…previously accused of financial fraudThe National Communications Network (NCN) Berbice Manager, Donna Mathoo, is being considered as a possible replacement for Business Minister Dominic Gaskin as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Alliance For Change (AFC).Business Minister Dominic GaskinChairman of the AFC, Raphael Trotman, on Wednesday told the media that there has been deliberations within the party on a replacement for the post of the Business Minister, who resigned as a Member of Parliament because of his dual citizenship status.Minister Gaskin was born in the United Kingdom. However, according to Article 156 (1) (a) of the Constitution states: “A member of the National Assembly shall vacate his or her seat therein if he or she resigns it by writing under his or her own hand addressed to the Speaker or, if the Office of the Speaker if vacant or the Speaker is absent from Guyana, to the Deputy Speaker”; while Article 156 (4) (a) says: “The Speaker shall declare the seat of a Member of the National Assembly vacant where – (a) the Speaker receives a written declaration of the Member of the National Assembly… or (b) the Representative of the List issues a notice of recall…”As such, Trotman reiterated that this situation is somewhat different from other parliamentarians, who attained citizenship in another country after birth. Nonetheless, he said the AFC will comply with the requirement and Donna Mathoo is one of the persons being considered. Once confirmed, they will announce the individual selected for the ministerial post.NCN Berbice Manager Donna Mathoo“We are in the process of identifying a replacement who is suitable and we are examining the various lists and we will be making that announcement in due course. There are a number of persons who are eligible, Ms Mathoo being one of them, and so there is active consideration of appointing her,” the AFC Chairman stated.The AFC executive mentioned that they are seeking to fill Gaskin’s position with someone who embodies competency, loyalty and delivers their time during parliamentary sessions. However, Mathoo was accused of being involved in fraudulent practices which reportedly saw over $3 million disappearing from the NCN’s coffers.“We’re looking at competency, a person’s ability to represent us, their degree of loyalty if I’m to be upright… We look at their ability to attend sittings of the National Assembly… Looking at the near and longer-term, we need to take several matters into consideration,” Trotman related.Mathoo was sent on administrative leave in 2017, and in March 2018, she was back on the job. The State-owned NCN has been silent on the outcome of an internal probe into the allegations.Meanwhile, Trotman said Gaskin will continue to hold the post as Treasurer of the AFC and will serve in other capacities in the future. It was indicated that the Business Minister requested some weeks ago that he intended on resigning from his post and affirmation was given recently for this to take place.Advocating for amendmentHowever, going forward, he said the party will lobby for an amendment of Article 155 of the Constitution, so that persons with dual citizenship can serve as parliamentarians. He is of the view that the oil sector will demand human resources, which can be achieved through the recruitment of persons in the Diaspora.Apart from Gaskin, three other Government MPs namely Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine have all resigned from their respective posts because of the dual citizenship rule.In February, Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud. In the case brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly.
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0Shares0000Seats you sir! Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOROME, Italy, Apr 28 – Claudio Ranieri admitted he would be “super happy” if Antonio Conte succeeded him as Roma coach after he took the club into the Serie A top four with a thumping win over Cagliari on Saturday.Asked by Sky Sport following his side’s 3-0 win at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico whether he would like Conte to take over from him at the end of the season, Ranieri replied: “Yes, I’d want him.” Speculation has intensified that Roma are making a serious bid to bring in former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy manager Conte as successor to Ranieri, who came in as interim manager following the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco in March.Italian media reports that Roma have lined up a three-year contract worth 9.5 million euros ($10.6 million) a season to tempt him to the capital.But when pressed on whether he knew anything of Roma’s approach, fellow former Chelsea boss Ranieri said: “I’m the last one to know these things… if Antonio comes I’ll be super happy.”Before the match club legend Francesco Totti, now a director, said that “any club would go mad” for Conte, but refused to say whether they had spoken to the 49-year-old, who won the first three of Juventus’ eight straight Serie A titles and the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea.“Conte is one of Europe’s best coaches… with a coach like him you have a project that has a better chance of being a winning one,” he was quoted as saying by Italian media.“However we have Ranieri on the bench and we need to respect him until the end. Right now it’s not appropriate to talk about other coaches.”Despite a wildly inconsistent season Roma occupy the final Champions League spot, two points ahead of AC Milan.