Early budget leaves room for greater abuse – Jagdeo

first_imgThe presentation of an early budget is not as glorious as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) claims; it in fact leaves room for greater abuse of Government spending.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn continuing to mount opposition against the presentation of an early budget, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo argued that the early budget puts the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians at a major disadvantage when debating the financial expenditures of the government in the National Assembly.“There is nothing unique about this early budget. It just puts us in a difficult position because we are not going to have actual figures; puts us at a severe disadvantage to scrutinise the budget the way it should be,” he told a recent news conference.Budget 2017 will be laid in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan on November 28.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan EdghillTherefore, the administration would have to prepare estimates of what will be spent in the days after the presentation of the budget until the end of the fiscal year, December 31.“So they will have actual expenditures up to just before they go to print and an estimate of what is to be spent between 20 November, or whenever they decide, to December 31. This now leaves room for greater abuse and I think this is one of the reasons why they are bringing an early budget,” Jagdeo explained.The Opposition Leader asserted that there will be a month of “basically the Government being able to do what it wants because it would have come to Parliament with a figure but that figure would have had projections.”He outlined that: “I could be arguing about a shortfall in revenue and then in December you have a surge in revenue or I could be praising the Government for meeting all of the fiscal criteria, meeting the target on fiscal deficit, then in December you have a huge expenditure or a revenue position that falls short of what was projected for December and you have a bigger deficit. So I will never be able to debate that in the Parliament.”Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill had expressed his belief that government’s early budget presentation was a means of evading public scrutiny: “We are very concerned if this is another three-card trick that is being played out in the public where we are going to be duped. Is this another form of corruption to hide underperformance and create opportunities for greater levels of corruption….?”Edghill maintained that there was no haste for an early budget presentation, noting that historically, the country’s budget was presented in the first quarter of the fiscal year. He noted too that there were already mechanisms in place for the interim spending of the Government, which is 1/12 of the previous budget, until the new budget is presented and passed.last_img read more

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery breaks Arsene Wenger’s Europa League tradition

first_img Emery will do things different to his predecessor “We are giving each competition our best preparation, our best performance and the travel is long, but it’s not an excuse.“I had a very different experience, when you play Wednesday or Thursday and then Saturday or Sunday.“There are very few days to recover physically and also the mentality of the players to play again in a few hours another match.“In this experience, I won, I lost and I played better in the second match. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Unai Emery’s Arsenal players will get an extra day off after the Qarabag match in order to recover for Sunday’s game against Fulham.Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger traditionally asked his team to do a light training session after Europa League matches, but Emery’s methods are different. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Wenger always held a light training session England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “We are one team with every player with this experience and also with the habit to play, to recover for another match and continue playing.“It’s the reason, for me, that  I prefer time to have to recover physically for the players.“But for me, it’s good and we are okay tomorrow with every player to play. We are going to be also perfect to play against Fulham on Sunday.” MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF huge blow 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE RANKED According to the Times, Arsenal will make the 5,000-mile trip from Azerbaijan to London immediately after the Qarabag fixture, arriving in London at 4am on Friday.Emery believes taking Friday off will leave his players in ‘perfect’ condition to face Fulham on Sunday.Speaking about his decision, Emery said: “It’s very important for us in this competition. silverware 2last_img read more

