…by-laws to be posted at public placesThe controversial parking meter project on Monday received an oversight committee, which will act to supervise the proper functioning of the project.The call for the appointment of the committee was made by Town Clerk Royston King, who is no stranger to advocacy for the project. “Since we have accepted and approved the by-laws, I’m now asking the Councillors of this meeting to accept and approve the appointment of this committee,” King stated.He went on to explain that the committee would bring a “local face and proper representation of this Council to the operational aspect of this project”. The Town Clerk in his bid for the appointment also cited the Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 60 which regulates the appointment of standing or special committees.The Act reads: “A council may appoint general or special committees for any such general or special purpose as in the opinion of the council would be better regulated or managed by means of a committee; and any such standing committees.“A council may appoint councillors to be the chairman and vice chairman of the committee.A committee of a council may include persons who are not councillors, but who because of their special skill or experience will, in the opinion of the council, be able to assist in the consideration of the work of the committee. Providing that (a) At least two thirds of the members of every committee shall be councillors, (b) no person other than a councillor shall be chairman or vice chairman of a committee.’Under this premise, Councillor Oscar Clarke explained that the five-member committee should have two councillors, two members from the project’s mother company and one independent member.The floor was opened subsequently and Councillors Noelle Chow-Chee, Akeem Peter and Bishram Kuppen were nominated. However, Councillor Kuppen declined the position. As a result, the remaining two Councillors were appointed to the oversight committee with Peter taking up the position of Chairman and Chow-Chee Vice Chairman.The Town Clerk also took the opportunity at Monday’s statutory meeting to announce that the municipality has taken the initiative to publicise the new parking meter by-laws by posting them at municipal buildings around the city, namely: Agricola Post Office, General Post Office, East Ruimveldt Market, Albouystown Market, Bourda Market, Stabroek Market, Festival City Clinic, the Mayor’s Office, the Offices of the Town Clerk and Chief Constable, the City Treasurer’s Department and the Dorothy Bailey Health Centre.“You can check at any of these locations, and you will find copies of the by-laws for the parking meter,” King affirmed. However, when Guyana Times visited a few of the named locations no copies of the by-laws could be found, nor were the City Constabulary departments aware of them being posted at their respective locations.The recently revised by-laws were approved last Wednesday by the City Councillors with 13 Councillors in agreement, two against and two in abstention. The parking meter project was initially launched in January of 2017, but received high levels of rejection and retaliation from the public. The lop-sided contract was contested by drivers and even Councillors of the municipality; this led to the suspension of the by-laws by Central Government. The revised by-laws saw the fees being reduced to $150 an hour and $800 for eight hours of parking.
A fast-moving fire has swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, killing at least 60.The blaze broke out Wednesday evening in a multi-storey residential building with the ground floor reportedly used to store flammable chemicals.According to local media, the fire quickly spread to nearby buildings.Authorities have told the BBC on Thursday morning that the death toll stood at 60 but that the fire had been brought under control.The fire might have originated from a gas cylinder before quickly spreading through the building where chemicals were stored, the country’s fire service chief Ali Ahmed told AFP.The blaze raced through four adjoining buildings, he said.“There was a traffic jam when the fire broke out. It spread so quickly that people could not escape.”According to the Dhaka Tribune the building housed a plastics warehouse full of flammable material.The centuries-old Chawkbazar area of Dhaka characteristically has very narrow streets and residential buildings only inches apart.Victims also included people outside the buildings, some guests at a restaurant and members of a bridal party, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ibrahim Khan told AFP.Many of the victims were trapped in the buildings, according to reports, unable to escape the flames.Bangladesh has a persistent problem with building safety regulations not being followed.In 2013, more than 1,100 people died and thousands more were injured when a building housing garment factories called Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed. (BBC)
