President of the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) Leeka Rambrich is calling on Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to assist with the rehabilitation of access dams in the rice cultivating area.The state of one of the deplorable access damsSpeaking with this publication on the issue on Wednesday, Rambrich said harvesting has commenced in some parts of the Black Bush Polder and should commence in the front lands in the coming week.“The dams are all in a deplorable state. The rainy season has just ended and we’re seeing some sunshine now. We are hoping that with the farmers’ help and some assistance from the Regional Administration and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, we can get some help to prepare the dams so that farmers will be able to use them for harvesting.”He said if those dams are not prepared well-timed, it will be impossible for some of the farmers to harvest in a timely manner.“We might see some losses as a result of the current situation of the dams rice cultivation area. When rice is not harvested in time there is lodging that takes place.”Lodging is when rice gets ripe and panicles fall. Rambrich said that when this happens, farmers cannot harvest all of their paddies.The current sunny conditions will result in broken rice if it is not harvested in a timely manner.“And when you take it to the mill to get graded, there will be a lot of cracked rice. So, that in itself will result in farmers losing. I am appealing to the Regional Administration and to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority that they need to come forward as early as possible,” the RPA President appealed.He said he spoke with the Regional Chairman, David Armogan, who informed him that the Tender Board is expected to meet shortly to award tenders to rehabilitate some of the dams in the cultivating area.“We are hoping that the tender would go out as early as possible so that contractors will be able to start working,” he added.
Kadir Mohammed Memorial Cycling…Team Coco’s Jamal John once again took home the Ounce of Gold grand prize on offer to the winner of the 2018 Kadir Mohammed Memorial Cycling Road Race which was held on Sunday.In its seventh year, this annual event, an 80-mile course, pedalled off from Homestretch Avenue, went to Dora on the Linden Highway, and returned to Homestretch Avenue for the finish. John completed the course in three hours and 15 minutes.In achieving his remarkable feat, John carted off six of the 10 sprint prizes that were up for grabs, to add yet another victory to his impressive accomplishments this season. Just over two months ago, he won the Grenville Felix Memorial Road Race in Berbice.The 21-year-old national cyclist ended the race in spectacular fashion, besting Andre Greene and Brighton John in a thrilling three-man sprint finish. Greene, who was second, won two sprint prizes, while Brighton claimed the other two.Greene and John were the first to assert themselves at the head of the peloton, and were soon joined by Brighton. The trio dominated the race until the final turn, when the defending champion made his move.National Road Race champion Curtis Dey was fourth, while Chris Griffith, Andrew Hicks, Rastaff O’Selmo, Jornell Yearwood, Ajay Gopilall and Michael Anthony rounded off the top 10 finishers.In other results, Brighton John won the Junior category ahead of Gopilall and Adelie Hodge respectively.Other winners included Junior Niles (veterans Under-45), Ian Jackson (veterans Over-45) and Ozia McAulay (Mountain Bike category).John will look to add another dominant victory when the action resumes next Sunday in the Digicel Breast Cancer Awareness event.
