Dairy boss in search for value

first_imgGIPPSDAIRY’s newly appointed regional manager wants farmers to get value for their dairy service levy dollar. Allan Cameron said improving…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

PNC’s cynicism on the Constitution

first_imgAs was highlighted by the shenanigans committed by Moses Nagamootoo and his lackeys before the AFC’s Convention, one of the sad features of political life is the level of cynicism attending our politicians. There is no question that there is much to justify this cynicism. When bands of people, unconcerned about the people who elected them to office, are typified by greed, avarice, and mind-boggling incompetence, what is the average citizen to think? If Guyana is ever to unearth leaders who would work for the nation — rather than for themselves, as is evident with this PNC-led Government — we would have to go beyond mere hand-wringing and wishing for patriots to materialise out of thin air, and create enabling political institutions.While, as the cliché goes, we have to ultimately depend on the integrity of individuals elected to office, we have to start from the premise which has been painfully evident over the past four years: to be human is to have weaknesses. Our institutions have to be so structured as to give incentives to the persons who fall within their ambit to enhance the desired values. In general, people are more committed to following rules that they had a role in crafting. This is commonsense: rules had to have made some sense to us, or we would not have accepted them in the first place.So where do we begin? One place is to start at the very beginning. In the political realm of any country, institutions all emanate from the Constitution of that country. And in Guyana, it is from this “supreme law of the land” that the political cynicism begins. The Constitution of Guyana has a particularly tainted and cynical history. Ostensibly, its birth was occasioned by the decision of Forbes Burnham to launch Guyana on a socialist path in 1974 with his “Declaration of Sophia”. The 1966 Independence Constitution was “too bourgeois”. The fly in the ointment, however, was that while Mr. Burnham was undoubtedly committed to socialism, he was even more enthusiastically committed to satisfying his drive for absolute personal power. The rigged Referendum of 1978 demonstrated early on that he saw the creation of the Constitution as a mere legal fig leaf to cover his ambitions. Yet, it is from this Constitution that, today, all our political institutions flow and our political behaviour is shaped, notwithstanding the major amendments to the Constitution following the 1999 Reform Process.However, it is not only a question that the changes do not go far enough, even though this is not an inconsequential objection; the present document is a mishmash of articles that still hark back to socialism — articles that are internally and relationally inconsistent; articles that should properly be dealt with by statutory law, rather than being in a constitution, etc.It is also not the question that the PNC has reneged on its commitment to its partner, the AFC, to alter the Constitution, and has successfully resisted real fundamental change. It is also not the question that they have, further, even resisted implementing the spirit of the changes that have been enacted, and gleefully used the Constitution’s centralised mechanism to lock out other groups from having any real input into the political process.A Constitution has to be seen as a social contract between the various forces in a country, creating a state with institutions that are just. For the state to be just, we must begin from first principles; a nip and a tuck won’t do. Avoiding this gives us the concoction we now have governing us, which is flush with contradictions. The PNC politicians, led by David Granger, play fast and loose with the rules, as with the NCM, because they know the rules were generated in cynicism by themselves.Are we surprised that institutions flowing out of such a flawed Constitution, which is out of sync with our national values, are only observed in the breach?The people must reject the PNC’s obdurate refusal to implement constitutional change.last_img read more

Practice just perfect for Hamilton in Brazil

first_imgThe 31-year-old Briton was satisfied with his efforts, but warned that in the high temperatures with unpredictable weather forecast, he had done nothing more than make a good start in his battle to hang on to the championship.“It’s been a good day,” said Hamilton. “We got through all of our run programmes and the car is feeling really good. It’s pretty tough out there physically right now with the heat as high as it is. Not just in the car but for the guys in the garage too.“Finding the right balance isn’t easy either in these conditions as the tyres are getting really hot, but our long run pace seems to be strong so we can be happy with the start we’ve made.”On a hot day with clouds threatening, there was little to separate the two title contenders, but Rosberg did enough to suggest that even if he does not take the title with a decisive victory in Sunday’s race he will retain the initiative.Rosberg needs to complete a hat-trick of Interlagos triumphs to claim his maiden drivers’ championship, but knows that with a 19-point lead and two races remaining two second places will be enough.Britsh Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is seen at the Mercedes pit in the Interlagos racetrack on November 11, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaHe said: “It’s been very hot out there, more so than we expect it to be for the rest of the weekend. As a result, that makes it difficult to fully prepare for qualifying and the race.“Other than that, it was a pretty normal Friday. Our car looks quick, but Red Bull are definitely close. The soft tyre is degrading quite a lot on the long runs, with blistering on the rears. There’s a surprising amount of degradation on the medium tyre too.“But I think overall we’ve got decent pace on the long runs.”Hamilton is seeking his first win at the Brazilian event, the only race on the calendar other than the new European contest held in Baku that he has not won.Unexpectedly, the Williams team, powered by Mercedes engines, were the second strongest outfit with Valtteri Bottas third ahead of his team-mate retirement-bound local hero Felipe Massa.This pushed the Red Bulls of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen down to fifth and sixth ahead of the two Ferraris of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Force India ahead of the two McLaren Hondas of Jenson Button and two-time champion Fernando Alonso.Button, who won the 2009 title in Brazil, said that he believed a rain-hit race –- as forecast by some -– would favour Hamilton.Britsh Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton awaits in the cockpit of his Mercedes at the Interlagos racetrack on November 11, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaHe said: “If it’s wet, it mixes things up. Lewis knows he’s really good in the wet and can make a big points score. Nico knows there’s a lot more to lose.“I’m sure Nico wants it to be dry, but everyone watching wants it to be wet.”Alonso’s running ended early due to an electronics problem and in an episode that reprised his frustrations of 2015, when he ended up sitting in a deck-chair to watch the action, he amused himself by sitting in a fold-up canvas chair and operating a television camera.Raikkonen was called to a stewards inquiry after the session after cutting across Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso at the pit-entry during the session.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton drives his Mercedes on the Interlagos racetrack on November 11, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaSao Paulo, Brazil, Nov 11 – Lewis Hamilton completed a perfect opening salvo when he outpaced championship leading Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Friday’s closely-competed second free practice for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.The defending three-time world champion, who was fastest in the morning’s opening session, stayed on top with a best lap in one minute and 12.271 seconds, an advantage of just 0.030 seconds ahead of Rosberg.last_img read more

