Budget demonstrates Govt’s strength to make tough decisions ‒ Harmon

first_img…dismisses Opposition’s criticisms as scare tacticsBudget 2017—its allocation and controversial tax measures are demonstrative of the strength of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to take hard decisions to build the economy.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThe position was adumbrated by Minster of State Joseph Harmon−the most senior Government speaker in the 2017 debates thus far−on Tuesday, as he appealed to the Guyanese populace to understand the realities within which the 2017 Budget was crafted.According to Minister Harmon, “reason will resume its seat when you allow for emotions to take flight… Guyana will be a better place with this budget.”Responding to the unrelenting criticism levelled against the 2017 Budget, particularly by the political Opposition ever since its presentation on November 28 last, Minister Harmon said that the complaint was in fact a rebellion against order.Scare tacticsAccording to Minister Harmon, the Guyanese people have grown accustomed to the scare tactics of the PPP/C.He used the occasion of his contribution to the debate to suggest that the PPP/C is in fact engaged in its scare tactics in order to appeal to its dwindling support base, ahead of its Congress to be held in a few days in Essequibo.According to Harmon, a similar tactic was employed by the previous administration during the public wrangling over the amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Laws.Minister Harmon said the PPP/C at the time went about the country scaring people by telling them businesses will have to shut shop as a result of the failure of the then opposition to agree with the then PPP/C Government over its proposed amendments.According to Harmon, the PPP/C is a political party notorious for raising the spectre of violence to gather its flock, “and now it is no different they are attempting to vilify a well-crafted budget for their narrow political agenda.”Green AgendaTurning his attention to the green agenda being promulgated by Head of State, President David Granger, the Minister of State firstly dismissed the previous administration’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) as a “narrow concept.”The APNU/AFC Government, according to Harmon, is looking to move a green agenda concept to reality.Drawing reference to assertions he made during a delegation he had led to a Parliamentary forum at which point it was adumbrated by Professor Clive Thomas that successive generations will have ideas as to where to advance a country.According to Minister Harmon, it is in this context that government considers LCDS ‘Environment 101’ but the green pathway being pursued by the incumbent is in fact ‘Environment 505’.“LCDS was a narrow vision and we have to broaden it,” said Harmon, as he alluded to the President’s green pathway being the vessel to be used.Harmon was adamant that LCDS was merely a concept that could not have been translated into actionable plans and projects.Harmon said Guyana’s pursuit of a green pathway will positively transform the economy and to guide the process government is looking to craft a green state development plan.This plan, he said, will reorient the structure of Guyana’s production base, while pursuing the diversification of the economy that reduces reliance on the ailing traditional sectors such as sugar, rice and bauxite.The Minister used the opportunity to speak to some of the partnerships that will inform the crafting of its green developmental plan, including the United Nations and the German Development Bank. Harmon spoke too to actions to be undertaken in the areas of protected areas and land management and the preservation of national patrimony for use by future generations, in addition to cementing Guyana’s role on the international scene in securing green solutions to climate related challenges. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Leicester City owner to buy Belgian outfit

first_imgLeicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has agreed to buy Oud-Heverlee Leuven, according to the Belgian club.The Foxes chairman has made the move through his company King Power and second division side OH Leuven say the deal will be formally done after due diligence is completed.An agreement has been signed by the club and King Power, with OH Leuven saying the bid was the only “clear, written and coherent proposal within the time limit”. An OH Leuven statement said: “The takeover will be formally completed after the usual period of due diligence. The King Power group will keep community work a priority, as well as co-operating with the various supporters’ groups and will further develop the youth programme, all in line with its major sporting ambition for the first team.”This season OH Leuven avoided relegation to the third tier.Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010 and saw them win the Premier League title last season. This year the Foxes reached the Champions League quarter-finals, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid after sacking Claudio Ranieri in February.Craig Shakespeare has guided them away from the relegation zone and the Foxes sit 11th ahead of Thursday’s visit of Tottenham and Sunday’s final game of the season at home to Bournemouth. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is set to complete a deal for Belgium’s second division side 1last_img read more