A: About 85 million Americans, or nearly 60 percent of all card users, carry a balance, according to recent industry estimates. Many end up paying thousands of dollars in interest they could have avoided with more self-discipline. Used properly, however, credit cards are not just convenient but also save you money. Although card reward programs have been scaled back, last year my wife, Georgina, and I still got more than $750 cash back on purchases we would have made anyway, most at the supermarket and drugstore. (Web sites such as www.CardWeb.com and www.Cardratings.com let you search for the best card deals). Rather than not use credit cards, I suggest: 1. Use just one card or two at most, not the four or five the average America cardholder carries (I have only two). But do not cancel unused cards right away. Doing so may lower your credit rating by making whatever amount you charge a higher percentage of your total available credit. 2. Sign up as I have to have the full balance on your card paid on the due date by electronic funds transfer from your checking account. This will be a powerful deterrent not to charge more than you can afford. 3. To make sure you have enough money in the bank on the due date, every time you charge a purchase, record the amount in your checking account checkbook. Q: While going to college, I am working for a small accounting firm and have saved as much as possible. I was hoping you could suggest where to invest my savings. I am not well-acquainted with stocks and bonds. A: There are many ways to start investing, and reputable financial advisers will come up with different recommendations. The one I like best: Build a simple portfolio of a few widely diversified, low-cost no-load mutual funds, and keep adding money to them. Among my favorite low-cost funds are index funds, which seek to match the performance of a market benchmark. For beginning investors, I prefer funds that track broad indexes, such as the entire U.S. stock or bond market, or a geographically diversified international stock index. Over the years, low-cost, broadly diversified index funds have outperformed most others. Leading no-load mutual fund companies such as Vanguard, Fidelity and T. Rowe Price offer low-cost funds with superior long-term records, including index funds. Their Web sites ( www.vanguard.com, www.fidelity.com and www.troweprice.com, respectively) provide excellent educational materials to help you build a simple but well-diversified portfolio. Q: We have used a financial planner for years. His annual fee based on the amount of money we invest is now several thousand dollars. Should we dump the planner and purchase index funds instead? We don’t have time to monitor our investments day to day. A: As much as I like index funds, it is not an either/or question between using them or a financial planner. Many fee-only planners (those who are paid a fee rather than commissions on products) use low-cost index funds for their clients’ portfolios. These planners’ job is to recommend and monitor the asset allocation, based on each client’s goals and risk tolerance. Also, besides offering investment advice, good planners help clients with a host of financial decisions, including budgeting and cash flow management, and tax, retirement and estate planning. And planners more than earn their keep when they help investors stick to a disciplined long-term plan during market declines. In addition to the Web sites mentioned earlier, index fund fans can get valuable information at www.indexfunds.com. Investors who prefer having an adviser can search among fee-only planners belonging to the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors ( www.napfa.org ). Humberto Cruz offers personal-finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Checking reader mail: Q: Most people shouldn’t have credit cards. They allow you to spend money you don’t have. Supposedly they are good for emergencies, but what is an emergency? That plasma TV is on sale and you don’t have the money? About a year ago, I paid off all credit card debt and now use only a debit card. I am much more aware of how much I spend and think twice about unnecessary purchases. Before, I got in the expensive habit of carrying a balance.
Communications provider Eircom has been criticised by Arranmore Island Community Council for what has been suggested is a deliberate snub to the island community.Arranmore Island.The comments come following the news that many telephone exchanges across Donegal are to be upgraded to eFiber broadband providing many areas with high speed internet access.The telephone exchange on Arranmore Island however is not to be included in these upgrades which are to take place from April through to June 2015. Arranmore Island Community Council was set up under the guidance of Muintir Na Tire and consists of fifteen elected councillors which were voted in by the islands community in June 2014, an election which seen an unprecedented 85% turnout.The council now represent the people of Arranmore and work to bring improved services, development and jobs to the community.Arranmore Island is currently served with wireless broadband set up under the rural broadband scheme which has now been wound up and islanders say their broadband service is at best extremely intermittent and very slow when it is working. This they say makes it all but impossible to use as a reliable service especially with regards to business users.Spokesman for the island council Mr Jerry Early has said Eircom and the government have questions to answer with regards to their commitment on job creation. “Despite Eircoms claims that they are committed to ensuring everyone has access to superfast broadband their plans certainly don’t seem to mirror those claims” Mr Early said. “Indeed the government continue to make claims that they are for growth and job creation and yet their lack of commitment, and that of Eircom, to the Arranmore community of improving internet connection equal to that promised to most other communities in Donegal is stifling job creation.