Most parts of Cerro Gordo County Courthouse off limits during COVID-19 situation

first_imgMASON CITY — Cerro Gordo County has implemented restrictions at the courthouse throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The county’s director of administrative services Tom Meyer says everything on the first floor except for the Auditor’s office will be off limits, along with the basement and   third floor. The second floor will remain open since the state court system controls that floor.   “Restrictions to all the other offices, for example, third floor we have the city assessor, county assessor, county attorney’s office, and license reinstatement —  those will all be by email, phone, or hard mail. We encourage everybody if you need to do business with those offices call ahead of time and find out the best way to interact with them.”Those having to do business with the County Treasurer’s office for now will have to use a drop box.   “The County Treasurer will have a drop box that will be open down their hallway — the halfway will be closed off, the drop box will be available for any transactions. Within 24 hours they will handle the transaction. Again you will not be able to knock on a window and talk to anybody, it will be by phone call if you have any questions before you drop something off, or to check up on something.” Meyer says they are working to establish a walk-up window as soon as possible to allow the public to do county business.  “We’re putting a window on the south side of the building. It’s going to be kind of like a drive-up window, but you’ll have to walk up. People will be able to come there and drop things off through a window. It will be open 8:00 to 4:30. We hope to have it in by Friday. They’ll be engaged by somebody in the building. It’s not a drop box, so we’ll have to open it, they’ll submit whatever they want, and then we’ll get that to the proper department. So even though it’s on the treasurer’s side of the building, you can drop off other information for the auditor, county attorney, whatever the department. We will take it through that window.  We prefer that it’s in an envelope so it’s contained and that we know what office it needs to go to.”Meyer says they want to try to serve the county’s constituents as best as possible in an unprecedented time.  “We want to make it so people can still do business with the county, and there will be inconveniences, we understand that, however, we’re going to try to make it the best we can and to get through this for the health and safety of the employees, the citizens, and the community.”The same actions are being implemented in other city and county buildings throughout our listening area. The best advice is to call ahead and find out the guidelines of doing business in those buildings before traveling there.last_img read more

Bale looks back

first_imgSix years ago, Gareth Bale starred in what is probably his best move as a Real Madrid footballer. The Welshman started a spectacular race, broke the sprint to Bartra, took several meters in a matter of seconds and defined to give the Copa del Rey to his team. An unforgettable goal, which has been very present throughout the day. The confinement has caused many fans to remember the play in networks And even Marc Bartra has talked about it on Instagram with Iker Casillas. It only remained to appear the great protagonist and he has done it on his Twitter account. The Welsh footballer has published on his social network the video of the move along with the text “just six years ago today”, accompanied by the emoticon of the champions trophy and mentioning Real Madrid. Bale is not the footballer of the first white squad who interacts most with the club on his social networks, but on the anniversary of his best move, he did not want to be left behind and remembered the goal he gave Madrid the 2013-14 Cup.The final was played at Mestalla and had the great absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ángel Di María scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute and Bartra was precisely in charge of tying the contest already in the second half. In 85 ‘, the Welshman starred in the sprint of his life, enough to beat Pinto and win another trophy with the white elastic. This was recalled by Bartra: “You go from glory to shit in 15 minutes. I scored the first goal and thought it was going to be one of my best games. It got hard as balls. He was very fast. “last_img read more

