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Unlawful wounding lands man in court

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old Peter Anderson found himself before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with an unlawful wounding charge.Anderson stood before the courts and denied that on October 11, 2018, at Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Stephen Robinson with intent to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.Defence Attorney Clyde Ford in a bail application told the court that his client has no previous convictions and does not pose a flight risk. He further asked that his client be released on bail in a reasonable sum.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objections to bail. Anderson was released on $75,000 bail. He was ordered to stay away from the Virtual Complainant.The case will continue on January 21, 2019.last_img read more

Richardson’s triple settle Tiger Bay

first_imgGT Beer/Keep Your Five Alive Futsal Final…Known for his exceptional skill and wizardry, Gregory “Jackie Chan” Richardson rolled back the years with a masterful display to lead Sparta Boss to a resounding 7-3 win over Tiger Bay in the final of the GT Beer/ Keep Your Five Alive Futsal Tournament which ended on Saturday, at the National Gymnasium.Richardson, who spearheads one of the most lethal strike-forces in the shorter format, virtually hypnotize the Tiger Bay, slamming in a hat-trick of goals in the 23rd, 37th and 39th minutes to send an ominous warning to future opponents that Guyana’s most highly decorated futsal and street kings are back.He was supported by braces from the tireless Jermin Junor and Eusi Phillips.However, Tiger Bay’s Orin Moore brought the packed house down as early as the opening minute of play when he uncorked a thunderbolt to beat the Sparta custodian to his right.Despite being rattled by the early goal, Sparta Boss slowly found their groove with Richardson and Junor coming close to finding the equalizer.It was Junor, whose quickness and powerful strike on goal finally found its target in the 17th minute, before the overlapping Phillips gave them the lead two minutes later.To emphasise their dominance, Junor booted in on the stroke of halftime to give his team a two-goal cushion at the break with the large crowd growing increasingly anxious for the restart of what to that point was pulsating action.The final period provided no ease for Tiger Bay as Sparta Boss attacked with menace and it was the superior skill of Richardson that sunk the hearts of the Bay’s supporters when he fired in from close range three minutes into the period to actually put the game out of reach.Tiger Bay talisman Deon Alfred, who had been kept quiet all night suddenly found some space to lash home in the 28th minute to make things a little interesting, but Phillips would have none of it as he restored a three-goal advantage shortly after for a 5-2 lead.With fans exiting the arena, rightly understanding the difficult task Tiger Bay faced to orchestrate a victory Alpha Fletchman’s 36th minute effort provided a flicker of hope which was quickly extinguished by Richardson’s back to back goals shortly before the final whistle sounded.It meant that following a host of consistent performances, but without a title for some time, Sparta Boss’s dominating performance must have sent shivers down the spines of challengers.They took home $500,000 and the championship trophy, while Tiger Bay won $250,000 and a trophy.Richardson was voted the finals Most Valuable Player.last_img read more

MORE THAN 200 TAKE PART IN DANNY McDAID 15K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgMore than 200 runners took part in the annual Danny McDaid 15K in Letterkenny today.Danny McDaidChris McGuinness from Foyle Valley AC was the winner in an excellent time of 51.42 followed by Adam Speer of Finn Valley AC in 53.28.Natasha Adams of Letterkenny AC was the first female athlete and third overall in a super time of 53.33. The following is a list of runners and their times.1 80 Chris Mc Guinness m SM Foyle Valley AC 0:51:422 256 Adam Speer m SM Finn Valley A.C. 0:53:283 415 Natasha Adams w SW Letterkenny A.C. 0:53:334 201 Ciaran McGonagle m SM Rosses AC 0:53:435 58 Gavin Crawford m SM 24/7 Triathlon 0:53:526 95 Paul Mc Glinchey m SM Letterkenny A.C. 0:53:577 109 Paul Ward m M45 Tir Chonaill AC 0:53:588 434 Danny Mooney m SM Letterkenny A.C. 0:54:499 1 Michael Black m SM Finn Valley A.C. 0:55:3910 255 Kevin McGee m M40 Rosses AC 0:55:5411 38 Shane Mc Nulty m SM Finn Valley A.C. 0:56:2312 151 Kieran Crawford m SM Letterkenny A.C. 0:56:4613 20 Darren Price m SM Letterkenny A.C. 0:56:5214 110 Paul Doherty m SM 24/7 Triathlon 0:57:0915 113 Kevin Wallace m SM 0:57:2016 237 Simon Ward m SM 0:57:3117 166 Michael Logue m M40 Rosses AC 0:57:4018 30 Bill Duncan m M45 Lifford A.C. 0:57:5219 200 Clint Doherty m SM Finn Valley A.C. 0:57:5420 145 Ciaran Toner m SM 0:58:0321 227 Paul Cullen m SM 24/7 Triathlon 0:58:2922 55 Gerard Bogle m M50 Finn Valley AC 0:58:4123 100 Dara Mc Nulty m M40 0:58:4524 136 Paul Russell m SM 0:58:5125 202 Martin Devenney m SM 24/7 Triathlon 0:59:3926 48 Shaun Boyce m SM 0:59:4227 167 Sean McLaughlin m SM 1:00:3428 56 Brian Rodgers m M40 Dunshaughlin AC 1:00:4929 130 Paul Dillon m SM Newtowncunningham 1:01:1430 67 Marcus