first_imgThe Bank of Guyana (BoG) has decided to stop minting the $1 coin, and this could see this currency, first introduced during 1996, being removed from circulation in a few years’ time.A notice from the BoG has said the decision to stop minting this coin is based on the general public’s reluctance to accept it, compounded by the low redemption rates and high production cost.A senior BoG official told Guyana Times that it is costing the bank four times more than the normal cost to produce one coin. In other words, it currently costs the bank $5 to produce one dollar coin.Although the BoG would no longer be minting the dollar coin, this currency would continue to be a legal tender, and would continue to be accepted throughout Guyana. The BoG notice has said that if, for some reason, the $1 coin is not available, payments may be rounded to the nearest $5.The BoG has said it would continue to issue the $1 coin until the stock is depleted, and it will exchange these coins for banknotes. Stopping the dollar coin from circulation is nowhere close to happening, it has said.A local expert in finance and economics told this newspaper that the decision taken by the BoG is a necessary one, and should have been made much earlier.He confirmed what many Guyanese have said over the years: that the $1 coin does not carry any value. In fact, the expert feels that not only should the BoG stop minting the $1 coin, but the $5 coin also.To support his argument, the expert said that coins are also bad for the environment, especially since most of them are metal copper plated. So, reducing the production of metal would be beneficial.Another point he raised is the fact that coins are cumbersome for people’s wallets. And with the transition to credit and debit cards, it becomes even more irrelevant to have those coins around.Guyana currently has one-dollar coins, five-dollar coins and 10-dollar coins in circulation.last_img read more

first_imgSolar-Equipment Dealers Offer Commissions to RealtorsPHOENIX, Ariz. — A solar-equipment trade group called the Arizona Solar Power Society (ASPS) has developed a program to transform real-estate agents into solar equipment salespeople.ASPS President Robert Hoskins explained, “Many Realtors may not realize it, but they are uniquely qualified to sell energy-efficient upgrades and solar power systems to customers that are buying new or existing homes that have big rooftops facing south or west. The real-estate industry is in the perfect position to roll the cost of energy-efficient upgrades, solar power, or solar water heaters into a 30-year, 203-K mortgage — the same way they sell swimming pools.”The Realtor Solar Scout Training Program teaches real-estate agents how to identify south-facing rooftops and encourages participation in door-hanger marketing programs that generate solar-equipment sales leads. The program arranges for real-estate agents to receive a signing fee and a 1% commission on sales of solar equipment.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, July 18, 2018, the Military Families Learning Network’s Military Caregiving, Family Transitions, and Family Development concentration areas will be hosting a webinar on Posttraumatic Growth in research and practice.This 90-minute webinar will be presented by Dr. Richard Tedeschi, Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Licensed Psychologist specializing in bereavement and trauma. During this webinar, Dr. Tedeschi will discuss the theoretical model and research basis of Posttraumatic Growth which is the process by which trauma survivors often find valuable changes in how they live life in the aftermath of trauma.1.5 CEUs will be offered through the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work for Part 1. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapy licenses. Certificates of Completion will also be available.This webinar will be followed by Part-2 on August 8, 2018 and will be a continuation of the conversation on Posttraumatic Growth through a facilitated panel discussion. Along with Dr. Richard Tedeschi, panelists will include Mr. Josh Goldberg, Executive Director of Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth and Dr. Karen  Krinsley with the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System.If you are unable to attend the live version of part 1, you will be able to view the archived version and obtain CEUs (for one year from the live date) here.Certificates of Completion will be offered for part 2 and the archived version can be viewed here.RSVP for Part 1RSVP for Part 2last_img read more

first_imgPerpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeited Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)Some colleagues of Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao expressed their dismay at the results of the recent scoring review conducted by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) that declared Australian Jeff Horn as the clear winner.“Yun ang tingin nila eh, ang tingin ng karamihan hindi,” Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said in an ambush interview on Tuesday. “Karamihan ng mga komentarista, boxing aficionados, hindi eh. I don’t know what their gauge was.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend (“That’s what they think, but majority of the people disagree with them. Most of the commentators and boxing aficionados disagree with them.”)The WBO re-examined the fight after Pacquiao and Games and Amusement Board, the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, blasted the referees and the judges and demanded a review after the senator lost in Brisbane on July 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao said the WBO’s decision no longer surprised him.READ: WBO review rules Horn beat PacquiaoFor his part, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said that the WBO had to uphold its decision because it credibility was at stake.center_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Former Sen. Rene Saguisag recently criticized Pacquiao, saying that the boxer-turned-politician continued with his training despite reports that the Maute terrorist group had slipped into Sarangani, Pacquiao’s home province.READ: Ex-Senator Saguisag slams lawmakers for lame stance on martial lawBut Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV believes that Pacquiao succeeded in juggling his duties at the Senate and his boxing career.“Siguro nung congressman siya. Pero ngayon, as a Senator, hindi naman siya naga-absent at present naman siya sa mga investigations. Nagspo-sponsor siya. Nagi-interpellate siya,” Trillanes said in an interview.(“Maybe it was different when he was a congressman. But now, as a senator, he is rarely absent and he is present during investigations. He sponsors, he interpellates.)