Mayor moves to have city businesses closed by 16:30h

first_img… going by obsolete law – Labour Dept… accused of being anti-businessBY DEVINA SAMAROOIn an announcement that sent shockwaves through the city, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green declared that city businesses have been operating beyond hours prescribed by the law and the practice must be immediately stopped.However, the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 states otherwise.Chase Green told a public meeting on Friday that businesses are forbidden from opening on public holidays, on Sundays and beyond 16:30h (4:30pm) daily; warning that efforts will be made to ensure law and order is restored.The announcement startled many business operators in Georgetown, some of whom contended that any such move will only further cripple the economy.One business owner argued that the policy is anti-business and does not cater for working-class persons who usually do their shopping after working hours.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, the Mayor maintained her position, emphasising that the law is clear.“They (businesses) open at 07:30h and at seven in the night (19:00h), they are still opened while the law says it’s from 7:00am to 4:30pm (16:30h), and Saturdays are supposed to be half day and there are supposed to be no openings on Sundays; but they are in violation and nobody is saying anything about it,” she argued.Chase Green said the concerns were brought to her attention by concerned citizens and therefore she decided to take action to put an end to the violation.The Mayor said she will be writing to the Labour Department about the violation and that it will be up to those in charge to take the necessary actions to correct the breach.The Shops Consolidation Act (Amendment) 2009“What you have existing right now is that majority of businesses open after 12 on Saturdays until four or five in the afternoons or until seven in the night. And on Sundays they are also open and on public holidays; and they are in violation… So it is left for them (Labour Ministry) to take that information and do what is necessary,” she stressed.Chase Green posited, “It is the Ministry’s responsibility, not mine. I am responsible for the market and I make sure that the market is opened and closed on time.”However, the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle said the Mayor is erroneous in her claims.He pointed to the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 which extends the operating hours for regular shops from 07:30h to 22:00h; restaurants and cook shops for 24 hours per day; and parlour, barber and hairdresser establishments from 06:00h to midnight every day.Ogle presumed that the Mayor is referring to the old Act, which indeed stipulated an early closure time for businesses.Moreover, he posited that it is the responsibility of the Police Commissioner and not the Labour Department to ensure that the businesses are operating in accordance with the law. He posited that the Mayor may have blundered once again in this regard.The Shops Act stipulates that “it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce or cause to be enforced the provisions of this Act relating to the hours of opening and closing of shops and prohibited sales.”last_img read more

Mustafah Kizza, Geoffrey Wasswa nominated as full list for Airtel-FUFA Awards nominees is reveled

first_img Tags: Aritel-FUFA AwardsFUFAgeoffrey wasswaMustapha Kiizatop Byamukama assured everyone that the awards’ organisation is going to plan (Photos by FUFA Media)MENGO – With the Airtel-FUFA Awards gala only over a week away, the complete list of nominees has been released.This was on Wednesday at FUFA House in Mengo where the Chairman of the organizing committee, Mr. Rogers Byamukama assured the football fraternity that everything is currently going as planned.“As the organizing committee, everything is according to plan and the run down to the awards night is still on the right path, said Byamukama.“We urge the public to continue voting for their favorite players both in the male and female categories because your votes count.Some of the categories where nominees were revealed include; FUFA Upcoming talent strictly for players featuring in the FUFA  U-19 Juniors League, FUFA Most Promising Player (from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League between the age of 20 and 23) and FUFA coach of the year.The other categories include FUFA Referee of the year, FUFA beach soccer player of the year and FUFA Upcoming referee of the year (who officiate in the FUFA Juniors League).During the same press briefing, it was also revealed that BBS TV will broadcast the awards function live. Alice Namatovu, the BBS TV head of marketing promised that they will offer the best service.“BBS Terefayina appreciates the fact that FUFA has once again trusted us to offer broadcasting services, said Namatovu.“We have worked well on the previous games including Uganda vs Tanzania, Lesotho and Cape Verde and therefore want to assure the public that we shall give quality production of the event.BBS Terefayina’s Namatovu speaking to the press on WednesdayThe Awards are sponsored by Airtel who are also the main sponsors of the Uganda Cranes. The other partners include; Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO Uganda Limited, Ecobank, Bet Lion, 102.1 FUFA FM, PostBank, Pepsi Uganda and Uganda Premier League Secretariat.Full List of Nominees and Categories:Airtel FUFA Male Player of the year:Allan Okello – KCCA FC (Code 10)Vianne Ssekajugo – Onduparaka FC (Code 30)Moses Waiswa – Vipers SC (Code 20)To vote for the above, go to your phone, type FUFA leave a space, player’s code and send to 8888Airtel FUFA Female Player of the year:Shadia Nankya – Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga (Code 50)Ruth Aturo- UCU Lady Cardinals (Code 60)Tracy Jones Akiror – Kawempe Muslim (Code 70)To vote for your favorite female player go to your phone, type FUFA, Leave a space, player’s code and send to 8888FUFA Upcoming Talent (FUFA Juniors League)Sadat Anaku – KCCA Soccer AcademyThomas Kakaire- Bright Stars Junior TeamIdd AbduWahid – Onduparaka FC Junior teamFUFA Most Promising Player (From StarTIMES Uganda League and under the age of 23)Musitafa Kiiza – KCCA FCGeoffrey Wasswa- Vipers SCFred Amaku – Kirinya Jinja SSFUFA Coach of the yearMike Mutebi – KCCA FCAyub Khalifa – Kawempe MuslimMiguel Da Costa – Formerly at Vipers SCAlex Isabirye – Kyetme FCRaymond Timothy Komakech – Ndejje University FCFUFA Best XIComposed of players from the StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueFUFA Presidential Award- Recipient of this award is selected by FUFA President.FUFA Fair Play AwardThe Award will go to the team with the least number of yellow and red cards last season in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.FUFA Individual Fair Play AwardThe award will go to an individual who exhibited high levels of sportsmanship spirit that promoted fair play.FUFA Referee of the yearMark SsonkoBrian Miiro NsubugaShamirah NabaddaAlex MuhabiMashood Ssali FUFA Upcoming Referee of the year (From FUFA Juniors League)Herbert BwiireHaula NamusokeBill KitibwaShamirah NabukenyaZamuyati KawalaFUFA Beach Soccer Player of the yearMeddie Kibirige – IsabetIsaac Eshioke – KIUSuleiman Ochero- St. Lawrence UniversityFans’ Favorite Ugandan Player of the yearThis award will be determined by fans. It is limited to Ugandans irrespective of where they are playing their club football. To vote: Type FANUG leave a space player’s name and send to 8888Fans Favorite Ugandan Player (Foreign Based)This award will also be determined by the fans. This is limited to Ugandan players plying their trade outside Uganda.  To vote type FANS, leave space Club and name of player and send to 8888.Fan of the yearThis award will be determined by Uganda Premier League SecretariatComments last_img read more

