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Practising financial prudence where it counts

first_imgDear Editor,I read the statement from the Guyana Gold Board which questioned the Guyana Times’ article titled “Lost $4.7B Gold Board revenues could have cushioned sugar industry – Jagdeo”, and I particularly noted the nexus that was drawn between the Gold Board and the sugar sector.But I wish to submit that the nexus is clear: Under this Coalition Government, billions were lost due to incompetence; while the very Coalition Government was justifying its decision to close the sugar sector and put thousands of Guyanese on the breadline by saying it was acting in a financially prudent manner.Claims of financial prudence were made when the 7,000 sugar workers — over 4,000 of whom are still to receive their severance money owed by the Coalition Government — were fired.Claims of financial prudence were made when four factories were closed despite there being no study or even theoretical base on which such a decision was made.Now, there have also been arguments made about other aspects of the sugar industry, such as the Skeldon Sugar Factory and about what it cost. It has also been said that the factory is a white elephant. But what do the public agencies, where such large amounts of money is lost, have to show? No one has missed the fact that despite the criticisms of the Skeldon Factory, it is now being promoted as an attractive investment.Finally, Editor, the Guyana Gold Board’s numbers — according to the National Budget Estimates available on the Ministry of Finance’s website — reflect clearly the incompetence of the Coalition Government when it comes to practising financial prudence where it counts.Regards,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

LACRA Vows To Formulate Strong Policy

first_imgDr. John S. Flomo Jr was among facilitators that attended the just ended tree crops training in SanniquellieThe Liberia Agriculture Commodities Regulatory Agency (LACRA) has vowed to introduce a very strong policy to govern farmers and farm related activities, ensuring that the farmers do not take advantage of the system or abuse it.Speaking to Daily Observer in Sanniquellie recently, the Director General Dr. John S. Flomo, Jr. said in the new policy, LACRA is going to work with the local authorities in the county to ensure that nobody takes advantage of the farmers by any means.“LACRA will provide lots of support to farmers to ensure that exporters, who buy their farm products, do not take advantage of them,” he said.He also explained that LACRA will also be supporting farmers to make sure that the farmers work together for collaboration, so as to enhance farming activities in the country.“We are going to work along with all farmers, including those involved in rice, cocoa and palm oil, among others,” he said.Recently, Dr. Flomo and his entourage toured many abandoned facilities for the defunct Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation in both Bong and Nimba counties, as a means of acquaintance.Dr. John S. FlomoOn his tour, it was discovered that some portions of land owned by the LPMC, now LACRA were encroached on or occupied by public building, like school.It was also discovered that some of the facilities were dilapidated, requiring resources to bring them back to their prewar status.However, Dr. Flomo has disclosed that his entity will be setting up office spaces in three counties, initially and, when funding is available, another three counties will be added and continue until all the counties are occupied.“We will be opening our offices in three of the counties, where we will be providing motorbikes and all other office materials to our agents for effective operation,” he said.Nimba is among the first batch of counties that LACRA is going to set up an office outside of Monrovia, since the Agency’s establishment.Nimba has one of the largest facilities of former LPMC in Ganta, Karnplay and other places, but the war left these facilities in ruin. The other counties include Bong and Margibi.In Ganta, the facility was occupied by the UNMIL Bangladeshi Engineering Contingent, but since the drawdown of the UNMIL, the facility is now occupied with grounded caterpillars of Nimba, while some portion of the facility is occupied by the Ministry of Public Works local office in Ganta.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brother Derek out of Santa Anita ‘Cap

first_imgBrother Derek will miss Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap to have a chip removed from his left front ankle and will have to wait months to try to end his long losing streak. Trainer Dan Hendricks told a track publicist the injury has been a “recurring problem” and probably will sideline the 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner for about four months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s not the end of the world,” said Hendricks, who expects the 4-year-old to come back “strong as ever” for an autumn campaign. Brother Derek, a California-bred owned by Canadian oilman Cecil Peacock, hasn’t won since the Santa Anita Derby in April. The losing streak began with a fourth-place finish behind Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby and grew to eight races when he finished third to Arson Squad in the Feb. 3 StrubStakes. center_img Jockey Alex Solis will move to Boboman for the $1 million Santa Anita ‘Cap. Lava Man (Corey Nakatani) will concede at least sevenpounds to his opponents in the 11/4-mile race after being assigned 124 pounds, the weight he carried to victory in the 2006 Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic. last_img read more

