GGDMA decries Govt’s burdensome taxes

first_img… tells Opposition Leader of hardships facing mining sectorThe top brass of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) decried the range of burdensome taxes implemented by the coalition Government.The Association’s executives raised their concerns during a meeting with a team of Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), led by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday.The three-hour meeting, which was held at the GGDMA’s office at North Road,Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with his parliamentarian colleagues and the executives of GGDMA at Wednesday’s meetingBourda, Georgetown, saw the discussion of a number of important national issues affecting Guyanese; especially miners and those operating in the mining industry.In particular, the executives of the Association highlighted a number of critical challenges which the small-, medium- and even the larger-scale miners are currently facing.Among the challenges identified were the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the Tributors Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) on heavy-duty mining equipment, the two per cent Withholding Tax, breach of promises in respect of the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel and the atrocious state of the roads in the mining areas and other related issues.After listening to the plight of the GGDMA executives, the Leader of the Opposition pledged his and his party’s continuous support in respect of the matters raised. He further endeavours to highlight their concerns in the National Assembly and at every other available forum.Jagdeo was accompanied by Opposition parliamentarians: Anil Nandlall, Irfaan Ali, Juan Edghill and Odinga Lumumba.Following the presentation of the 2017 National Budget back in December, and its subsequent passage in the National Assembly two weeks later, the GGDMA has complained bitterly about the range of new tax measures, accusing Government of ignoring the plight of small- and medium-scale miners. The Association has been the lobbying body of the mining industry for over 30 years.Of recent, stakeholders in the gold and diamond mining industry said they have “felt blindsided” and have been “surprised by the sudden, rushed and high-handed implementation of several new policy decisions” of the coalition in relation to the mining sector.In fact, in one of its missives earlier this year, the GGDMA bluntly questioned the “real motive of the [Government of Guyana] GoG in abandoning the long standing tradition of consultation with the industry and now resorting to an authoritarian style.”Taking a stance on the matter, the Association asserted that it was ready to take the necessary action to protect the livelihoods of all legitimate Guyanese and other miners who have invested time, money and energy in the sector.last_img read more

Nitrogen management and the complexities of the 4Rs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the arrival of the 2016 growing season comes questions about how to best manage nitrogen (N). This annually vexing problem never seems to get any easier because there are so many moving parts to the complex decisions regarding the 4Rs (Right place, Right time, Right rate, Right source) and N.“I think we sometimes overlook that this is a very complicated system. The performance objective of N management is really important to consider. Is the goal to maximize yield, maximize economic return or minimize environmental loss? Sometimes these things do not go hand in hand,” said Josh McGrath, soil extension specialist with the University of Kentucky. “Sometimes we want to put out a positive story that if we minimize environmental loss, we also maximize economic return. That is not always the case. Sometimes you have to pick one as more important than the other. When you are at the economic optimum, your N losses might be higher than if you are taking an economic loss. Some of that has to do with the complexity of determining what the right rate really is. Sometimes even our best effort with N is still not going to be good enough.”In the end, the general focus needs to be on maintaining farm profitability with regard to N management and the 4Rs.“In general, I think folks are doing the best they can to maintain farm profitability, and that is necessary,” McGrath said. “Profitable farms can invest in more conservation practices. If we need to do better than what we are doing now environmentally, we need new technology and we need to invest in new methods in picking the right N rate, applying N to minimize the environmental impact, and we need to invest in developing new ideas about N management.”The immediate focus with improving N management should probably be on the timing of the applications, McGrath said.“The most important R without a doubt with N management is the right time. Timing is the one R we can best control. If we have the rest pretty good — if we are following good recommendations on our rate and we are placing it appropriately — timing is the low hanging fruit. Split applying or spoon-feeding to the crop is always going to increase efficiency and it is going to make you a smarter N manager because you’ve got more climate history behind you. You can adjust to what the weather has been,” McGrath said. “I think we also have to do a better job of adjusting our N rate for variability of what our N requirement is in space and time.”There are currently some tools to help improve the accuracy of rate decisions.“Some of the tools out there are the N sensors — GreenSeeker, OptRx or N Sensor are the three sensors on the market,” he said. “They can help us dial in that sidedress rate on the corn or the topdress on the wheat and do spatially variable applications and try and address the variability in N requirements. I think that now shows the most promise moving forward as far tools that are available out there.”last_img read more

