IDB’s Senior VP in Guyana to review bank’s portfolio

first_img…Finance Minister says review triggered by changing dynamicsThe Senior Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Julie Katzman, is currently in Guyana to review the IDB portfolio, with the government, and to look at areas for continued collaboration.Finance Minister Winston Jordan spoke to the Department of Public Information (DPI) and related that the call may be a response to a speech made at the IDB, in his call for “out of the box thinking.”Finance Minister Winston Jordan presents to Senior Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Julie Katzman an artist’s impression of the walk-over at Peters Hall, East Bank DemeraraThe Finance Minister deems the world to be “a dynamic place” where agencies such as banks and multilateral organisations frequently have to respond to the changing dynamics in their respective countries. At the local level, he recognised that the dynamics in Guyana have shifted with the change in Government (after 23 years), thus resulting in a shift in the area of priority and focus.The visiting team emphasised on several issues and concerns, while identifying and proposing practicable solutions. The IBD representative has already visited several IDB funded projects and met with various Government representatives.Meanwhile, IDB’s Vice President, Katzman disclosed that the consultations dealt with current portfolio; the emerging oil and gas sector, more particularly how Guyana can benefit in this regard while taking into consideration means to accelerate the execution of loans in the portfolio. The DPI also heard that the organisation’s Head of Infrastructure met with local infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, to discuss future projects.last_img read more

FIFA ban threat on Nigeria over court action

first_img0Shares0000ABUJA, October 24- Nigeria is at risk of another FIFA ban after a court declared the elections that ushered in Amaju Pinnick as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) illegal.World football governing body FIFA have warned that should anything hinder the newly-elected NFF executive committee led by Pinnick, the former Delta FA chairman, from operating, they will move for an automatic ban of Nigeria till the next FIFA congress in May. On Thursday, Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the federal high court in central city of Jos ruled against the NFF elections in Warri of September 30 as well as the congress before it.“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri extraordinary meeting of the 20th September and the elective congress of 30th September which were (in) direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,” said the judge.“Defendants in this matter have not filed any counter affidavits in this court to contest the facts. There is no motion nor Memorandum of Appearance. This is a court of record. On this note, the court has no option than to protect the integrity and sanctity of court. Court orders are not tea party. Nobody is above the law. Impunity must be stopped.”A lawyer representing the NFF, Damon Danshe, said his clients will appeal this ruling.“We shall consult with our clients, but certainly we shall go to the court of appeal as we are not satisfied with the decisions of the court in this matter,” he said.Some supporters of Chris Giwa, who maintained he was elected NFF president on August 26, took the matter to court in contravention of FIFA statutes forbidding football issues to be deliberated in a civil court.FIFA did not recognise the election of Giwa and ordered him to vacate the NFF office in Abuja.In July, Nigeria was suspended briefly after another court in Jos sacked the NFF then led by Aminu Maigari and the country’s sports minister appointed a civil servant to run the federation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho has ‘gone over the top’ with Ashley Barnes attack

first_imgJohn Barnes admits he has sympathy for Ashley Barnes after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his clash with Nemanja Matic as ‘criminal’.The Serbian was sent off for his reaction to the incident during Burnley’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The Blues chief appeared on Sky Sports programme Goals on Sunday and said he was unhappy that a red card had not been shown to the Clarets star.The incident plays up to Mourinho’s view that there is an ‘agenda’ against the west London club, but Barnes insists the Portuguese is wrong.“Jose Mourinho has gone a bit over the top a bit about Ashley Barnes,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I have a little bit of sympathy with Ashley Barnes.“It wasn’t even a tackle. He was going to pass the ball to the full back. He’s followed through and caught him.“It looked worse than it actually was. I don’t think you should be attacking players [like that]. Referees are not against Chelsea, they make mistakes. Jose’s gone a bit over the top.”last_img read more