McClintock m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:01:5131 210 Martin Dunleavy m M45 Foyle Valley 1:01:5532 250 John Daly m M40 24/7 Triathlon 1:03:1133 65 Brendan Boyle m M50 Killybegs 1:03:2334 254 Johnny Lane m SM Craughwell AC 1:03:4435 156 Joe Gallagher m M40 Milford A.C. 1:04:0036 213 Fergus Callaghan m SM Milford A.C. 1:04:1537 49 Darren Wallace m SM 1:04:1538 163 Willie MacGiolla Bhride m SM 1:04:4139 2 Garvin Boyce m M40 Finn Valley A.C. 1:04:4740 221 Seamus Mc Callion m M50 Foyle Valley 1:04:5041 32 Michael Duncan m M50 Lifford A.C. 1:04:5642 114 John McClafferty m SM 1:05:0043 63 Noel McGarvey m M40 1:05:0844 165 Barry Coyle m SM 1:05:1645 133 Paul Cosgrove m M45 Letterkenny A.C. 1:05:2146 40 Gemma Mc Ginty w SW Foyle Valley 1:05:2247 41 Frankie Bradley m SM Foyle Valley AC 1:05:2348 224 Aron Cole m M40 Foyle Valley 1:05:2349 101 Mark Mc Fadden m M40 1:05:2450 226 John McFadden m SM 1:06:1351 423 Sheila Regan w W40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:06:1652 241 Pauric Kelly m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:06:3853 242 Margaret Kelly w W40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:06:3854 29 Brendan Meenan m M45 1:06:5155 86 John Paul Wilson m SM Rosses AC 1:07:0956 206 Patrick Trimble m M40 1:07:2157 115 Marie Boyle w SW Letterkenny A.C. 1:07:2758 16 Barry Mackey m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 1:07:3159 3 Gerard Campbell m M50 Lifford A.C. 1:07:3460 248 Eoghan O’Colla m SM Rosses AC 1:07:3661 161 Denis Boner m M40 Rosses AC 1:07:3762 139 Gabriel O’leary m SM Finn Valley AC 1:08:0763 251 Donal Mulholland m M40 1:08:2064 135 Philip Browne m M40 1:08:2165 160 John McCarron m M45 24/7 Triathlon 1:08:4066 217 James Whoriskey m SM Milford A.C. 1:08:5567 128 Damian Murphy m SM Raphoe Road runners 1:09:0068 59 Damian Patton m SM 1:09:0869 140 Sabrina Mackey w W40 1:09:0970 88 Tony Grant m M50 Foyle Valley 1:09:2571 142 Catherine Dooher w SW Finn Valley AC 1:09:2572 93 Ton Bangert m M60 Lifford A.C. 1:09:3073 236 Sinead Peoples w SW Letterkenny A.C. 1:09:3374 11 Daniel Hewett m SM Milford A.C. 1:09:4575 61 Trisha Nulty w W45 Milford A.C. 1:09:4676 150 Pat Doherty m SM 1:10:0077 15 Andy Leighton m M45 Convoy A.C. 1:10:0378 112 Martin McCready m M45 Mallusk Harriers 1:10:0379 33 Paula McNamee m M50 Lifford A.C. 1:10:0780 91 Michael Rodger m M50 Rosses AC 1:10:0981 144 Gary Neely m M40 Swanlings 1:10:2282 85 Owen Coyle m M50 Rosses AC 1:10:2483 220 Liam Tinny m SM 24/7 Triathlon 1:10:3384 64 Clara Quigley w SW 24/7 Triathlon 1:10:4085 120 Mark Lafferty m SM 1:10:4686 228 Paddy Hannoigan m M50 1:10:4987 215 John Hughes m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 1:11:0588 90 Michael McClelland m M40 1:11:0989 69 Seamus Ferry m M40 Rosses AC 1:11:2390 121 Niall Griffin m M45 Rosses AC 1:11:2591 212 Benny Barber m M50 1:11:2592 26 Pauric Keenaghan m M40 Tir Conaill 1:11:2693 8 Kevin Greenan m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 1:11:3294 21 Josephine Donaghey w SW Convoy A.C. 1:11:3395 219 Kenneth Moore m M45 Milford A.C. 1:11:3696 102 Edward Wilson m SM 1:11:4297 257 Colin O’Donnell m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:11:4398 53 Paul Sweeney m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:11:4399 155 Paddy Mc Cambridge m M50 North Belfast Harriers 1:11:48100 107 Ben Holmes m SM Inishowen AC 1:11:59101 214 Hugh Gallagher m M60 Letterkenny A.C. 1:12:07102 45 Claire Flood w W45 Tir Chonaill AC 1:12:39103 223 P. J. Lyons m M40 1:12:45104 238 Martin O’Donnell m M45 1:12:49105 39 Liam Mc Ginty m M45 Finn Valley A.C. 1:12:50106 75 Mary Hippsley w W45 Finn Valley AC 1:12:50107 76 Sean O’ Leary m M50 Finn Valley AC 1:12:52108 74 Martin Anderson m M45 Finn Valley AC 1:12:52109 87 Veronica Caampbell w W45 Foyle Valley 1:12:58110 84 Mark McGinley m M40 Foyle Valley 1:13:01111 164 Brendan Goyvaerts m SM Run LK 1:13:12112 207 Chris Nee m M40 1:13:15113 24 Caroline Spratt w W45 Tir Conaill 1:13:47114 137 Alaistair Hetherington m M40 Speer Performance 1:13:55115 258 Stephen Cunningham m SM 1:13:56116 152 Ita Mc Cambridge w W50 North Belfast Harriers 1:13:58117 153 Conal Mc Cambridge m SM North Belfast Harriers 1:13:58118 244 Damien Daly m SM 1:14:00119 229 Ita McGettigan w W45 Milford A.C. 1:14:07120 148 John Mc Elwaine m SM Lifford AC 1:14:21121 82 Rooney Lindsay m SM 1:14:25122 243 Damian McGoohan m SM 24/7 Triathlon 1:14:26123 54 Barrie Cox m SM 1:14:26124 46 Eilis Mc Clafferty w SW Letterkenny A.C. 1:14:29125 141 Gerard Mc Condall m SM Swanlings 1:14:33126 234 Des Goyvaerts m SM Convoy A.C. 1:14:39127 77 Paddy Gildea m SM Convoy AC 1:14:39128 259 Patrick O’Neill m M40 Star Running Club Derry 1:14:47129 235 Ciaran Liddy m SM Letterkenny A.C. 1:15:02130 119 Pauric McNern m SM Bruckless Road Runners 1:15:07131 246 Pauric Mitchell m M50 24/7 Triathlon 1:15:10132 260 Naoishe Enright m M40 Letterkenny A.C. 1:15:11133 162 Phil Boyle m M45 Letterkenny A.C. 1:15:14134 35 Padraig Mac Phadain m SM 1:15:20135 146 Ian Alexander m M45 1:15:44136 216 Paula Donaghey w SW Convoy A.C. 1:15:45137 253 Philip Nicholson m SM 1:15:57138 116 Chris Ashmore m M50 Run for Fun 1:15:58139 51 Louise Mc Keague w SW 1:16:14140 52 Matt Horner m SM 1:16:15141 247 Packie Boner m M45 1:16:28142 209 Evelyn Boyle m M50 1:16:33143 208 Jack Brennan m SM 24/7 Triathlon 1:16:48144 