ATHLETICS – ROSSES AC ANNOUNCE SPRING SERIES

first_imgRosses AC is delighted to announce the dates for the Spring 5k Race Series for 2014. This year we have decided to hold the three races in three different venues from which our club draws much of its membership and support. Each race participant will receive points, which are accumulated towards the overall Series winners across a range of race categories.All three events will provide an opportunity for both competitive and recreational walkers and runners from the local communities to come out and take part in a family friendly environment promoting health, fitness and fun. If you have made a New Year’s resolution of targeting to walk or run you first 5k run, targeting the North West 10k in May or maybe the Letterkenny Marathon in August then get involved in our 3 races, during the 3 Spring months in 3 different venues with the challenge of a 3% improvement from the first race to the last race.· Prizes for first 3 in all categories which will include Senior, Junior, 40+, 50+ · Spot Prizes at each race randomly drawn from all race participants· Only €5 for adults per race, €3 for children per race, €15 per family max· Perpetual Shield for Overall Senior Men and Senior Women categories· After Race Refreshments· Sunday January 19th – Burtonport at 1pm.· Sunday February16th – Gweedore at 1pm· Sunday March 23rd – Dungloe at 1pm For any queries, please contact Sean McGinley on 086-377 5438, Ita Gallagher on 087 1309536 or Michael Logue on 086 6003527 or Facebook Rosses AC.Training begins this week for athletes born 2003 upwards in preparation for indoor championships in Magherafelt next month. Training in Carrickfinn on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 4 until further notice.Sportshall will continue in the RSC on Mondays. Fit4Life back in action again on Mon 6 Jan at 6pm in Carrickfinn and circuits in Mullaghduff Hall on Wed 8th at 6pm. New members welcome.Adult training continues at the Industrial Estate, Gweedore on Wednesdays at 7pm. These are speed endurance sessions and now is the time to get down and started into them. New members always welcome with great turnouts every week. Rosses athletes got back on the running trail today with a 5 mile race in Letterkenny with some strong runs. Some results were: Kevin McGee 6th (3rd o40) 29:33, Ciaran McGonagle 10th 29:56, Michael Logue 18th 30:45, Denis Bonner 34th 33:32 and Sinead Diver 48th 37:05. Also a great run by local woman Fionnuala Diver who was 9th in an impressive 29:51 and first woman home.ATHLETICS – ROSSES AC ANNOUNCE SPRING SERIES was last modified: January 14th, 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:ROSSES AClast_img read more

Thieves target popular venue for second time in recent months

first_imgA Donegal Town bar has launched an appeal for information after being targeted by thieves for the second time in recent months.Two raiders broke into The Coach House in the early hours of Friday morning and left with a sum of money.The bar had previously been targeted in the early hours of the 12th of December last, with two robbers fleeing with cash and a quantity of stock. The owner of the bar, Gary Pearson, is offering a €500 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest and conviction for Friday morning’s break in.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Gary says that he discovered the premises had been broken into when he arrived at work the following day.“It was nearly Friday afternoon by the time I got there to open the bar when I noticed it had happened again,” he explained.The thieves entered through the back entrance of the premises, through the car park behind Ulster Bank on Donegal Town’s upper main street. The culprits left the same way after looting the bar. Local businesses are asked to look out for anyone using a large amount of 10c or 20c coins as the two men stole several bags of change from the bar’s change box.One of the culprits is of stocky build, and the other is of slim build. The men may have been carrying a gear bag.The burglars fled on foot after leaving the premises, and Gary is now appealing to the public for any information that may lead to an arrest.“We’re appealing to people that may have seen anything out of the ordinary between 3am and 4am on Thursday night to get in touch with the Gardaí, or anyone that was been walking or driving past the Bosco, the Drumrooske Estate, or Ulster Bank that might have seen two people walking around at that time,” Gary says.Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with Donegal Town Gardaí on (074) 9721021. You can also send a private message to The Coach House’s Facebook page. To make an anonymous report to Gardaí, call 1800 666111.Thieves target popular venue for second time in recent months was last modified: February 11th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:appealbreak-inDonegal TownGardaithe coach houselast_img read more

Giants’ Pablo Sandoval needs season-ending surgery for second straight year

first_imgOAKLAND — For the second straight year, Pablo Sandoval will end his season on the injured list.The team announced Saturday that Sandoval will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. That was the recommendation from Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles-based doctor who examined Sandoval on Wednesday.Sandoval, 33, was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 14 after his elbow did not improve following a cortisone shot he received Aug 11. The switch-hitting infielder has dealt with bone …last_img

