Never a dull moment during GECOM’s statutory meeting (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,There is never a dull moment during a statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). On Tuesday we received an invoice from the Law Firm of Fraser, Housty and Yearwood for work done by Teni Housty during the 64.6 hours he spent representing the CEO in the application for Judicial Review filed in the Berbice High Court, where he made two appearances. The application was dismissed, not on Housty’s affidavit of defence or submissions, but on a Police report which was ordered by the Judge who was hearing the matter.Remember, Ashton Chase, SC invoiced the GECOM for a total of $950,000 for a High Court and Court of Appeal matter? Well, Housty charges an hourly rate of $50,000, so his invoice total is $3,230,000 and this was approved by the Chairman who wrote a note thereon to his secretary to forward it to the Finance Subcommittee. We are still to get a final invoice from the CEO’s other lawyer, Roysdale Forde, whose initial $2,280,000 was already approved by the Chairman. Chase, SC remains unpaid. There is no indication from which line item in the budget these sums are extracted.There was a very lengthy discussion about the use of proxies by polling agents of political parties if they are serving outside of their respective constituencies. The majority decision taken is that the matter be discussed after the LGE and a decision be taken on the issues of proxies and/or Certificates of Employment for polling agents, long before GECOM enters the ‘operational mode’ for the 2020 elections.Our meeting came to an abrupt end at 16:45h when the Chairman’s secretary sent in a note to inform that there was a fire risk due to melting and burning of a main electricity supply line attached to the building. The meeting was abruptly adjourned and we were hurriedly ushered out of the building, As I said, never a dull moment! Until next week.Sincerely,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissionerGECOMlast_img read more

Cassava Processors, Stakeholders Complete Study Tour of Nigeria

first_imgA 19-person delegation comprising processors and stakeholders from the cassava sector of Liberia have returned home after completing a one-week cassava study tour of Nigeria.The visit afforded them the opportunity to learn about Nigeria’s cassava sector success stories, the challenges involved and the ways to improve the cassava business to ensure sustainability in job creation and the improvement of food security.The tour was the second of its kind sponsored by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA). In November 2016, LADA sponsored a similar study tour in rice industrialization and commercialization in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).The cassava study tour was supported by the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC), a MOA project, sponsored by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.Cassava is a major crop cultivated by both small and large scale farmers in Liberia.Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world and has taken major steps to industrialize and commercialize cassava production. Nigeria produces over 19% of the world production followed by Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.While in Nigeria the Liberian delegation visited a number of important institutions including FIIRO-Industrial Research Institute in Lagos, responsible for research on cassava utilization and processing; Psaltery International (Ado-Awaiye); Starch Factory and Eagleson Cassava (Iseyin, Oyo State), producer of high quality cassava flour, cassava starch, and gari.Another major establishment toured by the delegation was the Niji Lucas Enterprise (Ilero, Oyo State), producer of fabricated farming machineries, starch and high quality cassava flour. This enterprise also has a cassava plantation of over 4,000 acres. The team also visited the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a cassava research venture, to assess the different technologies available, and several food laboratories and cassava businesses in Lagos.The Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA) foresees that cassava will improve the livelihoods of rural people and boost the economy.“The cassava study tour was a great experience for us as processors. It gave us the opportunity to see how our country can use mechanized equipment to produce more cassava to sell on the market. We lack the capacity to produce more cassava as the production of the crop is still being done manually. Now that the government and international partners are working to procure modern equipment that will boost production, we are getting ready for the market,” said Angie Howard, proprietor of Falama Incorporated.Madam Howard stated that for Liberia to become successful in the cassava industry, the government must also introduce a policy that will enhance the production and processing of cassava.“We need a regulation that will require that every bread flour or bread produced in Liberia must contain 10 percent cassava to ensure increased market opportunity for both farmers and processors,” she stated.For her part, Gertrude Cooper of the New Generational Women Farmers in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County said: “We are very thankful to the government and LADA for affording us the opportunity to travel to Nigeria and experience how our country can boost cassava production to create jobs and end hunger.”Others inspect various cassava productsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BÍGÍ RÉIDH – CEILIRÚDH CAINTE DÉ MÁIRT 11/11/14

