Vehicles older than 8 years will be disposed of – GRA

first_imgThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is reminding auto dealers of the new law restricting the importation of vehicles older than eight years.Government earlier this year announced legislative changes to the Customs Act that restricts the importation of vehicles that are eight years and older, from the date of manufacture to the date of importation, from entering Guyana. This new law took effect from May 1.However, despite notices to this effect already issued in the media, importers are still bringing the restricted vehicles.“The GRA therefore urges vehicle importers to desist from purchasing such vehicles and attempting to import same, since vehicles in contravention will be forfeited and disposed, thereof, in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Laws. Other fines and penalties may also be imposed,” stated a release from the taxation body on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Commissioner General of the GRA, Godfrey Statia, told Guyana Times that the Authority wanted to remind the public of the restriction, hence the release.“A few importers and individuals are still (importing such vehicles) and claiming ignorance so we just wanted to be pellucid that this is the law,” he remarked.Moreover, Statia explained that those importers who would have already purchased or had vehicles eight years and older at the wharf when the May 1 enforcement took effect, are given a “special concession”.The vehicle restriction does not apply to heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sector and special purpose vehicles.The highly-unpopular measure was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during the presentation of the 2016 National Budget in January, which he said was part of the coalition Government’s programme of ‘greening’ the economy and protecting the environment.The ban, seen by many as anti-poor and anti-business, covers cars, vans, busses, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), and pickups. The Government in the same vein had moved to remove the taxes on vehicles less than four years old as a cushion. The excise tax on 1500cc vehicles less than four years old was removed, while there was a 50 per cent reduction of the excise tax to 10 per cent on vehicles less than four years old between 1500cc and 2000cc.Several auto dealers had spoken to Guyana Times back when the announcement was made and noted that the ban will only benefit the upper-middle class and described the move as “jumbie economics” being implemented at a time when the Guyanese economy was struggling to “keep its head above water”.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal rivers await steelhead

first_imgWith very little rain over the past week and the rivers on the drop, the end is likely in sight for the late, fall-run salmon season on the North Coast. The season has been somewhat of a disappointment to fishermen as only a couple major storms hit the coast and dropped enough rain to bring the Smith and Chetco up to ideal levels.While the fishing window was very small, that doesn’t necessarily mean the number of returning salmon was small. Even during the low water conditions, salmon were …last_img

What Warriors appreciate about Al Attles

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Whenever the Warriors’ luminaries return to watch the game they played and love, they often do one thing that becomes as memorable as marveling at the highlight reels.Either before the game or a during a timeout, they walk toward the concourse atop the lower bowl. There, Al Attles often sits on a chair. When he is not watching the game, Attles is catching up with …last_img

Initiative to help young entrepreneurs

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Youth Development Agency has launched the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme, which will provide young aspirant and established entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, micro-enterprise finance, market linkages and access to business opportunities. Focus is on experienced entrepreneurs, business consultants, middle or senior managers, retired professionals, and life/business coaches. Call for volunteers While the programme is aimed at young aspirant and established South African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, preferences will be given to young people in rural and peri-urban areas and to those living with disabilities. It says all these factors combined often become entry barriers to business or result in a high failure rate among start-up businesses initiated by young entrepreneurs. In addition, an appeal is being made to public and private organisations to avail business opportunities such as procurement, retail and distribution, acquisition of equity stakes and others. 29 February 2012 Among those who have come onboard are successful NYDA and Ithubalentsha ambassadors: Rita Zwane, owner of Imbizo Buy & Braai (popularly known as Busy Corner), author and activist for people with disabilities, Nenio Mbazima, and Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of South African digital marketing agency, KrazyBoyz Digital. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to statistics, an estimated 73% of South Africa’s youth, who make up 42% of the country’s population, are unemployed – a reality that needs to be addressed if the country is to effectively eradicate poverty, he said.center_img According to the agency, young entrepreneurs face several barriers including lack of finance to start or expand their businesses, inadequate mentorship and business opportunities, and lack of business management and other appropriate skills. For more information about Ithubalentsha Micro-Enterprise Programme and how to get involved, potential mentors and young entrepreneurs can visit the NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za or e-mail ithuba@nyda.gov.za. “What the programme aims to achieve is to give young entrepreneurs the exposure that they need to succeed by facilitating access to mentors and business opportunities in both public and private sectors, while also empowering them with the relevant skills and start-up loans ranging from R1 000 to R100 000,” explained NYDA chief executive Steven Ngubeni in a statement last week. “We believe that the Ithubalentsha Programme will go a long way in creating direct and sustainable employment for young people thereby alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment, which is a major concern to the NYDA.” This is especially the case with for young people in rural and peri-urban areas, as well as young people with disabilities. “The NYDA recognises that it cannot do this alone. South Africa is what it is today because of the power of partnerships and what they can achieve,” said Ngubeni. “We want to partner with the public and private sector and South Africans in general to make the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme effective.” The agency is calling on South Africans experienced in the areas of leadership, management and business to volunteer to be mentors. The programme seeks to address this through five key areas: identification and technical training, entrepreneurship training, micro-enterprise finance, business mentorship and business opportunities and market linkages.last_img read more

World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country focus: CzechiaDecember 11, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community” Geocache of the Week is the world’s most logged geocache. Any guesses?The Original Stash Tribute Plaque? No.The Geocaching Headquarters cache? No.Uh… Mingo? Nope.That cool giraffe cache in Berlin? Nein.Brazil’s APE cache? Not even close. Drumroll please… The most logged geocache in the entire world is, Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague, Czech Republic! The cache has just under 30,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues, and absolutely stunning. Have you logged this cache? Difficulty:1Terrain:1 Location:Prague, Czech RepublicN 50° 05.211 E 014° 24.544center_img TraditionalGC189E5by Benjo5 Swan LakeCharles Bridge from the northwestOne of many statuesThat’s a well-worn logbook!Night caching in the winterCharles Bridge at dawnCharles Bridge on an overcast dayView from aboveShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Ateneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVL

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 17 points while Ishmael Rivera added 10.Joshua Umandal had 10 points to lead the Tigers who struggled in the offensive converting just 27 of its 93 spike attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University bounced back after losing the third set and dropped De La Salle, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, to take its second win.The Tamaraws are now at 2-1 to tie UST at the second spot while La Salle dropped to 1-2. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico Ateneo took down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, to earn the top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles continued their win streak and improved to 3-0 while the Growling Tigers slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Detablan had 17 points to lead FEU while getting ample support from three of his teammates.Redijohn Paler and Richardo Solis had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Tamaraws while substitute Jude Garcia added 11.Arjay Onia had a game-high 19 points to lead the Green Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgWe’re back for the latest addition of 60 seconds in Touch and the A in April must stand for action-packed because once again that’s what we are, it’s school holidays (the count is on till school is back) and ANZAC celebrations will kick into gear this week as we remember those who have fought and lost their lives for our Nation… * Dave McMurray (ATA’s finance guru) has been a busy man with all of the All Nations deposits coming in and we just want to wish him a happy birthday for this Saturday the 23rd. So as a little present for Dave, please fax in your remittance slips when you make a direct deposit. It makes his job a little less stressful. * An interesting question…Kristy (the friendly voice you hear when you call the office) and I (Rachel Moyle) were driving home the other night and passed a group of kangaroos on the side of the road. (Yes, in Canberra.) We’re just wondering what do you call them, do you call them a herd? A flock? A pod? Or simply a group? * And another interesting question that was passed around the ATA office this week…Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat? * Back to Touch though, the first newsletter was released last week, and the second is already in production already promising about 7 pages worth of great Touch stories. It is released in the first week of each month and the May edition is not too far away. Have a read of the April edition (on the front page) and if you want the newsletter to be sent directly to then simply send me an email at media@austouch.com.au and I’ll put you on the mailing list for May. * The Open National Training Squads have been announced, with the squads set to be narrowed from 18 players each to 14 players in the next few weeks, keep an eye on the website for the news! These sides will head to New Zealand with the Senior sides for the All Nations tournament and then be aiming for the 2006 Trans Tasman series and 2007 World Cup in South Africa. * On the topic of the National Training Squads, newspaper stories are already surfacing, the Sunshine Coast players the first, with the following article appearing in the Sunshine Coast Daily. FARROWS, ROGERSONS AND CLARK- SUNSHINE COAST DAILY Rachael Holden and Andrew Baggio weren’t far behind in the Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, we’ll keep you updated on more as they are printed. With the All Nations senior sides being announced on April 29, we’ll be working hard to get as much media coverage for all of these players as possible. If you’re am Aussie senior player, feel free to contact Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au with your details such as a brief playing history, thoughts on selection, contact details and who your local newspaper is. Rachel will be able to try and get you some media coverage in your local press but she definitely needs you to provide her with the info above. It’s a great opportunity to get some more publicity for the sport and for our players. * Thank you to all who attended NSW Touch’s regional forum over the weekend. Rachel had the chance to host the session on Media and it was great to be able to share ideas and chat with people from all around NSW, it’s clear that people are wanting to work in this area and help Touch grow in this way. From what I saw over the weekend, there are certainly a lot of passionate people within the sport. Remember if you need a hand with writing a media release or with approaching your local media, contact media@austouch.com.au * The unseasonably warm weather in Canberra (mid 20’s in April, it’s amazing!) will welcome the kick off of their winter competition soon. Good luck to all ACT players over winter, you’re certainly braver than me. If you’re keen to join the competition, contact ACT because there’s always sides looking for extra players and team nominations are of course still open. * http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/ is Touch SA’s new website and they’re building up all of the links and info quickly. Make sure you check it out for another example of how a website can help build you local association, region or state. `Local Association of the Week’: Rockhampton Touch… ROCKHAMPTON TOUCH ASSOCIATION Another great local website and how can you go past the photo gallery, my favourite being the `Mums on a Mission’ C grade Womens premiers in lime green shirts. Another great example of how a local association can use their SportingPulse website to share news and information, results and draws and a whole lot more with their local players. * Victoria Touch are holding their Womens Open trials on Saturday April 30 and May 7, make sure you contact them for all the info www.victouch.com.au * The next Touch column for www.sportsnews.com.au is due up this week, so make sure you check back regularly, it’s sure to be a good read. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

Position Vacant – Finance Administration Officer

first_imgTouch Football Victoria invites applicants to apply for the position of Finance and Administration Officer.Applicants must have some experience in finance and administration or a tertiary equivalent and the position is best suited to a can do person with a passion to be involved in the sports industry.Salary will range from $30,000 – $38,000 plus super. For a full position description please download the attached document. By COB Monday 21st April, applicants must provide a cover letter outlining the key selection criteria outlined in the position description along with a resume to david.brady@victouch.com.au Related Filesvic_finance_and_adminstration_position_description-pdflast_img