– Ronaldo on target –They are just four behind third-placed Inter Milan, who drew 1-1 with newly-crowned champions Juventus in the Derby d’Italia in Saturday’s late game.Claudio Ranieri said he would be “super happy” if Antonio Conte succeeded him as Roma coach © AFP / Andreas SOLARORadja Nainggolan gave Inter a sixth-minute lead with a rocket of a volley against a Juventus team missing the likes of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira.But Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the match at the San Siro just after the hour mark when Miralem Pjanic’s cheeky back-heel allowed the Portuguese star to hit home a low left-foot shot for his 20th Serie A goal of the season.Earlier, Roma struck a blow in the tight battle for Champions League football next season.Javier Pastore’s first league goal since September and a Federico Fazio header had the hosts two goals ahead within eight minutes of kick-off and Aleksandar Kolarov rammed home a late third to put Roma five games without defeat.Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, who will have the chance to win just their second-ever major trophy when they take on Lazio in next month’s Coppa Italia final, can move back above Roma when they host strugglers Udinese on Monday.On Sunday, Milan travel to Torino in a match that could end the surprise top-four challenge from Walter Mazzarri’s tough-to-beat side, and Lazio take on Sampdoria and Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella.Earlier on Saturday, Bologna dealt a huge blow to lowly Empoli’s survival chances when three second-half goals from Roberto Soriano, Riccardo Orsolini and Nicola Sansone saw them come from behind to win 3-1.Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna move up to 14th on 37 points after an impressive run of six wins in their last eight matches that has pulled them eight points clear of Empoli and the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Days like Friday remind investors that the stock market can change temperament suddenly and saddle them with losses. Such big down days also put the value of plain old dividend checks in stark relief. Quarterly dividend checks seemed like small potatoes in the 1990s, when the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index averaged an 18% annual gain. More often than not, dividend-paying stocks were tagged as “Old Economy” hasbeens that paid those checks because they lacked new ideas or the gumption to buy a rival. Over the past 80 years, however, investors have earned a significant chunk of their stock returns more than 40% from dividends, according to S&P. And since stock prices peaked in 2000, dividends have begun to loom large again. The steady stream of cash looks particularly good on unnerving days like Friday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 200 points or nearly 2%, wiping out what had been a strong start for 2006. The Nasdaq Composite Index and Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 2.35% and 1.83%, respectively. Last year, the companies in the S&P 500 paid out a record $201 billion in dividends, averaging almost 2% of stock prices, up from a low of just over 1% in 2000. “Dividends are definitely making a comeback,” says Milton Ezrati, chief economist at Lord Abbett Funds in Jersey City, N.J. Room for Growth Dividends are on the upswing partly because these checks have helped keep impatient investors from bolting in the bumpy years since 2000. Dividend fans say the payouts also instill fiscal discipline in corporate managers. “A company that pays a dividend is like an investor who commits to a 401(k) or saving plan because the money isn’t in your pocket, it can’t be wasted elsewhere,” says Patrick Dorsey, head of stock analysis at Chicago researcher Morningstar Inc. Many analysts believe there’s ample room for corporate dividends to start a long growth spurt. The average company in the S&P 500 is paying just about a third of its profits out in dividends, compared with a “payout ratio” of a little over half historically. And dividend yields are still well below the S&P 500’s 4.5% average since 1926. A stock’s yield is its dividends paid over the past 12 months divided by its current share price. At the same time, company coffers are brimming with cash, buoyed by corporate profits that have grown at a double-digit rate for a record 15 consecutive quarters. Last year, 306 S&P 500 companies raised their dividends compared with just nine that cut them. For several quarters, money managers have pointed to shares of many of the nation’s biggest companies as bargains. Some have particularly favored stocks with rising dividend payouts. A simple search turns up a handful of big, well-known companies that fit that bill and are worth a closer look. Worth a Look Like all screens, of course, this is just a starting point and not a buy list. Still, here are five companies, in alphabetical order, that have ample cash, have a higher yield and lower valuation than the average stock in the S&P 500 and have boosted dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. • 3M (MMM). Based in St. Paul, Minn., 3M is probably best known for its Scotch tape and Post-it notes. But the company makes a broad range of stuff, from dental products to brightness-enhancing films for TV screens. With about a $57 billion market value, 3M currently has more than a 2.2% yield. 