68 Caroline McNulty w SW Finn Valley A.C. 1:16:50145 143 Hugh Doyle m SM Creeslough Runners 1:16:53146 70 Barry Coleman m SM Swanlings 1:16:54147 222 Lester Dobson m M45 Letterkenny A.C. 1:16:58148 5 Gloria Donaghey w W55 Finn Valley A.C. 1:17:09149 232 Eoghan Gleeson m SM Run for Fun 1:17:28150 252 Stephen McCrory m M40 Lone Wolfe 1:17:30151 134 Joanne Campbell w W45 Finn Valley AC 1:17:34152 79 Carol Mc Guinness w W40 Bolt 1:17:37153 203 Loretta Cullen w W45 Tir Conaill 1:18:23154 47 Thomas Cullen m SM 1:18:24155 73 Anne Mc Gettigan w W45 1:18:29156 23 Martina Coughlin w W40 Tir Conaill 1:18:29157 72 Caroline Mc Guire w W45 Finn Valley AC 1:18:33158 211 Rory Murray m SM KILLYBEGS 1:18:48159 7 Paddy Joe Gallagher m SM 1:18:52160 108 Eileen Ward w W40 Tir Chonaill AC 1:19:16161 83 Andy Griffin m M50 Bolt 1:19:26162 62 Brian Doherty m M40 Swanlings 1:19:26163 249 Michaela Gillespie w W45 Letterkenny A.C. 1:19:35164 117 Jane Murphy w W45 Trim Ac 1:19:37165 27 Bernadette McNeely w W55 Tir Conaill 1:19:43166 34 Eamonn Diver m M45 1:19:48167 105 Bridgeen Doherty w W40 Run For Fun 1:19:56168 233 Siobhan Barrett-Doherty w W40 Milford A.C. 1:20:01169 92 John Cover m M45 1:20:03170 97 Seamus Nallen m SM 1:20:07171 96 Orla Nallen w W40 1:20:08172 230 Bernie Gallagher w SW Milford A.C. 1:20:19173 126 James Gibbons m M50 Milford A.C. 1:20:21174 98 Teresa Winston w SW Milford 1:20:21175 94 Marjan Bangert w W55 Lifford Fit for Life 1:20:23176 36 Philip Connolly m M60 Letterkenny A.C. 1:20:24177 127 Noel Boyd m M40 Rosses AC 1:20:32178 239 Hugo Blake m M50 1:20:37179 430 Yvonne O’Donnell w W40 1:20:55180 99 Fiona Grier w SW Milford 1:20:56181 122 Kathleen Griffin w W40 Rosses AC 1:21:07182 124 Aoife McGill w SW 1:21:25183 125 Mark Hunter m SM 1:21:25184 71 Shaun O’donnell m M50 Swanlings 1:21:28185 78 Kieran Kelly m M45 Finn Valley AC 1:21:34186 118 Lisa McCrudden w SW Bruckless Road Runners 1:21:47187 231 Kieran Murray m SM Milford A.C. 1:21:54188 138 Aine Whoriskey w SW Milford 1:21:54189 66 Daniel McDaid m M40 Rise Running Club 1:21:57190 37 Noreen Lynch w SW Run for Fun 1:23:24191 240 Kevin Blake m M45 1:23:26192 225 Sarah Doherty w SW Convoy A.C. 1:24:41193 13 Paula Jansen w SW Finn Valley A.C. 1:25:10194 147 Wendy Goudie w SW Swanlings 1:25:25195 22 Mary Doherty w SW Convoy A.C. 1:25:52196 18 Stella Mc Cole w SW 1:27:08197 25 Eiane Parke w SW Convoy A.C. 1:27:22198 104 Mary Hegarty-Brogan w W40 Run For Fun 1:27:41199 103 Fidelma Mullaney w SW Run For Fun 1:27:49200 158 Emer Alexander w SW Castlefin running 1:27:58201 245 Noreen Wheelan w SW KCR 1:27:58202 131 Goretti Sheridan w W40 Run For Fun 1:28:10203 44 Annette Sheehy w W40 Milford A.C. 1:28:26204 106 Dessie Kearney m SM Inishowen AC 1:28:49205 204 Wendy Scanlon w SW 1:29:30206 205 Laura Crane w SW KCR 1:30:18207 132 Rosemary Parkinson w W45 Convoy AC 1:30:28208 123 Billy Broderick m M50 Killybegs Swanlings 1:30:35209 14 Nicola Kee w SW KCR 1:30:39210 60 Eileen Toye w SW 1:31:07211 111 Catherine McNulty w SW 1:31:07212 31 Mary Harper w W45 Convoy A.C. 1:31:11213 10 Tanya Hall w SW Convoy A.C. 1:31:11214 149 Cathy Hannigan w W45 1:31:44215 129 Brid McCaffrey w W45 Convoy A.C. 1:32:17216 50 Sophie Gallagher w W45 1:32:27217 89 Tamara Harvey w SW 1:35:15218 218 Hugh Shields m M45 United Health 1:37:19219 159 Aine Doherty w SW 1:42:54220 157 Teresa Browne w SW 1:43:10MORE THAN 200 TAKE PART IN DANNY McDAID 15K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 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:danny mcdaid 15kdonegallast_img read more

Proof Liverpool shouldn’t panic about Salah, Firmino and Mane?

first_img silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s attack have not looked as threatening this season so far 5 The form of last season’s PFA Player of the Year Salah has been particularly noticeable and stats reveal the ‘Egyptian King’ has been the Premier League’s worst finisher in the 2018/19 campaign.Firmino and Mane have not fared much better so far, but these stats by Opta suggest the idea that the forwards are totally out of form is a misconception. shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 5 gameday cracker Latest Liverpool FC News Firmino has the same number of Premier League goals and assists as this time last season The likes of Van Dijk and Gomez have made Liverpool a much better defensive outfit as last season REVEALED huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Although Liverpool find themselves level on points with Manchester City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, there are grumbles among Kopites and football fans in general that they have been misfiring going forward.The Reds’ notorious front line of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane terrorised opposition defences last season but they appear to have failed to reach the same standards so far this term. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest If you look at Mane’s stats he has actually scored one more goal than he did at this stage last season, albeit having played three more games. He has also created five more chances than he had this time last year.However, his shot conversion rate is not as good this time around.Firmino has played the same amount of games this campaign but considerably more minutes than he did after eight games last season. He has the same number of goals and assists and actually has a better shot conversion rate this season.However, the Brazilian has not created as many chances as he did at this stage last season which may be a cause for concern as that is a big part of Firmino’s game. 5 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 Mane, Salah and Firmino’s stats after eight league games last season Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 5 Salah’s stats don’t make for brilliant reading. He’s had a lot more minutes than at the same stage last season and is one goal worse off. His conversion rate of 9.38 this season will also be a worry for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.However, Liverpool are third in the league this season with 20 points like Chelsea and Manchester City – seven points better off than Klopp’s men were after eight games last season.And why do they find themselves in a much better position than last season? Simple. Liverpool have a defence they can actually rely on this season.After gameweek 8 in 2017/18, Liverpool had conceded 12 goals. This time they have only shipped three goals so far and this will surely benefit the front line in the long run as they have significantly less pressure to come up with the goods. Mane, Salah and Firmino’s stats after eight league games this season Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED last_img read more

CHIME sets new standard for schools

first_imgI have to admit I had given up any hope for public education many years ago, and written it off most recently in trying to steer a younger daughter through a charter middle school in swank Brentwood. But my attitude changed on a cool autumn morning when I found myself in a bucolic corner of Woodland Hills. Here was the most eclectic student body I have ever seen, filling a former Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school campus, shut down 30 years ago, only to be reawakened as a K-5 charter school four years ago. Walk in any classroom at CHIME Charter School and the contrast with other public schools in Southern California is immediately apparent. Work products, teaching tools, classroom aides and animated teachers are everywhere. Students come in all shapes, sizes and with widely varying physical and mental abilities. It’s a smorgasbord of our future society. CHIME breaks the paradigm long held in public education that special-education students needed to be segregated. CHIME reverses all that with the “collaborative” model that integrates all of the students with various special-education needs, as well as the specially trained teachers and added money per pupil spreading them throughout the school. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals This school, authorized by the LAUSD with the California State University, Northridge, education school as its consultant, was “founded to create the richest, most rigorous academic environment,” says Principal Julie Fabrocini. For experienced educators like Fabrocini, there are no arguments about the merits of the collaborative model and integrated education in preschool, which had been pioneered 16 years ago at CSUN’s education school. CSUN founded the CHIME preschool on its campus, where it still resides. But the families whose children left that CSUN-based program were hungry for the same model in the K-5 schools. It took more than 18 months and help from a lot of parents and parts of the LAUSD, and finally the state’s blessing to get the charter. The school began at a church in which teachers had to remove all of the classroom materials each Friday and rearrange them each Monday in order to get the space. The current campus on Collier Street, adjacent to one of the San Fernando Valley’s last surviving citrus orchards, was obtained four years ago. Positive results and recognition have come quickly, with a National Public Radio feature; being named California’s Charter School of the Year last year; and achieving standardized test scores that exceed the local district and state averages. Strangely, there are no lines of school administrators outside Fabrocini’s office trying to replicate CHIME’s success. She is working with a school in Rhode Island, a school in Manhattan and one in Redding. But schools in the LAUSD may be picking up “aspects” of what CHIME does, she says. Aspects? During a recent visit, I went inside Mrs. Kim Jones’ kindergarten classroom and found four separate tables with four or five students seated at each with an adult leader. These students sat within a few feet of one another, yet they were thoroughly engaged in separate exercises designed to ultimately help them learn to read and write. Mrs. Jones was probably the youngest and most vociferous, along with a CSUN student-teacher, a special-education aide and a parent, who looked the most teacher-like. The students rotated among the four tables at prescribed times. As kindergartners, they went to school for a full day. One of the school’s seven autistic children was in the class, along with another kindergartner with Down syndrome. This is a place of learning and caring, with the adults learning as much as the children. There are end-of-the-day debriefings between Fabrocini and the 15 teachers daily so they can reflect as a group on what went right and what didn’t. The principal also has sponsored a monthly research topic on which literature is passed out and a forum is held among the faculty, aides and other adults on campus. It is rare to see such stimulation and motivation on a public school campus these days. Rarer, too, to see a place that is not mired in routine, but rather thrives on evolving and improving. If public schools can make a comeback, if relevancy and commitment can return to the LAUSD and other large public school systems, then CHIME Charter School can provide at least part of the model for getting the job done. Anyone who doubts this hypothesis needs to talk to Julie Fabrocini. Richard Nemec is a Los Angeles-based writer. Write to him by e-mail at rnemec@comcast.