New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

first_imgTOKYO – Tokyo’s famous fish market reopened Thursday at a new location but retained its most famous tradition: the tuna auction.The customary clanging of bells opened the auction for raw and frozen tuna, which crammed the huge warehouse wall-to-wall, at the waterfront Toyosu facility. The rhythmical shouts of the auctioneers and the special hand signals by the bidders that followed were unchanged from Tsukiji, the smaller, more accessible home the market recently left after more than eight decades.The top bid for tuna, a delicacy much like premium-grade beef in Japan, was 4.28 million yen ($38,000), not an unusually high price for quality tuna.The more than 400 kinds of seafood at the market come from all over Japan, as well as from abroad, including octopus, eel, sea urchin and other items special to Japanese cuisine.The market serves top restaurants and everyday supermarkets alike. The move was delayed for two years because of worries about contamination, including arsenic, at the Toyosu site. Measures were taken to ensure safety, such as better water pumps and extra concrete sealing.Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike attended the opening and expressed hopes for the location’s success.“Of course, things are different here,” she said of how the new place may take getting used to.“We must build the Toyosu brand, day by day, to make it a symbol of Tokyo, and of Japan. I hope to move forward with all of you.”Officials and workers then clapped rhythmically in celebration of Toyosu’s opening, the same customary gesture for good luck that had closed Tsukiji on Oct. 6.Free-of-charge tours for the public start Saturday, including seeing the auction from a huge glass window. Visitors will not be able to go on the auction floor as they could at Tsukiji. Reporters got a tour of the grounds Thursday.Like Tsukiji, Toyosu also has a vegetable wholesale area, where auctions also take place. In several spots in the same market complex are tiny restaurants, including the ones that used to be at Tsukiji but also new ones.Still, much of the humbly quaint atmosphere of Tsukiji was gone in the sterile factory-like environment of Toyosu. Whether Toyosu can attract tourist traffic remains to be seen.Serving as reminders were the people zipping around in their scooting carts, as busy as ever.Toyosu is a bit farther to get to than Tsukiji, which is within walking distance of downtown Ginza. Toyosu is reachable by an unmanned monorail called Yurikamome. A walkway from Shijo-mae station, which means “in front of the market,” leads right to the Toyosu market.About 40,000 people used to visit Tsukiji each day, not just retailers and restaurant operators but also “salarymen” on lunch breaks and tourists from all over the world.It’s unclear whether the stalls serving noodles and raw-tuna bowls that remain in the area surrounding Tsukiji will continue to be a draw without the backdrop of a real market.Many fish wholesalers, workers and supporters had opposed the move out of Tsukiji, alleging that Toyosu was inefficient and unsafe. A handful of businesses were continuing to sell inside Tsukiji, saying they hoped to fight the planned tearing down of the old construction.Tsukiji is being turned into a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. What gets built afterward is undecided, according to the Tokyo city government. But it’s clearly prime real estate, and plans under consideration include a casino.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

Softball No 18 Ohio State swept to begin Big Ten play against

Ohio State junior infielder Emily Clark makes a tag on a Wright State runner on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternIndiana began Big Ten play with a bang, sweeping the No. 18 Ohio State softball team in all three games the two teams played this weekend, outscoring the Buckeyes 19-4 in the three games.Indiana (10-21, 3-0 Big Ten) took control of the series from the beginning, holding the Buckeyes (19-7, 0-3 Big Ten) to just two hits in the first game of the series.Indiana’s junior pitcher Tara Trainer, a player Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly described as “very competitive” and said would be one to watch for in this series, pitched all seven innings of the 6-0 shutout. The six unanswered runs for the Hoosiers came in pairs starting with two runs in the first inning, followed by two more in the second and another two in the fourth.The Buckeyes got on the board in the second game, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Hoosiers.Ohio State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior catcher Emily Clark doubled and advanced to third on a throw while junior shortstop Lilli Piper made it to home. Clark later scored after senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice.In the bottom of the fifth, however, Indiana put five runs on the board that inning alone. Freshman catcher Maddie Westmoreland’s home run contributed three of the five runs.Ohio State grabbed one run back after Clark scored in the top of the sixth, but the Hoosiers responded with four more runs in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. Ohio State was not able to get back in the game in the seventh, bringing Game Two to a close and giving the Hoosiers their second win of the weekend, ending the game at 9-3. The Buckeyes kicked off the third game with a home run by Piper in the top of the first.The Hoosiers tied the game in the bottom half of the first, however, with sophomore right fielder Gabbi Jenkins scoring on a wild pitch.The score remained at 1-1 until senior shortstop Rachel O’Malley stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a bases-clearing double to give Indiana the 4-1 lead. That base hit proved to be the game-winner for the Hoosiers.Ohio State will have its first home game at Buckeye Stadium at 6 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Kentucky. read more