Coyotes great late

first_img Free throws continued to be problematic as the Broncos went 8-for-17, while the Coyotes were 19-of-23, including 9-of-10 in the last 6:06. “You cannot miss foul shots and expect to beat a team like this,” Broncos coach Greg Kamansky said. Williams continued his tear. One game after scoring 32, he managed 23, highlighted by 6-for-11 shooting from behind the arc. Gonzalez added 13 points and 11 rebounds while Chet Johnson snagged 10 boards. Dion Cook led the Broncos with 14 points, while Jonathon Boyd chipped in with 12. Melvyn Nicholson had a team-high five rebounds, a department the Coyotes led 42-27. “We had them on the ropes with six or seven to go,” Boyd said. “A couple of defensive rebounds and some foul shots, and we could have pulled it off.” The Coyotes will be at home again tonight against Dominguez Hills. The Broncos remain on the road, traveling to RIMAC Arena to face UC San Diego. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. or immediately after the women’s games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We turned it up a notch down the stretch instead of turning it down,” said Cal State coach Jeff Oliver, whose team is looking for its seventh straight conference title. “Guys made plays. Every one of them, whether it was on the offense or defensive end.” “We knew we needed this game,” Williams said. “There is no room for error now. We knew we had to suck it up.” SAN BERNARDINO – When a heavily defended and trapped Curtis Williams hoisted in a three-pointer with one second on the shot clock and 40 seconds left in the first half, the Cal State San Bernardino basketball team had to feel things were finally going its way. They did. The Coyotes played a superb last 10 minutes and surged past local rival Cal Poly Pomona 70-61 in a game that both teams desperately needed. The two entered in a four-way tie for second place, two games behind Sonoma State. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Broncos (8-6, 4-3) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, that edge coming at 48-38 with 11:55 left. But the Coyotes (6-7, 5-2) battled back, drawing even at 50 on a free throw by Geoffrey Clayton with 8:07 left. The Coyotes went ahead for good on a baseline jumper by Moses Gonzales with 6:30 to play that made it 55-53. Seconds later Williams swiped an errant Bronco pass, then unleashed a pass down court to Clayton for a layup that made it 57-54, with a free throw tacked on making it 58-54. Oliver and the Coyotes hardly sat back though, not with the Broncos’ three-point shooting prowess that has been the Coyotes’ undoing in the past. The Broncos made 9-of-18 three-pointers on the night, including one by Hervey Malone II that closed the gap to 60-59 with 3:52 left. “The way they can shoot they’re never out of it,” Oliver said. “I’m not comfortable unless I’m up by 20 with three minutes left.” The Coyotes answered with James Perkins sinking two free throws after being fouled on a rebound. Gonzalez scored two seconds later to make it 64-59 after the Broncos’ Melvyn Nicholson missed two, including an air ball on the first. The Broncos missed their next two attempts from the field and the Coyotes got the rebound both times. last_img read more

APACHE PIZZA LETTERKENNY OFFER BEST 14″ PIZZA AND SIDES FOR €9.99

first_imgDD OFFER: Award-Winning Apache Pizza in Letterkenny is the BEST pizza in town – and at a price that’s right.The Irish-owned company has wonderful pizzerias around Ireland.And their local outlet is on the Port Road. Their mid-week offer is proving popular with customers.You can have any large pizza plus chicken wings or chips for just €9.99.You can place your order on 074 9124347!Promoted Post Get your business seen on Donegal Daily by emailing admin@donegaldaily.com APACHE PIZZA LETTERKENNY OFFER BEST 14″ PIZZA AND SIDES FOR €9.99 was last modified: January 26th, 2016 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:Apache Pizzabest pizza in townletterkennylast_img read more

