Solicit assistance to maintain peace and stability in Region

first_imgDear Editor,While Guyanese are focused on our domestic political situation, events on our western border should be cause for much concern.The recent visit to Venezuela by two Russian nuclear-capable supersonic bombers and the announcement of plans to build a Russian military base on a Venezuelan island does not bode well for peace in the Caribbean region.In addition, the recent announcement that Iran will be sending two warships to Venezuela further aggravates an already volatile situation.There must be increased diplomatic efforts by all leaders of the Caribbean region, including Guyana, to ease the tensions especially in light of the declining political situation in Venezuela where the Maduro regime may seek to increase opportunistic military actions into disputed territory including Guyana.With Guyana’s current uneasy political climate and oil production expected to commence later this year, it is vitally important that we solicit the assistance of the international community and friendly countries to maintain peace and stability in the region.The Caribbean region must not be used as a proxy for conflicts existing elsewhere or to extend the influence of other countries through military means.Thank you,Bishram Kuppenlast_img read more

Italian giants join Premier League duo in race for Villa star

first_img Ron Vlaar 1 Juventus and Napoli are set to battle it out for the signing of Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar.The midlands club have failed to reach an agreement with the defender over a new deal and Villa are worried the Dutch international could leave the club for free when his contract expires next summer.Napoli boss Rafael Benitez wants to strengthen his defence and has made the 29-year-old one of his top targets, but Juve will provide stiff competition for his signature, along with long-time admirers Manchester United and Liverpool.Although Villa are reluctant to let Vlaar leave the club in the January transfer window, Paul Lambert may be forced to cash in on the centre-back next month instead of risking his key man leaving for nothing at the end of the season.last_img

Are Celtic or Rangers the bigger club ahead of first Old Firm derby?

first_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos This will be the first meeting of Rodgers and Gerrard, who worked together at Liverpool One of the major points of contention between Celtic and Rangers fans regards just which of the two Glasgow clubs is the biggest.There are arguments to be had for both clubs, and talkSPORT.com are letting the fans decide in the run up to the Old Firm battle.Vote below on our poll to have your say on which is the bigger club, and we will reveal the results later this week. 1 scrap center_img There are just a few days to go until Celtic and Rangers meet in the first Old Firm derby of the season, in what promises to be a hugely entertaining clash.It is the first meeting of Celtic and Rangers this campaign, and pits Steven Gerrard, the new Gers boss, against his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Hearts are the early pace-setters in the Premiership as they are the only side to still have a 100 per cent record, with Celtic three points behind the Tynecastle side in second.Rangers are one point further behind, with one win and two draws in the three league matches played so far this term.Not only will the winner of Sunday’s Old Firm derby take a huge advantage in the title race, but they will also claim bragging rights over their rival. Latest Scottish football newslast_img read more

Finn Harps get behind Simon Community’s annual ‘sleep out’

first_imgFinn Harps Football Club has lent its support to the North West Simon Community Annual Sleep Out which takes place in Letterkenny on this Friday. The event is held in conjunction with Simon Week a national awareness campaign.“Our players here at Finn Harps, Ethan Boyle, Danny Morrissey, Kilian Cantwell, Eddie Dsane and Ibrahim Keita were delighted to be present at the Station House Hotel to lend their support to promote the work that the Simon Community is doing here in Donegal” said Club Secretary John Campbell. By participating in the ‘Sleep Out’ for Simon in your Community you will actively help support and sustain their work in order to assist people who are struggling and at risk of homelessness.  Your fundraising will provide much needed money to enable Simon to provide vital outreach services throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.North West Simon Community prevented 186 families and individuals from becoming homeless in 2016 and need to continue to provide vital services in order to continue to prevent homelessness throughout Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.   There is a serious demand for their services this year, so they are asking all street sleepers to collect a minimum of €400.North West Simon is seeking local businesses to support this venture in any way they can. One option is to ‘adopt’ one of the sleepers for a minimum €50. This guarantees the business will be listed in press releases as the ‘official sponsor’ of the relevant sleeper which will be distributed to all local media after the event and will be carried on their website and our ‘facebook’ page (www.facebook.com/northwestsimoncommunity).The business will also be thanked and listed in a post-event in the local press release issued by the North West Simon Community. Finn Harps get behind Simon Community’s annual ‘sleep out’ was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

