Govt insists on taking back Red House

first_img…it is “selfish” for Red House to represent only Cheddi Jagan – AGBy Devina SamarooThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is still bent on having the Red House transformed into a facility in memory of all past Guyanese Presidents and has indicated its preparedness to ensure this happens.Providing an update on the matter, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams told a news conference that it was quite “selfish” to have the Red House representing only late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, who is also the founder of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre located on High Street in Kingston, Georgetown“There have been nine Presidents of Guyana and we feel that it’s not really feasible really to have one past President to be using up such, to be alone situated on that Red House. It kind of reeks of selfishness…All nine Presidents should be housed under Red House,” he emphasised.Upon the coalition’s assumption of office last year, it was revealed that the prime land on which Red House sits was leased to the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre for 999 years for only $12,000 per year.Government had strongly objected to this and had consequently announced its intention to review the lease agreement.The Attorney General disclosed that meetings were held last year with the Management Committee of Red House during which several proposals were made.“They wanted to be able to rent it as an alternative so as to house only the former President, Cheddi Jagan,” he disclosed, noting nonetheless that the Government was not inclined to adhere to those requests.“We are hoping that the PPP would show some maturity on this matter, because we believe that all nine Presidents should be situated in the same building,” he stated.Nonetheless, Williams reminded that the President of Guyana, David Granger had the sole authority for all State lands.ObjectionsIn objecting to Government’s attempt to control Red House, former President Donald Ramotar expressed that the move represented pure “arrogance and vindictiveness”.During an interview with Guyana Times last year, Ramotar stated point blank that to share the building with other Presidents would be a blatant dishonour to the “prestigious” Dr Jagan.“Dr Jagan lived in that house, it is the perfect memorial for him,” Ramotar stated.The PPP had also voiced its concerns over Government’s decision.“The name ‘Red House’ is an exemplification of the fact that Dr Cheddi Jagan was, at that time, branded a ‘Red’ and Communist and due to the fact that he lived at the time in that building it became known as Red House or the Red’s House,” the Party had commented.It noted that former Presidents Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte were never deemed as ‘Red’ or Communist, and they never shared the ideology and philosophy of Dr Jagan.As such, to suggest that Red House be the depository of Burnham’s and Hoyte’s work was not only “ludicrous” but “objectionable”.It added that to associate Red House with Burnham and Hoyte would be a “historical misnomer” and contrary to the progressive anti-colonial and anti-imperialist ideas, thoughts and memories associated with Dr Jagan.Suggestions were made that instead of interfering with Red House’s unique legacy, Government should move to establish individual research facilities across the country for each past President. The facility is being managed by Nadira Jagan, the daughter of the late Cheddi Jagan who has been silent on the issue.The Red House is located on High Street, Kingston, Georgetown and Dr Jagan had lived there while he was the Premier of British Guiana from 1961-1964.The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre was officially established in 1999 to promote research into and publish materials on the life, work and ideas of Dr Jagan – this will also promote research into the history of Guyana’s struggle for Independence and social justice, and the history of Guyana as a whole from the early 1940s to the late 1990s.Dr Jagan was well-known around the world as an incorruptible freedom fighter and revolutionary who dedicated his life to the poor and powerless in Guyanese society.last_img read more

South Africans among Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 young entrepreneurs

