Residents of Georgetown can now pay rates and taxes via the Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) app.This was made possible through a collaboration between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and GTT, and the initiative was officially launched on Tuesday.Information Technology (IT) Manager attached to M&CC, Adunni Christian said the action was taken to enable persons to pay monies owed to the M&CC through MMG. Christian noted that while the M&CC has begun with the payments of rates and taxes, in the near future the Council would move towards other types of payments that could be made via MMG.GTT MMG Specialist Kester Abrams“All customers need to know or understand is their account number which can be found on a receipt or the demand notice. That account number, when you make payments to Mobile Money from outside, it will allow us at M&CC to see where you are attaching these payments to,” he explained.According to Christian, one of the main reasons the MMG platform was chosen was the fact it was known to be a safe application for transacting business. He further explained that “there is no issue in terms of your security or other people accessing your account because as you know, the Mobile Money platform has been proven to be quite secure in the past.”Christian also pointed out that persons desirous of uplifting their payment receipt after completing their transaction can do so by visiting the M&CC.Specialist-in-Charge of MMG at GTT, Kester Abrams said the company was pleased to be able to further expand its services to the residents of Georgetown. He also disclosed that GTT was looking to develop its services to other municipalities across Guyana.M&CC IT Manager Adunni Christian“We have also reached out to the Ministry of Communities and we will be meeting with them in the near future to actually talk about some of the [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils] NDCs; [Regional Democratic Councils] RDCs and municipalities outside of Georgetown so that we can actually have all rates and taxes payment coming Through Mobile Money,” he stated.The services are currently available, and persons who wish to have more clarity on the new services are being encouraged to visit the M&CC office.
…as training of staff wraps up City Hall is seeking to implement a new revenue collection system for vendors to deposit their rental fees which is expected to be ready by the end of September.Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Debra Lewis, told Guyana Times the training was ongoing to reclassify employees to fit the new positions which would now be available. When the last training sessions are concluded, and the shifts are confirmed, they will be able to commence this innovative operation.“We’re still in terms of working out the shift system and in terms of the employees because the revenue collectors still have to be classified into issuers and verifiers and so on. We’re still working that out and we’re hoping that by the end of the month, we’ll be able to warrant off,” she said.The announcement to introduce the new system was made in June after the Council believed that it would improve transparency and accountability of the collection process.Accounting Manager of the Council, John Douglas, had given a highlight of some of the mechanisms that would be put in place to facilitate the new system.Currently, revenue collectors from the market section would act on behalf of the Council to manoeuvre around the vendors and apply the charges on behalf of the Council and collect the revenues based on what was owed.However, the new operations would entail reclassifying the roles of the revenue collectors to cashiers, issuers and verifiers. Cashiers would be present at the booths while the issuers and verifiers would be dispatched into the markets.“An issuer would come towards a vendor. They would assess the goods that are on the ground and they would write what is called a ‘slip’. The vendor would be given that slip and the vendor is expected to take that slip towards the cashier booth and make his or her payments,” Douglas had explained.“The verifier comes a little while after on the ground to ensure that the vendor had paid at the cashier booth and the correct amount has been paid for,” he later added.This system would drive a more efficient procedure of obtaining dues from the vendors. The monies would also be obtained in a fashion that is also safer for persons to deposit their cash. Presently, a new database has also been created specifically for this purpose and it is a 24-hour system.Lewis informed that one more field test is expected to be conducted after which the new system will be implemented.“We already have the booth and the mechanisms which is the computer systems. Those are already in place. Everything is in place but it’s just to work out the mode as it relates to the employees. All of them have to be au fait with it so we have to do a test-run which will be part of the training. We took them to the site and that was done sometime last week. We will do another run and by then, we should be ready.”
President David Granger on Wednesday accredited a new Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K J Srinivasa, who has committed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.High Commissioner Dr K J Srinivasa along with President David Granger and his wifeThe Indian diplomat handed over his letters of credence to President Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency.After accepting the credentials, the Guyanese Head of State reflected on the already strong relationship the two countries share in the 53 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties.This, he noted, continues to be enhanced with high-level contacts between officials of the two states such as during his visit to New Delhi in March 2018 for the First Summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Guyana had signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the ISA, which he recommitted to during his state visit.“Guyana looks to continue its cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy. The Strategy – our road map towards becoming a green state – emphasises the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to guarantee climate adaptation. Guyana looks forward to intensifying its cooperation with India during your tenure as High Commissioner,” the President said.Meanwhile, the newly accredited Indian High Commissioner, Dr Srinivasa, also recognised the consistent engagement between officials from the two countries. He further acknowledged the immense opportunities that exist for both Guyana and India to further enhance bilateral relations, especially in the areas of agriculture and food processing, oil and gas, renewable sources of energy, forestry, drug and pharmaceuticals, health infrastructure, education, among others.“India is committed to Guyana’s overall development and India’s participation in the development process in various sectors of Guyana’s economy would continue which would help in bring[ing] the two countries closer. Guyana’s leading role in environmental issues and low carbon development strategy has been recognised all over the world and India would like to benefit from Guyana’s experience in this field,” the newly accredited High Commissioner noted.Dr Srinivasa went on to highlight that the two countries, as Commonwealth members, share common views on many international issues facing humanity, particularly in the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations. To this end, he expressed gratitude for the support Guyana has given in various elections to the UN bodies while noting that India is counting on this continued support in its claim for permanent membership of the expanded Security Council.“I am deeply aware of the greatest responsibility bestowed on me and it would be my endeavour to take our bilateral relations including trade on a higher trajectory through continued engagement and solid interactions between the business communities of the two countries,” the Indian diplomat noted.Dr Srinivasa, whose last posting was in South Africa, has replaced former High Commissioner, Venekatachalam Mahalingam, who recently concluded a five year tenure here.
