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We must be careful about how we use the signing bonus

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to share my thoughts on the actions of the Government of Guyana to convert the ExxonMobil signing bonus into US and Canadian Treasury Bonds. The Guyanese populace will draw their own conclusions based on the denial of the existence of the ‘bonus’ and its eventual disclosure.My issue is, however, with this new policy direction of investing in the US and Canadian economies. US$18 million is not an enormous sum by our economic standard; there can be no need to stash this paltry sum for ‘safe-keeping’: this sum is less than two per cent of our annual budget. Surely, we could put this money towards our own development. I can assure all Guyanese that we will be able to afford lawyers for the Guyana-Venezuela ICJ case without this ‘bonus’ to assist us. US$3 million of this amount has been earmarked for ‘capacity building’; how is this being achieved with the funds otherwise invested? Are we going to use the interest generated for the capacity-building programme? Guyana recently borrowed US$900 million for unspecified projects, will some of this also be ‘invested’ surreptitiously in US and Canadian bonds? Government needs to revisit this policy direction as a matter of great urgency.Editor, many see low-yield bonds as a very secure investment; however, these bonds are by no means infallible and Governments do default from time to time. US Treasury Bonds must be deemed a risky investment by any yardstick as that country continues to borrow heavily to maintain a quality of life beyond its means, continuously raising its debt ceiling and other risk factors. A fitting analogy would be of a poor man lending to his ostentatiously rich neighbour; sure, he has all the trappings of wealth – mansion, cars, flashy lifestyle that seems unreachable to the poor man, but underneath all the flash, he is mortgaged to the hilt, in debt beyond his ability to repay and playing a Ponzi scheme to keep himself afloat. Many a man has fallen for these schemes, should Guyana be investing in such a country? What place in line would we be if they default? Let us invest in ourselves and build our own nation before we prop up an ailing economic power.A timely reminder to the Government of Guyana that ‘Charity begins at home’ may be in order.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Ricks Institute Student Excursion to Freetown

first_imgReverend Olu Menjay, Principal and Chief Administrative Officer of Ricks Institute, recently led a group of 29 students and personnel of the institute on a six-day educational and cultural excursion to Freetown, Sierra Leone.Those who made the trip, according to a dispatch from Dr. Menjay in Freetown, consisted of 20 students and nine staff. Ricks Institute, Dr. Menjay said, believes that learning is easier when a child sees, touches and feels, thus making the excursion essential.He said, when the group arrived in Sierra Leone on Thursday, March 24, they met with the Vice President, Dr. Victor Foh at his residence in Freetown.Dr. Foh told the Ricks visitors that the strength in Sierra Leone’s growth is religious tolerance, adding that Liberia and Sierra Leone have a lot in common. “Our two countries share similar stories,” he told the visitors outlining several historical factors. In response, Dr. Menjay reminded Dr. Foh that education at Ricks Institute goes beyond the traditional “brick and wall” classroom, adding, “We believe that the lives of our students who are participating in this excursion will never remain the same.”Also present at that meeting was former Sierra Leonean head of state, Captain Valentine Strasser, the former Minister of Works, the son of the late Chief Samuel Hinga Norman, and other dignitaries of the Sierra Leonean society. Chief Norman was a Sierra Leonean politician from the Mende tribe, who founded and led the country’s Civil Defense Forces, commonly known as the Kamajors during that country’s brutal civil war. The Kamajors supported the government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah against the Revolutionary United Front led by Foday Sankoh. On March 7, 2003, Chief Norman was indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He died on February 22, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal, while undergoing medical treatment. On the second day of the excursion, the team met with the Chief Administrator of the St. John Maroon Church, a historical religious establishment associated with the slave trade. The team later visited and observed worship at the central Mosque of Sierra Leone where the Chief Imam commented that that there is no senseless peace, but senseless war. “It helps a lot for faith groups to coexist peacefully as no society can progress in the midst of confusion,” the Imam told the student visitors. The team then visited Forah Bay College and later paid homage at the grave of Edward Wilmot Blyden, a self-taught genius, born in the West Indies, who lived in Liberia and taught at the then Liberia College. Blyden contributed land to Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia. On Saturday, March 26, the team took a two hour boat ride to the Bunce Island, an infamous slave fortress built to process and market slaves for shipment to America and other parts of the world. The team later met at the residence of the president of the Sierra Leone Baptist Convention where they fellowshipped with their Baptist counterparts. On Sunday, the team worshiped with the Regent Road Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church in West Africa, established by early Baptist settlers in Freetown.Rev. Menjay preached the Easter sermon.The team afterwards visited the Sierra Leone Peace and Cultural Museum, described as an outstanding and amiable treasure that gives a chronological account of Sierra Leone’s history before and after Independence on April 27, 1961. The Ricks visitors then passed by the famous Special UN Court that tried Charles Taylor. The day was punctuated with a grand dinner at the residence of Vice President Foh. At dinner, the team met the Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone and the former Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia.Ricks Institute, established 1887 by the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, is a learning and faith community high school located in Virginia, Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United boost? Smalling hoping to be fit for Arsenal clash