first_imgThe influential Forbes Africa business magazine unveiled its annual 30 Under 30 young African entrepreneurs on 1 June 2017. The list features up-and-coming small business leaders making an impact on the continent and the world.Since 2011, Forbes Africa business magazine has been spotlighting young emerging African entrepreneurs with big dreams backed up by good, solid business sense. Several South Africans feature on the 2017 30 Under 30 list. (Image: Forbes Africa)CD AndersonIn addition to emerging moguls from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list also features a number of rising South African business players.In determining who made the list this year, Forbes journalist Ancillar Mangena told the Okayplayer website that “[the] list celebrates young Africans who are working hard to turn the continent’s fortune”. Noting the relevance of releasing the list during South Africa’s Youth Month commemoration of the 1976 student revolt against apartheid, Mangena noted that “[like] the youth of 1976 fought for political freedom, these under 30s are fighting for financial freedom. As we like to call them, they are the billionaires of tomorrow.”Mangena also said 2017 was a breakthrough year for the list, now in its sixth year, because it was more representative, particularly including people from countries such as Rwanda and Namibia that had not featured before, as well as having more women.“These 30 are not waiting for anyone to offer them a job,” said Mangena, “they are creating the jobs and building global brands. The people featured are in diverse industries from manufacturing to import and export, fashion, beauty, agriculture, tech and many more… these are the bright shining stars in Africa. You may not know their names now but you will be forced to in a few years.”South Africans featured on the 2017 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list:Khethi Ngwenya, 26, School Media(Image: School Media)School Media connects brands with schools, renting advertising space on school property that benefits learners. Begun in 2010, the company’s clients include Gauteng Department of Education and the Orlando Pirates soccer team. Ngwenya has two other enterprises focused on education. Xhuma uses USSD technology to aid communication between schools and parents. The Going Green Project is an education initiative focused on environmental awareness. The company has helped to plant and maintain almost 5, 000 trees at schools throughout South Africa.Lulo Rubushe, 23, RNDM(Image: RNDM Network)Clothing and media lifestyle brand RNDM integrates fashion, music, lifestyle and events with top brands, focusing on the youth. Rubushe is also involved in sport development through a partnership with the Enhanced Sports coaching company, supplying affordable sporting gear to underprivileged schools.Thato Kgatlhanye, 24, ‎Rethaka(Image: Rethaka Twitter)Rethaka’s main product line is locally manufactured and recycled schoolbags with built-in solar-powered study torches. Founded when Kgatlhanye was only 18, the company has formed partnerships with Standard Bank, Red Bull and Unilever. The bags are also exported to Namibia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Brazil.Sibusiso Ngwenya, 25, Skinny Sbu Socks(Image: Skinny Sbu Socks)Finding an unusual gap in the local market for quality, locally manufactured designer socks, Ngwenya has rapidly grown his niche brand thanks to several celebrity endorsements of Skinny Sbu Socks.Allegro Dinkwanyane, 27, Orgella Media(Image: Allegro Dinkwanyane Instagram)Orgella Media is a wholly black woman-owned media and public relations operation, with non-profit and property divisions.Corbyn Munnik, 26, Sliide(Image: Sliide Digital)With offices in Johannesburg, Lagos and London, Sliide is a rapidly expanding African technology company specialising in targeted news and sponsored entertainment content. The company uses 70% of its advertising revenue to donate mobile data to underprivileged youth.Rupert Weterings, 28, Allied Insurance Brokers(Image: Rupert Weterings LinkedIn)By 2013, after a mere two years in business, Weterings’ Allied Insurance Brokers had grown to become one of the largest African property, casualty, life and medical insurance and reinsurance brokerage companies.Jennifer Glodik, 29, Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre(Image: Diva Beauty)A growing health and lifestyle brand, Diva Slimming and Aesthetics Centre has opened 65 salons across South Africa in the last five years, creating employment opportunities for more than 200 young people.Rushil Vallabh, 29, Secha Capital(Image: Rushil Vallabh LinkedIn)Secha Capital invests in a wide range of African SMEs using innovative strategies, with a strong focus on developing the management skills of the youthful owners of the enterprises.For more in-depth interviews with all of the 30 Under 30, visit the Forbes Africa website.Source: Forbes Africa, OkayplayerWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Popp wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Victoria Popp of Cincinnati is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet competition. She won the contest final round held Feb. 1 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience in Columbus.Listen to Popp’s comments after her win. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. It’s  designed for young ag professionals to work together find solutions around issues facing agriculture today.Popp is a Clermont County Farm Bureau member, is a current participant in Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class X leadership development program and is active in Young Ag Professionals. She manages the young, small and beginning farmer program for Farm Credit Mid-America.She receives a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to OFBF Annual Meeting in December 2019 and an expense-paid trip to represent Ohio at the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, in January 2020. The three other Discussion Meet finalists were Andrew “Dewey” Mann of Ashville, Jeremy Trester of Bethel and Michaela Wright of Arcanum.The Young Ag Professionals program provides leadership development and professional growth opportunities for Farm Bureau members who are age 18-35. The program hosts the Winter Leadership Conference, a Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience and conducts the Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests. Learn more about the program at read more