‘MILITANT’ PROTESTERS ARE A DISGRACE TO DONEGAL – MAYOR

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal has slammed the “militant protests” undertaken by campaigners which he said was bringing shame and negative publicity to the county.Cllr Frank McBrearty was speaking after protesters broke through Garda barriers and banged on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s car during an official visit to Letterkenny yesterday. The Labour Party politician said everyone had a right to carry out a dignified and controlled protest.But he said the scenes outside Letterkenny Institute of Technology during the meeting of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly were wrong.“I believe people should protest if they feel the need to but this was just wrong.“These protests are militant and they are sending out the wrong message to the world. “If a company was thinking of investing in Donegal and they witnessed these scenes or read about them, they would just be totally turned off.“If this was a Fianna Fail Taoiseach or a Sinn Fein Taoiseach, I would say the same. We cannot carry on like this.“There was no need to break through Garda lines or shout abuse.“People can make their point through peaceful protest but these are not peaceful protests.“Our biggest ally is the UK where we export a considerable amount of goods to. Can you imagine what the UK politicians at the Assembly meeting thought of al this,” he said.Cllr McBrearty said he was particularly disappointed with Independent TD Thomas Pringle and his decision to take part in the protest. “Thomas Pringle should have been inside the Assembly looking at ways of bettering relationships and looking for solutions.“He should not have been outside with protesters who were taking part in this kind of behaviour.“He was elected to represent the people, not to side with a small number of protesters who don’t know how to make their points within the law,” he said.‘MILITANT’ PROTESTERS ARE A DISGRACE TO DONEGAL – MAYOR was last modified: March 5th, 2013 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:LYITMayor Frank McBreartyprotestlast_img read more

Leeds United v Fulham line-ups: Whites switch formation, four changes for Leeds

first_imgChris Baird makes his first start of his second spell at Fulham in one of two changes to the line-up to face Leeds at Elland Road.The on-loan Derby man replaces Alex Kacaniklic while Michael Madl, who came off the bench to score his first goal for the Whites in the win over Charlton on Saturday, comes in for Scott Parker.It means Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic reverts to a 3-5-2 formation, with Ryan Fredericks and Luke Garbutt at wing-backFormer Leeds striker Matt Smith is on the bench.Leeds make four changes, two of them coming at the back.Lewie Coyle comes in at right-back ahead of Scott Wootton, while Liam Cooper is fit to start at centre-back in place of the suspended Giuseppe Bellusci.Liam Bridcutt and former Brentford midfielder Stuart Dallas drop to the bench, with Alex Mowatt and ex-Bees loanee Tom Adeyemi selected instead.Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn, Amorebieta; Fredericks, Cairney, O’Hara, Baird, Garbutt; Dembele, McCormack.Subs: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Hyndman, Tunnicliffe, Kacaniklic, Smith.Leeds: Silvestri; Coyle, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor; Adeyemi, Diagouraga; Cook, Mowatt, Doukara; Antenucci.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Berardi, Murphy, Dallas, Botaka, Erwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Biblical History Artifacts Falling Prey to Looters

