…local economists disagree, faults Govt lack of job creation, firing of thousands of GuyaneseWith the unemployment rate of persons over 15 years lingering at 12 per cent and youth unemployment at 21.6 per cent, Guyana’s woeful joblessness rate has been linked to the Government’s fight against financial crimes and the so called ‘underground’ economy.Chief Statistician Ian Manifold handling over a copy of the quarterly Guyana Labour Force Survey to Finance Secretary Hector Butts in March at the Marriott HotelIn an interview with the media on the sidelines of a training exercise on Monday, State Assets Recovery Agency (SARU) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Retmyer spoke about the entity’s fight against capital flight. He noted that policy analysts are still trying to quantify the Government’s impact on problems like capital flight and procurement fraud.“That’s something that we’re working on to determine after 2015, what difference has occurred. And it’s an exercise we do have some people in the agency, the policy analysts, are working on to determine by how much have we reduced procurement fraud and capital flight.”“People for example complain that when the drug money was here, they use to get jobs. That’s evidence that we’ve impacted the underground economy,” Retmyer claimed. “But by how much I can’t say. We have to find a way to quantify that.”A quarterly Labour Force Survey done during the period July to September 2017 had revealed that the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 12 per cent, with the situation for women being substantially worse than that for men.The survey was done from a total population of 550,831 persons 15 years and above, with some 72.2 per cent living in urban areas. From this figure, only 271,068 comprised the total employed population during the time of the quarterly survey.SARA CEO Aubrey RetmyerMales accounted for 166,873 and females 104,195. Urban workers totalled 188,774, while the rural area had 82,294 workers. The labour force participation rate for all persons aged 15 and above is 56 per cent, roughly equal to the corresponding 2012 value of 55.7 per cent. All other data gathered were compared to information continued in the 2012 census.According to the findings of the survey, unemployment among women was 15.3 per cent and among men 9.9 per cent. The youth unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds was almost twice that of adults, with 21.6 per cent. Young women were found to continue facing severe hardship, with 28 per cent of them being unemployed.Anti-corruption policyRetmyer also noted that SARA would have to work with other Government agencies that have lost due to financial crimes; in order to get this data. In the case of gold smuggling, Retmyer spoke of Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) that will be inked to increase collaboration between agencies. In addition, Retmyer said that an anti-corruption policy is being developed.“In terms of the gold, we’ve begun to draw a Memorandum of Understanding with agencies in the country. The United Nations sent a long list and we’ve been working with the anti-corruption representative to this country to answer those questions and to begin to formulate an anti-corruption policy.”“We have the AML (Anti Money Laundering) people; they’ve been here and will be returning to deal with money laundering. And various other agencies, they’re overlapping, but we will have to respond to each and we are working to ensure that we have a common position on each.”A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SARA and the Financial Intelligence Unit on Monday. It is understood that at this signing, SARA Director, Professor Clive Thomas announced that persons who stole and want to voluntarily return State assets could strike a deal.The MoU in question addresses issues relating to the sharing of information between the two agencies in the fight against financial crimes. Inter-agency collaboration is an important part of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism fight.However, when contacted by this publication, several local economic commentators disagreed with Retmyer’s statement.According to one economist, continued growth and improvement in Guyana cannot continue if investors’ confidence continues to be eroded. He noted that the high unemployment rate is as a result of the more than 10,000 Guyanese, who have lost their jobs since the present Administration took office.The economist pointed to the 2000 Amerindian Community Support Officers (CSO) who were the first on the breadline, then thousands of sugar workers, who were fired from Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Additionally, Barama Company Limited was forced to close its operations after several of its concessions were taken back by Government. The booming construction sector has since faded, the expert noted, causing a lot of labourers and ordinary tradesmen to lose their jobs.He noted that added that there are also thousands of persons, graduating from the University of Guyana each year but are unable to jobs.According to another economist, there has been lack of significant new investments in the last three years since investors and the business sector has lost confidence in the Government’s ability to honour agreements that were made by the past Administration. Added to this, the economist said, is the agenda and unchecked power of Special Orgainsed Crime Unit (SOCU) and State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA). The economist noted that investors and the business community will look at the charges against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former head of NICIL, Winston Brassington, and may be intimidated into entering contracts since they will be unsure if these will be honoured in the future.