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Radio in South Africa

first_imgRadio services are broadcast in all 11 official languages, as well as in German, Hindi, Portuguese and the San Bushmanlanguages of !Xu and Khwe. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)Cheap, portable and requiring no literacy, radio has long been the most accessed form of media in South Africa, reaching beyond urban centres deep into the poorest and most remote rural areas. There is one radio set for every five South Africans: an estimated 10 million radios (and listeners many times that number) in a population of some 48 million.Programming is dominated by music – contemporary, traditional, gospel and classic – but includes phone-in talk and current affairs, as well as local news and information broadcast on the country’s community stations.All 11 of South Africa’s official languages get airtime, as well as German, Hindi, Portuguese and the San Bushman languages of !Xu and Khwe.South African radio falls into three broad categories:public service radio broadcast by the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporationcommercial radiocommunity radioRadio is available on the airwaves, via satellite and on the internet. Live audio streaming from most stations is provided by AntRadio.Regulating the industrySouth African broadcasting is regulated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Icasa’s mandate is to:issue broadcast licencesensure universal service and accessmonitor the industry and enforce compliance with rules, regulations and policieshear disputes brought by industry or members of the public against licenseesplan, control and manage the frequency spectrumprotect consumers from unfair business practicesIcasa websiteThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a non-profit grouping of organisations and individuals working in broadcasting and related industries. NAB helps the industry regulate and promote itself, grounded in the principles of democracy, diversity and freedom of expression.National Association of Broadcasters websiteThe Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA), set up by NAB in 1993, adjudicates and mediates complaints against any broadcaster who has signed its code of conduct.The BCCSA is entirely independent of NAB and broadcasters, with commissioners appointed by an independent panel, chaired by a retired judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.Broadcasting Complaints Commission websitePublic service radioThe country’s public service broadcaster is the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). While wholly owned by the state, the corporation is financially independent of taxpayers’ money, deriving its income from advertising and licence fees in a ratio of four to one.The SABC’s mandate is to provide both a commercial and public service, each administered separately, with commercial radio stations subsidising the public service stations. The corporation’s commercial stations include 5FM, a national youth music station, Metro FM, a music station targeting black urban youth, and Channel Africa, which broadcasts across the continent in a number of languages.The corporation’s public broadcasting arm includes cultural services in all 11 official languages, as well as stations for South Africa’s Indian (Lotus FM) and San (X-K FM) communities. By far the largest radio station in South Africa is Ukhozi FM, the SABC’s isiZulu cultural service, with 6.38-million listeners a week.SABC websiteCommercial radioIn the apartheid era South Africa had only two independent radio stations: Radio 702 and Capital Radio. With the deregulation and liberalisation of broadcasting in the late 1990s, the number of commercial stations operating outside of SABC control proliferated.In 1996 six lucrative SABC stations were privatised: Gauteng’s Highveld Stereo and Radio Jacaranda, KwaZulu-Natal’s East Coast Radio, the Western Cape’s KFM, the Eastern Cape’s Radio Algoa and the Free State’s OFM. The government raised over R500-million as the stations were licensed to various black-controlled groups.In early 1997 eight new commercial radio licences were granted for broadcasting in South Africa’s three biggest cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Applicants targeting black audiences with new formats were generally favoured, with two “smooth jazz” licences, Heart 104.9 in Cape Town and Igagasi 99.5 in Durban; one urban youth station, YFM; and one urban contemporary station, Kaya FM. The remaining four licences went to an English-language talk station, Cape Talk; two Afrikaans talk stations, Punt in Cape Town and Durban; and a classical music station, Classic FM.Community radioFrom 1992 onwards, Icasa processed hundreds of community radio licence applications from groups as diverse as rural women’s cooperatives, Afrikaans communities and religious bodies.South Africa now has over 200 community stations, broadcast in many different languages. Their scope and reach varies enormously – from the half-a-million Johannesburg residents who tune in to Jozi FM to the thousand or so people who listen to Ilitha Community Radio in the Eastern Cape town of Maclear.Community radio struggles to access financing in the form of advertising, so it is dependent on local and international donor agencies and the government for its finance. This has a certain impact on its impartiality and independence.Nonetheless, community radio remains important for entrenching democracy at local level, as well as helping spread education and community spirit. It is a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesThe media in South AfricaSouth Africa onlineSouth African televisionSouth Africa’s commercial radio stationsSouth Africa’s public broadcasting radio stationsSouth Africa’s community radio stationsUseful linksAnt RadioBroadcasting Complaints Commission of South AfricaDepartment of CommunicationsFreedom of Expression InstituteIndyMedia South AfricaInstitute for the Advancement of JournalismJournalism.co.zaMedia Development and Diversity AgencyMedia Institute of Southern AfricaNational Association of BroadcastersNational Community Radio ForumPrimediaSouth African Advertising Research FoundationSouth African Broadcasting CorporationSouth African National Editors Forumlast_img read more

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Angola’s four-year plan for health