Sell Your Higher Price From In Front

first_imgThe real trick to defending your pricing and the value you create it do so proactively, to get in front of it. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.The last thing you want to do is to defend your pricing after it comes under attack by a low-priced competitor. Value is tougher to defend when you are on your back foot. Worse, there are stakeholders in every company who are easily swayed by the big lie that you can have better results, better service, and greater outcomes while making a smaller investment in those results.The RecipeSell your value proposition from the start: If your price is higher than your competitor’s, make that point clear from the very beginning of the sales process. It isn’t a secret–or it isn’t going to be a secret for long. Make it known that your price is higher but that the value you create is greater. Your value proposition is what it is; wear it proudly.Justify your higher price: All things being equal, your client is right to choose the lowest price. It is your responsibility to explain to them why your price is higher and why you are worth paying more. It isn’t obvious to them, and it isn’t there job to understand your value proposition–these outcomes belong to you as the salesperson. You justify it–and teach them to do the same.Take credit for producing the value you create: Your clients are under a continuous and unrelenting assault from your competitors. I once had a competitor send a letter to my clients telling them how much they could save by firing me and hiring them. Your competitors are aggressive. The time to defend the value you create isn’t after you are under assault. Report your results. Take credit for the value you create–and do so proactively, not after you are under pressure.Move to higher levels of value: Fear complacency. You need to move to higher levels of value. You need to move from new idea to execution to new idea. Creating new value will keep you one step ahead of your lower priced competitors and it will keep you off your back foot.last_img read more

Bedlam Hype Video: Time To Crown a Big 12 Champion

first_imgThis is good. I’ll leave you with this for tonight. I cam out of my seat on the Tre Flowers hit, by the way. Bedlam tomorrow. Let’s ride.Also if you need to get more hyped (for some reason), here is some fuel. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds

first_imgArsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal team news: Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty Images Arsenal v Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Östersunds FK Arsenal With progression nearly assured, Arsene Wenger has named a team made up of both regular starters and reserves Arsene Wenger has named a side mixed with starters and reserves against Ostersunds in the Europa League round-of-32 second leg at Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Jack Wilshere and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are among the Gunners regulars who will get a start against the Swedish side. The Gunners won the first leg 3-0 in Sweden last week, and will be heavy favourites to advance to the round of 16.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Several of Arsenal’s biggest stars have been rested with one eye on Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, including Mesut Ozil, who has battled illness this week.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied, while Alexandre Lacazette is out with a knee injury. Aaron Ramsey has resumed training but isn’t fit enough to feature yet. Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan; Iwobi, WelbeckSubs: Macey, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Willock, Nelson, Nketiahlast_img read more