SAA named Africa’s best airline

first_img29 August 2008South African Airways has been named “best airline in Africa” at the 2008 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which are based on an annual survey by British aviation experts Skytrax.The Skytrax survey is recognized as an independent passenger survey of global airline standards. Based on interviews of an estimated 15-million passengers worldwide, the survey measures over 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction with airline products and service standards.South African Airways (SAA) also won the Skytrax award for “best cabin crew in Africa”.SAA features the only non-stop service from the US to South Africa, with daily departures from Washington, DC and a daily direct service from New York.The airline recently upgraded its in-flight entertainment on these flights, increasing the number of movies available from 15 to 44, ranging from global blockbusters to more culturally diverse options that include South African and Hindi choices. A number of channels with TV programmes and music from many different genres round out the offerings.Each seat on board, whether in premium business class or economy class, includes a personal, on-demand entertainment system with the full range of upgraded content.“Add to that Africa’s best cabin crew, great food, complimentary South African wine, plus amenity kits in each seat, and SAA is the clear choice for service to Africa,” SAA said in a statement this week.“Travellers in premium class enjoy 180 degree fully flat-bed seats, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors.”In addition, SAA’s local network, with connections to more than 20 South African destinations and more than 20 cities across the rest of the continent, make the airline “the savvy traveler’s gateway to Africa.”As a Star Alliance member, SA Airways also offers its customers 975 destinations in 162 countries and 18 100 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 30 cities in the US through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines.Members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus, US Airways’ Dividend Miles and Air Canada’s Aeroplan programmes can earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sports fever on Magnificent Fridays!

first_img31 January 2010The frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind the cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will do battle in their respective world cups in 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive led by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the 2010 tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. Now, the same spirit set is to grip the country again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Pretoria earlier this month, and kicked off the actual roadshow at Johannesburg’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India.Magnificent Fridays will augment the “Pure Protea” drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased, and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well. Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas.”The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Positive outlook for African growth

first_img8 August 2013 The African continent’s economy is projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and 5.3% in 2014, but that could improve if countries enhance the management of their mineral resources. Announcing the continent’s economic outlook at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday, Mthuli Ncube, a chief economist for the African Development Bank, said regional integration, in terms of infrastructure investment and maximising revenue from mineral resources, was the best way for Africa’s economies to improve growth. The West Africa economic region, also known as the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), remains the fastest growing economy on the continent, with Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Ghana being among the countries with the highest real Growth Domestic Product (GDP) growth for 2013/14. He also said there was a lot more to be gained in terms of the movement of people and investment. “There are some long-term challenges, and the first one is infrastructure investment. As a bank, 60% of our portfolio focuses on infrastructure investment,” he said. Infrastructure investment could help the region to grow by 3% more and reduce the trade deficit gap.Promoting the private sector Ncube also said promoting the private sector to encourage entrepreneurship was key to reducing inequalities. “The other thing is harnessing natural resource revenues and creating sector industries around mining,” he said. At a recent Infrastructure Africa Conference held in Sandton, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said African countries should work towards eliminating regulatory red-tape that restricts intra-investment among African countries. On Wednesday, Ncube said doing away with visa requirements between African states would promote the movement of people, which would in turn improve intra- investment opportunities that would fast-track regional integration. “I am certain that we can make progress on regional integration. It is very important. Regional integration has three pillars – movement of people, movement of capital and trade in goods and services,” he said. “There is more to be gained in movement of people and in intra-African investment, like the MTN investment in the rest of Africa and Equity Bank investing in other parts of East Africa.’Better tax systems on mineral resources Ncube said the African continent also needed to ensure that it introduces better tax systems on mineral resources to avoid losing mining royalties through illicit transfers. Illicit transfers or theft – where revenue made by mining houses leaves the continent due to under-invoicing on mineral resources – has seen Africa losing about $1.4-trillion in revenue. Former President Thabo Mbeki was recently tasked with investigating the theft, which has impacted negatively on the continent’s GDP. While other economies, like the Eurozone, are struggling to recover following the 2008 global economic meltdown, Ncube said Africa continued to record good growth. Despite South Africa being ranked among the countries with high inequalities, Ncube said the country, which has anchored its job creation drive on infrastructure investment, was on the right track as far as achieving inclusive growth was concerned. “Let’s take South Africa for example. I think one way that it can assist is to target the issue of job creation as we can see that inequality is a big issue. Not having jobs contributes to inequalities.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Record number of parties to contest SA’s elections

