Taxpayers in Linden were afforded the opportunity to engage officials of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on numerous tax-related matters.GRA’s Ingrid Griffith reviewing documents presented by a taxpayer during an outreach in LindenThe activity, held on the lawns of the Mackenzie Sports Club, came about at the behest of the Ministry of the Presidency.“Anyone with any issue relating to the GRA would be able to have them sorted out here with us… if we are unable to finalise it at this end, we will do the necessary research and groundwork back at Head Office and provide the taxpayer with a status update,”senior GRA official Ingrid Griffith said in an invited comment.Accompanying Griffith were Satesh Basdeo, Manager of Integrated Regional Tax Offices, and Naresha Bobb-Semple, Manager of Tax Advisory Services who listened to the residents and provided guidance where necessary.Shop owners who were subject to compliance checks by the GRA, during the countrywide undertaking recently, turned up at the July 15 outreach seeking advice on the way forward. The enforcement activity had identified many deficiencies where compliance was concerned, but had prompted many to take corrective action since they became knowledgeable about the relevant documents needed to obtain a shop licence. During conversations with taxpayers, Basdeo reiterated the objective of the compliance campaign which he assured was not designed to intimidate anyone.Inquiries were also made about the Mortgage Interest Relief (MIR) facility, which targets first-time homeowners with a mortgage of no more than $30 million. Mortgagers seemed interested in the length of time between application and the relief being made available.Advice was also provided to taxpayers seeking a Certificate of Compliance, which is now valid for six instead of three months. This new measure was adopted by the GRA with the ratification of the Governing Board after an in-depth review in response to concerns expressed by the business community. Recommended changes were also adopted in critical areas of the Authority’s operations, including a transition programme that was geared at boosting the level of service at the GRA’s Regional Integrated Tax Offices, one of which was located at Casuarina Drive, Mackenzie.
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Photo: Mr. Horner’s test is guided by the steady hand of CT Technician, Lucinda Regan – submittedThe Fort St. John Hospital and Health Centre used its new CT Scanner for the first time yesterday. Patrick Horner was the first patient to undergo diagnostic imaging. The scan took about 10 minutes without any problems. Scanning will begin a regular schedule on February 2nd because the department needs time to adjust to the new equipment.- Advertisement –
According to Mayor Bruce Lantz, “this is a fantastic family event.” The Mayor also says he “would love to see more people coming from around the region to enjoy an entertaining and unique weekend in Fort St. John.”For a full schedule of events, visit www.Fortstjohn.ca/hoi . Residents of Fort St. John can look forward to another High on Ice Winter Festival.The premier winter event is confirmed to take place from Jan. 13-16, 2011. The festival’s featured event -the professional ice carving competition- will bring in carvers from all around the world to compete. This is the only competition in B.C. sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association.- Advertisement -The tournament is set to get a bit brighter, as this year will mark the first year that colours can be used in competitor’s sculptures.The theme of this year’s competition will be “Land of Myth and Legend.”Other attractions of the festival will include a snow sculpting event, an amateur ice carving competition, sleigh rides and an ice fishing derby.Also making a comeback will be the ever popular ice slides.Advertisement
Achraf Bencharki, who equalised in the first leg, set up the goal with a deflected cross for El Karty to score his third goal of the competition.Victory bridged a 25-year gap for Wydad, who conquered Africa for the first time in 1992 when they defeated Al Hilal of Sudan in the African Cup of Champions Clubs.The name of the premier African club competition changed to the CAF Champions League in 1997 when a new format and prize money were introduced.Wydad pocketed a record Sh260mn ($2.5 mn) and are guaranteed at least another Sh103mn ($1 mn) by competing at the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates during December.Although Ahly dominated possession and territory during the goalless opening half, Wydad came closest to breaking the deadlock with 30 minutes gone.A long clearance from goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi set in motion a move that ended with a deflected shot from Abdeladim Khadrouf rattling the crossbar.Relieved Ahly had a great chance to take the lead four minutes later when first-leg scorer Moamen Zakaria broke clear to go one-on-one with Laaroubi.But the Egyptian failed to lift his shot sufficiently at Stade Mohammed V and the Moroccan shot-stopper used both hands to make a brilliant block.Smoke from flares enveloped the pitch as the second half started in the Moroccan commercial capital, making visibility temporarily difficult for the near-capacity crowd.Wydad Casablanca’s supporters cheer for their team before their match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly on November 4, 2017, at Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca © AFP / FADEL SENNAWydad were more adventurous as the half progressed, using the flanks to put pressure on Ahly, and forcing their first corner with 58 minutes gone.Morocco-born Walid Azaro, battling the make an impact as the lone Ahly striker, was withdrawn on the hour by coach Hossam El Badry with Ahmed Hamoudi taking his place.As the second leg drifted into the final quarter, play continued to be confined mainly to midfield with Wydad in pole position thanks to the away goal.With 69 minutes gone the deadlock finally ended as El Karty struck with his point-blank header evading Ahly captain and goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.El Badry reacted to his team falling behind by introducing veteran striker Emad Meteab and winger Walid Soliman as he sought the goal that would level the final on aggregate.But it was Wydad who came closest to scoring in a frenetic finish.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wydad Casablanca’s Salaheddine Saidi celebrates after his team scored a goal during their match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly on November 4, 2017, at Mohamed V Stadium in CasablancaJohannesburg, South Africa, Nov 5 – Wydad Casablanca of Morocco became African champions for a second time when they defeated Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 Saturday in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final.Walid El Karty nodded the lone goal on 69 minutes to give the home team a 2-1 aggregate triumph after they forced a 1-1 draw in Egyptian coastal city Alexandria last weekend.