SA scientist joins top MIT class

first_imgProf Thembela Hillie will join a distinguished group of alumni when he completes his MIT Sloan MBA in 2012.(Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Thembela Hillie  CSIR research group leader: low   dimensional systems  +27 12 841 3874 RELATED ARTICLES • Fostering South Africa’s young scientists • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • Synthetic biology honour for students • SA scientists win AU awards • SA students tops at science awardsShamin ChibbaTake a young man out of his small hometown, put him on the road and see how far he will go. Many will guess that if he has enough determination, he will go further than he could ever imagine.This can surely be said of nanotechnology expert Professor Thembela Hillie of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), who hails from the small town of Butterworth – also known as Gcuwa – in the Eastern Cape and now finds himself in the classrooms of one of the most prestigious universities in the US.Hillie was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan) to pursue a one-year mid-career fellowship in innovation and global leadership. He also received a Dean’s Fellowship Award worth $90 000 (R740 000).According to the CSIR website, the Sloan fellowship combines financial courses with electives in technology strategies, giving Hillie the opportunity to augment his scientific background with business skills.He arrived at MIT Sloan in May 2011 and opted for a full-time executive MBA course that will run until June 2012.Hillie said the course is designed to prepare a group of mid-career managers from different parts of the world to magnify their impact as leaders.Distinguished MIT Sloan alumni include Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; Benjamin Netanyahu, ninth prime minister of Israel; Calie Pistorius, former principal of Pretoria University; and Alan Mulally, president and CEO of the Ford Motor CompanySurrounded by great mindsHillie, who holds a PhD in solid state physics, was chosen for the class of 2012 through an application and a series of interviews.The nanotechnologist believes his leadership in projects involving the India-Brazil-South Africa alliance, the UN International Development Organisation’s expert group on nanotechnology, and the World Economic Forum convinced MIT to select him.He described his first three months at MIT as hectic, as the group had to quickly learn about business fundamentals. What he had learnt thus far was like “drinking from a hosepipe”.“This was to prepare us to take electives and form study groups with second year MBAs,” he said, adding that being surrounded by so many great minds – some of them Nobel laureates who are willing to give up their time to help – has humbled him.He said MIT Sloan also allows him to interact with faculties from other schools.“Being here also gives me the opportunity to cross register with Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance for some electives,” he said.Since his arrival, Hillie has been interacting with a cohort of mid-career global leaders from a diverse range of industries, including engineers and entrepreneurs, who have an average of 14 years’ work experience.He and his contemporaries have been discussing problems with business leaders of technology-based corporations, leading scientists and economists. Through discussion, they have been able to link knowledge generation and technology development, and create a toolkit for technology innovation.About emerging technologiesAccording to Hillie, the concept of emerging technology refers to new technologies that use an interdisciplinary approach. This includes nanotechnology, synthetic biology and converging technologies.“These are relatively new technologies with a potential to have a positive impact on society,” he said.He added that such technologies can add economic and social value to materials, products and processes that can bring about global prosperity.Emerging technologies, especially nanotechnology, can be used to overcome a number of pressing challenges such as energy generation and storage, health care, climate change and food security.South Africa is ready for nanotechnologyIn recent years there has been a lot of hype surrounding nanotechnology, both positive and negative. However, Hillie said the negative press is subsiding and the science is now taking over.The national Department of Science and Technology can take much of the credit for changing the country’s attitudes towards nanotechnology, through its public awareness campaigns that educate people on the technology’s benefits.“We are teaching students the fundamental science at nano scale – this excites them and brings more talent to science,” said Hillie.He believes South Africa is ready to implement emerging technologies, and confirmed that there are numerous national strategies around the country that are accompanied by research activities.However, he said the only thing South Africa lacks are the tools to convert the research into products, which is something Hillie is currently learning at MIT.As far as integration into daily life is concerned, he said that we already live with nanotechnology, mostly as enhancements to existing technologies such as computer memory, scratch resistance coatings, packaging material and televisions.“It can also be applied in water purification, drug delivery and energy sources,” he said.He does believe that there will come a time when the technology will be advanced enough to change the way we do things.Emerging technologies bring scientists togetherResearch into emerging technologies is conducted at different levels in various countries and is dependent on the amount of financial support researchers receive.Hillie said scientists from developed nations are leading in research efforts because they obtain greater funding compared to their developing counterparts.In this regard, Africa lags behind many other countries. But despite the financial gap, there is one positive that comes out of emerging technologies research, according to Hillie, and that is that it’s brought scientists together from around the world.“Never has collaboration amongst international bodies been so extensive,” he said.Hillie himself has led a group of Indian, Brazilian and South African nanotechnologists for six years. And when he graduates next year, he will be collaborating with  powerful leaders that include the alumni of MIT, MIT Sloan, and the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT.last_img read more