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New grocer law spells trouble for city business

first_imgThe Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might as well put up a banner in Los Angeles that says, “Don’t do business here.” Last week, the council passed an ordinance that would put an enormous burden on L.A. supermarkets. The law requires that whenever stores larger than 15,000 square feet are sold, the new owners must keep the old employees for at least 90 days. Then, if there are to be any layoffs, workers must first be evaluated and/or offered other positions. Seniority trumps skills and productivity in terms of which employees get to stay. With this ordinance, the city has dictated rules of employment for a whole industry. If that makes sense, then why not apply the idea to every business in Los Angeles? Because clearly it would discourage business growth and investment. By passing this ordinance, the council has in one fell swoop micro-managed the grocery industry, bowed to labor demands, expropriated money from stockholders and sent a signal to the world that L.A. government is willing to intrude on basic business decisions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It’s a Christmas gift to the grocery unions, and coal in its stocking for the future of Los Angeles. Raising business costs is just one more tax in a city already known for its high business-tax rates. Efforts to micro-manage send the message to business owners that at any time they may be capriciously attacked and their assets taken by means of regulatory policy. The end result is fewer jobs, and not only higher grocery costs, but higher costs across the board as businesses react to the higher risk of doing business in L.A. The assumption behind this ordinance is that businesses need to be monitored and controlled by government. This is a popular view, but it presumes that government oversight improves business outcomes. On the contrary, regulation of this sort and the resulting uncertainty for business decision-makers discourage investment and job creation. The City Council seems oblivious to the fact that we can’t get a grocery story to open in poor parts of Los Angeles. Making business harder on grocers is only going to exacerbate this problem. The council has put union interests ahead of the well-being of city and, especially, inner-city residents. The union may be gaining benefits for a small group of existing workers, but the long-run consequence will be that grocery chains will not flourish in Los Angeles. The expansion of grocery chains will occur outside the city limits, and every industry that thinks it might be the next target for regulatory excess will react similarly. Only Councilmen Greig Smith and Bernard Parks voted against this ordinance. For that, they should be commended. But what about their council colleagues? Do the rest of the council’s members not understand the consequences of these types of laws, or have they just had too much eggnog? Councilman Bill Rosendahl was quoted as saying that the passage of this ordinance indicates that “people matter.” Implicit in his statement is a fundamental misunderstanding of what acquisitions are all about. The main reason a firm would seek to acquire another firm is to reorganize it in such a way as to increase profitability. The expected profitability motivates these actions. Without such efforts companies decline and jobs are lost. This understanding of the big picture is crucial to the design of effective public policies involving business and employment. Robert Krol and Shirley Svorny are professors of economics at California State University, Northridge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drake Graduate Reed Fischer Represents Team USA And Finishes Third at the NACAC Championships

first_imgFischer currently lives in Boulder, Colo., to train with the Tinman Elite Team. He also maintains a fulltime job as the marketing and communications coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club. Fischer qualified for the championships in the 10,000 meters and finished third with a time of 29:53.63 Friday evening. Reigning USA Champion Lopez Lomong captured the NACAC title in 29:49.03. Drake University graduate Reed Fischer recorded another significant accomplishment in his professional career as the former Drake standout represented the United States at this weekend’s 2018 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada. During his senior season at Drake, Fischer won three MVC titles and set three school records, including one at the Drake Relays, en route to qualifying for and finishing ninth in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Fischer blossomed in his four years at Drake, continually improving and growing into one of the nation’s top runners before beginning a professional career. Print Friendly Version Fischer’s performance in a USA jersey added to an incredible first year as a professional for the 2017 Drake graduate. In June, he returned to Drake Stadium to compete in the USA Championship and finished fourth after leading for four of the final five laps of the race before Lomong overcame Fischer.last_img read more