Gervinho Ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho’s move to Al Jazira is off after disputes regarding the player’s wages.The UAE side had agreed a £10m fee with Roma two weeks ago following which negotiations began over personal terms.But a fortnight of discussions has led to no agreement and the transfer has now been scrapped.According to UAE newspaper Sport360, Al Jazira have pulled the plug after being put off by Gervinho’s excessive wage demands.The Ivorian was reportedly offered £85,000-a-week to make the move to the Middle East, a significant pay rise on his current wage.However, that has not been enough to tempt the 28-year-old into signing and he will remain in Serie A for now. 1
*DISCLAIMER: This picture is about as genuine as a Manchester United fan claiming they didn’t want Pedro.John Stones has handed in a transfer request at Everton.That much we know to be true, but we’ve used a bit of artistic licence to imagine what it might look like (see pic above).What do you think of Stones’ request to leave Goodison?Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. John Stones transfer request 1
Steve McClaren has been sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Newcastle United.The 54-year-old’s reign was ended on Friday morning after a miserable nine months at St James’ Park.The Magpies have won just seven out of 30 games in all competitions since McClaren took charge last summer and are currently sitting 19th in the Premier League table.His final game proved to be Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Bournemouth – Newcastle’s fifth defeat in six games.A statement on Newcastle’s website read: “We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”In addition, Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley thanked McClaren for his time in the hotseat.“He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time,” Charnley said:“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.“A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”Rafael Benitez, the former Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid boss, is expected to replace McClaren.The Spaniard is understood to have already held talks with club officials and could be installed before Monday night’s trip to Leicester City. 1 Steve McClaren
Raphoe Notes:Donegal Youth Service Community Employment ProjectVacancy: Youth Support WorkerLocation: Raphoe Family Resource Centre19.5 hours per weekApplicants must be eligible for Community Employment (terms / conditions apply – general rule 21 years old and 1 year unemployed). Contact your local Intreo/DSP Office for confirmation. For further details or application form, contact: Lee Stephenson 074 – 91 29630 or send C.V. (with PPS Number and Date of Birth) to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Email; email@example.com or call in to Raphoe Family Resource Centre, Volt House, The Diamond, Raphoe. Tel: 0749145796Raphoe Boxing ClubBest wishes to boxers Liam McMonagle, Eoin McGarrell, Tom Doherty and their coaches Gary McCullagh and Gerard Keaveney who travel to Dublin for the next 3 weekends to compete in the National Senior Cadet championships. Good Luck to all from everyone at the club. Sincere thanks go to Stephen Martin for his excellent paint work at the Boxing Club and to Marin Laird and all the Raphoe Tidy Towns for all the work they do inside and outside the boxing club, as it is greatly appreciated by all.Best wishes for every success goes to Raphoe’s club secretary, Peter O’Donnell, who has been appointed as National Team Manage for the forthcoming European Schoolboy Championships that take place in Valcea, Romania from 16th to 27th July. Another great honour for the long serving Donegal County Board President, best wishes.St Columba’s Conference SVP RaphoeWould you like to bake or donate cakes, scones, pastries etc for a Coffee morning & Cake Sale later this year probably around Halloween in aid of our local SVP Conference? If you can help please give your name to Catherine Laird 0877629686 or Bernadette Gallagher 0876819148. Please help us to help others. Thank You. Raphoe SVP Conference.Raphoe Tidy Towns Vacancies:The Tidy towns will have the following vacancies for the next C.E Project due to commence in September. 4 General Environmental workers, 1 Caretaker/cleaner & 1 Secretarial/ Accounts Administrator. For an application form please contact the Supervisor on 0879473527 or 9145692. Vacancies open to male and female applicants. DSP eligibility criteria for community employment applies for all posts. Thank You.Raphoe Tidy Towns Local History ProjectHave you any old photos of Raphoe & District? We are particularly interested in photos of community or church events, farming, local people & characters, schooldays, sports days or indeed any other photographs of interest. All original photos will be scanned or copied and the original returned. All those donating photos will be acknowledged.Donations may be left for the attention of Martin or Hilary in the Tidy Towns office at the Volt House. Tel 9145692. 