Green State Strategy will put pressure on treasury – Jagdeo

first_img…To be scrapped after PPP wins 2020 electionsIn reiterating his disapproval of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) that was created to replace the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said it would only put pressure on the treasury, and if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returned to office, it would be automatically scrapped.Jagdeo described the draft strategy, which he has had a look at, as one that was a basic ‘cut and paste’ of best practices from around the world, essentially lacking the ability to attract funding for Guyana.“It will add cost. I disagree with its fundamental premise. The premise which brings cost to the country versus earning money for the country… The LCDS was an economic strategy. It earned money for Guyana. The GSDS is so far about expenditure from our treasury. That is why conceptually, we disagree with it.”Jagdeo, the mastermind of the LCDS, which secured him international recognition and led to him being conferred with the “Champion of the Earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that under the LCDS, there were specific areas that were targeted for development purposes across Guyana.“We said we are going to spend US$10.5 million on Amerindian land titling. It solved a problem. Two, we will spend US$17 million on ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the hinterland. We would spend x amount of money like US$80 million on the hydropower by buying down equity,” he explained.Further, the Opposition Leader said there were also plans to create a centre for biodiversity studies and establish an adaptation plan. He said, “We searched into crops that were flood and bug resistant. We set aside money for small loans and grants too to individuals in various sectors. It was about 20 initiatives and we were earning money doing that, we weren’t taking money from taxpayers’ money.”As such, the former Head of State argued that the GSDS was more about cost to the Guyanese public. “Right now, they are talking about planting trees and all of that. They missed the whole point that that was an economic strategy to adjust to the future. That’s why conceptually, we have a major difference,” he added.Reference was also made to the fact that several foreign consultants were hired to review the strategy for advice and further input, including requesting the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to be part of it. Jagdeo, who was the first President of that body, said he has seen a lot of what has been used before in the GSDS, in addition to that of the work being done by UNEP.“The speeches would tell you, (David) Granger… the first year he went into Parliament. He keeps saying one thing over and over again. It does not change. Same old thing,” Jagdeo stated, noting that the GSDS would not bring any substantial benefits to Guyana, but rather put pressure on taxpayers’ dollars.Jagdeo noted that the Strategy has not received the approval of the National Assembly, while noting that it was still at its conceptual stage. Nevertheless, he said, “That is a political initiative of Granger until it has parliamentary approval as far as we are concerned. In all likelihood, we will scrap it as soon as we get into office, because it makes no sense. It will only add cost. That’s all.”A number of renewable energy farms and facilities form the thrust of Government’s goals in the GSDS. The Government plans to build a solar energy plant to the tune of US$3.8 million. The farm, to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be constructed at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). It was indicated that construction of this farm would be completed by the end of 2018.Government has also secured funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish solar photovoltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$1.8 million; Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to the tune of US$2.6 million; and Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$2 million. It has also secured a line of credit of approximately US$15 million.The Government has been heavily criticised for the GSDS that has been touted as a blueprint to developing a “green economy”. The Opposition has described the document as a hollow one. But with Government recently getting the green light to access funds from Norway for its renewable energy initiatives, questions remain over exactly what policy document was presented.last_img read more

Kenya U15 maintain perfect start in CECAFA

first_img0Shares0000Kenya U15 maintain perfect start CECAFA ChampionshipsNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – The Kenya Under-15 National Team thumped Sudan 4-0 in their second match of the CECAFA U15 Championships played on Sunday in Asmara, Eritrea to maintain their perfect start to the tourney.Kevin Wangaya was on target in the 12th and 24th minutes with Joseph Munala netting the third in the 27th minute to see the Junior Stars go back to the dressing room at halftime with a healthy 3-0 lead. Gil Harel added the fourth shortly after resumption to make it 4-0.This was their second win in two matches following their opening day victory over Somalia on Friday.Focus now shifts to their third group match against Burundi on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, before they wind up their Group A roster against hosts Eritrea on Thursday.The top two teams from each of the two groups will automatically qualify to the semis, set to be played on August 28, while the final has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, in Asmara.0Shares0000(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Bournemouth heading for the Premier League

