M&CC raises compliance fees

first_imgAt Monday’s statutory meeting, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown took the decision to raise the compliance certificate fee from 0.1 per cent to 0.75 per cent of the property value. The decision to increase the fee comes after the M&CC would have seen an influx of persons applying for compliance certificates.The new fee increase comes into effect on January 1, 2018. The Finance Committee in its report noted that the Council is currently supplying persons with these certificates in order to facilitate property sales at prices that do not take into account the costs attached to the preparation of the document. The decision to increase the fee was not unanimous since some of the Councillors felt that the increase was too steep and suggested a 0.25 per cent instead of the 0.75 per cent but when it came to the vote, that was defeated. For years the M&CC has been complaining that it is financially strapped, often resulting in the late payment of salaries and wages in addition to the non-payment of contractors. Mayor Patricia Chase Green said the revenue base of City Hall needs to be broadened and as a result, the rise in fees are justified.She quite often states that the City have been collecting the same amount of money since 1992 which is not enough to offset its expenses.last_img read more

2 electrocuted while erecting poles for CCTV cameras

first_imgThe families of two men were plunged into a state of mourning after they were electrocuted on Tuesday while erecting metal poles to carry CCTV cameras at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Two others were also injured after they received burns.Dead are 17-year-old Krishna Chand, a technician attached to Smart Teck Solutions, of Lot 98 Lusignan Pasture, East Coast Demerara (ECD) while the second person was only identified as Anthon of Buxton, ECD.The two injured men are Altaf Amroa, 24, of Lot 96 West Half, Lusignan, ECD , who is also a technician of Smart Teck Solutions and Brian Culley, 53, a porter of Lot 9 Vigilance, ECD. Upon to late Tuesday afternoon, they were being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital for minor burns.Based on reports received, the men were part of two separate teams that were contracted by the Public Security Ministry to erect poles to facilitate CCTV cameras.However, about 13:20h, the men were erecting one of the poles when tragedy struck. Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Chand had the wire to do the job wrapped around his neck, while Anthon and Culley were holding the metal pole which was attached to a lift on the canter.The top of the pole reportedly came into contact with the high voltage GPL wire, causing Krishna and Anthon to be electrocuted while Umrao received minor injuries and Culley received burnt injuries to the palm of his left hand.Chan received severe burns to the torso, arms and face damaging them beyond recognition while Anthon showed no sign of visible injuries. They were pronounced dead on the spot by paramedics who turned up at the scene.Their bodies were later transferred to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem.At the scene, the subcontractors explained that Anthon was operating the lift to position the pole on its base when one-part metal pole came into contact with the high-tension wire that serves the National Stadium with electricity.As a result, the electricity travelled down the pole and into Chand and Anthon, who was holding onto the pole, causing severe damage to their safety gloves and helmets.Dead: Krishna ChandThe scene after the incident on Tuesdaylast_img read more

Two Fort St. John athletes taking part in Alberta volleyball provincials

first_imgThe Wolves will be taking part in their first game of provincials Friday night at 6 p.m. against Olds College. The two teams met in the regular season with GPRC winning both games.More information on the tournament can be found by clicking here. – Advertisement –last_img

