALA – The Uganda Cricket Cranes squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup African qualifiers has been named by head coach Steve Tikolo.Tikolo believes the players selected are the Country’s best in the format of the game and should be able to achieve the bare minimum of finishing among the top two nations that will progress to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled for October 11 to November 3, 2019.“We have picked the best players that we believe will do the job for the country, said Tikolo.“These guys have worked hard and earned the right to represent their country.“They know their roles and what’s at stake. We as coaches have done our bit and hopefully, the guys will execute the set game plans whilst being able to enjoy their individual games.19 year old Zephaniah Arinaitwe has been included on the team and is set to make his competitive ICC event debut at the senior level. The youngster has recently enjoyed short stints with the senior national team following an illustrious career with the U-19 side was named in the Cricket Cranes squad for May 17-25 tournament.Arinaitwe is one of the four changes from the side that helped Uganda qualify from the Africa B (East Africa Region) tournament at Gahanga International Stadium in Rwanda last July where Uganda finished runners-up to Kenya to earn the right to play at the continental qualifiers.The U19 opener is joined by all-rounder Rogers Olipa, returning Emmanuel Isanez, and utility batsman Arnold Otwani as the new faces.The MVP from the regional qualifier Riazat Ali Shah and Best Batsman Dinesh Nakrani alongside veteran spinner Frank Nsubuga are in the side that will be skippered by Roger Mukasa who promised a better show at home following a debacle in the 2017 Division III WCL.“It is not going to be an easy tournament but we know what to expect and are ready for the challenge, said Mukasa.“We disappointed our fans in 2017 when we didn’t do well here at home but we promise better by playing smart cricket so as to finish among the top two nations.“That is our main goal, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want the trophy.”Participating TeamsBotswana (Winners Africa ‘C’ Regional Qualifier)Namibia (Runners-up Africa ‘C’ Regional Qualifier & Division II World Cricket League championss)Ghana  (Winners Africa ‘A’ Regional Qualifier)Nigeria (Runners-up Africa ‘A’ Regional Qualifier)Kenya (Winners Africa ‘B’ Regional Qualifier)Uganda (Runners-up Africa ‘B’ Regional Qualifier)Tournament Itinerary-17 May 2019: Teams Arrival–18 May 2019: Official Practice, Captains Trophy Shoot & Tournament MeetingTournament Fixtures-19 May 2019: Namibia vs. Botswana – 9.30am, Lugogo–19 May 2019: Nigeria vs. Ghana – 9.30am, Kyambogo–19 May 2019: Uganda vs. Kenya – 1.50pm, Lugogo–20 May 2019: Ghana vs. Namibia – 9.30am, Lugogo–May 2019: Kenya vs. Nigeria – 9.30am, Kyambogo–20 May 2019: Uganda vs. Botswana – 1.50pm, Lugogo–21 May 2019: Kenya vs. Ghana – 9.30am, Lugogo–21 May 2019: Namibia vs. Uganda – 9.30am, Kyambogo–21 May 2019: Botswana vs. Nigeria – 1.50pm, Lugogo–22 May 2019: Reserve Day–23 May 2019: Nigeria vs. Namibia – 9.30am, Lugogo–23 May 2019: Botswana vs. Kenya – 9.30am, Kyambogo–23 May 2019: Uganda vs. Ghana – 1.50pm, LugogoComments last_img read more

Is Donegal on a mega Winning Streak?

first_imgDonegal’s incredible luck on the iconic RTE Winning Streak Game Show continues with two people from the county selected to appear on this week’s show!After the brilliant success of Letterkenny woman Anne Sheridan, two local men are about to try their luck at the gameshow – and one of them is hoping to win love as well as a big prize!Andy O’Connor, from Holly Mount, Carndonagh, and Kieran Clarke, from Bridge Street, Lifford are set to meet Marty and Sinead this Saturday, 21st October. Teetotaller Andy O’Connor is looking forward to stepping it out on the Winning Streak Studio this weekend and to show off his talent for waltzing and ballroom dancing!“I don’t drink or smoke. My one big pleasure is going dancing with my wife, Margaret, once a week to the Isle of Doagh Ballroom in Donegal in summer time. I love dancing I find it very relaxing and great fun,” according to the 59-year-old small farmer from Carndonagh. Their 17 year-old-daughter, Maggie, occasionally goes along also.Andy buys Winning Streak scratch cards every week and sends in three star tickets regularly – but this is the first time he has won anything significant. He was lying on the bed watching the show on Saturday when he heard his name being drawn out! Wife Margaret was watching TV in another room.The Donegal man plans to do up the house with his winnings – and he might treat himself to an extra night’s dancing to celebrate The second Donegal man to appear this week is Kieran Clarke from Lifford. “Getting on Winning Streak might make me Donegal’s most eligible bachelor. I am open to all offers!” joked the single and available 45-year-old.Kieran is currently unemployed but worked for several years at the amusement arcade in Lifford. But he is far from idle as he devotes most of his time raising funds for the National Council for the Blind and for Breast Cancer Research with his mother, Mimi.“My mother got me involved in charity work several years ago and we have been all over the world fundraising including to Kilimanjaro, Poland and the United States. We have raised more than €100,000 euros alone for Breast cancer research over the years.”It was always a dream of Kieran’s to appear on Winning Streak. “I was watching the programme in my bedroom and was recording the show on my phone when I heard my name being called out. I dropped the phone and roared and ran downstairs three steps at a time. They all thought I had gone mad!Kieran will have a big gang with him on Saturday including his two brothers and four sisters. Best of luck to Kieran and Andy! Letterkenny woman wins an amazing €53,000 on Winning StreakIs Donegal on a mega Winning Streak? was last modified: October 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Warriors HQ Podcast: Would Giannis Antetokounmpo ever come to Golden State?

first_imgThe 2019 NBA All-Star Game last weekend got the league’s attention for a number of reasons. Stephen Curry’s Charlotte homecoming, Kevin Durant teaming up with Boston guard Kyrie Irving and Lakers forward LeBron James playing with (future teammate?) Pelicans center Anthony Davis.But the real intrigue, at least for Warriors reporter Logan Murdock and columnist Dieter Kurtenbach, was the alley-oop off the bounce from Curry to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the ramifications of the play …last_img read more

iPad Users Scroll More Google Search Results Than PC Users

first_imgRelated Posts In the still nascent tablet market, research is ongoing about how consumers interact with this new computing medium. Whether it is how users interact with tablet magazines or how much time they spend using various apps, there is still a lot to learn.Advertising network Chitika released a study today showing that when perusing Google search results, users are more likely to scroll past the first couple of results than they are from a PC. The study showed that 20% of iPad users click the top search result in Google, a decline from the 34% who do so from a personal computer.The study was done using data from the Chitika ad network that serves three billion monthly ad impressions on the Web across 100,000 sites. The company compared it against a similar study they did last year for Google position results from desktop computers. Tags:#Apple#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “It appears from the data that iPad users are more willing to scroll to find the answers to their queries, and even go to multiple pages,” Chitika wrote in the study. “Perhaps this can be attributed to the touchscreen interface, or the fact that search behavior isn’t yet ingrained in tablet users like it is in desktop and laptop users.”Chitika said that it is not certain if this is true across all tablet or touch screen devices or whether it is just an “iPad phenomenon” and has promised to study mobile gadgetsChitika is active in studying analytics of web trends. In August, 2010 it was one of the first to report that Bing had overtaken Yahoo in search market share and did a study shortly after the first iPad was released on where the early adopters call home. The company spends a lot of time studying on search trends, which would make sense for an ad network that wants to know where the eyeballs are going to be. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dan rowinskilast_img read more