Does Going De-Glam Equal Great Acting?

first_imgFrom time immemorial there has always been a silent, unspoken conflict raging between the glam, hot, successful star and the gifted, popular actor. While the much-fantasized dazzlers have never ever publicly condescended to recognize the talent and contribution of a modestly popular but consummate actor, the actor, in turn has always — in private — sneered and ridiculed the stars “attempts at acting” and attributed their success to “good luck” and networking skills. Supernova female dazzlers somewhere within, seem to recognize, realize, understand and know the source of their fan-appeal. Glamor, sex appeal, beauty, dazzling screen presence, great pairing chemistry with a top-hero? Sure! However, seldom — if ever — do the terms “great acting” feature and the top stars, at some point, begin to yearn for that elusive praise.  Deepika in Khele Hum Jeen Jaan Sey. So what do they do in an environment where “branding” and “image” call the shots, where audience perception is reality and where a shift in screen persona could be suicidal, unless pulled off with great care? Fall back on the oldest trick in the book — go de-glam!Back in the seventies it was Jeetendra-Hema Malini going seedha-saadha in Gulzar (Khushboo, Kinara) movies; Vinod Khanna following suit in Achanak; Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha did their turn (Bemisaal, Jurmana, Chupke Chupke, Khubsoorat) as also garam Dharam (Chupke Chupke, Satyakam) and of course the biggest of ’em all, Rajesh Khanna with Anand, Namak Haram and Bawarchi soon joined the party. Even the Evening in Paris and Kashmir Ki Kali sizzler, Sharmila Tagore, frequently went “plain” in such projects as Anupama, Satyakaam, and Aavishkar as did Mumtaz in Tere Mere Sapne, among others. Did it work for them? One has to admit that mostly it did and largely because the director’s intent was focused, pure and not corrupted by commercial considerations. It was a genuine   Bipasha in Lamhadesire to convert challenge into opportunities for the glam-dolls and cardboard studs, with the helping hand of a caring, sensitive, inspirational, encouraging and gifted director.What’s the scene today? Same, as it was yesterday, my friend. Hotties like Priyanka Chopra, Kat Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Ash Rai Bachchan and Bipasha Basu have all been driven by the same compulsions and attempted to switch lanes and embrace the elusive art and craft of true-to-life acting as against, hi-decibel, populist, posturing, dramabazi and performing! Ash went heavy-duty, de-glam in Rituparno Ghosh‘s Raincoat and later Mani Ratnam’s Guru and Raavan. Gorgeous Piggy Chops, ages from age 21 to 65 on her mission to murder seven husbands in Vishal Bharadwaj’s latest Saat Khoon Maaf! Stunning, tall Deepika played a blind girl in the just-released Lafangey Parindey and also went low-key in Karthik Calling Karthik. She, however, is all set to hit a new level as a freedom fighter in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s on-the-floor Khele Hum Jee Jaan Sey.  Kajol in We are Family Who can forget the delectable and glamorous reigning queen of hearts Katrina Kaif’s de-glam look in Prakash Jha’s huge hit Raajneeti? And of course, not to miss out on the Bong-shell Bipash Basu’s Kashmiri girl act in the here today–gone today film, Lamha? Rumor has it that after Chameli, lovely Kareena Kapoor is once again projecting a “no-makeup look” in Karan Johar’s just-released local adaptation of the popular Hollywood film Stepmom entitled We Are family. Oh, Sameera Reddy, the sexy starlet (with delusions of grandeur after a stint with a Buddhadev Dasgupta project) too enters the fray with an encore in Anant Mahadevan’s Red Alert, where she plays a feisty tribal girl brutally raped by the cops. Wow!While the reasons of these stars for accepting roles against their grain is interesting … “It was a challenge to play a role you can’t identify in real life” (Priyanka Chopra); “I am still new and change is good and the right time to experiment” (Deepika Pads); “I signed the film for the credibility of the role” (Bips Basu) and the best, “I yearned to be a part of a film that would be remembered. I hardly ever receive them” (Sam Reddy) … Ultimately, it’s the audience that decides whether the transition worked or not. While Priyanka was amazing in Kaminey and Katrina quite credible and fetching in Raajneeti, Deepika didn’t seem to quite fit in either Lafangey or Karthik, despite very spirited efforts. As for Bips, it was a total flop, if only because of her overwhelming image as a sexy, hot babe! Do we really (yawn) need to bring up the Reddy girl? Nah, give it, a miss, she’s herself not ready for serious stuff! Related Itemslast_img read more

