Traffic congestion on the East Bank of Demerara, in the vicinity of Diamond, could soon be eliminated, as therePublic Infrastructure Ministry Project Manager,Sunil Ganeshare plans to construct a vehicular overhead pass in this area.The Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Projects Manager, Sunil Ganesh, announced that tenders for the project should be advertised early next month and works will commence early next year, according to a Government Information Agency (GINA) release. There are about 20,000 vehicles that use that intersection, so this vehicle overhead pass would significantly reduce the backup of traffic existing in Diamond, so when the vehicle overhead pass is completed you have free flow of traffic coming out of Diamond, there will be almost zero delay,” Ganesh explained.The Project Manager said too that in addition to the vehicular overhead pass, pedestrian overhead passes would be constructed at the Harbour Bridge, next to the office of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, another at Eccles on the eastern side of the traffic light and a third in the vicinity of the Houston Secondary School. Meanwhile, the East Bank Four Lane expansion project, which started in 2012, is almost complete. The Ministry is currently working on installing traffic signs and road markings on certain sections of the road. The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to the tune of US$17 million.
Today is International Women’s Day 2019 – a global day of female recognition with a focus on balance and gender parity.Women have come a long way in their pursuit of equality, yet they are still vastly underrepresented in many industries. Things are changing, and Emma Balfe is one such woman who has successfully proven that no career path should be determined by gender.Emma is a Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice with Donegal ETB. Apprenticeships are an exciting way for people to gain skills through on-the-job training and a proven way for employers to develop talent. Learners are required to find their employers before they apply, which was a struggle for Emma as a woman entering the male-dominated sector.The young Louth woman found it hard to get a company to give her a chance at first, but now she is a wonderful example of perseverance, highlighting how following your dreams can pay off.Emma always loved woodwork and drawing and was encouraged to look for an apprenticeship. But she put that dream on the long finger as she tried out animal care and retail before returning to school to get better Leaving Cert results.In September 2016 Emma started a civil engineering course but dropped out after the first year because college wasn’t for her; “I felt like I wasn’t learning enough as I prefer more hands on learning.” At this point, she realised she really wanted to pursue a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. Emma Balfe, Carpentry & Joinery ApprenticeFinding an employer to take on a female apprentice was the difficult part. Throughout her nine month search, Emma found that women were not being taken seriously in the sector. She said: “It was really hard for me to find someone willing to take me on and give me a chance. I rang multiple employers that I had seen and heard were looking for an apprentice but once they heard my [female] voice I was shouted down and told they weren’t looking for an apprentice. After a few calls I started to wonder should I keep looking at all. But my family and friends pushed me on.”Then Emma’s Dad spoke to a friend with contacts in McDuff Construction in Carrickmacross who were willing to meet with her. They agreed to take her on the next week for a trial and by Wednesday of that week they offered her an apprenticeship which she started in January 2018.Everything worked out perfectly from there.“An apprenticeship was definitely more for me as hands on learning really fits in with how I learn new things,” Emma said. She said that she doesn’t regret that she didn’t look for an apprenticeship straight away, adding: “because if I did [look straight away] I probably wouldn’t be working with the people I am working with today.” Emma Balfe with Liam Marley (L), Donegal ETB Carpentry and Joinery Instructor and Vinny McGroary (R), Donegal ETB Apprenticeships Manager.Donegal ETB actively encourages women to think about working in and apply for training in non-traditional fields. To encourage specific sectors to employ female apprentices, a special female apprentice bursary may be paid to qualifying companies wishing to train apprentices in specific occupations. The first step for anyone wishing to do a craft apprenticeship is to find an approved employer willing to employ him/her as an apprentice. The employer then registers the apprentice by contacting the Apprenticeship Section of Donegal ETB. Craft apprenticeships are a seven phase programme with phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 spent on the job with their employer and phases 2, 4 and 6 in a training/educational environment (ETBs and ITs nationwide). Donegal ETB’s Senior Apprenticeship Training Advisor, Lorraine Murray, explains that: “An apprenticeship commences when an employer registers their apprentice with SOLAS by contacting Donegal ETB. In recent years apprenticeship has expanded to include many occupations outside of the traditional trade related areas and these 2016+ apprenticeships vary in duration from 2-4 years with qualifications available from Levels 5-9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.” “We would encourage people to see the full list of available apprenticeship training in Ireland on www.apprenticeship.ie and then to contact our Senior Training Advisors who will be happy to answer all questions and explain in more detail the options available in relation to apprenticeships.” See the full list of current Apprenticeships in Ireland on http://www.apprenticeship.ie/en/news/Pages/List%20of%20Apprenticeships%20in%20Ireland%20-%20Generation%20Apprenticeship%20Aug%2018.pdfIf you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship or are an employer wishing to find out more about the female apprentice bursary, simply contact Donegal ETB’s Senior Training Advisors Lorraine Murray on 074 9120506 (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Egan on 074 9120561 (email email@example.com).Further information is also available on Donegal ETB’s website here: www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/apprenticeshipsInspirational woman carves out a non-traditional career with the help of Donegal ETB was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:apprenticeshipscareerscarpentryDonegal ETBemma balfeInternational Women’s Dayjoinery
