Protesters hopeful for VAT repeal

first_img…as coalition Govt splits on issueBy Devina SamarooProtesters are reinvigorated with a new sense of morale now that the Government appears to be divided on the issue of the education tax, with the smaller arm of the coalition demonstrating a willingness to join the resistance.A small group of disgruntled stakeholders lined up outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday in an effort to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with Government’s move to reject their concerns.Some children in the protest line taking a stand against VAT on private educationThe Alliance For Change (AFC), which has a minority of senior Ministers in the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/AFC Administration, has signalled its intention to challenge a Cabinet decision to maintain the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private school fees.Stakeholders on Wednesday engaged an AFC delegation on the issue of VAT on private education, where the party’s General Secretary, Marlon Williams pledged support and encouraged them to continue their opposition.Guyana Times was informed that some concerned individuals would be meeting with the nine AFC Government Ministers on Monday at the party’s headquarters to further discuss the best strategies to be employed to reverse this hated aspect of the new tax regime.AFC Leader Raphael Trotman recently indicated that he would push for an earlier review of the VAT on private education in light of the continued concerns being raised by stakeholders.From all indications, the key players in the Government seemed to be divided on its stance regarding this issue, and stakeholders are wasting no time in capitalising on the opportunity.2018Cabinet recently pronounced that the 14 per cent VAT on private education would stay, but the policy would be reviewed for the 2018 National Budget.Protesters argued that such assurance is of no comfort to them.“What will happen to the parents who can’t afford it currently? Would they have to take their children out of the private school? And then when Cabinet reviews it for 2018 and drop the VAT, would the parents then have to take back their children to private schools? That doesn’t seem like a workable decision,” stated Chetram Ramdial.Jonathan Yearwood, a business student at a private institution, said he may have to drop out of school and give up his aspirations until Government decides to review the tax.“If they say that they are not going to remove it until 2018, I may have to drop out of school by then. Children may have to drop out of school by then. It does not help us for them to review for 2018. We need immediate action. We need action now. While they are waiting to review for 2018, people will be punishing,” he stated.PressureAmid criticisms that the AFC is just playing politics, protesters are keen on holding the few Government Ministers to their word.“What we now have to do is put the AFC to the test. We now have to put pressure on individual Ministers within the AFC, who can now bring pressure to bear on the Cabinet,” Yearwood stated, hoping that the outcome would be favourable.Opposition forces have argued that the AFC, as part of the coalition Administration, was part and parcel of the decision to initially impose the tax and subsequently voted for it to stay.Trotman, however, had asserted that the situation was akin to sewing: whereby it is simple to pull a threaded needle through a cloth, but b quite difficult to reverse the action.One of Government’s main concerns regarding the calls to remove the education tax relates to the impact it will have on its projected revenue structure.But, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo explained that the tax could be removed without significantly harming the revenue framework by simply cutting spending in unnecessary areas like ministerial salary increases and the $12.5 million monthly rental of the Sussex Street drug bond.DiscriminationSome protesters also believe Government is blatantly discriminating against persons who opt to send their children to private schools.