18Jan/20

CPL’s Guyana tourism impact

first_imgPatriotism, national pride and excitement ran high as thousands of Guyanese flocked the Guyana National Stadium at Providence to be part of four exciting Hero Caribbean Premier League home matches which will no doubt have a continuing redounding positive impact on the country’s overall economic and tourism development.It must be stated from the outset that the Hero CPL managed to also unify a very much divided Guyana as persons from all sections of society regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation and political persuasion rallied behind the so far triumphant Guyana Amazon Warriors.So high was the amount of unity and cohesiveness during the past three weeks that it is widely believed that the tournament stood out as one of the clear examples of avenues that could be used to push the Government’s social cohesion agenda by the utilisation of sport as a mechanism to bridge social and racial gaps that exist in our society.It was this unity and display of cohesiveness that has no doubt motivated and inspired the good performances delivered by the players and organisers of the 2016 tournament thus far. While Guyana would have again lost its bid to host the finals of the game, Providence remains one of the most talked about, hyped and packed venues when compared to the others in the league as far as hosting international cricket events and CPL matches are concerned.Also, the Hero CPL games came to Guyana at a time when there has been a notable slowdown in domestic trade and business. Interestingly, the tournament came to the country at a time too when small businesses were struggling to catch their hands because of various factors which were working against them while depleting their expected levels of revenues and profitability.It therefore provided these small businesses with an opportunity to maximum their profits through sale of small portions of confectionaries near the stadium and at other Hero CPL-associated parties and events. It provided those who signed up officially for the bread and breakfast initiative with another means of garnering revenue because scores of overseas-based Guyanese returned home while there was an increase in tourist arrivals for the matches here.Larger scale businesses and companies also benefited tremendously from the hosting of CPL matches here and while many of them would have maximised the marketing opportunities available via the tournament to boost sales and achieve brand popularity, others settled for just mounting promotions to give back to their loyal customers by providing them opportunities to join the biggest party in sport.The Hero CPL also saw the occupancy rates at local hotels, bars, sports clubs, and community shops who had access to the televised games broadcast significantly boosted as well as their profitability.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change Government’s endorsement of the event and the laudable involvement of key ministers and personnel in handing out of awards and participation in local Hero CPL events demonstrates their commitment to the development of sport, the success of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the upwards movement of the direct and indirect benefits to the country’s young tourism sector because of market access and promotional opportunities for Destination Guyana.Research shows that the Guyana economy leads others in the league as far as the benefits it accrues from the injection of millions of US dollars each year it hosts the tournament, leaving out the other noteworthy indirect benefits.As such more companies should get on-board the league by entering into mutual and lucrative deals with the Guyana Franchise owners and providing various forms of endorsement and sponsorship for the Amazon Warriors whenever allowed and applicable according to the existing rules and agreement framework.Secondly, the Government led by its Education, Tourism and Business ministries must do much more to press the owners of the Hero CPL and the regional organisers to bring the semifinals and finals to Guyana even if it means investing more resources and incentives for this to happen.The truth is, Guyana is a cricket-starved nation and the Hero CPL provides an opportunity for the hunger of cricket lovers and supporters to be satisfied; even if a lot of other regional and international matches are not brought as we would like to the country.As the Warriors continue their bid for dominance in this year’s tournament, every Guyanese is duty bound to stand solidly behind the team and its franchise owners who have brought so much entertainment, cricket fun and countless opportunities for business to these shores over the last few years via their continued sponsorship and involvement in the league.last_img read more

18Jan/20

Open letter to GRA Commissioner General

first_imgDear Editor,We have renewed our applications for Mortgage Interest Relief for 2015 until such time that the GRA thinks we should renew again, paid the necessary fees to the commercial banks and did everything that would be required to get our refunds from MIR.Calls to the GRA MIR office are always met with the usual unprofessional and rude answer, “We don’t know when this would be ready.”So, since they don’t know, it is only fair to ask you, the big boss responsible for the Guyana Revenue Authority, when would we, the poor people of Guyana, expect our MIR to be processed for July-December2015?Mr President, this delayed MIR to the Guyanese people that is outstanding for the period July-December 2015, would your office be kind enough to expedite this process?Regards,Michael Singhlast_img read more

28Dec/19

Lots of questions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant What they have been able to do, though, is seek rate hikes. Two years ago, the DWP socked 11 percent onto water bills. Then last year, DWP commissioners approved a 3.8 percent water-rate hike that would have taken effect this year if it had not been suspended when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new commissioners took over. And further hikes are planned for the years ahead. After all, navigating the real-estate market is hard work. On the other hand, wringing more money from ratepayers, who have no choice but to rely on the DWP’s monopoly service, is pretty simple. And that points to the bigger problem with the DWP’s continual quest for more money: the public’s rightful lack of confidence that the utility is being well managed. We know that the DWP wastes exorbitant sums on lavish union contracts, on needless P.R., on padding the city’s general fund, on giveaways to well-connected groups and on a highly questionable contracting system. And now we also know that the DWP fails to take full advantage of the assets at its disposal. Is this an operation that deserves still more money? Hardly. Instead, it’s an operation that has a long way to go to prove itself a worthy steward of the public’s trust and resources. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If there’s one thing officials at the Department of Water and Power are serious about, it’s squeezing as much money as possible out of Los Angeles ratepayers. If only they were as serious about squeezing money out of the department’s assets. Unfortunately, the DWP is no better at maximizing revenues from its vast real-estate portfolio than it is at spending the public’s money efficiently. The utility owns some 315,000 acres of property in the Southwest, including 1,400 acres under transmission lines throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Yet it earns only $7.5 million a year off those properties. That’s little more than one-third of the $20 million that privately owned Southern California Edison generates from its properties. Much of the DWP’s land is leased to ranchers for next to nothing. DWP officials acknowledge that the property could be sold or leased for additional millions of dollars if put to more productive use, but they haven’t done much about it. last_img read more

