GRA cancels VAT on airfares for interior locations

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has inked an agreement with the Air Services Limited which will reverse its 2017 decision to impose taxes on flights to interior locations.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in a public notice said it, “wishes to advise air service operators that no VAT shall be charged on airfares to transport passengers or goods to/from airstrips listed below”.A few of the 54 listed locations are located in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). They include Achiwib, Aishalton, Annai, Baramita, Chenpau, Dadanawa, Iwokrama, Kamarang, Kato, Monkey Mountain, Orinduik, Paramakatoi and Waramadong.Although the notice did not inform when the new decision takes effect and when it was made, it pointed out that, “Pursuant to the Agreement, VAT is also exempt from airfares to transport passengers or goods to any other rural airstrip, provided that satisfactory evidence is submitted to the company that the passenger is living in the rural area”.Effective from February 1, 2017, the Government had implemented a 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on local airfares.This move was highly criticised by locals from all walks of life.On Saturday, this publication contacted Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Roraima Airways Inc Captain Gouveia, who also serves as Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the matter.Gouveia said he was unaware that the taxes had been removed but lauded the change. He said, “As far as I know the Government introduced taxes on interior flights and that is still functioning today. I don’t know of any agreement to waive it [but] I think it will be a good thing”.The PSC Chair further explained, “I think interior development is very very crucial and the Government got to be able to contribute to make air transportation affordable and accessible to all of the people in the hinterland and so putting taxes on interior flights is actually a big deterrent to Hinterland development”.He said he is happy to learn that the Government finally decided to review their decision in this regard given that prior to their decision there was never VAT on Interior flights.“Since they introduced VAT and start charging VAT on hinterland flights and Kaieteur flights for example when you take people to Kaieteur Falls now there is 14 per cent on Kaieteur flights which is crazy but it is what the Government decided to do,” he posited.Nevertheless, Gouveia pointed out that he welcomes this move regardless of if it is implemented at present or in the months to come.last_img read more

WILL CELEBRITY ‘STRICTLY’ JUDGE BE HOT-FOOTING IT TO DONEGAL?

first_imgThe organisers behind this Saturday night’s “Strictly Come Dancing” in Bundoran have confirmed that a celebrity judge is set to be parachuted into run an eye over proceedings in the Great Northern Hotel this Saturday night.Sources have hinted that it might even be the real-life judge of the hit TV show Len Goodman!The event is certainly catching the public imagination in south Donegal with ticket sales reported to be very brisk this week. The extravaganza is the brainchild of local organisations, the Ballyshannon Musical Society, the Aodh Ruadh GAA club, the Abbey Centre Panto and Dark Daughter Productions and 20 locals have kicked off their slippers for dancing shoes and been engaged in weeks of intensive rehearsal under the watchful eye of choreographer, Suzanne Byrne.On a week when the counting of votes will be very much en vogue, a first lady and gent of the dancing world will be elected in Bundoran on Saturday night next.Indeed, some sneaky steppers have been grabbing any opportunity to get in some extra practice.Rumours abound that the Aodh Ruadh dressing room has been transformed into a dance floor! Local stars from Ballyshannon Musical Society, Aodh Ruadh CLG, Abbey Centre Panto and Dark Daughter Productions are diligently polishing their steps.Among those taking part are John ‘Mayor’ Meehan, Val ‘Flatley’ Murray, Teresina ‘Ginger’ Barrett, Michael ‘007’ McLoone and Mary ‘Marilyn’ Daly. So between the lifts, twirls and whisks they are itching to take to the floor. Doors will open at 7pm show starts at 8pm sharp.Admission is €15 with tickets on sale throughout Ballyshannon and from the dancers themselves.ENDSWILL CELEBRITY ‘STRICTLY’ JUDGE BE HOT-FOOTING IT TO DONEGAL? was last modified: October 25th, 2011 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:BallyshannonbundoranKEN GOODMANStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