“I don’t think the (Government) should be discriminating against parents just because we sacrifice to send our kids to private schools. Private schools provide an environment where kids are safe. For example, look at that little 10-year-old girl who died because she was kicked to the stomach; that happened in the public school system. The Government, instead of applauding or praising or trying to do similar to what the private schools are doing, is now more or less trying to force parents to send their kids to public schools,” expressed a mother of four.Many stakeholders have also questioned whether the public education system is prepared to absorb all the students who will now have to abandon private schools because of the imposed tax.Former President of the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA), Dr Melissa Ifill had argued that private schools were generally viewed as assets by Governments across the Region and the world, as they removed a burden from the State in the provision of education.Poor turnoutAlthough the turnout was poor, protesters were not discouraged as they strongly believe their united voices are powerful.They explained that persons are otherwise occupied with the hassles of life and may not always make it to participate in the protest actions.Some protesters also believe that Public Sector workers, who are also affected by the imposition of the education tax, are fearful of victimisation if they stand in the protest lines.Despite the poor turnout, the organisers are committed to continuing their resistance.According to them, it is not about the number of persons who show up but the magnitude of the problem, which has far-reaching implications on the socio-economic landscape of the country.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 17/12/2012:Seniors:It was another disappointing day for the club as they played a formidable Dr Croke’s team who were just too good for them on the day. It was the fourteenth time the Gaels have played in an All-Ireland club quarter final and it was the same old story. The players was just disappointed that they did not do themselves justice on the day as they know that they were capable of performing better than the score line suggested. However, the lads can still hold their heads high after another great season for the club after winning the championship, league and Conway cup. Ladies Board:The club ladies held their AGM last week and the following officers were elected for the coming season, Chairperson; Amanda O’ Reilly, Secretary; Anne Marie Mc Gill,Vice Secretary; Grace Cunningham.Website and games updates; Mary Flaherty,Social and fundraising organisers; Dara Davey, Shannon Williamson, Kayleigh Beasley, Ciara Rice and Niamh Bradley.More details of events will be posted on the website in the New Year.Xmas Greetings:The club would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish all of our members, players, supporters and sponsors a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2012 will go down in club history as a most memorable year with us achieving so much on and off the field and we all look forward to 2013.Paddy Griffin RIP:The club received the sad news that former club member Pat Griffen (Galway) died peacefully last week in St John’s Hospice, St John’s Wood, London. His requiem mass is on Friday 21st December at 12.15pm in the Scared Heart of Jesus church on Quex Rd, Kilburn.Poker Night: The club had a very successful poker night last Friday in the clubhouse with bookmakers Bet365 putting on another great show.All eyes were on two time champion Maurice Carr who was going for three in a row, but he crumbled under the pressure and expectation on the night and had to hand over his Stetson hat and mirrored sunglasses.Damien “Tuco” Donnellan outstayed the field to take the one thousand pound first prize from in second Neasden’s Billy Flynn, 3rd Peter Clifford Jun, 4th Jim Rice, 5th Joe Kelly and 6th Tom Corleone” Mohan. The club would like to thank all players who participated and to Brian Coleman and his Bet365 team on running the event.Lottery:Lotto results for 13/12/2102:PleaseGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 17th, 2012 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:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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Red Hughs GAA: Date set for underage AGM

