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Dr Jagan’s Global Human Order initiative overtaken by time

first_imgAPNU/AFC Govt to await SG report on way forward − VP GreenidgeThe New Global Human Order (NGHO) – an initiative spearheaded by the late Dr Cheddi Jagan – is on the agenda of the upcoming United Nations 71st General Assembly but according to Vice President Carl Greenidge, with the evolution of time, a number of critical aspects of the NGHO have been embedded in a number of other framework initiatives adopted by the UN, with the support of the global community.Greenidge was at the time responding to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who at the opening of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, inquired of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s approach to the NGHO, since it has been a matter championed by Guyana since 1994.Since the NGHO was initiated by Guyana under the stewardship of Dr Jagan, Teixeira inquired whether the current administration will continue to support the UN Resolution at its upcoming assembly.Dr Cheddi JaganIn response Greenidge told the House that since Dr Jagan successfully introduced NGHO to the agenda of UN, “a couple of things have happened and it is instructive to bear those in mind to understand where we can go.”He spoke to the fact that between 2001 and 2014, the United Nations has convened several confabs and over the years a number of other resolutions have come into being, which takes into account aspects of the NGHO such as the need to accelerate efforts to promote human wellbeing.He said too there are currently a number of agreements in place to shape the landscape up to 2030 which takes into account aspects of Dr Jagan’s NGHO. As such Dr Jagan’s resolution might have been overtaken by time since there are several new initiatives that, “overlap, concern, absorb, call it what you will, many of the areas that were raised by Dr Jagan.He said there had been no significant movement on the promotion of Dr Jagan’s NHGO, despite the fact that his party -the PPP/C – had been in office for over 20 years.Greenidge noted too that many of the areas dealt with by Dr Jagan, only received tacit support from many friendly countries but there has not been a complete “buy in.”The Vice President was also quick to point out that there is currently only limited space for competing proposals on the new political agenda.He suggested that to proceed with Dr Jagan’s NGHO at the UN General Assembly would be a “questionable approach.”Greenidge’s explanation however did not find favour with the Opposition Chief Whip who inquired whether components of the NGHO such as a focus on poverty alleviation, equality and justice were no longer considered important by the current administration.“I didn’t suggest that we would do nothing about it, nor did I suggest it’s not important,” said Greenidge, who further explained that matters such as reducing global inequalities now form part of separate agendas that have found consensus in the global community.He said there has been an inability on the part of the past administration to mobilise international support for issues contained in Dr Jagan’s NGHO.Greenidge suggested that the report of the UN Secretary General as it relates to the NHGO, will determine what path will be taken by the APNU/AFC Government in future.He suggested that there is no need to pursue a separate initiative, namely, Dr Jagan’s NGHO, since many of the issues contained in that resolution would have already gained international support but on separate agendas.Dr Jagan’s NGHO, according to Vice President Greenidge, has remained over the years without the capacity to sustain itself. He was adamant: “It is not as though we are neglecting a great initiative.”GECOM DatabaseMeanwhile the Opposition Chief Whip also used the opportunity at the beginning of Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly to inquire of Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, the reasons for a request to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for a copy of its database.The PPP/C recently raised the matter of the request by the Government Ministry to GECOM and had accused the administration of seeking to ‘rig’ any upcoming General and Regional Elections.Minister Lawrence told the House in no uncertain terms that there was absolutely no ulterior motive behind the request to GECOM.In fact, Lawrence told the House that the request was made to GECOM for information which is already in the public domain.She pointed to GECOM’s website which houses a copy of the National List of Registrants as well as the numerous lists posted at public buildings across the country.Lawrence told the House that the request made to GECOM was for person’s 65 years of age and older and the information will be used by the Ministry of Social Protection, “to ensure that all our pensioners receive their pension.”The Social Protection Minister explained that the reason GECOM was approached was that the list could be disaggregated in order to extract the information for persons 65 and older.Teixeira had also inquired of Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine the reason behind that Ministry’s request but he was unable to provide an answer.Dr Roopnaraine informed the House that he was not in a position to provide any details since he was yet to be briefed by his technical team for the reasons for the request made to GECOM.last_img read more