first_img Manchester United defender Chris Smalling Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is hoping to overcome injury in time for Sunday’s clash with boyhood club Arsenal.The 26-year-old has been one of the few bright spots in a bleak season at Old Trafford and has been a mainstay in Louis van Gaal’s side, although he missed Thursday’s Europa League win over FC Midtjylland with a shoulder problem.That match was just the second he has missed all campaign, and the centre-back is looking to avoid a third absence when the Gunners visit Old Trafford.“Touch wood, that carries on,” Smalling said when asked about his impressive United displays.“I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I’m hoping to be okay to play this game.“I’ve not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I’ve just tried to carry that on from there. Long may it continue.”Smalling will be well aware how vital victory is against title-chasing Arsenal if United want to keep their faint top-four hopes alive, with rivals Manchester City currently six points above them.However, the teams’ last meeting brought with it United’s most comprehensive loss of the season, with Alexis Sanchez’s brace and a Mesut Ozil strike sealing a comfortable 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.Despite the previous result, though, Smalling is confident ahead of a fixture he cares about more than most, having grown up supporting the Gunners.“I always look forward to these games,” Smalling told Sunday’s matchday programme.“It’s no secret that I was an Arsenal supporter growing up, so this fixture is even bigger for me and especially given it involves two of the biggest teams in the country.“I hope I can step out onto the field.” 1last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation appoints new leaders

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently added two new board members and elected officers of the 15-member board, which oversees the charitable, nonprofit organization.New to the board are Doug Miller, vice president of statewide services for Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., and Lane Osswald, who farms with his father and brothers in Preble County and is currently serving his third term as an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee. They replace Lisa McClure, executive director of the Paulding County Area Foundation, and Katherine Harrison of Harrison Farm.The board also elected three board officers. Heather Thiltgen, senior vice president of strategic markets at Medical Mutual, was named president; Wade Smith, owner of Whitehouse Specialty Crops was named vice president; and Cy Prettyman, owner of Prettyman Farms, was named treasurer.Founded in 1985, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable, nonprofit organization.The foundation funds programming in four priority areas: cultivating an interest in agriculture, investing in tomorrow’s leaders, driving economic growth and promoting environmental stewardship and conservation.last_img read more

Request a Free Trackable and Show Your Turtle Power!

first_img SharePrint RelatedVraag een gratis trackable op van de Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles!September 3, 2019In “Local stories”Bewirb Dich für einen kostenlosen ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’-Trackable!August 29, 2019In “Deutsch”Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 20, 2016In “Community” Cowabunga! The legendary half-shell heroes have emerged from the sewers in Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest mutation in their ever-evolving story.  To celebrate the iconic franchise’s 35th anniversary, Geocaching has teamed up with Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to release 4,000 limited-edition Raph, Leo, Mikey, and Donnie trackables across the globe. Enter to receive a trackable at When you find a TMNT trackable in the wild, use the alphanumeric code to log it, and then keep it moving by putting it in another geocache so others will have a chance to help the Turtles discover new hidden locations worldwide. Find all four Turtles and share your photos on social using #TMNTcache and tag @TMNT. For more about Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series visit Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Hacker Poll: Should Google Have Disclosed the the Latest Internet Explorer Flaw Before Microsoft Had a Patch?

first_imgklint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img Google employee Michael Zalewski disclosed a CSS security issue in Internet Explorer today before Microsoft had issued a fix. This is the second time a Google employee has disclosed an IE security flaw to the public before a patch had been issued. Chris Evans posted a cross-site scripting issue to Seclists in September, according to Ars Technica.The new flaw may also have been reported by two Chinese researchers at a security conference in South Korea according to KrebsonSecurity. Microsoft does not know of any exploits in the wild actually taking advantage of this vulnerability.Should Google have disclosed these bugs to the public, or waited for Microsoft to issue a fix first? How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Euro 2016: Rival golden generations of Wales, Belgium bid for glory