Telkom’s $63m African expansion

first_img12 November 2008South African telecommunications company Telkom is to acquire the whole of Mweb Africa and 75% of Mweb Namibia from Multichoice Africa and MIH Holdings – both Naspers group companies – respectively, for US$63-million (about R646.8-million), as part of its strategy to expand outside South Africa.Telkom CEO Reuben September said the transaction would give further impetus to the company’s strategy of becoming a pan-African integrated service provider.“Expanding beyond the borders of South Africa provides Telkom with an opportunity to become less dependent on domestic revenue streams,” September said in a statement this week.Mweb AfricaMweb Africa is an internet service provider in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, and also provides network access services in some countries. It is headquartered in Mauritius, with operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, an agency arrangement in Botswana, and distributors in 26 sub-Saharan countries.Although the company’s operations are largely focused on corporate customers, Mweb Africa’s predominantly satellite-based internet access offerings allows the company to reach a wide range of customers, many of whom are not reached by traditional fixed-line infrastructure.African expansionIn February last year, Telkom acquired Africa Online, an internet service provider active in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, for £10.32-million.In May the same year, Telkom acquired 75% of Nigerian-based Multi-Links Telecommunications for $280-million, giving the company a strong foothold in the Nigerian telecoms market, as well as providing it with a springboard for expansion into West Africa.“This acquisition, together with Telkom’s investment in Africa Online, is expected to increase the value proposition of our product and service offerings to all customer segments in Sub-Saharan Africa,” September said.“Telkom’s position as partner of choice for connectivity and related services in Africa is expected to be strengthened.”The transaction is subject to several conditions, including regulatory approvals being obtained in certain African jurisdictions.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bioprospecting to aid N Cape community

first_img30 July 2012The Komaggas community in South Africa’s Northern Cape province stands to benefit in both monetary and non-monetary terms from the bioprospecting permits that Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa awarded to seven community organisations last week.The permits will allow these organisations, who work with plants, to legally engage in bioprospecting activities.Bioprospecting involves searching for, collecting and deriving genetic material from samples of biodiversity that can be used in commercialised pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or chemical processing end products.South Africa’s competitive edgeAwarding the permits at a local community hall in Komaggas, Molewa said the South African benefits of biodiversity or ecosystems services were estimated at R73-billion, contributing 7% of the country’s gross domestic product per year.“The biodiversity economy, which is part of our green economy, is therefore our competitive edge in growing our economy and addressing climate change adaption,” she said.South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators was also launched at the ceremony.The legal framework provides a huge opportunity for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.Rich in biological and cultural diversityMolewa said South Africa had a rich natural and cultural resource base that ranked among the top three in the world.“We are home to approximately 24 000 plants species and have an entire floral kingdom within our borders. South Africa is not just rich in biological diversity but also blessed with a rich cultural diversity.”Molewa said many widely used cosmetics produced by industries were derived from medicinal plants, and many of these plants were indigenous and endemic to South Africa.“We must build a shared appreciation of the importance of medicinal plants resources to human health and well-being and a shared concern about the conservation and sustainable use of these resources,” she said.According to the department, researchers have successfully cultivated a selection of naturally occurring Sceletium as a new commercial crop on a large scale and developed a standardised extract known as Zembrin, which is manufactured to the European Union’s Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP).The plant is associated with the treatment of anxiety, stress, mood and cognition.Source: read more

