…or punishing Opposition suPPPorters?The move by the PNC-led coalition Government to raise the rental and drainage costs on the MMA leases to rice farmers, is more than rubbing salt into the wound inflicted on them when nothing was done to regain the lucrative Venezuelan rice and paddy markets. The loss of that 200,000 plus tonnage that was sold at almost twice the world market price which now prevails, has ensured the cost of production is higher than the selling price our farmers now receive.So, the question is why would the Government choose NOW to add to the farmers cost of production by upping the rental costs of land by 600 per cent??!! Sure there’s a case for allowing the costs of rice-land rentals to rise to make up for inflation… but there’s an even more solid case against the increase when the “profits” from the rice produced is now below zero! Using its own logic, to make up for this “deflation” – even without sitting on its hands and ensuring the loss of the Venezuelan markets – the Government should lower the rentals!But like most of its moves, the action by the PNC-led Government isn’t based on economic rationality or even bureaucratic efficiency – it’s based on political vindictiveness. Rice farmers in general – like sugar workers – are supporters of the PPP and they’re seen as fair game to squeeze for its spending programme for the rest of the country. For years, the PNC had been complaining about these “low rentals” as it counted the “profits” the farmers were supposed to be making. Expect the tax man to turn the screw even further on these farmers to get blood from stone.That farmers were bringing in foreign exchange that had shot way past sugar, didn’t cut any ice with the PNC Government. Ditto for the farmers ensuring the price of this food-staple of all Guyanese was the lowest in the region. Since the farmers insisted on supporting the PPP, they had to be taught a condign lesson: the wages of being a PPP supporter is PRESSURE! The move harks back to the first PNC regime when they arbitrarily cancelled the lucrative rice contract with Cuba – and then insisted all rice be sold to their “Marketing Board”.They paid the farmers a pittance and sold the rice for massive profits on the world market. In effect, they imposed an implicit 118 per cent tax of rice farmers. And of course, brought the industry to its knees.But the PNC’s position then – as today – is there are many ways to skin a PPP supporter.So what if the entire country suffers? It’s only (PNC) politics!…on expected oil earningsSherwood Lowe’s usually a very pragmatic fella with his interventions in the Press. One of the technocrats brought into the PNC by Desmond Hoyte, he never succumbed to the hyperbolic excess of the dyed-in-the-wool political types. Until now. Noting Trotman’s suggestion that ExxonMobil prepay for future revenues, sank like the Titanic, he suggested we take out loans with our future revenues as collateral!!What was mind boggling wasn’t just ignoring why Exxon balked (who can predict “future revenues in such a volatile oil market?), but Lowe actually cited the disastrous experience of Ghana and Uganda with oil-collateralised borrowing!! The problem there was folks like Lowe raised such high transformational expectations from oil-revenues, the government was forced to deliver. But couldn’t repay for a host of contingent reasons they had no control over – such as lower than projected production and several costly technical problems.Lowe says we should treat those disasters as “cautions”, but proceed full steam ahead with the borrowing!Maybe Lowe has a lucky charm?…for BanksPrezzie was all agog at Republic Bank opening a new branch on the East Coast. Our history with the privatised banks after 1992, demonstrates that Branches in the country just suctions out the cash – but never intermediate it back to those communities!
Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study “Not a lot of people believed in us except for those within the team and the FEU community. But we’re not done yet. We’ve achieved our goal and we move on to the next.”The format for the semifinals remains to be determined as Ateneo will still play UP on Wednesday.A win by the Eagles will complete a 14-game sweep and also hand them an outright finals spot, while forcing a stepladder format with UP holding a twice-to-beat edge against the winner between FEU and UST.But a UP victory will pave the way for an Ateneo-UST match and an FEU-UP duel with the Eagles and Maroons both armed with a twice-to-beat edge.The victory bore hallmarks of a typical Maroons’ performance this season: A big and boisterous UP crowd in attendance, an early double-digit lead wasted and a fourth quarter-deficit overhauled with some gutsy, electrifying individual plays.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Together, the Fighting Maroons and Tamaraws are headed to the Final Four with a clear mission: Topple two-time defending champion Ateneo.The Maroons hammered out another pulsating victory, this time over the De La Salle Green Archers, 71-68, to claim a twice-to-beat advantage for the first time in the Final Four era at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Tamaraws also continued their late-season revival with an emphatic 82-68 triumph over also-ran University of the East that allowed them to join Ateneo (13-0), UP (9-4) and UST (8-6) in the next round.“Who would have thought we would make it to the Final Four,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, whose team reached the semifinals for the seventh straight season—the longest active streak in the league even after losing four of their first six games. ‘Gago’ Athletics bets shine in test event MOST READ LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ANTIPOLO—True to its identity this season, University of the Philippines recovered just when it looked like the Fighting Maroons were about to bungle a golden opportunity.Far Eastern U, meanwhile, showed its inconsistent ways are now a thing of a past.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ “The point of everything is what will be our performance come playoff time,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, after the Maroons secured their ninth win in 13 games.“But today was not just about positioning, but also surviving. There were ups and downs, but we had to win this game for the UP community. They came here in throngs and they’ve supported us all throughout.”The Maroons can rest easy—for now—after surviving the Archers’ late onslaught heading into the final 2:54 where they faced a four-point deficit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion,” the 30-year-old said in a statement.Folau’s contract was terminated last month after a Rugby Australia tribunal found him guilty of a “high-level” code of conduct breach for posting on social media that “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners.Folau opted not to appeal against the tribunal ruling, voicing a lack of confidence in Rugby Australia’s process.Instead, he has taken his case to the court system, saying his treatment left him “no choice but to stand up for his beliefs and the rights of all Australians”.“The messages of support we have received over these difficult few weeks have made me realise there are many Australians who feel their fundamental rights are being steadily eroded,” he said.Folau’s statement revealed the argument his legal team will pursue, including his assertion that he simply posted a message from the Bible.– ‘Divided loyalties’ –The fullback, Super Rugby’s most prolific try scorer, was on a four-year contract worth more than Aus$1.0 million ($700,000) annually when he was sacked.“The termination of Mr Folau’s employment contract prevented him from playing at the peak of his career and on the cusp of a Rugby World Cup, which would have likely generated even greater exposure and opportunities,” his statement said.“Accordingly, Mr Folau is seeking substantial remedies from his former employers.”The Sydney Morning Herald said Folau would be seeking Aus$10 million, including lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities, a sum it said could bankrupt Rugby Australia if they lose the case.The action, which names both Rugby Australia and his Super Rugby club the NSW Waratahs, claims of breach of contract and unlawful termination under the Fair Work Act, which protects employees from being sacked because of their religion.Folau’s post has sparked heated debate in Australia, with some defending his right to express views he sees as central to his religious beliefs.Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union defended their decision to axe Folau on Thursday as a breach of contract issue, with the fullback failing to abide by commitments he would not disparage people on the basis of their sexuality.“He was bound by a Code of Conduct for all professional players in Australia that spells out clear guidelines and obligations regarding player behaviour, including respectful use of social media,” they said in a joint statement.The governing bodies said that an independent panel sat for 22 hours and reviewed 1,000 pages of evidence to determine “that Israel’s conduct constituted a high-level breach” of the code.A long-drawn out court battle could prove costly to Rugby Australia, who have already foreshadowed a financial loss in 2019 — a scenario that often plays out in a World Cup year when there are fewer home Tests.Meanwhile, the Waratahs revealed Folau’s brother John had cut ties with the Sydney-based side.“John has been in a difficult position for the last wee while,” coach Daryl Gibson said of Folau’s younger sibling, a journeyman signing who has never played for the team.“He has got really divided loyalties to his family and his brother and then also to the team. He wanted to stress how much he enjoyed being with the team and what a difficult decision it was for him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Israel Folau was sacked for an anti-gay statement on social media © AFP/File / GEOFF CADDICKSydney, Australia, Jun 6 – Sacked Wallabies fullback Israel Folau launched legal action Thursday against Rugby Australia’s decision to dismiss him over homophobic social media posts, saying he was seeking “substantial remedies” from the governing body.The devout Christian said he was defending freedom of religion by taking his case to Australia’s employment watchdog the Fair Work Commission.