Atalanta 1 Dortmund 1 (3-4 agg)

first_imgAtalanta 1 Borussia Dortmund 1 (3-4 agg): Returning Schmelzer strikes late Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 06:08 23/2/2018 Marcel Schmelzer - cropped Getty Images A below-par Borussia Dortmund were indebted to a late Marcel Schmelzer goal as they edged past Atalanta in the Europa League. Marcel Schmelzer’s dramatic late goal sealed a 1-1 draw for Borussia Dortmund against Atalanta and booked their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League.Dortmund captain Schmelzer has been out of action since December with an ankle injury and wasted no time in making an impact on his comeback as a half-time replacement for Jeremy Toljan, reacting first to Etrit Berisha’s fumble to lash home and give the Bundesliga side a 4-3 aggregate victory.Peter Stoger’s side were second best all night and found themselves behind after just 11 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goalkeeper Roman Burki, whose season has been plagued by high-profile errors, flapped at a corner and Rafael Toloi stole in at the back post to prod into an empty net.The hosts squandered a number of golden opportunities to put the tie beyond Dortmund, most notably through Bryan Cristante, Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez.And their wastefulness was punished seven minutes from time as Schmelzer’s timely intervention secured progression to the next round for the visitors.Danke, Käpt’n! #atabvb 1-1 — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 22, 2018 Atalanta started at a blistering pace and could have been ahead inside four minutes, but Marten De Roon blazed his effort from the edge of the penalty area unceremoniously over the crossbar.The Dutchman’s profligacy was forgotten seven minutes later, though. Toloi took full advantage of Burki’s inability to deal with Gomez’s corner to prod home at the back post ahead of the despairing Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Gomez was the provider again midway through the first-half when his clipped ball over the top was met by the unmarked Cristante, who inexplicably headed wide with the goal at his mercy.A strangely subdued Dortmund finally burst into life after the half-hour mark with Andre Schurrle testing Berisha from distance and Michy Batshuayi seeing a deflected effort creep agonisingly past the post.The hosts started the second period with the same verve that characterised their first-half display, Remo Freuler dragging a shot wide within a minute of the restart.Ilicic then drilled beyond the post, before Mattia Caldara saw his goal-bound effort deflected just over.Dortmund threw on Marco Reus in a bid to inject some life into their stuttering attack, but it was the Serie A side who came closest to scoring next.Ilicic stormed towards the visitors’ backline and curled a left-footed effort past Burki’s post, while Gomez spurned a glorious opportunity with 11 minutes remaining.On-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi had seen a low drive thwarted by Berisha, but the keeper spilled a shot from Reus and Schmelzer pounced to seal Dortmund’s place in the last 16.2 – @Schmelle29 scores his 2nd goal in 64 games in Europe. Important. #AtalantaBVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 22, 2018 read morelast_img read more

Sam Querrey Beats Novak Djokovic In A Very OldFashioned Upset

Pete Sampras9193–5695– Mats Wilander5492–150– PLAYERWINSWIN PERCENTAGEWINSWIN PERCENTAGE Boris Becker7387–267– Record in first three rounds of Grand Slam events Bjorn Borg60100%–18100%– Rafael Nadal9995–33100– Jimmy Connors9298–37100– Andy Murray9298–——– Roger Federer14597–6598– Ivan Lendl9799–49100– Novak Djokovic entered his third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday against California-born Sam Querrey as the prohibitive favorite — not just to win, but to win in straight sets. Djokovic had won 30 straight Grand Slam matches, 86 straight matches in “the first week” of Slams — an imprecise phrase meaning the first three rounds, even though the fourth round sometimes starts in the first week — and an astonishing 73 consecutive sets in the first weeks of Slams.But on Saturday, Djokovic exited the match — one day, many rain delays and plot twists and inexplicable misses later — as a surprise loser.Just how big a surprise was it? It depends on what standard you hold Djokovic to. He and his rivals — fellow Big Four members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — have set an astonishingly high bar for consistency in what we’ll call “should-win matches,” as top-five players in the first week of Slams. Each member of the Big Four has won between 95 and 98 percent of should-win matches. If one of them has entered a major when healthy enough to play, that player has been almost a sure thing to advance to the fourth round.1This doesn’t count withdrawals before matches, such as Nadal’s before his third-round match at the French Open in May.But not all prior men’s tennis stars were nearly so consistent. They had off weeks or struggled at particular tournaments or faced tougher early opponents, back when draws were more open. Pete Sampras, who is tied for second all-time with Nadal as a winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, lost 7 percent of his should-win matches. So did Sampras’s top rival, Andre Agassi. If Djokovic wants help coming to terms with his loss, he can turn to his coach, Boris Becker, who lost 13 percent of his should-win matches. Becker’s contemporaries John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg all lost should-win matches more often than has Nadal, the least consistent of the Big Four early in majors. Andre Agassi7593–2392– AS TOP-FIVE PLAYERAS NO. 1 PLAYER John McEnroe5793–29100– Novak Djokovic10797–4798– Note: Andy Murray has never been ranked No. 1Source: Stefan Edberg8191–1292– Djokovic isn’t just a top-five player: He’s the world No. 1. And the world’s best player really should win should-win matches. The loss to Querrey was Djokovic’s first in a should-win match as No. 1. Nadal has never lost one. Federer lost one: to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round of the 2004 French Open. Kuerten was a three-time French Open champ. Querrey has never reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam.But again, these things used to happen more often. Sampras lost three should-wins as a No. 1. Agassi lost two. Becker lost only one — but he played only three. (He was No. 1 for only 12 weeks.)Other factors beyond the numbers might make more sense of Querrey’s win. His great serving, the rain delays, health problems that Djokovic alluded to after the match: All of these probably played a role in the upset. To topple any of the Big Four usually requires lots of things going right for the underdog. read more