Panetolikos Beats Stumbling Panathinaikos 2-0 in Greece

first_imgAGRINIO, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos failed to win for the fourth time in five rounds when it lost to host Panetolikos 2-0 in the Greek league on Saturday.Panetolikos’ first win of the season moved it up to ninth.Panathinaikos, which began the season with two points deducted due to fan trouble, was 13th.On Thursday, Panathinaikos owner and businessman Yiannis Alafouzos announced he was leaving, calling for fans to invest in the club.Also, Platanias scored its own first win, beating host Apollon 1-0, and Atromitos defeated Lamia 3-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Pitino Says Victory in Greece Feels Like Kentucky

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino has won his first game in Greece, coaching troubled Panathinaikos to a 96-84 victory over CSKA Moscow on Friday night in Europe’s main competition.The victory came two days after he arrived in Athens to take over Panathinaikos (pronounced pa-nath-een-eye-KHOS). He said the enthusiasm from the home fans made him feel as if he was still in Kentucky.The 66-year-old Hall of Fame coach helped end a losing streak for the team that sank to elimination position in the 16-team Euroleague.Pitino was fired by Louisville a year ago amid a corruption investigation. He has denied any wrongdoing. Pitino coached Kentucky and Louisville to NCAA titles, but the one with Louisville was vacated.Former Iowa State forward Will Clyburn had 24 points for CSKA. Panathinaikos took control by outscoring CSKA 36-18 in the second quarter, and survived an 11-2 run in the final quarter for the win.Pitino, who says he is still low on sleep since the Greek move, thanked his new players, Greek coaching assistants, and some 16,000 fans at the Olympic Sports Center in Athens.“The fans were awesome. It reminds me of being back home, at Kentucky. And that’s the highest compliment I could give fans because they’ve got the greatest fans in the States,” he said.“I’m excited. The assistant coaches from Greece with the players and getting me ready for this — the three guys (assistants) were tremendous.”Heading straight to practice after his arrival at Athens Airport on Wednesday, Pitino said he worked hard to bolster the defense and attacking mentality.“The players played defense like they were down 10 the entire night. They got on the floor — and that’s what I wanted to see,” he said.“People said we couldn’t shoot — if you pass the ball, you can shoot. If you stand around the defense will make to take bad shots. So we moved the basketball with the exception of a 5-minute spurt.”Ioannis Papapetrou led for the Greeks with 17 points, but former Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes was the standout, keeping Moscow from retaking the lead in the final quarter.Pitino, Calathes said, had hit the team’s reset button.“You could tell we were more hungry out there, we were more tenacious, defensively, offensively,” he said. “You know, it was just a great win and hopefully, everything will build off this for the next games.”By DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kane hits 2017 half-century in style

first_imgHarry Kane Kane brings up half-century in style as remarkable 2017 record continues Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 03:49 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Stoke 091217 Getty Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City Stoke City England Premier League After a second-half brace against Stoke City, the Tottenham and England star has now scored 50 goals in 48 appearances for club and country this year Harry Kane’s memorable year got better on Saturday, as the England striker’s brace in the 5-1 win over Stoke City brought up his 50th goal of 2017.Despite spurning some gilt-edged chances either side of the interval at Wembley, Kane found his scoring form in the 54th minute when he headed home from Ben Davies’ cross, before he brought up his half-century 12 minutes later.It is a remarkable feat for Kane, who has made a total of 48 appearances for club and country so far this calendar year, playing 4044 minutes and attempting 228 shots. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane started the year off in style with a brace in Tottenham’s 4-1 victory at Watford on New Years’ Day, going on to net a further three Premier League hat-tricks – as well as a four-goal haul against Leicester City – in the back half of 2016-17.50 – Harry Kane has now scored 50 goals for Tottenham Hotspur & @England combined in 2017. Special. pic.twitter.com/1oZcnyp2wm — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017 And despite a difficult start to the current campaign, four league doubles, against Everton, West Ham, Huddersfield Town and Liverpool respectively, set him on his way, while the 24-year-old also has a further six Champions League goals to his name and seven goals for Gareth Southgate’s England.The achievement bookends a successful week for Kane, who finished an impressive 10th in Thursday’s Ballon d’Or rankings.last_img read more