first_imgWales are happy to cast themselves as underdogs in their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium on Friday but such modesty belies their proven ability to bite hard.The Belgians, who finally came together as a team to demolish Hungary 4-0 in their last-16 match, will start as favourites.Both sides, though, are fully aware that Wales have proved their mettle against Belgium, beating them 1-0 in Cardiff and drawing in Brussels in the tournament’s qualifying stage.Belgium, playing before what will be virtually a home crowd in the northern French town of Lille, are under huge pressure for their much-vaunted golden generation to fulfil their promise and finally challenge for a major trophy. (Also Read: Portugal reach semi-finals)Wales could also claim to have developed a golden generation, spearheaded by Gareth Bale, even if they have fewer illustrious players than the side ranked number two in the world.”We’re good normally in that situation when we’re right up against it,” Wales defender Chris Gunter said.”Belgium will be the fancied team and they are right on their own doorstep but it’s something we can use as an advantage.” (Vincente Del Bosque quits as Spain coach)All eyes will be on the form of Bale and Eden Hazard.Bale, the world’s most expensive player, has scored three goals and fired in the cross that led to Northern Ireland’s own goal in Wales’s 1-0 last-16 victory.His ability to seize the moment, not least at free kicks, could be pivotal.Hazard came to life against Hungary — as did the whole team after a stuttering start to the campaign. He set up the second goal for Michy Batshuayi and scored with a dashing solo effort two minutes later to crush Hungary’s hopes in what he said was his best-ever game for his country.advertisementThe Belgium captain has missed two days of training with a thigh injury, but should he be declared fit to play, he will be returning to the city where he made a name for himself.GREATER DEPTHThe Welsh are playing in their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, when they lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Brazil.”Wales are a very strong side, and not just with Gareth Bale; they have other good players,” cautioned Belgian coach Marc Wilmots.Belgium, however, have greater depth. Wilmots has pointed to playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who has been a tireless and influential figure. Romelu Lukaku scored 27 goals in 52 appearances for Everton this season and always looks threatening.”They have players on the pitch and the bench that would grace any international team,” Wales manager Chris Coleman said.”But in the last four years we’ve had four meetings and won one and drawn two, so there’s nothing to be afraid of.”Hazard said the Belgians would need to be wary of the Welsh.”They are a tricky side to play against. They have a very compact unit and they have a great player up front (Bale).”The winners will reckon to have a fair chance of reaching the final as the semi-finals would pit them against Poland or Portugal, avoiding the powers of France, Italy and Germany.Neither side will go gentle into that good night on Friday.last_img read more

PSG, Man City shine in Champions League; big names struggle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clubs from eastern Europe are often overmatched in the Champions League, and Dinamo Zagreb had lost its last 11 group-stage games, scoring just once.Still, Zagreb gave a painful lesson to Atalanta, thrashing the Italian debutant 4-0. Mislav Orsic scored a hat trick.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini called it “a nightmare of a game. They were stronger in every aspect.”Lokomotiv Moscow scored a rare away win for a Russian team, winning 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.Red Star Belgrade couldn’t complete the hat trick of wins in Munich. Bayern controlled the game but had only Kingsley Coman’s first-half header to show before late goals from Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller.EARLY DRAWSMaybe it’s the unusual kickoff time — at 6:55 p.m. in most of Europe — but all four early evening starts produced draws this week.Tottenham wasted a two-goal first-half lead at Olympiakos on Wednesday, taking control with a penalty by Harry Kane and a smart shot from Lucas Moura in Athens.The Greek league runner-up struck back on the stroke of halftime before Mathieu Valbuena beat his former France teammate Hugo Lloris from the penalty spot in the..In Belgium, Club Brugge drew 0-0 with Galatasaray, as both teams failed to make a stronger mark on Group A where PSG and Madrid are strongly favored to advance. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “People say we’re not favorites and it can take the pressure off,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.PSG has flattered to deceive too often in recent Champions Leagues, though this looked like a statement win for Tuchel over Zinedine Zidane, who lifted the trophy in each of the three seasons he first coached Madrid from 2016-18.Madrid’s biggest offseason signing Eden Hazard rarely connected with his teammates, while club veterans Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had goals disallowed.“Normally, with the players we have, we create a lot of chances and today it wasn’t possible,” Zidane said.SPANISH STRUGGLESIt’s been a tough week for the big three of Spanish football.Madrid failed to score on the road, like Barcelona which was lucky to take a 0-0 draw from Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.Atlético’s 2-2 draw at home showed more resolve and fight, and stopped long-time nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo — who was booed throughout by home fans — from scoring for Juventus. Goals from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi had Juve dominating deep into the second half.Atlético fought back through Stefan Savic in the 70th and Mexico midfielder Héctor Herrera leveled in the 90th with a header from Kieran Trippier’s cross.EASTERN PROMISE Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Stephen Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report PLAY LIST 01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PSG’s Angel Di Maria, center, celebrates with his teammates PSG’s Juan Bernat, left, and PSG’s Mauro Icardi after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between PSG and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)GENEVA — Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City succeeded where storied rivals failed in their opening Champions League games.Even with its star forwards absent, PSG eased to a 3-0 win Wednesday over 13-time European champion Real Madrid, which missed the influence of suspended defender Sergio Ramos.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Juventus and Tottenham both let two-goal leads slip away from home, before drawing 2-2 against Atlético Madrid and Olympiakos, respectively.PARIS SHINESThe biggest stars at the Parc des Princes were watching from expensive seats in the stands.Neymar, who was suspended, and injured teammate Kylian Mbappe were captured by television cameras whooping and giggling at the sight of full-backs Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier marching through Madrid’s defense in stoppage time to create and score a deserved third goal.The third PSG star striker, Edinson Cavani, was also out injured yet the French champion’s victory was never in doubt.ADVERTISEMENT The French champion relied instead on Angel Di Maria, the former Madrid winger, who scored twice with smart, first-half shots that quickly settled the outcome.Man City was also ruthless and efficient in winning 3-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Wins for two wealthy clubs with burning ambition to get a first European title came as the traditional Champions League powers struggled this week.Of the nine clubs to have played in the final since 2011, only Bayern Munich won this week — also by 3-0 on Wednesday against a Red Star Belgrade team which had to come through four qualifying rounds. 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Saketh Myneni can be a Grand Slam champion in doubles, says Leander Paes