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Guyoil launches forum to promote USLD fuel

first_imgThe Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil), in collaboration with the National Oil Company of Suriname (Staatsolie), has, over the last week, hosted a national forum on the benefits of ultra-low sulfur diesel (USLD) fuel in Georgetown, Essequibo and Berbice.The forum was aimed at informing the public about this newly introduced product which contains less than once per cent of sulfur, and aids in reducing corrosionThe Guyoil and Staatsolie Marketing Team at the forum in Georgetownwhile eliminating exhaust blockages and odours. It also maintains the engines of vehicles and reduces the emission of black smoke during vehicle warm-up.Marketing Advisor of Staatsolie, Dyron Ellis, related that the fuel was created to reduce the amount of sulfur emitted into the environment. He assured that although the sulfur content is low, consumers can expect the same performance as it relates to mileage when compared to the high-sulfur diesel fuel.Guyoil is currently working on increasing the availability of the product across its service station network in Guyana.The cost of the USLD fuel is retailed at the same price as the regular diesel fuel, and consumers who purchase this fuel would be assisting to reduce environmental pollution caused by sulfurlast_img read more

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Leicester midfielder not worried by potential Vardy exit

first_img1 Jamie Vardy is currently with England ahead of Euro 2016 Wales midfielder Andy King says the strong team bond at Leicester will not be damaged should Jamie Vardy decide to join Arsenal.England striker Vardy left for Euro 2016 in France on Monday with his club future still very much up in the air.The Football Writers’ Player of the Year is still considering a £20million move to Arsenal, with Premier League champions Leicester reportedly set to make Vardy a new contract offer to keep him at the King Power Stadium.Vardy scored 24 league goals last season as 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester won the title, and his departure would be a huge blow ahead of the club’s Champions League debut.“I wasn’t surprised when I heard about Vards because all of our players have had brilliant seasons and are going to be linked with big clubs,” said Foxes midfielder King, who is currently with the Wales squad at their Brittany base.“For Leicester it is going to be a summer of speculation of incomings and out-goings.“Nothing has happened yet and it will probably be a long transfer window.“But I don’t think it will affect the squad. It is 25 players in a squad and, if one or two decide they want to go and play their football elsewhere, we wish them all the best.“We want to keep our best players and hopefully add to that.”King said the entire Leicester squad wanted Vardy to stay following their historic campaign.But should Vardy leave it might increase speculation that other Leicester players, among them Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, could see their own futures elsewhere.“We want all our best players to stay and try and build from there,” said King.“But what he (Vardy) decides to do is up to him.“We have a tournament and I am really focused on Wales now. I will deal with Leicester when I get back, but for the next five or six weeks it is about Wales and what we can hopefully do in the tournament.”last_img read more

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West Brom to make improved offer for title-winning star