“He is active, kumpara nga dun sa iba na wala namang second profession, pero hindi niyo naman maririnig yung boses. I believe, ginagampanan niya yung kanyang trabaho,” he added.(“He is active, compared to others who do not have a second profession but you barely hear their voices. I believe that he is able to do his job”.)Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian also expressed his support towards Pacquiao.“I was rooting for Senator Manny,” Gatchalian said.“Nakita ko yung dedication niya sa trabaho niya and he really tried to manage his time in both the boxing profession and here in the Senate (I saw his dedication in his work),” he added.The topic of the boxer-turned-politician’s retirement from his sports career drew mixed reactions from the senators. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR (“As a friend, I would really advise Senator Manny to think about these two difficult jobs. Senate is not an easy task. The pressure is too great. And he has to really analyze if he could manage these two big responsibilities.”)“So, it’s really up to him now to assess his time and his capability and also the efforts he is putting in these two big responsibilities,” he added. “But it’s really time to assess. Ganitong disruptions sa buhay mag-assess talaga tayo kung ano yung landas na gusto nating puntahan (With disruptions in life like this one we really need to assess what path we would like to follow).” –Airei Kim Guanga, INQUIRER.net intern /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Siyempre kailangan nila panindigan yung pagkakamali nila,” Angara said. “Once binawi nila yun, magkaka-issue. Yung credibilidad nila apektado.”(“Of course, they have to stand by their mistake. If they retract that decision, there will be issues and their credibility will be affected.”)“Nakakita ka na ba ng WBO na nagsabi na ang dapat nanalo ay yung kabila? I’m not aware of any case or any fight na sinabi nila nagkamali yung mga judges nila,” he added.(“Have you witnessed the WBO say that the winner is the other party? I’m not aware of any case or any fight where they said that their judges were wrong.”)Some senators came to their colleague’s defense when asked to comment regarding the criticisms being thrown at the neophyte senator.ADVERTISEMENT The senators all agreed, however, that Pacquiao’s retirement would be entirely up to him.Sotto encouraged Pacquiao to challenge Horn to a rematch, especially since Pacquiao, Sotto jokingly added, would earn “billion dollars per fight.”Angara, for his part, said that he would “respect” whatever Pacquiao’s decision would be.“Iba yung kondisyon ni Manny. Manny is not an ordinary 39-year-old. Yung katawan niya pang-trenta lang,” Angara said.  “Kung feeling niya kaya niya, rerespetuhin ko yun dahil siya lang nakakaalam talaga kung kaya niya.”(“Manny’s physical condition is different. Manny is not an ordinary 39-year-old. His body is that of a 30-year-old. If he feels that he can still do it, I will respect that because he alone knows if he can still do it.”)Trillanes affirmed that he remained a “boxing fan of Manny” and recalled the time when he was in detention the latter’s fights brought him “joy and pride every time.”“Si Senator Pacquiao lang ang makakasagot niyan – kung kaya niya o hindi na niya kaya. Ako, I believe, kung kaya pa niya, sige lang lumaban pa siya kasi he should continue to make our countrymen proud,” Trillanes said.(“Only Senator Pacquiao can answer that – whether he could still do it or not. For me, I believe that if he could still do it, he should keep fighting because he should continue to make our countrymen proud.”)Gatchalian advised Pacquiao to “really analyze” if he could manage two big responsibilities – being a boxer and being a senator.“As a friend, I would really advise Senator Manny to think about itong dalawang mabigat na trabaho,” Gatchalian said. “Senate is not an easy task. Napakabigat nung pressure. And he has to really analyze kung kaya ba talagang i-manage yung dalawang napakalaking responsibility.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThree-time Olympic silver-medallist Lee Chong Wei has been diagnosed with an early stage nose cancer, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced on on Saturday.Chong Wei has been off the circuit since the BWF World Championships 2018 and BAM had announced ahead of that tournament in Nanjing, China that, “he is unwell and suffering from a respiratory related disorder.”The announcement at that time statement that Lee Chong Wei would be unable to undergo any physical activity for at least a month. However, now it seems the wait to see the legend back to playing badminton might have prolonged.On Saturday, BAM President Dato’ Sri Norza Zakaria issued a statement announcing that Chong Wei was in the early stage of nose cancer and was seeking treatment currently in Taiwan.He further stated that Chong Wei was responding well to the treatment and is recuperating.”In response to recent reports concerning Datuk Lee Chong Wei, BAM confirms that the player has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer.”Chong Wei is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment and I am pleased to inform you that he is responding well to his treatment and is currently resting and recuperating amongst family and close friends,” BAM President said in a statement.[Admin] To everyone, this is the official statement released by @BA_Malaysia. We hope that all of Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei fans can give privacy to him and his family while he is resting.We wish him speedy recovery, in the meantime, your prayers are appreciated! pic.twitter.com/IVyhPfeH7IadvertisementDato’ Lee Chong Wei (@LeeChongWei) September 22, 2018He thanked everyone on behalf of Chong Wei for prayers and support but urged for privacy for him and his family and assured that the association was in contact with Chong Wei.”On behalf of Chong Wei, I would like to thank all Malaysians for your prayers and concerns. Your support has been his source of strength and courage.”We urge everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family. BAM is in constant contact with Chong Wei and we will offer any support we can to our legend,” Zakaria concluded.Also read – Lee Chong Wei withdraws from World Badminton Championships and Asian GamesChong Wei, one of the greatest shuttlers ever, has never won gold at either the Olympics, World Championships and the Asian Games. He finished runners-up thrice at the World Championships and once at Asiad.Recently, Chong Wei won the Malaysia Open by defeating one of the best shuttlers on the circuit right now, Kento Momota of Japan.Earlier this year, Chong Wei also defeated Kidambi Srikanth to win gold in the men’s singles discipline at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.last_img read more