first_imgNumbers Drawn 2,6,4,8,7,1,3,5. There was no winning sequence, Lucky Dip winner Sarah McCormick Owenagrada €30. Next weeks jackpot is €2175.This weeks winner of the 100+ Club was number 94 Noleen McCrudden Aveltygort €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support. Red Hugh’s Underage AGM will be held on the 6th of January at 8pm. We hope to see our existing coaches continue their fabulous work but we also have a shortage of coaches within the club at underage structure to continue to progress and improve and really need additional help.If you would like to get involved with our underage teams next year can you get in touch with Damien Wilson on 0874110811. We are seeking managers and assistant coaches at all age groups from U6 to minor.100 Club End of Year DrawThe winners were: Eunan Scanlon €1000; Corey Gallagher €500; Gerard Pye €100 Thanks to everyone for supporting the 100 club throughout the year.Red Hughs GAA: Date set for underage AGM was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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€100,000 OF CARS STOLEN IN DARING RAID ON GARAGE

first_imgA daring gang has escaped with more than €100,000 worth of cars during a raid on a well-known car showroom.The gang struck at Colm Dillon Car Sales in Manorcunningham in the early hours of this morningThree “high end” cars were stolen in the raid which Gardai believe was well-planned. The cars were parked alongside other stock in the open courtyard area.The car raiders broke into the main showroom area and went looking for keys belonging to the various cars they had “pin-pointed” to steal.The gang located a locked cupboard used to store the keys and ripped the door open.Dozens of other sets of keys were clearly visible on the floor of the offices at the showroom yesterday morning. Gardai believe the thieves could have been in the building for a considerable period of time before finding the keys for the stolen cars.Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the identity of the stolen cars for operational reasons but it is believed they may include both and Audi and a BMW.Gardai are liaising with the PSNI in the belief the cars may have been stolen by a gang from Northern Ireland and driven across the border close by.It is not believed a car transporter was used to remove the stolen cars.A clearly upset Mr Colm Dillon was at his garage yesterday surveying the damage to his garage and the theft of the cars. Mr Dillon said “I can’t say anything at the moment. I would prefer to allow Gardai to do their job. This is just awful.”Mr Dillon is hugely-respected in business circles across Donegal where he has been in business since 1975.He started selling cars in a small garage in nearby Ballylawn before moving to the modern car showroom at Drumbarnett in 2007.The garage is extremely popular amongst car buyers from both sides of the border. Gardai forensic experts yesterday (SUN) arrived at the scene of the robbery to begin their investigation.A Garda spokesman said “A full investigation into this incident is currently underway.“We would appeal to anybody who was on the main Letterkenny to Derry Road at any time on Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday morning and may have noticed anybody acting suspiciously to contact the Gardai,” he said.Ends€100,000 OF CARS STOLEN IN DARING RAID ON GARAGE was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 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:cars stolenColm DillonGardairaidlast_img read more

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PATIENT FAILS TO SEE FUNNY SIDE OF TWICE-CANCELLED OPERATION

first_imgA man has spoken of his frustration after having a day surgery operation cancelled for the second time on the day the procedure was due to take place.Letterkenny HospitalFull-time student Tony Mac Ruairi said he is now completely frustrated at the lack of communication between administration and medical staff at Letterkenny General Hospital.Mr Mac Ruairi, from Ranafast, was due to have the surgery yesterday, exactly a month after the planned operation was first cancelled. He spoke earlier in the day on the Barrscéalta programme on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta about his bitter disappointment at the outcome of yet another wasted journey from his home in West Donegal.On February 4th, he was on a trolley ready to be taken to an operating theatre when the procedure was cancelled.He was told by a surgeon that the operation would go ahead yesterday.But Mr Mac Ruairi told Donegal Daily “When I arrived they claimed I had been informed ten days ago that my operation had been cancelled. I certainly didn’t receive any notification. “One person told me that he didn’t know why I had brought a bag with me as I certainly wouldn’t be seen.“It appears to me that our health system is going backwards instead of forwards. It appears that medical staff as well as administration staff appear to just accept the system is broke and we can’t fix it,” he said.Mr Mac Ruairi revealed that he had to make arrangements for his children to be left and collected to and from both national and secondary school.“I had to cancel social commitments in my community as well as to my family. It’s that side of things that isn’t taken into account when the system breaks down like this,” he said.Ironically Mr Mac Ruairi has been told his operation has been rescheduled for April 1st. “It’s certainly ironic that this is the date it has been rescheduled for. I’ll be making contact with the hospital a couple of weeks in advance. But who is to say it won’t be cancelled again,” he said.A spokeswoman for the HSE said they do not comment on individual cases.PATIENT FAILS TO SEE FUNNY SIDE OF TWICE-CANCELLED OPERATION was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:cancelleddonegalLetterkenny General HospitaloperationRanafastTony MacRuairilast_img read more

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Sunday and Wypych Of Men’s Soccer Recognized By NSCAA

first_imgSeniors Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team were each selected to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Men’s All-West Region Third Team, the association announced Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Print Friendly Version Sunday, a midfielder, earned 2016 All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team honors for the second-straight year after he started 18-of-19 matches and scored two goals and handed one assist. He was named to the prestigious MAC Hermann watch list prior to the regular season. Wypych was named to the All-MVC First Team in each of his three seasons at Drake. The forward, who transferred from New Mexico prior to the 2014 season, scored a team-leading eight goals, handed out a team-high five assists and tallied a team-best 21 points this past season. This is the second-consecutive year, Sunday and Wypych, have been honored by the NSCAA. The duo was selected to the 2015 NSCAA Division I Men’s All-West Region First Team.last_img read more

