The data roaming experience of GTT customers has been enhanced with the ability to access and use mobile data at the same attractive rates charged at home.In other words, prepaid customers will be able to data roam like if they are at home. The service is available in the Caribbean, the USA, Canada, Panama and Suriname.The service went into effect on February 3, 2018, and can be experienced on all Cable & Wireless/LIME Networks in the Caribbean and Panama, on bmobile in Trinidad, and Telesur in Suriname. For the USA, the partner network is ATT, and in Canada, customers can use either Bell or Telus.GTT’s data roaming rates are extremely competitive and provide the added advantage of allowing customers to pay on demand. This feature places control in the customers’ hands as they are able to control how much they spend.To enable roaming access, customers must select the network partners and dial *100*9#.The recent launch is phase one of a proposed extensive project to remove barriers and make the roaming service more user friendly and accessible for all customers. Subsequent phases will see an expansion in the territories in which prepaid customers can access data roaming as well as improved rates for post-paid customers.Customers are encouraged to log on to gtt.co.gy for more details.
…promises no VAT on electricity, water, healthcare…free university education in 5 years…no new taxes, 20,000 scholarshipsIn preparation for the upcoming General and Regional Elections, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has started rolling out its policies and plans for the country and its people, should it get into office.Opposition Leader Bharrat JadgeoThe Party’s manifesto is being rolled out in phases, according to PPP’s General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.He explained to reporters at his weekly press conference on Thursday that the first version of the manifesto will be in the form of posters circulating, containing some of the policies the Party plans to institute immediately upon taking office. The second phase, he noted, will be a more popular version of the manifesto, while the final version will be a detailed technical document.The manifesto, he added, will be launched closer to elections and will give people more insight into the Party’s vision for the future of the country and its people.Already, the PPP has published on its social media accounts several of these posters, outlining the removal of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on key areas such as electricity, water and healthcare, among other things.However, adding to this, Jagdeo disclosed at his press conference that high, also, on the Party’s agenda is the reversal and/or reduction of the over 200 tax measures imposed by the coalition administration— such as on building materials, on data, and exports.He pointed out that a government should be encouraging more exports so that foreign currency can be earned and more jobs created locally, not trying to stifle exports.The PPP General Secretary went on to outline too that the Party will reverse the VAT on farming, mining and forestry equipment, which he said has caused untold difficulties for farmers, miners and those in the forestry sector.Taxes“I met with some small loggers, etc, and having to pay taxes on their equipment now is just pushing them out of production. We want that changed and we want to reverse the land rent, and draining and irrigation charges that are making cattle rearing, rice farming and all those activities basically much harder… [We will also] reverse new taxes on Guyanese miners,” he stated.These, Jagdeo said, are just some of the reversals, as he promise no new tax burden under a PPP administration.“There are lots of [the tax reversals]… like on hinterland travels and so on. But the reversals first and then a promise of no new taxes… So when you vote for a PPP government, you know in the five year period, you’re not gonna have an additional tax burden from our Government like how people, for every budget [under the coalition], they’ve had to worry about new taxes all the time. So that’s the difference between the two,” he stated.20,000 scholarshipsAnother area Jagdeo said much emphasis will be placed on is the education sector, which will include 20,000 online scholarships. This, he said, will be in addition to what is being done at the University of Guyana (UG).“So this will help private education and a large number of people to get scholarships for courses in professions that may not be offered by the University of Guyana. So the online scholarship is one thing that is critical for us,” he noted.Moreover, the PPP General Secretary also spoke of his Party’s plans to offer free university education within its five-year term in office.“We could’ve easily said free university from day one but we’re not APNU (A Partnership for National Unity – the majority party in the coalition government). They promised free university, but they increased the University fees by 25 per cent. We’re not gonna do that, we’re making it clear within the five year’s we’re gonna do it… The way it’s going now, we’re looking at running the numbers, probably in year two or three we can move into this policy, but once we promise this, you know it will be done because we’re not making wild promises,” he asserted.Furthermore, Jagdeo said that the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali, will also be rolling out some additional measures to stimulate private education as well as a plans to tackle the issue of outstanding UG loans.According to the General Secretary, the Party’s education policy is a comprehensive approach not just focusing on the tertiary level.“I don’t want for a moment for people to think for focus is confined to tertiary education because it’s also at the [technical vocational] level and at the nursery, primary and secondary levels. They also have plans for those areas. The overall objective of the PPP government is to have a world class [education system] because we will have a bit more resources from the oil revenues to pump into education,” he explained.Other areas the PPP plans to address when it gets into office include reducing the age limit on the importation of vehicles, which Jagdeo said will take more than $1 million dollar off the current costs of vehicles, thus, more affordable for Guyanese. Added to this is the reversal of the 2AM curfew, the restoration of the Joint Services bonus, as well as the support for small businesses via grants and interests free loans to promote entrepreneurship.Moreover, the PPP General Secretary outlined too that his party will roll out an extensive plan on how Guyanese will benefit from the riches expected from the impending oil and gas sector.“We made it clear that more Guyanese have to benefit from this. The way it’s structured now, the foreigners are gonna hog everything and that can’t be sustainable in the long run,” Jagdeo posited.With the first phase of the manifesto roll-out already on the way, Jagdeo said the popular version of the document will soon be released.
