GNBS clamping down on importers, local manufacturers

first_img… says business must be registered before selling certain commoditiesThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) wants importers and local manufacturers to conform to its registration requirement for the selling of commodities monitored by the agency.Importers and manufacturers are required to register with the GNBS on a yearly basis to be in compliance with the agency’s standards.The 20 commodities monitored by GNBS are domestic electric appliances, weighing and measuring devices, textiles, garments, footwear, safety matches, tyres, gas stoves, fertilisers, cigarettes, PVC pipes, furniture, toys, soap powder, Christmas trees and decorative lighting outfits, safety helmets, cellular phones, water and electricity meters, and seatbelts.The registration of both imported and locally manufactured products will facilitate the inspection of the products’ labels. This will verify that the product is in conformity with national standards.Head of the Conformity Department and Officer in Charge of the GNBS, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick, said: “For the categories of products monitored by the GNBS for the importers, once they’re going to bring in any of those items that are on our list of products they are expected to register with the bureau annually. For the locally manufactured products they also have to register with the bureau.”If an importer brings in any of these items without being registered by the agency, the items are placed on a ‘hold’ system which allows the importer or the dealer to be registered: “They would complete the form and after that is completed they are normally issued a certificate that should be displayed at the location, that they are a registered importer of a particular product.”The fee for registration for the importation of these items is generally $30,000 but the dealer (importers of cellular phones, tyre, etc) are required to pay a registration fee of $15,000.last_img read more

To file or not: A taxing issue

first_img“The word schizophrenic comes to mind,” said Marti Dinerstein, president of Immigration Matters, a research firm that advocates tighter immigration enforcement. “There is something fundamentally wrong about this.” The IRS created a nine-digit Individual Tax Identification Number in 1996 for foreigners who don’t have Social Security numbers but need to file taxes in the U.S. But it is increasingly used by undocumented workers to file taxes, apply for credit, get bank accounts or even buy a home. The IRS issued 1.5 million ITINs in 2006 – a 30 percent increase from the previous year. To obtain one, a person needs to submit to the IRS an application and a document that serves as proof of identity, such as a visa or driver’s license. All told, the tax liability of ITIN filers between 1996 and 2003 was $50 billion. The agency has no way to track how many were immigrants, but it’s widely believed most people using ITINs are in the United States illegally. One number hints at the number of illegal immigrants having income taxes deducted from their paychecks. RICHMOND, Calif. – Carlos Diaz broke the law when he crossed the border and took a job as an office janitor. But he’s not about to break another by failing to pay his income tax. “I’ve been talking to other people who’ve done it, and I want to follow the law,” said Diaz, an undocumented emigrant from Guatemala who squirmed in his seat at a neighborhood tax preparer’s office. Tuesday is Tax Day, when millions of illegal immigrants find themselves collaborating with one federal agency – the Internal Revenue Service – while trying to avoid another – Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They hope a track record of on-time payments will aid their citizenship applications, but critics who favor tougher enforcement of federal immigration rules say it’s absurd for the government to work with people it should be tracking down and