Graduating Arong, Jose not ready to go on vacation yet

first_imgREAD: Arong, Jose push FEU past Ateneo, force decider for finals slot“Para sa akin, sa puso ko ayoko pa magbakasyon (In my heart I know I still don’t want to go for a vacation),” said Jose. “Last year ko na, double effort na, triple pa nga eh, gusto ko makabalik ng Finals (This is my last year and if I have to double my effort, triple maybe, I will. I want to return to the Finals).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliJose asserted his power with a 20-point, 23-rebound line and if the big man provided the muscle it was the steely Arong, who would step on the clutch pedal.Arong, despite shooting a poor 4-of-13 from the field, rose up to the occasion in the final 1:25 of the game. Arong, Jose push FEU past Ateneo, force decider for Finals slot Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose and Monbert Arong are on their last days with Far Eastern University and the duo are determined to walk away from the league with their heads held high and their pride intact.And that desire to walk away as victors was in full display when the two seniors willed the Tamaraws to a 62-61 triller over Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 He scored five straight points, hitting a short jumper and three free throws for a 60-55 lead. “Patiently, hinintay ko dumating yung laro ko, tiyaka naisip ko kasi inaalay ko yung game ko para sa family ko and ayoko muna matalo (I waited patiently for my game to come and I dedicated this game to my family and I don’t want to lose this one),” said Arong, who fired nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Study links malaria to deforestation in the Amazon

first_imgDeforestation, Diseases, Environment, Forests, Habitat Degradation, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Insects, Invertebrates, Logging, Malaria, Mosquitoes, Rainforests, Research, Trees, Tropical Forests, Zoonotic Diseases Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Citation:Chaves, L. S. M., Conn, J. E., López, R. V. M., & Sallum, M. A. M. (2018). Abundance of impacted forest patches less than 5 km 2 is a key driver of the incidence of malaria in Amazonian Brazil. Scientific reports, 8(1), 7077.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. A study published recently adds evidence to the argument that deforestation aids the spread of malaria.Researchers compared deforestation patterns to malaria rates in nine states in the Brazilian Amazon. They found that places with the highest incidences of malaria were impacted forest patches between 0.1 and 5 square kilometers in size.The researchers write that these forest patches contain the shaded, watery, forest-edge habitat preferred by the mosquitos that transmit malaria.To keep malaria from becoming an even bigger threat, the authors call for better monitoring of mosquito populations, land planning, and income generation schemes for forest-dwelling communities. Scientists have long suspected a relationship between deforestation and some infectious diseases. For instance, the 2014 Ebola crisis has been linked to logging that may have put workers and their families in close contact with infected bats.For malaria – one of the leading causes of death in tropical regions – there has been some evidence that the mosquitos that transmit it (called “vectors”) breed more readily in places where forest has been cleared. Now, a study published recently in Nature’s open-access journal Scientific Reports, adds to the hypothesis that deforestation aids the spread of malaria in the Amazon.For their study, researchers at institutions in Brazil and the U.S. attempted to find patterns between deforestation and malaria infection in nine states in the Brazilian Amazon. They looked at patches of rainforest that had been deforested or degraded (collectively termed “impacted” in the study), breaking them down into different size categories. They then compared these deforestation patches to local rates of malaria infection recorded between 2009 and 2015.Charcoal is produced by slowly burning wood to remove its water content. The study states: “According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)19, the inclusion of forestry products in the commercial exploitation of natural resources in 2015 represented an increase of approximately USD$ 1.5 billion in the gross value of Brazilian commodities. Commercial forest products included approximately 26 million tons of firewood, 12 million tons of logs and 331 thousand tons of wood charcoal.” Photo courtesy of Leonardo Suveges Moreira ChavesWhat they discovered surprised them – the places with the highest incidences of malaria were impacted forest patches comprising between 0.1 and 5 square kilometers, which were the mid-range of the patch sizes they looked at in their study. In other words, these medium-size deforested patches seem to be the sweet spot where forest extraction activities correlate to more malaria infections.The researchers think this may have something to do with habitat preferences of larval Nyssorhynchus darlingi mosquitoes, which are the primary malaria vectors in the regions they studied. They write that these mosquitos prefer laying their eggs in water at forest edges, but that they also need partial shade. A hallmark of deforestation is that it fragments a forest landscape, effectively creating more forest edges. And more forest edges mean more places for mosquitoes to breed.The researchers didn’t find statistically significant correlations between small areas (less than 0.1 square kilometers) of deforestation and malaria incidence, which they say is because there wasn’t enough human presence to aid mosquito reproduction.“Likely in this condition, vector proliferation, presence of a small human population and small number of domestic animals that could represent additional source of blood for mosquitoes, are not stable and in sufficient number to sustain a large [mosquito] population and malaria transmission,” lead author Leonardo Suveges Moreira Chaves told Mongabay. Chaves works in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Sao Paulo.The authors also write that forest fragmentation may help malaria-carrying mosquitoes spread to other areas after they metamorphose into adults.“Furthermore, the new landscape delineated by the pattern of deforestation and soil occupation may favor dispersal of Ny. darlingi by creating forested areas interspaced by deforested areas, which are linked by forest corridors along [small streams] and shaded dirt roads,” the researchers write.Logged rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon. Deforestation creates more forest edges, which are favorite breeding grounds for the mosquitos that transmit malaria. Photo courtesy of Leonardo Suveges Moreira ChavesAnother pattern the study uncovered, which affirms findings from previous studies, is that the number of malaria cases in the Amazon tended to shoot up in the dry season. The dry season also is when most logging takes places because, according to the researchers, rain makes it more difficult to access and work in forested areas.“The driest months were associated with the largest deforested and impacted areas and the greatest numbers of malaria cases,” the researchers write.In addition to helping create optimal nurseries for mosquito larvae, the researchers write that the act of deforestation can also introduce malaria to new places as loggers travel from one forest to another.“It is not uncommon that the first forest invaders are carriers of [malaria] because of previous [exposure] in other areas where transmission is endemic,” Chaves said.As malaria rates continue to rise in the Brazilian Amazon, Chaves and his colleagues write that measures must be taken to combat the disease and keep it from reaching “unsustainable levels.” They recommend enhanced monitoring and controlling of mosquito populations, improvement of land use planning, and better income generation for forest-dwelling communities so they don’t need to rely on logging to survive.If this isn’t done, Chaves says there will continue to be a “vicious cycle of deforestation, degradation, vector proliferation, extreme poverty and malaria as well as other vector-borne infectious diseases.” Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Widespread tool-using chimp culture discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

