Employees will not lose their jobs – source

first_imgScotiabank’s sale to Republic BankAlthough there is well-known fear that the sale of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) to Republic (Bank) Financial Holdings Limited could lead to dozens of employees being sent home, a source close to the transaction has revealed that this may be far from the truth.Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) has entered into negotiations to acquire Scotiabank’s operations in nine Caribbean countries, including GuyanaAccording to the source, this and other issues were discussed at the recent Republic Bank Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on Monday. Guyana Times was told that it was decided that no employee of Scotiabank in Guyana will be made redundant.Washington DC-based Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh had expressed worry over the possibility of Republic Bank acquiring Scotiabank. He said it could lead to staff at the latter becoming jobless, and it would indeed have negative implications for the local financial sector.“And what are they buying? They wouldn’t buy new locations. They are basically buying a loan portfolio and a deposit base. It’s easy for Republic Bank to get rid of most of the properties owned by Scotiabank and merge their portfolios,” he declared.Former Presidential Advisor, economist Ramon Gaskin, also believes that the sale to Republic Bank would only allow that banking institution to dominate the local banking sector in Guyana, which could be unhealthy for the financial sector.Gaskin said, “I think that this proposed sale of Scotiabank in Guyana to Republic Bank should not be allowed by the Government of Guyana and the Governor of the Central Bank.”The outspoken economist had told Guyana Times that before Scotiabank ventured into any arrangement with Republic Bank, it should have consulted with the Government.“Now that is putting the Government and the Governor in an awkward position of opposing it and all of that. I think (the banks) erred in not consulting with the appropriate authority before getting into it; and it shows a lack of respect, in my opinion, to the authorities here,” he said.But more importantly, Gaskin believes that since Scotiabank wants to exit the Guyanese market, there should be an option for local entities to acquire its banking operations.“They shouldn’t sell to any foreign bank. There isn’t any reason why the local Guyanese business people can’t get together and take it over from them. They can build a Guyanese bank with developmental features to help finance agriculture and small business,” he declared.Meanwhile, the source also disclosed that the negotiations of sale between Scotiabank and Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) will take between 12 and 18 months.The RFHL has entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in nine Caribbean countries. It is acquiring locations in Guyana, St Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Further, the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited, and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight countries.The Guyana Government has said the agreement “raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider”.The Ministry, in a statement, said that it has taken note of the statement by RFHL that the agreement is “subject to all regulatory approvals”. It posited that the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) has clear stipulations regarding “acquisition of control”, and requires approval of the Bank of Guyana following the submission of an application and due diligence being conducted.“Further the FIA addresses as well the issue of ‘fundamental changes’ as it relates to mergers and transfer of assets or liabilities. The agreement raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Guyana, and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider,” the Finance Ministry said.But the source argued that RFHL is not in breach of the Act, because any business would seek to have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place first. According to him, it doesn’t make business sense for the company to allow the regulators to know their options.Republic Bank currently holds 35.4 percent of the banking system’s assets and 36.8 percent of deposits. The acquisition will up this to 51 percent of both assets and deposits.last_img read more

New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has unveiled a new batch of luxury SUVs for operations across the country. The BMW X5s, which have off-road capabilities, have been assigned to Dublin Metropolitan, Eastern, Southern and Northern Garda Regions, which includes Donegal.Some of the vehicles are assigned to Special Tactics & Operations Command (STOC) in the greater Dublin area and will be available to support services and spontaneous incidents in regional areas. The BMW X5 was recently named best luxury SUV by Consumer Reports and is one of the best-sellers in its class.The new batch has been introduced to the force in addition to new vehicles allocated to the Roads Policing Unit. A new 191 Hyundai fleet was added earlier this month for MIT checkpoints nationwide.@GardaTraffic New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal was last modified: April 29th, 2019 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:Gardalast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Bale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mbappe would’ve chosen Real Madrid if not for Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe would be a Real Madrid player if not for Gareth Bale, it has been revealed.AS says Mbappe chose to move to PSG from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 over Real Madrid because of the presence of Bale.A fee beginning at €180m rising to €214m had been settled with Monaco, but Mbappe refused to go to Madrid as he couldn’t see a place for himself in then coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.It’s suggested if Real president Florentino Perez had agreed to sell Bale to Manchester United would’ve seen Mbappe arrive in his place.But as a source stated: “But Mbappé preferred to go to Paris because Florentino did not want to part with Bale…” last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola happy for Diaz to join Real Madridby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did all it could to retain Brahim Diaz.The midfielder joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after entering the last six months of his city contract.And Guardiola warned he only wanted players who wanted to stay at the Etihad.Asked about Diaz’s departure, Guardiola said: “Like I said many times, I don’t want people that don’t want to stay here.”We did with Brahim everything we have done with Phil (Foden) and with Jadon – important players and we did absolutely everything. The only one who decides to stay is Phil.”We wish him all the best. Real Madrid is not a bad step, so hopefully he can take the minutes he wants and that he didn’t want here for many reasons.”He’s a nice guy. Congratulations to the academy and the club for working so well, because important teams in Europe want our players.” last_img read more

