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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (WICB):History will be created in the Caribbean when all 10 matches in the upcoming Tri-Nation one-day international series will be day/night matches. This is the first time all matches in a series will be contested under lights.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that the games, featuring West Indies, South Africa and Australia, will start at 1 p.m. The first innings will be played in daylight from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the second half will be played from 5:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.The Tri Series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15) and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).Roland Holder, the WICB’s cricket operations manager, outlined: “This is a major series with three very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players. They are accustomed to playing under lights all over the world so we look forward to some very entertaining cricket.”We looked at ways to enhance the appeal and the spectator experience and it is accepted that fans like the day/night matches. I’m sure we will have a win-win situation for players and fans and everyone will enjoy the afternoon start and the finish under lights.”last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,GuySuCo’s current situation could be successfully fixed in a timely manner if there is the political will and good corporate governance is undertaken.Firstly: the bank loan backed by the corporation’s assets is questionable, not only because of the uncertainty of the pension fund’s viability, but also due to the form of the financing. A physical inventory needs to be undertaken, and a fiscal audit is also needed to support a clear understanding of the asset base to be used for securing financing. In addition, a line of credit should be pursued with Government’s backing to minimize the interest payments required.Secondly: labour concessions during the turnaround period should be negotiated, in order to reduce the cost of goods to allow for the reopening of the closed and neglected factories. In addition, an organisational capabilities assessment is required to ensure there is a clear plan to improve internal processes for improved front end operations.Thirdly: the acreage utilisation needs to be optimised in order to increase field yield rates to best in class levels, as seen by our successful international competitors. This will require limited investment. Factory maintenance improvement plans based on efficiency assessments will also provide clear guidance for improvement plans related to production costs and improved throughput. Such a fresh eyes’ audit needs to be undertaken in order to develop a clear investment plan for the industry. This should be pursued to obtain benchmarked levels.Fourth: the pricing of goods and services provided by the corporation needs to be revised, allowing for increases that reflect not only inflation rates, but also the increased demand associated with the limited supply. Market prices are currently not reflective of adjacent and competitive products. The mindset of bulk sales vs. consumer sales needs to be shifted in favour of the latter, to truly capture the pricing opportunity in the market place. A clear pricing strategy going forward needs also to be outlined.Based on my professional experience, the above outlined approach would clearly walk the turnaround initiative through the P&L, better identifying the financing needs and their required timing to support a successful turnaround initiative for the sugar industry. In addition, this approach would ensure a successful undertaking of making the sugar industry profitable in the current competitive environment.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

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first_imgIn 1822, a group of settler colonists sponsored by the American Colonization Society (ACS) and approved by the government of the United States of America reached the coast of West Africa and landed on Providence Island, today a part of the Republic of Liberia.The purpose of their journey from the United States was to find a settlement on the continent of Africa for freed African “slaves” or their descendants in America. This settlement would come to be regarded by them as the “Promised Land.”In 1847, having declared the independence of the fledgling nation of Liberia, the settlers adopted as part of the nation’s symbol a crest engraved with the motto: “The Love of Liberty brought us here”.As time went on this nation came to incorporate more and more of the indigenous peoples the settlers had encountered on their arrival.This nation grew to become one of the two independent nations on the continent of Africa. A fact, that brought pride to all of its peoples.  Yet, as some indigenous citizens of the nation became educated and developed political consciousness, they effectively came to participate in the political life of the new nation.  In time, they began to feel that there was something outdated in the motto, “The love of Liberty brought us here.”  They saw the motto as excluding them symbolically from the establishment.  Thus, in the era of the late President Tolbert, the issue of reviewing the motto was raised.  