3M has raised its dividend for 46 years straight, according to researcher Mergent Inc., and there appears to be room for more increases in coming years. Wall Street analysts expect 3M to grow its earnings at a more than 10% clip over the next five years, according to Thomson Financial. • Citigroup (C). The world’s biggest financial-services company has more than a $230 billion market value, but some investors are wary. The stock fell more than 4% Friday, bringing the yield to nearly 4%, after fourth-quarter results fell short of some analysts’ targets. Citigroup is shifting from an aggressive strategy of growth driven by acquisitions to a more staid approach to maximize profits and minimize costs. The company has a nearly 20-year streak of annual rising dividends and has been repurchasing its shares. Analysts believe there’s ample room for both dividend raises and price increases, with projections of 10% annualized profit growth over the next five years. Friday, the company announced plans to boost its dividend by 11%, starting with a payout next month. • Coca-Cola (KO). The world’s biggest beverage company, with 400 brands sold in more than 200 countries, Coca-Cola could tempt stock investors looking for income. The company, which has about a $95 billion market value, currently yields almost 2.8%. It has raised its dividend in more than 40 consecutive years. Over the past decade, dividends have averaged a little less than a 10% annual growth rate and analysts expect the company’s profits to keep that pace over the coming five years, thanks partly to growing sales in emerging markets like Brazil, China and Russia. At the same time, analysts’ average target price for the stock is more than 18% higher than its current share price, implying there may be room for capital appreciation, too. • Colgate-Palmolive (CL) Beyond toothpaste and dishwashing liquid, this New Yorkbased consumer-products giant makes shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, shaving cream, laundry detergent, cleansers, and pet food that are sold world-wide. Colgate has upped its dividend payout more than 40 years in a row. Today, the shares yield more than 2.1%. At the same time, the company pays out less than 45% of its profits in dividends, leaving room for some growth even if profits dip in a given year. Analysts project 10% profit growth for the company over the next five years. • Sysco (SYY). This Houston company is the nation’s biggest seller of food and related products to restaurants, schools, hotels and hospitals. Still, Sysco has just 15% of that market, giving the company ample room to grow. Its shares have more than a 2.2% yield and dividends have risen nearly 30 years in a row. Future increases seem likely given that Sysco’s payout ratio has averaged less than 40% of profits over the past decade and analysts expect 13% annualized profit growth over the next five years, according to Thomson Financial.
A new and exciting concept for 2017 is being launched by local company TeamBride.ie in the form of a Wedding Workshop on February 26th in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.Planning a wedding is a daunting task and can suck the fun right out of the pre-wedding build up! The key to a smooth planning process is to have the best suppliers on board for your big day and to do your research! The Workshop promises to be the ultimate Girls Day out where the Bride to be and her party can enjoy a fun filled afternoon with bubbles, nibbles and lots of giveaways! Team Bride have pulled together the very best in the industry and bring you The Skin Nerd Jennifer Rock to talk you through preparing your skin for a flawless base and Tara Makeup demonstrating how to achieve that flawless photo ready makeup look. All round fashionista and hilarious snapchatter Rob Kenny as MC for the day means your ribs are sure to be sore leaving!Team Bride Creator Carina Monteith explains “Having worked in the Wedding Industry for many years I felt that the usual Wedding Fair template is now out of date. Brides today are so savvy when it comes to wedding planning and we wanted to give them an exciting format where they will go away with practical tips and advice that they can use to get the most from their own suppliers. The aim of the workshop is to give them non-biased practical advice and for them to have a lovely afternoon out as part of their wedding planning.”Alongside the ‘influencers’ Team Bride will have local industry experts on stage to give you practical advice on photography, wedding hair, nail care, venue dressing, stationary, music and so much more. The highlight of the day will be a stunning Bridal and Occasion Wear Showcase by the award winning McElhinneys Bridal Rooms. Tickets available to purchase online from www.teambride.ieFollow us on Facebook teambride.ie for more info on our Team Bride partnersEnquires contact – firstname.lastname@example.org Team Bride wedding workshop launches in Donegal! was last modified: December 22nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bridaleventsteam bridewedding
