Marriott Casino, Entertainment Complex still on hold – Harper

first_imgThere has been no firm decision taken as yet to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.This was confirmed by Beverly Harper, the Chairperson of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), which owns Marriott Guyana.The AHI chairperson was at the time debunking reports in sections of the local media to the effect that AHI has made a decision to go ahead with the outfitting of the Casino.Harper told  Guyana Times  that AHI would certainly like to have the Casino and Entertainment Complex outfitted before any sale of the property could be made since it would be the more economical option.The AHI chairperson further indicated to this newspaper that at present, the company is in receipt of proposals and is in fact open to receiving proposals to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex.However, she explained that any such proposal would have to meet the Marriott International’s requirement, adding that it certainly could not be any competing interests such as existing hoteliers.According to Harper, the shell/building for the Casino and Entertainment Complex is completed and is the building adjacent to the current hotel operations.She explained that the building had been constructed as part of Phase I of the construction of the facility—a project that had been undertaken by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.Recent media reports have been fuelled by an advertisement appearing in the local dailies indicating that AHI was ready to embark on Phase II of the operation, which includes the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex but the advertisement being referred to is essentially for an available position of Accountant.Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran had cautioned against proceeding with the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex.His recommendation had come in an audit he had undertaken of AHI, given the lack of market intelligence on the operations of casinos among other considerations.In the report, Goolsarran said: “The Entertainment Complex is too risky a venture for the Government to undertake.”He had also recommended that Government should proceed with haste to advertise for the sale of the hotel, bearing in mind that the Management Agreement with Marriott International is for 30 years, renewable for another 10 years.That Agreement, he observed, does provide for the sale of the hotel to a reputable individual or firm so that it can roll-over to the new owners.He suggested that Government alternatively retain majority interest in the hotel and offer 49% of shares to the public and institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.last_img read more

NEC Sets Feb. 28 for Lofa By-election

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has set February 28 as the date for the conduct of the pending by-election in Lofa County Electoral District #1.NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah said pursuant to Article 37 of the Liberian Constitution, the Commission has no other option but to conduct the by-election to fill the vacancy at the Legislature created by the death of Lofa County Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar.Article 37 of the 1986 Constitution states that: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the elections commission thereof not later than 90 days thereafter cause for a by-election to be held. Provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of such elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such elections.”In line with the provision, the House of Representatives on December 7, 2016, sent a letter of notification to the NEC about the vacancy at the House as a result of Eugene Fallah Kparkar’s death.As such, Korkoyah said on January 13, the NEC will close the nomination process for candidates, while the final list of qualified candidates vying to fill the vacancy will be published on January 23.This exercise, he said, will be followed by the issuance of the Writ to the Magistrate of Elections in Lofa commanding them to conduct a by-election in District #1 on February 28 to fill the vacancy in the House of Representatives. Other timelines associated with the by-election include: January 7-15, Civic and Voters’ Education (CVE) Campaign for replacement of lost and damaged voter ID cards; January 13-26, accreditation of party agents, media and observers for polling day; January 16, notification to candidates of acceptance or rejection; January 19, last day for candidates to appeal against rejection; January 21, last day for decision on objection and claims, launch of CVE and gender campaign for by-election; and January 23, final list of candidates published. From January 23 to February 26, NEC will conduct publication of voting precincts and political campaign; and March 2, announcement of final results of election after the February 28 poll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gay Games in Paris for a week of sport, culture and equality

first_imgSix years before hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, Paris will welcome more than 10,000 participants from 90 countries around the world, including some where homosexuality is illegal or repressed.After the inauguration of the sports village at the City Hall in central Paris on Saturday at 9am (0700 GMT), an International Memorial Rainbow Run will set off on behalf of victims of AIDS, breast cancer and discrimination.The opening ceremony will be held at 7pm at the Jean Bouin stadium in the city’s southwest with a parade of 10,000 athletes and a show on the theme of coming out and equality.The party will continue at one of Paris most emblematic monuments, the Grand Palais, which is being transformed into a giant nightclub for an evening hosted by Israeli DJ Offer Nissim.There will be competitions in 36 disciplines throughout the week across 67 sites in the Paris region, as well as civic, sports and cultural events outside the City Hall. The sailing competition will take place at the port of Le Havre in northern France.The 10th edition of the Gay Games will come to a close with a ceremony outside the City Hall on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000During the Gay Games, there will be competitions in 26 disciplines at 67 sites in the Paris region © AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREPARIS, France, Aug 3 – The Gay Games will kick off in Paris on Saturday, bringing together participants from around the world for a week of sport and culture in a carnival atmosphere.“We want to promote self-improvement rather than victory at all costs”, said Pascale Reinteau, co-chair of the Gay Games, which aim to promote equality under the motto “all equal”.last_img read more