“We already know of one successful businessman who is ready to relocate his business from London to Arranmore Island, as well as a number of others who have also expressed an interest in relocating their businesses to the island from other countries, and the only thing preventing them is a lack of high-speed broadband.“Eircom and the government might well try to suggest that there is some logistical difficulties in providing such a service but the simple fact of the matter is that such provision is completely doable, the only thing lacking is will on their part. So a question needs to be asked of just how committed the government and those they work with such as Eircom are to creating jobs. For every month our connection to high-speed broadband moves further away so too do sustainable locally based jobs.”Speaking of the governments National Digital Strategy the spokesman for the Arranmore Island Community Council said the government are certainly not living up to their promises and would like the government to reaffirm the commitments made during a visit by Minister Pat Rabbitte TD to the island in June 2014.“Mr Rabbitte was on the island last year as part of the rollout of the National Digital Strategy and Action for Jobs last year which commits to seeing 2000 businesses trading online by the end of 2015. We think it is quite ironic that the very place he came to to make such claims is being put to the very back of the queue when it comes to a rollout of high-speed broadband. “It would seem the government see island communities such as Arranmore and Tory and indeed many other islands around the Irish coast as second class when they will use them as a PR stunt and then renege on their promises for job creation. Yet we have firm commitment of job creation here on Arranmore Island simply waiting to be acted upon on delivery of a service most other communities will be receiving this year whether there will be jobs for them or not.“As it stands we have been told that it could be the end of the decade before Arranmore Island receives the upgrade it needs under the current plan which is totally unacceptable. So we call upon the government and indeed Eircom to live up to their claims of digital infrastructure improvement and job creation and revisit theirs plans for Arranmore immediately, or we will be losing jobs, not creating them.”ARRANMORE ISLANDERS’ OUTRAGE OVER EIRCOM ‘SNUB’ ON BROADBAND was last modified: January 5th, 2015 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)Tags:Arranmore IslanddonegaleFibreEircom
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have agreed a world-record £100million deal with Everton for Romelu Lukaku that includes the sale of Wayne Rooney, who is valued at about £10million. (The Times)Paul Pogba is understood to have played a key role in persuading Lukaku to abandon a return to Chelsea and instead link up with him and Jose Mourinho at United. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are making a new move for Fernando Llorente after failing to persuade Swansea to let him join on loan in January. (London Evening Standard)Swansea City are braced for a revised £32million bid from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Welsh club are understood to have already rejected around £27m from Everton for Sigurdsson. (Daily Mail)Barcelona are furious with legendary former club captain Carles Puyol after a player he represents, Eric Garcia, decided to walk away from the club to join Manchester City. Garcia, a 16-year-old central defender who was considered one of La Masia’s best young talents, has been seduced by a three-year deal on offer in England. (Independent)Marseille believe they are in pole position to sign France striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Everton, West Ham and Lyon have also been heavily linked with Giroud but Marseille are increasingly confident of getting a deal worth around €28 million (£24.7m), plus add-ons, over the line. (Daily Telegraph)Demarai Gray wants assurances from Leicester about his first team prospects amid growing interest in the starlet. Gray is in demand by several of City’s Premier League rivals such as Liverpooland Spurs after impressing for England U21s this summer. (Daily Mirror)Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to bring in Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph on loan, writes the Stoke Sentinel. Delph has made only two appearances for City since Pep Guardiola took over as manager and Hughes is keen to add to his midfield for the new season. (Stoke Sentinel)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Everton have NOT reached an agreement with Manchester United over Romelu Lukaku, talkSPORT understandsGarry Monk has told talkSPORT he is impressed by Middlesbrough’s squad after starting work at the Riverside and won’t be rushed into making signings this summerDanny Murphy has backed Manchester United’s move for Romelu Lukaku, claiming the prolific striker is only going to get better at Old TraffordDanny Murphy has told Arsenal to bow to Alexis Sanchez’s wage demands and give him a new bumper contract – because it’ll be CHEAPER than finding a replacementAlex Neil believes his Preston North End side can challenge for promotion to the Premier League next season despite the club’s small budgetLeicester are making progress on a deal to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi IheanachoInter Milan have left former Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City target Gabriel Barbosa out of their pre-season squad as he attempts to seal a loan move away from the San SiroArsenal are set reignite their interest in Udinese star Jakub Jankto, according to reports in Italy