first_imgBain triail as an dúshlán ó Chonradh na Gaeilge do dhaoine  óga ar fud na tíre.An DúshlánIs í aidhm an dúshláin seo ná daoine óga a spreagadh chun labhairt as Gaeilge amháin do 24 uair a’ chloig: sa bhaile, ar scoil, le siopaí agus gnólachtaí, timpeall an bhaile, le cairde, sa chlub spóirt nó óige agus eile! An DátaDé Máirt 11 Samhain 2014- nó lá eile a oireann don scoil an tseachtain sin* Is gá spéis a léiriú roimh 17/10 chun cártaí urraíochta a fháil* Is gá uimhreacha a dheimhniú roimh 24/10 le cinntiú go bhfaighidh gach dalta pacáisteCén FáthSeo an tríú bliain de Gaeilge 24. Gach bliain bíonn níos mó scoileanna páirteach agus is breá leis na daltaí an dúshlánCuideoidh sé le hintinní na ndaoine óga a oscailt & eispéireas dearfach a thabhairt dóibh maidir le húsáid na Gaeilge ina saoil.Beidh na mílte ag glacadh páirte ann. Táimid ag tnúth le breis is 200 scoil i mbliana agus 20,000 daltaCéard a fhaigheann na daltaí le cabhrú leo ar an lá???Táimid ag iarraidh ar gach dalta €10/ £8 a bhailiú don charthanacht.Gheobhaidh gach dalta an pacáiste thios.10 Smaoineamh don Mhúinteoir: Leag amach clár ama don lá le go leor rudaí éagsúla ag tarlúint sa scoil as GaeilgeDéan bratfhógra mór & póstaeir don scoil faoin láTabhair greamáin do gach Múinteoir gur féidir leo labhairt as GaeilgeDéan seoladh oifigiúil sa scoil le hAoichainteoir áitiúil le GaeilgeCuir scéal chuig stáisiúin raidió áitiúla faoin dúshlán sa scoilLá Spóirt as Gaeilge/ Turas as Gaeilge nó Físeán Ceoil a thaifeadadh as GaeilgeEagraigh cluichí ar nós Scrabble, Comhaireamh Síos, An Crochadóir as GaeilgeCan amhráin i nGaeilge i lár an bhaileScaip bileoga le frásaí úsáideacha ar shiopaí áitiúla is ar thuismitheoirí. Mínigh go bhfuil ról ag gach duine an dúshlán a chur i gcrích (is féidir le daltaí siopaí a roghnú mar thionscnamh/ obair bhaile sna seachtainí roimh ré)Nasc le scoileanna eile atá ag tabhairt faoin dúshlán don lá- skype as GaeilgeCá dTéann an Brabús?Tabharfar gach brabús do Chonradh na Gaeilge chun tacú le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge ar fud na hÉireann. Tá Conradh na Gaeilge cláraithe mar    charthanacht: Uimhir Charthanachta: CHY 3094.Caitheadh an Brabús ó 2013 ar chúpla tionscnamh faoi leith:Forbairt Stiúideo Raidió Rí-Rá:Stáisiún raidió dírithe ar dhaoine óga.  Seinntear gnáthcheol ar an stáisiún ach bíonn an chaint as Gaeilge. Ceannaíodh trealamh breise don StiúideoLá Mór na Gaeilge:10,000 ar na sráideanna ag siúl ar son Cearta Teanga- An méid is mó le 50 bliain anuas. Caitheadh airgead ar eagrúcháin. m.sh. bratacha & póstaeir& go leor leor eile Conas gur féidir liom ClárúIs féidir clárú ag an nasc seoMuna bhfuil na sonraí ar fad ar eolas agat is féidir an fhoirm a líonadh amach agus na sonraí a dheimhniú linn roimh Dé hAoine 24/10/14Déan teagmháil linn le huimhreacha a dheimhniú nó le ceist ar bith:+353 (0)1 4757401 | Gaeilge24@cnag.ieBÍGÍ RÉIDH – CEILIRÚDH CAINTE DÉ MÁIRT 11/11/14 was last modified: August 28th, 2014 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:CEILIRÚDH CAINTE DÉ MÁIRTspeak Irishlast_img read more

Big 2nd half for St. Bernard’s leads to rout of Casa Grande

first_imgEureka >> The St. Bernard’s Crusaders overcame a mistake-filled first half and the sweltering heat to defeat the Casa Grande Gauchos 42-14 on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Academy.The Crusaders turned a close game into a blowout, as they scored 28-straight points in the second half en route to the dominant victory.But the Crusaders performance in the first half appeared to be anything but dominant. St. Bernard’s took a 7-0 lead when quarterback TJ Campbell found Diego Perez for a 13-yard …last_img