Making your own homecleaning products Some pro tips

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first_imgTo reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to hold them.But not all homemade cleaning products are created equal, and some simple concoctions can be downright dangerous.“To have an unlabeled cleaning product in a Mason jar with kids around can be a dangerous thing,” warns Carolyn Forte, director of the home appliances and cleaning products lab at Good Housekeeping. “And be careful never to mix bleach with anything but water. Certain combinations can be toxic.”Baking soda and vinegar also should not be combined. Mixed together they are ineffective at cleaning and, if contained in a jar, likely to explode, she warns.So when making your own cleaning mixtures at home:—Double check the safety of the combination you choose;—Keep all products out of reach of children or pets;—And list all ingredients clearly on the jar or spray bottle.Test your cleaning mixture before using it. “Making your own window cleaner may be OK, but years of chemistry and safety research have gone into products like laundry and dishwasher detergents and furniture polishes, and you don’t want to risk accidentally damaging something that’s precious to you,” Forte says.Even so, it can be useful to know what to use in a pinch when you don’t have time to rush to the store, says Stephanie Sisco, home editor at Real Simple magazine.And many homemade cleaning combinations do work, with far fewer chemicals than in many store-bought brands.To help people make gentle cleaning products at home, Mike and Martha Robinson founded Cleaning Essentials, which sells sturdy glass bottles in various colours and sizes, labeled with recipes for solutions that can be made using mostly vinegar, water and essential oils.“Sixty years ago our grandparents wouldn’t have gone to the store for cleaners. They would have used vinegar, baking soda, some elbow grease, and been healthier for it,” says Mike Robinson.Katy Kiick Condon, senior editor for home design at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, agrees: “Just steam, hot water and some elbow grease can accomplish a lot.”DO’s:Know the basics about the cleaning properties of various household products:—Baking soda is a great deodorizer and is useful as a mild abrasive;—Vinegar cuts grease, removes mineral deposits and has disinfectant qualities;—Lemon juice with some salt can remove rust stains.DON’Ts:– NEVER combine bleach with anything but water. And remember that baking soda and vinegar, while trusted standbys individually, are ineffective for cleaning if combined — and will bubble up explosively.– Don’t use lemon on wood, since it can destroy protective finishes, says Sisco.– Don’t overdo it with vinegar, which can dull surfaces, she says. There’s a reason that cleaning-product recipes call for adding water.RECIPES:With the above basics in mind, here are a few recipes recommended by the pros.Window cleaner: For clean, streak-free windows, Condon, at Better Homes & Gardens, swears by the combination of 2 cups hot water, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. “I tested a bunch of recipes, and this one is hands-down the best for mirrors and windows,” she says.All-purpose cleaner: Sisco, at Real Simple, recommends combining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of castille soap, such as Dr. Bonner’s. For a stronger cleaner, she recommends mixing 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup vodka, 10 to 20 drops of essential oil and 1 1/2 cups water.Carpet cleaner: Sisco recommends blotting the stain then saturating it with club soda. “The bubbles will work the stain to the surface,” she says. Then coat it with a hefty dose of table salt, which will absorb the stain, she says. “Then just vacuum it up once it’s dry, maybe 12 hours later. It’s a good overnight cleaning solution, and great for wine and other stains. The key is to blot all excess stain before starting with club soda and salt.”Katherine Roth, The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP continue to search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky in Manitoba

first_imgThe RCMP said they pair were last seen driving a 2011 Rav 4, but rumours on social media suggest the vehicle may have been found near Gillam. The RCMP has not yet confirmed those rumours. Kam McLeod is described as:6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsDark brown hair and facial hairBrown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as: Originally the pair were considered missing after their truck was found burnt near Dease Lake.Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed the pair were spotted in Meadow Lake on Sunday and continued to travel east.3/4 Both Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were seen in Meadow Lake, SK on Sunday, July 21, 2019. We believe they are continuing to travel.— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK) July 24, 2019 6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsSandy brown haircenter_img GILLAM, M.B. – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues in Manitoba.The Mayor of Gillam Manitoba has told CBC Manitoba there is a heavy police presence on the only road in and out of the community. The Mayor went on to say the RCMP haven’t confirmed if the suspects are still in Gillam. The Mayor is also telling residents to stay indoors or travel in groups.In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoba RCMP said the two suspects were recently in the Gillam area of Manitoba. Gillam is approximately 1,000km north of Winnipeg by road. PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019In a bizarre twist Tuesday, the RCMP named Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the case of three deaths in Northern B.C.last_img read more

