Loopholes identified now closed – GO-Invest Chair

first_imgGO-Invest auditSeveral loopholes which were identified in the controversial Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) forensic audit report have been addressed and eradicated over the past two years. This is according to Patricia Bacchus, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of GO-Invest.Go- Invest head officeAlso the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caribbean Containers Inc., Bacchus has said that a board level Finance Subcommittee has been implemented among the corrective measures taken at GO-Invest. Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) have also been implemented between GO-Invest and other government agencies to promote the ‘One Stop Shop’ ideal and self-compliance measures for investors.“I want to give you the assurance that all the non-compliant areas have been remedied. The board now has a Finance and Audit Subcommittee, which deals with financial reconciliation and ensures that there is no impropriety; and (there is also) a PR (Public Relations),” she said.Go- Invest Chairperson, Patricia BacchusOne stop shopAddressing the annual general meeting of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Bacchus said that through the signing of MoU with other sister government agencies, there has been an increase in service quality.The Attorney-at-Law noted that while initially intended to be a ‘One Stop Shop’ for investors in Guyana, GO-Invest did not have in-house the sister agencies which play a dominant role in investment, and so did not fulfill that role. “It resides in agencies such as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Ministry of Finance, Lands and Surveys Commission. But more efforts are now being taken to ensure the agency performs as far as feasible as a One Stop Shop.”Bacchus said that senior representatives of the GRA and of the Lands and Surveys Department, as well as a private sector representatives and those from the Ministries of the Presidency, Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have sat on the GO-Invest board. “This is designed to ensure a greater level of inter-agency cooperation; so, should the investor encounter any difficulties, GO-Invest would work at the level of its board of directors to ensure a timely and smooth resolution of whatever issue an investor may be faced with.“We’ve signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with GRA and Lands and Surveys Commission, to outline the mode of operation between the agencies, to ensure that it is constant and efficient.”Expressions of InterestAccording to Bacchus, the way investors will approach and apply to the agency has also been revamped. She said that the process has now been standardized, and made available to potential investors on the website, all to facilitate greater and more automatic service.“Coming from the private sector, I had experiences with GO-Invest before I played any role in (its) governance. So I can attest to things such as correspondence being misplaced; (correspondences) not being responded to in three to four years; inadequate systems of control and governance; (lack) of standardization of tools and forms. Since 2015, we have streamlined the investment facilitation process. The tool that you require to activate the investment promotion mechanism is posted to the agency’s website. It’s called the Expression of Interest form. It’s about five pages long,” she explained.She noted the form sets out all the categories of disclosure of information that an investor would be expected to provide, and checks and balances have been put in place to log and account for all submissions made by investors.“So you will hear from the agency. You will not have to wonder whether your correspondences have been received,” Bacchus assured.She also pointed to the self-compliance form would investors will now have to complete and submit to Go-Invest. This, Bacchus indicated, is to ensure that Go-Invest can monitor the progress of investors after they would have received concessions, though not necessarily for the purpose of revoking concessions.The Go-Invest audit is one of several commissioned by Government into State entities in 2015. The audit report, which was released on February 3 last, had mentioned a number of findings. According to the report, Go-Invest does not have an Internal Audit Department or Audit Charter. A weak governance structure was also cited.Former Go-Invest CEO Keith Burrowes had stated that the agency was not getting enough funding to accomplish some of the initiatives needed for improved internal governance.last_img read more

Pomeroon farmlands flooded

first_imgSeveral farms along the Pomeroon River in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are currently inundated due to intense rainfall compounded by high tides.Farms at Malbourgh, Hackney, Lildale, Martindale and other low-lying areas in the Lower Pomeroon are covered with flood waters. Farmers have so far lost pear plants, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins, suckers and young coconut trees that were at various stages of growth.Meanwhile, schools in the Martindale and Lildale areas have recorded a significant drop in attendance due to breaches in the river dam along the pathway leading to the school.Pomeroom farmers in flood watersMembers from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Monday visited several areas and inspections were conducted. The team was led by head of the RDC Devanand Ramdatt and was accompanied by Regional Executive Officer, Deryck Persaud; RDC Councillors Vilma Da Silva, Arnold Adams and Hardat Narine; along with regional engineers from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority and sea defence.A farmer holding his pear plantRegional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said while it is too early to assess the situation, communities in the entire Pomeroon are flooded. He said during interactions with cash crop farmers, the need was expressed for more emploldering in the area in an effort to strengthen the drainage and irrigation network system.Ramdatt is calling on the Agriculture Ministry to start an assessment within the area to see what relief can be given to farmers. Farmers have lost hundreds of pear plants and suckers, Regional Chairman said. He also noted that several dams were eroded, creating breaches and major overtopping.He also called for early intervention by the Agriculture Ministry in assisting flood affected areas, as most of the farmers in those areas depend solely on farming to sustain their livelihoods.Additionally, the Lilydale river dam has been breached. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Nearly 3,000 set to become U.S. citizens