deporting. It legitimizes the presence of immigrants who are here illegally, critics say, and sends a mixed message about the country’s interest in enforcing its own rules. In 2004, the IRS got 7.9 million W-2s with names that didn’t match a Social Security Number. More than half were from California, Texas, Florida and Illinois, states with large immigrant populations, leading experts to believe they likely represent the wages of illegal immigrants. Even immigrants who use ITINs to file taxes are forced to make up a Social Security number when they get a job. Critics such as Dinerstein believe the process makes room for law violators, and in some cases, might endanger the country by allowing them to operate more freely. “That’s why people who are living here illegally rushed to get ITINs like they’re chocolate candy,” said Dinerstein. “It’s a national security issue.” IRS spokeswoman Nancy Mathis said the ID numbers are issued strictly to track a tax return’s progress through the system, noting that the tax code says nothing about whether foreigners filing taxes are here legally or not. “It serves no other purpose,” she said, “and was never intended to serve any other purposes.” Nor does the IRS share immigrants’ personal information with ICE or any other agency, Mathis said. To avoid any resemblance with Social Security cards, the IRS stopped issuing cards and instead sends a letter bearing the tax ID number. Still, these numbers do end up being put to other uses by a population eager for any form of official ID, and by companies interested in doing business with them. Many banks now allow illegal immigrants to open an account with their ITIN, and Bank of America has a pilot program in Los Angeles that allows customers to use the numbers to sign up for a credit card. Others have created mortgage products for ITIN-bearing immigrants, including Citibank, which offers one in partnership with ACORN Housing Corp. “They want to go forward, work, be a normal taxpayer,” said Erica Gonzalez, a staffer in ACORN’s Fresno office, where demand for the tax ID has shot up in recent years. “If they want to establish themselves here, this lets them do that.” Five states – West Virginia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Utah, and Illinois – also allow ITINs to be used as identification for a driver’s license. This is what rankles the system’s critics. “The IRS never anticipated this phenomenon,” said Dinerstein. “They thought it was going to be some boring tax compliance number.” To Ben Johnson, director of the Immigration Policy Center at the nonpartisan American Immigration Law Foundation, the widespread use of tax ID numbers is another sign that the immigration system is broken. “The U.S. economy hangs a huge `help wanted’ sign at the border, and they come to work, not to hide,” he said. “A lot of people struggle with the idea they’re here without permission, and want to find a way to operate legitimately, like a normal hardworking person.” Judging by the crowded waiting room at Esteban Ramirez’s modest tax preparation office in Richmond, where a television blared Spanish-language soap operas, it’s clear undocumented immigrants are growing increasingly comfortable around a Form 1040. Some are interested in getting refunds, like the approximately 80 percent of tax filers who get them each year. Although ITIN users don’t qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which could give a break to an American earning in the same bracket, they can get other tax credits, and can use ITINs to claim dependents in Mexico. At the end of his session with Ramirez, 18-year-old Diaz found he would have to pay, as he’d expected. The $800 payment is steep, he said. But if it helps him to build a lawful life in the United States – a life he hopes will include his own janitorial business, and in the future, college – it’s worth it. “It’s better to stay on the right side of the law,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

