New Board for GRA approved – Jordan

first_img…as transferral of several offices planned for 2019A new Board for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been reviewed and approved at the level of Cabinet, even as Government assures the current Board is operating effectively.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was at the time being quizzed by the parliamentary Opposition on various allocations to his Ministry. He noted that approval was granted at the last Cabinet meeting for the Board.“As far as I know, the Board is properly composed and is functioning. In fact, I think two days ago the new Board was discussed at Cabinet and approved,” Jordan stated, in response to questions from the Opposition.While the Board has been approved, it is unclear who will comprise the new Board. Efforts by Guyana Times to contact senior officials, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, were futile.Meanwhile, $113.7 million allocated under project code 1202200 also came under scrutiny. When asked by Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali about this allocation, Jordan noted that the monies are for the construction of an annex on the site of the old Guyana National Cooperative Bank (GNCB) Sports Club.“The awarded cost of this building is $228 million and the difference you see (in the estimates) has to do with the generator for the main office, including the purchase and associated electrical works.”“The existing headquarters of the Ministry of Finance has outgrown space (with) the number of activities and staff. So the new building is a three storey building. First of all we will move the valuation division, which you know is in a very decrepit building.”According to Jordan, the current housing of the valuation division has limited its true potential. He said that with the housing of the valuation division in better conditions, they can hopefully recruit better staff.“One floor or part of the floor, we will use for a (document) centre,” Jordan explained. “There is so much documentation at the Ministry of Finance, thrown all over the place. And we’re running out of space. So we’ll attempt to scan and put a modern documentation centre there.”“We’ll move the training room from the head office and put it there and make it a modern training room with modern facilities for better conferencing, which will ease on the trips and the phones. And then of course, it’s important for sports. So we’ll use a small part for a sports club and a little gym, to keep people healthy and promote social cohesion.”It is understood that the new, multimillion-dollar annex will be located at Winter Place and Croal Street, Georgetown. It is understood that Courtney Benn Contracting Service is involved with the project.last_img read more

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Donegal punter wins €16,000 on €10 football bet!

first_imgA lucky Donegal punter is over €16,000 richer today after landing a stunning football bet on Wednesday night.The anonymous backer placed a €10 accumulator on this week’s games with the bet consisting of the following selections: Leicester to beat Watford 2-0 (13/2), Chelsea to beat Aston Villa 2-1 (15/2), Manchester United to beat Tottenham 2-1 (8/1) and Liverpool to beat Everton and both teams to score (15/8).The lucky run of results meant the punter was able to log back into their online account and see that their €10 bet turned into a stunning amount of €16,495.31. Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “This was a stunning handful of selections from one of our Donegal customers and hats off to them for calling them all right.“It didn’t require a massive stake but they’re walking off with over €16,000 and we hope they enjoy splashing out.”Donegal punter wins €16,000 on €10 football bet! was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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What are you doing to commemorate International Mandela Day?