Eureka slips past St. Bernard’s

first_imgBrady Munson delivered five strong innings in his start at pitcher and the Eureka High baseball team downed St. Bernard’s 4-2 in a closely contested non-conference battle, Tuesday afternoon at St. Bernard’s High.After two scoreless innings to start Tuesday’s game Eureka broke through in the third, scoring a pair of runs off a walk and a Munson RBI single. Isaak Guitierrez, with the bases loaded, took a walk from St. Bernard’s starting pitcher Nick Dugan to post the visitor’s first run of the …last_img

Coca-Cola pours $54m into plant

first_imgThe new bottling plant will bring benefits forthe community and the environment.(Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos)The South African operation of Coca-Cola is to invest US$54-million (R400-million) into a new bottling plant for its Valpré brand of mineral water. The plant will be built in Heidelberg, 42km south of Johannesburg.Valpré spring water is currently bottled in Polokwane, Limpopo province. The brand’s biggest markets are in the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces.The announcement came in mid-October 2009. Speaking at the event, Coca-Cola South Africa president Bill Egbe said the investment would ensure the continuity of supply and demand for the company’s brands, and help reduce its carbon footprint through shorter transportation distances.Coca-Cola made its debut on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2009 and is committed to sustainable practices in the environments and communities in which it operates.The company spent three years looking for the ideal place to build a second Valpré bottling plant and decided on Heidelberg because the land’s geology and chemical properties of its underground water are similar to those of Polokwane.Furthermore, the site is close enough to the target market to make a substantial difference in transport-related carbon emissions.The plant, a joint venture between Coca-Cola South Africa and Coca-Cola Shanduka, is expected to be ready by September 2010. In 2007 Shanduka, a black-owned investment company, bought a 70% shareholding in Scarlet Ibis Investment 3, one of Coca-Cola’s four local bottlers. The parent company retains a stake, but all operations are now managed by the major shareholder.Building communitiesThe new Valpré plant is expected to create about 300 jobs in Heidelberg. In addition to its environmental commitment, Coca-Cola South Africa strives for the economic development of communities in South Africa.“We believe projects such as the bottling plant will assist government to reach its unemployment alleviation targets and as such we’re proud to be part of that movement for change,” said Egbe.Heidelberg lies in the Lesedi local municipality. Speaking at the ceremony, Lesedi executive mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng said the new plant would not only help to fight poverty, but would put the municipality on the bottled water map.She assured the community that there would be no water shortages as a result of the plant, and that systems would be put into place to ensure that the whole community benefits from the project.“We have to be involved in the communities we operate in,” added Egbe.He promised those present that no graves would be tampered with during construction. The plant is to stand on a 500ha plot which consists of two idle farms joined together. The company will also make sure that the few remaining residents on the farms are looked after.According to Coca-Cola, the water in the area will last for a few hundred years, as long as there is rain – but the company has conducted a thorough assessment of the valuable resource and has pledged to use only 6% of that annual rainfall.Responsible business practiceThe plant itself, which will require just over $13.4-million (R100-million) to complete, will include a cutting-edge filling and packaging section that will enable the bottles to be manufactured, filled and sealed in a single continuous process. At no stage will they leave the production line or be handled manually, which eliminates any risk of contamination.According to project manager Casper Durandt, this is a first for South Africa, placing the plant on the same level as other world-class facilities. Its initial bottling capacity is 50-million litres per year. This will gradually increase to 150-million litres as the plant comes fully online.But not all the investment will be spent on the plant. The rest of the funds will be used to build infrastructure and equip buildings with the latest environment-efficient systems, as well as to rehabilitate open land to original Highveld grassland. The company will draw water from the ground using solar power, and an on-site recycling centre is also being planned.The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will keep an eye on operations, ensuring that Coca-Cola complies with legal requirements and standards.Global brandsValpré bottled spring water is available in South Africa in still and sparkling varieties. The company also produces Bonaqua, a range of prepared water products. With these two products Coca-Cola is believed to hold about 60% of the bottled water market in South Africa.Other Coca-Cola brands available locally include the Bibo range of fruit punches, Minute Maid juices, the Appletiser and Powerade ranges, Nestea ready-to-drink products, Sparletta carbonated drinks and a number of licensed brands such as Schweppes.Coca-Cola has been active in South Africa since 1928 when the first bottling plant and distribution centre were opened in Johannesburg. South Africa is Coca-Cola’s top market on the continent, and according to the company, consistently ranks among the top 10 performers within the group.The local branch is part of the Eurasia and Africa group, with the Africa group office based in Johannesburg.last_img read more