first_img1 Leicester City star Jeff Schlupp West Bromwich Albion are set to make an improved offer for Leicester City winger Jeff Schlupp.The Baggies have already seen a £9million bid rejected by the Premier League champions, but boss Tony Pulis is keen to land the powerful wide man as he looks to reshape his squad at the Hawthorns.Schlupp, 23, started 14 league games as the Foxes won the title last season ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham. But with City boss Claudio Ranieri keen to add Polish winger Bartosz Kapustka to his ranks, the academy product could find his opportunities even more limited next season.Kaptska currently plays for Cracovia in Poland and clubs from Europe’s elite leagues have been on red alert following his stand out performances for his nation at Euro 2016.Ghana international Schlupp has three years left on his current deal at the King Power earning a reported £40,000 per week and if the move is complete he can expect to feature prominently for the Baggies next term.Meanwhile, Pulis is still chasing Brighton defender Lewis Dunk. The Seagulls rejected an initial bid of £8million but are braced for another bid from the Premier League side for the 24-year-old stopper.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN ADVANCES TO THE LAST 32 OF THE WORLD AMATEUR SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgAnthony Bonner has advanced to the last 32 at the World Snooker Championships in India.Letterkenny man Anthony Bonner has qualified from his group and has also won his first knockout match to move into the last 32 of the World Amateur Snooker Championship. Bonner is a supremely talented player and has won a whole host of honours in the sport both locally and nationally.Bonner will be hoping he can now advance to the last 16 of the World Amateur Snooker Championships which are being held in Bangalore, India. He’ll be hoping his blistering start to the competition can continue as he looks to make a real impression at the prestigious championship.The standard is very high, and players from all over the globe are participating in the tournament.However, Bonner is flying the Donegal flag and his next match is on Thursday morning.Hopefully the popular Letterkenny man doesn’t REST up, and CHALKS up another crucial win as he attempts to bring the World title back to the hills. DONEGAL MAN ADVANCES TO THE LAST 32 OF THE WORLD AMATEUR SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Anthony BonnerIndianewsSportWorld Amateur Snooker Championshipslast_img read more

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Breaking: Gardai say missing teenagers could be in Donegal

first_imgGardai say a missing brother and sister could be in Co Donegal. Gardai in Sligo have issued the public’s help in trying to locate the whereabouts of Samuel (Sam) Milosiu (16) and his sister Zmeranda Milosiu (14).Samuel was last seen in Sligo on February 19th and is described as being approximately 5’9’’ tall with black hair and brown eyes. Zmeranda was last seen on March 13th in Sligo and is described as being approximately 5’1’’ tall, of slim build and with long black hair.Gardai say it is believed that they may frequent the Donegal area.Anyone who has seen Samuel or Zmeranda or who can assist in locating them is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071-9157000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Breaking: Gardai say missing teenagers could be in Donegal was last modified: March 18th, 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:appealdonegalGardaimissingsligolast_img read more

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IDC to invest R5-billion in jobs

first_img14 June 2005South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to invest “just over R5-billion” in job-creation projects over the next financial year, the Sunday Times reports. The newspaper says corporation chief executive Geoff Qhena wants to boost investment in small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), backing projects that will create jobs. The target is to create26 000 jobs in the new financial year.“When we emphasise development, what is over-arching is jobs,” Qhena said. “We will have a bias towards projects that create jobs. We will still do major projects as we need the balance; they feed the SMEs and the SMEs feed into them.”A key element of the corporation’s promotion of SMEs is backing franchisees, including those in fast-food chains such as Nando’s and McDonald’s, the Sunday Times reports. It has also discussed franchise deals with Sasol.“Franchising is an opportunity for us,” Qhena said. “We are talking to the franchisors, where we can enter into an agreement with them or we can make facilities available. When we do that, we insist that they have an adequate black economic empowerment component.“Franchising is one of the growing SME areas. The failure rate is minimal, as the franchisors want to make the business work.”At an IDC-backed black economic empowerment conference in Mafikeng last week, Qhena said the organisation wanted to back more businesses in rural provinces such as the North West, Free State and Limpopo.“We need to interact with provinces and local government,” Qhena told the Sunday Times. “We have realised that is where the resources are.”Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape benefit the most from IDC backing.“We will be talking to all the provinces,” Qhena said. “We could stay at home and we would surely find propositions from the three richest provinces. But now we want to develop other provinces.”The IDC is likely to play a leading role in the restructuring of the diamond industry, according to the Sunday Times, prompted by the government’s desire to see more diamonds beneficiated in the country and as a result of the planned amendment of the Diamond Act.De Beers has offered the government a partnership in the SA division of its diamond trading company Diamdel. And in her recent budget speech, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the government may look at forming one major diamond trading company for SA diamonds.“We are very excited about what is happening in diamonds,” said Qhena.He stressed that each company in the IDC’s portfolio – whether it was one in which the IDS held a stake, or one to which it provided financial backing – was making a real effort to transform, and not just at an equity level.“We want to see the transfer of skills,” said Qhena.The Sunday Times also reports that the IDC might still sell stakes in listed companies such as Sasol and BHP Billiton, but only when the time is right.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Tourists spending more in South Africa