Local dies at age 100

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAlvarez was a homemaker for much of her life and someone the family could always turn to in times of trouble, Terry Uribe, her only surviving child, remembered. “She was an ideal person to have as a mom or grandma because she always had an unconditional love for her family and was always there for us,” she said. After her children were grown and gone, Alvarez spent her later years traveling with her sister Theresa, now 99, to Las Vegas and Reno to gamble, Uribe said. The inseparable pair also made yearly pilgrimages to the Shrine of St. Jude in San Francisco to pray for family members. “They had been doing it as a yearly thing. Before we knew it, it was a whole busload of seniors going,” Uribe said. WHITTIER – Antonia Alvarez, who received proclamations recognizing her longevity from the cities of Montebello and Whittier at her 100th birthday cel ebration last year, has died. Alvarez had been in good health in her later years and died peacefully in her sleep Sunday at Royal Court Convalescent Home in Whittier. Born in 1905 in Benson, Ariz., to Remijio and Juana Trijillo, Alvarez moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1923. There Alvarez and her husband, Moises, who she married in 1926, raised five children – Moises Jr., Robert, Gilbert, Larry and Terry, their only daughter. One of Alvarez’s happiest days in recent years was her 100th birthday, attended by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, at her daughter’s Whittier home. She would have celebrated her 101st birthday in October. In addition to her daughter, Alvarez’s survivors include her sister Theresa Alvarez, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great- grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 4to 6 p.m. and a rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Guerra- Gutierrez mortuary in Whittier. A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory the Great in Whittier, followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

St Clare’s All-Ireland final set for Ballinasloe

first_imgDuggan Park in Ballinasloe is to host St Clare’s All-Ireland final on Sunday.The Manorhamilton school will face St Mary’s High School from Midleton in Cork in the Girls Junior C Championship final.Throw-in will be at 1pm.last_img

Grants for apartheid victims

first_img16 April 2003The government will provide a once-off R30 000 grant to about 20 000 individuals identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as deserving reparation for suffering under apartheid.The payments amount to about R660-million, and are in addition to more than R50-million the government has already paid out, as an interim measure, to 16 500 of the 18 800 victims identified by the TRC as needing urgent relief. Reparations: grants still unclaimed Tabling and responding to the final TRC report and its recommendations in Parliament, Cape Town on Tuesday, President Thabo Mbeki said authorities would disburse the grants “as a matter of urgency” during the current financial year.The President’s response to the TRC report followed his receipt of the final two-volume report last month. The first five-volume report was handed to former President Nelson Mandela in 1998.The Commission was set up in 1995 to investigate human rights violations and atrocities committed during apartheid. In over two years of hearings, its committees heard evidence from about 2 000 people, received written statements from another 18 000, and received over 8 000 applications for amnesty for apartheid crimes.Among other things, the TRC report recommended the creation of a reparation trust fund, as well as a secretariat in the Presidency to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.President Mbeki said, however, that the money, together with material and other rehabilitation packages aimed at assisting the apartheid victims and survivors, was in acknowledgement of their suffering and contribution – not as a prize for their role in dismantling the apartheid regime for a democratic system.Mbeki said government hoped the money would offer “some relief”, since many of the victims and the general public had not been in the struggle to make money, but to liberate the nation from the jaws of apartheid.“We are convinced that, to the millions who spared neither life nor limb in struggle, there is no bigger prize than freedom itself, and a continuing struggle to build a better life for all.” … [A]s the TRC itself has underlined, no one can attach monetary value to life and suffering, nor can an argument be sustained that the efforts of millions of South Africans to liberate themselves was for monetary gain.”Mbeki hinted that government had put in place programmes aimed at helping victims deal with their medical, educational and housing needs, as articulated in the TRC Act.Unaccounted for victims soughtMbeki also called on South Africans to provide the government with information relating to people unaccounted for from the apartheid years.Mbeki urged people in possession of such information to approach the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other relevant departments.“The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and relevant departments will be requested to deal with matters relating to people who were unaccounted for, post mortem records, and policy with regard to burials of unidentified persons”, he said.It is estimated that the reparation of apartheid victims will cost around R3-billion, money described by TRC chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “well-spent and in a very real sense cheap, for their [the victims’] contribution to the stability we currently enjoy is incalculable.”President Mbeki praised the TRC for its work, saying the Commission had succeeded and “handed us a united and reconciled society”.“The pain and the agony that characterised the conflict among South Africans over the decades, so vividly relived in many hearings of the Commission, planted the seed of hope – of a future bright in its humanity and its sense of caring.” Mbeki says no to ‘wealth tax’Mbeki slams apartheid lawsuits‘No blanket apartheid amnesty’ Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Autonomic Computing: Freeing Up People to Focus no Innovation