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 14 July 2016 – Former President Nelson Mandela remains one of the most enduring symbols of the South African nation brand.  He embodied all the qualities our country stood for – forgiveness, patience, tolerance, peace and humility – he demonstrated that precious quality of Ubuntu throughout his life.President Mandela’s life of service is now celebrated the world over on International Mandela Day, observed annually on 18 July as decreed by the United Nations.International Mandela Day in 2016 marks the seventh annual Mandela Day where people from every corner of the globe unite to give of themselves, do better and give back to their community for 67 minutes.This International Mandela Day, what will you be doing in the spaces around you to make the world a better place?The international day of observation was inspired by Mandela’s call, made in 2008, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership aimed at addressing the world’s social injustices.“It’s in your hands now” – Nelson MandelaBrand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela, reflecting on the significance of International Mandela Day 2016 said, “The best tribute citizens of South Africa can pay to the late icon of our country is to live a life of service, active citizenship and continually striving to make South Africa a better place.  We should be guided by his view that South Africa should be better for future generations.  Nation building is a continuous process and South Africa needs us all.”The CEO of GEM David Shields says, “Mandela Day is more than just a celebration of Madiba’s life and what he did for South Africa, it’s a global movement to help positively impact the lives of those around you; no matter how small the task.”So what can you do this year to make your 67 minutes fruitful?That’s easy; pick something community based that you’re passionate about, make sure you’re signed up to GEM, put your game face on and start doing your bit for a better South Africa!What is GEM?GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project is a non-profit org. based in South Africa and co-founded by David Shields and Camilo Ramada. The two conceived a mobile app, called GEM, which uses a mobile payment platform to reward volunteer service in local communities. Operating on an easy-to-use smartphone app and/or USSD technology, users can explore a variety of local opportunities and sign-up to volunteer with the ones they like best.In exchange for their service volunteers earn “GEMs”, which is the app’s currency. Each GEM is the equivalent to one South African rand and can be used to buy goods and services which include electricity tokens, movie tickets, groceries, and even data. The project supports almost more than two dozen social organisations and runs over 30 activations in Johannesburg and Cape Town every month.The best thing about GEM is that it inspires a volunteerism lifestyle. It gives users an opportunity to improve the lives of those around them; using people’s free time proactively with a reward element attached. Everyone, irrespective of which side of the economic spectrum they fall, can give back and get something in return. Truly, a win-win situation.For the second year, GEM Project will be running a massive Mandela Day campaign in partnership with Brand South Africa and the PlayYourPart campaign. The merger serves as a way to make giving back to your community an easy task for anyone. Simply log on and decide where, how and for whom you want to make the world a better place.Brand South Africa is committed to creating a progressive and compelling brand image for South Africa. PlayYourPart is a social network that links individuals willing to volunteer their services or provide financial assistance with community development organisations.Now it’s time to put in the work. Visit www.gemproject.org to download the app on your smartphone or search “GEM Project” on your app store; it’s compatible with Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 and takes less than a minute to sign-up. Alternatively you can register via USSD by dialing * 120 * 4361 # to get started.You don’t need to be a millionaire or a superhero to make a difference. Your time alone is a beautiful thing to give.Follow the conversation on  #SANationBrand or #MandelaDay2016last_img read more

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Easy win for Nadal at the Australian Open