DONEGAL INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BLOG AWARDS

first_imgDonegal IT and Internet Safety Expert Niall Mulrine from Pc Clean has been shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards 2013.Niall MulrineThese annual awards held in Dublin takes nominations from people over Ireland, who vote on their favourite blog website by an Irish owner.His free website www.CyberSafetyAdvice.com is a free resource for parents, teachers and children on how best to protect themselves online, behave online, how to react to online abuse. Such is the content on the website, it has been receiving a lot of traffic over the summer months.Articles which Niall compiles himself range from top tips for parents to stay safe online, tips for children if they are getting cyber-bullied, global news stories of internet privacy issues and how it can be fixed for people not to fall into the same trap.Because of this website, Niall has become known nationally and globally for this expertise in the field of Internet Safety.He often communicates with people in the same field from other countries who are doing their best to get knowledge out to people to be the best digital citizen he can. Niall has built a niche area from his IT background as owner of Pc Clean in Ballybofey, in the area of online safety.He has been delivering workshops to children, teachers and parents over the last few years nationally on the dangers online and how best to embrace it and protect themselves from the dangers.Niall’s passion can be seen at his workshops that he holds in schools, community centres and other locations, with the knowledge and understanding of the victims feel and behave when in trouble.His workshops were developed by himself as a result to a need to the local community as parents and teachers often asked him about social media effects on their children.www.CyberSafetyAdvice.com will go through a rigorous judging panel in October to if his website will make it to a category winner. DONEGAL INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BLOG AWARDS was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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:internet safetyNiall MulrinePC Cleanlast_img read more

Valley pays higher fees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And the audit – the first in a series of three to be conducted on the agency – also focused on a pool of money set aside a half-century ago to pay program expenses. In recent years, it soared from a relatively stable $8 million to $21.5 million. “This is money that should be coming in and going out,” Chick said. The high balance suggests that Recreation and Parks might be charging too much for its programs, the audit said. “Either we’re collecting too much money or Recreation and Parks is not using it properly,” Chick said. The audit charges that the agency has spent fund money on administrative expenses, including travel and office supplies, although Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri said the expenditures were related to the operation of the department. The city agency that runs hundreds of Los Angeles parks and recreation centers charges inconsistent fees and is holding $21.5 million in a fund for unclear reasons, City Controller Laura Chick said in an audit released Thursday. The financial review of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks found that fees paid for some programs were more than twice as much for residents living in the West San Fernando Valley than for those living in the midcity area. For example, baseball for children ages 5 through 12, for example, costs $35 at Lafayette Recreation Center in midcity, $70 in Highland Park, and $80 in Woodland Hills – a disparity parks officials defended, saying a single standard fee would be unfair to disadvantaged communities. “There’s no rhyme or reason to the fee differentials,” Chick said. Mukri also said that when he took over as general manager 18 months ago, he ended the use of the fund for things like lunches and gifts and now considers the pool of money a contingency fund. “A lot of times, we want to do projects and these projects are expensive now,” he said. “Let’s say I want to do a golf course and I need to rehabilitate the irrigation system. That’s going to cost me between $7 million and $10 million plus the loss of revenue when those golf courses are taken out.” Mukri acknowledged that the department needs to do a more thorough job of explaining how the fund is used. Similarly, he agreed with a section of the audit calling for more information on why fees differ for similar programs at different facilities. He said a single standard fee would be unfair to disadvantaged communities. The audit also faults the agency’s handling of revenue from the Pershing Square Parking Garage, such as not making required transfers to youth programs several years ago. The department will work to make sure all transfers are made, Mukri said, but he called Pershing Square Garage “a success story,” noting that it takes in $3 million a year in revenue now compared to $300,000 when it was run under a private contract. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM: SINGLE MUM PLEADS FOR END TO HATE-FILLED COMMENTS