first_imgThe term autonomic computing may have come from a 2001 IBM paper that predicted that systems and software would become increasingly complex and the only way to effectively manage them would be to make the systems themselves more flexible and self-managing. The idea is that the software controlling systems could be made smart enough so that it would be able to optimize, configure and heal itself without the need for humans to be involved. Charles Crouchman, CTO at Turbonomic, said that “the idea of an autonomic data center has always made sense to us, but the underlying and fundamental technology enablement for it was not in place until recently… Automation can lessen the burden of that lower-level, repeated work so people can focus on innovation.” Software is getting smart. Software algorithms are promoted to become managers of systems. This kind of self-managing, self-healing software is called autonomic computing. Increasingly software is being created that can automate lower-level time-consuming tasks and decisions that would otherwise need to be done by humans. Dr. Kumar at IBM said that “higher order benefits will include allowing companies to better manage their business through IT systems that are able to adopt and implement directives based on business policy, and are able to make modifications based on changing environments.”last_img read more

Ohio Explains 2017 Form Changes, Amnesty Program

first_imgOhio issued the 2017 forms for personal income tax and School District income tax. Ohio also reminds taxpayers of changes to the individual income tax for 2017 and its upcoming tax amnesty program.2017 Individual Income Tax FormsThe Ohio Department of Taxation has revised the individual income tax form for 2017.Low Income CreditThe Low Income Credit line is no longer needed, so it has been removed.Direct Deposit ChangesA direct deposit refund can no longer be split into multiple accounts. Taxpayers can still direct deposit refunds into an IRA, checking/savings account or an Ohio 529.Business Income DeductionThe business income deduction will remain at 100% of the first $250,000 of net business income for single or married filing jointly returns. The deduction is $125,000 for married filing separate returns.Ohio IT K-1The Ohio IT K-1 is used to report each investor’s or beneficiary’s share of the partnership’s, corporation’s, estate’s or trust’s Ohio income and credits. An entity with Ohio income should prepare a separate Ohio K-1 for each investor or qualifying beneficiary. The investor or beneficiary should include the K-1 with their IT 1040.Refund InformationMost taxpayers filing electronically and requesting direct deposit will receive a refund in about 15 business days. Paper returns take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to process.2018 Tax Amnesty ProgramOhio is running a tax amnesty program from January 1, 2018, through February 15, 2018. Taxpayers may get rid of a tax debt at lower cost than usual and avoid further legal consequences. Taxpayers that pay their tax debts in full will pay:no penalty; andonly half of the normal interest.Taxes falling under the amnesty program are:Individual Income;School District Income;Commercial Activity;Employer Withholding;Employer Withholding School District Income;Financial Institutions;Pass-Through Entity;Sales & Use (state & local); andAlcoholic Beverage, Cigarette or Other Tobacco Products (state & local).To qualify for the program, the taxes must be due and payable before May 1, 2017.Whats New in 2017, Ohio Department of Taxation, December 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Hurricane heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands

first_img(AP) – Hurricane Dorian is moving over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warn it is gaining strength and probably will grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward Florida’s east coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday Dorian is expected to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it stays well to the east of the southeastern and central Bahamas over the next two days. The forecast calls for the storm to pass near or over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and close in on Florida by Sunday afternoon.The storm was a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday when it swirled through the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, causing power outages and flooding in places no major damage.last_img read more

Coutinho & Busquets hail ‘best in history’ Messi

first_imgLionel Messi ‘Best in history’ Messi lauded by Barcelona colleagues Coutinho & Busquets Iain Strachan 19:14 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División The Argentine produced a typically dominant performance during a La Liga mauling of Girona, drawing gushing praise from his Camp Nou team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets hailed the performance of the “amazing” Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s crushing 6-1 La Liga victory over Girona.The Argentina international set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition’s defensive wall at Camp Nou.Coutinho, a January arrival from Liverpool, also supplied an assist for Suarez before getting on the scoresheet, and the Brazilian is already revelling in a productive relationship with his superstar team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Leo is amazing,” he told Movistar.”He fooled everyone with his goal. It’s incredible how good he is. Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he’s very important for us. “Bit by bit I’m learning and I have a lot of work to do.”Holding midfielder Busquets echoed the sentiments of Coutinho, saying of Messi’s contribution: “He always makes the difference and that’s what makes him the best player in the world and in the history of football.”Ousmane Dembele could not find the back of the net himself but did tee up Suarez for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick, and Coutinho expects the young France international to hit his stride soon. “Barcelona play unique football,” he said.”Dembele is a great player, I’m sure that with time and work we will learn. We want to do the best we can.”last_img read more