Olivier Giroud Lower league opposition have already defied the odds to reach the quarter-finals of the FA cup this season, but there was to be no shock on the cards at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal continued their trophy defence against a disappointing Middlesbrough.Bradford and Reading both caused cup upsets by toppling Premier League opposition, yet a much-fancied Middlesbrough failed to live up to their pre-match hype as Arsenal dominated throughout.Olivier Giroud’s first-half double handed Arsene Wenger’s side complete control over the Championship high-flyers and, in truth, the scoreline flattened a lacklustre Boro with Tomas Mejias producing a string of impressive saves.A late flurry from the visitors saw a Kike header strike the woodwork, but the Gunners could have racked up a more comprehensive result with sharper finishing.Arsenal made a predictably measured start to proceedings, allowing plenty of touches for debutant Gabriel Paulista at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s back-four, with Santi Cazorla’s dipping free-kick testing the hands of Tomas Mejias early on.Kenneth Omeruo’s inch-perfect tackle prevented Alexis Sanchez from connecting with Danny Welbeck’s neat flick inside the box, before Giroud sent a curling effort towards the top corner only for the Boro goalkeeper to parry the ball to safety.But a typically stylish Arsenal move carved open the first goal of the tie on 26 minutes. Studied approach play from the home side was injected with purpose when Cazorla found Kieran Gibbs with acres of space on the left, whose crisp pass across the face of goal was poked home by Giroud.And the Frenchman was on target again three minutes later to undo all of Middlesbrough’s early resilience. The 28-year-old latched onto Sanchez’s in-swinging corner for his tenth goal of the season, firing an exquisite first-time volley past Mejias with the visitors’ marking leaving little to be desired.The Championship side fashioned their first shot five minutes before the break when Albert Adomah fired a skidding drive towards goal, but was foiled by a comfortable save from Wojciech Szczesny who returned to Wenger’s starting line-up at the expense of David Ospina.The hosts resumed full control after the restart and could have put the game beyond any doubt on 52 minutes when Calum Chambers set-up compatriot Danny Welbeck with a clever pass, but the England striker’s attempted dink over the on-rushing Mejias bobbled wide.The ex-Real Madrid shot-stopper was then called into action to deny the slippery Ozil from firing in Arsenal’s third, but Mejias produced his best save of the match just after the hour mark, reacting expertly to tip Sanchez’s point-blank header around the post.A superb last-ditch challenge from Tottenham loanee Ryan Fredericks foiled the advancing Sanchez, before a rare Middlesbrough corner almost led to the Gunners’ third. The hosts countered with pace and verve culminating with Cazorla in possession on the edge of the Boro box but, surprisingly, the stand-in skipper lacked composure, thumping the ball over the crossbar.The arrival of Theo Walcott exposed Middlesbrough’s tiring backline, but the 25-year-old was denied by the brilliant Mejias. Szczesny was then extended for the first time when Adomah’s sizzling effort whistled past the post, before Kike sent an arrowed header into the woodwork, but it was all too little too late for Boro.With little threat coming from Aitor Karanka’s side Arsenal sealed the win with minimal fuss and with Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City already eliminated, many will fancy Wenger’s side to go all the way for a second consecutive season. 1
FIFA’s ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA’s ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.A spokesman for Platini’s lawyer Thibaut D’Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA’s ethics committee refused to comment.French sports daily L’Equipe reported D’Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a “pure scandal” and “disproportionate” and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini’s hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.D’Ales added: “This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.“In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate.”Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, opened proceedings against the pair on Monday after studying reports from investigators and a decision is expected before Christmas.Blatter and Platini – who are both provisionally suspended for 90 days – are facing Charges of four ethics code breaches: mismanagement, conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation with or criticising the ethics committee.Other senior FIFA figures previously to receive lifetime bans include Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), Chuck Blazer (USA), Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar) and Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka). 1 Michel Platini