Mining and minerals in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is a world leader in mining. The country is famous for its abundance of mineral resources, accounting for a significant proportion of world production and reserves, and South African mining companies are key players in the global industry.Kumba Iron Ore’s massive operations in the Northern Cape include Sishen Mine and Kolomela Mine. (Image: Brand South Africa)Jump to:Mineral wealthContribution to the economyBeneficiation and other policiesBlack economic empowermentNationalisationJunior and small-scale miningMineral wealthSouth Africa’s total reserves remain some of the world’s most valuable, with an estimated worth of R20.3-trillion ($2.5-trillion). Overall, the country is estimated to have the world’s fifth-largest mining sector in terms of GDP value.It has the world’s largest reserves of manganese and platinum group metals (PGMs), according to the US Geological Survey, and among the largest reserves of gold, diamonds, chromite ore and vanadium.With South Africa’s economy built on gold and diamond mining, the sector is an important foreign exchange earner, with gold accounting for more than one-third of exports. In 2009, the country’s diamond industry was the fourth largest in the world. South Africa is also a major producer of coal, manganese and chrome.There is considerable potential for the discovery of other world-class deposits in areas yet to be exhaustively explored. South Africa’s prolific mineral reserves include precious metals and minerals, energy minerals, non-ferrous metals and minerals, ferrous minerals, and industrial minerals.Given its history and mineral wealth, it is no surprise that the country’s mining companies are key players in the global industry. Its strengths include a high level of technical and production expertise, and comprehensive research and development activities.World-class primary processing facilities work with carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, gold and platinum. South Africa is also a world leader of new technologies, such as a ground-breaking process that converts low-grade superfine iron ore into high- quality iron units.Contribution to the economyWith the growth of South Africa’s secondary and tertiary industries, the relative contribution of mining to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) has declined over the past 10 to 20 years.Nonetheless, the industry is continually adapting to changing local and international world conditions, and remains a cornerstone of the economy, making a significant contribution to economic activity, job creation and foreign exchange earnings. Mining and its related industries are critical to South Africa’s socio-economic development.The sector accounts for roughly one-third of the market capitalisation of the JSE, and continues to act as a magnet for foreign investment in the country.Mining, according to the Chamber of Mines:Creates one million jobs (500 000 direct and 500 000 indirect).Accounts for about 18% of GDP (8.6% direct, 10% indirect and induced).Is a critical earner of foreign exchange at more than 50%.Accounts for 20% of investment (12% direct).Attracts significant foreign savings (R1.9-trillion or 43% of value of JSE).Accounts for 13.2% of corporate tax receipts (R17-billion in 2010) and R6-billion in royalties.Accounts for R441-billion in expenditures, R407-billion spent locally.Accounts for R78-billion spent in wages and salaries.Accounts for 50% of volume of Transnet’s rail and ports.Accounts for 94% of electricity generation via coal power plants.Takes 15% of electricity demand.About 37% of the country’s liquid fuels via coal.The chamber says total mining expenditure in 2010 was R441-billion, of which:R228.4-billion was spent on purchases and operating costs (timber, steel, explosives, electricity, transport, uniforms, etc.R78.4-billion went on salaries and wages for mine employees.R49-billion on Capex (the lifeblood of mining).R17.1-billion in tax.R16.2-billion in dividends (only 3.7% of total).R38-billion on depreciation and impairments.R13-billion on interest to the banks.Of this, R409-billion (92%) was spent locally, and the spending multipliers created as much economic value and jobs as the direct mining sector contributed. In addition, the listed mining companies represent more than 30% of the market capitalisation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.There are other contributions to the economy: extraction-related industries are a key driver of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, representing 42%, or R1.9-trillion, of its value. Mining also provides the feedstock for about 94% of the country’s electricity generating capacity.The value of total sales increased by 