first_imgOn the eve of tomorrow’s Marriage Equality referendum, a single mum from Donegal has pleaded for an end to the insults and bitterness of the campaign.Donegal will vote tomorrow (Fri).Mired said that many members of her own family are voting in an opposite way to her but they have not fallen out.She has called for an end to the “hate filled comments” and for people to simply respect one another’s views. This is the full text of her email to Donegal Daily. I’ve been watching with interest, the goings-on surrounding the gay marriage issue. I have to say that I am terribly saddened by the angry, horrible, hate filled comments that I have been seeing on social media.It’s awful that strangers can verbally attack and accuse each other of all sorts of vile things, just because they have differing opinions. Where is the equality, democracy or freedom of speech in that? All I see is hate! Hearts full of hate! Where is the basic human respect? And I’m not talking about any one side in particular. I have seen nasty comments from both sides!I personally am voting NO in the referendum tomorrow. It is up to everyone else how they vote! I am voting no, not because I am anti – gay, but because I don’t want marriage to be redefined. I have relatives and friends who are gay and I have the utmost respect for them. My choice to vote no is not about being pro or anti gay. For me, it is about protecting Family and children. As a single mother I see the gap left in the lives of my children by the absence of their father. I see with all clarity, the hurt and damage that has been done to them. I believe that changing marriage will cause much more damage to future generations of children.I have been trying to imagine what it would be like to be a child who was born through surrogacy. How would I feel? Personally, I would feel rejected by my mother. I wouldn’t be able to understand how my mother could just give me away like that and want to have no contact with me – and all for MONEY!Could you imagine a teenager, starting to question their roots? It would be terrible. I just can’t vote for this. And from my experience as a single mum, I see that there are things that only a father could give to my children. They have no male role model in their lives and I wonder how this will impact on their future relationships.And I had to ask myself if I vote yes, will this change the lives of my gay comrades for the better, and I have come to the conclusion that life will not be any different for them after the referendum than it is now.Legally, they already can say ‘I do’, adopt children and claim the same tax breaks as married couples. I know from following this, that they want constitutional protection, which is fine. But what I can’t figure out is why they can’t do this without changing ‘marriage’ in the constitution? And funnily enough, in the course of my seeking the right course of action, I have discovered that I and my two children are not constitutionally considered to be a family and we have no protection constitutionally. I wonder would as many people stand up to fight for me and other single parent families to be recognised ‘constitutionally’ as a family!Where does it all end?It would be great if we could get through this referendum without any more insults and hate. Respect that we all view things differently. Some members of my family are voting no and some yes and none of us are tearing strips off each other about it.Mairead MARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUM: SINGLE MUM PLEADS FOR END TO HATE-FILLED COMMENTS was last modified: May 21st, 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:CAMPIAGNdonegalMARRIAGE EQUALITY REFERENDUMvotinglast_img read more

Live updates: 49ers’ defense scores twice in 31-17 victory over Buccaneers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Start the 49ers season with us on Sunday by following our feed for in-game insights and analysis when San Francisco travels to take on the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay at 1:25 p.m.Jimmy Garoppolo makes his first regular season appearance since tearing his ACL last September and he hopes to lead the 49ers to their first road victory since 2017. San Francisco may catch a break due to illness as two of the …last_img

Van der Linde’s racing career rocketing up

first_img11 February 2014Kelvin van der Linde, the hottest South African property in motor racing after convincingly winning the international Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Championship in Europe in 2013, will take his burgeoning career to the next level with a full-time drive in this year’s ADAC GT Masters Championship.The 17-year-old phenomenon, who comes from an illustrious motor racing family, will again alternate school clothes with racing overalls for another year as a member of the Prosperia C Abt Racing team, winners of the 2013 team title and headed by former ADAC GT Masters champion and former DTM (German Touring Car Championship) driver Christian Abt.Famous circuitsVan der Linde will contest all eight rounds of the series, which features four-hour races at famous circuits like Zandvoort in Holland and the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring in Germany.He will share driving duties with top young Danish Porsche Cup and GT Masters driver Nikki Thiim, 24, in an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. Their competition includes Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW Z4 GT3s, Chev Camaro GTs and Chev Corvette GT3s, Ford GT3s, Mercedes- Benz SLS AMG GT3s and Nissan GT-R GT3s.The opening round takes place over three days at Oschersleben in Germany from 25 to 27 April. Each round consists of Friday practice and qualifying, with a race on each of Saturday and Sunday.‘Very happy’“I am naturally very happy to have secured this drive with the Prosperia C Abt Racing team,” Van der Linde said in a statement.“I am pleased that it keeps me in the Volkswagen family. It will be another steep learning curve for me after last year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup baptism of fire. This is taking my motor racing career to another level and will bring me closer to my longer term objective of competing in the DTM.”Meteoric riseVan der Linde’s seemingly meteoric rise to prominence in motor sport has actually not happened overnight. He already has eight years of national and a year of international competition under his belt. He started his career at the age of nine in karting and won the first of his two national karting championships at the age of 12.In 2011, at the age of 15, he competed for the first time in senior circuit racing and became the youngest-ever class and overall winner of the regional Goldwagen Challenge for production Volkswagens. That same year he finished third in the Volkswagen Cup national championship and was declared Rookie of the Year.He was already a rising star at the end of 2012 after convincingly winning the Volkswagen Cup one-make series for young Polo racers. At the age of 16 he succeeded his uncle Etienne as the youngest-ever winner of a senior circuit racing national championship.He then put himself firmly in the international spotlight with his convincing overall victory in the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup, a support series to the DTM in Europe.FIA InstituteLast year he also won selection as Africa’s representative in the FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy, where he has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous participants in the Academy who have gone on to drive in Formula One and the World Rally Championship.Van der Linde won his place on the fully-funded Academy programme after an exhaustive selection process in which he demonstrated his ability not just on the track but also in terms of fitness and understanding of safety and vehicle dynamics.He will have a busy year juggling his grade 12 studies at Dainfern College in Johannesburg, the FIA Young Driver programme and the eight rounds of the ADAC GT Masters championship.‘I’m up for the challenge’“I’m up for the challenge,” asserted Van der Linde. “Last year was a busy year for me, with both home and school responsibilities here and contesting the Scirocco R- Cup in Europe. I managed quite well.“I’m living my dream to become a successful professional racing driver, but I also realise the value of a good education. It’s not easy, but then nothing that is worthwhile is easy. You have to put in the hard work and be totally dedicated. I feel very privileged to have all these wonderful opportunities and I intend to make the most of them.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

