Mayor calls for reformation of Municipal Act

first_imgRecently re-elected Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, has called for the reformation of the Municipal and District Councils Act (Chapter 28:01), which speaks to the functioning of council and the operation management in collecting taxes among other matters.Mayor Ubraj NarineOn the sidelines of a recent event, Narine noted that the section, which specifically speaks to building codes is one which needs to be reviewed. They are hoping to ensure that this request is granted in the coming year.“We need to have a reform of [Chapter 28:01] and which carry the building codes and so on. Those things need to be reviewed. I will push for that in 2020,” he said.As it relates to business properties in the capital city, the Council continues to face challenges tax collection. An ongoing process is the revaluation of properties to which the Georgetown Mayor updated that the subject ministry is currently making changes.“It’s something that the Ministry of Communities is presently working on. Because you have three, four and five-storey buildings in the city paying $5000, $12,000 [and] $6000 per year… The business people out there need to consider all of these things”.Just a few months ago, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has stated that when the revaluation of properties across the country is completed, this data will be provided to municipalities for them to impose taxes and earn revenue.Technical support was ordered previously to conduct the entire process and should be completed in 18 months from the initial date. This means properties and vacant lands would be revalued to determine its current worth and how much the owners should be taxed.As soon as the process is completed, local organs will be previewed to this information and can, therefore, earn revenue for their constituencies via a new method.“This information will be handed over to each council who will use it as they see fit. There will be no dictation or direction from central government as to how this information will be used. This revaluation exercise will help to restore equity to rates, proportionate of values of property but, moreover, immeasurably strengthen the revenue of councils and will enable informed decision making,” Bulkan had said.Concerns were raised about exploitive tactics which might be adopted by these democratic councils to garner revenue but Bulkan reassured that this will not transpire.“Councils will be able to defend the rates applied vis-a-vis the services to be provided. Fundamentally, it is not expected to result in burdensome rates to domestic property owners but the bottom line is that citizens expect efficient services which comes at a cost”.Last year, the Opposition had called out Government for the increases in taxes, which were visibly stifling the working class. It stated that they would not support such projects since citizens are burdened with taxes at the national level.last_img read more

WATCH! Alexandre Pato performs Chelsea initiation

first_imgAlexandre Pato’s Chelsea initiation has made it onto social media. The former AC Milan forward arrived on loan in January and he could make his debut at Norwich after being named on the bench at Carrow Road. The 26-year-old had his team-mates in stitches as he sang.He comes across as the shy type in front of a crowd – will he be able to perform for Chelsea? See his initiation clip below! 1 Alexandre Pato arrived at Stamford Bridge loan in January center_img Alexandre Pato​ with his initiation song in front of the CHELSEA squad last night. #CFC[@AlexandrePato] pic.twitter.com/mHxMdTLFnE— iChelseaTweets (@iChelseaTweets) March 1, 2016last_img read more

Courtois fancies Hazard to join Madrid ahead of Neymar

first_imgThibaut Courtois has tipped Belgian skipper Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid this year ahead of Neymar.Courtois played alongside Hazard four seasons before completing a switch to the Spanish capital last August.Hazard is a long-term target for the European Champions and has stalled in extending his stay beyond the end of next season.Courtois encourages Real Madrid to sign Hazard over Neymar#RealMadrid #LaLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uu5H6eYjhb— SportyNews (@clashofdream11) February 2, 2019And Courtois believes his countryman would be a better signing than PSG forward Neymar in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the 26-year-old goalkeeper said: “I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.“I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.“You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.”AF Best comment Three Clasicos in a month? Courtois is going crazy.😚🙏😇 pic.twitter.com/TI5AIqZ639— All Football App (@allfootballapp) February 2, 2019Madrid is 10 points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona who are looking well placed to retain their title. And Courtois went on to compare both clubs transfer activity in recent times.“We do not have to look at other teams, we have to look at ourselves,” he said. “We have to build a new team.“Who knows [whether] other teams will get into trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play?“If you see that Barcelona have already spent twice the amount they have received for Neymar, they may have to sell again soon.”last_img read more

The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Available in NonTraditional Learning Methods