GLENDALE — Every nook and cranny of Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s new $108 million patient tower appeared designed for comfort and posterity. Take the ceilings — the tower’s designers have done away with typical recessed fluorescent lights and mounted them instead along the walls, and with good reason. “If you’re on a gurney, what do you see? You see a ceiling,” said Warren Tetz, the hospital’s chief operating officer, during a recent tour of the 190,000-square-foot, nine-story West Tower. “And if you go down and you’re being pushed down a gurney, you’re looking at lights. I don’t know about you but I don’t like looking directly into light sources.” It’s these little touches, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, that hospital officials hope will elevate Glendale Adventist as a regional destination for medical care, built around the themes of “access, growth and family,” Tetz said. “The demand for health care is going to rise rapidly,” he said. “That’s why the growth and the access are important. And family care is especially important in Glendale. … The more the family is involved, the better the ultimate care for the patient.” With the city’s median age rising, more residents are expected to seek medical care at the 457-bed hospital when the tower opens this summer. Glendale’s population is projected to increase to about 221,800 by 2030 from about 205,000 now, according to the Southern California Association of Governments. Meanwhile, the number of residents age 60 and older is expected to increase 20 percent in the next five years. That group currently makes up 70 percent of patients requiring hospital stays, Tetz said. “With these numbers, it doesn’t take long to fill up a 60-bed tower,” he said. Seven stories of the tower will be dedicated to patient care, including a new Emergency Department, cardiac catheterization labs, six new operating rooms and 60 hospital beds. Most of the patient rooms are private and feature pull-out beds for visitors, Internet access and large windows overlooking the 134 Freeway and the city below. The tower also features expanded outpatient imaging and laboratory and cardiac testing areas. “We can get patients in and out quickly without having to work around the normal milieu of the hospital,” Tetz said. The tower is the first phase of a three-part hospital expansion. Phase two includes an inpatient radiology department and an access road through the hospital complex. Two buildings now used as offices — one from 1955 and another from 1974 — will be demolished. The third phase, which has yet to be funded, involves building a second patient tower. “We are very fortunate to have a hospital like Glendale Adventist in our community,” said Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, whose father served as a staff orthopedic surgeon there. “We’re even more honored and blessed to have them commit millions of dollars to expand and to build their new tower. … It gives us a certain level of prestige among the neighboring communities.” — Eugene Tong, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic has signed a new deal Branislav Ivanovic has penned a one-year contract extension with Chelsea.The right back was set to become a free agent in the summer, but the reigning Premier League champions have acted in the January transfer window to ensure he stays put at Stamford Bridge for at least another season.Given his poor performances for the Blues over the past six months, though, are the club’s fans pleased with the decision?Find out below where a number of them have shared their thoughts on Twitter… 1
AdvertorialRevenue in Donegal are targeting PAYE workers with additional income they may not have declared, including taxable social welfare, a leading tax consultant has warned.Noel O’ Donnell, Mabel McHugh & Michael Coll of The Tax Clinic.Due to the economic recession and the lower tax take from the business sector, the Revenue are on a mission to collect every cent they are owed, says Mabel McHugh from The Tax Clinic in Killybegs. Mabel says that there has been a huge increase in the number of PAYE workers who are being questioned by the Revenue about their different sources of income including those who have received taxable social welfare such as Jobseekers Benefit on which tax may be owed.She says if you are in receipt of any other income apart from your income earned as an employee you may have an obligation to declare this on what is called a Form 12.From her experience people are of the understanding that if they receive a P60 at the end of a year they are tax compliant. This is not the case in many circumstances as a P60 is only a document summarising your pay and tax details from a particular employment.It is important to note that it is each person’s own responsibility to review their tax affairs and ensure all taxes that are owed have been paid. Mrs McHugh says that you may have been sent out a Form 12 for the following reasons:• The Revenue may have obtained third party information regarding additional non- paye income such as payments from the Department of Agriculture, Rental Income, Dividend Income, Taxable Social Welfare etc.• You are in receipt of foreign income such as a U.K. State Pension.• You have had a gain subject to Capital Gains Tax during the year, for example property or shares sold.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 2013 taxes, the Form 12 must be submitted by 31st October 2014.Her advice is 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 all circumstances it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.WWW.THETAXCLINIC.IE was founded in February 2010 by Mabel McHugh & Michael Coll.The Tax Clinic is the only business in the Northwest that specialises in offering services to P.A.Y.E workers. Mabel says that “while working for over 20 years in the financial services sector she noted that there was no professional representation for P.A.Y.E workers”. With this in mind Mabel together with Michael, who are both members of The Irish Taxation Institute set up www.thetaxclinic.ie and have gained a huge reputation in this complex area of taxation. Mabel works in The Tax Clinic in Main Street Killybegs, while Michael works in their premises on the High Road Letterkenny along with The Tax Clinics third partner Noel O’ Donnell who has also located Noel O’ Donnell & Co Chartered Accountants in the same building.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the Main Street Killybegs or the High Road Letterkenny.Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel)Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Michael)REVENUE ON MISSION TO COLLECT EVERY CENT DURING RECESSION – DONEGAL TAX EXPERTS was last modified: October 19th, 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:donegalKillybegsletterkennyRevenueThe Tax Clinic