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CANCER CRUSADER MAJELLA SAYS CLOSURE OF DONEGAL SERVICE IN UNACCEPTABLE

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has backed a campaign to keep cancer services in Co Donegal.Majella O’DonnellThere is speculation that the breast cancer services may be downgraded from Letterkenny General Hospital and moved to University College Hospital in Galway.Local campaigners are up in arms over the plans. Local breast cancer surgeon Dr Michael Sugrue has said he is effectively being driven out of his position because of the Government’s refusal to appoint a second cancer surgeon.Now Majella, who herself suffered from breast cancer, has stood up for the women of Donegal.Majella said “I am very concerned about the state of  Donegal breast cancer care at Letterkenny General Hospital. It is unacceptable to have to travel to Galway,” she said.Meanwhile Donegal Action Against Cancer Care are planning a major protest rally in Letterkenny on Sunday week, March 8TH. Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets to voice their concerns over the threat to the cancer service.  CANCER CRUSADER MAJELLA SAYS CLOSURE OF DONEGAL SERVICE IN UNACCEPTABLE was last modified: February 27th, 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:cancerdonegalGalwayMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

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South African flag flies high in Birmingham

first_imgBrand South Africa has sent its congratulations to the South African rugby team for flying the flag high in the latest match at the World Cup. (Image: Rugby World Cup)Johannesburg, Saturday 26 September 2015 – Brand South Africa today joined the nation in congratulating the Springboks for their excellent sportsmanship on the field in Birmingham as they battled Samoa in their second match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.Speaking from South Africa, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said: “It was inspiring to watch our national team play with fierce determination, courage and pride. The score at the end of the match attests to their passion and skill.”“The South African flag flies high in Birmingham tonight and the South African nation is filled with pride at your excellence on the sports field.“The performance of our national sports teams both domestically and internationally continues to drive national pride and patriotism. It also contributes to the country’s reputation and competitiveness in the area of sport. We look forward to your next match and assure you of the support of the South African nation,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

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Fasten Your Seatbelt, It’s Windows 8 Day