first_imgChildren play outside their home in BoaVista informal settlement in Luanda,Angola.(Image: Jaspreet Kindra, Irin Photo)Angola’s new government is promising better health facilities at both primary and secondary care levels, as well as to reduce the prevalence of HIV/Aids over the next four years.The oil- and diamond-rich nation went to the polls earlier last month and returned the ruling MPLA party to power with more than four-fifths of the votes, giving it 191 seats in the 220-member legislature. Unita, the largest opposition party, only managed to garner 10% of the vote, which gave the former rebel movement 16 seats.Fernando Dias dos Santos, the former prime minister and newly appointed Speaker, said at the swearing-in of parliament in the capital, Luanda, on 30 September, that “Angola is turning an important page in her history by starting a new cycle of a better life for all.”The legislative elections were the first since 1992, and six years after Unita founder and leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in a skirmish, ending the country’s long-running civil war. Presidential elections are scheduled for 2009, although it is unclear whether President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has held power for 30 years, will contest the ballot.According to Angola’s state press association, the deputy health minister, Evelise Fresta, told parliament the government intended “to reinforce the vaccination and disease prevention programmes, improve aid and expand rehabilitation and social assistance to patients.”“These goals are intended to combat HIV/Aids, reduce the prevalence by 3%, address 70% of the cases of tuberculosis and cure 85% of the sick,” the press association said.Fresta said the government aimed to achieve a ratio of three doctors to 10 000 people; currently there is one physician for every 10 000 inhabitants.About 2.1% of Angola’s 15-million people are infected with HIV, according to UNAids, a relatively low figure for the region. This is attributed to the years of conflict, in that “the relatively slow spread of HIV might have resulted from a lack of mobility during the war.”Oil revenuesIn September Angola was widely acknowledged as Africa’s biggest oil producer, overtaking Nigeria, whose production had declined as a consequence of the upsurge in rebel activity in its oil-producing areas, mainly by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).However, revenues from Angola’s estimated production of 1.9 million barrels per day have done little to alleviate poverty. About 70% of the population live on US$2 or less a day, rising to 94% in rural areas, and according to the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, health services cover only 30% of the rural population.Source: Irin NewsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksAngolan Embassy Washington DClast_img read more

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Why Asset Tracking Requires a Digital Transformation

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Despite the advent of modern technology, many businesses still rely on obsolete methods of asset tracking. You might have a shared Excel spreadsheet keeping tabs on your most important equipment, or if you’re a small business, a whiteboard that collects your information.These systems are inherently flawed, and could end up costing you money—and time—if you don’t commit to a digital transformation soon. But how has asset tracking transformed in the past decade, and why is it so important to convert?What Are the Features of Modern Asset Tracking?So what does “modern” asset tracking look like? The best way to get up to speed is to look at an example of asset tracking software, like EZOfficeInventory, which comes with features like the following:Comprehensive logging. Most asset tracking software will help you with every stage of the tracking process, from acquisition to maintenance to end-of-life management. That way, you aren’t forced to use multiple systems or update your records inconsistently as time progresses.Digital tagging. Your system will also give you some way to digitally “tag” your assets, whether it’s through the use of RFIDs, QR codes, or some other medium. This cuts down on potential asset confusion, and makes it easier to categorize and track your assets.Simple scanning and updating. The combination of digital tags and handheld, portable scanning devices makes it easy to scan your assets and update your internal records. For some applications, the process is almost fully automated.Real-time updates. Because your assets are tracked as they’re used and scanned on a regular basis, all your records are updated in real-time, guaranteeing you have the latest information at all times.Insights and analytics. You can’t generate an analytics report based on data you keep on a whiteboard. A digital platform will draw your attention to insights and outliers, and generate regular reports you can use to facilitate better decision making in your organization.Why Digital Asset Tracking MattersSo how will the use of this technology improve your business?Time. It takes far less time to scan codes and enter the data into your system automatically than it does to manually log each record.Money. Digital asset management will alert you when it’s time to maintain or replace your equipment, and can guide you through the process of end-of-life management to ensure you maximize your return on investment.Accuracy. Because many of the processes involved with a digital system are automated or controlled by the system, you can count on more accurate information you can use to make decisions.Centralization. Data from your entire organization will be available in one, central location, making it accessible to all your managers, supervisors, and employees. You can then use that data to make better decisions in real-time, throughout the business.How to Get StartedIf you’re confused about how to get started with this digital transformation process, it’s easier than you probably think:Find the right solution. There are dozens of asset tracking platforms available, but not all of them are going to be right for your business. Spend your time looking at the features, strengths, weaknesses, and potential applications of each platform and invest in the one that best suits your industry and specific assets.Prepare the team. Staff training is imperative to ensure a smooth transition. Your team members should be fully versed in how the new system works and aware of when the changeover is going to take place, long before you finalize the installation of the new system. Try to clear up any questions or confusion before you start using it.Migrate old data (if possible). If you can, try to migrate your old asset tracking data to the new platform. This will ensure you have all your legacy information available, and make the transition process smoother. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible due to software compatibilities, but it’s worth a shot.Pull the trigger. When all the pieces are in place, make the new system live. It’s better to switch all at once, at the start of a new week, than to try and use both systems simultaneously during a changeover period.Once you digitally transform your asset tracking system, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the transition sooner. In the future, this tech will only become more sophisticated, with digital assistants, AI, and simplified scanning making things even easier for you and your staff. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 23, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi:Traffic Jam in Delhi(B)New Delhi:Tilak’s birth anniversary(B+A)New Delhi:Parliament’s Monsoon Session-TV GRAB(A+B)New Delhi:#HumFitTohIndiaFit programme(B+A)Patna:Protest in Patna(B)Patna:Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with DeputyCM Sushil Kumar Modi(A)Karnal:Haryana CM at a plantation campaign(B+A)Kolkata:Heavy rains in Kolkata(B+A)Mumbai:Dindi procession in Mumbai(A)Karnal:Haryana CM at a plantation campaign(A)Patna:Protest during the ongoing Monsoon Session in Patna(B)New Delhi:National Traders Conclave(B+A)New Delhi:An elephant with a load on its back walksamid traffic(B)New Delhi:Antony addresses the press(B+A)INERNATIONALSao Paulo:110th anniversary of Japanese immigrationto Latin America’s largest country(B)Toronto: Plainclothes police officers work the scene ofshooting in Toronto(B)Quezon:Protesters burn an effigy Manila(B)Kathmandu : Holy month of Shrawan dedicated to lord Shiva(B)SPORTSSan Francisco:Rugby Sevens World Cup bronze finalin San Francisco(B)Colombo:Sri Lanka vs South Africs test cricket match(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