Progress made on wildfire

first_imgOn the north, where the fire was most active, crews were beginning to cut 8 miles of fireline, fire spokesman Victor Gutierrez said. “Things are definitely looking better,” Gutierrez said. However, there was still potential for the fire to make a sudden surge, as it has done repeatedly in recent weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA BARBARA (AP) – Aided by rising humidity and cooler weather, firefighters made progress Thursday against a gigantic wildfire that has burned in mountainous Central Coast forest for most of the summer. The second-largest wildfire in modern California history grew by nearly 4,000 acres overnight to 229,433 acres – or about 358 square miles – but continued to burn in wilderness rather than toward communities. Containment was put at 81 percent. Backfires were set along Highway 33 in Los Padres National Forest to destroy dense chaparral that has fueled the fire for nearly two months as it has snaked southeast through mountain ranges with peaks topping 5,000 feet. last_img read more

WATCH: Barcelona ace Neymar dazzles with amazing run in Club World Cup win

first_imgBarcelona superstar Neymar left a string of River Plate players red faced with this amazing run in the Club World Cup on Sunday.The Brazil ace was one of the stars of the show with two assists as the Catalan club claimed their fifth title of 2015 with a 3-0 victory over the Argentine side in the final in Japan.Luis Suarez scored twice and Messi the other, but it was Neymar who had fans out of their seats with his wizard-like footwork and dazzling ball control.Check out his silky skill in the video above – if only it led to a goal!last_img read more

Villaraigosa clears first hurdle in school takeover plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Villaraigosa’s plan calls for creation of a council of mayors with veto power over the hiring and firing of an LAUSD superintendent. It also would create a new partnership that would directly oversee three clusters of the lowest-performing schools. The plan is a compromise from the mayor’s original proposal to take more direct control of the district, yet still would give him significant power over the schools. The one dissenting vote on the committee was Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, who said he was “uncomfortable” with several of the bill’s provisions. Maldonado cited potential conflicts of interest that could face ethe mayor under the plan, including for example, if the district and the city become involved in opposite sides of a lawsuit. Several other committee members who expressed objections or concerns over the bill abstained from the vote. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations committee. The Legislature is scheduled to start its one-month summer recess July 7, so the full Senate is not likely to take up the bill until August. If passed, it would then move to the Assembly. The legislative session ends Aug. 31, and any bills not passed by then are dead and could not be re-introduced again until the new session begins in January. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO _ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s controversial Los Angeles school-takeover plan cleared its first significant legislative hurdle today, winning approval from the Senate Education committee even as lawmakers, school officials and parents raised dozens of concerns and questions. The panel’s 7-1 vote to let legislation move forward that would reshape Los Angeles Unified School District came after more than two hours of impassioned testimony, including from dozens of parents opposeed to the plan and bused to Sacramento by the district. Several committee members said that while they had concerns, they recognized the tight timeline facing the bill and decided to let it proceed and get their questions addressed later in the process. “I think the Senate Education committee voted for this bill because they realize something has to be done,” Villaraigosa said. “We need to move forward, we need to work together. That’s what today’s vote was all about.” last_img read more

Foozi fun on Football Fridays

first_img2 October 2009Johannesburg companies looking to add some fun to their Football Fridays can now rent foosball tables at special rates, delivery included – or stand a chance of getting one for free.Advertising and branding company Foozi Gaming has come out in support of the Football Fridays initiative, launched by the country’s major 2010 Fifa World Cup™ partners in order to grow enthusiasm for football and support for the national team, Bafana Bafana.Each week for the rest of the year, four companies in the greater Johannesburg area can win the use of a Foozi foosball table rent-free, offering them and their employees an exciting, competitive, entertaining and team building Football Friday.To stand a chance to win, companies can enter their details on www.foozi.co.za/foozifriday.html.A draw takes place every Wednesday, and companies will be contacted by Thursday morning if they have won. (Entering just once will put companies in the draw for the rest of the year.)Foozi has also put together a special Football Fridays rental package for companies based in Johannesburg, offering them the use of a Foozi branded foosball tables for only R499 including delivery – less than half the normal rental price to deliver on a Friday morning and collect on Monday. Other areas will be quoted for separately.Companies can take advantage of this offer by calling 08600 FOOZI (36694) or e-mailing rentals@foozi.co.za.“Foozi is 100% behind this fantastic initiative, and we aim to show our support and enthusiasm in a way that builds patriotism for 2010,” says Damon Freeman, chief negotiator, marketer and overall nice guy of Foozi Gaming. “We have also put numerous Foozi specials together for marketers and advertisers aiming to tap into the mass youth market.”The first four winners of rent-free Foozi tables, on 25 September, were FNB Payroll, Fleischman-Hillard, Thuso Design and Indigo Marketing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA minister to head UN tourism venture

first_img3 June 2013 South Africa’s Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been selected to lead a new United Nations World Tourism Organisation commission on tourism and development, the department announced last week. The working group will examine how to leverage official development assistance (ODA) resources available globally towards tourism development. Members include France, Germany, Kenya, Jamaica, Egypt, Mexico, South Korea, Mauritania and Belgium’s Flemish community. “I believe it will be possible to unlock meaningful new financial resources to further our work in the tourism sector by dramatically scaling up our share of official development assistance,” Van Schalkwyk said at the UN World Tourism Organisation meeting in Belgrade, Serbia last Tuesday. He also identified four priority areas of the working group. They are identifying the reasons why ODA allocation to tourism is low; identifying priorities the development community will find attractive for sustainable tourism development; develop proposals to build on the group’s relationship with donor countries, development banks and UN agencies; and design a matchmaking mechanism to link bilateral donor support to ODA-eligible tourism projects. “There is a sweet spot at the intersection of the three policy imperatives of tourism development, social inclusion and green growth that we have been ignoring to our detriment and that could hold the key to substantial new resources,” Van Schalkwyk said. The group will also look at building good governance in tourism, fostering the poverty reduction impact of tourism and encouraging human resources development in the sector. “As a sector, we have a major task ahead of us to convince the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) development assistance committee, the World Bank, regional development banks, developed country donors and other United Nations agencies of our sector’s important contribution to poverty eradication, the green economy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Natural rock near Naples, Italy, may have inspired Roman concrete

first_imgBeginning in 1982, the ground beneath the Italian port city of Pozzuoli began rising at an alarming rate. Deep beneath the surface, geothermal activity belched carbon dioxide and other gases that pressed up on the overlying rock. At one point the ground swelled 2 meters in 2 years, prompting Italian authorities to evacuate more than 40,000 people from the city over concerns of an eruption. But no eruption occurred. Now, researchers report in the current issue of Science that they have a good idea why: a layer of strong, yet pliable “caprock” that has kept a lid on eruptions in the area. After studying sediment cores from a previous drilling project in Pozzuoli, researchers found a layer of carbon-rich rocks sitting 2.9 kilometers below the city. When seawater infiltrates the carbon-rich rocks, they emit CO2, which reacts with calcium and hydrogen-rich rocks to form calcium hydroxide, or hydrated lime, one of the key ingredients in cement. Geothermal fluids push the natural lime up toward a top layer of ash deposited by previous eruptions, forming natural high-strength, fibrous concrete. The material may have served as the inspiration for the creation of Roman concrete, which led to the building of Rome’s architectural wonders such as the Pantheon and the aqueducts that still stand today, the researchers say.last_img read more

Lenovo’s A2010 is available through open sale at Rs 4,990

first_imgLenovo has announced that its A2010 smartphone will remain available on Flipkart through open sale now on. The open sale started on Monday at 12pm. Both black and white color variants will be available on Flipkart. The Lenovo A2010 is priced at Rs 4,990 and is availableexclusively on Flipkart.Lenovo A2010 sports a MediaTek MT6735m 64-bit Quad-Core1.0GHz processor, 4.5 inch display and operates on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Thesmartphone supports the two available LTE bands in India – FDD 1800MHz (Band 3)& TDD 2300MHz (Band 40). A 2000 mAh battery unit will power the device. LenovoA2010 is equipped with a 5 MP rear camera, which is supported by an LED flash,and 2 MP selfie camera along with an 8GB expandable internal memory.Lenovos growth has been substantial this year with 3.3times increase in sales in Q2 2015-16 as compared to sales in the correspondingquarter last year. Overall the shipment of smartphones to India has increasedby 44 per cent as compared to the same time period last year.According to IDC’s latest report, Lenovo is India’s No.1 4GSmartphone brand in Q2 with its aggressively priced 4G LTE smartphone portfolio.Lenovo has seen success with its 4G smartphones with over 1 million 4Gsmartphones sold in the first half of the year. As per IDC’s Asia/ PacificQuarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Q2, 2015 (August 2015 release), Lenovo is thefifth largest smartphone brand with 4.4 per cent share of the Indian smartphonemarket in Q2 2015.last_img read more