first_img15 June 2010A new report by Visa shows a 34% increase in inbound tourism spending in South Africa during the first quarter of the year, and anticipates additional growth from the 2010 Fifa World Cup.These were among the findings of “Tourism Outlook: South Africa”, an annual report that analyses Visa cardholder spending over the past two years. The report is based on VisaVue travel data, a tool that analyses cardholder spending patterns worldwide.“VisaVue travel data indicates that South Africa weathered the economic headwinds which impacted international tourism during 2009 better than most countries around the world,” Visa said in a statement this week.Continued optimismWhile many countries saw double-digit drops in inbound tourism spending, Visa cardholder spending by international visitors to South Africa decreased only 2.7% from US$1.84-billion in 2008 to $1.79-billion in 2009.Despite a challenging climate in 2009, 2010 has already shown reasons for the country’s continued optimism – during the first quarter of 2010, Visa cardholder spending increased to nearly $566-million, up from $423-million during the first quarter of 2009.The top contributors to South Africa’s inbound tourism spending in 2009 include: The United Kingdom (26%), United States (15%), Mozambique (5%), Germany (4%) and France (4%).Emerging market touristsWhile travellers from Western Europe and the US continue to be the strongest contributors to South African tourism, significant increases in spending by cardholders from emerging markets is indicative of South Africa’s growing stature as a tourism destination.Visa data revealed double- and triple-digit growth in spending by cardholders originating from Malawi (168%), Mozambique (118%), Angola (115%), China (28%) and Botswana (18%).“This significant growth can also be attributed to developments in payments infrastructure and increased adoption and use of digital currency by consumers in developing markets,” said Visa.World Cup boostAs host of the World Cup, South Africa is uniquely positioned to enhance its visibility globally, Visa says, adding that the tournament will provide South Africa with a significant opportunity to showcase its unique assets and culture to the world and attract visitors and tourism revenues for years to come.The month-long World Cup is expected to add R93-billion to the South African economy, translating to a 0.54% boost to gross domestic product, a significant contribution given that the total South Africa GDP growth in 2010 is estimated at 2% to 2.5%.“The influx of international tourism surrounding the [World Cup] has helped to support continued infrastructure developments and economic growth within South Africa,” said Visa Sub-Saharan Africa GM Charles Niehaus.“As a long-time partner to Fifa and the tourism industry, Visa is committed to delivering a secure, reliable and convenient payments system to South Africa consumers and merchants, and providing current spending information that can help businesses and the government to enhance inbound tourism arrivals and revenues.”Retail purchases ruleConsistent with tourism spending trends over the past three years, retail purchases continued to account for the largest share of tourism spend on Visa cards in South Africa in 2009, followed by travel-related purchases such as lodging, airlines and travel agencies.During the first quarter of 2010, the largest merchant segments for South Africa inbound tourism spending, based on transaction volume, were general retail-related purchases such as clothing and food-related transactions.Several merchant segments showed significant growth over first quarter 2009 levels: Visa cardholder spending in the restaurant segment increased 48%, lodging purchases increased 41%, general retail purchases increased 32%, auto rentals increased 29%, and airlines saw a 19% increase.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Giving rhinos a voice through art