However, no noticeable action was taken to address it.On the 165th celebration commemorating the founding of Liberia, Professor Elwood Dunn, national orator, appealed for a review of the national symbols on the spirit of the efforts at reconciliation and peace building.  In response, the President (Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) commissioned a review panel to look into the matter with Professor Dunn as its chair.The thoughts expressed in this article reflect a view held by a significant number of our citizens.  They believe that it was high time that the motto was revised/reviewed so as to include all of the nation’s citizens irrespective of their origin.Symbols are very important in the art of political communication.  They are like Totems, which represent the spirit or soul of a people.  They are used to identify a people and their outlook. They should not be taken lightly.  If well chosen they can contribute immensely to particularly uniting and solidifying a nation made of diverse ethno-cultural communities.  This was done in the case of South Africa at the end of apartheid.Liberia, a fragmented pluralistic society needs more effective political integration to make for better policy making choices arising from a commonly held political culture.  It will also serve to endow the political system with substantial legitimacy.Peace building requires that we take the issue of the national symbol seriously, adopting measures to correct any misperception.  This should be considered as a part of the efforts to not only reconcile the nation after 14 years of civil conflict but also to re-write a comprehensive history of Liberia.The views expressed here are not intended to be critical of any group or segment of our citizenry.  The motto as it stands is understandable for the period at which it was adapted;  since the founders of the new nation then were the settler colonists (today referred to as Americo-Liberians) whose sentiments were reflected in the motto: “The love of liberty brought us here.”  There is no doubt their descendants will understand the need for a change.What I propose as a replacement for the motto is to keep the reference to and good regard for Liberty which we all share.  Hence, I wish to suggest one of the following alternatives as a motto:1. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand Together”2. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand as one People”3. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand United”4.  “The Love of Liberty Unites Us”I will invite the readers to make their own suggestions as a fitting contribution to resolving this issue.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgForward Jones displays his new Club jersey after officially signing a three-year professional development contractImage: JLSFC-Liberia.Following four months of negotiations, Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia (JLSFC-Liberia) has announced the signing of forward Willie Jones from Samira FC. According to a release from JLSFC-Liberia, the 19-year-old over the weekend signed a three-year professional contract with the team.The deal means the forward will remain at the club until 2021. The transfer was approved by the Central Monrovia Sub-Committee and the Liberia Football Association.“I am so excited to have joined Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia. I had some wonderful years at Samira FC, and I just want to thank the Board, coaches, and the teammates during my time there. The chance to play for Junior Lone Star FC-Liberia, and work with coach Solomon Freeman was something I could not turn down, because it has always been my dream to play for the club in the USA. I can’t wait to start my journey with the Stars here, and show our fans around the world why this club fought tooth and nail to sign me,” the release quotes forward Jones.He also lauded several individuals, including  Konah Mitchell, Notel Jolo, Kara Smith, Milton Suah, Arnold Kennedy, Ansu Dolley, M’bemba Kawah, Mohammed Sheriff and others who have been instrumental in his football career. “I can’t wait to make you all proud,” he added.Commenting on the signing of the forward, head coach Solomon Freeman said forward Jones will be a great asset to the team as they enter the new LFA third division league season. “Jones is one of the best young strikers in Liberia, and I strongly believe that he will be a great asset to our young and talented squad,” he said. Jones is expected to feature for the club in their opening match against Brewerville United today at the A.T.S.The club founder Bobby Ali said, “we have been following Jones for the past three years due to his exploits with Grand Bassa County in the County Meet as well as in the third division league with his former club, and he’s someone the coach wants to build the team. We are happy he’s now a JLSFC-Liberia player, and we hope his drive and ambition will make the team stronger.