first_imgThe plunder of antiquities in Iraq and Israel continues, forever diminishing the ability of archaeologists to recreate the Biblical past, say Newsweek reporters Melinda Liu and Christopher Dickey in MSNBC News.  Neither the new government in Iraq nor coalition troops are able to guard the many sites at which looters, in full daylight, dig up treasures thousands of years old to sell to collectors.  Even if recovered, items have limited value without the context in which they were found.  With no solution in sight, the article ends on an apocalyptic note:For believers contemplating the rise of the looters, lines from the Revelation of Saint John the Divine may come to mind: “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen.”  For archeologists, for the faithful, for all of us, the loss of this past impoverishes the future.  Ripping artifacts from their contexts takes away the last chance we have to know those civilizations—from the world of Abraham to that of Nebuchadnezzar—that gave us our own.In Iraq, many of the looters are poor people just trying to support their families.  The little they get is multiplied once the artifacts reach the antiquities market, where some may end up on a collector’s mantle.  In Israel, ongoing violence often makes archaeological work impossible, despite “a rising tide of funds for Bible-related projects.” Where is Indiana Jones when we need him?  This article raises awareness of a very real problem that demands action.  But who is at fault?  The political bias of the writers is hardly veiled.  “In Israel, much care is taken to preserve the slightest trace that might reveal literal truths about the mystical teachings of scripture,” they say; much care is taken by whom?  Why not identify the good guys?  It is not the Palestinians who cast precious artifacts down the Kidron Valley and try to destroy evidences that might support Israel’s history in the land (see this Jerusalem Post article, for instance).  What “mystical” teachings of Scripture do they have in mind, as contrasted with “literal truths” that an archaeologist might discover?  An artifact is literal, but its interpretation requires a philosophy of history that can have many political, moral and theological components.  They seem unaware that their philosophy colors their own interpretation of the Genesis account: thus they call the Temptation and the Fall “myths”.    The authors fail to mention the atrocious acts of the former Iraqi dictator, and only speak of “the fall of Hussein” without mentioning who made him fall, as if he fell over by himself.  If it weren’t for the American coalition toppling him, Hussein would still be in power, flooding dozens of important sites with the Tigris River (see 03/22/2002 headline).  It also gives negative press to coalition forces, saying “coalition forces sometimes make matters worse,” selectively reporting one incident.  They allege an American military base moved earth “potentially rich in relics” at the Babylon site while building protective walls, without giving the officer in charge a chance to respond about what exactly he was doing and why.  The authors say nothing about the many extraordinary efforts the American soldiers have taken to preserve antiquities despite being shot at by anti-democratic Muslim terrorists and Saddam loyalists.    The authors also fail to point the finger at the real problem in Israel.  Look at this biased sentence: “In Israel, a rising tide of funds for Bible-related projects is flowing into Jerusalem and its environs [from whom?], but archeology is an overlooked casualty of the intifada: the violence has cut down the number of active digs.”  Who is causing the violence but Muslim terrorists?  What is the intifada but Palestinian Arabs intent on the destruction of Israel, the only democratic government in the region that supports archaeology?  Who, on the constructive side, is giving money and promoting the scientific exploration of archaeological sites, but Israeli, British and American archaeologists?  The authors write as if “the violence” is just a fact of life, like rainfall.  If you cannot identify the problem, you cannot begin to identify a solution.    The authors could have focused on solutions rather than wailing Biblical words out of context.  Why not promote the peace and prosperity of the new democratic government in Iraq, so that the poor have good jobs that can reduce the desperation that makes getting a quick buck in looting attractive?  Why not make sure that programs like “oil for food” actually get to the poor, instead of lining the pockets of dictators and U.N. officials?  Why not promote the free and open access of scientific archaeological teams to the sites that Hussein long kept off limits?  Why not severely punish convicted looters and dealers to set an example?  Blaming the freedom-loving governments who have sacrificed the most blood, given the most money, and taken the most positive action to bring a peaceful environment for archaeologists is not helping find the solution to a very real problem.  We have a suggestion.  Send Newsweek reporters to Iraq to perform an archaeological dig on the mass graves.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Screw the Cloud! Tonido Wants to Put Your Apps on YOUR Computer