Rangers hope Sosa more than just show

first_imgIt also didn’t hurt that Texas batting coach Rudy Jaramillo coached Sosa in the Rangers’ minor league system two decades ago and stayed close to him since. Or Sosa agreed to leave his boom box at home and check his entourage at the clubhouse door. That left only two questions and, as Texas general manager Jon Daniels told SI.com last week, Sosa aced the final part of the exam. “We wanted to make sure he wasn’t coming back just to hit 12 home runs,” Daniels told the magazine. And steroids? “He said it was flat-out a non-issue for him,” Daniels added. Sosa has managed to make it a non-issue so far by deflecting questions this way: “Let me make the team first, and then let me worry about this.” It’s not much of an answer, but at least it shows Sosa has his priorities in order. Maybe taking a big risk comes easy to someone who started out playing baseball in the streets with bundled rags for balls and tied-together milk cartons for shoes. And who could forget Sosa in the early days of the steroids scare, calling reporters over to his locker and holding up a bottle of Flintstones vitamins as the source of his considerable power? Or the time he got caught using a corked bat and swore with a straight face that it was just for batting practice, “to put on a show for the people”? This one could turn out to be a show, too, or more likely, a sideshow to Barry Bonds’ gloomy pursuit of Hank Aaron’s cherished mark. Either way, it’s an audacious dare. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you don’t think that stings, then you don’t know Sosa. “I’ve missed the fans. I’ve missed crowds of 40,000, I’ve missed hitting,” Sosa said. “I’ve missed doing what I do.” No sooner had Sosa hit his second home run of the exhibition season – out of the appropriately named Surprise Stadium in a win Wednesday over the Diamondbacks – a lot of people sounded convinced he still can do what he once did. The Rangers’ risk in this is minimal. As if the contract didn’t prove they’re no longer in the charity business, know that owner Tom Hicks parted with even that piece of change only after sitting down to dinner with Sosa and sending his scouts to the Dominican Republic to confirm Sosa was working as hard as reports said he was. Judging by his appearance this spring – a taut 225 pounds – Sosa was. But money, at least as one measure of how far his star has fallen, does matter. Mike Piazza, who’s also 38, is getting $8.5 million to be a designated hitter in Oakland, and he trails Sosa on the career RBI list by almost 300. The guy Piazza replaced, 38-year-old Frank Thomas, just signed for two years and $18 million in Toronto, and he’s 101 home runs behind Sosa on that list. center_img Sammy Sosa didn’t come out of hiding and amble into baseball for the money. He’s got plenty. Even if Sosa earns a spot with the Texas Rangers as a designated hitter and triggers every bonus clause in his contract during the regular season – the final frontier: 600 plate appearances – he still makes only $2.8 million. That might sound like a lot, but not to a guy who banked eight-figure checks nearly every year for a decade. last_img read more

Lewandowski strikes as Bayern open nine-point gap

first_imgHowever, Lewandowski came to the rescue as Bayern struggled for ideas against a Cologne team hit by injury.“We didn’t do enough and didn’t let the ball run,” Bayern captain Thomas Mueller complained to Sky.“You can’t attack against every opponent like we did in the second half — we have to do more.”With an hour gone at the sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 75,000, Bayern broke the deadlock when Mueller flicked the ball with the back of his head into Lewandowski’s path to tap home.Bayern have won 13 of their 14 games since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as coach at the start of October.In contrast, Cologne are waiting for their first league win of the season.Their club bosses are already planning for life in the second division with the team now 13 points from safety.In Gelsenkirchen, Schalke went second despite throwing away a two-goal lead in their thrilling 3-2 win at home to Augsburg.Argentinian striker Franco di Santo gave them the lead with a deft backheel on 44 minutes, then Austria striker Guido Burgstaller made it 2-0 just after the break.A header by Brazilian midfielder Caiuby and a Michael Gregoritsch penalty pulled it back to 2-2 on 79 minutes before Daniel Caligiuri converted the winning penalty for Schalke seven minutes from time.In falling snow in Berlin, veteran former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou struck twice as mid-table Hertha Berlin won 3-1 against Hanover 96.The 31-year-old Ivory Coast striker headed home on 18 minutes, then got on the end of a free-kick a minute before the break to make it 2-0.Hanover scored a consolation goal through Togo forward Ihlas Bebou on 65 minutes before 20-year-old defender Jordan Torunarigha scored Hertha’s third.Argentina striker Lucas Alario claimed Bayer Leverkusen’s winner as they saw off Werder Bremen 1-0 to claim fourth.Earlier, striker Mark Uth fired Hoffenheim up to fifth as the hosts left it late in their 1-0 victory at home to VfB Stuttgart.The 25-year-old Uth tapped home on 81 minutes after good work by Czech right-back Pavel Kaderabek, who reacted quickest after Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard’s attempted clearance came back off the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (R) scores the goal despite of Cologne’s goalkeeper Timo Horn (L) during their match on December 13, 2017 in Munich © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Dec 13 – Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday.The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern’s league matches this season and has netted 21 goals in all competitions.last_img read more