Indore holds on to top spot as India’s cleanest city

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Indore has been declared India’s cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 rankings announced on Saturday. Jharkhand was ranked the best performing state, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.At the bottom of the pile, the dirtiest city with a population over one lakh, was Bhadreswar in West Bengal. In fact, 19 of the country’s 25 dirtiest cities lie in West Bengal, according to the Survey. The nationwide urban cleanliness survey, conducted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, covered 4,203 cities in its third iteration. The first version of the survey, released in 2016, ranked only 73 cities, while last year’s rankings covered 434 cities.Cities’ cleanliness scores take into account data provided by urban local bodies, independent observation by Central assessors, as well as citizen feedback. “The objective of the survey is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in,” said a Ministry statement. Overall, 38 lakh citizens provided feedback this year.This year, while national rankings were issued for the 485 cities with a population of over one lakh, zonal rankings were determined for smaller cities. Bundu in Jharkhand (East), Kakching in Manipur (North East), Panchgani in Maharashtra (West), Siddipet in Telengana (South) and Bhadson in Punjab (North) were declared winners among these smaller cities. Delhi Cantonment was awarded as the cleanest Cantonment Board in the country.last_img read more

OBC leaders meet CM, fear quota cut

first_imgEven as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that the upcoming Maratha reservation will not harm the present OBC quota, OBC organisations on Tuesday warned that they will hit the streets if the CM fails to keep his word. A delegation of several OBC organisations met Mr. Fadnavis on Tuesday afternoon fearing possible encroachment in their reservation as Marathas have also been granted the status of Socially and Educationally Backward class (SEBC), under which category OBCs have been granted reservation in the Constitution.Former MLA Prakash Shendge said it is rumoured that the Marathas will be given reservation in the OBC category. “The Chief Minister has promised us that OBC reservation will not be touched. There will be the special mention of the same in the bill that we will be bringing in the Assembly,” he said.Mr. Shendge said that the draft of the bill is going to be presented in the Assembly on Wednesday. “It will all be clear soon. If he has not kept his word, we will not hesitate to hit the streets. If need be, we are ready to create a political option against this government,” he said.Earlier, while replying to the discussion in Assembly, Mr. Fadnavis had said that Maratha reservation under SEBC will not hamper the existing 52% reservation in the State and especially the 19% reservation to OBCs.last_img read more

New Member Benefits: SportsPass release

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is delighted to announce a new initiative and exciting partnership with SportsPass. The relationship with SportsPass extends the benefits of affiliation for TFA and associated states, regions and affiliates and delivers on various TFA Strategic Plan 2011-15 objectives. This relationship provides an improved value proposition for you, and your members – who will now be able to access special deals, cheaper rates and bonuses. SportsPass is a dedicated member benefits program for Australian sporting associations and clubs that adds value to club memberships, whilst also providing a new funding source for Australian sport through the sale of the Supporter Cards. Firstly, members and supporters of participating associations and clubs benefit by having access to instant rewards from hundreds of participating SportsPass partners, through the ‘I am a member’ and ‘I am a supporter’ cards. For more information, please click on the attached media release and SportsPass information booklet.Related Filessportspass_media_release_april_2015-pdfsportspass_information_booklet_april_2015-pdfRelated LinksSportsPass Releaselast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cup

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cupby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are still waiting to learn of their Carabao Cup status.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to receive any indication from the EFL when they will discover their fate after fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons. The strongest sanction is expulsion from the competition – manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must accept whatever punishment is given.”If it was our fault,” said Klopp, “we need to get punished.” last_img read more

The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

Navios Partners to Buy 14 Rickmers Boxships

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner and operator Navios Maritime Partners has agreed to acquire the entire container fleet consisting of fourteen ships from Rickmers Maritime for about USD 113 million.“We anticipate acquiring five 4,250 TEU vessels on May 15, 2017. These vessels are employed on charters that have staggered expirations in 2018 and early 2019 at a net daily charter rate of USD 26,850,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said.The average age of the fleet, which consists of eleven 4,250 TEU containerships and three 3,450 TEU vessels, is 9.5 years.“Our operating platform was attractive to the Trust and its lending banks because of our disciplined technical and commercial management and favorable operating costs. This acquisition demonstrates our ability to source proprietary deals, and we are continuing to seek exposure to the container sector,” Frangou continued.Navios Partners said that the acquisition, subject to a number of conditions, is being financed through a USD 20 million equity investment by Navios Partners and a secured loan facility under discussion.The company plans to acquire these vessels though a wholly owned subsidiary, Navios Partners Containers Inc., which will be an unrestricted subsidiary as defined in the credit agreement dated March 14, 2017, for the shipowner’s term loan B facility.Earlier in April, Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, said that its business would be wound up, as the company’s efforts to reach an agreement with lenders to restructure existing loans fell through.The trust was given until April 15 by the HSH Syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, to come up with a new restructuring plan which would ensure a higher level of total recoveries than under a winding up of the trust.Rickmers Maritime said that the operation of the vessels in question is expected to remain unaffected by the proposed sale.last_img read more

TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more