first_img…on VAT for waterIt’s not easy to stand on your feet and ramble on for three hours like Finance Minister Jordan had to do when hedelivered his Budget Presentation. And this was the third time he was doing this within eighteen months!! You get thirsty and you get light headed. Initially, your Eyewitness thought Jordan thinking about a “vat of water” that he could put away, when he announced he was applying “VAT to water”.Now, who in his right mind would think of taxing water in this land we call “Land of Many Waters”? You do remember that this is the meaning of “Guyana”, didn’t you dear reader? Is the government trying to fulfil the Ancient Mariner’s warning about “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”? But today, he saw in the press, there was a method to the seeming madness of taxing water. The goodly Minister Jordan explained he really applied the 14 per cent VAT tax on water – and for good measure also on electricity – for our own good! That’s right… just for us!!Isn’t it great that we have Ministers who’re only paid a measly $780,000 monthly and drive around in dingy, duty free, new SUV’s to think about OUR welfare? The Minister elaborated that by being forced to pay the taxes on those utilities, we’d be forced to conserve. And since in this age  of “going green” conservation of good, this will allow us to feel VEERRRY virtuous! One wonders why he didn’t maybe go the whole hog and apply, say, a 100 per cent tax on these items. This way we could’ve conserved even more… and feel even more virtuous. Maybe some of us could’ve even start spouting hovering halos over our heads!Your Eyewitness, who lives on the coastland, was also pleased that the Minister was also more concerned with ensuring that only wealthier coastlanders get to feel virtuous.“Wealthier” because only those who use more than $10,000 electricity monthly would be taxed. And “coastlanders” because our sisters and brothers who’re using an average of $27,000 in electricity monthly in Linden will be forced to pay nothing as they have done for the last three decades. Isn’t that terrible? Not only they won’t get to feel virtuous by paying the 14 per cent VAT on electricity… they are forced to feel totally shitty by not having to pay at all!! Ahhh… the iniquity of it all! Just goes to show how elitist we coastlanders really are!! But your Eyewitness wonders if the Minister and his comrades in Government will get an opportunity to feel virtuous?Will they be paying VAT on their water and electricity bills?…in bridging gapsPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who’d been accused of “bungling” the defence of the first budget back in 2015, was as loquacious as ever to show he’s the man in charge of government business in the house. After all, he’s a very important man, isn’t he?After the Finance Minister’s presentation, Nagamootoo was reported to have said: “the budget was geared towards bridging the gap between hinterland and coastal settlements.” When he heard this, your Eyewitness was intrigued. After all even since they started to keep statistics on these things, our hinterland folks were always the poorest. So he examined the budget. Government workers, who never got their promised “significant” raise, were now told they were shiftless and lazy, and so no bonus this year!Ditto for sugar workers who were not only NOT getting their Annual Production Incentive (API), but about half of them are going to be thrown on the breadline!!…is the Government “equalizing” things between the Coast and Interior by making coastlanders as poor is hinterlanders?…and airline competitionWe know the competition’s heating up in the coming Christmas season between Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica. But wouldn’t it have been more appropriate for the former to “clip the wings” of the latter rather than “cut their tail”??last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (L) scores from a deflection during their English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion, at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on August 10, 2015. PHOTO/AFPWEST BROMWICH, August 11- Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will see Yaya Toure back to his best after insisting the problems the player faced last season are now behind him.Toure was on the scoresheet as City showed their Premier League title credentials with an impressive 3-0 opening-game win away to West Bromwich Albion on Monday. Having seen rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both slip up over the weekend, City manager Pellegrini’s team took full advantage with a dominant display which will give them confidence ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Jose Mourinho’s champions.Having struggled to find his best form for a variety of reasons last term, the performance of Ivory Coast star Toure stood out as he gave signs he is fit and focused with a dominant display at the heart of City’s midfield.“I always said last season it was a strange season for Yaya, he started with a lot of problems, the death of his brother, his agents, I think he was not focused maybe on what he had to do last year,” Pellegrini explained.