Ohio State womens basketball excited about 2 new transfers

Then-Duke freshman guard Kianna Holland takes a shot during the Blue/White Scrimmage Oct. 27 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s basketball program got an early boost to its 2014-15 season Thursday.Coach Kevin McGuff announced the signing of two transfers from the 2013 class in guard Kianna Holland from Duke and forward Shayla Cooper from Georgetown.Both players will be eligible for competition the day after final examinations of 2014 Fall Semester, per NCAA transfer rules.“We didn’t necessarily come into this time of year looking to add anyone but we were certainly excited about the opportunity when specifically Shayla and Kianna became available because both of them bring the right type of character that we want in the program as people, and certainly as basketball players,” McGuff said Thursday. “They fit our style of play, and kind of where we’re trying to go with the program.”OSU (11-7, 1-1) currently has three seniors on the roster in forward Martina Ellerbe and centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, and one redshirt-senior in center Aleksandra Dobranic. This season’s leading scorer, sophomore Ameryst Alston is set to return.McGuff said he’s excited to have both players in the program moving forward, adding that Holland’s ability as a shooter is huge for the team.“(Holland’s) a good athlete, she’s quick,” McGuff said. “She really shoots the ball well. She can really make shots from the perimeter. She can score.”Holland originally committed to OSU in March 2011 before rescinding that decision in August to attend Duke. She did not play in a game for the Blue Devils this season, though. She is coming off surgery for compartment syndrome in her leg, but McGuff said she practiced for the first time Wednesday and is “not limited in any way.”Cooper, who McGuff likened to be similar in size to current junior guard Raven Ferguson but calling her “a little bit bigger,” played in two games at Georgetown this season, totaling 32 points and 17 rebounds.“(Cooper’s) got a great motor and she plays really hard and she plays with a lot of aggression,” McGuff said. “She’s a tough kid and she can make shots too. The good news about her too is that her game’s still evolving in a positive way.”McGuff said Cooper’s decision to transfer was after her coach at Georgetown, Keith Brown, resigned following an investigation into allegations that he verbally abused his players.No matter how they got to OSU, McGuff feels lucky to have them.“We were very fortunate. I think both of them look at Ohio State in a very positive light because of what we did in the fall and what we’ve been able to accomplish with some of the kids we have here. Kind of like, you get some momentum going with the program and it certainly helps in these situations,” he said.Neither Holland, Cooper nor anyone else on the women’s basketball team was made available for comment on the transfers Thursday. read more