first_img Technology is a great enabler. And while it “enables” business, that process can also start earlier, at the learning stage. Technology, in fact, can make the learning process, for students and employees alike, both interactive and participatory.Related: Why Technology Is Affecting Critical Thought in the Workplace and How to Fix ItEntrepreneurs who gauge this need and find a way to satisfy it will have a great business opportunity in their hands.The reason is that interactive learning is the kind of learning that stays with students throughout their lives and helps them get better at problem-solving — the single most important factor for becoming a great leader (according to a study by Georgia Tech). How entrepreneurs then “use” this knowledge to make lives better is up to them.To a great extent, our schools, colleges and universities have followed the traditional mode of teaching. Their recipe-book methods are generally teacher-directed. But, research suggests that this type of teaching may not add to the knowledge base of students or be of any real value later in their lives.What students learn through this approach serves them only until the end of the term.The case for non-traditional teaching and learningTo achieve a true teaching and learning methodology requires non-traditional strategies like cooperative and collaborative learning. Another major aspect where centers for learning fail is in developing students’ ability to solve real-life problems.Often, the best intentions of schools and universities to introduce non-traditional modes of teaching and learning are laid waste because the faculty hasn’t been trained in establishing non-traditional goals. Neither do they know about implementing the new methodologies, or understanding the assessment techniques needed for such strategies.Technology, an enabler in the quest for non-traditional learningEducational technologists have seen the need to fill these gaps laid bare by traditional curriculum-based teaching at universities, and by the unsystematic mushrooming of MOOCs. To make leaders and entrepreneurs out of high school students, people with vision saw the need to provide non-traditional teaching-learning (NTTL) to students studying at traditional centers of education.Related: Ohio Woman Leaves a Career on Campus to Make Learning Fun With Legos at SnapologyThis has become possible through the use of online tools, which target teachers, students and industry experts alike. Schoology, for one, is making educators aware of the massive importance of technology in the teaching-learning process. Schoology is a comprehensive learning-management system (LMS) that helps teachers design great content and lessons, as well as assess how students understand what they are learning. This platform is a leading example of the introduction of non-traditional teaching to educators in the traditional education field.ePals, meanwhile uses technology to take collaborative and cooperative learning to a different level. Through this platform, students pair up and collaborate with their peers around the world, while teachers create new projects or join existing ones. A truly global online learning platform, ePals uses technology to promote meaningful teaching and learning and create a safe and secure environment for collaboration with other learners; critical thinking and problem-solving are the result.Finally, an essential part of enabling “education everywhere” is the increased availability of books, journals and texts at hand. Ebooks on smartphones are nearly as common as traditional books on bedroom shelves these days. And, here, the app BookScanner Pro lets students add to their personal libraries while on the go. The app lets you use your mobile device to quickly and accurately capture books electronically, to be read and referenced later. You can access scanned books as pdfs or Word documents.Gamification as an NTTL strategyCertainly, the business world is no stranger to the benefits of gamification and its proven effects on productivity; and gamification is also an excellent way to induce learning. In fact, if you strip a game down to its bare basics, the enjoyment factor is actually based on a built-in learning process. As we progress through the various levels of a game, we are learning and solving problems to go to the next level.Game-based learning (GBL), or gamification, is the topic of intense research in its application to the field of non-traditional learning. Games offer “authentic” problems to solve, where the student enters the virtual world, keeps progressing and eventually wins the game. This is far better than problem-based learning in a classroom, where the student is likely not motivated enough to solve a problem he or she hasn’t actually encountered.Games need not be complex, either. Even simple ones like Tetris can augment learning (in this case, how to arrange the falling bricks in a neat order). Hexa Dots is an interesting take on the classic color-matching game, where the player has to move four dots of the same color in a line to make them disappear.In this game, the difficulty bar is raised through the introduction of new dots after every move the player makes. This means that the player has to eliminate the dots in as few moves as possible; otherwise, new dots will block their path.In a complex world, it is worthwhile to acknowledge the fact that traditional methods which, while by no means useless, are insufficient to cater to the rapidly changing business scenario breeding the startups of today.Related: How Edtech Startups Are Using Technology To Up Their GameEntrepreneurs are revisiting traditional methods of training and learning to assess their efficiency in developing critical thinking skills in their staffs. In that quest for “usable knowledge,” technology is proving to be critical. 5 min read December 16, 2016 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Air Transat nabs second place on Skytraxs Best Leisure Airline list

first_img Travelweek Group Share Air Transat nabs second place on Skytrax’s Best Leisure Airline list Tags: Air Transat Wednesday, June 21, 2017 center_img Posted by MONTREAL — Air Transat has been named the second best leisure airline in the world at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, making it the best leisure airline in North America for the sixth consecutive year.Every year, travellers from around the world take part in the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey, a global benchmark of airline excellence, to determine the winners.“It is an honour to be recognized by this prestigious international award for the sixth consecutive year”, says Jean-François Lemay, President-General Manager of Air Transat. “Thanks to our on-board experience, attentive crew and cabin comfort, passengers feel on vacation as soon as they board the aircraft. Families also benefit from special attentions, including priority check-in and boarding, as well as our Kids Club that keeps youngsters busy. Finally, our Option Plus and Club Class upgrades, as well as our recently enhanced meal offer with the Chef’s Menu by Daniel Vézina, help get the vacation started even before reaching the destination.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The World Airline Awards began in 1999 when Skytrax launched its first global, airline passenger satisfaction survey. The survey collects travellers’ opinions on 320 airlines over a 10-month period and in 105 countries. Airlines are ranked according to nearly 50 criteria, from check-in and boarding to staff service and seat comfort. This year’s survey polled more than 19 million passengers worldwide. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more