A Donegal farmer, who sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a cow, has said he is lucky to be alive.Brendan McLaughlin, 66, was on his farm near Manorcunningham treating a sick calf when the incident unfolded.Mr McLaughlin, who farms 86 acres of land, is also the vice chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association. Bones in his leg and foot were broken and he was taken to hospital.“The heifer had calved and the calf took sick,” Mr McLaughlin told the BBC.“I have escape gates and everything but I didn’t see this coming. I’ll never trust a heifer again.“She came behind me to the gate. She looked at me and didn’t move. I ran then as hard as I could. “I ran through a feeding barrier which was only 12 inches wide, but she got me. She pinned my foot to the barrier with her head.”Brendan McLaughlin has been a farmer for 40 years and decided to speak out to raise awareness for other farmers.“Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I was on my back before I knew it and kind of passed out.“I had my phone in my pocket which was lucky and I got hold of my wife.“The pain was severe and I knew there was damage done. I’m lucky to be alive. “I broke the tibia in one place and broke the bottom of my heel. I have pins in my foot and the leg too.“My message for farmers is never to trust a cow or any animal on a farm. You can have all the safety measures in the world but never trust a cow.”Farmer issues warning after being attacked by cow was last modified: May 10th, 2018 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:attacksBrendan McLaughlincowsdonegalfar
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOnce again this postseason, it seems everyone is angry except for the Sharks and their fans after their 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.In the Vegas series, it was the penalty that led to four Game 7 power play goals. Against Colorado, it was a challenged offside call that negated a key Game 7 goal. This time, it appears the officials missed a handpass …
The R2-billion investment will createas many as 2 000 jobs in East London.(Image: Mercedes-Benz) The MBSA East London plant is expectedto install the latest technology to producethe C-Class in 2014.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Annelise van der LaanMercedes-Benz SA+27 012 677 1903 or +27 82 820 7546RELATED ARTICLES• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• A joule of an energy-efficient car• World’s first hybrid sports car in SA• Solar water heating plant opensMotor industry to gather speedShamin ChibbaThis Christmas, it is not the Star of Bethlehem that will shine brightest but the three-armed star of the Mercedes-Benz logo that would guide South Africans to prosperity.Parent company Daimler AG confirmed on 7 December that it will invest R2-billion (US$290.4-million) into the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant in East London for production of the next-generation C-Class series.The plant will be one of four manufacturing locations in the world producing the popular model. The other three production facilities are based in Germany, China and the US.According to MBSA spokesperson Annelise van der Laan, the investment will create more jobs. “We expect about 1 500 to 2 000 new job opportunities, mainly at the supplier level,” she said.“The investment is for preparation and installation of new equipment, the latest manufacturing technology, training and skills development. Further investment at supplier level is expected,” said Van der Laan.MBSA are said to be exporting the cars to markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.Excellent production qualityDaimler AG board of management member Wolfgang Bernhard said MBSA East London was chosen for its superior production quality and its recognition as one of the best plants in the industry.“MBSA has managed to provide us with a business and production plan that is competitive globally. Hence, our decision to build the next-generation of our C-Class at the East London plant is a logical step.”Hansgeorg Niefer, MBSA’s CEO, expressed his delight that the facility was selected to continue building this particular range, which it has done since the mid-1990s.“Just recently we exported the 100 000th C-Class built in East London. In the first quarter of next year we should reach the half-million mark of C-Class vehicles produced locally since 1994, the model’s start of production in South Africa.”New model, new technologyNiefer said more than a dozen new technologies would be brought to South Africa for the car and production processes.“MBSA will localise more than 40% of the components for this new vehicle. We expect to see more investors and new suppliers, all with the latest technologies, coming to the country.”Niefer added that, depending on market demand, the plant has the capacity to add a third shift which would allow it to run 24 hours per working day.He emphasised that the investment into the East London plant is one of many made in the last 10 years – a total of over R5-billion ($726-million).Van der Laan was mum on the details regarding the range’s design and features. “As the model is only due for release in 2014, details on design, styling, special features, new technology and pricing will not be made available due to the competitive nature of the auto industry,” she said.The R2-billion investment would create as much as 2 000 jobs in East London.