Can smart locks really help you feel safer at home?

first_imgFei Zhao Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Smart homes are considered by some the hallmark of IoT, and with the growth of the industry, increasing numbers of companies want to get in on the action, developing and rolling out smart devices. According to data from consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the U.S. smart home market will reach $29 million by the end of this year. Smart locks on the doors of connected homes?Smart locks will precipitate connected home systems, which is why, according to the VB Profiles database, there are 34 companies involved in the market. UniKey Technologies is one such company. UniKey just finished a venture capital funding round that resulted in an undisclosed amount of money, but before this round, the company had already raised $11.4 million in only four years. Such huge funding rounds can only signal the excitement of the market when it comes to smart home products. As shown in the picture above, UniKey’s smart locks use your smartphones as keys. Users would install the UniKey locking system in their doors, and then place any paired iOS or Android phones next to the lock to unlock the doors. Because the UniKey system uses Bluetooth technology to transmit data, users don’t need to download any apps to make the device work. UniKey also provides a stable user management system that allows users to delete any paired device in the system in case they can’t find their phones or want to set up a specific period of time in which to use the paired devices. The locking system uses unique an encryption algorithm, which, according to UniKey’s official website, provides bank-level security. According to the VB Profiles database, Vivint Smart Home is the largest company in the home security market. So far, Vivint has raised over $900 million, which makes up 83 percent of all funding in the market. The company is heavily involved in the smart home market, producing devices like smart locks, smart doorbells, and connected garage doors; Vivint aims to build a complete, connected outdoor smart security system.To use the smart access control service, users need to download Vivint’s app, which also has a live function — depicted in the picture above — that’s connected to the doorbell, so users can tell who is knocking at the door. The app also allows users to connect with smart products like Amazon’s Echo, offering a seamless user experience indoors.Cooperation over competitionBoth established and up-and-coming brands enjoy their own niches; they try to distinguish themselves from others so that their products will be unforgettable. And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to be remarkable, the constant jockeying for uniqueness has resulted in the absence of a unified standard in the industry. Let’s take Apple’s HomeKit, which is trying to combine third-party smart home products and integrate them with its iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and operating systems. Apple wanted smart home companies to use this platform so that customers only needed to use one smart home app. Although the platform supported several brands, apps made by the companies themselves provided more detailed and convenient functions, which led users to download company-specific apps, raising the learning cost for customers and resulting in a subpar user experience. Apple just noticed this problem, so they have begun switching to hardware products for the smart and connected home market.As illustrated by the Business Insider graph above, we are at the beginning of the mass-market production period of the smart home. The consumer market, however, still doesn’t have a flawless business solution with regard to smart homes. Companies that wish to involve themselves in the market should focus on two aspects of devices — security and unity. Although people have embraced technology in their day-to-day life, when it comes to security and safety, people don’t want to take any risks. No company can yet claim that its technology and smart access control services are invulnerable. Enhancing the quality of safety and security services will contribute heavily to the success of smart access control companies, and even the smart and connected home industry as a whole. The market will, in the future, need more interaction and cooperation between companies, rather than endless competition. Connected devices form the basis of the entire smart home industry — so why shouldn’t companies connect as well? If companies focus on their own products without regard for other devices in the market, users will not be able to experience the seamless lifestyle smart devices promise. center_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Apple#Comcast#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#smart home#top#Vivint last_img read more

Austin relishes second basketball life as part of Gilas

first_imgAnd if there’s one thing his sickness taught him, it’s to take every single minute with a renewed passion. “I wasn’t even supposed to be playing basketball so it’s a second go around for me,” said Austin Thursday at Meralco gym. “It’s a second go-around for me so I take every day very seriously.”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 opening“I know what it’s like to have the game of basketball taken away from you so I’m not taking anything for granted.”Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 boards, and 2.4 blocks per game in his time with Baylor and these types of numbers was what attracted the likes of Chot Reyes to take notice of the 7-footer. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Each day is a new day for me to get better somehow, some way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ONE: Eustaquio won’t let foe use him as stepping stone NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaiah Austin had the sad reality of never realizing his NBA dream after Marfan Syndrome sidelined him for two years. More than three years after the NBA selected him as an honorary player, Austin gets to wear the Philippine colors as part of Gilas Pilipinas. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Stam tips Pochettino for Manchester United job

first_imgJaap Stam believes that Tottenham manager Maurizio Pochettino is the right choice for United as they seek a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho.Pochettino has been widely named as Mourinho’s replacement by pundits and former United players like Gary Neville, and now Jaap Stam.“He is the best choice,” Stam told Sky Sports News.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s got a lot of experience working in the UK with Southampton and Tottenham. He’s good in building a team, plays attractive football, playing out from the back to score goals and win games. I would say that’s my choice.“I think they can [get him]. There’s been a discussion at Spurs about not spending money on players, I think he is the type of manager who wants to invest every year and improve – at United he gets to do that.“They’ve got the money to do that. For him, that would be the ultimate step.”last_img read more