KSAC to Implement Measures to Improve Collection of Fees

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KSAC to Implement Measures to Improve Collection of Fees Local GovernmentJune 11, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedNWA Gets $50 Million for Drain Cleaning RelatedJamaicans Must Understand Meaning of Sustainable Development – State Minister Fagan Story HighlightsThe KSAC will be implementing measures to curtail illegal and/or unauthorized activities in the markets and to improve collection of fees.Councillor Andrew Swaby, said that the decision has been taken not to increase market fees, even though funds are needed to effect repairs and other improvements.Mr. Swaby emphasised that the KSAC intends to aggressively collect the outstanding fees of over $21 million.center_img The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be implementing measures to curtail illegal and/or unauthorized activities in the markets and to improve collection of fees.These include: notification to vendors of their arrears; closure of shops that are in arrears; serving of demand notices; issuing summons for delinquent vendors to be taken to the courts; and eviction, where warranted.Speaking at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston, on June 10, Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Andrew Swaby, said that the decision has been taken not to increase market fees, even though funds are needed to effect repairs and other improvements.“At this point the KSAC believes that an increase in market fees is not the most effective way of raising these funds, as it is likely to only increase arrears,” he said.Mr. Swaby emphasised that the KSAC intends to aggressively collect the outstanding fees of over $21 million, which will enable the Corporation to provide better accommodation and facilities in markets.“Until these arrears are collected, all of the repairs and improvements that we would like to do within the markets cannot be done,” he said.The Deputy Mayor encouraged delinquent vendors to pay their market fees, adding that several vendors with poor payment records are the first ones to demonstrate, and have the most to say on camera.“Another aspect of market operations has to do with access to light and water. Some vendors, again with poor payment records, have several appliances and use water, yet pay no bills and the KSAC is the recipient of the bills,” he said.Mr. Swaby said the vendor registration exercise for 2014 has started and encouraged all vendors to get registered, as only registered vendors have legal status in the markets, arcades, and approved vending areas. RelatedAdequate Funds to Clean Most Critical Drains in Corporate Area Advertisementslast_img read more

‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project’ host Grant Imahara dead at 49

first_imgAlbert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Another devastating loss has rocked Hollywood. MythBusters star Grant Imahara died unexpectedly on Monday at the age of 49.Discovery confirmed early Tuesday the show’s longtime engineer suffered a brain aneurysm. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” the network said in a statement.Grant’s former costars reacted to his sudden passing with shock.Mythbusters star Adam Savage tweeted, “I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.”Fellow co-host Kari Byron uploaded a series of photos of her, Imahara and fellow Build Team member Tory Belleci, writing“Somedays I wish I had a time machine.”Imahara, a gifted electrical engineer and roboticist, joined MythBusters in 2005 as the new member of the Build Team and quickly became a fan favorite. He departed the show in 2014 alongside Byron and Belleci.The three found a new home at Netflix in 2016 for the short-lived White Rabbit Project, but the show was cancelled after one season.Beyond Imahara’s robotic and engineer work, he made a series of movie and television cameos, such as appearing in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and Eureka. He also was “one of the few officially trained operators for famed droid R2-D2 within the Star Wars universe.”Prior to his sudden death, Imahara partnered with Disney to help the company develop a new series of acrobatic animatronics, dubbed Stuntronics, that would be used in Disney Theme Parks across the globe. The cutting-edge tech created a robot that could be launched in the air, execute flips, even strike a superhero pose, then land on a safety net.The robots will allow “Spider-Man” to sail above the heads of park-goers at the upcoming Avengers Campus attraction, which will launch at the Disney’s California Adventure Park.He also created his own robotic version of “Baby Yoda” from The Mandalorian, which he used to delight at children’s hospital visits and the like.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.By Megan Stone and Stephen IervolinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill

first_imgWASHINGTON  |  The Obama health care law’s requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation.Senate Republicans showed Tuesday they’re intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate, and the idea was endorsed by scores of GOP lawmakers in the House.Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Finance Committee, confirmed late Tuesday he was revising the bill to include repeal of the insurance mandate “to help provide additional relief to low- and middle-income families.”The surprise renewal of the failed effort to eliminate the health care law’s mandate came a day after President Donald Trump renewed pressure on Republican lawmakers to include the repeal in their sweeping legislation to revamp the tax system. It carries high political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office.The move by Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee upended the debate over the tax measure just as it was inching closer to passage following months of fine-tuning and compromise. It turned the debate into an angry partisan referendum on health care and President Barack Obama’s signature law, the Affordable Care Act.The Finance panel digs into a third day of work on the Senate tax bill on Wednesday. The completed House tax bill, pointed toward a vote in that chamber Thursday, does not currently include repeal of the health insurance mandate. Trump plans an in-person appeal to House Republicans before the vote.Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the House and Senate tax overhaul bills would deeply cut corporate rates, double the standard deduction used by most Americans and limit or repeal completely the federal deduction for state and local property, income and sales taxes. Republican leaders deem passage of the first major tax overhaul in 30 years as imperative for the GOP to preserve its majorities in next year’s elections.Republican efforts to dismantle the health care law collapsed this past summer as moderate Republicans joined with Democrats in rejecting the repeal — a bitter disappointment for Trump, who lashed out at the Senate GOP for failing. Adding the repeal of the mandate to the tax measure would combine two of Trump’s legislative priorities.Beyond Trump’s prodding, the repeal move was dictated by the Republicans’ need to find revenue sources for the massive tax-cut bill, which calls for steep reductions in the corporate tax rate and elimination of some popular tax breaks.The “Obamacare” mandate requires most people to buy health insurance coverage or face a fine. Without being forced to get coverage, fewer people would sign up for Medicaid or buy federally subsidized private insurance. Eliminating the mandate in the tax legislation would save an estimated $338 billion over a decade, which could be used to help pay for the deep cuts.The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repealing the requirement that people buy health coverage would mean 4 million additional uninsured people by 2019 and 13 million more by 2027.It “will cause millions to lose their health care,” Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the senior Democrat on the Finance Committee.Feeling ambushed without advance notice, minority Democrats warned that with fewer healthy people in the insurance risk pool, the price of premiums would rise.“Rather than learning the lessons from their failure to repeal health care, Republicans are doubling down on the same partisan strategy that would throw our health care system into chaos,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. “If the American people weren’t already outraged by this bill, injecting health care into it will certainly do the trick.”To win over moderate Senate Republicans to the tax legislation, the Senate may take up at the same time a bipartisan compromise to shore up health care subsidies, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., indicated Tuesday. Thune is a member of the Finance panel.Hatch’s revised version of the tax bill would double the child tax credit to $2,000 from the current $1,000 — a change that presidential daughter Ivanka Trump has pushed for. The credit would rise to $1,600 under the House bill.Also, Hatch’s revision makes slight reductions in individual tax rates for three moderate income brackets, numbers three, four and five of a total seven. The rates are reduced from the original Senate bill and the current system. The new rates are 10, 12, 22.5, 25, 32.5, 35 and 38.5 percent. The House bill shrinks the current seven brackets to four: 12, 25, 35 and 39.6 percent..___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Sheer carelessness on the roads

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke Cardinia Highway Patrol say they’ve witnessed “far too many” collisions over the past few days due to sheer carelessness or…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Main Street Diner — The Place in Nelson to watch World Cup action

first_imgThe place to be for World Cup Soccer excitement, for those people in Nelson not able to make it to Brazil, is the Main Street Diner on Baker Street.Nick Diamond of Main Street has two large televisions on the patio for patrons viewing while having a bite to eat.”We are publishing the day’s feature menu and game viewing schedule on our facebook site. “We’ve also built a feature menu for each set of games based on a team that’s playing. ie. France playing – French menu. Brazil playing, Brazilian cuisine etc…”Main Street Diner is open in town for the 9 a.m. games and will show a (condensed) replay of the morning game at 11 a.m. replay every day before the 1 p.m. game.The tournament is in the knockout stages with the final set for Sunday, July 13. Time TBA.last_img read more

Looking Back – Christy O’Connor Junior

first_imgRalph O’Gorman remembers…. As part of our tribute to Christy O’Connor Junior who passed away last week, Galway Bay Fm Sport replayed our Looking Back segment that remembered his legendary Ryder Cup win over Fred Couples at The Belfry in 1989. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Looking+Back+Christy+Junior.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Ashley Young insists Dele Alli feud’s in the past as pair join forces for England