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgEnergy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom announced a new Deep Well Royalty Program.The program is aimed at increasing competitiveness and generating incremental acitivity in BC’s oil and gas industry.The Deep Well Royalty Program Credit program was introduced in 2003 aspart of the Oil and Gas Development Strategy and was aimed atdeveloping B.C.’s deep natural gas resources. – Advertisement -The program specifically targets deep wells of more than 2,500 metres for vertical wells and more than 2,300 metres for vertical wells. The program effectively reflects the increased costs associated with accessing deep resource plays and is designed to encourage greater exploratory activity andmaximize development of resources.Three changes have been introduced to the program, which includes modification of the location of the east/west line to reflect updated geological, reservoir and drilling data, recognition of longer portions of horizontal lengths drilled, and improvements to the well qualification criteria.These improvements are part of an economic and competitiveness strategy designed to stimulate economic growth of British Columbia’s oil and gas industry. Oil and gas rights sales in 2008 reached a record high of $2.66 billion. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgCompounding Real’s misery is the 10-point gap separating them from second-placed local rivals Atletico Madrid, who moved up to 42 points and within six of Barca after winning 1-0 at Eibar thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s 27th-minute strike.Atletico survived a stoppage-time scare when Augusto Fernandez handled the ball during a goalmouth scramble but went unpunished by the referee.Real are also eight points adrift of Valencia, who strengthened their grip on third place as goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo secured a 2-1 win at struggling Deportivo La Coruna.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We had the better chances but the ball did not want to go in,” said under-fire Zidane after Real’s second straight home league defeat.Villarreal meanwhile move up to fifth on 31 points thanks to midfielder Fornals’ stunning goal, which puts Javier Calleja’s side just a point behind off-form Madrid in the race for the Champions League places.Real fired off nearly 30 shots but their accuracy was wayward, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the worst culprits in front of goal.“We did everything we could and there is no explanation for why the ball didn’t go in,” added Zidane, who signed a new contract to keep him at Real until 2020 earlier this week.“I can’t criticise my players for anything. This is a bad spell, nothing more.”– History makers –So often Real’s saviour, Ronaldo had a bad day at the office, with his worst miss coming just before half-time, when the five-time Ballon d’Or winner managed to shoot straight at Sergio Asenjo after being laid on by Isco in front of a practically open goal just yards out.The Portuguese was livid with the referee, as he thought that he was tripped by Daniele Bonera just before he shot.Real carried on where they left off in the second period, but after failing to break down the resolute visitors, Fornals stepped up to make history and pile the pressure on Zidane.Fornals clipped home his 87th-minute winner just after it looked like Enes Unal had fluffed his team’s chance to snatch the three points after a blistering counter-attack following a Real Madrid corner.Turk Unal shot straight at Keylor Navas when put through by Denis Cheryshev, but with Navas still recovering from making the save Fornals lifted the ball over the flailing Madrid stopper.“You’re always happy when you get three points at such a difficult ground,” said Calleja afterwards.“We knew we could make history today, we believed.”Kenyan striker Michael Olunga had a day to remember on Saturday as he came off the bench to score a hat-trick in Girona’s historic 6-0 win over struggling Las Palmas.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are fourth in La Liga and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 13 – Struggling Real Madrid risk falling further behind in La Liga after a cheeky late chip from Pablo Fornals saw Villarreal escape with a 1-0 win on Saturday, their first ever victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.Fornals struck with three minutes left to leave Zinedine Zidane’s wasteful side fourth and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona, a deficit which will turn into 19 should Barca win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgMore than $17 billion in private student loans were issued last year, up from $4 billion a year in 2001. Outstanding student borrowing jumped from $38 billion in 1995 to $85 billion last year, according to experts and lawmakers. Rocketing tuition fees made borrowing that much more appealing. Consumer prices on average rose less than 29 percent over the past 10 years while tuition, fees, and room and board at four-year public colleges and universities soared 79 percent to $12,796 a year and 65 percent to $30,367 a year at private institutions, according to the College Board. Scholarship and grant money have increased, yet for almost 15 years, the maximum available per person in government-guaranteed student loans, which by law can’t charge rates above 6.8 percent, has remained at $23,000 total for four years. That’s less than half the average four-year tuition, room and board of $51,000 at public colleges and $121,000 at private institutions. Sallie Mae, formally known as SLM Corp., has been on the winning side of the loan bonanza. Its portfolio of 10 million customers includes $25 billion in private and $128 billion in government-backed education loans. However, private-equity investors who had offered $25 billion to buy the company backed out last week, citing credit market weakness and a new law cutting billions of dollars in subsidies to student lenders. Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Wachovia Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. are also big players in the private student loan business. The question is whether everyone who borrowed will be able to repay. Experts don’t track default rates on private student loans, but many predict sharp increases in years to come. Dr. Paul-Henry Zottola, a 35-year-old periodontist in Rocky Hill, Conn., faces paying $1,600 a month on his student loan on top of a $2,300 mortgage payment and $1,500 on the loan he took out to start his practice. His credit record remains solid but he owes more than $300,000 in student loans as he and his wife, Heather, an elementary school administrator, raise two young children. “It would be very easy to feel crushed by it,” Zottola said in an interview. “All my income for the next 10 years is spoken for.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I could never buy a house. I can’t travel; I can’t do anything,” she said. “I feel like a prisoner.” A legal aid worker, Cole said she may need to get a job at a law firm “doing something that I’m not real dedicated to, just for the sake of being able to live.” Parents are still the primary source of funds for many students, but the dynamics were radically altered in recent years as tuition costs soared and sources of readily available and more costly private financing made higher education seemingly available to anyone willing to sign a loan application. Students with no credit history and no relatives to co-sign loans (or co-signing parents with tarnished credit) were willing to bet that high-priced loans were a trade-off for a shot at the American dream. But high-paying jobs are proving elusive for many graduates. “This is literally a new form of indenture … something that every American parent should be scared of,” said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The near doubling in the cost of a college degree the past decade has produced an explosion in high-priced student loans that could haunt the U.S. economy for years. While scholarship, grant money and government-backed student loans – whose interest rates are capped – have taken up some of the slack, many families and individual students have turned to private loans, which carry fees and interest rates that are often variable and up to 20 percent. Many in the next generation of workers will be so debt-burdened they will have to delay home purchases, limit vacations, even eat out less to pay loans off on time. Kristin Cole, 30, who graduated from Michigan State University’s law school and lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., owes $150,000 in private and government-backed student loans. Her monthly payment of $660, which consumes a quarter of her take-home pay, is scheduled to jump to $800 in a year or so, confronting her with stark financial choices. last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal-company GDC (Irl) Ltd has launched a new campaign aimed at restoring confidence in property market. ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ is a 24-point best practice checklist for the home-buyer aimed at empowering, inspiring and promoting consumer rights when it comes to buying property.It was devised in response to the numbers of ghost estates, incomplete estates and completed estates with no Estate Management procedures in place throughout the country.  It also seeks to separate the poorly managed developments from those that are current and live and that meet extremely high standards of quality and finish. The checklist has been separated into four parts and queries four key aspects of the buying process: the property; the management company; general considerations and the developer.According to a report released by the Department of the Environment in November, there are currently 2,800 ghost estates in Ireland. With consumer confidence at an all time low and a realisation that consumers should be empowered in the property buying process, GDC (Irl) Ltd. decided to take action.Director Daniel Doherty says, “We wanted to try and reverse the negativity in the property market so we began work on ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ – a campaign which promotes best practice for those involved in the buying and selling of properties.“The 24-point checklist informs buyers on what questions they should be asking off the developer, solicitor, estate agent and other relevant parties,” says Daniel. The ultimate aim of the campaign is to protect home-buyers and to advise them on what standards they should expect when buying a home. The new phenomenon of Ghost Estates in Ireland has been a topical debate in 2010 and GDC (Irl) Ltd. hopes to restore some much-needed faith in this suffering sector in 2011.Daniel explains the value of their 24-point checklist. “We have created a set of key questions which should become part of the national psyche.  We are now inviting the public to use our checklist when searching for a new home and to send us their feedback on its usefulness.“Members of the public including all parties involved in the buying and selling process including estate agents, solicitors, letting agents, property consultants, builders and management companies are being asked to endorse, promote and encourage these standards and start the process of restoring consumer confidence.