Controversy as St Anthony, Kakamega draw

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega High School’s Joshua Otieno controls the ball under pressure from St Antony Boys’ Silas ‘Kante’ Ogana during their National Secondary School Games match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 25- Moses Mudavadi’s 86th minute controversial penalty saw St. Antony’s Boys scrape off to a 1-1 draw with Kakamega High School in a top of Pool B National Secondary School Games tie at the Hill School in Eldoret on Wednesday afternoon.Evans Odhiambo had given the Green Commandos a first half lead having dominated most of the proceedings, but referee Peter Mwaura gave out a controversial penalty with only four minutes of regulation time to see the highly charged match end in a stalemate. The match official had to be escorted off the pitch under heavy police security with Kakamega fans and technical bench officials baying for his blood.“It is high time officials of KSSSA take action. They (St Anthony’s) did it in Lodwar, they did it when we played together in Western Region and they are doing it here now and everyone is seeing. Let the kids enjoy football and the best team win on the pitch. They will be carried with those penalties and hopefully we will meet again in the final,” an agitated Brendan Mwinamo, the Kakamega High School head coach said after the match.The result now means St Antony retain top spot in the group with four points, same us Kakamega but with a better goal difference.The final round of group matches on Thursday will see Kakamega take on Ringa with the Nyanza Region team carrying qualification hopes having beaten Kathungi 1-0 in the other group match on Wednesday.Action between Kakamega High School and St Antony Boys’ during their National Secondary School Games match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKathungi who are already eliminated after back to back losses will take on St. Anthony with both matches being played concurrently. A win by a big margin will guarantee the Solidarity Boys a place on top of Pool B.Against Kakamega, it was billed as the ‘final before the final’ and testament to this was the huge number of fans who flocked the pitch to cheer on their favorite teams.Kakamega with the midfield steel of Alpha Onyango and Joshua Otieno dominated the match and just three minutes in, they were ahead when Odhiambo raced to a rebound after the St. Anthony keeper spilled a freekick from Boniface Ouko.With experience from playing in the National Super League, Kakamega took command of the game dictating the tempo and possession.However, they were almost caught off in the 10th minute but had keeper Brian Opondo to thank after making a brilliant double save.He did well to go down and save a ferocious shot from Silas Ogana before bouncing back to save the rebound from Titus Kapchanga.The second rebound fell on James Kibonde but he could only shoot high into the sky with an open goalmouth gazing at him.On the half hour mark, Kakamega’s Onyango had an effort off a freekick but the St Anthony keeper went down well to his left to parry the ball away.In the second half, the tempo of the game picked up and St Anthony began to look for those small openings to find a scoring chance.In the 65th minute, Oganda, nicknamed ‘Kante’ by the team’s fans did well to find some space off a short corner, but his eventual cross was too close to the keeper.With 15 minutes left, Kakamega started pushing for a second goal that would take the game to safety and they almost did that when Henry Atola found some shooting space from distance but his effort was pushed against the crossbar by the keeper.Four minutes to go, all hell broke loose when off a counter, Daniel Musamali was brought down by Collins Sichenje and the referee pointed to the spot though the offence looked to have happened outside the box.Meanwhile, Dagoretti High School from Nairobi boosted their hopes of qualifying to the semis after beating North Eastern’s Tarbaj 9-0 to move to four points. They play Shimba Hills on Thursday with the Coastal team also on four points after playing to a 1-1 draw with Olbolosat.In the Under-16 Copa Cocacola, St. Peters Boys from Mumias booked a semi-final slot after beating Riyabu 4-1 while North Eastern’s Subunley beat St. Cyprian of Eastern 4-1 to revive their semi-final hopes .Subunley must now beat Riyabu who are also on three points on Thursday to advance to the semis.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iran puts on a show of force