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Mico Receives Sport Supplies from JICA

first_img The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme. “This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said. President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation. Story Highlights The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme.The assortment of netballs, footballs and volleyballs were handed over during a ceremony, held on March 26, at The Mico University College, in Kingston.President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation.“This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, Resident Representative for JICA, Jamaica Office, Tobita Kenji, said the programme is evidence of the continued friendship and goodwill between Jamaica and Japan.He expressed the hope that the supplies will assist in improving the performance of amateur athletes in these disciplines.The ‘Smile for All the World’ programme in Japan distributes goods related to sports, culture, education, social services and more all over the world through JICA volunteers. These goods are primarily donated to developing countries.According to the Japanese Embassy, 36 volunteers are involved in activities throughout the island. They are assigned to public agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Local Government and Community Development; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Tourism; Economic Growth and Job Creation, and Transport and Mining.Since 1989, a total of 425 JICA volunteers have worked in various areas of the island.Established in 1974, JICA has been implementing Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through cooperation, such as loan, grant and technical cooperation, which include the JICA volunteer programme, training in Japan as well as technical cooperation projects.last_img read more

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US Senators Push to Exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act

first_imgzoom US Senators John McCain and Mike Lee have introduced legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth.While the Trump administration granted a 10-day Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico on September 28, the senators’ legislation, introduced the same day, would provide Puerto Rico with “the permanent, sustainable relief it needs to rebuild.”“While I welcome the Trump administration’s Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, this short-term, 10-day exemption is insufficient to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria,” Senator McCain said.“Our legislation would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, an antiquated, protectionist law that has driven up costs and crippled Puerto Rico’s economy. For years, I have fought to fully repeal the Jones Act, which has long outlived its purpose to the benefit of special interests. It’s time for Congress to take action, end this injustice, and help our fellow citizens in this time of need.”The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the US and owned and operated by Americans. Shipping costs from the US mainland to Puerto Rico have been estimated to be twice as much as from neighboring foreign islands.last_img read more

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Wellard Gets Better Offer for Livestock Carrier

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Australia’s largest live cattle exporter Wellard has received and accepted a proposal to sell the M/V Ocean Swagman for USD 25.2 million to Panama-based Trim Shipping, part of Nova Marine Holdings.The offer from Nova is USD 3.2 million higher than the previously announced proposed sale of the vessel to Heytesbury Holding Company for USD 22 million.“The Nova transaction remains subject to approval of the Nova board, however, Wellard considers that (if approved) it is likely to lead to a superior outcome than the Heytesbury transaction,” the company said in a statement.The 12,892 GT livestock carrier would be delivered to Nova between November 1 and December 13, 2019.As informed, there is no charter or leaseback arrangement under this transaction.What is more, Wellard explained that the Heytesbury transaction remains on substantially the same terms as previously revealed. If the Nova transaction proceeds, the Heytesbury transaction would not complete, and a break fee may be paid.“Wellard is continuing to negotiate a standstill agreement with its noteholders which reflects and supports the sale of the Ocean Swagman to either of Nova or Heytesbury,” Wellard further said.Ocean Swagman has the capacity to transport 7,000 cattle or 26,000 sheep, or a combination of both. It is the sister ship of the 2010-built Ocean Outback which was sold for USD 26 million in 2017.Featuring a length of 130 meters and a width of 21.6 meters, the ship sailed on its maiden voyage back in 2010.last_img read more

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