50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of the jackpot was Patsy O Hagan, winning number was 37. Congratulations to Patsy!! To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Donegal YMCA Step 2017 – 18 Programme RecruitmentYMCA’s Support, Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP) in Letterkenny is currently recruiting for their September 2017 to June 2018 programme. The 47 week full-time programme offers a full FETAC/QQI Level 4 major award in Employment Skills. There are components in Communications, Work Experience, Career Planning, Customer Service, Information Technology, Computer Applications, Functional Maths, Understanding Inter-culturalism and Team Working. There are also two work placement components totalling 6 weeks within the course. The aim of the programme is to support participants in gaining employment or accessing further education. The programme is primarily aimed at early school leavers who are unemployed and between the ages of 17-25 years, having left school at least 6 months previously.Participants receive the equivalent of SOLAS training allowances and also receive a transport & meal allowance. The course is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund. For further information and application forms please contact Stewart on 0868395954 or phone the centre 074-9161485. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Convoy Ulster Scots Summer SchemeThe Summer scheme for 2017 will take place on 31st July – 4 th August 2017 in Convoy Orange Hall for ages 5 – 12 (must be at school) from 10am – 3pm. Cost €30. If interested contact 00447851410686 or 0872620589 Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic!Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Raphoe Tidy Towns NewsRe-cycling of cans and glass in Raphoe.The Tidy Towns wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities which are located at Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe must be kept tidy at all times. Please do not leave rubbish or broken glass at the recycling bins. Please respect this community facility. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm.A sincere thank you to the all concerned in the Tidy Towns Committee, the Tidy Towns Community Employment Project, the rural scheme staff member & the Tidy Towns volunteers for all their hard work at present. The town is looking well despite the recent inclement weather. Thanks also to all the various resident’s associations, businesses, churches and schools and the general public for all their support for the good of our town. Judging in the National Tidy Towns is ongoing at present and continues usually until mid-August every year.Thank You.Raphoe Notes: Family Resource Centre require Youth Support Worker was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:RaphoeRaphoe Family Resource Centre
Pep Guardiola claims his first season at Manchester City would have ended in the sack at former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.The City boss accepts he has fallen below expectations since arriving at the Etihad Stadium last summer and must improve next term.City failed to mount a sustained Premier League title challenge and saw their campaign in the Champions League ended at the last-16 stage.Having won 21 trophies across his spells at the Nou Camp and Allianz Arena, such a return is a relative disappointment and Guardiola believes his old employers would even have shown him the door.He said: “(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) – at that club, if in six months you don’t win, you are really out. Like Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. If not, they don’t give you a second chance.“Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do it. In my situation at a big club – I’m sacked, I’m out. Sure. Definitely.“At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season.”Guardiola was speaking at a press conference to preview Tuesday’s final home game of the campaign against West Brom.Asked if he meant what he said, Guardiola, who has occasionally expressed frustration at suggestions he has found English football tougher than the Spanish or German games, recognised he may have created headlines.He said: “Yes because I have to win. Yes, yes, sure. You have the titles for tomorrow in the newspaper? You are happy?”Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola – they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing their man last year – it is unthinkable City would wield the axe so soon.But Guardiola feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can only protect him so far.He said: “If what happens next season is not going well, I’ll have one more year of contract, and if it’s not going well they are going to change manager. I am not staying here because I am Pep or what I have done a long time ago.” 1 Pep Guardiola has been given a ‘second chance’ by Manchester City