Finally! A trophy worth bringing home

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On my son’s window sill sit about six trophies from his days of playing anything from soccer to baseball, basketball to flag football. But the newest addition to his collection is the one that should mean the most.Two years ago, Calvin decided he wanted to join the Cub Scouts. At that time our lives were already busy and adding another weekly meeting to our schedule seemed more like a chore at first. So to be sure it would be time well spent, I ask Cal if he would stick with it once he got started. He was so excited that we were even thinking about letting him join, that the answer to that question was easy to see by the wide grin on his face.I can’t say enough about what Cub Scouts has done for my little guy. He sees the world much differently after the lessons learned and the good deeds done. His grasp of responsibility has emerged and his confidence level is at an all-time high after volunteering to say the “Scout Oath” in front of the entire pack at a meeting last month (he might just be as big of a ham as his Dad).The activities keep him going all year long. We have spring and fall camp outs. We volunteer in parts of our community that might need a helping hand and this year he even learned CPR. For both Calvin and I, the best part of the year is getting a car ready for the annual Pinewood Derby Races. We have used the past couple of Christmas Breaks to get our ride ready for the track. Last year was our rookie season and I didn’t know the first thing about how to make that little car go. I let Cal design the car and put the weights on where he saw fit. Even with my lack of knowledge, it was difficult to not “butt in” and help a little more to make sure we came in with a respectable time (and hopefully just made it down the track).I think he and I would call year one a success. We didn’t have the fastest hot rod, but we didn’t have the slowest one either. But boy did that car look good!As soon as we left last year’s race he was talking about how to make an even better car this year. He heard from other scouts that putting more weight on the back of the car would make it faster and that aerodynamics can make a big difference too.Right after we picked up this year’s rectangular, unfinished block of wood, Cal told me he wanted to make this car look like a piece of cheese. I told him that Ohio was the No. 1 producing Swiss Cheese state in the nation and within a split second his mind was made up.Work began as we made that unimaginative block into a yellow wedge with randomly placed and sized dots of black paint. After a few days, “Holey Cow” was ready to go!Cal was excited and a little nervous (his Dad was too) to see how much he had improved his model from just a year ago. There would be an hour of racing 80 grueling heats of three cars to find out.In Calvin’s first heat, he was the first to cross the finish line and he was elated. Minutes later another first place and then yet another. Three for three was a start neither of us expected. We came up against some stiff competition as the morning went on and the last three heats had us in 2nd, 2nd and 1st!After all of the times were tallied, it was time to announce the winners. Wouldn’t you know it that the Third Place trophy for the den went to none other than Calvin Higgins.I was very proud, but I couldn’t show it too much with the other dads milling around. Needless to say Cal was proud too and he clenched that trophy tight all the way home. This trophy was different. This trophy meant something more. This trophy was earned and not just given for showing up, like the six previous ones were.The score was kept. The results were real. The effort paid off. Now THAT is a trophy worth bringing home. Calvin has already made room for an even bigger trophy next year and he already has a plan to make that happen.last_img read more

The FHA’s PowerSaver Program

first_imgOne of the principal goals identified by the White House in its Recovery Through Retrofit initiative, announced in 2009, was to generate homeowner interest in energy efficiency improvements and, in the process, develop a self-sustaining retrofit industry.To that end, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week introduced a pilot program called PowerSaver, which will offer homeowners loans of as much as $25,000 for energy-efficiency upgrades, including the installation of insulation, duct sealing, door and window replacement, more efficient HVAC systems and water heaters, and the installation of photovoltaic, solar thermal, or geothermal systems.With terms of up to 20 years and rates from 5% to 7%, depending on the borrower’s credit score, the loans will be made available to about 30,000 homeowners via 18 lenders that have been approved to participate in the program. The lenders will retain 10% of the risk of each loan they write, and the Federal Housing Authority will insure the remaining 90% against default.A jump-start for energy retrofits?As home equity continues to slip or stagnate, there may well be significant homeowner interest in the PowerSaver initiative, particularly because other financing options for such improvements, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, are relatively scarce. Funded by local bond issues, PACE loans in fact took a hit last year when mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ruled that because the loans have “super-priority lien” status over first mortgages, they rendered the first mortgages of PACE-participating households ineligible for Fannie and Freddie’s underwriting.The press release about PowerSaver was careful to note that loans obtained through the program “generally will be secured by a mortgage or deed on the home that is subordinate to any existing first mortgage.” HUD predicts that the pilot program will create more than 3,000 jobs, although its impact on employment will be greater if it seeds further demand for retrofit services and attracts a larger share of lending community.Lenders participating in PowerSaver include Admirals Bank; AFC First Financial Corporation; Bank of Colorado; City of Boise, Idaho; Energy Finance Solutions; Enterprise Cascadia; HomeStreet Bank; Neighbor’s Financial Corporation; Paramount Equity Mortgage; Quicken Loans; SOFCU Community Credit Union; Stonegate Mortgage Corporation; Sun West Mortgage Company; The Bank at Broadmoor; University of Virginia Community Credit Union; Viewtech Financial Services; WinTrust Mortgage; and W. J. Bradley Mortgage Capital Corporation.last_img read more