Filoil: NU whips EAC for first win

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational University finally claimed its first win in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, trouncing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 96-84, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Chino Mosqueda poured 18 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and four assists to spearhead the balanced attack for the Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBroom: James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award John Lloyd Clemente added 17 points, eight boards, and three dimes, Shaun Ildefonso got 13, and brother Dave Ildefonso had 11.Senegalese big man Issa Gaye also uncorked a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We have to continue improving. We played well against San Beda, UP, and Mapua, but we failed to sustain it. I hope my young players mature fast because we have the talent to do so,” said coach Jamike Jarin, as his side rose to 1-3 in Group A.NU raced to a 24-16 advantage after the first quarter and never looked back as it cashed in on EAC’s 18 turnovers and turned it to 20 points in its favor. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JP Maguliano carried the Generals with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, while Jerome Garcia had 15.EAC remained winless after three straight defeats.The Scores:NU 96 — Mosqueda 18, Clemente 17, S Ildefonso 13, D Ildefonso 11, Gaye 10, Galinato 9, Sinclair 6, Menina 4, Salim 3, Diputado 2, Tibayan 2, Mangayaom 1, Gallego 0, Rangel 0, Oczon 0.EAC 84 — Maguliano 16, Garcia 15, Tampoc 13, Mendoza 12, Diego 10, Corilla 8, Cruz 4, Cadua 2, Bugarin 2, Ling 2, Natividad 0, Gonzales 0, Robin 0, Neri 0, Martin 0, Estacio 0, Altamirano 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 24-16, 49-37, 74-63, 96-84. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

Bitter loss to Germany made Sweden ‘stronger,’ coach says

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sweden faces Mexico on Wednesday to conclude group play and still has a chance to advance to the knockout rounds.Mexico leads the group with six points but isn’t safe yet. If Germany defeats South Korea in Kazan and Sweden simultaneously tops Mexico, three teams would finish with six points, sending it to tiebreakers that start with the best goal differential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe team issued a joint statement condemning the abuse of Durmaz, who gave away the free kick that led to Germany’s game-winner. Andersson says, “It’s important that we’re able to move on after that.” Sweden’s Ludwig Augustinsson holds his head as he lies on the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Germany won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Sweden coach Janne Andersson says his team has moved on from bitter feelings about its loss to Germany as well as the racist abuse aimed at midfielder Jimmy Durmaz on social media.Andersson said Tuesday that the defeat made the team “stronger, more confident” because Sweden played the defending champions to a draw “with the exception of the final 10 seconds.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Back to her old position, Bang Pineda pumps life into Generika-Ayala Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

Photographing President Granger during his Illness

first_imgDear Editor,Stabroek News on December 12, 2018, along with the Guyana Chronicle; published a photograph released by The Ministry of the Presidency, showing a picture of President Granger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on the President’s return from Cuba. During his stay in Cuba, he underwent medical treatment. Guyana Times and Kaieteur News, on the same date, used another photograph of the President that was much more appropriate and reflected the commanding posture and image of our President.Showing the President with a surgical mask over his mouth; clearly not in the best health, projecting a state of frailty, with his clothes looking oversized – all due to the Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he has been diagnosed with, and subsequent chemotherapy treatment is unacceptable and wholly unnecessary.President Granger has always presented himself to the Guyanese Public in elegantly fashionable and impeccably stylish attire without being ostentatious. It is beyond comprehension, why the Ministry of the Presidency would allow President Granger to be photographed while wearing the mask and clearly not in the best of health. It submerges rational thinking to justify taking such a photograph, and moreover, publishing the image. There are many pictures that could be used that reflect President Granger’s accomplished style of dressing, his look of leadership and his position as President of Guyana.Hopefully, we will not see such a picture or similar snapshots of President Granger ever again in any of our major daily newspapers.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