“We want to ensure buyer commitment is delivered, developments are completed and estates are managed for the families who live there,” says Daniel. GDC (Irl) Ltd. have always been recognised as an advocate of completed and high quality developments and are associated with a number of public and private projects in the North West.They are now calling on all individuals and organisations involved in the property industry to endorse this campaign, stating that, “everyone has a duty of care to their customers”.To become a champion of this campaign, you can follow ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ on Facebook and you are encouraged to share it among your clients and friends to save them the pain of a housing headache.For more information and to download your 24-point checklist please logon to:  http://www.gdcirl.com ENDS.DONEGAL COMPANY LAUNCHES 24 POINT PLAN TO EMPOWER HOUSE-BUYERS was last modified: February 22nd, 2011 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)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reeves, who has previously run for council, seeks a more balanced open-space policy and protection of property rights. Wright, who had a 26-year career in law enforcement, sees the need to better control the “public purse” through open bidding and audits. He is also concerned about a 33 percent rise in crime in the city over the past two years. Other candidates, however, say the city’s crime rate is extremely low compared with other parts of the L.A. area and that such fluctuations are not unusual. We don’t see any overriding issue that would argue for retiring the three incumbents. Our recommendation is that Rancho Palos Verdes voters re-elect Tom Long, Doug Stern and Steve Wolowicz. Measures C and D – One issue that Rancho Palos Verdes voters should settle in next week’s election is the future of the city’s storm-drain user fee, which narrowly won a vote of affected property owners in 2005. Measure C, which was placed on the ballot by a unanimous City Council vote, addresses concerns city residents had about the original storm-drain fee. This time all city residents will have a chance to vote on the fee’s future. In 2005, because 20 percent of residents use storm drains owned by Los Angeles County, only 80 percent of city residents were allowed to vote on the issue. Other changes to the storm-drain fee program proposed by Measure C are the addition of a citizens oversight committee and a shorter sunset clause – from 30 years down to 10. Shortening the length of time the fee is in effect would allow voters to reassess the need for the fee in 2016. The storm-drain fee requires the average property owner to pay $85 annually to upgrade deteriorating pipes and reduce urban runoff pollution. The fee gives the city a dedicated revenue stream for storm drains that amounts to about $1.2 million annually. Measure D, meanwhile, would eliminate the storm-drain fee altogether. Supporters say the city can afford to make the necessary repairs by reprioritizing spending. Our view is that Rancho Palos Verdes residents should not take any chances when it comes to protecting their homes from winter flooding and protecting the city from lawsuits. The repair program thus ought to go forward and upgrades made as soon as possible. It’s also worth mentioning that if additional revenue begins to pour into city coffers from new developments, city officials can suspend the fee from year to year. We recommend a “Yes” on Measure C and a “No” vote on Measure D.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3 Council incumbents have earned another term; modify, but don’t ax, storm-drain fee. The Rancho Palos Verdes election next Tuesday looks to be a referendum on three incumbent councilmen’s performance. Councilman Doug Stern is running for a third term while fellow Councilmen Tom Long and Steve Wolowicz will be seeking their second terms in office Nov. 6. Also running for the three council positions on the ballot are Don Reeves, a retired aerospace manager who organized the effort to repeal the city’s storm-drain fee, and Paul Wright, a small-business owner and traffic commissioner. Long, Stern and Wolowicz are all running on similar platforms that stress the city’s success in acquiring 600 additional acres of open space, open government, attention to the city’s infrastructure, and completion of the Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club. last_img read more

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first_imgFEATURES: A Gaoth Dobhair man has been awarded the coveted Willie Joe Cunningham Memorial Award following a ceremony hosted by the Donegal Association of New York last night. Eamon Gallagher was awarded the prestigious award by Donegal Association of New York President, Katie Barrett. The award was in recognition and appreciation of the distinguished service Gallagher has given to both the communities he resided in County Donegal, and to the Irish Diaspora living in New York.President Katie Barrett said, “We pay tribute to you this evening as a loyal Irishman and an entrepreneur who has earned the respect and admiration of both sides of the Atlantic.”Wild Atlantic Gweedore expressed their delight for their neighbour, and tweeted, “Great news #gaothdobhair man Eamonn Gallagher has been awarded the 2016 Willie Joe Cunningham award.GAOTH DOBHAIR MAN WINS COVETED IRISH DIASPORA AWARD IN NEW YORK was last modified: April 27th, 2016 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:DONEGAL ASSOCIATIONEamon GallagherGaoth DobhairIRISH DIASPORAKatie Barrettnew yorklast_img read more

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