first_img“Those (countries) who assume that decaying methods such as psychological war, political propaganda and the so-called economic sanctions would work and prevent Iran’s fast drive toward progress are mistaken,” Ahmadinejad said. Iran launched an arms development program during its war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jets, torpedoes, radar-avoiding missiles, tanks and armored personnel carriers. “Those who prevented Iran, at the height of the war from getting even barbed wire must see now that all the equipment on display today has been built by the mighty hands and brains of experts at Iran’s armed forces,” Ahmadinejad said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! of Iran, which sparked a 1980-88 war that killed hundreds of thousands of people. The parade also featured the Ghadr missile, which has a range of 1,120 miles, capable of reaching Israel. Some of the missile trucks were painted with the slogans “Down with the U.S.” and “Down with Israel.” The parade also featured unmanned aerial surveillance drones, torpedoes and tanks. Tensions are high between Washington and Tehran over U.S. accusations that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons and helping Shiite militias in Iraq that target U.S. troops. Iran denies the claims. Washington has said it is addressing the Iran situation diplomatically, rather than militarily, but U.S. officials also say that all options are open. By Ali Akbar Dareini THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TEHRAN, Iran – A day before flying to New York to speak directly to the American people, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a confrontational tone Saturday with a parade of fighter jets and missiles and tough warnings for the United States to stay out of the Mideast. Three new domestically manufactured warplanes streaked over the capital during the parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion last_img read more

Juventus refuse to give up chase for Chelsea star

first_imgJuventus have not given up hope of signing Oscar from Chelsea this summer.The Old Lady are looking to replace playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who completed his move to New York City earlier this week.Juve are also fighting to keep hold of Arturo Vidal, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer.According to Tuttosport, Oscar is at the top of the Italian champions’ summer wishlist and have contacted Chelsea to try and do a deal.However, the 23-year-old Brazilian is unlikely to be sold this summer as Jose Mourinho wants to give the talented playmaker another season in England. Oscar 1last_img

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Thursday, May 19

first_imgListen back as Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs bring you the best bits from Thursday’s show.This episode features globe-trotting goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel, a man who painted a giant portrait of Sean Dyche onto a pub, and the amazing tale of how Hitler tried to get golf into the Olympics.Click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Listen: Finn Harps secretary says fans must turn out – or new structure will collapse

first_imgFinn Harps secretary John Campbell has warned that the club’s current model will collapse unless more supporters pay through the turnstiles.Harps, who are vying for promotion back to the Premier Division having been relegated from the top flight last year, have struggled to attract crowds to Finn Park during the summers months, but can expect to see a surge if, as expected, they make the play-offs.Harps have the second highest average attendance in the First Division – 667, compared with Shelbourne’s 675 – but Mr Campbell says they need to attract more fans. Harps, who host Wexford on Friday night in Ballybofey, recently announced a restructure of the club’s academy, and in 2019 will field an Under-13 team at National League level.The underage set-up takes over €100,000 annually to run.“It’s not sustainable without support – it’s as simple as that,” Mr Campbell said.“There is no way that a structure like this can be kept on the cheap. People need to see that. “The fans need to come out in greater numbers.“We have structures in place with back-up for our players. We are doing all the work and Finn Harps now, for the first time, have a pathway for players through to the League of Ireland. “There is a price tag on that. It will cost in excess of €100,000 for Finn Harps to run the underage this season. It’s very professional and we’re lucky to have the people we do looking after that – but you have to pay for that sort of a set up.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Finn Harps secretary says fans must turn out – or new structure will collapse was last modified: July 31st, 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) Tags:Ballybofeyfinn harpsFinn ParkJohn CampbellWexfordlast_img read more