“We spoke a long way before the start of the season and I am very sure we will see the Yaya from two years ago. He is a very important player for us,” the Chilean added.“I don’t think Yaya deserved the amount of criticism he received last season. It was not his best season but he did not play so, so bad like everyone said.“But he is an important player for us. I am sure last season his head was not in his best moment. It is very difficult for a player when you have so many problems.”– More trust –Toure and David Silva combined to hand City the initiative just nine minutes in, with the Spain international flicking home his team-mate’s shot with the aid of a deflection before midfielder Toure curled home a fine second goal 15 minutes later.With Vincent Kompany making the points certain, City’s old guard overshadowed £49 million ($76 million) record signing Raheem Sterling on his competitive debut.The former Liverpool forward twice had good opportunities to join them on the scoresheet only to be foiled from close range by Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.“I’m not disappointed because Raheem plays 70 minutes very well (before he was substituted),” said Pellegrini. “If he continues to play like this I am sure he will be the player we bought.”Pellegrini played down the significance of this weekend’s meeting with Chelsea, who already trail City by two points following Saturday’s draw against Swansea.“It is important to have a difference with them at the start of the season because they are one of the five teams who have the most chance to win the title.“Every point is important but the gap after the second game is not decisive… It is important to beat the champions of last year to give you more trust.”West Brom boss Tony Pulis refused to blame his players for the defeat. “I take responsibility for the way we set up and the fact we had (two strikers) Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert both playing,” said Pulis.“I have to look at it and say if I did it again I would probably do it differently. The pivotal moment was when I decided to play the two up front instead of an extra man in midfield.”Pulis hopes the arrival of West Brom’s own record signing, £12 million Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, will signal a marked improvement after his capture from Zenit St Petersburg on a four-year deal was sealed hours before kick-off.“Speaking to Manuel (Pellegrini) and Andre Villas-Boas (the Zenit coach) who have both worked with the lad, he comes highly recommended,” said Pulis. Pellegrini had previously coached Rondon at Malaga“He has played a good level, has a good goalscoring record, he is quick and powerful and at that price hopefully it turns out to be a good deal for us.“The reason Zenit had to sell him is their quota of foreign players had been cut.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img8 August 2014City residents and commuters boarding trains and taxis at Pretoria Station will now have access to free breast cancer screening, thanks to the opening of Hello Clinic at the station.The clinic, a joint initiative of the government, Metropolitan Health, Pink Drive, Bidvest and Motion Pathology, was opened by Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Mogopane-Zulu on Thursday.Bogopane-Zulu said the opening of the clinic was not only about detecting cancer, but also about promoting a healthy lifestyle.“When the mother passes on, it is us that must pick up the pieces,” Bogopane-Zulu said. “Our business is about strengthening families. We have a responsibility to assist families become strong and healthy so they can assist us in combating poverty.”She said the Pink Drive truck, which was also launched on Thursday, would be used as a one-stop shop for conducting cervical cancer testing and HIV testing, as well as providing dignity packages to girl learners in rural areas.She added that the department would be making funding available to ensure that Hello Clinic has dedicated sign language interpreters to strengthen its work.First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, also speaking at Thursday’s opening, said women’s health should be at the centre of all government programmes.“We can’t even begin to talk about development without women’s health featuring there,” Madiba-Zuma said. “Women should be healthy in order for them to play a meaningful role in the economic growth of our country.”She added that the clinic reflected the power of public-private partnerships. “The clinic is a goal standard for innovative approaches towards improving women health.”Deputy Health Minister Joseph Phaahla commended the work done by the Pink Drive. “We believe that any contribution towards alleviating the burden of cancer is highly appreciated. This is not a small effort and we are really grateful.”Noelene Kotschan from Pink Drive said that, while cancer was a potential killer, so was ignorance. “Breast cancer is an enemy fighting us. Together we must fight it and we must win.”Source: read more