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The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer news Getty Cardiff have started the season brightly, though they remain without a win Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 three-way race The veteran defender left Aston Villa at the end of last season after they failed to win promotion to the Premier League Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets IN DEMAND 2 It has been widely reported that Terry has multiple offers to continue his playing career, with suggestions that a Premier League return could even be on the cards.However, Cardiff will not be the club signing Terry, with Warnock joining talkSPORT on Thursday morning to rule out a move for the veteran centre-half.“I think it would depend on the team,” Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast when asked about Terry’s future. “I don’t think for us it would be the situation as we’ve got to have a lot more energy really.“He has got that class though hasn’t he; he did well at Villa last year. targets LATEST Neil Warnock has ruled out Cardiff moving for John Terry, the former Chelsea defender, who is currently on the lookout for a new club.Terry has been a free agent since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season, and it appeared he was to join Spartak Moscow on a one-year deal earlier this month. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland TOP WORK However, the 37-year-old announced on Wednesday he has turned down Spartak’s offer ‘after assessing this move with my family’, meaning he remains on the market.Steve Bruce, the Aston Villa manager, wants to bring the former England and Chelsea captain back to Villa Park just a few months after he left. Terry played 36 times for Bruce’s side last season and helped them reach the Championship play-off final, though they were defeated in the Wembley showpiece by Fulham. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on “But I think if he is going to play again it would be something like a Villa, if I’m honest.“But he’s still got a lot to offer.“There are not many left for managers of those leaders on the pitch. I’m lucky I’ve got three or four in the squad I’ve got. Managers dream of having a leader or two don’t they?” LIVING THE DREAM
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF After forward Wilfried Zaha claimed he would need to have his leg broken for a red card to be given to an offender, Benitez inferred the senior official would not be swayed by the desperate pleas.“I have a lot of confidence with Andre Marriner,” he said.“He has a lot of experience, even if his record with our players is not that great in terms of red cards.”Both sides had to settle for a point in a rather dull 0-0, with Marriner only booking James Tomkins and DeAndre Yedlin in the end. tense Marriner was only forced to show two yellow cards during the game It is almost a decade since the FA began to monitor more closely what players and managers said about officials before games.“Clubs are being advised that any media comments by managers, players or any other club officials relating to appointed match officials prior to a fixture will no longer be allowed,’ read an FA statement back in 2009.“Such pre-match comments will be deemed improper and dealt with accordingly. 2 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Football News scrap LATEST The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker Benitez has accepted the £60,000 fine Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “Post-match comments in relation to match officials and incidents are still permitted provided they are not personal in their nature, imply bias or attack the integrity of the officials in charge of the match, or in any other respect bring the game into disrepute.”The former Liverpool boss has accepted the charge and is now preparing his side to face Manchester United. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed Rafael Benitez has landed himself a whopping £60,000 fine for his comments made about referee Andre Marriner last month.The Newcastle United boss was praising Marriner ahead of the Magpies’ game with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on September 22. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos latest
Letterkenny Town Council is to be quizzed over its planning on the controversial new traffic lights at the LYIT.The new lights at the LYIT in Letterkenny.The installation of the lights has caused serious tailbacks in the town at certain times since they were turned on two weeks ago.Now local councillor Gerry McMonagle is to ask the council if a traffic survey was done before the lights were put up outside the college on the Port Road. Cllr McMonagle said there is no question the lights have led to traffic tailbacks at vital times during the day.“The evidence is there for all to see – since the lights went on there has been a serious traffic build-up in the town at vital times including morning, lunch and tea time when people are going home.“There is obviously an issue with the sequencing of the lights and they may need to be looked at to try and sort this out,” he said.The Sinn Fein councillor said he is merely asking the question as to what traffic survey, if any, was carried out by the council to see the impact of the lights. “I have to say I am not aware that any survey was done – perhaps there was.“If there was, I would like to know what the results were because it is obvious there are problems with the lights at the moment,” he said. COUNCIL TO BE QUIZZED ON TRAFFIC SURVEY OVER LIGHTS DEBACLE was last modified: October 14th, 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:LYITtraffic lightstraffic survey