first_imgTo get an assessment of how much better Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are than most of the competition in men’s tennis, look no further than Marcos Daniel.At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Daniel was on the other side of the net from Nadal, who is attempting to win his fourth major title in a row – the “Rafa Slam.” Daniel saw, ever so briefly, why the top-seeded Nadal is among the best ever in the game.Rafael Nadal returns to Marcos Daniel during their first round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. APOnly briefly, because the Brazilian’s left knee gave out, forcing him to retire from the first-round match while trailing 6-0, 5-0.”If you see all the top five guys, they improve so much,” said Daniel, who has also lost to Federer. “They are one step forward, faster than the others, they hit the ball harder than the others, they can stay very focused for four hours, different than the others. Imagine Federer and Nadal, they are the same.”Nadal’s limited court time should hold him in good stead for the rest of the tournament, but he wasn’t counting his blessings as the result of another player’s misfortune.”I am a professional and I try my best on every point,” Nadal said, explaining why he didn’t hold back in the match. “That’s the best thing, to respect the opponent in that situation. If you do something and you let him win a game, it is worse.”advertisementNadal will play American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who beat Daniel Gimeno 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.Another one of those top five that Daniel mentioned was Andy Murray, the 2010 finalist who also advanced when Karol Beck retired with a shoulder injury in the third set of their first-round match. The fifth-seeded Murray, who was leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2, was the only man to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament last year, the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.”You’d rather finish the match off without your opponent being hurt,” Murray said, “but it does happen quite a lot. So you just have to move on and get yourself ready for the next round.”Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling had to go the distance but was rarely challenged, completing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace of Italy. Australian wild-card entry Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Jeremy Chardy of France. Tomic could meet Nadal in the third round.Another winner was 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played only three matches last year due to a right wrist injury. He beat Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, 6-4.”I don’t want to think in the past,” del Potro said. “I won a Grand Slam, but I’m working to improve my game. I don’t know if I can play like two years ago or not, but I will try.”Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost in the final here to Novak Djokovic in 2008, came back from two sets down to beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Arnaud Clement of France 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in another late match.On the women’s side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters did nothing to dent her growing status as favorite by routing fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0.The U.S. Open champion never allowed the 2009 Australian Open finalist to get into the match, placing pinpoint forehands to all areas of the court. When Safina did have an opportunity to return, her many unforced errors gave away the point to Clijsters.”I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis,” said Clijsters. “She obviously didn’t do that today.”Safina was less polite.”I was sitting in the changeover, and I was like, OK, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?,” Safina said. “There was nothing that I could do to hurt her. Embarrassing.”Elsewhere, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia beat American qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance along with No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer, No. 20 John Isner, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez and No. 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian of Argentina were scheduled to meet in a later first-round match in a replay of their 2002 Wimbledon final won by the Australian.Hewitt leads the series 3-2 but has not beaten Nalbandian since their controversial 2005 Australian Open quarterfinal in which the pair bumped into each other purposely on a changeover. The video clips of that altercation have featured prominently on television promotions of the night Rod Laver Arena match.advertisementAfter the 2005 match, won in five sets by the Australian, Nalbandian said Hewitt was “not a gentleman'” and “nobody is friends” with the Australian. Hewitt said Nalbandian was “not the cleanest guy.”No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women’s final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year.She dominated the first set against the 30-year-old Bammer, conceded only four points in the first four games of the second set and didn’t allow the Austrian to hold until the sixth game.Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open champion and 2008 Australian Open finalist, slumped to her worst result in seven years at Melbourne when she lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic saved five match points before finally going out.Also advancing were French Open finalist Sam Stosur, the fifth-seeded Australian who beat American wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1; No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 7 Jelena Jankovic; No. 10 Shahar Peer; No. 13 Nadia Petrova; No. 18 Nadia Petrova, No. 22 Flavia Pennetta; No. 25 Petra Kvitova and China’s Peng Shuai.last_img read more

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CANADIAN MUSICIAN FALLS TO DEATH FROM PLANE WHILE WINGWALKING FOR VIDEO SHOOT

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement On Monday, McMurray’s management team released a statement on his death. It said he’d been training for the stunt for months.McMurray planned to walk on the wing of a small Cessna plane while rapping for the video. During the shoot, he walked too far out on the wing and sent the aircraft into a downward spiral.The artist fell and didn’t have time to pull his parachute. He died on impact.The pilot was able to right the plane and no one else was hurt.Athlete turned stunt-musicianMcMurray, who was born in Calgary but lived in Los Angeles, made his rise in freeskiing. He switched from professional sports to music after a slough of injuries — including a broken back — more than a decade ago.His management team said his love for extreme stunts has remained a pillar in his music career.“His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was unchartered territory,” the statement read.His lifelong friend, fellow freeskier Rory Bushfield, posted a tribute to McMurray on Instagram on Sunday night.“He was living his ultimate dream, free and full,” wrote Bushfield, 35.McMurray’s management team said he was an “incredibly passionate person.”“He truly had a heart of gold. Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light.”McMurray leaves behind his wife, parents and brother.The RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating his death.With files from CBC and Brady Strachan LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement A professional rap artist and athlete has died after an airplane stunt for a music video went wrong above the B.C. Interior.Jon James McMurray, 33, was being filmed wing-walking when he fell and died on Saturday.His body was found in a field in the community of Westwold, northwest of Vernon, just before 7 p.m. PT.last_img read more

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Winnipeg backs call for murdered missing inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg’s council added its voice Wednesday to the call for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.The vote comes after what some have called a turning point this summer in Winnipeg. The murder of 15 year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in the Red River, touched a nerve right across the country.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

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