Breaking Down Mike Gundy’s 104 Wins

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One-hundred and four wins. An astonishing number. That’s 42 more than Pat Jones who was the previous record holder in Oklahoma State coaching history. Gundy is more than a full Jimmy Johnson (30-25-2) ahead of Jones, and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon.There have been blowouts (Savannah) and nail-biters (all the Kansas State games). There have been ugly, slogging affairs (Montana State). There have been barn-burning shootouts (every Tech game). There have been unranked road wins and highly-ranked home losses. When you’ve coached 154 games in your career there will be a little bit of everything.So let’s look at them. How good is Gundy on the road against the spread? What about at home when getting 3+ turnovers? What about in bowl games? We did this exercise last year before Gundy topped the century mark, and it was a lot of fun so I thought we should bring it back this season before the games get cranking. A look at Gundy’s 104 wins in a variety of ways. Most data came from Team Rankings or CFB Reference. Also, if you have requests, send them and we can try to figure them out for a follow-up post.AdChoices广告OverallHome: 60-19 (80%)Road: 34-25 (58%)Neutral: 10-6 (63%)Conference: 63-39 (62%)Non-Conference: 41-11 (79%)Bowls: 7-4 (64%)Homecoming: 8-4 (66%)As a FavoriteOverall: 80-12 (87%)Home: 48-6 (89%)Road: 25-5 (83%)As an UnderdogOverall: 17-38 (31%)Home: 6-13 (32%)Road: 9-20 (31%)Coming off a …Loss: 27-18 (60%)Win: 65-30 (68%)Bye: 17-13 (57%)Against the SpreadAs home favorite: 34-20 (63%)As road favorite: 17-11-2 (61%)As home dog: 8-10-1 (44%)As road dog: 13-16 (45%)When scoring …19 or less: 1-13 (7%)20 or more: 103-37 (74%)30 or more: 91-18 (83%)40 or more: 57-4 (93%)50 or more: 31-0 (100%)60 or more: 11-0 (100%)When holding teams to …20 or less: 54-0 (100%)30 or less: 78-9 (90%)40 or less: 100-24 (81%)50 or less: 103-43 (71%)60 or less: 104-48 (68%)When getting __ turnovers0: 6-11 (35%)1 or more: 98-39 (72%)2 or more: 71-22 (76%)3 or more: 49-6 (89%)4 or more: 20-1 (95%)5 or more: 9-1 (90%)When rushing for __ yards per carry2.9 or less: 10-11 (48%)3 or more: 94-38 (71%4 or more: 68-25 (73%)5 or more: 43-17 (72%)6 or more: 24-5 (83%)7 or more: 13-0 (100%)When throwing __ passes in a game19 or fewer: 5-0 (100%)20 or more: 99-50 (66%)30 or more: 63-28 (69%)40 or more: 27-17 (61%)50 or more: 4-7 (36%)RankingsAs top 10 team: 16-8 (66%)Against top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)Against top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Against top 25 teams at home: 12-14 (46%)Against top 25 teams on the road/neutral: 8-16 (33%)last_img read more

Kroos and Modric in Madrid squad to face PSG

first_imgReal Madrid Kroos and Modric in Real Madrid squad for PSG trip Joe Wright 17:44 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) toni kroos - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid PSG Zinedine Zidane had previously said that he would not take undue risks over injured players, but both doubtful stars will travel to France Real Madrid have included Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their 24-man squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielders have been battling to be fit for the last-16 second leg in the French capital and both missed Saturday’s 3-1 LaLiga win over Getafe.Kroos, who particularly impressed in Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg win, has been struggling due to a knee ligament sprain, while Modric has a hamstring problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, both returned to training on Sunday and will travel to France for the showdown with Unai Emery’s men.Speaking on Saturday, Zidane said he was unsure if they would be fully fit but was not worried about the prospect of their absence.”I will never regret injuries,” he said. “If they can’t be with us, other players will play. The only thing we have is to look at Tuesday and see who we are going to go with.”We have two days to see how Luka and Toni are. I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do and what we have planned.”What I want is for all of us to travel. I hope everyone trains on Monday, but I don’t know.”last_img read more