License issue a rocky road for Arnold

first_imgOn Wednesday, Spitzer pulled the plug on his efforts to grant driver licenses to illegal immigrants in New York. With that concession, we witness one of the most spectacular political defeats in recent memory, right up there with Schwarzenegger’s special-election drubbing of 2005. To say Spitzer had his head figuratively handed to him would be a rhetorical understatement. The rejection he experienced was so powerful, the opposition so intense, the defeat so conclusive, that we could more accurately say Spitzer had not only his head, but also every other severable body part, grinded up and fired back at him through a cannon. This is a proposal that went wrong at every turn. At first the Empire State governor faced a wave of reasonable objections having to do with voting and national security. So he went to the Department of Homeland Security, and came up with a three-tiered plan designed to answer those concerns. No such luck. Immigration restrictionists still weren’t going to countenance what they considered a giveaway to illegal immigrants, and immigration-advocacy groups resented what they perceived as unequal treatment. Thus Spitzer succeeded only in riling up the opposition while deflating his allies. “You don’t need a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of the public on this one. There are some moments where emotions are simply too hot.” – Eliot Spitzer, governor of New York REMEMBER those words. Arnold Schwarzenegger surely will. Those words tell you all you need to know about why Schwarzenegger is not going to touch the issue of driver licenses for illegal immigrants any time soon. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, can get the legislation passed 1,000 times, and it won’t make any difference. Schwarzenegger will always find a reason to say no. Then came various bureaucrats who said they would refuse to cooperate with Spitzer’s plan – a logistical nightmare – as well as intense opposition from New York’s Legislature. Activist groups challenged the policy in court. And finally, the coup de grace: The issue caused the first real hiccup in New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign when she proved unable to discuss it coherently (or honestly) in a candidates’ debate. It was bad enough that this gambit was destroying Spitzer’s political career (his approval rating fell from an impressive 75 percent to a horrific 33 percent). But when it began imperiling Hillary’s, Democratic Party bigwigs weren’t going to stand for it much longer. So Spitzer has begged off, crushed and defeated. Never mind that, from a practical standpoint, what he advocated was actually quite modest. Whatever one thinks about immigration, illegal-immigrant drivers are a reality that no state law is going to change. Better, Spitzer reasoned, to get these drivers licensed, insured and identified, thereby minimizing the threat to public safety and insurance rates that they pose. But New York, although as “blue” a state as you will find save for a few red pockets upstate, would have nothing to do with it. Polls showed the public opposed to the plan by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Forget Social Security, immigration has become the new third rail in American politics – an issue so contentious that, from a politician’s standpoint, it’s safest to do nothing at all. One could argue that a California governor wouldn’t face the same level of opposition, or vitriol, as Spitzer encountered in New York. After all, California has a much larger and better-organized Latino population. But California also has many more illegal immigrants. Here, the immigration issue is no abstraction; it touches everyone’s lives every day. The passions run even deeper here, making the issue even more potentially explosive. In retrospect, it’s worth asking how much illegal immigration played a role in the recall of Gov. Gray Davis back in 2003. Typically, the economy, the budget and Schwarzenegger’s sheer popularity are cited as the main reasons for Davis’ ouster. His signing a bill that would have given driver licenses to illegal immigrants is generally treated as an afterthought. Yet it’s worth remembering that, according to a Field Poll taken shortly before the recall, Californians opposed Davis’ decision by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio. What’s more, among those who supported the recall, opposition reached 75 percent. In light of the fate that met Davis, Spitzer arguably got off easy. Schwarzenegger got the message, which is why, upon taking office, overturning the Davis law was one of his top priorities. And though he has since maintained that he’s amenable to granting driver licenses to illegal immigrants under the right circumstances, the right circumstances, according to his ever-shifting definition, never seem to materialize. Schwarzenegger has cleverly tried to play both sides on this issue, appeasing immigration advocates by saying he’s open to the license idea in theory, while satisfying restrictionists by always being opposed in reality. Given what happened to Spitzer, who can blame him? Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY CLUB NOTES

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Another busy week at the club and a lot of great scoring to go with the great weather, it was a lovely Day for our Lady Captains Day on Saturday and a terrific turn out all the pic from that day will be posted on Our Facebook page.On Monday we had the start of the comps in the run up to Captains day on Saturday with the Captains shootout ten brave souls standing on that first tee box, hoping to keep their ball in bounds and they all did a great job, for the rest of the week we have the Lady & Captains mixed foursomes on Thursday the 9th, Captains scramble on Friday the 10th and our Captain James Doherty’s Day on Saturday the 11th. I would also like to remind everyone that we have an art exhibition in the club on Thursday the 9th at 8pm. And congratulations also to our ladies meile team who have reached the regional finals now down to the last 8.29/07/2012Monthly Medal StrokeSean Duffy (Jun) 62 Keith Lapsley 64 botDaniel McColgan 71Neil McGinley 64Anthony Gallagher 31.5James McKervill 32.5 Css 6701/08/2012Wednesday Open StablefordM.J. McGinley 37 pts. bot Shaun Paul Cannon 37 pts.Donal Boyle 32 pts.Michael White 36 pts. botCss 37 pts.03/08/2012Lady Captains ScrambleB Griffin/M Curtis/O Browne 55.5W Hamilton/A Gallagher/J Carey 58.6A Murray/F Mullen/Jill McCorkell 59.2Css n.c.08/04/2012Ladies Captains StablefordBrian Gilfedder 40 pts.John Joe McGeever 39 pts.Michael Wilson 38ptsSeamus Friel 38 pts. botDavid Lynn 21 pts.Barry Treacher 20 pts. botCss 37 pts.05/08/2012Gents Club StablefordDominic Bogues 42 pts.Gary Wright 40 pts. botDaniel McColgan 36 pts.Colm Donaghy 38 pts. botEamonn McGrath 22 pts.Neil McGinley 21 pts.Css 37 pts.06/08/2012Captains Shootout1st Paul Smyth2nd Colin Higgs3rd Billy GriffinGOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 7th, 2012 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:Dunfanaghy Club noteslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN EARN CRUCIAL VICTORY OVER ARDARA