Kalidou Koulibaly [right] in action for Napoli Chelsea are ready to splash £24m on Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy.Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte is determined to strengthen his defence this summer and he has earmarked a number of targets.Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci is high on Conte’s shortlist, as is Everton centre-back John Stones.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea are prepared to shell out £24m to land Koulibaly.The 24-year-old was linked with the likes of Southampton and Norwich last summer but after a brilliant season in Italy his stock has risen.Now Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all after the Senegal international and he is expected to leave Naples for a hefty transfer fee. 1
There’s a lot of people out there who like Rose McGettigan’s buns!In fact, there are at least 450 of them.That’s how many cupcakes Rose sold for charity in just one lunchtime last week. Rose raised a superb €1,030 for the Irish Heart Foundation when she sold her cupcakes at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny where she works.“I never want to see a cupcake again,” said Rose when asked about her super charity cake bake.Rose, along with her family and friends, pitched in and baked the cupcakes while her colleagues kindly sponsored the ingredients.And Highland Bakery sponsored the plastic cases in which they were transported. Rose’s colleagues all paid tribute to her selfless bake-off and proved that you can have your cakes and eat them! ROSE HAS HER CAKES (450 OF THEM!) AND THE STAFF EAT THEM! was last modified: February 22nd, 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:cupcakesRose McGettigan
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Lane lashed Mexico’s Pacific coast with winds and rain, flooding streets in Acapulco before setting on a course to hit the hurricane-battered tip of the Baja California Peninsula. The storm was centered Thursday about 95miles southwest of Manzanillo and was moving northwest at 10mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 60mph. A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were issued for a stretch of coast southeast of the resort of Puerto Vallarta. The storm was expected to strengthen to a hurricane on Thursday night or today, then hit land near Cabo San Lucas late Saturday.
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31 August 2015Some of South Africa’s more popular celebrities were at the launch of Step Up 2 a Start Up, a programme that teaches schoolchildren and students about entrepreneurship, to share their experiences of trying to make it on their own in the business world.Held at Monte Casino, Johannesburg, on 27 August, radio personalities Gareth Cliff and Bob Mabena, actress Boity Thulo and DJ Sbu told their stories to more than 300 businesspeople and government officials on the night.Cliff, who has his own radio show, CliffCentral, opened the evening by saying Step Up was the largest entrepreneurship programme in Africa, with about 30 000 pupils involved. Besides educating them about entrepreneurship, it gets them to design, make and sell their own goods. Cliff left 5fm in 2014 to start his own podcast show that can be streamed online. A year on and the platform is steadily growing.DJ Sbu, who describes himself as a social entrepreneur, innovator and creator, spoke about his journey from underprivileged life in Tembisa to popular DJ and businessman. He implied that one of the main characteristics of an entrepreneur was to be a selfless giver.He learned this trait from PrimeStars managing director, Martin Sweet. Selflessness, said Sweet, was something participants in the Step Up programme learned. “Step Up 2 a Start Up gets learners to empathise with the people for whom they are designing products.”A person’s DNA, Sweet added, did not guarantee success or failure; rather, old- fashioned guts, determination and hard work did. “Turn your genes into overalls and get working. Entrepreneurship is about possibility and creating jobs. It’s central to solving South Africa’s economic problems.”The minister of small business development, Lindiwe Zulu, said that though South Africans were feeling the financial pinch that stemmed from our economy, they were still persevering. “South Africans believe in themselves because if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be here. We don’t want to go anywhere so we have to pull together to make this country work.”She was in Mpumalanga earlier in the day, she said, speaking to rural women from remote villages who were the economic backbone of their communities. Zulu said the women were self-reliant and entrepreneurial. All they wanted was for the country’s laws and government to support them.National Youth Development Agency chairperson Yershen Pillay was on hand to receive the Step Up 2 a Start Up Award on behalf of his organisation for the work it had done in supporting youth in business. “Entrepreneurship is the engine of an economy,” said Pillay. “Unfortunately, we come from a culture that prizes job seeking instead of job creation.”Yet despite this, he said, South African youth were becoming a lot more innovative with their ideas, which could lift the country’s economy, particularly when it came to the environment. “The young are looking at pollution not as a challenge but as a business opportunity. It will transform our economy.”Actress Thulo said her life was changing slowly, veering towards entrepreneurship. “By becoming an entrepreneur I tapped into a creativity I didn’t know I had.”The author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki, gave some sage business advice through a video message made specifically for the event. “Learn to fail faster and when you do, don’t beat yourself up. Design products, make it, sell it,” said the American businessman.