Sunderland boss David Moyes has been dealt a fresh blow after learning that striker Victor Anichebe could be sidelined for around 10 weeks by a knee injury.The 28-year-old was hurt minutes after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at West Brom, but managed to finish the game.However, it is understood a scan has since confirmed that he suffered medial ligament damage and that means he is likely to be out of action for up to 10 weeks.With Duncan Watmore already on the long-term casualty list, that means Jermain Defoe is Moyes’ only fit specialist senior frontman, although Fabio Borini can play in that role.With just a week of the January transfer window remaining, and funds tight on Wearside, the Black Cats face another major challenge to try to find cover for yet another desperate fight against relegation.Free agent Anichebe signed a short-term deal until the end of the season in September after impressing in training under his former Everton manager and has quickly become a crowd favourite.He returned to the squad at the Hawthorns after a hamstring injury, but now faces a lengthy spell in the treatment room. 1 The 28-year-old was hurt minutes after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s defeat to West Brom
Christmas in July will feature 20 tons of snow and free miniature golf and game tokens for those donating a toy to the SCV Sheriff’s Department Toy Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Mountasia Family Fun Center, 21516 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkel at (661) 799-5164. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Grease” will be performed, 2 and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hart High School Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 299-5264. Hollywood U2 will perform songs by U2 as part of the city’s free Concerts in the Park series, 7 p.m. today at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented by the Canyon Theatre Guild, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 20 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10-$24. Call (661) 799-2702. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Meshuggah-Nuns” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with some 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Aug. 27 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$17. Call (661) 799-2702. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Star Party will feature telescopes set up for public viewing of the night sky, sunset today at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Hosted by the Local Group Astronomy Club. Call Steve Petzold at (661) 609-1739 or visit www.lgscv.org. Hang Loose Night for individuals with disabilities will feature karoake, movies, games and ice cream sundaes, 7-9 p.m. today at the LETMESAIL Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Cost: $5. Call (661) 702-8555 or visit www.letmesail.org. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733.
Imagine my surprise as I was walking around Canton, Ohio this weekend, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine, only to see octopus tentacles reaching skyward from a downtown building. Yes, octopus tentacles. After attending WordCamp North Canton this weekend, I wondered about the downtown area, admiring the beautiful architecture of buildings that date back to the 1880’s.I discovered downtown Canton, Ohio has a wonderful outside public art exhibit, with sculptures and drawings along the sidewalks and public spaces. Walking down a one-way back alley, I came upon this amazing building with the octopus tentacles steaming outwards.I searched on the Visit Stark County website, but couldn’t find background on the octopus. Do you know the story behind the octopus tentacles? If you do, can you share in the comments? I’d love to know the backstory.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Sunny Tree TopThe blue color caught my eye as I walked down the sidewalk, on my way to lunch with family members at one of our favorite restaurants. I smiled as I looked up and saw bright bluebirds with yellow legs perched on the structure, peering out over the shopping center area.…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Ancient NobilityThis year’s 11th annual sculpture exhibition brought ten new pieces of public art made of steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and metal to my hometown. The annual public art display on Ford Road in Canton Township, Michigan features beautiful sculptures created by Midwest artists. Each piece is sponsored by a local…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Canton Farmers MarketCanton’s Farmers Market in Canton, Michigan has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for fruits and vegetables, music, games, or a great pasta sauce.In “Michigan”