first_imgMalin GAA NotesMEN’S FOOTBALLBoth or Senior and Reserve footballers returned to winning way, recording narrow victories over Ardara in Connolly Park on Sunday. The reserves set the ball rolling by defeating the south Donegal outfit 0-10 to 0-7, while the seniors followed up by recording a 1-12 to 1-10 win. Brendan Mc Laughlin with the goal from a penalty.This weekend both sides return to Connolly Park when Ternon provide the opposition in the All County League. Reserve game will get underway at 1.30 while the seniors will be in action at 3.00. We would appreciate as much support as possible for these crucial matches.LADIES FOOTBALL Our ladies had a weekend off this week, but return to action when they entertain Convoy at the weekend. Check out the club facebook, twitter and parish bulletin for more details later in the week.MINOR FOOTBALLOur minors opened their Northern Board Division 2 championship campaign last week, going down to Red Hughs in Killygordon on a 1-13 to 1-7 scoreline. Next up, is a home clash with St Eunans B.UNDER 12 BOYSThe panel travel to Burt on Tuesday when they take on the home side in the Gerry O Neill competition. This is followed by their appearance in the 11 aside Inishowen A final in Muff on Sunday. Check out our social media sites for more information in the coming days. We would encourage as many supporters as possible to travel to Sundays final and to give as much vocal support as possibleUNDER 10 GIRLS Well done to all the girls, who entertained the crowd during the half time interval of the Malin v Ardara encounter on Sunday. They take to the road on Sunday when they travel to take on Urris for an 11-00 throw in.SCHOOL QUIZCongratulations to the recent winners of our Schools quiz: These include: Leona Duffy, Scoil Mhuire Gleneely. Christine Doherty, St Bodens Culdaff, Abigail Mc Larkey, Scoil Colmcille, Glengad. Allana Glackin, St. Marys School, Malin Head Joseph Mc Gilloway, Urblereagh National School. Each of our winners has received a O Neills football as their prize. We would like to thank the parents, children, teachers & school secretaries who have taken part & helped with our School Quiz and we look forward to running similar competitions next year and hope all the children enjoy their well earned summer break.UNDER 12 GIRLS Congratulations to all involved in the panel on their 6-3 to 0-3 victory over Urris last week. The 17 strong panel, played superbly, never losing focus in very tough conditions.CUL CAMPThe annual Malin GAA Summer Cul Camp is just over one week away, running from the 14th to the 18th of July. With just over 1 week to the start of the Camp, its important that everyone has contacted Maria Mc Laughlin F on 087 7763679 to arrange for completed application forms and money before the camp. With over 160 Children at last year’s camp this is sure to be a huge success! Get your forms in today!SUPERVALU VOUCHERSFrom now to August 2nd vouchers can be obtained every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the Supervalu store in Carndonagh. You are asked to drop the voucher in the Malin Club Box located at the customer service desk in the store. If you do not receive your vouchers with your transaction, just ask any member of staff on the tills When 1,000 vouchers are collected the club will receive the Supervalu/O’Neills Training Equipment Kit. This is an excellent way to help promote local business and giving something back to your local GAA club in return.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. The Malin half zipped training tops sponsored by Mark Monagle of 4Mark Construction are also available to order and are proving very popular. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday present, or for any occasion. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.LOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €900, sequence drawn was 3-6-5-2-4-1-7. €50 winner was Ciara Houghton, Cregna, Malin Head. Ciara also received the 20 euro sellers prize (not a bad days work). Next weeks jackpot is €950 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.CAPITAL SPORTS ALLOCATIONLate last week, our club received the welcome news that we have been allocated €60000 through the governments Capital Sports Allocation Programme. This windfall will be a welcome boost as we put the finishing touches to our club gym and fitness suite. We would like to say a big thank you to Deputy Joe Mc Hugh and Councillor Bernard Mc Guinness for their assistance with the application.CLUB PHONEUnfortunately, in recent weeks we have had a number of issues with the club phone and a lot of the numbers on the phone were deleted. If anyone (or knows of anyone) who normally receives club alerts but haven’t received any lately can they please resend their number to 0868668531. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Christina on 086 1980399 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.OTHER NEWSFinally, two pieces of good news to end with, congratulations to Mairead and Noel on the birth of baby Charlie last week and also to senior player and fitness guru Charlie Byrne and his new wife Gemma who got married at the weekend.GAA NEWS: MALIN EARN CRUCIAL VICTORY OVER ARDARA was last modified: July 7th, 2014 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:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