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Bournemouth are now 8/13 to win the Championship, and 1/10 to be promoted, after they beat Reading to keep their grip on top spot.He reveals Real Madrid are 1/2 to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals after holding Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw away from home in the first leg of their last eight tie, but he insists Diego Simeone’s side should not be written off.And he looks ahead to Wednesday night’s Champions League action, with a double on Barcelona and Bayern Munich winning their respective games against Paris Saint-Germain and Porto priced at 9/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

‘I WILL ONLY BRING BACK LACEY WHEN HE’S READY’ – McGUINNESS

first_imgJIM McGUINNESS has declared hip surgery on Karl Lacey a success but says he won’t rush the 2012 Player of the Year back into the Donegal squad.The Four Masters All-Star also missed the trip to Dubai because of exams and recovery from the surgery.And it may the Ulster Championship opener against Tyrone before he comes back into the panel. “It will take a wee while. He had three or four jobs done when they went in there to do the work,” said Jim.“He had a problem with a bit of bone growing on the ball socket joint, and then they shaved the cartilage when they were in there and there was floating bone and stuff like that.“Karl is a very important player to us but he is also a player who picks up a lot of heavy knocks in games. Whether they are purposeful or not, I don’t know, but he does get a lot of heavy knocks in games.“It is disappointing, we have lost him now. We will have to make sure that everything is done very professionally in terms of getting him back because it is very easy to rush players back. We have not done that and we don’t intend to do it with him. He is a young man and we want to make sure that he is perfect when he does come back.”  ‘I WILL ONLY BRING BACK LACEY WHEN HE’S READY’ – McGUINNESS was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:’I WILL ONLY BRING BACK LACEY WHEN HE’S READY’ – McGUINNESSlast_img read more

FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AS BODY OF MISSING DONEGAL MAN FOUND IN DUBLIN

first_imgTHE community of Ardara is in mourning after the body of a local man missing for three days was recovered from the River Liffey in Dublin.Conal Gildea, who was just 24, went missing on a night out in the capital last Friday after leaving friends to go to a cash machine. He never returned.Gardai say his body was recovered yesterday. An investigation into his death is underway. Mr Gildea comes from a highly respected family in the community. He has been described by one friend on social media as ‘the salt of the earth’.Another described him as a “joy of a lad with everything to live for, excelling at everything he turned his hand to, we are left stunned and speechless by the loss of him, words can never really say what he meant to one and all. Just to say that all our lives will be very much the poorer without you.”Conal had recently qualified as a plumber and was a highly respected member of the local gaelic football team, achieving great success at under-age level.He was a club mate of the late Tomas Maguire who died in a tragic road traffic accident in Australia Huge sympathy is being extended to Conal’s parents Tony and Anita, brothers Hugh and Anthony and sisters, Marie, Bridget, Anne and Sarah.   FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AS BODY OF MISSING DONEGAL MAN FOUND IN DUBLIN was last modified: May 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ArdaraConal GildeaFAMILY’S HEARTACHE AS BODY OF MISSING DONEGAL MAN FOUND IN DUBLINlast_img read more