Join Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.This week, the lads are joined by snooker legend, and man of many waistcoats, John Virgo!
A new view of the modern and vibrant harbour of Killybegs is available following the release of a brochure highlighting businesses opportunities in the area this week.The Killybegs Harbour Business brochure, which showcases Killybegs as the forward-looking harbour location off the North West coast, was launched on Monday, 24th October in the Bayview Hotel, Killybegs. This brochure aims to market the facilities available locally and the online version can be adapted to reflect the ever-changing landscape and services in the harbour. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District stated that ‘Killybegs is very much open for business with the people of Killybegs having a ‘can do’ attitude’.Eugene McBrearty from the Killybegs Business Focus Group said ‘we focus on the promotion of the town and we look forward to using this brochure and in particular the online version to market our fantastic facilities to harness any opportunities and ideas that could assist development, employment and marketing of the town and harbour’.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely stated at the launch that ‘as a local authority, we are delighted to have witnessed the evolution of Killybegs into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors, Killybegs plays a very vital role within our county and the economic and tourism spin-off is very significant’ he added.In launching the brochure, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey encouraged all companies and organisations to use it to promote Killybegs as an offshore centre of choice for a range of vital services. The brochure outlines all the key facts about Ireland’s premier sea-port from the manufacturing and engineering companies who operate effectively to deliver their products to various parts of the world from their Killybegs base, to the more recent facilitation of cruise ships into its deep water harbour – where they can disembark and explore our beautiful county.Local facilities, services and service providers are all covered as well as showcasing Donegal Airport and the important role it has to play in providing a transport hub and air-support base for offshore operations since exploration activity commenced off Ireland’s Western and North Western seaboard in 1998.Pictured at the launch on Monday evening of the new Killybegs Harbour Brochure are back row l to r: Jim Parkinson, Sinbad Marine, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, Eugene McBrearty, Killybegs Business Focus Group, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Caroline Britton and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Front Row l to r Cllr. Noel Jordan, Minister Joe McHugh, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence SloweyThe brochure also acknowledges the important role LYIT has in delivering practical and theoretical education in Wind Energy Technology and in the Tourism Sector with a range of courses now offered from Marine Tourism, Destination Tourism to Tour Guiding.The continued investment in the harbour in Killybegs has allowed it to evolve into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors. This new brochure shows how Killybegs is an offshore centre of choice for logistics, cargo handling, manufacturing, engineering, vessel support and leisure cruising.Killybegs has a wealth of expertise and its adaptability and flexibility ensures that it can meet any challenge in our ever-changing environment.The brochure is available to download at www.donegalcoco.ie or by clicking here. New port of call for information on Killybegs Harbour services was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessDonegal County CouncilKillybegsKillybegs Harbour
1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online…After being left on the bench during Chelsea’s victory over West Ham, midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly willing to quit the Blues and has been offered to Real Madrid, Juventus, and his former club Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger could raid Barca for £10million-rated French defender Jeremy Mathieu, as Arsenal’s defensive options dwindle. (Daily Star)Meanwhile, the Gunners have NOT given up hope on landing Shkodran Mustafi, despite reports that the deal to bring the Valencia defender to the Emirates had collapsed. (talkSPORT)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is preparing a £17m bid for Barca goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, with Joe Hart’s future at the Etihad Stadium uncertain. (Daily Mail)Yaya Toure is prepared to fight for his place at City despite being left out of the squads to face Sunderland and Steaua Bucharest. (Daily Express)West Ham have abandoned their move for AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca because they cannot find a buyer for Diafra Sakho. (The Sun)Wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko could join Crystal Palace after the Eagles sold Yannick Bolasie to Everton. (Daily Telegraph)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer stories and other top headlines:Curtis Davies tells talkSPORT: Mike Phelan is the manager Hull City needs right nowArsenal have not given up hope on signing Shkodran Mustafi, talkSPORT understandsLiverpool make shock move for former Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel – reportsLiverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan keen on long-serving Reds midfielder Lucas LeivaPep Guardiola reveals why he left Yaya Toure out of Manchester City squad but quiet on Claudio Bravo linksBurnley FC transfer news: Steven Defour on verge of sealing £7.5m switchWatford transfer latest: Midfielder Mario Suarez agrees personal terms with Valencia ahead of move back to SpainTransfer report: Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard set for Rennes switch despite Liverpool and West Ham interestTRANSFER ALERT! Inter Milan keen on signing Manchester United and Manchester City defenders Daley Blind and Eliaquim Mangala Transfer Rumours and Paper Review