Kimanzi gives 8/10 rating to CECAFA squad

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi in deep thought during a training session at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala, Uganda on December 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Despite suffering one of the biggest defeats in recent times for the national team, Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi says he was pleased overall with the performance of his squad at the tourney where Stars finished third.Kimanzi’s charges won all its group stage matches, but were handed a shock 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Eritrea before bouncing back with a 2-1 win over Tanzania to clinch bronze. “To be honest, with the amount of time we had to prepare, I give them eight out of 10. Look at what they did in the group stages; three matches three wins. Knockout stage was a disappointment but look at what they did in the third and fourth. They played good football and won comfortably. It shows development,” the tactician told Capital Sport.“The most important thing is that you learn from the tournament. The mentality, the pressure of success with young players and also with new players that you have been admiring and waiting to give them an opportunity. This was also something for development,” Kimanzi further added.Harambee Stars players line up before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi now says the players have thrown him a bigger challenge when he sets out to build a group for next year’s 2021 African Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.“We are moving somewhere and it’s a huge question they have thrown to me in terms of ‘I am available even for the bigger selections and maybe I can challenge the bigger guys’. It’s a different stage because it is a stage of men and it will be interesting to see how they fare,” the tactician offered.Among the plauers who proved their worth in the tournament include Ulinzi Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa who was the tournament top scorer with three goals and two assists and Kimanzi has openly stated his admiration for the lanky former Bidco United man.Wamalwa has shown that his form at the championship was no mere fluke as he scored twice playing for Ulinzi Stars in their 4-0 win over Zoo Kericho in a Kenyan Premier League match on Sunday.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa celebrates his goal against Zanzibar during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I think I am really impressed with him and he is the kind of guy who can help us solve our problems upfront. We have also been wondering who can help Olunbga (Michael) or Jesse (Were) and now he has thrown himself at us,” he said.Adding; “I would love to see him developing more at the club level and hopefully they can continue giving him more opportunities and good coaching. He is someone that can really help us next year.”Another player who has impressed the tactician is Sweden-based midfielder Antony Wambani.The former Bandari man has not had much playing time in Sweden and the tactician gave him a chance to prove his worth.“I called him up just one month after the league in Sweden ended and for me that was a great sacrifice because he was with his family enjoying his rest and he agreed to come. He has shown that he can fight with men and though we don’t have a deficiency in that area, he has given us a challenge that he can come and compete,” Kimanzi noted.The tactician now hopes the players can keep their form at club level and he believes the squad depth will be immense heading into the new year.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTERRIFYING gorse fires which broke out across a large area of west Donegal yesterday evening are continuing to rage into the early hours as flames threaten to burn down homes.Large stretches of the N56 are closed this morning as fire crews from all over the county struggle to contain the raging inferno.One fire tender has broken down near Lettermacaward as officers struggle to contain one of the worst gorse fires in the county in years. Most of the fires are burning between Loughanure and Doochary; driven on by strong easterly winds.We have eye-witness reports of homes being evacuated as gardai and fire crews take no chances with the terrifying blaze.A short time ago a Lettermacaward resident told donegaldaily: “The air is thick with smoke and the night sky is lit up red. It is terrifying.“We have been placed on high alert whilst other homes have been evacuated. The fire seems to be massive. “The emergency services are doing their best to cope with it; but it’s going to be a long night.”We understand that Gardai are already investigating the incident and will seek help from fire service experts in establishing the cause of the latest gorse fire to hit the county.One possibility is that the fires were started deliberately.It is the latest in a series of gorse fires to hit the county.On Saturday evening, local photographer Eoin McGarvey captured the scene on the N56 as motorists fled the area. You can see our earlier story here: NEWS: TERRIFYING GORSE FIRES RAGE INTO THE NIGHT AS HOMES EVACUATED was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalDoocharygorse firesLettermacawardLoughanurelast_img read more

Sales tax revenue up 2.5% over last year

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sales of goods and services yield increases: Taxes jumped 7.6 percent in general retail; 4.3 percent in food products; 2.7 percent in transportation and 4.8 percent in construction sales. Business-to-business sales declined 7.8 percent during the same period. Still, the additional revenue will bolster city coffers for the 2005-06 fiscal year. Of the $70.5 million general fund budgeted for the 12 months beginning July 1, about $30.3 million is expected from sales tax. “This will keep us right on target in terms of our sales tax revenue for the current budget year,” Hernandez said. The city staff will revise the estimates in December to determine whether projections match economic reality, he said. SANTA CLARITA – The city tallied $6.58 million in sales tax revenue for the second quarter of 2005, a 2.5 percent increase over last year, officials said Friday. The sum, collected in the three-month period ending June 30, exceeded the $6.42 million from a year ago. It’s a boon for the city of Santa Clarita’s general fund, of which about 40 percent consists of sales tax revenues. The funds have paid for construction of new parks, additional sheriff’s deputies and infrastructure maintenance. “We’re pleased to note the increase in sales tax revenues in the second quarter,” city treasurer Darren Hernandez said. “These numbers reflect not only a growing community, but also a healthy economy in our city.” 160Want 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