first_img18 March 2014 Twenty years into democracy, multi-party politics is flourishing in South Africa, with a record number of political parties set to contest the country’s fifth national and provincial elections on 7 May, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday. “Following last Wednesday’s deadline for the payment of deposits and submission of documentation, including candidate lists, by political parties, a total number of 33 political parties have indicated their intention to contest the election of the National Assembly – although four parties are yet to fully comply with prescribed deposits and may be ruled out before the election,” the IEC said in a statement. According to the legislation and election timetable, parties still have until 24 March to submit any outstanding requirements. If all 33 parties meet their obligations, this will be seven more (or 26% more) parties than contested the 2009 national election and just over double the number of parties (16) which contested in 1999, the IEC said. There were 19 parties on the national ballot paper in South Africa’s historic first democratic election in 1994, and 21 parties in 2004. Assuming no drop-outs for this year’s election, this would bring the overall number of parties, including parties contesting only the provincial elections, to 152. In terms of the provincial elections, the Western Cape will be the most contested province, with 26 parties submitting lists (up from 22 in 2009). This is followed by Gauteng with 22 parties having submitted lists (up from 20 in 2009), Limpopo with 20 (18 in 2009), the Eastern Cape with 18 (17 in 2009), waZulu-Natal with 18 (17 in 2009), Free State with 17 (14 in 2009), and Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and North West with 16 parties each (respectively 15, 13, 16 in 2009). These numbers may reduce slightly if the parties fail to fulfill their obligations before 24 March. The IEC said it had sent notices of non-compliance to all affected political parties on Saturday, giving them until 24 March 2014 to rectify any non-compliance. The lists of candidates for each party (national and provincial) will then be available for inspection from 28 March. “Any objection to candidates must be submitted to the Electoral Commission’s head office in Centurion in writing before 17h00 on Tuesday 1 April 2014,” the IEC said. “Such objections must indicate the reason for the objection to a candidate and must show that a copy of the objection has also been lodged with the relevant political party. “The commission will rule on the objections by Monday 7 April 2014, and any appeals to the rulings must be submitted to the Electoral Court by 10 April 2014. The final deadline for decisions of the Electoral Court is 15 April 2014, following which the final list of candidates contesting the elections will be published on 22 April and certificates issued to candidates by 24 April.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Embracing That You Are a Salesperson

first_imgA few days ago, Seth Godin made an observation: You never saw Steve Jobs in public when he wasn’t selling something. If you were watching Steve Jobs speak, he was pitching you.You never thought Steve Jobs was too “salesy,” did you? You were never offended that he was trying to get you to buy something that he believed was going to create value for you.You never thought Jobs should “just connect” or that he should “never be closing.” You knew he was trying to get you excited enough to buy a new phone, a new iPad, or a new computer.Jobs was worth billions of dollars. But you never despised him for capturing some of the value that he created. You didn’t care that he profited personally and professionally because he sold you.You never once wanted Jobs to stop trying to pitch you, did you?I used to teach a Personal Selling class at a University. During the first class, I’d ask the students to come up with a list of words to describe salespeople. They’d come up with words like manipulative, selfish, greedy, and sleazy.After they had compiled a nice list, I’d ask the students to raise their hands if they had parents who worked in sales. A little less than a third of the hands would go up. Then I’d ask them if the words they chose described their parents. They’d protest and say, “My mom isn’t like that! Her clients love her! She helps them!”You will never be great at sales if you believe it is something you are doing to somebody, that you shouldn’t sell, that you shouldn’t pitch (when the time is right), and that you shouldn’t ask for commitments. Selling is something you do for and with somebody.You aren’t the least bit unhappy that Jobs sold you. And you aren’t unhappy when Tim Cook pitches you either. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

U.S. Ocean Scientists Search for Top 10 List

first_imgHONOLULU—Marine researchers are facing a 15 March deadline for weighing in on how the National Science Foundation (NSF) should set priorities for U.S. ocean science over the next decade.“Now is the time to speak up—we’re looking for ideas,” said oceanographer Shirley Pomponi, the co-chair of a blue ribbon panel charged with advising NSF on the issue, here on Tuesday at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting. The priority-setting effort comes as U.S. ocean scientists voice increasing concerns about the future of their field, which is struggling to sustain a robust research fleet and adapt to stagnating funding.To address such issues, last year NSF officials asked the panel, organized by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council (NRC), to develop “a compelling research strategy for increased understanding of the oceans over the decade 2015-2025.” NSF is one of the major funders of marine research; its oceans office has spent some $350 million annually over the past few years, and the agency has played a major role in building costly new ships, automated seafloor observatories, and networks of instrumented buoys and floats.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As money has gotten tighter, however, ocean researchers have sometimes disagreed about science and spending priorities. For example, some have argued for investing in robotic instruments rather than new ships.The NRC panel hopes to help defuse such internal conflicts by developing a long-term consensus plan similar to those adopted by astronomers and physicists. Its Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences, scheduled to be released in early 2015, is supposed to identify both high-priority research projects and the infrastructure needed to conduct them. And it will examine how NSF could work with other federal agencies, such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to fund research.To fuel its discussions, the panel—co-chaired by Pomponi and former U.S. Navy oceanographer David Titley of Pennsylvania State University—is first surveying researchers, asking them to identify three top research priorities within and outside of their disciplines, as well as three ideas for needed technology or infrastructure. The panel has set up a website to collect the responses and has so far gotten about 200, but would like to see more by the mid-March deadline.The next step, Pomponi says, will be to whittle the suggestions down to a manageable number. “We’re thinking no more than 10 priorities,” she told an audience at the meeting. And she’s hoping that a consensus will emerge: “We don’t want this to be a food fight among the different disciplines of ocean sciences.”last_img read more