APNU/AFC coalition supporters protest PPP

first_imgMembers of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) on Wednesday picketed the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as it held meetings in Berbice with displaced sugar workers.The coalition members had gone to Edinburgh hoping to confront Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo but he was not there. Nevertheless, they then assembled at Angoy’s Avenue where another meeting was scheduled to be held in order to disrupt the meeting there which they eventually were successful in doing.This eventually led to a confrontation between the protesters and some sugar workers, with the Police being called in to control the protesters.Some of the workers on the protest line as they showed their dissatisfaction with the PPP’s meetingThe coalition’s Regional Chairman, Kirk Fraser, said they were not there mainly to picket the main Opposition party but the let people know the truth.“The closure of the sugar estate is not as a result of the APNU Government but is one which is in keeping with ensuring that the Guyanese people receive value for money. The Government had put $22 billion into the industry from 2015 to 2017 in which no returns is received from the industry. We cannot allow taxpayers’ money to go down the drain without receiving any financial return,” he posited.Fraser says whenever the PPP organises a meeting in the region, the coalition will picket them in an attempt to bring clarity to the issue. He said the issues affecting the sugar estates are not the fault of the coalition Government but that of the People’s Progressive Party Administration, which he said, ran the industry into the ground.“GuySuCo is at present bankrupt and as a result of that the Government would have chipped in to ensure that the worker’s efforts are recognised by giving severance to the workers. If GuySuCo had filed for bankruptcy then the workers would have been on the breadline,” Fraser said.Executive Member of the People’s National Congress, Barbara Pilgrim, standing on the picket line, told the media that had the Government done what it should have done, workers would have been worse off and devastated.“When an organisation files for bankruptcy, the first thing that happens is that those who are your creditors are the first persons you have to pay. If that was the case and GuySuCo had to pay all of those that it owes then the worker’s severance would be the last thing that would be paid but because this Government cares for the workers, they are putting up several billion dollars to pay severance,” Pilgrim explained.last_img read more

M&CC reneged on tax waiver for Giftland Mall

first_imgCity Hall CoIThe management of MCG Investments Incorporated, which spearheads the operations at Giftland Mall, has not paid any taxes to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for the past four years, as the company states it was awaiting an agreement to carry out the demanded payments amounting to over $25 million.MCG Investments Inc consultant Ray Hugh represented the Chairman of the company, Roy Beepat at Wednesday’s session of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the puzzling state of affairs at City Hall.Being required to provide an explanation of a clash between Town Clerk Royston King and Beepat, the consultant indicated that a notice was sent to the company for a total of $44,255,183 in taxes in 2017. He said that a meeting was facilitatedThe Giftland Mallbetween the two parties on November 2, 2017, when it was decided that all rates and taxes, including penalties and interest, would be waived for the years 2015 and 2016.“It was agreed at that meeting that taxes for the years 2015 and 2016, including interests and penalties, would be waived. Interests and penalties for 2017 also would have been waived. The demand then [for 2017] would’ve been $11,467,500 and it was agreed that MCG Investments would provide a payment schedule to the Mayor and City Council,” Hugh told the CoI on Wednesday.According to him, that was so since the company had carried out a private contractual bargain to fix the roads, drains and to install streetlights. Garbage collection was also done privately throughout the area and as such, the company was not benefiting from any services that were provided by the Council. As such, for 2017, the Giftland Mall was only required to pay the sum of $11,467,500 after the interests and penalties were waived.He stated that King was required to respond via a letter after the engagement to confirm the agreements and a schedule would subsequently be sent by Beepat, verifying how the payments would be made.However, King made no attempt to answer to the decision that was taken until April of this year, when he indicated via a letter that the agreement “no longer stood” because of the lapse of time and “certain circumstances”.An excerpt of the letter sent by the Town Clerk stated, “I must inform you that certain circumstances including the lapse of times from the time of our conversation in 2017 to today’s date and no follow-up actions by MCG Investments Inc in payments of rates and taxes to the City Council, our discussion is no longer relevant.”The document further stated, “The Chairman of the Finance Committee had agreed to meet and discuss with you the way forward to settle your accounts…”The Commission also heard that another letter was issued by the Town Clerk the following May, stating that the Council took a decision on April 28, to impose a fee of $25,263,750 instead of the previously agreed sum of $11,467,500.The company has not paid any taxes since 2015, and is contending that City Hall has to come to the table with an explanation as to why the extra costs were attached to the initial sum. Hugh indicated that Beepat had written several letters to the Town Clerk, reminding him of the arrangement that was set but there was no reply.When the matter was raised by the legal assistant, Sherwin Benjamin as to why the principal rates for the past four years were not paid, Hugh responded, “I don’t see without an agreement, just going ahead and paying something because they can say if you pay part of it, pay the whole thing. The agreement was that after we received the letter [from the Town Clerk], we would send in a payment plan.”Benjamin posited, “Every citizen of Georgetown can say that there isn’t an agreement so they’re not paying taxes. That would be a sad day for this town. At the very least, your company should pay the bare taxes for 2017.”As a consultant by profession, Hugh was asked to give a recommendation to the Council, and he stated, “I would say clean it up. It seems like everyone is doing their own thing at City Hall and we need someone to make sure that proper plans, structures, and an overview is put in place.”To date, monies are owed by the Giftland Mall at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, for taxes dating back to 2015.last_img read more