first_imgASHLEY   YOUNG   says   his bust-up with England team-mate Dele Alli is all forgotten.The volatile Three Lions pair clashed in Manchester United’s fiery 1-0 win over Tottenham in October when Dele told Young to “retire with a Zimmer frame”.4 Ashley Young and Dele Alli have put their club feud behind them ahead of the World CupCredit: PA:Press AssociationYoung hit back at the Spurs hothead and rapped: “When you win the Premier League, let me know.”United utility man Young, 32, revealed: “We had a laugh and a joke about it.“People say he has to take that sort of stuff out of his game but he’s one of those players who plays on the edge. He winds people up, that’s just him.”Young is the daddy of Gareth Southgate’s baby-faced England squad — the only player who will be age 33 when the World Cup ends.4 Young is setting an example to the others as England’s oldest playerCredit: AFPBut when he used his “wise old head” against Tottenham this season it was not to dish out some fatherly advice to one of his young United team-mates.The raging Red Devil thrust it aggressively towards fellow hothead Alli, as the volatile pair swapped insults and went nose-to-nose.WET N’ WILD England ace Kyle Walker admits he pees in the showerYoung added: “It’s just one of those things. But we have to keep 11 players on the pitch at all times.“There’s enough experience throughout the squad to know, if someone is being wound up, to pull them up and tell them to calm down, or have a word with the referee to make them aware of what is going on.Latest England newsExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobs4 Young believes Alli’s fire is just what England need to get in the face of opponentsCredit: Getty Images“Dele’s a fantastic talent. He’s shown in previous get-togethers and the last few days what a talent he can be, and what a talent he currently is.”England have been accused of being too nice in previous tournaments and lacking the killer instinct required to go all the way.There is not the same cynicism which saw Cristiano Ronaldo wink when Wayne Rooney saw red at the 2006 World Cup, or Diego Simeone rolling around the turf like a seal after David Beckham had been suckered at France 98.And England’s strikers tend to try and stay on their feet when the eyes of the world are upon them.4 Gareth Southgate will be keen to ensure his team are no longer the ‘nice guys’ of tournamentsCredit: AFPEngland train at St George’s Park ahead of World Cup warm-up match against Nigeria Most Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperHowever, in Young and Dele, the Three Lions have a couple of fierce competitors who are ready to rumble — and tumble — if football’s dark arts are needed.Young added: “Everybody’s a winner here. You see after training, when we’ve played games, people are disappointed.“People come off tired because they have put in 100 per cent into training.“There’s pace everywhere you look in this squad but we’re not going to Russia to play on the counter-attack — we’re going to try to win.“You don’t go to a tournament thinking ‘Right, we’re only going to get this far’.  I see the confidence in everyone — I’ve got a great feeling going into the World Cup.”last_img read more

Joint policing campaign sends stark message over drink driving this Christmas

first_imgGardai and the PSNI have launched their annual cross-border Christmas Drink Driving campaign, with the message this Christmas clear: Never, Ever Drink or Drug Drive. The Donegal Road Safety Working Group are also urging drivers to be aware of the effects that alcohol can have the morning after a night of drinking.The appeal is for motorists to drive responsibly over the Christmas and New Year period as alcohol continues to be a significant contributory factor in fatal collisions. Statistics show that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occurred between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00am and figures also show that 6% of all driving under the influence arrests have also taken place within this 4 hour period.Gardai and the PSNI at the launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign which is supported by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme and also reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Offcier, John Miller, Inspector Road Policing, Harry Rutherford, Vice Chairman Road Safety NI and Garda Inspector, Michael Harrison pictured at the launch. Photo Clive WassonGardaí will be increasing the number of checkpoints over the Christmas period, which will be run on a 24/7 basis and Gardaí can breathe test any driver that has committed any road traffic offence.Inspector Michael Harrison said: “The dangers of drinking and driving are well documented and people should be aware that any amount of alcohol in your system can affect your driving.“Driving safely requires a lot of skill and alcohol will impair your driving ability. “During this Christmas period, I ask all drivers not to put their and other people’s lives in danger by drinking and driving,” Harrison said.An Garda Síochána have commenced the Christmas Drink Driving campaign, 11 people already have been arrested and drivers must also be aware that we are now testing drivers for drug use as well.“Our primary objective is to save lives so I ask drivers never to drink and drive.”To date, 142 people have been killed on Irish roads this year, a decrease of 7 compared to the same period last year. 10 people have tragically been killed in Donegal so far in 2018.Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer said,” It is very difficult to calculate how many drinks a person can have before being over the limit. “If you have been out drinking until two or three in the morning, there is a big risk, particularly if you are a learner driver or a novice driver where the limit is lower, not only of being caught but also of being involved in a collision and causing injury or killing someone,” he added.“The advice and the bottom line is, don’t drink and drive. I would also appeal to passengers, not to take a lift from a driver who has been drinking, if you do, you are putting your life in the hands of a drunk driver.“Just one drink impairs your driving – that is not an opinion, it is a fact. Christmas and the New Year is a time for enjoying family, friends and social events, one second, one wrong decision and it can change yours and everyone’s lives around you forever.”Joint policing campaign sends stark message over drink driving this Christmas was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:AN GARDA SIOCHANACHristmasdrink drivingNew YearPSNIlast_img read more

