No approval granted: Town Clerk never received permission to impose fees

first_imgCity garbage collection…ordered to hold public consultationNo approval was granted to Town Clerk Royston King to impose a $200 garbage collection fee in the city of Georgetown.At the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) statutory meeting on Monday, Mayor Patricia Chase Green noted that the full council was yet to approve that proposal and has since ordered Town Clerk King to hold at least one public consultation exercise and present a firm proposal to the Council for approval.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-GreenKing admitted to the Mayor and City Councillors, at Monday’s statutory meeting, that the collection fee was discussed at the level of the Finance Committee and was raised at the last statutory meeting, but no decisive action was taken on it. He claimed that the matter was put in the public sphere for feedback and they have received positive feedback ever since.However, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Councillor Oscar Clarke said that a firm proposal of all the implications must be brought to the Council for agreement and approval before the charge was implemented. This was agreed to by Mayor Green, who ordered that it be done while directing the Town Clerk to ensure that public consultation was done before the implementation phase.“I would like to have one public consultation where you invite everybody. Explain to them why you do this, what you’re doing this for,” she instructed.Garbage collection feeOn Friday, King unveiled a plan to begin charging residents of Georgetown $200 per barrel of garbage monthly despite them paying the requisite rates and taxes.“It is the principle that we believe that the residents should make a contribution to the collection…We are determining the modalities and they would have to pay at City Hall. We have systems in place to track all our movements at the moment and we would put systems in place to ensure that everyone complies with this,” he had stated.Town Clerk Royston KingThe intent of the fee implementation is to broaden the Council’s revenue base so that it can meet its expenses. The Council’s two garbage contractors Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range. According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015.However, they had resumed collection after the municipality approached Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.The bailout was granted, and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, after which the M&CC would step in. The Council is expected to procure two new garbage trucks to aid in its collection, by the end of June.last_img read more

Andy Carroll MUST go to Euro 2016… he gives England a ‘Plan B’, says Paul Ince

first_imgPaul Ince says Andy Carroll must be handed a place in the England squad for this summer’s European Championship.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has an array of options to choose from in attack, including Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney.But Ince believes Carroll would provide Hodgson with a much-needed ‘Plan B’ in France and has urged him to find a place on the plane for the West Ham striker.The powerful 27-year-old hit a hat-trick against Arsenal last week and looks to be back to his best after numerous injury problems in recent years.Ex-England captain Ince told talkSPORT:  “We have Vardy, Sturridge, Kane, Welbeck, but they are all similar types of striker.  Andy Carroll gives us a Plan B.“I understand the way the game has changed now and it is all about pass, pass, pass, but if you are 1-0 down with ten minutes to go and you need that ball in the box… He [Carroll] is the most aggressive and the best header of the ball we have in the Premier League.“And he has been out for quite a while so you are getting a fresh, hungry Andy Carroll. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be in the squad.”Like Carroll, another player who is in form and being tipped for a Euro 2016 spot in Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford.The 18-year-old has been a revelation since making his first-team breakthrough in February and struck his sixth goal in 11 games on Wednesday night to help United move into the FA Cup semi-finals.But Ince believes this summer’s finals have come too soon for the rookie striker.“He has got the potential to be a very, very good player but we are going a little bit over the top and getting a bit too excited with him,” said the former United midfielder.“His time will come. We tend to big these players up after two or three games or one season, but he has got a long way to go.“He is exciting and he is one for the future but when you go into the European Championship finals in France you need your experienced and your strong players. Carroll comes into that category.”Read More: ‘Andy Carroll could be England’s secret weapon at Euro 2016, but who would you leave out?’ – Harry Redknapplast_img read more

Diamond trader’s murder: two sent to police custody

first_imgThe Opposition on Sunday targeted Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, after his former personal assistant and ex-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer Sachin Pawar was arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of diamond trader Rajeshwar Udani. Sachin and another accused, Dinesh Pawar, were sent to police custody till December 14 on Sunday. Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who recorded her statement with the Mumbai Police, issued a statement through her lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt saying she is cooperating with the investigation. The statement said, “Some media houses have published a false story that in the said case my client has been arrested, without verifying the facts … which has not only tarnished [Ms. Bhattacharjee’s] image and caused humiliation to her, but has caused a hindrance and prejudice in the case.” “You are therefore called upon to refrain yourselves from publishing such articles without verifying the facts. If you fail to do so and in case any such articles get published henceforth, my client will be compelled to take appropriate legal action against those who do so,” it said. The Opposition, meanwhile, sought an investigation into whether Sachin Pawar has support from Mr. Mehta. “He was with the BJP and was a personal assistant of Prakash Mehta. There has to be a thorough inquiry into every aspect of the case,” State Congress president Ashok Chavan said.Mr. Mehta had issued a statement on Saturday saying Mr. Pawar does not work with him any more and had been removed from the BJP. “I have no connection with him. The BJP doesn’t support criminals. The law will take its course,” he said.last_img read more

PVL: PetroGazz stays unbeaten, handily beats BaliPure

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No quit in Eric Kelly View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—PetroGazz took its turn in handing BaliPure its latest defeat, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson turned in their usual numbers as the Angels remained unbeaten after four starts, their best start since joining the league last year.ADVERTISEMENT Salas scored 13 points, while Johnson had 10 for PetroGazz.The Water Defenders were clueless against the Angels’ attacks as they dropped to their third successive defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPetroGazz dominated BaliPure in the attacking department, 15-7, in the second set where the Angels also drilled in three service aces. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