Market still worried about weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The market continues to worry about the upcoming summer weather. Some forecasts show warm/dry weather in early June. Also, continued uncertainty over South America’s bean production is keeping a floor in place until summer weather is known. Export and feed demand looks strong according to USDA, but it is uncertain if the estimates are attainable.How many acres will be switched from corn to beans? Many are estimating nearly 1.5 million corn acres will be lost to beans. Until the June 30 report, this uncertainty provides market strength for corn. Reuters news found that since 1980, seven of 10 years soybean acres increased from the March report to the June report, corn acres also increased. The 2015 prevent plant acres coming back into production as well as reductions in wheat, milo and other minor cereal crops could help acre count for both corn and soybeans.Corn bottom line: if yields and acres are reduced, better prices in the future are likely. However, without yield and acre reductions, corn could be substantially overvalued.Expect beans to be very volatile until summer weather is known. It’s hard to know the right plan on beans when we could go to $8 or $13. It ultimately still comes down to how many acres we plant and what the yield turns out to be.The following shows recent market action and the benefits for rolling options forward.On 12/10 I sold Feb $3.80 options for 8 cents, expiring worthless on 1/22 (I kept the 8 cents).On 1/22 I sold April $3.80 options for 8 cents, expiring worthless on 3/25 (I kept the 8 cents)On 3/25 I sold June $3.80 options for 10 cents, expiring 5/20 with corn over $3.80 (grain now sold)This means I sold $3.80 against July futures but get to keep all the premiums (8 cents + 8 cents + 10 cents = 26 cents). I am now sitting on $4.06 July futures sale. Plus, I have the potential for additional gain when I move the sale from July to Dec (possibly 8-15 cents more).Also on Friday I sold a $4.50 Sep corn call (collecting 9.5 cents premium). If corn is above $4.50 in late August (when the call expires) I will happily take $4.50 for 5% of my corn. If corn is below $4.50, then I just keep the 9.5 cents of premium.Do I want the board price to rally or fall?Based upon my newsletters, some farmers are confused on what I hope the market does. Many assume I want the market to actually go down.To be clear, I definitely want the market to rally. However, I want to be prepared if it doesn’t, hence why I am selling calls. One may think that I want the market to go lower so I don’t have to sell the corn and just collect the premiums. However, this is most certainly not true. I would prefer all of my call sales to be “wrong.” I would make more money on all my bushels not yet priced if the market rallies than I will ever collect on call premiums expiring worthless.However, I need to control my farm operation risk. The market can always move up, down or sideways. By selling calls I make a little premium regardless of the market direction. By selling above the market, I allow myself upside potential if the market goes up. If the market does nothing, I can still potentially collect more call premium in the future. Ultimately, I’m disappointed if the market declines because the right choice would have been to just outright sell grain instead of hoping for more.I have no idea what the market will do (no one does). I also can’t predict weather (again, no one can). All I CAN control is my risk levels. Sure, some farmers may say if they wait long enough they can get the same price I do with all of my trading. The difference, I can’t sleep at night with all the potential risk hanging over my head playing the waiting game. I hate “striking out” MORE than I like “hitting home runs.” For me, I prefer to always get on base by hitting singles consistently.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Lowest Cache on Earth GC1EHNZ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 16, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”In mezzo agli alberi morti” GC2308M – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 5, 2012March 5, 2012In “Community”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Beyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 17, 2013January 16, 2013In “Community” View of The Dead Sea from new the geocache locationThe sunbaked rocks near the shore of The Dead Sea hide a geocaching adventure. Treasure-hunters trek to a location unlike any other on earth. Geocachers descend 111 meters (364 feet) below sea level  to search for what’s billed as the “Lowest Cache on Earth” (GC1EHNZ).The journey, as geocachers’ GPS devices track closer to the cache coordinates, reveals a scorching desert of shepherd tending flocks, palm trees and wiry brush.The cache is hidden on the Jordan side of  The Dead Sea. The cache owner Limbo placed the small tradition cache in 2008 at an ideal vantage point. Limbo writes on the cache page, “After you find it, find a place to sit and enjoy the great view of the Dead Sea.”Geocachers from around the world have logged smileys on the cache. One writes, “Given the altitude of this one, I really wanted to pick it up. My driver was pretty interested in the idea and accompanied me across from the parking spot to GZ, and was suitably impressed when I walked straight to the cache and voila! I signed the log while he sorted through the stash, and then it was back to the car to escape the ridiculous heat. They both reckon it was about 50 degrees Celsius [122 F] out here today.”Geocachers log smileys on the cacheIf you’re in the neighborhood in March, and can stand the heat, you could also log an Event Cache. “Meet & Greet @ the Lowest Point on Earth” (GC3AC47) is scheduled for March 3, 2012. It’s within a few kilometers of the “Lowest Cache on Earth.”Cache container for “Lowest Cache on Earth”Continue to explore of some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Create Dynamic Photo Slideshows in After Effects