10 10. Javier Hernandez – The Mexican striker hasn’t done enough to earn a permanent deal at Real Madrid and doesn’t want to stagnate on Manchester United’s bench any longer. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of want-away Premier League players – Once a reliable member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s strike force, Chicharito has slowly seen his stature at Old Trafford following the Scot’s retirement. Deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal last summer, the centre forward needs to move if he is to reignite his career in the future and avoid a period of stagnation. 10 10 10 1. Raheem Sterling – The Liverpool forward’s agent, Aidy Ward, has claimed that Sterling wouldn’t consider signing for the Mersysiders’ even if he was offered a contract worth £900,000-a-week. We think that’s a resounding no, Brendan Rodgers. – The 20-year-old is adamant that he isn’t a money grabber and simply wants to win trophies. However, now that Manchester City have weighed into his transfer saga, such claims are unlikely to be believed by the masses. The same people that labelled Sterling a superstar after the World Cup last summer have now started to question his ability, but the phrase sour grapes is a fitting response to the critics. Although Sterling hasn’t won any major honours, he’s the most exciting young player in the Premier League, which means he’s worth an awful lot of money. 10 2. David de Gea – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the Premier League player that wants a move the most this summer – The Spanish goalkeeper has been strongly linked with a return to Real Madrid, who are in the market for a long-term successor to Iker Casillas. Speculation in regards to the 24-year-old’s future looks set to rage all summer given that the Red Devils are reluctant to sell one of their prize assets, despite the risk of losing him on a free transfer next summer. If De Gea does indeed want to stay put at Old Trafford and is attempting to secure a financially lucrative new deal with Louis van Gaal’s side, he’s playing hard ball. 10 10 6. Filipe Luis – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five want-away Premier League players on our list – A year is a long time in football. Last summer Luis was a man in demand. He had established himself as a pivotal member in Altetico Madrid’s imperious defence and just placed a La Liga winners’ medal in his trophy cabinet. However, following an £18 million move to Chelsea, his stock is dwindling. Cesar Azpilicueta is still Jose Mourinho’s first choice on the left hand side of defence and Luis simply has to move on if he wants to play regularly. 10 5. Nathaniel Clyne – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of this summer’s want-away Premier League players – The England international has attracted interest from most of the Premier League’s elite this summer, including Liverpool and Manchester United. Although Southampton are threatening to break into the big time under Ronald Koeman, the right back seems to believe that his future should be with a club already plying its’ trade in the Premier League. Don’t expect him to go on the cheap, even if his contract has been allowed to run down. 4. Christian Benteke – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three want-away Premier League players on our list – The Aston Villa striker has a huge release clause worth a reported £32.5 million inserted into his contract, but players with a proven goalscoring record in England’s top flight don’t usually come cheap. Still just 24 years of age, the powerful centre forward could improve many a side, but will anyone be convinced that he is worth such a huge sum? If a suitable offers arrives, the Belgium international will probably be pushing for an exit from Villa Park. 3. Morgan Schneiderlin – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of this summer’s want-away Premier League players – The France international came close to leaving Southampton last summer before the Saints decided to block a move to Spurs, despite an exodus of several of their best players. Schneiderlin could be entitled to feel aggrieved that Ronald Koeman decided the buck stopped with him, but interest in the midfielder’s signature has not dissipated after he enjoyed another superb season with the South Coast outfit. A fee in the region of £20-25 million would be enough to secure his signature. 10 8. Steven N’Zonzi – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of this summer’s want-away Premier League players – Stoke City flat out rejected Sevilla’s cheeky bid for their player of the year recently and are desperate to avoiding losing the Frenchman in a cut-price deal. However, the midfielder has told the Potters that he will not be signing a new contract with the Premier League outfit. With one eye on Euro 2016 next summer, the 26-year-old is keen to prove his worth at a higher level. 9. Paulinho – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of this summer’s want-away Premier League players – Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield has become somewhat congested of late and Paulinho has paid the price for his poor form. The Brazilian’s stock is at an all time low and he is unlikely to be in contention for Mauricio Pochettino’s side next season. Linked with a move to newly promoted Watford, such a transfer would be seen as a step down, but the 26-year-old may need to tread such a path if he is to get his career back on track. 7. Moussa Sissoko – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of this summer’s want-away Premier League players – The powerful midfielder was, at times, the only Newcastle United player that hadn’t decided to get his swimming trunks on and head for the beach during the second half of last season. The Toon Army survived by the skin of their teeth, thanks to the Frenchman’s goal on the last day of the season, but he won’t be interested in being embroiled in another relegation battle. If a club towards the top of the Premier League makes an approach, expect the 25-year-old to pack his bags. 10 Sometimes it’s tough being a professional footballer.Sure, most of them earn absolute fortunes, but many find themselves down on their luck or walking down a dead end at some point during their careers.Then there’s only one thing left do; engineer a move.If a player has fallen down the pecking order, or simply wants to make the step up to the next level, their current employers don’t always want to play ball.Throwing your toys out of the pram and touting yourself out to potential suitors might not keep the fans on your side, but more often than not it means you get your way. Easy as pie.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of want-away Premier League players fishing for a move this summer….