Waste disposal companies have ‘no confidence’ in City Hall

first_img– call for Central Government to intervene as debt continues to climbCevons Waste Management and Purans Brothers Disposal have united behind calls for Central Government to ‘take the wheel’, as the companies contended that City Hall is out of its depth and cannot resolve the municipality’s mounting debts to the companies.This was communicated in a statement on Friday, where the two companies laid out what they are owed by City Hall and even provided a payment plan. They explained that they withdrew their service over an outstanding debt of $160 million. Shockingly, the companies noted that this debt accumulated from June of this year.“Our decision was made only after futile attempts to engage the municipality on the issue of settling these outstanding amounts. In the process, we found City Hall to be decidedly lacking in a sense of urgency.”“It is as if the administration of City Hall has concluded that it is entirely reasonable to expect us to continue to provide service in the face of its astounding delinquency,” the company stated.According to the companies, they want their June and July arrears payment by November month end; August and September payments by December 31 and the resumption of regular payments as stipulated in their contract in February. They called on Government to intervene in support of this process, to ensure efficient garbage disposal.“We wish both the Government of Guyana and the citizens to be assured that a great deal of human and physical resources are invested in discharging our responsibility to the capital,” the company said. “In that context we submit that it is both morally and legally wrong to expect that we can continue, over a protracted period of time, to discharge these services without compensation.”The two companies also responded to reports that City Hall would contract smaller companies to replace them. They warned of the risk to the entire city should City Hall engage persons with less capacity to collect garbage than them.“In the past, City Hall’s resort to less than professional replacement service providers have led to unwholesome consequences, not least, movement through the streets of the capital of vehicles unsuited to the task making deposits of garbage and putrid liquid on streets in the capital to say nothing large numbers of disgruntled citizens,” the companies noted.Financial shortfallIn a statement earlier this week, City Hall had explained that “…because of a serious financial shortfall, the Council is unable to honour its obligation to both contractors in a timely manner, a situation which the Council regrets.”Five smaller garbage contractors had since expressed willingness to work with the Council from Monday, November 26, to carry out the collection services. As such, the Council was scheduled to meet with these small contractors to concretise the details of the agreement.According to the governing body in the Capital City, it expends approximately $30 million monthly for the removal of waste from the Georgetown environs. This solid waste management bill, it added, accounts for 38 per cent of the Council’s monthly income, which is some $89 million.To this end, the M&CC said moving forward next year it will have to reassess how it manages waste collection in the City. Last month, both Purans Brothers and Cevons Waste Management had said they were owed some $150 million by City Hall. This debt was said to have been outstanding since the second quarter of 2018.Puran Brothers Disposal Service is owed $73 million, while Cevons Waste Disposal is owed $75 million. At that time, the two entities had been contemplating pulling their services, since there was “no positive outcome” to their meetings with City Hall.For one of the collectors, the monthly operational expenditure is somewhere in the vicinity of $15 million. City Hall’s financial crisis dates back to times when, with no other option, both solid waste collectors had been forced to withdraw their services until pending payments had been made. Staffers were also dismissed and later rehired in light of this process. Managing City Hall’s finances will be a stern test for the recently elected new body of councillors.last_img read more

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SA business optimism bounces back