9 months ago​Leicester linked with Bristol City midfielder Brownhill

first_img​Leicester linked with Bristol City midfielder Brownhillby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are being linked with Josh Brownhill from Bristol City.The 23-year-old midfielder is wanted by two other Premier League clubs – Bournemouth and Brighton.According to the Mercury, he is seen as someone who could add a bit of energy and quality to the Leicester midfield.And he has been the standout player for Bristol in the Championship, netting three goals and laying off two assists for the team who are in seventh place.He does have a deal until 2021, which means Bristol will ask for a sizeable fee, especially if they have to lose him midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Clemson Sent A Match.com Profile To College GameDay, Wants Show To Come For Notre Dame Game

first_imgClemson Tigers make a Match.com profile.Twitter/@ClemsonTigersIndiana fans have already started a campaign to get ESPN’s College GameDay to come to their school for the Hoosiers’ game against Ohio State on October 3, but it may be a hard sell. There are a number of great games that day, including Alabama-Georgia in Athens, and Clemson-Notre Dame at Death Valley. The Tigers are jumping in the ring to try and win GameDay’s heart. They even put together a screenshot of a Match.com profile to show why Death Valley is the venue for GameDay in a few weeks.Hi @CollegeGameDay — we know you’re busy this Saturday but maybe we could get together next week? DM if interested… pic.twitter.com/f6N5xoULJi— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) September 23, 2015Indiana’s video was definitely a good appeal, but Clemson might have them in creativity. If the Tigers and Fighting Irish remain undefeated through this weekend, this might be the clubhouse leader for October 3’s GameDay location.last_img read more

Tourism Minister Projects 41,000 New Jobs by 2022

first_img In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years.“During the course of 2019, an additional 1,005 rooms are slated to come on stream. When you consider the ratio of 2.3 employees per room, that’s an additional 2,300 workers, and this number does not include people like your bar staff, pool and beach attendants and several other categories of workers,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett said that come 2020 and beyond, Jamaica will witness the largest growth in hotel rooms ever with the construction boom, pointing out that the expansion of current hotels and the construction of new ones will add another 18,157 rooms.“Using the average employee-to-room ratio, that’s another 41,000 jobs,” the Minister argued.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett said the Government will continue its thrust to train Jamaicans to be able to capitalise on imminent employment opportunities.“We have partnered with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to have hospitality training in tertiary and high schools, and that’s why we have the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) to certify all categories of tourism workers. While we train for employment, I want to see Jamaicans benefiting more from tourism by taking control of the supply side of the industry. Jamaicans must invest in themselves by investing in the industry,” the Minister emphasised.The tourism industry directly employs over 117,000 Jamaicans, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 Jamaicans. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Minister Highlights Importance of Music Tourism

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region.Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors.“Our music continues to set Jamaica apart from rival destinations,” the Minister pointed out.“Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that while the Ministry is committed to fostering the continued development of the entertainment industry and its full integration into the tourism product, he is fully cognizant that there is still more to be done to maximize the potential of “this important” sub-sector.“So, as we put in place the framework to further diversify our tourism product, we are well aware of the enormous benefits if we get this right,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We have to give visitors more things to do when they come to our island. We have to tap into their passion points, and music is a great way to start. Simply put, we are placing a special focus on developing entertainment tourism as part of our growth strategy,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett said that while the country’s goal of welcoming five million visitors annually remains on target, there is simply no room for complacency.He said that as good as the current offerings may be, stakeholders should always be looking to innovate and focus on growing earnings per visitor and retaining more of those earnings in Jamaica.“It goes without saying that entertainment is an area in which we are world beaters,” the Minister further added.“Therefore we are taking the necessary steps to capitalize on the tremendous potential Jamaica has in this area to significantly boost our arrivals and tourism earnings,” he said.The Minister commended the Head of the Ministry’s Sports and Entertainment Network, Entertainment Consultant and Promoter, Kamal Bankay, noting that “he is doing an excellent job leading this initiative.”“This is being done in collaboration with my colleague, Hon. Olivia Grange and her team from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We will also be leveraging February’s Reggae Month to appeal to visitors. In addition, the month marks the birthdays of Jamaica’s most recognizable musicians, the King of Reggae Bob Marley and the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, both great selling points,” the Minister said. Story Highlights “Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added. Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region. last_img read more

Texan says hes selling 3Dprinted gun plans after ruling

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online.Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he’ll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them.“Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them,” Wilson said, noting he can only sell to U.S. customers. “They can name their own price.”Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company’s website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson’s Austin-based company, Defence Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defence Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, “It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger.”But Wilson said the ruling still allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can’t post them online for free, widespread distribution.“Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States,” the ruling said on its final page.“I’m following yesterday’s orders that direct me to sell the files,” Wilson said. “The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering.”Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office oversaw the federal lawsuit, said Tuesday that he believes the judge’s ruling makes Wilson’s latest actions illegal.“Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law,” Ferguson said. “If they don’t, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”Andy Reuss, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue to stop him from selling the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defence. He also said he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.Wilson said he believes he could have previously sold the blueprints but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them online for widespread, free distribution.“For many years I chose not to sell these files. I was an open source advocate,” Wilson said. “I don’t expect to make money on it.”___Bellisle reported from Seattle.___Follow Jim Vertuno on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimVertunoFollow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellislelast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks opening higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market wraps up another strong week.U.S. industrial production grew more than expected in December and technology and industrials made rose Friday. Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent and Deere rose 1.3 per cent.Transportation and logistics company J.B. Hunt jumped 6.1 per cent after its fourth-quarter report.Electric car maker Tesla fell 6.3 per cent after saying it will cut 7 per cent of its jobs.Timberland maker VF jumped 13.7 per cent after raising its annual forecasts.The S&P 500 index climbed 17 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,653.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 163 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,533. The Nasdaq composite added 47 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,131.The Associated Presslast_img read more