Former Donegal and St Eunans star Brendan Devenney has no doubt Donegal would beat Dublin if the two sides were to meet.Former Donegal star Brendan Devenney believes Jim McGuinness has the tactical game plan to disrupt the all out attacking fluency possessed by Dublin.Devenney has no doubt should the two sides meet, that Donegal have the players and system to derail the swashbuckling style employed by Jim Gavin’s side.If Donegal defeat Armagh at Croke Park on Saturday, and Dublin defeat Monaghan directly afterwards, it would set up a tantalising All-Ireland semi-final clash between the two counties. According to Devenney it’s a game the whole country wants to see, and with two very contrasting styles of play on show it would be a fascinating battle.Devenney told the Irish Daily Star, “I have no doubt Donegal would win, if the two sides meet, I’d have no doubt at all that Donegal would emerge victorious.“”I just think when a tough defence meets a tough attack it’s easier to lock down a 45 than open it up.“This strength in depth that Dublin have – if their top six can’t break the defence, the other lads coming in aren’t going to have much joy. “I think when there’s players coming off the bench it suits when a game is opening up. But, you see with Donegal, it never does open up.“There is a lot of hype and if it does end up happening I think Donegal will be out to say ‘we’re going to stop your forward line’.Devenney also believes Dublin have problems with their defence, and likewise in the middle sector of the pitch, with Jim Gavin being so far unable to find a suitable partner for Michael Darragh Macauley.I think Dublin have their own problems in defence.“Outside of Michael Darragh Macauley, they don’t know who to be playing alongside him in midfield.” Devenney is expecting star Donegal forward duo Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden to up their respective displays once they hit Croke Park.“I think we haven’t really seen Murphy and McFadden shine that much this year.“If they were to play well, I just think Donegal’s defence would relish that forward line.DEVENNEY – “PUT YOUR MONEY ON DONEGAL TO BEAT DUBLIN” was last modified: August 6th, 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:Brendan DevenneydonegaldublinnewsSport
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.If the season ended today, the Oakland A’s would be in the playoffs and host the A.L. wild card game Oct. 2 at the Coliseum.But that’s still a week away. And the A’s two-game cushion atop the wild-card standings is just that. Six games remain and two teams, the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays, are hot on Oakland’s tail.But, let’s project. The A’s have a 97 percent chance to secure a postseason berth and 97 …
Five schools in Magogong village will benefit from a new community website. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Kenneth Jampane created a website to improve information access in Magogong.(Image: www.magogong.webs.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kenneth Jampane Community Development Worker Local government and Traditional Affairs +27 72 5954 997 RELATED ARTICLES • Presidency talks to children • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Internet revolution for Africa • Google Street View gets into gearBongani NkosiKenneth Jampane, a government employee in South Africa’s North West province, is aiming to improve access to information through a new website he’s designed.The website www.magogong.webs.com publishes community development information for residents of Jampane’s home village of Magogong in the Greater Taung Local Municipality.“I want to share information with the community,” Jampane said in an interview. “People need to get important information about development services.”Jampane is a community development worker stationed at Magogong by the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs. He said his concept came from a realisation that there was no publication to provide detailed information about services and other initiatives in Magogong.In the recent past he used to compile community newsletters that would be distributed in the village, which has about 10 000 residents. “I realised that a website would be effective,” he said.He came up with the idea of the website earlier in 2010 and by May it was up and running. The Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs officially launched it at the Magogong Clinic on 21 September.Jampane created the website through Webs, an international provider that enables communities to set up their own sites for free, and thus help spread information.Four other community workers, Tumelo Gaaname, Motswana Metsing, Dipuo Itumeleng and Maserame Keohitlhetse, work with Jampane to update the fully-fledged site.A recent campaign to issue identity documents through the home affairs department was one of the notifications put on the website. Community meetings and developmental news, such as upgrades of health facilities, are also published on the site.Jampane believes that a lack of access to information is to blame for strikes over government services not being delivered in communities.Schools to gain the mostAlthough many people in Magogong do not own computers, Jampane hopes they will use internet services at the local post office to access site.Magogong’s five schools stand to benefit the most from information offered by the site, Jampane said, adding that at least three of them already have operational computer centres.“My responsibility will be to go to the schools to show them how to use the website,” he said. “It will benefit both the schools and learners.”Many residents are already using mobile phones to log on to the internet, a trend that Jampane said would increase usage of the site.Jampane and his team also plan to establish a community computer centre to provide free basic computer training for residents.Working with other government projectsJampane has already discussed the potential of the website with communications officers at various other local government departments, whom the project will rely on for up-to-date information. “I hope they’ll be able to help in many ways,” he said.Ditshaba Makhate, a senior communications officer in Jampane’s department, sees potential for many other government entities to publicise their initiatives on the site.“We’ll give our support because the website will benefit the community at large,” said Makhate. “I think the initiative is very positive, and it should be encouraged.”