first_imgThe Crash of Rhinoceros is now a large-scale platform of conscious artwork, whereby the public can use the template – My Rhinoceros – to create their own rhino sculptures. A rhino installation made by several artists, launched at the Afrikaburn cultural festival in April 2012.(Images: Extinct) Joanna Orr’s hunting trophy head of a rhino, made from recyclable materials.(Image: Head on Design)Cadine PillayThrough her conscious art background, Cape Town-based artist Nix Davies is doing her bit to help fight the current plight of South Africa’s rhino population, which continues to drop in large numbers because of rampant poaching.Crash of Rhinoceros is an initiative started by Davies that aims to create awareness about rhino poaching and the dangers faced by the animals on a daily basis. EXTINCT, a collection of rhino sculptures made by several artists who worked with her, launched at the annual Afrikaburn cultural festival in April.The exhibition consisted of life-size artworks modelled in the shape of the rhino and displayed across the Karoo desert, where Afrikaburn is usually held.Conscious art is art with a voice. “It is about adding value to the making and understanding of the art by increasing our awareness of what we are doing, the context in which we make art, and the motivations that produce art,” says Davies.The name serves its intended purpose of creating a sense of disturbing awe.Getting people involvedThe idea of EXTINCT came about when Davies decided earlier in 2012 to educate Western Cape pupils about the danger faced by rhinos. A larger collaborative movement grew from this, with other artists, teachers, conservationists and members of the public coming on board to expand the work.The rhino sculptures soon found homes in various public spaces, such as schools, shopping complexes, beaches and tourist sites including Table Mountain.Davies’s vision for Crash of Rhinoceros, however, does not end at the viewing of sculptures by the public. The aim is for the movement to be adopted by artists in other countries as well. Through a template called My Rhinoceros, which varies in size, anyone wishing to build their own rhino sculpture can do so. Australia and Taiwan have already taken to the movement, and several of the artworks have been spotted in those countries.The template is made out of X-core board, a type of fibreboard made of recycled materials, and widely used in the construction industry. Through EXTINCT’s Facebook page, interested parties can learn how to build their own rhinos from scratch.“It will raise the conscious awareness of the long-term effects of our actions as humans,” said Davies of the global movement.She plans to extend the installation internationally by linking with artists, activists and conservation groups in other countries.The hunting trophyOne artist who has extended the efforts of EXTINCT through her own work is Joanna Orr, who started a graphic and web-design company called Head on Design. Orr’s company produces its own range of rhino sculptures, in the style of hunting trophies mounted on the wall.The sculptures are made from recycled material similar to that of the Crash of Rhinoceros works, and funds from their sale are channelled to anti-poaching projects.Orr uses either tanned upholstery or suede leathers in a wide range of colours, or X-core board in white, with some of the trophies colourfully decorated with paintings by local artists. Buyers of the rhino sculptures get to choose which organisation their money will go to.Each design takes around a month to create and perfect, the process starting with a sketch of the head at different angles to get a feel for the three-dimensional form.Sculptures are similar in size to that of the actual animal.last_img read more

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Do Too Many Friend Connections Harm Unique Thinking?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Does having too many friends in online social networks make radical, innovative thinking harder to develop and foster group-think instead? That’s the conclusion of one scientist contributing to a recent issue of Science magazine, but we’re not so sure.Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore, argues that “the over-abundance of connections through which information travels reduces diversity and keeps radical ideas from taking hold.” Mayer-Schönberger is specifically interested in what it will take to see the next major stage of the Internet come into being and believes that extensive social networking could favor slower iterative development instead of radical paradigm shifts. Smaller networks of developers are more likely to give unusual ideas the time they need to grow and mature, before other thinkers shoot them down or rip them off. Big networks can also be very distracting.Other factors to consider though, we would contend, include the positive impact of collaboration, serendipitous social discovery, rapid news dispersal, interdisciplinary cross-pollination and the increased scalability of support for ideas that living large on social networks enables. A “good or bad” analysis may be too crude for evaluating the effect of extensive social connections online on innovation: it seems true that both extended periods of uninterrupted work time are essential to innovation and that online noise is good for you. Is participation in large social networks a net positive or a net negative? That probably depends on the person, but smaller networks are probably an important option to consider as well.We would post a poll asking for your opinion on the matter, but in writing about group-think online that would seem too ironic.Science magazine subscribers can read Mayer-Schönberger’s article here. MSNBC’s science blog and New Scientist have additional coverage. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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