first_img“In addition, the 2010 IBR survey indicates a group of ten economies – which includes South Africa – where businesses are more optimistic about the outlook for their economies than International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts might suggest,” says Brehm. All countries which recorded negative balances for employment were European, led by Ireland and Italy (both -14%). Improving revenues, profits, investment “SA business owners are certainly looking with renewed optimism towards the coming 2010 Fifa World Cup year and its associated rewards,” Grant Thornton South Africa chairman Leonard Brehm said in a statement this week. “Many people blamed globalisation for the speed of the downturn but we are now seeing that globalisation may also help us accelerate out of recession. The giant emerging markets of China, India and Brazil are confident that they can help to pull the rest of the world back into growth. Businesses were much less hopeful about selling prices with 21 out of 36 economies, including South Africa, less optimistic about increasing their prices than they were in 2009. Businesses in Chile, India, Australia, Vietnam and Brazil are the most optimistic, all scoring over +70%. Close behind are South Africa, China, Singapore, Canada and Hong Kong (which showed the biggest swing of sentiment from 2009) at +60% or higher. Businesses in places as geographically diverse as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia and Germany recorded disproportionately higher optimism than might be expected. The IBR statistics indicate that 26% of South African privately held business owners expect an upturn during the first half of 2010, with 33% expecting the upturn to take place in the second half of the year – most likely as a direct result of the World Cup event in June/July. South African companies are hopeful that the worst of the recession is behind them, according to Consultancy firm Grant Thornton’s latest International Business Report, which shows an optimism/pessimism balance of +60% compared to +35% a year ago. First half upturn 21 January 2010 South Africa’s employment optimism data indicates a +25% increase, compared to the global number of +20%. European businesses were far more pessimistic than their counterparts elsewhere in the world; a negative balance of -1% in Europe compared to balances of +33% and +42% in Asia Pacific and Latin America respectively. Of all trends highlighted, global privately held businesses expectations of increased revenue came out highest. Employment optimism At the other end of the scale, many Eurozone countries remain pessimistic about the future; Italy, Denmark, Finland and France all scored -10% or lower. “South African specific data found that expectations of increased revenues in 2010 once again surpassed global trends with +60% optimism balance, compared to the global +40% figure,” says Brehm. Why are South African business owners optimistic? “Many governments, on reading these results, will hope their business community is right and that their GDP in 2010 will outstrip IMF forecasts,” said Brehm. “This is especially because privately held businesses contribute 81% of global GDP. The global business community should be encouraged by the results of this survey.” The International Business Report (IBR) survey of over 7 400 privately held busiensses across 36 economies, now in its 8th year, also highlights that South Africa expects the turnaround post-recession to occur a lot earlier than in most other countries. “This suggests that during the recession businesses have become leaner and more cost effective which may enable them to lower prices while still securing increased revenues and, crucially, profits,” says Brehm. “As the global economy emerges from recession, we are likely to see many businesses reaping the rewards of recession induced efficiencies.” Privately held businesses in South Africa also believe that profitability (+44%) and investment in plant and machinery (+37%) will both increase. Global figures for profitability (+29%) and investment in plant and machinery (+31%) also indicated increases. In comparison, global statistics indicate a turnaround during the second half of 2010 (34%) or only during 2011 (23%). Optimism among companies around the world has bounced back to give the Grant Thornton global optimism/pessimism index for 2010 an overall optimism balance of +24%, compared to its lowest ever score of -16% this time last year. Increased global optimism “Businesses in many other economies are equally optimistic that they have not only survived this recession but are well placed to help drive the upturn, and see their business grow as a result,” concludes Brehm. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Adamson trumps UP for 2nd straight win

first_imgPhelps overjoyed to announce new baby John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”Although the Lady Maroons managed to go hit-for-hit with the Lady Falcons in the second and third sets, the same can’t be said for the opening set when Adamson looked flawless.Adamson tallied eight service aces in the first set alone, and that mark was two more than UP scored in spikes.“That first set really hurt UP and our passing was really good,” said Padda as her team finished with 17 aces. “I’m surprised we got 17 aces, our team’s growing. And if we had to define us, I won’t define us as a strong serving team, we’re a strong defensive team.”Adamson outgunned UP, 40-26, in terms of spikes and was ahead 53-39 in excellent digs.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Mylene Paat led Adamson with 15 points, eight coming off aces, while Galanza added 14.Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos led UP with 12 points while Isa Molde added seven. Adamson wasted no time and handed University of the Philippines its second straight loss, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, victory in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.With the Lady Falcons leading two sets to none and 23-18 in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Adamson head coach Air Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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Algonquins of Ontario push ahead with vote on controversial modernday treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario Algonquin organization says it is pushing ahead with ratification votes for its agreement-in-principle for what it hopes will lead to a “modern-day treaty” that is facing opposition from Quebec Algonquin First NationsThe Algonquins of Ontario announced Wednesday the ratification votes would be held between Feb. 29 and March 7.The group is made up of 10 Algonquin communities, but only one, Pikwakanagan, is a First Nation with reserve lands. The nine other communities were given legitimacy by Queen’s Park and Ottawa within the framework of the proposed modern-day treaty talks.The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) face stiff opposition to completing the proposed modern-day treaty from three Algonquin First Nations in Quebec.The First Nations, Wolf Lake, Eagle Village and Timiskaming alleged the AOO claim threatens to extinguish their rights and title to about 855,271 acres of their claimed territory in Ontario.The three First Nations are contemplating legal action to stop the AOO’s process. The communities also allege that some of the members who have signed up as part of the AOO are not real Indigenous people.Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis has called the AOO a “policy fiction” that lacks the legitimacy of a real Algonquin nation.The agreement-in-principle proses to transfer $300 million in capital funding and 117,500 acres of Ontario Crown lands into the hands of AOO. The $300 million will likely not be distributed in lump sums among the signatories.A final agreement may still be years away from completion.Negotiations around the AOO’s claim began in earnest in about 2004 when the 10 Algonquin communities in Ontario signed a protocol to pursue the claim together.“The choice is now in the hands of Algonquin voters,” said Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck in a statement.In addition to Pikwakanagan, the AOO is comprised of the Antoine, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini, Bonnechere, Greater Golden Lake, Mattawa-North Bay, Ottawa, Shabot Obaadjiwan, Snimikobi and Whitney communities.The AOO, Queen’s Park and Ottawa initialed the agreement-in-principle on June 12, 2015.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Toofew proteins prompt nanoparticles to clump