Night shift can affect bladder health

first_imgWorking night shifts may deteriorate your quality of life by affecting your bladder, researchers have warned. Night shift workers reported a significantly higher rate of overactive bladder, and a poorer quality of life when compared with day shift workers, suggests the study presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Barcelona. They also need to pee more, said researchers, including Cosimo De Nunzio of Sant´Andrea Hospital, Rome. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We know that long-term night work is stressful, and is associated with increased levels of health problems. This work shows that constant night workers may have a higher urinary frequency as well as a decline in their own quality of life,” said De Nunzio. “One of the most concerning things about this work is everyone in our sample was under 50. We normally expect bladder problems with older people, but here we have younger people expressing a deteriorating quality of life,” the author added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the researchers surveyed 68 men and 68 women between March and October 2018. All were workers in the Italian National Health System, with 66 of the volunteers working night shifts, on average, 11 hours per night shift. The 70 day workers worked an average of 9.1 hours per day. Using the generally accepted Overactive Bladder Questionnaire, the team found that those on night shift reported an average total score of 31, as against a score of 19 for those working day shifts. The team also found that night workers scored a significantly worse quality of life, with scores of 41 against 31 with day shift workers.last_img read more

Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogans party appeals loss

first_imgIstanbul: Turkish electoral authorities on Wednesday recounted votes in more than a dozen Istanbul districts after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP challenged results giving the opposition a narrow victory in a weekend election. The AKP won most votes nationwide in Sunday’s municipal ballot, but tallies also showed the party lost the capital Ankara and the country’s economic hub Istanbul in one of its worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAKP officials on Tuesday filed a challenge with electoral authorities saying they had found irregularities in ballots in both Ankara and Istanbul. “The district branches of the electoral board in Istanbul decided to recount the ballots in eight districts after the appeals yesterday,” Supreme Election Board chief Sadi Guven told reporters. Anadolu state news agency later said officials were recounting votes in 18 Istanbul districts, including in three where every vote was being verified. In the other districts, officials were checking only nullified ballots. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAKP officials had said there was a huge discrepancy between ballots cast at polling stations and data sent to election authorities. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, was a key election prize for Erdogan and he presented former premier and loyalist Binali Yildirim to run as the party candidate for mayor. Erdogan, himself a former Istanbul mayor, had campaigned hard in the city. But the ruling party was stung by the economy with Turkey in recession for the first time in a decade and inflation in double digits. Istanbul was a tight race and both Yildirim and the opposition CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu declared victory when tallies showed them in a dead heat. Electoral authorities on Monday said Imamoglu was ahead by 28,000 votes with nearly all ballot boxes tallied, prompting AKP officials to challenge the result. “The world is watching us, watching the results of our city’s election,” Imamoglu told reporters on Wednesday, asking that he be handed his mandate as soon as possible. “I say clearly: Don’t let Turkey’s credibility be destroyed by 3 or 4 people acting like they are kids who had their toys taken away from them.” But the AKP was fighting back. Deputy chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz claimed the difference had now slipped to fewer than 20,000 votes between Imamoglu and Yildirim. Imamoglu had 48.79 per cent of the votes while Yildirim had 48.52 percent, Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday, citing preliminary results. It reported close to 300,000 votes had been annulled in Istanbul voting on election day. A loss in Istanbul would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. Asked about the AKP’s challenge on Tuesday, a US State Department spokesman urged parties to accept election results. “I would say that free and fair elections are essential to any democracy and this means acceptance of legitimate election results are essential. And we expect nothing less from Turkey,” deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a briefing. Turkey’s presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun responded, urging “all parties, including foreign governments, to respect the legal process and refrain from taking any steps that may be construed as meddling in Turkey’s internal affairs,” Anadolu reported. Ties between NATO allies United States and Turkey have been frayed recently by several differences, including Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system, a deal for US-made F-35 fighters and disagreements over US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria’s war. Some pro-government newspapers on Wednesday branded the Istanbul defeat an as electoral “coup” similar to the failed coup Erdogan survived in 2016. That bid was blamed by Turkish officials on a US-based Muslim preacher, Fethullah Gulen.last_img read more