1aim brings connected devices to workplace doors & beyond

first_imgIn the era of connected technology Berlin company 1aim are carving a niche for themselves in connected security for commercial buildings. I met with Torben Friehe, CEO of 1aim to find out more.1aim builds a complex array of hardware and software for a simple purpose: open any door by waving a smartphone in front of a retrofitted lock instead of needing a key, swipe card or access code. Administrators use a simple app interface to issue digital passes via email or SMS to anyone visiting including non-registered users like guests or contractors.Friehe likens them to “a central nervous system for buildings” explaining that 1aim  has created an enterprise-grade access control system that serves two functions – first, to allow professional access and identity management and, second, to gather large amounts of valuable data to enable companies to identify space usage patterns in their commercial space.Friehe explains that as the company ships more software, customers will be able to use the device to collect and analyze data and perform a suite of tasks to improve cost flows and efficiency, such as arm areas or turn off electricity to reduce utility expenses as employees leave their offices.Other features include allowing users to request conference rooms and automatically provide them with the ideal premises fitting their requirements.“Since our platform knows who is where and when, it will also be able to allocate the right space to every employee on an individual basis and offer strategic work-layout suggestions to optimize operations.”What are the cultural differences when it comes to smart locks in Germany compared to the US?As an expat myself living in Germany I was interested to know the differences in how Deutsch and American people view security and technology. Friehe noted that:“German homeowners would not trust doors that are seen as perfectly safe in America. In Germany, homeowners take enormous pride in the so-called “Resistance Class” that their door fulfills. But most U.S. doors would not even pass the lowest grade of such certification. The same goes for mechanical locks. Many German homeowners purchase high-quality lock cylinders that cost up to a few hundred euro per piece. Although there are security grades in America as well, German consumers have a much wider variety of choices and can select products offering more mechanical security. We have had meet extremely high-security standards in Germany as part of our partnership with the Hormann Group.”Connected security in a crowded space requires complex solutionsConnected security is becoming a crowded space with the involvement of industry stalwarts like Honeywell and Yale. However, the majority are focused on the consumer market and fewer are equipped to respond to the challenges of older commercial buildings. Friehe explains that:“In the building platform space, we see competitors attempting to build a “building operating system,” a software connecting all the hardware in a building. We don’t see this approach as working. Without a strong hardware foundation, there is just no way to connect legacy and modern systems. These companies might be able to supply middleware, but as long as they focus on software alone they will not be able to dominate this space. So our major differentiation point here is that we supply the hardware at the core of our system, providing quality ID-related data.”Friehe also compares questions companies that monitor space utilization using sensor boxes as their hardware, noting that“These companies cannot supply the same data quality that we can provide, as their data is not connected to the ID of users in any way and the number of potential data points is limited.”The company sees the opportunity in the future to team up with companies in the HVAC and energy optimization sector where “We can make good use of their data, and they might require some of ours.”How secure are connected locks?One need only read the agenda of the latest DEFCON or Black Hat conference to know that there will be security researchers showing their prowess in hacking connected home security devices.  Then over the last week, we’ve seen spirited discussion after Amazon revealed they are sealing smart door locks that enable Amazon to deliver packages inside your home with a smart lock and connected camera. Walmart recently offered to deliver groceries straight to people’s fridges with a similar system. When polled about the idea of Amazon in-home delivery three different surveys suggested strong opposition to the idea, perhaps in the spirit of ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.’In regard to security, Friehe believes that:“As an industry, we must guarantee that companies are not developing software to a negligent degree. They need to implement accepted industry practices, which should be enhanced to demand more regular audits when it comes to how data is collected and stored. Companies need to have security in mind and be held accountable if they fail to observe best-practices. This is especially so with connected devices, where extremely personal life data is concerned.Ultimately, the free market will serve as the catalyst for ensuring that security in the IT sector catches pace, but there will be much more bloodshed and massive attacks.”Presently, 1aim’s access control product LightAccess Pro can be purchased on Amazon Germany, UK and France, or by contacting their offices directly. Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Tags:#Amazon#Connected Devices#connected security#smart lock Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