What will help you be a more effective loss prevention executive today and in the years ahead? There was no shortage of advice handed out at last week’s ISC West conference in Las Vegas, and—being a giant trade show—most of it centered on strategies for approaching new security technology. Here are three tips that we heard again and again at the show.Even good habits can make you fall behind. In today’s rapidly changing retail and technology environments, a security strategy that made sense yesterday may not be the best solution today. Because of it, several experts presenting at ISC had the same advice as Eddy Collier, who is in charge of selecting surveillance technology for retail and casino areas at MGM Resorts International. “Don’t do what you’ve always done,” he warned. Another industry leader put it this way: “What got you’re here won’t get you there.”Collier cited the example of a PTZ camera going down. You could, of course, just replace it. But just because that was the smart choice before is no guarantee that it still is. Several experts at the conference advised to always revisit the original purpose for any device before replacing it. What problem was it trying to solve? Is the problem still there? Is the solution you had before still the best solution? Technology has simply moved too fast not to revisit core assumptions, they advised. Don’t be reflexive in such situations—be strategic. “What was that PTZ camera doing?” asked Collier. “If it was just to provide a general overview, why not throw a new 360 camera up there? Now you’ve got complete situational coverage at less cost.”- Sponsor – Solutions can be problems. When it comes to ensuring the security of the security products they sell, “vendors get a D in my book,” said Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA Network, an organization comprised of more than 200 electronic security systems integrators. But vendors weren’t the only ones with fingers pointed in their direction at ISC West. Integrators were in the hot seat for, among other things, calling a system install complete when default passwords are still in place. And end users didn’t escape criticism. Most are inflexible with their mind made up on the product they want, integrators and vendors complained.What’s the lesson? It’s critical to evaluate the security of a security device as closely you do other criteria, such as compatibility, features, and price. Often, even basic security precautions are ignored in the manufacture and installation of security devices. Even though they are designed to protect you, connected security devices can create critical network vulnerabilities, and “you can’t allow your security solution to become a threat vector,” said Gavin Bortles, president of Kepler Networks, a network engineering services provider. So: 1) Pick your integrator carefully. 2) Demand vendors have a roadmap for the security of their products. 3) Watch out for yourself—because no one else is.Feature-rich is good, easy-to-use is imperative. Example: Despite its promise to boost store performance as well as cut shrink, not every loss prevention professional we heard at ISC West was singing the praises of business intelligence (BI) software. These solutions can be used narrowly—to watch transactions at a specific location by a cashier with numerous suspicious transactions—and more broadly to inform retail operations. Who is opening their store late? Where’s the customer traffic? That’s all good data, but some questioned whether it’s worth all the time it takes to train people how to use it.Time was a concern for Terra Walker, manager of LP & Investigations for Murphy USA, because it was a concern for her management. “My boss warned me that we can’t get something that was going to keep people in training.” In the end, however, they chose and rolled out BI software (3xLogic’s VIGIL Trends) to cover its 1,344 convenience store locations without any training at all for district managers—just a short instructional video. It also took no time at all for their loss prevention analysts to get up to speed and now they’re now solving more cases, more quickly. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
CCH Tax Day ReportA federal district court held that various online travel companies (OTCs) owed the village of Lombard hotel occupancy taxes, but did not owe hotel occupancy taxes to 12 other Illinois municipalities. The OTCs sell hotel rooms using the “merchant business model,” contracting with hotels to purchase hotel rooms at wholesale rates, then selling room reservations to customers at retail rates. Numerous municipalities sought to collect tax from the OTCs’ on their receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate paid by the OTCs and the retail rate charged by the OTCs. The OTCs were liable for the Lombard tax because the Lombard tax ordinance provides for a tax on “all persons engaged in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” Lombard’s tax is imposed with proper statutory authorization as the Illinois statute allows municipalities to “impose a tax upon all persons engaged in such municipality in the business of renting, leasing or letting rooms in a hotel.” In addition, Lombard’s tax does not violate the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution. The ordinance language reasonably taxes all persons involved in the hotel business even if they do not own, operate, or manage hotels themselves, and does not broaden Lombard’s tax authority. Finally, the ordinance does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause because both paying to rent a room in Lombard and engaging in the business of renting a room in Lombard are activities with a substantial nexus to Illinois.The ordinances in several other municipalities place the duty to collect tax on the “owner and operator of each hotel.” The OTCs, however, were not owners and operators. The words “owner” and “operator” are undefined by the municipalities’ ordinances The court noted that operation of a hotel involves more than taking reservations, ensuring reservations are honored, handling complaints, and serving as the primary contact for customers before they stay in rented hotel rooms. Also, hotel owners have the right to possess, use, and convey their hotels, while the OTCs had no such rights with regard to the hotels.The remaining municipalities’ ordinances imposed the tax on rental receipts. The OTCs’ receipts attributable to the difference between the wholesale rate and the retail rate are not rental receipts. The retail rate includes both the cost of the room rental and the cost of other services provided by the OTCs as evidenced by OTCs’ terms of service.Village of Bedford Park v. Expedia, Inc., U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, No. 13 C 5633, June 20, 2016, ¶403-109