Prahalis careerbest scoring helps Buckeyes beat Badgers

Senior guard Samantha Prahalis scored a career-high 34 points to lead the No. 11 Ohio State women’s basketball team to a 72-58 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers (8-15, 4-7 Big Ten) Monday night. The senior said she was unaware of her accomplishment until she was taken out of the game with less than three minutes left.  “I didn’t know until I got to the bench and they asked me what my previous high had been, and they told me I beat it,” Prahalis  said. Monday’s victory comes after the Buckeyes (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten) suffered their second loss of the season against Minnesota. The loss motivated Prahalis to assert herself into the next the game she played. “Today I made it a point to be more aggressive from the start,” she said. “My shot felt good, so I was kind of in a flow in the game.” She also had five assists, which puts her at 863 for her career. Prahalis needs 30 more to overtake Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly for the all-time career record in the Big Ten. Even the opposing coach was impressed with her performance. “With a kid like that on your team, you have a chance to do something special and they probably will,” said Wisconsin coach Bobby Kelsey. In the loss, the Badgers scored 36 of 58 points from behind the arc. “They were great from the three-point line,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “That’s the way they play and they’re very good at it. I give them credit.” OSU kept the lead for the entire evening, but the Badgers found ways to battle back into the game. In the second half, the Badgers went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three with 11:58 in the game. The next possession saw sophomore center Darryce Moore answer with a layup, which sparked an 11-3 OSU run, and eventually, an OSU victory. Following Prahalis, junior guard Tayler Hill had 18 points and four rebounds. Going into the game, Hill was leading the Big Ten with 22.5 points per game. Monday’s win gives the Buckeyes two straight victories against the Badgers this year. OSU defeated Wisconsin, 77-61, in December. Following this win, OSU travels to Illinois to face the Fighting Illini on Thursday. The Buckeyes defeated the Illini, 96-84, earlier this season. Although OSU proved resilient after its defeat against Minnesota, Prahalis said the team understands the intensity of the competition during the final month of the season. “Every game’s going to be a dogfight, and we got to bring it,” said Prahalis. The Buckeyes return home Sunday against the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2). Tip is at 5 p.m. read more

Freshman Nichelle Prince making a quick impact for Ohio State womens soccer

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) looks for an open teammate during a match against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Nichelle Prince first started playing the game at age 4, she dreaded the soccer field.“I remember going to the field the first day and crying, asking my mom to take me home,” Prince said.Prince, a freshman forward for the Ohio State’s women’s soccer team, didn’t shy away from the game for long, though. As soon as practice began, she fell in love with the game.When it came time to be recruited, Prince took a nontraditional route. She did not play soccer at her high school, Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario, for three of her four years. Instead she ran track up until her senior year, running events such as the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.Prince said her speed is one of her most valuable qualities on the pitch, and she attributes it to her track coach and father Fabian Prince.“I am grateful to have him as a coach,” Prince said. “He’s always pushing me and making sure I’m fit.”Freshman forward and Prince’s roommate, Lindsay Agnew, said she admires Prince’s “explosive” speed.“Sometimes, I’ll see the ball go in front of her and it looks like she puts a motor on her as she gets in front of everybody,” Agnew said laughing.Coach Lori Walker is also fond of Prince’s quick pace and persistence.“She works her tail off on both sides of the ball,” Walker said in an email. “She will track defensively with the same intensity that is seen in her attack mode.”While she didn’t always play for her high school, Prince played club soccer her entire career.She didn’t play with her own age group, though, instead taking on the challenges of playing with older athletes.“At first, coaches said I was too young and that I need to go down to my age group,” Prince said.When her first club team broke up, she joined the top club team in the province, but struggled to make a name for herself there.“I never started, I was kind of an underdog,” Prince said. “I stuck with that team for five years and worked my way up.”After working her way up, Prince broke into the national scene, and has since played for the U-17 and U-20 Canadian national team. Prince joined the national team at the age of 16 and said she appreciated every moment.“It was a great opportunity,” Prince said. “I went to the World Cup in Azerbaijan, somewhere I would never have been.”Prince has started seven of eight games this season. With her national team experience, she said she doesn’t feel pressure starting as a freshman.“At first it’s nerve-wracking and you want to make sure you are doing what you have to for the team,” Prince said. “I’m fine now. I know my goal and I can’t be nervous. I just have to go out there and do what I have to do.”Prince also receives support from a familiar face, 2012 second team All-American forward and 2012 graduate Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, who now plays for the Canadian women’s national soccer team, contacted Prince with some helpful tips.“She’s been great,” Prince said. “Contacting me, making sure I do what I (have) to do.”Prince said she respects the things Cameron did during her tenure at OSU, but she does not feel much pressure filling in the offensive gap Cameron left behind.“She was amazing, scoring 21 goals last year,” Prince said. “I definitely want to do that, so I’m going to push hard.”Prince is starting to step up into the offensive spotlight, tallying four assists and five goals so far this season. She leads OSU in goals and is tied for fifth in the Big Ten.Walker said Prince has a bright future in Columbus.“I am confident that over time (she) will be among the best goal scorers we have had at Ohio State,” Walker said.With her hat trick and assist against Northeastern, Prince was named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week Sept. 9th.With a 6-1-1 record, Prince and the Buckeyes begin Big Ten play against Illinois, Friday at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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