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… dan lyons Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Today will be one of the most important days in Microsoft’s nearly 40-year history. The company that ruled the PC era rolls out a long-awaited new version of its flagship operating system that could determine whether Microsoft can regain its standing in the computer industry and carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era.Windows 8 is not just another OS update. It’s a radical overhaul of the world’s most widely-used operating system, with a new user interface that some people find sexy and forward-looking – and others find incredibly annoying.This is a huge and risky bet. If Windows 8 succeeds, Microsoft will be seen as a daring leader and innovator. If it’s a flop – well, after a decade of drifting and missing out on new markets, Microsoft can’t really afford any more flops.No wonder then that Microsoft is pulling out all the stops, with a splashy event in New York and a global ad blitz that will cover more than 40 countries at a cost of $1 billion, by some estimates.You can watch a live stream of today’s keynote at 11:15 EDT on the Microsoft website. And we’ll be covering the event throughout the day here on ReadWrite.Is This Vista 2.0?I’ve used Windows 8, and liked it well enough, though I can’t say it convinced me to switch away from my Mac. Then again, Mac users like me aren’t Microsoft’s target audience. The people Microsoft really needs to please are the millions of PC users in businesses and homes around the world. And that’s the scary part, because Windows is really different from Windows 7 (much less the still widely used Windows XP), and the kind of people who use Windows are not usually the kind of people who enjoy change.The biggest difference – and it’s a huge one – is a colorful tile-based user interface that used to be called Metro but now, suddenly, at the last minute, is just called “the Windows 8 style.” Some people are going to love it, but even more are going to find it baffling. The first time I looked at Windows 8 I could already hear the sound of thousands of frustrated Windows veterans leaning over their laptops, swiping at their screens and shouting. It’s so different that Samsung has actually created a program that replicates the old Start button to make it more familiar to people. That’s nice and all, but when you spend years designing a shiny new operating system, and your hardware partners start crafting workarounds to it before it even ships, well, that’s not a good sign.Many consumers will have no choice but to accept Windows 8 since new PCs will come with Windows 8 pre-loaded. The guys at Geek Squad must be drooling over this.Big corporate customers are a different story. What CIO in his or her right mind would rush to roll out Windows 8 across thousands of people?  Gartner predicts 90% of enterprises will stay away from Windows 8 through 2015.Corporate CustomersNo doubt Microsoft will have some corporate customers on hand tomorrow, standing up on stage and talking about how excited they are that Microsoft is paying them to take arrows in the back to be early adopters of this bold new operating system that offers so many compelling new features.Truth is, any company rolling out Windows 8 will have to endure all of the usual migration headaches – bugs, patches, glitches, apps breaking – but on top of that will get hit with a tidal wave of incoming support calls from baffled users asking, “Hey, where’s the Start button?”So in addition to the huge bill from Microsoft, you’ll need to dish out millions more for training and extra tech support to move to Windows 8. Why bother, when Windows 7 works great?Microsoft claims Windows 8 is super stable, thanks in part to the 16 million people who have been hammering away at the pre-release version for months now. Nevertheless, history tells us that the first version of any big Microsoft product is usually a nightmare. The rule of thumb has been that Microsoft needs three cranks of the wheel to work out the kinks. In the case of Vista and Windows 7, they got it right on the second try, and that, for Microsoft, was almost a miracle. So let’s imagine Windows 8 ends up having some issues but that Windows 9 gets everything straightened out. Based on the tempo of past releases — Vista in January 2007, Windows 7 in July 2009, Windows 8 in October 2012 — we might not see Windows 9 until 2015.Can Microsoft hang on that long? Certainly. This is a wildly profitable company doing $80 billion a year in revenues. Microsoft isn’t going away anytime soon.What Really Matters Is MobileThe real question is whether it can remain relevant. Yes, Microsoft dominates the PC market, but (a) PCs don’t matter anymore and (b) even in that market Apple has been gaining share in recent years. In mobile, the only market that really matters, Apple and Google dominate and Microsoft is so far behind as to be almost negligible.One product that’s supposed to turn that around is the new Surface device that Microsoft is also showing off today. It’s a kind of tablet-laptop hybrid that runs a different version of Windows 8 called Windows RT. Unfortunately it has been getting pretty tepid reviews, with consensus being that the software is still half-baked.The same complaint was made about Windows Phone 7, the last version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 will be better, but, sad to say, it’s not generating a lot of excitement either.Not so very long ago Microsoft was so powerful and so dominant that everyone in the industry lived in fear of the team from Redmond. Over the past 10 years it has fallen so far, so fast, that you almost feel bad for the people working there. Today is the day when they can start to turn things around. Stay tuned.center_img Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#mobile#PC#Samsung#Surface#Windows 8 Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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HC stays MoEF order to transfer Goa’s NGT jurisdiction to Delhi

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday passed an interim order and stayed the recent order of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to transfer National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) jurisdiction for Goa. The order directed the petitions from the State to to be filed at the principal bench in Delhi instead of the western zone bench in Pune.Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the High Court on Monday appointed Sarath Lotlikar as amicus curie and decided to schedule the hearing of the case for September 5. The interim stay was hailed by the State unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had condemned the MoEF’s decision as illogical and arbitrary. The MoEF order was alleged to be a move by the NDA government to infringe on the independent functioning of the judicial arm of the State and put up hurdles for environmentalists.The AAP alleged that the order was prompted following successful efforts by Goa’s anti-coal pollution activists to stall Adani Group’s expansion plans at the Mormugao Port Trust in Vasco.Abhijit Prabhudesai of Rainbow Warriors, an environmental organisation opposing illegal mining, said that the MoEF order was aimed at discouraging activists from taking up environmental issues with the NGT. Earlier, around 35 environmental groups and civil society organisations had protested against the order and demanded that it be rolled back. The NGOs claimed the order was “anti-people” and vowed to intervene and challenge the decision in court.last_img read more

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