28Dec/19

David Gold tells talkSPORT: Atmosphere at London Stadium BETTER than Upton Park

first_imgWest Ham co-owner David Gold has hailed the atmosphere at the London Stadium as ‘special’ and ‘better than Upton Park’.The 60,000-capacity converted athletics stadium is in stark contrast to the hostile, intimidating surroundings of their old home of 112 years.It has been described as ‘soulless’ by some visitors and concerns have been raised that fans will never be able to generate the same noise at the giant Stratford arena.Gold, however, has told talkSPORT that he is delighted with their new home and claims the atmosphere has been superior in the three matches they have hosted so far.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “As you walk into the stadium, as you take your seat, there is a big feeling about the stadium“People were worried about the atmosphere, saying is it going to be soulless, we remember Upton Park, we could touch the players, all of those things. Well, so far, I would say the atmosphere is better than Upton Park, particularly under lights. Under lights, it is just an amazing experience.“It is almost like walking down Wembley Way to the stadium. You get the exciting feeling it is something special, and it is.”last_img read more

25Dec/19

10,000 Poles stage rally for government ouster

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WARSAW, Poland – Thousands marched through the streets of the Polish capital Saturday, calling for new elections and the ouster of the government after weeks of political turmoil. More than 10,000 people carrying opposition Civic Platform placards and Poland’s red-and-white flag marched through downtown, urging Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski – whose Cabinet no longer has majority support in parliament – to step aside. “A good government is for people to feel free and safe, and the road to that is new elections,” Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk said at a rally at a square outside the Royal Castle. “We want new elections; we want a better government.” Three weeks ago, Kaczynski dumped the leader of the rural-based Self-Defense party from his Cabinet, causing his government to lose majority support in parliament.last_img read more

25Dec/19

‘I was shocked’ – De Ligt reveals what Ronaldo told him after Nations League final

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt claims Cristiano Ronaldo has told him to join Juventus this summer.The £75million-rated Ajax defender has been tipped to join Barcelona amid interest from Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United. How much will Eden Hazard earn when he signs with Real Madrid?“I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything.“Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”Ronaldo joined Juventus in a £99.2million deal from Real Madrid last summer.In March, De Ligt admitted he would be open to moving to Turin. He said: “I really like [Giorgio] Chiellini, he is very strong, one of the best ever defenders. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Matthijs de Ligt got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2018/19 Champions League But Ronaldo, who faced De Ligt in Portugal’s Nations League final win over the Netherlands on Sunday, appears to be a fan of the 19-year-old.After the final, which ended 1-0 thanks to a 60th-minute Goncalo Guedes goal, Ronaldo and De Ligt were seen talking on the pitch.When asked if the 34-year-old had questioned him over a move to Juve, De Ligt told Dutch outlet NOS: “That could be true, yes. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City IN DEMAND Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REPLY LATEST Getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? center_img LIVE ON talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 1 no dice shining tense gameday cracker deals Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:48Loaded: 20.46%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Belgium vs Scotland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTHungary vs Wales (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT whoops “I also appreciate [Leonardo]  Bonucci, they are two of the best centre-backs in Europe. For a young man like me, they are both two models to be inspired by.“Me at Juve? It could be, but there are also other interested clubs. We’ll see at the right time.“Now, I’m focused on Ajax and my agent Mino Raiola will take care of it.”last_img read more

21Dec/19

It’s Christmas. And a Tree. But not a Christmas Tree.

first_imgPhotos: Christina Harrison Share This!When is a Christmas tree not a Christmas tree? When it’s Groot!Check out this adorable new Christmas Shoulder Groot plush. It’s a $19.99 Groot doll, wearing a Santa hat, that can sit on your shoulder as you tour the parks, toss some tinsel on your tree, or sit waiting patiently for the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction to open at Epcot.Is this something you’d want to find in your stocking?last_img

20Dec/19

Defensive mishaps cost Marshfield baseball in loss to Stevens Point

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield baseball team has prided itself on its stellar defense this season, which had allowed the Tigers to stay in nearly every game.On Tuesday the Tigers committed four errors and misplayed a number of other balls as they were blanked by Stevens Point 12-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup Tuesday at Jack Hackman Field.Two Marshfield errors led to three unearned runs in the first inning, and another error allowed the flood gates to open in a five-run third inning for Stevens Point (6-2, 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference).The Panthers’ top starting pitcher, Alex Lee, proved to be nearly unhittable as well. The senior right-hander allowed just one hit—a single by Sam Klein to lead off the second inning—and struck out eight in five innings of work to earn the victory.Marshfield (4-4, 0-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference) loaded the bases in the second after Klein’s hit, an error, and a walk, but Lee struck out two-straight Tigers to get out of the inning.Lee then struck out the side in the third and again in the fifth.“Their No. 1 (Lee), he’s good,” Marshfield coach Mark Zee said. “He was busting it in low and was throwing hard. Some of those guys, I don’t think, have seen that type of velocity before, and that’s something you just need to see and get adjusted to.”Noel Winch had an RBI single and two runs scored on an error to put Stevens Point ahead 3-0 before the Tigers even batted.The Panthers pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third, Winch singled and scored on an error, and Point scored four more runs after two were out on a two-run single by T.J. Schrank and RBI hits by Trevor Anderson and Andrew Ruzek.Jack Donahue suffered the loss for Marshfield, allowing those eight runs in three innings, four of which were earned. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and hit a batter.“We were a little light today and will get some guys back healthy here in the next week,” Zee said. “I told the guys that wasn’t our typical game. The seven games leading up to this we played really good defense with really good pitching performances.“We play them again on Thursday, and let’s have a good workout tomorrow, get our minds fresh for Thursday, and treat it like a series.”Stevens Point put the finishing touches on the win with four runs in the sixth. Nick Schroeder had an RBI double, Jake Ligenza followed with an RBI single, and Nathan Olds drove in two with a double.Marshfield will play at Stevens Point at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Bukolt Park.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 12, Tigers 0Stevens Point 305 004 – 12 14 2Marshfield 000 000 – 0 1 4WP: Alex Lee. LP: Jack Donahue.SO: Lee (5 inn.) 8, Austin Reed (1 inn.) 3; Donahue (3 inn.) 0, Scott Berg (3 inn.) 2. BB: Lee 3, Reed 0; Donahue 2, Berg 1.Top hitters: SP, T.J. Schrank 2 RBIs; Trevor Anderson 3×3, RBI; Noel Winch 3×3, 3 RBIs; Brady Erickson 2 runs; D.J. Drohner 2B; Nick Schroeder 2B; Nathan Olds 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Stevens Point 6-2, 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 4-4, 0-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

18Dec/19

Volunteers make the difference

first_imgOriginally posted on Ryan Search and Consulting blog. I write this to you today while at the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.  I have been a member of SHRM for over 20 years and have served in some type of volunteer role for SHRM in some capacity for many of those years.  The friendships I have gained cannot be measured only in a quantitative sense.  The value of those linkages is immeasurable and I am extremely thankful for who I have come to know and how they have been so helpful to me in my professional career.While I have been a volunteer for many years, this is the first time I have come to this annual event that gathers hundreds of like-minded professionals who seek to advance the HR profession through their association with the world’s largest human resources association.The world of HR continues to shift and some of the key changes I have heard of in general sessions as well as individual conversations include the following:keeping pace with advances and changes in the Talent Acquisition worldproviding resources for volunteer leaders to interface with the SHRM headquarters and other volunteersfinding ways to engage and re-engage more senior HR professionals in activities that are supported by SHRMdetermining the best methods to integrate and leverage technology in the HR professionI feel fortunate to be part of this group of leaders who seek to make HR and the workplace not only better for today, but also for tomorrow.Volunteerism is a cornerstone of what has made my life so enriching and rewarding.I hope you too find a way to engage and give back to your profession and the careers of your colleagues. last_img read more

17Dec/19

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the Retail Environment

first_imgRadio frequency identification (RFID) was reportedly developed in the 1940s as an espionage tool in WWII. It has since been used to track everything from automobile parts to pharmaceuticals and even livestock.The retail world began to adopt the technology in the 1990s. Although RFID in retail originally found its place in warehouse environments and supply chain security, it has since been introduced as an alternative to standard electronic article surveillance (EAS) as a method to manage inventory accuracy in store.Now that the dynamic of retail has shifted to encompass online shopping and omni-channel retailing, inventory tracking has become more challenging. Nevertheless, it remains a top priority for retailers. The May-June 2016 issue of LP Magazine explores the journey to RFID program adoption in retail enterprises in “RFID in Retail,” by Lee Pernice, LPC. From the article:- Sponsor – “A 2014 survey of 120 major retailers polled by Chain Link Research found improved inventory accuracy, which translated into reduced out-of-stock and better on-floor availability of merchandise, was the number one reason for implementing an RFID program.According to Checkpoint’s Su Doyle, several of the company’s apparel retail and department store customers have increased on-shelf availability by 20 percent with RFID and experienced a 10 to 15 percent sales uplift for RFID-tagged merchandise. As it relates to omni-channel fulfillment, its customers have reportedly been able to double the fulfillment speed with near-perfect order accuracy when using RFID-enabled process automation.”RFID can also streamline the location of missing inventory and accelerate the cycle counting process. Check out “RFID in Retail” to read the full article. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the May-June 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more