24.8% to R302.2-billion ($37-billion) in 2010, and the three top-selling minerals – PGMs, coal and gold – accounted for 66.3% of total mineral sales.South Africa’s mineral reserves are well-mapped, but despite having the world’s largest in situ value of mineral resources, the country only accounts for 3% of total greenfield mining projects planned for the next decade.Beneficiation and other policiesIn the 2011/12 Fraser Institute Survey, South Africa was ranked 54th out of 93 countries and provinces (from 67th out of 79 the year before). The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian think tank, measures the policy attractiveness of mining destinations by polling mining company executives.Lucrative opportunities exist for downstream processing and adding value locally to iron, carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, PGMs and gold. A wide range of materials is available for jewellery, other than gold, platinum and diamonds; there is also tiger’s eye, and many other semiprecious stones.For this purpose, the government has developed a minerals beneficiation strategy as a key area for potential growth. It is planned to transform the industry from being largely resource-based to knowledge-based. Downstream activities are already well-developed, and downstream products from the industry used locally include cement, steel, liquid fuels, electricity, polymers and plastics, with an estimated total sales value of R200- billion ($24.6-billion).South Africa’s beneficiation strategy compliments other government programmes, and the mining industry value chain has been prioritised as an economic growth node in the New Growth Path, which highlights a path for the industry out of its depression until 2020.Download a copy of the New Growth PathThe Mining Industry Growth Development and Employment Task Team (Migdett) was established at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, with stakeholders from the government, industry, and labour. They committed to achieve two critical outcomes:to help the industry manage the negative effects of the global economic crisis and to save jobs; andto position the industry for growth and transformation in the medium to long term.Other relevant policies targeting growth in the mining industry include:The National Industrial Policy FrameworkThe Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP 2).Black economic empowermentBy the end of 2011, South Africa’s mining industry was the largest contributor of economic transformation, with broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) deals worth R150-billion completed. Black economic empowerment targets apply to all companies in the country, meaning a certain percentage of local assets must be sold to black South Africans.But with black ownership of the mining sector at 8.9% in 2009 – well below the target of 15% by 2007 – the government is putting significant pressure on mines to reach the next target of 26% by 2014.NationalisationThe nationalisation debate holds sway over the industry and investment in it, despite the government and the ruling African National Congress repeatedly stating that nationalisation of mines is not policy. The party’s Youth League and other groups have called for mines to be nationalised, and there are ongoing debates about licences, royalties and ownership.In August 2012, President Jacob Zuma told a meeting of diplomats that South Africa had rejected the proposal of a blanket nationalisation of mines, and would instead focus on proposals that sought to ensure the country benefitted more from mining without disrupting the sector. State involvement could take the form of part ownership or full ownership of mines for selected minerals to help drive development programmes.There is also a proposal for a tax on windfall profits on mining. Zuma said this would help facilitate economic growth and employment creation. A final policy is expected to be adopted for implementation in December.See also: Nationalising mines not on the table, says Mining MinisterJunior sector and small-scale miningThe junior mining sector in South Africa was born of new legislation in the form of the Mining and Petroleum Resources Development Act of 2006. The law enforced a “use it or lose it” principle, stipulating that mining rights not used by mining companies to exploit minerals in the ground would revert back to the state.Unused mining rights held by mining groups, but not used for years, were awarded to newly established junior companies that showed themselves to be true mining entrepreneurs.The Nedbank South African Junior Mining and Exploration Index, established in September 2006, provides a measure of performance of all the South African listed junior mining and exploration stocks, excluding oil and gas. To meet investor demand for a tradeable entry into these shares, a derivative version of this index was launched a few months later. The Nedbank South African Junior Mining & Exploration Index Excluding Dual Listed Shares (NSJMEX) was constructed mainly to satisfy forex regulations of the Reserve Bank regarding constraints on inward dual listed shares and derivative products.Listings from all the JSE’s boards qualify, but Top40 Index constituents (or similar-sized stocks) and companies controlled by other JSE-listed companies, are excluded. The