first_imgLeander Paes put his new Davis Cup partner Saketh Myneni in a spot post their World Group play-off tie by making an offer to play doubles with him on the ATP circuit.”From what I saw today, if Saketh wants to play some doubles, I would love to play some doubles with him. I don’t know what we have going on for the Chennai Open yet, but from what I saw, if I can get Saketh for six months and if he keeps working hard, it would be great. You will laugh, but I have had a lot of partners who are less talented than him,” Paes said. (Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)’HELL OF A PLAYER’Asked if Myneni could win a Grand Slam with him, Paes said, “He could win a Grand Slam with someone else also, not just me. He is a hell of a player. His serve, his return, his game, if he keeps on honing his skills and fitness to last five sets, I put this on record today, this guy can be a Grand Slam champion.”Myneni though had to politely decline for the meantime.”Singles is still priority as long as my body and mind permit. At least for a few more years. I love the offer he gave me. If I get a chance, I would to play with him. I am still learning the doubles craft, but it was very natural to come into the match with Leander. If I can get my singles rankings up, I can play doubles also at big events,” Myneni said.advertisementGRITTY INDIANSPaes and Myneni teamed up against the reigning Olympics Gold medallists in Rio — Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez. The duo came back in the first set from one break down to clinch it 6-4. In the second set, Indians were up 5-4 and serving for the match when an attempted drop shot by Myneni caught the net at 30-40. Myneni lost his serve to bring it to parity at 5-5 and from there on, the home team went onto lose the second set in a tie breaker. After going 1-2 down, in the fourth set, the two were 4-1 up but just when it looked like the match will be forced into a decider, Myneni’s inexperience showed again as he lost his serve at just the wrong time. The Spanish duo wasted no time in taking that chance and running away with 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.With that defeat, India lost the World Group playoff tie 3-0 and will play the reverse singles dead rubbers on Sunday.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Goes Unranked in Preseason Coaches Poll

first_imgThe 2015 preseason Coaches Poll has been released and Oklahoma State is not in the top 25. This means very little, of course, and is probably actually a benefit to the Pokes.OSU was never going to be a top 25 team so a perceived slight, however small, is an advantage to a team over being ranked No. 24 or No. 25. Being ranked No. 24 means “hey, we’re ranked!” Being unranked (or No. 28, see below) means “man, we’ve got a chip on our collective shoulder.”Plus, with the College Football Playoff, none of this actually means anything anyway outside of your perception to the folks on the Playoff committee.TCU and Miss. St. were unranked last year, so none of this really matters. But what else is there to talk about?— mitch (@itmemitch) July 30, 2015Here’s a look at the top 10 this year:Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.01.09 AMOSU was third on others receiving votes which means they’re technically the No. 28 team in the country according to coaches who vote on such things. Apparently, Glenn Spencer wasn’t asked for his opinion.So is this a harbinger for the next four months?Kyle Fredrickson went back and looked at other preseason rankings for the Pokes.#OKstate preseason coaches poll ranking though the years:2015: Unranked2014: Unranked2013: No. 142012: No. 192011: No. 82010: Unranked— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 30, 2015The Cowboys finished unranked in 2014, 17th in 2013, unranked in 2012, 3rd in 2011 and 13th in 2010. I’m hoping for more of 2010 season than a 2014 season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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