RIGHT TO DIE CAMPAIGNER MISSES OUT ON SEAT

first_imgMarie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberTHE husband of a Co Donegal woman who fought a legal right-to-die campaign has just failed to win a council seat – by just 10 votes.Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming, from Lifford, passed away late last year, said his election campaign had been “emotionally difficult” after he lost on the final council seat in Wicklow.The seat went to a Sinn Fein candidate. Mr Curran, who is continuing the right-to-die campaign, said he was overwhelmed by his campaign and how people wanted to talk about his Donegal wife during it.“It stupidly never occurred to me that people would want to talk about Marie,” he said.“I thought that other local issues would come up. I didn’t even think that people would recognise me but people did and it was their opportunity to give Marie praise.”He added: “It took its toll on me. The more I got out there, the more I began to miss Marie even more. Every night I would come back from campaigning and I would be absolutely devastated. “I can get back to taking some time to myself and grieve for Marie which is something that I haven’t had the opportunity to do yet.” RIGHT TO DIE CAMPAIGNER MISSES OUT ON SEAT was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLiffordMARIE FLEMINGTom CurranWicklowlast_img read more

McFADDEN FIGHTS THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER TO WIN ‘THE RACE’

first_imgFriends Sean McLoughlin and Sean McFadden celebrate at the end of the gruelling race.What an absolute legend!When people talk of endurance races, they should chat to Sean McFadden.He’s a man who mixes a full-time job with Donegal County Council, teaching kids and also coming home first in one of the toughest races on the planet. The loneliness of the long distance runner.The Letterkenny man, 38, put in a gruelling fifteen hours and eight minutes on a bike and on his feet to complete an exhausting 250 km course.It wasn’t course over nice tarmac on a warm, sunny day either.It was up and down Muckish, in driving wind and rain in some of the most challenging terrain in the world.And the Letterkenny man came out on top ahead of 63 other competitors. Sean finally crossed the line at the finish of ‘The Race’ at Gartan at 9.08pm.At the line was his devoted wife Irene and his children, his mum Chris and sisters and the many friends who backed his personal journey which saw him test himself to the very limits.He was followed by equally tough competitors in Sean McLoughlin and Eddie Brennan.And then, of course, was the toughest of women, Diane Behan who crossed the line after a numbing 18 hours and 43 minutes.Our respect goes to all 64 competitors who were brave enough to cross the line at the start of this toughest of races. McFADDEN FIGHTS THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER TO WIN ‘THE RACE’ was last modified: March 8th, 2015 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)last_img read more

A’s Matt Chapman and Matt Olson win second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s had four Gold Glove Award finalists, two are winners.For a second straight year, both third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson took home Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the 2019 season, Rawlings Sports announced on Sunday afternoon on ESPN.Shortstop Marcus Semien was a finalist for a second year, but lost out to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor. Left fielder Robbie Grossman was named a …last_img read more

2017 Soybean Planting Cab Cam – Billy Pontius, Fairfield County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the first soybean planting Cab Cam of 2017, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found Fairfield County farmer Billy Pontius running on April 25th. In a year where farmers are thinking twice about putting additional costs into inputs and equipment, Pontius made some enhancements to his planter that he thinks will pay off come harvest time. He tells Ty all about those upgrades.last_img