Calif.: Companies Liable for Employment Violations by Independent Labor Contractors

first_imgCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This bill creates new Labor Code section 2810.3, which applies to most companies with 25 or more employees that obtain or are provided workers to perform work within their “usual course of business” from companies that provide workers. The new law makes such companies liable for:Payment of wages to the contractor’s employees.The contractor’s failure to secure valid workers’ compensation coverage.Compliance with all occupational health and safety requirements.This new statutory liability on the part of companies legally contracting for labor services is not, in any manner, related to any required finding of joint or co-employment or any control over the workers’ working conditions, manner of payment, scheduling, or working environment. Companies are liable under the new law even if they can show that they were unaware that any violations existed or were occurring.The statute defines a company’s “usual course of business” to mean “the regular and customary work of a business, performed within or upon the premises or worksite of the client employer.” It also defines “workers” to exclude employees who are exempt from overtime as executive, administrative, or professional employees under California law.There are a few exemptions from the definition of a covered “client employer.” These are companies with fewer than 25 workers; ones with five or fewer workers supplied by labor contractors at any given time; the state or any political subdivision of the state; homeowners (including home-based businesses) for labor or services received at their homes; and motor carriers of property providing transportation services. There are also limited exemptions from the definition of covered “labor contractors” that include non-profit, community-based organizations that provide services of workers; unions, hiring halls, or apprenticeship programs; motion picture payroll services companies; third parties subject to bona fide employee leasing arrangements; motor club services; and cable operators, satellite service provides, and telephone corporations.The new law contains additional provisions related to its enforcement by the Labor Commissioner, the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and the Employment Development Department, including the authority of each to adopt necessary regulations and rules for its administration and enforcement.This bill was co-sponsored by the California Labor Federation, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and was supported by the Service Employees International Union and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. The California Chamber of Commerce listed the bill on its list of 2014 “job killer” bills.There can be no question that all companies utilizing the services of “labor contractors” as defined by this law will need to engage in significantly increased oversight of how their contractors comply with their legal requirements with respect to the contractors’ employees. How this required increased oversight will impact the courts and regulatory findings of joint and co-employment going forward remains to be seen. However, based on the current legal grounds for finding such, it clearly appears that maintaining true separation between your employees and your independent labor contractor’s employees will become even more difficult in the future.Robert A. Jones is a shareholder in the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins. Republished with permission. © 2014 Ogletree Deakins. All rights reserved.    To read this and other HR articles on shrm.org, please click here.last_img read more

‘Indians have a subliminal urge to turn everything into a circus’

first_imgDilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the,Dilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the evening press conference at BJP and Congress headquarters. The tentacles of the tamasha trend extend everywhere. Cricket, our substitute for religion, is now more spectacle than sport, thanks to sponsors and advertisers. Weddings have started to resemble a Bollywood film set, while cine awards, too numerous to tally, are bereft of dignity and value. Even the process of disbursing personal loans by financial institutions are now officially called loan melas.The crucial issue about the tamashafication of Indian society revolves around events that are meant to be personal and intensely private. Like board examinations. Till a few years ago, the individual triumphs and tragedies of students sitting for board examinations were restricted strictly to family, friends and classmates.Nowadays, the media circus accompanying board exams is unreal. The day the exams started, newspapers ran full-page stories and it was the lead item on television news, complete with interviews with agitated parents, stressed out students, teachers, counsellors and, for variety, innocent bystanders.The media is to blame for much of the current hype and hysteria, but parents have also become willing participants in turning exams into a public spectacle. They gladly grant television interviews while waiting outside examination centres, exposing to the world via satellite not just their innermost hopes and fears, but their family background, who cooks dinner and why they have worn that particular sari. If that is surreal, blame it on our subliminal urge to turn everything into a tamasha. A recent article in the British press focused on a similar trend called “recreational grieving”. Much of the public show of collective mourning the writer argued, stemmed from a desire to be seen in the act of showing simulated grief. We suffer from the same syndrome, except, in India, we have many more occasions and events to find our five column inches of fame or, even more coveted, our face on television screens, however ludicrous the circus act we are part of.advertisementlast_img read more