Advertisement AdvertisementReal Madrid players are getting injured on a regular basis these days. The reason behind that has been revealed few days back in the social media. From the official account of Real Madrid, a video of the training of the players was posted. The video created a huge sensation all over the social media.Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic, Marco Asensio are three long term absentees for the Los Blancos. The cause of the absence of these three players are still not clarified. However, the training sessions of Real Madrid might be a cause of their injury. Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic are two new recruits of Real Madrid. They might not feel comfortable with the training session of the Los Blancos.In the video, Karim Benzema was working out a leg presser in the gym. According to the people, a gym trainer will any day tell that it is not the ideal process of training. The manager of the Los Blancos, Zinedine Zidane should have to take responsibility of the whole situation.The club management of Real Madrid will hope that the injured players will make their comeback as soon as possible and the bizarre training schedule should also be changed.Mendy injured. I really do wonder how Madrid has injured players so often. What’s that? This is a video of them working out? Never mind what I said. pic.twitter.com/wDB4CmJeaT— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) September 24, 2019
We had earlier reported that Maruti Suzuki is looking to launch 15 new products in the India market by 2020, with the Ignis compact SUV being one of them. With the success of the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki is investing heavily in developing new products based on their new concept, ‘TransformOtion’.Maruti Suzuki has been planning to launch the Ignis for quite some time, with reports suggesting that the launch is slated for in November, coinciding with the festive season in India. However, now reports suggest that the all new Ignis will not be entering the Indian market this year, with a launch expected sometime in January. The reason being delay in reducing the waiting period of the Baleno and Vitara Brezza, which command a waiting period of almost 7-8 months.Maruti Suzuki IgnisALSO READ:Suzuki unveils India-bound Ignis at Paris Motor ShowMaruti Suzuki wants to focus on clearing the waiting period for the Baleno and Vitara Brezza before bringing the Ignis to Indian shores. Same goes for the Baleno RS, which is in line with the Baleno, but with better performance. Moreover, the company has also increased the Gujarat plants production capacity by almost 25 per cent, so as to reduce the waiting period of the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. This move will help the company to clear out their inventory before the launch of the Ignis in India.Maruti Suzuki IgnisBoth the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS were showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. The all new Maruti Suzuki Ignis will be sold through company’s premium showroom, NEXA.advertisementDesign:Maruti Suzuki Ignis The India-bound Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with distinctive front face that integrates the LED headlamps and the strong lines of the front grille. The characteristic image of the Ignis is enhanced by its interior ambiance. The round shape of its air-conditioning system’s panel and the advanced feel of its distinctive meter cluster design combine to give the cabin environment a futuristic look.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to showcase India-bound Ignis at the Paris Motor Show 2016The sweeping horizontal line of the instrument panel uses materials with rich texture. The orange and metallic titanium accent colours add an extra touch of quality to the cabin and help establish an active image that befits a crossover.Engine:The India-bound Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with both petrol and diesel mills. The Ignis is said to get a 1 .2-litre Boosterjet petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel engine.Maruti Suzuki IgnisThe upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis will come with the CVT gearbox, similar to the Baleno. However, only the top-end trim of the Ignis will get the CVT, while the base models will sport the usual five-speed manual transmission.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to launch Baleno RS, Ignis under NexaReports also suggest that the all new Ignis might also come with Maruti Suzuki’s SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle), which is nothing but a mild version of hybrid.Maruti Suzuki IgnisDimensions:The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis will have a wheelbase of 2,435mm and will be 3,700mm in length, 1,660mm in width, and 1,595mm in height. Moreover, the Ignis will come with a best-in-class ground clearance of 180mm.Competition:The Ignis will compete against the Mahindra KUV100 in India.Maruti Suzuki IgnisALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki aims to launch 15 new products by 2020Price:We expect the Maruti Suzuki Ignis to come for a price tag of Rs 7 lakh (Ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 11 lakh (Ex showroom, New Delhi) and will be a premium NEXA product.