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Nearly 3,000 people will become U.S. citizens today during three naturalization swearing-in ceremonies at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello. The ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

No crisis at Real Madrid, insists former president Ramon Calderon

first_imgRamon Calderon has dismissed talk of a crisis at Real Madrid, telling talkSPORT he has no doubt Zinedine Zidane will turn things around.Real have made a poor start to the season, winning just two of their opening five LaLiga games, and they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Wednesday night – failing to score for the first time in 512 days.Zidane’s side are already seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who boast a perfect record from their first five games of the campaign, and boos rung around the Bernabeu after the loss to Betis.But the Frenchman has the backing of former Real president Calderon to get the club’s season back on track.In Zidane’s 20-month spell at the helm, Real have won LaLiga and back-to-back Champions League titles and Calderon said: “I don’t think we are in crisis. The team is strong.“This is temporary. I have no doubt in the next few weeks everything will be different and no doubt we will be candidates to win the title and the Champions League.“There are 33 matches left in LaLiga and the Champions League has just started – things will be changing soon.“It is very difficult what he [Zidane] has done. He came into a very, very difficult situation at the club and he got two Champions Leagues in a row.“No one can say anything against him. The job he has done is very good, he is a star and all the players respect him.”last_img read more

‘Rashford is the Premier League’s best player this season’, says talkSPORT host

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Rashford is in red-hot form for Manchester United Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Belgian has played just 74 minutes in the league since Jose Mourinho’s departure, but Solskjaer insists he still has an important role to play.“He’s a big part of the squad, definitely, with his personality around the place,” Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday’s visit of Brighton, live on talkSPORT2.“There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training.“There are the three who play the most [Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard] but then you’ve got Rom, you’ve got Juan (Mata), you’ve got Alexis (Sanchez), so I’ve got a front six I can rotate with and Rom is definitely going to be playing games.” “I think he is the best player in the Premier League this season.” 🥇“He’s one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.”@talkSPORTDrive hails Rashford and says he’s the #PL best this season. pic.twitter.com/TbDJX6XyoP— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 18, 2019“His record since Christmas is quite phenomenal. He’s like a new man and I don’t think it’s just the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He looked good even under Mourinho and that says a lot about him.“On Sunday, his winner against Spurs was the tenth time he’d either scored or assisted since December. That’s impressive.“He was better than Harry Kane on Sunday – he had one chance and put it away in a pressure game away from home. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF ADVICE center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham believes Marcus Rashford has been the Premier League’s standout performer this season.The Manchester United star is enjoying life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, establishing himself as the first-choice centre forward and finding the net with regularity.He has started every league match under the interim boss and repaid the faith with a string of outstanding performances, most recently bagging the winner in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham. huge blow no dice Latest Football News 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “Some of the quality he’s got. You see the little shimmy on the right-hand side against Bournemouth? He’s got unbelievable skills.“I think he’s one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.”As a result of Rashford’s undroppable form, Romelu Lukaku has been forced to settle for a bit-part role in Solskjaer’s team. Romelu Lukaku has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer And according to Durham, the 21-year-old’s form has gone largely unnoticed.“I think he is the best player in the Premier League this season,” Durham said on Drivetime.“He could start his tenth successive Premier League game [against Brighton] and it’ll be the first time he’s ever done that. MONEY last_img read more

Map to help travellers ‘walk in Mandela’s footsteps’