first_imgWant to give your slideshows and presentations extra pop?  Check out this tutorial for creating a clean, modern photo slideshow in After Effects!Just say “no” to boring slideshows!  With a little time and some technical know-how you can create dynamic photo slideshows in After Effects.In the following video tutorial, Jimmy with InfuzedMedia shares his process for creating an engaging slideshow in AE.  This is not an After Effects template, but rather a ground-up, step-by-step process of assembling a moving slideshow in an After Effects project.The modern photo slideshow in this example can be fully customized to suit your needs, also making it a great option for individuals seeking to create an engaging video presentation.  Highlights of the tutorial include:Using an After Effects virtual camera to animate movement via keyframingImporting photos and animating photo motionChanging interpolation of keyframes for smooth playbackAdding motion blur to text and graphic elementsApplying masks to shape elements to simulate motionDitch iPhoto!  This is a versatile and powerful solution for creating professional photo slideshows in After Effects!  Tons of great info…even for the After Effects beginner.  Thanks for sharing, Jimmy!last_img read more

Audio Masterclass: How to Be a Better Sound Designer

first_imgImprove the quality of your sound recording, design and mix with these free masterclasses!Getting good audio is critical to producing a high quality film that audiences can not only hear properly, but engage with fully. All too often (especially in low-budget filmmaking) the sound isn’t thought of until something goes wrong with it and then it’s all too little too late. Fortunately there are plenty of great sound recordists, designers and mixers out there who are willing to share their knowledge with the rest of us.In the ‘mini-masterclass’ above, production sound mixer Simon Hayes describes the intricacies of how a whole team of people work together in concert within the sound department to create perfectly recorded production audio. It’s a great insight into how each role works in tandem with the rest and how critical a great boom-operator is on your shoot.In this behind the scenes featurette from Baz Lurhman’s Australia, you can see all of the individual crew members of the production sound department in action on set, which really helps to see how each role works in practice:Sound Mixing MasterclassesIn this three short clips from the Sight Sound & Story: Soundshow NY you can hear the sound team from Life of Pi discussing how they created the final mix for a few of the of the most memorable sequences in the film. If you want to go far more in-depth with the team from Life of Pi, then this Dolby masterclass focusing on the Dolby Atmos mix of Life of Pi, with a distinguished panel of post production sound professionals will give you an hour of great insight. Skip to about 8 minutes in if you want to just hear the discussion:The CallSheet.co.uk has a fantastic interview with Sound Mixer Chris Munro, who won both an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on Gravity. The whole interview is well worth a read, but here is a choice quote:“Black Hawk Down” was another of those very technical films. Ridley Scott is an amazing director and one of the few that can use multiple cameras so effectively. I think that at times we had up to 14 cameras including aerial shots. Not many people were using multitrack recorders at that time and we were recording to digital multitracks. It was a challenge, but very satisfying This was also the first time I had been able to use live ammo for sound FX recording, which gave some great results and sounds very different to some of the gun FX in libraries. I have since done this on many subsequent films with results that I have been very happy with.Another Dolby panel discussion that is worth a watch is this hour long conversation from Sundance in 2013, featuring some of the most legendary men in film post production sound alive today, including Ben Burtt and Randy Thom. Jump to 15 minutes in to skip all the introductions and hear Ben Burtt describing how he created some of the original sound design for Star Wars.Lastly, if you’re after a comprehensive set of sound editing tutorials then check out this post featuring a huge collection of tutorials from dialogue editor John Purcell.Got your own sound design tips to share?Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more