index was designed as a performance benchmark and, because of low liquidity, it is not recommended for use as an investable product.The Department of Mineral Resources believes small-scale mining has an important role to play in community upliftment, job creation and poverty alleviation. It is developing a new approach to maximise the impact of small-scale mining, with particular focus on poverty nodal points with mining potential, intended to contribute meaningfully towards the livelihood of these communities.There are many challenges, however, such as a lack of access to finance and markets, shortage of skills and inadequate or non-compliance with regulatory requirements.Historically, small-scale mining has comprised mainly alluvial diamond and in-land salt mining, but more recently the bulk of the demand for small-scale mining ventures has been associated with industrial commodities, such as slate, sand, clay, sandstone, dolerite and granites for the production of infrastructural development products such as tiles, clay and cement bricks, aggregates.These activities should not be confused with illegal mining, which is mining in the absence of land rights, mining licence, exploration or mineral transportation permit or of any document that could legitimate the on-going operations. Illegal mining by single individuals or groups in abandoned mines is an ongoing hazard.Environmentally responsibleThrough the implementation of more stringent regulations, South Africa’s mining industry has become safer as well as more socially and environmentally conscious.Companies are required to allow for environmental trust funds and rehabilitation of disturbed land.There is also a R70-million project in place to solve the legacy problem of acid mind drainage.Sources:Chamber of Mines, Statistics South Africa, South African Yearbook, Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, South African Investors Handbook, SANews.gov.za, Oxford Business Group.Lorraine Kearney, SouthAfrica.info reporterReviewed: 12 August 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

U.S. Leads The Way In Requests For Facebook User Data

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#data#Facebook#Government#now#surveillance Related Posts readwrite The U.S. leads the world—by far—in requests for Facebook user data, the social network reported in its first Government Requests Report, which covers the first six months of 2013. In the U.S., Facebook fielded between 11,000 and 12,000 requests for data on 20,000 to 21,000 users—almost as many requests as it received in the rest of the world combined (14,607 total non-U.S. requests). Facebook complied with 79% of the data requests it received in the U.S.The report detailed the number of law-enforcement and national-security requests for user-account data Facebook has received in specific countries, as well the percentage of such requests in which it disclosed at least some data. It does not distinguish between the number of law-enforcement and national-security requests Facebook received.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Uddhav returns; CM says temple issue not political

first_imgAs Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray returned to the city from his two-day tour of Ayodhya as a part of his mission to construct the Ram temple, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the temple issue is not political. Mr. Fadnavis, who was in Karad to pay tribute at the memorial of the State’s first Chief Minister Y.B. Chavan, said, “Shri Ram is a deity for the entire country, he (Mr. Thackeray) will get his blessings too,” he said.Mr. Thackeray, who offered prayers at the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya on Sunday, said the BJP government at the Centre “may not last” if the temple is not constructed and demanded an ordinance for it. The Sena chief returned to the city on Sunday afternoon where he was welcomed by a large number of party workers and leaders amidst loud sloganeering and victory chants. At home, Mr. Thackeray and other Sena leaders offered prayers before a photo of party founder late Bal Thackeray. Prior to leaving Ayodhya, in a press conference there, Mr. Thackeray questioned why the BJP had made promises in its manifesto if everything was going to be as per the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, State BJP president Raosaheb Danve said the Sena’s stand on the Ram temple is similar to that of his party’s. “The Sena has not backed the BJP recently, but we have been together for decades. To avoid division of votes, the Sena is going to be our partner for the general and Assembly elections next year,” he said. However, the Sena had earlier said that it will fight all the upcoming elections solo.The Opposition criticised the Sena over its Ayodhya visit. “This is a political stunt targeted at polarising Hindu-Muslim voters. Had this government fulfilled its election promises, they would not need to do this,” said State Congress president Ashok Chavan. Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil asked if the Sena immersed its letters of resignations from the State government in the Sarayu river while offering prayers. “At a time when Maharashtra is battling drought, such events are like rubbing salt on the wounds of the people,” he said.last_img read more