first_img Since Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to help bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history. The map includes well-known attractions such as the Unesco world heritage site Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, and Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel peace prize winners, Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as residents. It also features some lesser-known attractions, such as the Kliptown open-air museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People, as well as the Nelson Mandela youth and heritage centre in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was laid to rest on 15 December. “Mandela’s integrity and spirit of hope, reconciliation and love have touched the lives of millions of people,” Van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday. “This year, we celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom, and we look forward to welcoming many tourists from around the world to share the South African story and Mandela’s legacy with us. “Not only was Nelson Mandela an incredible man and leader, but he remains a truly global icon. Since 1994, visitors from all corners of the globe have come to South Africa to seek out the places that shaped his remarkable life. His name alone put South Africa on the map; today, we are returning the favour in a literal sense.” According to the Department of Tourism, International visitors to the country increased from 3.4-million in 1993 – the year before Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president – to 13.5-million in 2012, with close to 9.2-million of those being tourists (people who spent one or more nights here). “The numbers aside, what has perhaps been the greatest legacy for tourism is that Mandela has encouraged people from all corners of the globe to come and experience South Africa for themselves,” Van Schalkwyk said. It was also thanks to Mandela, the minister said, that the world “now knows South Africa for more than just our incredible wildlife, amazing scenic beauty and excellent value for money. Since 1994, the world has come to realise that what really sets this country apart is Mandela’s people, whose warmth and hospitality leave all who visit us touched by the ‘Madiba magic’.” SAinfo reporter The Department of Tourism has launched a travel map to guide and assist people from around the world who may be looking to visit South Africa to “walk in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps”. “To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map, which encapsulates the key points on his life’s journey,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in March. He was speaking at the launch of the travel map at Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town – the last place where Nelson Mandela was held captive before he took his first steps to freedom on 11 February 1990. Developed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These include the Eastern Cape, where he was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured; and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed. View the map online at mandela.southafrica.netlast_img read more

Eight Top Internet Firms Back Alternative To SOPA

first_imgTags:#Government#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Several of the largest Interent firms – including Google, Facebook and Twitter – are backing alternate legislation being proposed to the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts.The OPEN act sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would allow the International Trade Commission to order online ad networks and payment processors to sever ties withe foreign websites that are targeted by patent infringement claims.SOPA, and its Senate counerpart, PIPA, on the other hand, would force search engines and websites to block links to sites that are listed as being “dedicated” to copyright infringement. SOPA has been widely endorsed by traditional media companies, but Web firms and free speech advocates have likened it to government-enforced censorship.“[The OPEN Act’s] approach targets foreign rogue sites without inflicting collateral damage on legitimate, law-abiding U.S. Internet companies by bringing well-established international trade remedies to bear on this problem,” AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote in a letter to Issa and Wyden in December.The OPEN Act does have some flaws, and in some points parralells SOPA, as noted by technology and law blogger Eric Goldman. Goldman notes that, like SOPA, OPEN “assumes there is a problem with foreign rogue websites that needs to be solved…and more importantly, attacking the money supply to supposed bad actors remains too blunt an instrument.”“While OPEN can’t really be fixed to resolve my two structural concerns, my hope is that the discussion about OPEN will force rightsowners to provide *credible* evidence of harms that they or consumers are suffering (no more self-serving hype, please), and that such evidence will force us to think carefully about how ‘rifle shot’ solutions (as opposed to shotgun solutions) can ameliorate those harms,” Goldman said.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Ultimate Agency Guide to Video Marketing

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingThe Ultimate Agency Guide to Video Marketing As people are presented with more and more content, it gets harder to cut through all the noise. The key is to know what types of content work best and how to get that content front-and-center for your audience.Video content is one of the best ways to boost engagement. Video has repeatedly proven to be a star performer among content formats. There’s something about video that just works. The combination of audible and visual media elicits our greatest sensory engagement.In this issue of Agency Perspectives from Sharp Spring, you’ll learn:The nuts and bolts of video content.How to boost engagement and deliver results with video.Actionable tips to multiply your video subscribers.Tricks to optimize your video strategy with lead scoring, personas and other automation features.Visit Digital Marketing Depot to download “The Ultimate Agency Guide to Video Marketing.”The post The Ultimate Agency Guide to Video Marketing appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: The Ultimate Agency Guide to Video Marketing The Ultimate Agency Guide to Video MarketingYou are here: Posted on 7th June 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

King County, Washington, Expands Convention and Trade Center Tax

first_imgBeginning January 1, 2019, the King County Convention and Trade Center tax has been expanded to lodging businesses in King County, Washington with less than 60 lodging units.Lodging Businesses ImpactedThe tax will be imposed on the following lodging businesses:– vacation rentals,– short-term rentals, or– any other lodging.A lodging business within Seattle will charge 7% while a business in any other King County location will charge 2.8%.ExclusionsThe following lodging businesses are excluded from the tax:– lodging businesses located in a town with a population of less than 300,– hostels,– lodging businesses operated by a university health care system exclusively used for family members of patients, and– businesses offering temporary housing for (i) individuals treated for trauma, injury, or disease and their families; and (ii) operated by an organization or governmental entity registered as a charitable organization with the Washington Secretary of State or classified as a charity or private foundation by the Internal Revenue Service.Special Notice, Washington Department of Revenue, September 27, 2018, ¶204-403Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more