5 Awesome Stop Motion Lego Videos

first_imgWe’re blown away by these stop motion Lego videos!With the recent success of The Lego Movie we thought it would be cool to take a look at the process of making stop-motion Lego videos. Lego animation, like claymation, takes a lot of time and patience. Just like making a regular movie, you will need to do a good amount of pre-production before you start. The following are 5 great examples of what can be achieved with good planning and a whole lot of patience.1. Battle of the BrickA Lego recreation of the Zanzibar map of the Halo franchise follows the epic battle between red and blue. Video from GameTrailers.com.2. Lego ThrillerThis video uses Legos as pixels, rather than stop motion characters, to create an awesome effect. Video from Berlin, Germany’s Talking Animals Animation Studio.3. Adventure Time Title in LEGOWith it’s stunning detail and complexity this amazing video is a Lego recreation of the cartoon series Adventure Time. Video by Screen Novelties.4. Lego Cl!ck Integrating both human and non-human elements together, this stop-motion video shows what happens when ideas just “click”. Video by visual effects studio a52.5. Lego ArcadeA Lego recreation of classic arcade games. Video by Michael Hickox.Do It Yourself!Feel inspired to make your own stop-motion Lego movie now? If so, the following video will demonstrate you how you can make your own Lego stop-motion video. All you need is a camera, Legos (or Megablocks if you can’t afford Legos) and a lot of patience. Video by Ffrangconator’s Animation.If you feel like making a Lego video but don’t have access to Legos you could always animate one using a 3D modeling software like the Lego Movie. C4DZone’s BrickGen can take your 3D models and make them “Lego-fied” in Cinema 4D. BrickGen is currently avaliable for about $12. The following video shows how it works.Have you ever made a Lego stop-motion video? Do you know of any other awesome Lego centered films? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

The Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be Using

first_imgInterested in the track we used to make this video: “Lifetime Travels” by CymatixLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Get Better Results Using LUTs with Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before Making a Feature FilmVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After EffectsVideo Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing ShortcutsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects Sometimes, your project needs more than a simple cut, but a flashy transition is too much. Enter the audio ramp-up transition.This is by far one of my favorite transition processes, and it has nothing to do with the visuals. It’s super powerful, and the best part is that hardly anyone uses it in short-form content.So here’s one way to improve your transitions without using snappy video plugins — the audio ramp-up. How to Use the Audio Ramp-Up TransitionFirst, find the clip you want to transition from. Then layer either a sound effect, foley element, or song below it.Next, set your audio level to how you want it throughout your clip — not too loud, not too quiet. Make sure that audio track ends right at the tail of your transitioning clip.Finally (the most critical part) ramp up the volume in your selected audio track so it becomes more prominent than any ambient sound. Do this by selecting the Pen Tool and creating a keyframe marker about six seconds before the end of your shot. Create a second keyframe marker at the end of your audio track — only this time, raise it so that it becomes very noticeable. You don’t want it to be overpowering, but you do want it to be clear in the final cut.When your audience watches playback, this effect will create a sort of jarring cut, lending a unique feeling to both scenes.And if you’d like to try a slightly different approach, check this tutorial on transitioning with audio swells.last_img read more