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tonido has reviled the whole concept of cloud computing, calling it an “anomaly… in the natural order of things.”In an age when virtual computing, cloud server technology, netbooks, and web-based apps control a huge share of the startup economy, this team has decided to pitch consumers on owning, storing, and running all their applications and data from their own desktops. The Tonido product is a suite of P2P apps ranging from music- and file-sharing programs to thorough workspace software, none of which require users to be online. Tonido is also selling consumers their own miniature home servers at around $100 a pop. Is this the new price to pay for open-source, cross-platform application use and data security? For privacy freaks, it sounds like a good deal. What about the rest of us?A mixed bag of personal preference, Tonido’s list of features and benefits recall the doctrines of right-wing states’ rights advocates: “We firmly believe that a handful of companies controlling everybody’s data is not healthy in the long-term and could lead to serious privacy issues and reduced freedoms,” the site reads.In a blog post from Dallas, Texas-based software startup CodeLathe, the company behind Tonido, the author writes, “The current trend belies the logic and natural order of things. On one side, computers are getting powerful and personal storage devices are getting cheaper. But still we are turning the custody of our data to profit seeking entities whose market valuation is dependent on how much customer data they have in their server and how much value they can get from customers’ data.”The morality and overarching commercial and social value of anonymized user data aside, the perks of running Tonido are obvious: Your data never gets shuffled across another entity’s servers. For privacy as well as data ownership, this is a good thing. And the software suite, an open-source project, is absolutely free to download.But although the site promises that Tonido will “release your computer’s untapped potential,” one of the greatest reasons for running apps on the web and storing files in the cloud is freeing a system’s resources in the first place. Moving online functions to an online platform has led to underwhelming or completely disastrous results in recent years, particularly in the cases of Opera’s Unite and Joost.Another concern Tonido raises is backing up data. For cloud services, backing up online information, such as blog posts and photos, has become something of a hot topic in a way that backing up personal computer files never was. But how does Tonido rectify the situation? Data stored on a personal machine is susceptible to hardware failures just as data stored on a web service is subject to the success or failure of that company.Data stored on Tonido apps isn’t indexed by search engines; for many people and entities, such as myself,this is hardly a benefit.Also, unlike something as universal as email or as nearly universal as iTunes or Microsoft Word, Tonido requires all sharing parties to download and run Tonido. And the Tonido suite of applications is still limited.So, although the apps look good and cost nothing, users have to trade a lot of convenience for a modicum of data security. Whether or not Tonido is worth the trade-off is up to users to decide, but trends over the past several years give no cause for optimism.last_img read more

Tendulkar to adopt another village in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgTirupati, Nov 16 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today inaugurated projects worth Rs 6 crore at his adopted village of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga near Gudur, 110 km from here, as people thronged the area to accord a grand welcome to him.This is Tendulkars second visit to the village with a population of just 600. Hundreds of villagers, including women and children from nearby areas, thronged the region to have a glimpse of Tendulkar who was accompanied by top district officials. A couple- Vijaylakshmi and Gopalaiah-, in their fifties, were the happiest as the cricket legend arrived at their house to have a cup of tea as promised by him during his earlier visit. He also blessed their newly wed son and daughter-in-law during his brief stay there. Tendulkar asked district officials to let him know about any other facilities to be taken up for development of the village. Later, at a brief function arranged at the new school playground, he announced that he would adopt Gollapalli village, half a km from Puttamrajuvari Kandriga. It would be developed with an amount of about Rs 3.05 crore, he said. Tendulkar said his adopted village had witnessed “tremendous” change with proper facilities and people have learnt to keep the village hygienic.”I am very happy for this,” he said, adding he would visit the village again. The sports star was in the village for about 90 minutes interacting with residents, including self-help groups for women, elderly, youth and children.Tendulkar, a Rajya Sabha MP, had adopted the village in Andhra Pradesh in November 2014 as part of the PMs Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The initiative involves converting the village, housing 120 families, into a smart one.advertisementTendulkar had in November 2014, laid foundation stone for 15 projects, including a school playground, concrete streets, electricity, 24 hours drinking water supply, toilets and a furnished community hall with an allocation of Rs 2.80 crore from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (LADS) fund. The Nellore district administration had also contributed Rs 3.20 crore to strengthen Tendulkars mission to transform the undeveloped village into a model one, officials said. Tendulkar, who arrived by a helicopter from Chennai, affectionately advised the villagers to keep the environs hygienic to live a healthy and happy life. PTI CORR BN SRYlast_img read more