first_imgThis week Facebook company Parse announced the launch of new Parse software development kits (SDKs) for Apple’s tvOS and watchOS 2, so Facebook developers can build immersive apps for the Apple TV and the Apple Watch. Parse previously released support for the Apple Watch and App Extensions in April, which enabled developers to build apps with extensions running on Apple Watch alone—without having to rely on a constant connection to an iPhone. More recently, the company announced the open sourcing of its SDKs in August. A major challenge  faced  by Parse was local storage with tvOS, and it decided to re-architect local data persistence from the iOS SDK. In response to the problem of logging into apps via tvOS (difficult without a regular keyboard), the Facebook integration library has been updated to let users login to tvOS apps using the Facebook tvOS SDK by using just a few lines of code. Both new SDKs, as well as the updated Facebook integration library are available on GitHub. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… Cate Lawrence Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W…center_img Related Posts How AI is Learning to Play with Words Tags:#Apple#Apple TV#Facebook#parse#SDK#TvOS#Watch OS last_img read more

first_imgA group of Missouri senators started filibustering Monday afternoon, and continued into Tuesday, over a potential incentives package for General Motors. That filibuster has now ended.Columbia Sen. Caleb Rowden joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday morning:(This story was last updated at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

first_imgChances are, you already use the cloud in some area of your life. Whether it’s storing photos from your phone or listening to streaming music, cloud has quickly become essential to modern life. Yet many small businesses are still using antiquated processes to store and share their files. As digital data grows, those systems are no longer adequate.Benefits of cloud migration can be significant, including lower office expenses and increased efficiency, but there’s a lot of confusion around getting started. Check out the info below to build a strong foundation for your small business cloud.What Is Cloud Storage?The cloud is a network of servers that handles data remotely. A cloud network can store data — like all those images we upload to Facebook — or serve up applications for streaming services like Spotify.The most immediate benefit of using the cloud is easy access. Salesforce sums it up nicely: “Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people to access the same kinds of applications through the internet.”How Can the Cloud Help Small Business?Storing data in the cloud gives small business employees the ability to work from anywhere. You might be giving a PowerPoint presentation to a potential client downtown while an analyst compiles a weekly report from home and someone in the office enters data. Whatever the scenario, you’re all accessing the same data in real time. The cloud boosts efficiency by keeping all your files in the same place and accessible from anywhere.Not only is that data readily available, but working in the cloud also reduces the need for expensive IT hardware and on-site software. Employees just need a computer to access a variety of services such as video conferencing, mobile and internet convergence, data sharing, integrated messaging, and software that was previously only available with the purchase of a license. Cloud-based software is also constantly updated, so you’re always using the latest version.Another significant benefit of moving small business services to the cloud is the ability to scale. When you need more processing power or data storage, it’s easy to expand without changing hardware — and without the unproductive downtime that usually comes with an IT upgrade.Cloud Options and Where to StartCloud computing has reached a level of maturity that makes it accessible to small business, but the host of options can be overwhelming. Start by researching some of the best cloud services for small businesses. Most fall into categories, so you can choose based on your needs:Communications and commerce-based toolsSecurity and network monitoringFinancial toolsIt’s important to vet cloud service providers before adopting one, just as you would any other service provider. Consider a few key elements when looking for an online storage provider, including proven infrastructure and an active, established user base.When assessing a provider, take a look at the company’s security measures as well. Many small business owners report being concerned about the security of remotely accessed cloud-based systems. However, broad scrutiny, higher standards, and ongoing audits result in a more secure cloud overall. Small businesses can do their part to maintain data security by ensuring tight permissions, and by identifying risks in the office.You can find more tips on cloud adoption — as well as resources specific to small business — by visiting our Small Business Hub. And to join the conversation, be sure to follow @IntelSmallBiz on Twitter.last_img read more