Record level of students appeal Leaving Certificate results

first_imgA record number of Leaving Certificate students are appealing their exam results this year, it has emerged.According to the State Examinations Commission (SEC), more than 9,000 candidates have made applications to appeal more than 17,000 grades.This is a 74% increase on the number of students appealing compared to last year, and an 87% increase on the actual number of grades appealed, according to RTE.  The rise follows significant publicity surrounding the appeals process over the past year, following a successful High Court challenge to appeal procedures this time last year.Rebecca Carter took a case to the High Court alleging an unreasonable delay in the processing of appeals after she narrowly missed out on a college place due to the slowness of the process.Following a High Court ruling in her favour, the SEC introduced changes this year to speed up the appeals process.Students now receive the outcome of any appeal more than three weeks earlier than previously, in mid-September. There has been a 192 per cent increase in the amount of music students appealing their final grade – with 479 applications received.Design and communication (187 per cent), Higher-level Irish (161 per cent), Biology, French, Spanish, German and engineering are among the subjects being appealed in huge numbers.Around one in five papers are upgraded after an appeal.The SEC said the increase in appeals is greater than it anticipated.However, it said it wants to reassure candidates that the planned issue date of the week beginning 16 September will be achieved. During the appeal process the original marking of an exam is reviewed by an appeal examiner who was not involved in the original marking.Last year, 16% of appeals were successful for candidates, resulting in upgrades. However, five papers were downgraded during the process.Record level of students appeal Leaving Certificate results was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Giants complete stunning sweep at Coors, control their own destiny before trade deadline

first_imgDENVER — When the San Francisco Giants return home to Oracle Park on Thursday, ace Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for what could be one of his last two starts before he’s dealt to a contending club.It could also be another normal outing for a pitcher who suddenly finds himself playing for the hottest team in baseball.For months, the Giants appeared destined to control the July 31 trade deadline by sending out their most valuable assets in return for the top prospects belonging to …last_img read more

‘Extended Plate and Beam’ Walls

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Production builders in the U.S. love 2×4 walls. They also love keeping the cost to build their homes as low as possible.When energy codes ratcheted up in the 1980s and 1990s, cold-climate home builders eventually switched to 2×6 studs. But most production builders are still reluctant to install exterior rigid foam or furring strips.In Climate Zones 6, 7, and 8, new codes are forcing builders to consider the implications of the “R-20 + R-5” requirements for walls. But many builders are unhappy with current options for building high-R walls.Responding to builders’ concerns, engineers at a research facility associated with the National Association of Home Builders (the Home Innovation Research Labs, formerly known as the NAHB Research Center) have developed a new wall system called the “extended plate and beam” system. The main developers of the system were Vladimir Kochkin and Joe Wiehagen. (Wiehagen recently left his job at the Home Innovation Research Labs). Kochkin and Wieghagen wanted to come up with a wall that performs better than a typical 2×6 wall, but that isn’t expensive or scary enough to disturb production builders. Cantilevered plates At its most basic, here’s the idea: builders should frame 2×4 walls on 2×6 plates. The 2×6 plates should be flush with the 2x4s on the interior, but should be proud of the studs on the exterior. The protruding plates leave room for 2 inches of rigid foam to be installed on the exterior side of the studs (see the close-up image below).The OSB or plywood wall sheathing is installed on the exterior side of the rigid foam. In this respect, an “extended plate and beam” wall resembles a wall with Zip R sheathing. (For more information on Zip R sheathing, see “Nailbase Panels for Walls.”)In a recent phone… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Chirpify: Buy, Sell, Donate With Your Twitter Account

first_imgIt was only a matter of time. Tweets are now transactions.A new service called Chirpify has opened Twitter to e-commerce, enabling people to buy, sell, donate, pay and otherwise transact in-stream with their Twitter accounts.It’s a storefront upload that’s already being adopted by big companies like Hewlett-Packard, PowerBar and VH1.Here’s how it works: Brands, small businesses and musicians tweet offers using a product image. Shoppers reply to the post with the word “buy.” And that’s it.Seriously. It’s that easy. Payment is made via PayPal, with Chirpify taking a 4% flat fee. Boom. Done. The potential to turn followers into instant customers is beyond staggering. The question of the dollar value of a Twitter follower has just been taken to a whole new level.In April, Chirpify, based in Portland, Ore., raised north of $1 million in funding, with investments coming from HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes, BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu, and former Facebook exec Rudy Gadre. In early July, the company hired former American Express director Rayburn Chan to lead its social-payment platform. Chan spent a decade at AmEx, where he helped develop that company’s mobile-wallet platform. Right now the startup is looking to expand to allow linking to debit and credit accounts, and even expand beyond Twitter. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook, an area in which Chirpify has reportedly expressed no interest. Keep your eye on this company. With strong management and a new twist on e-commerce, they might just lead the way in Twitter’s evolving advertising ecosystem.Global Twitter ad sales were $288 million in fiscal 2012, up from about $140 million in 2011. These numbers could keep going up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other startups follow in Chirpify’s footsteps to create similar business models. Is this the future of e-commerce sales on Twitter? The end of the promoted tweet and the beginning of the purchase tweet? Could well be.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#web last_img read more