25 November 2011 “Mobile technology has become the single most important driver of financial inclusion that is enabling financial institutions, mobile network operators and Visa to connect unbanked consumers to each other and the global economy.” “Reaching consumers who have previously lacked access to formal financial services with secure and reliable electronic payments is finally a reality,” Visa head of products Jim McCarthy said in a statement this week. Developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are among the first target markets for the mobile-based prepaid product. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In the last ten years, 100-million people have been newly banked through mobile services that offer consumers basic financial services that are limited in geographic reach. Visa’s acquisition of Fundamo, a leading mobile money platform in developing countries, and its integration into Visa, has created a mobile payment platform that can connect existing mobile money services via the VisaNet global payment network. In markets with Visa acceptance locations, consumers may also have the option to receive a Visa prepaid companion card that can be used at ATMs and merchants where Visa is accepted. From international remittances to e-commerce transactions, Visa’s new product will offer consumers a new payment account that enhances the payment functionality of their existing mobile money service. Regardless of transaction size or where consumers make purchases, Visa and the account issuer will be able to authenticate the account holder at the point of transaction by requesting a PIN or password. As part of the launch, the new product will initially be available to customers in Nigeria and Uganda. The product was developed by a South African company called Fundamo, which was acquired by Visa in June this year for $110-million. MTN chief commercial officer Christian de Faria said the launch of the new product represented a “crucial milestone” in the company’s effort to bring value-added services to its mobile phone users. As of the end of September, MTN had some 5.7-million registered mobile money customers in 12 countries. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with financial services group Visa to offer its Mobile Money customers a prepaid account that can be accessed through mobile devices, giving consumers in developing countries a secure, reliable, globally interoperable electronic payment account. Connecting existing services “And as the appetite for mobile technology grows, MTN is excited to be at the forefront of providing millions of our customers with such important product innovations,” he said. The result is a product that allows financial service providers and mobile network operators to offer consumers a payment account that provides Visa’s high standards of security, reliability and global interoperability. Reliable electronic payments
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wild carrot, Oxeye daisy, and wild mustard will no longer be prohibited noxious weeds in Ohio if the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) revisions to the noxious weeds list become effective. ODA is proposing to remove the three plants after its five-year review of plant species considered “noxious” for purposes of Ohio law. The agency is also proposing adding these 12 species to the noxious weeds list:• Yellow Groove Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureasculata), when the plant has spread from its original premise of planting and is not being maintained• Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)• Heart-podded hoary cress (Lepidium draba sub. draba). Hairy whitetop or ballcress (Lepidium appelianum)• Perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis)• Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens)• Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula)• Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)• Serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma)• Columbus grass (Sorghum x almum)• Musk thistle (Carduus nutans)• Forage Kochia (Bassia prostrata)• Water Hemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus).The director of ODA has the legal authority to designate noxious weeds. Several Ohio laws provide for control and removal of designated noxious weeds along public highways, toll roads, and railroads, and on private property. The current noxious weeds list also contains the following plants, which will remain on the list:• Grapevines: (Vitis spp.), when growing in groups of one hundred or more and not pruned, sprayed, cultivated, or otherwise maintained for two consecutive years.• Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L. (Scop.))• Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)• Cressleaf groundsel (Senecio glabellus)• Musk thistle (Carduus nutans)• Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)• Mile-A-Minute Weed (Polygonum perfoliatum)• Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)• Apple of Peru (Nicandra physalodes)• Marestail (Conyza canadensis)• Kochia (Bassia scoparia)• Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)• Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata)• Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum).ODA is requesting public comments on the revised list of noxious weeds through April 27, 2018. Email comments to email@example.com or mail them to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.