President Jacob Zuma addresses businessleaders during his state visit to China in August 2010(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlatsi MmineleDepartment of Foreign Affairs media liaison+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432 RELATED ARTICLES • SA possible new BRIC member • SA-China trade ties to strengthen • India-South Africa trade booming • SA, Russia sign uranium deal• South Africa-Brazil cement tiesSource: BUANewsSouth Africa’s invitation by BRIC (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China) to join the bloc as a full member will propel the country to new heights.“It can expect to boost investment and trade opportunities for the country, as it has done for the other four states comprising the informal grouping,” said the International Marketing Council of South Africa’s CEO, Miller Matola.BRIC will account for 61% of global growth in three years’ time, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“The fact that South Africa has the opportunity to be affiliated to this group of powerful emerging economies underlines two main points. The country is recognised as a developing economy of significance in its own right, but also that it is the gateway to the continent of Africa – the next growth superstar,” said Matola.Matola expressed his belief that this is a good step for South Africa, not only economically but also politically. He said a new world order is unfolding where economic clout – and therefore political power – is shifting from West to East, with the BRIC countries as the visible face of this movement.South Africa, along with other emerging economies, has long been punting for a greater role in international organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.Enhancing South Africa’s influenceMatola added that the invitation to join BRIC, combined with South Africa’s renewed membership of the UN Security Council, will enhance the country’s influence in this regard too.He predicted important opportunities opening up on the investment and trade front, with private companies possibly finding it easier to gain a foothold into BRIC markets. Partnerships with BRIC-based companies may also bloom.“This might become particularly important as South Africa is already the biggest emerging economy investor in the continent and its companies are active in at least half of all African countries,” Matola said.Joining BRIC – soon to be BRICS – will also mean that South Africa must use these new opportunities to increase its competitive edge.Last year, the country’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum dropped, but its performance has in fact remained stable. Rather, the decline reflects improvements from other countries and their ability to spur growth.“South Africa will play in a different league and as such, will have to improve its delivery and performance,” said Matola.“To draw South Africa into this powerful club underlines the country’s growing international role and its future significance for those who want to make use of the expanding African opportunities.“It is, in fact, an association that does not only benefit the group, but the emerging world as a whole and Africa, in particular,” he said.It is expected that South Africa will be accepted formally as a new BRIC member at these emerging powers’ next summit in April.+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1921:bric-230810&catid=45:economynews&Itemid=114#ixzz1BYvpAL57
This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 30, 2018. Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberLast month we focused on the wealth of information found in data and reports made publicly available by the Department of Defense. We discussed how the 2016 Demographics Report provides both general information as well as more specific details that might be of use to those working with military families. In this blog, we consider some of the information that DOD provides to Congress on an annual basis. These reports help to shed light on priorities and efforts that have been made in such areas as family readiness and support.What Can We Learn from the DoD’s Annual Report?One very helpful resource is the DOD’s Annual Report to the Congressional Committees on the Department of Defense Policy and Plans for Military Family Readiness. With such a long title, we’ll call it the Family Readiness report for short. A wide range of topics are covered, touching on many of the topics that we explore and share in the Military Families Learning Network. This includes such topics as child care, education, personal finance, and individual and family life. A review of recent reports reveals some following facts and figures:In 2016, there were about 1.1 million kids in active duty military families ranging from newborns all the way up to 22 years of age (page 3). About 75 percent of these kids were under the age of 12 (page 3). Contrary to popular perception, most families do not live on military installations. In 2014, almost 3 out of 4 families lived “outside the gate” (page 4).Just by taking these three pieces of information together, we gain a better understanding of some of the priorities in connecting families to resources and challenges in taking into account access to resources. Those interested and engaged in family support functions are able to gain a clearer picture of how families might be dispersed across communities and that access and availability to services may vary by location. This also helps us to understand the DOD’s priorities, outlined in the 2016 Family Readiness report, in forging links to community-based organizations and in providing more online reference and support services.The DOD recognizes the importance of providing support to families with special needs in terms of health care and/or educational accommodation. Each year, the DOD’s Office of Special Needs (OSN) issues its Annual Report to the Congressional Defense Committees on the Activities of the Office of Special Needs. We’ll call this the OSN Report for short and it provides important insights on trends and actions.Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Trends:In these reports, you will learn about trends and developments with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Each service branch operates an EFMP with the OSN providing support and promoting the development of standardized and best practices across the branches. The most recent OSN report notes that there are now about 120,000 EFMP family members across the services. Recent reports illustrate the attention that is being given to various EFMP functions. One area of emphasis is in family support. This includes non-clinical case management for families and the development of tools to better coordinate access to care and services. We also learn that families have voice in OSN efforts through the DOD Advisory Panel on Community Support for Families with Special Needs.Knowledge is Crucial in Helping Us Understand and PlanThese and other reports offered by DOD are helpful resources providing data and facts – as well as explanatory context. I always tell my students “go to the source.” The relative ease in accessing these documents online makes this an easy journey.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, has directed the police to smoke out the insurgents responsible behind the recent bomb explosions in the State. Two BSF jawans were killed and three persons, including a woman and a girl, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a BSF camp at Koirenggei on Wednesday. On Thursday, an Assam Rifles personnel was wounded when two bombs exploded in Imphal.Mr. Singh said that no solution can be found by resorting to violence. “The government strongly condemns the senseless violence,” he said.Meanwhile an outlawed outfit, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak, has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the BSF camp. The outfit also expressed regret for hurting the civilians.Mr. Singh said that while doors for negotiations were open, no stones would be left unturned to deal firmly with those who resorted to violence. He added that security has been beefed up in all trouble-prone areas in the state.
The Ganjam district administration is developing a free mobile app to help students of Odia medium schools enhance their knowledge via tutorials in their first language.The app, a first of its kind in Odisha, is expected to become operational in the next two or three months. School students of the district will be able to use it from the start of the next academic session, said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. Along with Odia medium students from Ganjam, children in other parts of the State will also be able to benefit from this free app.Recording of videos of best teachers of the district explaing important chapters in Odia has already started. These videos will be uploaded to ‘YouTube’ and their links will be provided on the app. Besides the videos, the app will also provide detailed study materials and interactive practice tests. “We thought of developing this app to provide resources to Odia medium school students on par with those studying in English medium private schools,” said Mr. Kulange. Most educational apps for school students are in English or Hindi and some of them charge money for their services. The Ganjam administration is planning to utilise increasing penetration of Internet and smartphones to rural areas to help Odia medium students learn better. Materials provided in the app will also help school students of rural areas who have little or no access to tuitions or coaching classes.Help for teachersThe school education app is also expected to help teachers share their best teaching practices. Using it, parents will also able to understand and keep track of what is being taught to their children in schools, said District Education Officer Sanatan Panda.Those schools in rural Ganjam which are still out of reach of Internet connectivity will be provided tablets with materials of the app loaded to its internal memory that can be used offline. The Ganjam District Collector chaired a meeting at Chatrapur on Sunday evening to discuss the progress in development of this app. Teachers in Ganjam are enthusiastic about this app as it will help them present their best teaching practices before a larger audience throughout the State. “This app will also increase love and respect of youngsters towards Odia language. It will make them feel that modern facilities of education are also available to them in their mother tongue,” Mr. Kulange.