DONEGAL has secured THREE places in the Top 20 Places In Ireland to Go Wild. The survey was based on thousands of submissions to The Irish Times.Here they are – with a video above from Iain Miller to go with his suggestion below…DERRYVEAGH MOUNTAINS:As I come from an urban, overcrowded and industrial area in Germany, northwestern Donegal back then was the most remote and solitary place on Earth for me. Donegal’s highlands are a gem among many precious places in Ireland. Sitting up on Muckish’s highest spot and looking down to the sea and over to Tory Island always will be one of the most sublime experiences of my lifetime: pure solitude you share with no one but the wind and the drizzle. Who could care up there? Submitted by Frank PatalongDONEGAL COAST: Killybegs to ArdaraCnoc na Mara is an iconic 100m-high shark’s-fin sea stack. It sits in one of the most remote and inaccessible locations in Ireland. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible, a surreal and magical place to be.Submitted by IAIN MILLERDONEGAL COAST: Maghera Beach CavesIt is not so much that the caves are particularly spectacular in themselves; it is that the chemistry of dark sea caves, the wide, dazzling silver beach that leads to them, and the wild, craggy hills above them gives you an astonishing sense of being transported to a magical wilderness. Man seems to have made very little impression on this strong, vibrant landscape.Submitted by FIONA O’DONNELL DONEGAL GETS 3 TOP SPOTS IN IRISH TIMES LIST OF BEST PLACES TO GO WILD was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ArdaraDerryveagh MountainsdonegalIain MillerIrish TimesKillybegsmaghera beach cavesMuckishTop 20 Places To Go Wild
The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams have been named All-Academic Teams by the United States Track & Field And Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2015-16 season. Individually, five Bulldogs were named All-Academic by the organization.To earn All-Academic Team honors, teams must post a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Drake’s women’s team posted a team GPA of 3.44 while he men’s squad owned a 3.19 GPA to earn the honor. Both Drake’s men’s and women’s teams have now earned the honor in five consecutive years.Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.), Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa), Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) and Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) also earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. To be named All-Academic, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards: For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.orgFor the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships.All five qualified for the NCAA West Region Preliminary round, with Fischer competing at the NCAA Championship, in addition to achieving the necessary GPA. Huston and Bell were also winners of the MVC Elite 18 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing at an MVC championship event, during the academic year.Finally, Huston, Van Leersum and McCann were all MVC Outdoor Champions. Huston won a 5,000 meter championship in her final race at an MVC Championship while Van Leersum captured the men’s 400-meter title in his first season as a Bulldogs. McCann followed up his Drake Relays 3,000-meter steeplechase title with an MVC title in the same event. Bell was All-MVC in both the long jump and triple jumps with third place finishes in both events at the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championships. Print Friendly Version
Sinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has expressed his concern that Donegal’s low rent limit for those in receipt of rent supplement could force people from their communities.The new maximum rent limit (the second reduction in 6 months) became effective from 17th June, with landlords told to agree a revised rent by 26th October.Donegal has one of the lowest maximum rent limits in the state. Cllr Murray told Donegal Daily: “I have been contacted by many people in Inishowen who have been notified by the social welfare office that the maximum rent limit for the Rent Supplement Scheme has been reduced again.“They have been advised to negotiate a rent reduction with their landlords or ‘seek alternative accommodation’. This is a lot easier said than done. Many landlords have reduced their rent as far as possible due to earlier reductions in the maximum rent limit.“Families, especially those with young children, cannot be expected to uproot and move because of a decision made by the Department of Social Welfare in Dublin or Sligo. These decisions have massive consequences for local families and that should be taken into consideration.“Many of these people are willing to sacrifice other expenditures to pay the extra rent themselves but cannot do so because of department guidelines. “They are now being encouraged to leave their community to seek cheaper accommodation. Even if they do that, they have no guarantee that the rent limit will not be reduced again.“This is the result of a wider problem in the county as we have nowhere near enough social housing. We have some 4000 people on the social housing waiting list, yet Donegal received enough money to build 3 houses this year. This creates a climate in which rents cannot be reduced.“I have spoken to my colleague Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD and we will pursue this issue with the Minister to try and have it resolved. I feel that this decision was taken without any understanding of the consequences it has for so many people and it should be reversed immediately.” NEW RENT RULES FOR DONEGAL FORCING PEOPLE FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES – MURRAY was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Cllr Jack MurrayDonegal rent reviews
Rehearsals are now well underway for Mulroy College’s Annual Variety Show….as our behind the scenes pix show!Highlights of this year’s show will include extracts from Hairspray the musical and Blood Brothers, to mention but a few!As always there will also be some scintillating individual acts on view as well. Sources tell us that the cast and crew have been working very hard, fine tuning their performance for the big night under the watchful eye of Ms. Nicola McBride and Bridgín Carr!This year’s show is on Friday, December 7th in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. Tickets are now on sale from An Grianán Theatre box office 074-9120777, priced at €10 BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MULROY COLLEGE ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW! was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MULROY COLLEGE ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW!