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Plantain chips…

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first_img…or plantain chipscouple of decades ago, Thomas Friedman, author and NY Times columnist, observed in his book “The Lexus and the Olive tree”, that even though trade was driving globalisation, the winners of the sweepstakes were shipping ever decreasing tonnage of exports! He explained the conundrum by pointing out that even though, say, less steel or grain may’ve been shipped by them, their almost weightless exports, like computer chips, far exceeded the value of the old exports!Someone in Guyana from that era must’ve heard this nugget of wisdom. But they either weren’t really paying attention or age had dulled their memory. Friedman was talking about COMPUTER CHIPS, not PLANTAIN CHIPS – which has just been suggested as the product that can solve Guyana’s economic woes!Plantain Chips are lighter than sugar or bauxite or timber, your Eyewitness will concede, but it misses the point, doesn’t it? The weight of a country’s exports was the third in what Friedman called “The nine habits of effective countries” and he explained it thusly: How much does your country or company weigh? – “We are moving from a world where the heavy eat the light, to a world where the light eat the heavy. Today, a country that exports primarily raw materials – commodities, iron ore, crude oil – is going to weigh a lot. A country that specialises in information technologies and services is going to weigh a lot less and is probably providing a higher standard of living for more of its people.”In Guyana, there’s been a lot of talk about getting into “IT and ICT” and “Knowledge industries”, and such like – but to talk about exporting “plantain chips” at the highest level in 2017 has shown that there’s a radical disjunctive between the “talk” and the “walk”. This was brought home very graphically to your Eyewitness when he listened to the Mayor berating the parking meters protestors. And studiously avoiding the real problem – the total lack of transparency on the contract.Maybe your Eyewitness can do worse that repeat Friedman’s homily on being an “effective country” – (number five): Does Your Country or Company Dare to Be Open on the Inside? – The more transparent you are inside, the more your government is grounded in the rule of law, the more you are willing to share how and where decisions are made, the less likely it is that corruption will remain hidden, and the more likely others will be willing to stick with you.“In the coming years, we will no longer refer to developed and underdeveloped countries, or emerging markets and non-emerging markets. Instead we will refer to “transparent countries” and “non-transparent” countries.”No wonder we’re now pushing plantain chips!…or bargaining chips?While most of Guyana has been obsessing with Trump and his Executive Orders on immigration, a local economist from UG highlighted a Congressional action that might be even more significant for Guyana. This is the scuttling of the Federal requirement that US Oil Companies reveal all payments made to foreign governments to exploit their petroleum and gas reserves.The law was supposed to suss out payments by US companies made under the table to corrupt governments, which invariably end up secreted in private offshore accounts – leaving the citizens of the oil-depleted country literally holding the bag. In a country like Guyana, where corrupt acts of omission and commission are daily occurrences, most Guyanese have little hope this Government will crack down on corruption when they’re unwilling to even enact a “Code of Conduct” for their Ministers!This Eyewitness is disappointed the US will now hold its oil companies to a lower standard, than, say Canada or the EU.…or platitudesRamjattan, to whom Justice Kennard was responsible, claims the latter’s dismissal wasn’t “racial”. So, will he demand equal treatment at Cabinet on Dr Clive Thomas, who holds two portfolios ten times more onerous than Kennard’s PCA? And is just as old.Equal treatment vitiates claims of bias, no?last_img read more

Raikkonen to give Vettel Ferrari fight

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first_img0Shares0000MILAN, November 27- Kimi Raikkonen promised new Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel a tussle on the track next year when they will target a long-awaited Formula One world title for the struggling ‘Scuderia’.Ferrari have undergone a major overhaul in recent weeks with four-time world champion Vettel coming in to replace departing Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Maurizio Arrivabene succeeding sacked Team Principal Marco Mattiacci. Raikkonen, who won Ferrari’s last world title in 2007 during a previous spell with the team, ended his disappointing 2014 season with a day of testing at Abu Dhabi before returning to the team’s Italian base at Maranello.Vettel, who won four consecutive world titles with Red Bull before deciding to join Ferrari on a three-year deal, spent a day at the Ferrari garage in Abu Dhabi.“It was nice that he joined us in the garage for the first day of testing, although I have to say that didn’t surprise me, because I know what he’s like and his approach to work,” Raikkonen said in a team statement.“I think we can enjoy ourselves on track together, both of us fighting to be ahead of the other, while also working as a team to reach the common target of progressing in order to get the Scuderia back to the level it should be at.”Raikkonen said testing had “produced a lot of useful data” as the team set about producing a more competitive car for next year.Ferrari finished the season winless for the first time since 1993, with former two-time world champion Alonso finishing sixth in the drivers’ standings over 200 points behind British champion Lewis Hamilton.“I am sure that thanks to the knowledge we acquired over the course of the season, we will be able to develop a more competitive car,” added the Finn, who finished 12th overall on just 55 points.“Clearly, how much progress we make depends on the time available and the possibilities presented by the regulations, which for the moment, impose certain limits for everyone, but I have every confidence in the ability of the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Happy Potter! Bojan Krkic is loving life at Stoke City

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first_img3 3 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmaguk“I value playing in a league with plenty of fixtures and for a club that trains hard,” says Bojan Krkic of his 18 months in the Premier League. When the diminutive forward signed for Stoke in the summer of 2014, it seemed an unlikely marriage. How did a precocious talent good enough to become Barcelona’s youngest ever player – breaking a record, in 2007, previously held by Lionel Messi – find himself, seven years later, in the Potteries?If eyebrows were raised – and they were – then they soon dropped. Manager Mark Hughes eased his illustrious new signing – picked up after spells with Roma, Milan and Ajax – in gently, but Bojan soon found his match-winning stride. His first four Premier League strikes all contributed to one-goal victories – at home to Arsenal and away at Tottenham, Everton and Leicester.But a fifth goal in 18 appearances last season, in a 4-1 FA Cup win at Rochdale, came at a price. A serious cruciate knee injury sustained in the tie kept him out for the remainder of his debut season. Now he has returned for the new campaign, and duly picked up where he left off. A goal in a 2-2 draw with Leicester in September, and the only goal of the game in victory at Swansea last month, means Stoke are yet to lose a match when their little talisman finds the net.Former Swansea striker Michu once said he was exhausted as never before during his first weeks in the Premier League. Is it such a physically demanding league?“It is demanding at both physical and mental levels. It’s really hard mentally because you have to stay focused for 90 minutes – there’s no time for relaxation. On the other hand, you cannot ration out your energy because any team demands your absolute best.”What has surprised you most about the Premier League?“I would underline the respect for the player and for the sport that this country has. First of all, we can train in a calm environment during the week, which is already a great thing. Stadia are full no matter who you face. Home fans don’t take it too badly if the team loses. That is very important for the player.” 3 How would you describe the days after an injury?“You are shocked because you are not sure what’s waiting for you. The first step is an acceptance of your new reality. Afterwards you have to focus on your job even more than when you are fit – it demands a lot of attention and daily commitment. I tend to find positives in negative situations, but I remember I cried once. It was my mother on the phone when I burst into tears. It was a momentary thing, and anger rather than any other emotion that drove me into sobbing. In fact, I was not sad or self-pitying. I refused to give the injury a bigger importance than it actually had. I set a list of to-do things and focused my attention on what to do to recover from it.”Are you a stronger player now than you were before the injury?“I am more aware of the good things I have. I am very proud for having overcome an injury and, looking back, I value what I have done. Nowadays, my hard work is fuelled by fixtures happiness.”What are Stoke City´s goals for this season?“We work in order to help the team to do well. If the team does well, we all are strengthened individually. A team like us shouldn’t target a certain spot in the table; we should target and focus solely on the next game. Doing well week after week will have a reflection at the end of the season. We don’t take victories for granted.”How do you you feel when you see your team-mates heading off for international duty? “Every player wants to be back in the national team, but I have to be realistic. If I want to have a chance to play for Spain [for whom he has one senior appearance] again, I need to play really well regularly. Playing for the national team is a reward, and there’s no other way of getting there than improving, which is what I am currently doing.”It’s hard to imagine a calm life being a Barcelona player. Are you enjoying another side of football at Stoke?“English culture is different to Spain. Every country’s people have a different way of being, but English people certainly respect players a lot.”In your last press conference at Barcelona, you said: “My goal is to reach happiness in football.” Have you found that happiness?“Yes, I definitely have. Having experienced unpleasant things makes me rate higher the things I didn’t value before. I value playing in a league with plenty of fixtures and for a club that trains hard. That is exactly what I need now, and I feel proud of what I am doing.” Bojan Krkic How did Spanish, Italian and Dutch football shape your style of play?“You absorb positive aspects from each league. I would say that playing in different leagues made my adaptation to the Premier League smoother and quicker than in my previous experiences abroad.”At Roma, it seemed the likes of Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi ran the dressing room. Who fills that role at Stoke?“I don’t think there’s such a thing as ruling at Stoke City. Each player has an important role and we must stay united so we can win games. Obviously, some players have certain experience and influence, and we respect them for that. But we are a hard-working group always ready to help a teammate.”And you have an excellent squad this year.“We are a very competitive team. Last season we were competitive too, but we have brought in some good additions this summer. It is time now to assemble all the newcomers in the team and begin a good dynamic.”Last season you picked up an injury when you were hitting your best form…“I was playing well when that happened. But injuries are part of football and you have to be ready for such setbacks. When it happens, you cannot make a drama out of it – you must find the right solution and focus your attempts on enjoying football again.”last_img read more

LUST blasts ‘out of touch’ club after disregarding loyal fans

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first_imgLeeds fans have criticised the imposition of a £5 ‘pie tax’ at Elland Road and warned the club risks the losing the loyalty of supporters by refusing to open meaningful dialogue in the midst of another increasingly testing campaign.Club officials are set to introduce the additional charge from this month in the South Stand, meaning adult ticket prices will rise to £42 including a “meal deal” voucher – irrespective of whether fans require refreshments.The news is a further blow to fans growing increasingly frustrated with the controversial ownership of Massimo Cellino, who performed a U-turn on an earlier decision to sell the club to a fans’ consortium earlier this month.Leeds Supporters’ Trust chairman Michael Green said: “The whole thing has been introduced without any consultation at all and it is the latest manifestation of a club that is completely out of touch with its supporters.“Sometimes you have got to keep it in the context of an individual act and it may not be on the same scale as some of the bigger issues the club has had to deal with since Massimo Cellino arrived – however it is one of those things we could have done without.“The club has an issue of how to keep one of the best supports in the country loyal, because frankly at this moment in time it does not have a lot going for it.“Certainly you do not do it by trying to force through so-called “pie tax” schemes, especially at a time when disillusionment has already set in and the sense of another wasted season looms large.”Leeds fans had hoped the move would be scuppered by Football League rules which prohibit clubs increasing their prices in mid-season, however it appears this rule only applies to the price of away tickets.A club spokesperson told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The club is looking at ways to encourage supporters to use the facilities and catering offerings on matchdays. Adult South Stand tickets are now being sold as a package, which includes the advertised standard match ticket plus meal deal voucher.“The voucher offers a saving on the standard matchday food and drink prices, and to accommodate demand additional catering units have been identified in the lower concourse and will be designated for serving the voucher-only meal deals.“This new package only applies to the South Stand, and supporters can buy tickets elsewhere in the stadium at standard ticket prices.” Leeds United Supporters’ Trust blasts ‘out of touch’ club after increasing matchday ticket price due to ‘pie tax’ 1last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Sunday, February 26: Wembley! Wembley!

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first_imgMike Graham and Mike Parry deliver more madness from Wembley before Manchester United’s EFL Cup triumph over Southampton.Listen to the podcast in full above.last_img

Shooting at theater alarms customers

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe unidentified 18-year-old was standing in front of the theater about 10:20 p.m. July 22 when an argument with two others escalated into a shooting. He ran into the theater’s lobby for help, police said. His injuries were not life-threatening, but the incident shook up the community, officials said. “This is the first time this has happened in the history of the Edwards theater,” West Covina police Lt. Mark Dettor said. The theater opened in 1996. Elaine Tom, owner of Ohana-Hou Hawaiian Grill at The Lakes, said she was shocked to hear someone had been shot so close by. Since her restaurant and others opened, she said, The Lakes has become a hub for residents to congregate for entertainment. “This has always been a great area,” she said. “We need more activities in West Covina. To be here in the center where the activities are makes me feel at home.” Police regularly patrol the spot because of the crowd hanging out at the nearby Starbucks waiting for movies to start. On Thursday and Friday nights, when the city hosts a street festival and concerts, police patrol the area on horseback, Dettor said. “It is an incredibly safe area of the city,” he said. Rita Romero, owner of M.E. Creations, who sells jewelry at the city’s Thursday “Live at the Lakes” event, said the crowds are getting bigger. The worst she’s experienced, though, is teens giving “attitude.” “There’s just too many kids,” Romero said, adding that clusters of teens misbehave, with no parents in sight. Two teenage girls stood outside the theater recently, arms crossed, scrolling the movie times and chatting. They said they’d heard nothing about the shooting, but weren’t concerned. They said they go to the theater about twice a month. “We don’t come at night,” said 15-year-old Lisa Gomez of West Covina. Dettor said there are no plans to beef up patrols at The Lakes. The shooting, he said, was an anomaly in that area of the city. “Everyone needs to be aware that crime can happen everywhere, and often does,” Dettor said. “Unfortunately, when you’re in a public area, crime can happen.” christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – As the weekends roll around, hordes of teens descend on the Lakes Entertainment Center to troll the aisles at Barnes and Noble, suck down fresh-squeezed juice and munch on Fatburgers before their movie starts at the Edwards 18 Cinema. The Lakes, when completed last year with new restaurants, was said by city officials to be the catalyst in upgrading West Covina’s sleepy downtown. Although politicians are still at odds over how to do that, the area encompassing Lakes Drive and Glendora Avenue has grown to include outdoor entertainment two nights a week during the summer, attracting families and seniors as well as young adults and teens. But as weekend action got started on a recent hot Saturday night, a shot was fired, striking a young man in front of Edwards theater. last_img read more

‘West Ham you drive me to drink’ – fan reaction on a terrible first half

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first_img[View the story “‘Pretty sure Joe Hart would have trouble saving an email’” on Storify] Joe Hart concedes the opening goal It has not been a good first half for West Ham as they find themselves 2-0 down to Brighton at the London Stadium.Similarly it has been another night to forget for goalkeeper Joe Hart whose poor form seems to be continuing.Glenn Murray was the man to put Brighton ahead with a simple header before Jose Izquierdo curled in a second just before the break – an effort Hart should really have saved. Understandably the reaction has been hitting social media regarding the Hammers and the England goalkeeper. Check out some of the best responses below. center_img 1last_img

AIRPORT EMPLOYEES GET READY FOR LIFT-OFF FOR CANCER RUN

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first_imgFOUR employees of Donegal Airport are set to give thousands of other runners a ‘run for their money’ when they compete in the Phoenix Park 10K in April.Denis Forker, Eamon Freel, Donal Curran and Liam McFadden are members of the Fire Service and Air Traffic Control at Carrickfin.And all proceeds from their run will be donated directly to the North West Cancer Support Group – a charity they are very much aware of. The fund helps patients and their families with the travel costs to and from Dublin with Aer Arann.The flight, which is only 50 minutes, greatly reduces the journey time and anxiety many patients suffer as they continue their treatment for the condition.Donation sheets for the Fab Four’s run on April 11th are out in local business shops/pubs and the lads are delighted to be associated with this cause.“We all know there are not many homes in Donegal that have not been affected by cancer and this is a small way of saying thank you North West Cancer Support for the terrific work they do,” said an airport spokesperson. EndsAIRPORT EMPLOYEES GET READY FOR LIFT-OFF FOR CANCER RUN was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carrickfinDonegal AirportPheonix Park Runlast_img read more

Xhaka says vile comments aimed at wife and daughter is reason for outburst at fans

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first_imgThe following is a message from Granit Xhaka… pic.twitter.com/YG5lBKmQvi— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 31, 2019In search of a third goal during the 2-2 home draw, manager Unai Emery replaced Xhaka with winger Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute.The Arsenal captain was jeered off by home fans – and responded by cupping his ears as he walked towards the tunnel.Xhaka then told a section of supporters to ‘f*** off,’ before taking his shirt off and leaving the pitch. Instagram 4 The midfielder says he snapped after trolls wished his daughter would get cancer Xhaka completely lost his cool with the booing Arsenal fans on Sunday 4 Getty Images – Getty Granit Xhaka says vile abuse aimed at his wife and daughter sparked his angry outburst at Arsenal fans during his substitution against Crystal Palace.In his first statement since the incident on Sunday which caused mass controversy among the Gunners’ fanbase, the midfielder explained he reached ‘boiling point’. Xhaka was left out of the squad which lost on penalties to Liverpool on Wednesday Xhaka’s wife has been subjected to abuse on social media 4 DAZN “That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.“In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy.“That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought.“My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place.“Let’s move forward positively together. Granit.” Instagram In his statement, the 27-year-old wrote: “After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response.“The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.“My feeling of not being understood by fans, and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have me deeply.“People have said things like, ‘We will break your legs’, ‘Kill your wife’ and ‘Wish that your daughter gets cancer’. 4 Arsenal manager Emery has refused to confirm whether Xhaka will remain as club captain after the confrontation with fans.Xhaka played no part in the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool in midweek, and Emery is set to reveal on Friday if he will feature against Wolves this weekend.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Arsenal vs Wolves on talkSPORT 2last_img read more

See Aberdeen keep the pressure on Celtic with win over Kilmarnock

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first_imgThe Dons, like their title rivals, also defeated Partick on Tuesday and made two changes. Niall McGinn was restored after overcoming a foot injury and Barry Robson earned a start, with Craig Storie and Mark Reynolds dropping to the bench. Watch highlights of Aberdeen’s 2-1 win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.Aberdeen kept up the pressure on leaders Celtic with a narrow but deserved 2-1 victory over second-bottom Kilmarnock, who remain in relegation trouble.With Ronny Deila’s team winning against Partick in the lunchtime kick-off to pull four points clear, the Dons knew they could not afford to slip-up and they duly delivered.Shay Logan nodded in a 71st-minute winner after Josh Magennis had wiped out his former club’s lead given to them by Ash Taylor.last_img