Perpetual Energy cuts 25% of workforce to deal with lower commodity prices

first_imgThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:PMT, TSX:HSE)The Canadian Press Calgary-based oil and gas producer Perpetual Energy Inc. says it has cut 25 per cent of its workforce in an effort to rein in costs in response to lower commodity prices.The gas-weighted Calgary company says it is also cutting compensation for its remaining employees and has lowered its 2019 cash flow expectations. It didn’t say how many jobs were lost.The job cuts come three weeks after much larger Calgary rival Husky Energy Inc. announced it had laid off an undisclosed number of staff to align its workforce with its reduced capital spending and growth strategy.- Advertisement -In a filing last year, Perpetual reported it had 54 full-time employees and eight consultants at its head office, as well as 15 employees and eight consultants in the field — a 25 per cent layoff would equate to about 21 jobs.The job cuts are reminiscent of a series of layoffs by Calgary oil and gas producers following an oil price crash in late 2014 that contributed to an estimated 110,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada being lost through 2015 and 2016.Perpetual reported a net loss of $20 million for the third quarter, down from a loss of $12 million in the same period of 2018. Its production fell 12 per cent to just under 8,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with about 75 per cent in the form of natural gas.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham chief looking to the summer despite doubtful future

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is already thinking about summer targets despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at Upton Park.Allardyce is out of contract this summer and will not sit down with the club’s board to discuss a new deal until the end of the season.Speculation continues to link the 60-year-old with the manager’s job at Sunderland as Dick Advocaat is only in charge of the north east club until the end of May.But that will not stop the Hammers boss from starting his summer search for new talent as he hopes to help the club grow even stronger next season.Allardyce said: “This squad needs to grow and get better but before that we need to finish the season off as well as we can.“At the end of the season, we’ll look at the squad and see what we’ve been capable of and why we haven’t been able to maintain it. Then we’ll take the appropriate steps to close that gap.“We want to build the club by bringing in more players that can directly challenge the first team, that is the best way to improve the squad.” Sam Allardyce last_img read more

ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES

first_imgRosses ACThe Rosses Primary Schools Sports day was held at Carrickfinn on Wednesday last with a large turnout from the schools. Comhghairdeas le scoil Rann na Feirste a bhain an cupa den scoil bheag is fearr den triu bliain as a cheile. Bhi scoil Roshine ins an dara hait. Well done Scoil Anagaire on winning the senior cup from scoil Rann na Feirste. A great day had by all. Anybody who would like to take part in the parade on Sunday to meet at the Cope in Annagry for 1:30pm. Make sure to wear your orange t-shirts and sweaters. The Grand Prix series of Road Races came to Annagry last Friday night. Over 50 brave runners took to the road and in the end it was Shaun McShane who came out on top from Dominic Bonner in second. Another Gweedore man was third in Noel Diver with Hugh Duffy from Cranford forth and Fionnuala Diver fifth and first woman home. Nicola Doherty continued her good form with second followed closely by Helen McCready in third and Ita Gallagher pushing them all the way. Thanks to all club athletes who supported and to all club members and others who helped out on the day. Well done to Tracey Boyle who was the first female home in the Extreme Full Marathon in Ballyliffin at the weekend. And to Brid McCole and John Bonner from Burtonport did the Extreme Half Marathon and ran very well also. Tough going but great runs by all. Again a reminder to all to ensure you have registered with the club and ideally wearing the club colors for races.ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 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:Rosses Athletic Club noteslast_img read more