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/02-01_PROTEIN-1-web.jpgRice University researchers observed nanoparticle aggregation induced by low concentrations of unfolded serum albumin proteins. They believe the proteins unfold upon binding to gold nanoparticles and prevent other proteins from joining them to form a protective casing around the particle. (Credit: Rice University) AddThis ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduToo-few proteins prompt nanoparticles to clumpRice scientists: Blood serum proteins must find balance with therapeutic nanoparticles HOUSTON – (Jan. 28, 2016) – Blood serum proteins have been observed combining one-to-one with gold nanoparticles and prompting them to aggregate, scientists at Rice University reported.This is unexpected, according to Rice researchers Stephan Link and Christy Landes, who have led studies of the proteins most responsible for keeping solids in blood separated. In low concentrations, they said, the proteins irreversibly attach, unfold and then bring nanoparticles together.This is counter to the purpose of albumin proteins, the most abundant in the blood stream, they said.The paper, published this month in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, has implications for diseases caused by aggregation, like Alzheimer’s, and for nanoparticle toxicity issues, the researchers said. Gold nanoparticles are increasingly being used as therapeutic agents.Several years ago the Rice team found that higher concentrations of bovine serum albumin (BSA), a near-match for its human counterpart, could keep naturally hydrophobic gold nanoparticles from clumping. In new experiments, some using technology that has only become available in recent years, BSA proteins in low concentrations were observed to unfold in the presence of gold nanoparticles.“We think the protein is attaching first and unfolding, and that prevents other proteins from coming in,” Link said. “But it also facilitates the aggregation.”“This is the most common protein in blood serum,” Landes said. “Its job is to surround and make a nice hard shell around anything in solution that would otherwise be insoluble and stabilize the complicated mixture of cells, proteins and hormones in blood.“What’s important is the protein’s ability to successfully coat otherwise hydrophobic steroid hormones, nanoparticles, viruses, anything,” she said. “But in order for it to make that coating, it needs to stay nicely folded.”By unfolding in the presence of gold nanoparticles, they said, the protein does two things: It spreads out on the particle, leaving no room for other proteins to attach, and exposes its usually hidden hydrophobic core, which encourages aggregation with other protein-nanoparticle sets.“This is an issue whether people use nanoparticles for therapeutic purposes or just come into contact with nanoparticles in products or the environment,” Landes said. “If serum albumin can do its job, everything’s fine. But we can’t help but notice that protein unfolding, protein aggregation and fibril formation are at the root of all sorts of diseases.”While their previous research showed albumin proteins in high concentrations keep nanoparticles soluble, “there are biological situations where the concentration of serum albumin protein could be low enough to cause problems,” Landes said.They also noted that two other blood-borne proteins, fibrinogen and globulin, cause gold nanoparticles to aggregate regardless of their concentrations. “They unfold no matter what the concentration, meaning that the BSA or human serum albumin are really designed to make this coating and keep everything from running out of control,” Link said.“We’re saying people really need to pay attention to the ratio between the protein – in this case, BSA – and nanoparticles, because different things can happen.”Co-lead authors of the paper are Rice alumni Sergio Dominguez-Medina, now a postdoctoral researcher at the French Atomic Energy and Alternatives Energy Commission in Grenoble, France; and Lydia Kisley, now a postdoctoral research associate at the Beckman Institute and the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Co-authors are Rice graduate students Lawrence Tauzin, Anneli Hoggard, Bo Shuang, Sishan Chen, Lin-Yung Wang and Paul Derry; postdoctoral researchers Swarnapali Indrasekara and Anton Liopo; and Eugene Zubarev, an associate professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering.Link and Landes are both associate professors of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering.The National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health funded the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.5b06439This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2016/01/28/too-few-proteins-prompt-nanoparticles-to-clump/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Landes Research Group: http://www.lrg.rice.eduLink Research Group: http://slink.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduImages for download:center_img http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/02-01_PROTEIN-2-web.jpgThis is a super-resolution map of identified individual bovine serum albumin molecules, as marked by the colored outlines. The gold nanowire, in gray and thousands of nanometers long, shows the relative size of the proteins, which occupy areas much larger than expected based on the size of their unfolded geometry. The researchers said this supports the finding that there’s only space for one protein on the smaller nanoparticles studied. (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.last_img read more

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