first_imgResearchers spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern Democratic Republic of Congo.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick.These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees. And they’re not the only evidence of unique behaviors discovered among this chimp population. Scientists have discovered a new chimpanzee “behavioral realm” in the Bili-Uéré region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).A research team led by Thurston C. Hicks of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and the University of Warsaw in Poland spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern DRC.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick. These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees.“We found that the tool types each have different distinctive characteristics,” Hicks told Mongabay. “The tools used by some of our chimpanzee communities to harvest driver ants are the largest known for insect prey in Africa, on average 1.2 meters long, but some are 2.5 meters! Given the painful bites these ants inflict, adding some extra length makes sense, but we still don’t know why they make them so long compared to other populations.”Cleve Hicks with the different chimpanzee tool types described in the study. Photo Credit: Sonia Uribe, 2018.According to Hicks, just a few decades ago, chimpanzees’ various behavioral traditions appeared to be distributed in a fairly haphazard manner, with few discernible patterns. But now that scientists have collected data from many additional chimp study sites, patterns are emerging: chimps in Central Africa use clubs to pound open beehives, for instance, while the use of stone and wooden hammers to crack nuts is limited to chimps in a certain region of West Africa.“With this paper we add the Bili-Uéré,” Hicks said. In addition to their novel tool use, he added, the Bili-Uéré chimps are also distinguished by their construction of ground nests. “Up to 28 percent of nests in some areas are made on the ground, gorilla style,” he explained. “This is rather puzzling, because in most areas chimpanzees sleep in trees, presumably to avoid predators. In [the Bili-Uéré] region, predators like leopards and hyenas are abundant — and there are even lions!” (A student of Hicks’ is currently studying the Bili-Uéré chimps’ use of ground nests.)But Hicks says that he thinks the most interesting quirk of the Bili-Uéré chimps is what he calls their “expanded ‘pounding behavior.’” Many chimpanzee groups are known to pound fruits against branches or roots in order to open them up, but the Bili-Uéré population also pounds open two different kinds of termite mounds, Cubitermes and Thoracotermes, across the entire 50,000-square-kilometer region Hicks and team surveyed.Bili chimpanzee ground nests in the Gangu Forest, 2012. Researchers Cleve Hicks and Ephrem Mpaka (second from left and far right, respectively) with Zande field assistants Ligada Faustin (left) and Mbolibie Cyprien. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks.“What is intriguing is, this population seems to totally ignore the widespread and abundant Macrotermes termite mounds, which are preyed upon using stick tools in many other chimpanzee populations such as, famously, at Gombe,” Hicks said. “Instead, they are pounding open the mounds of two other widespread termite types which are ignored by most other chimpanzee populations (with one exception: Tai Forest). This to me is consistent with human-like quirky food preferences and supports the proposal of my colleague Thibaud Gruber that chimpanzees, like humans, have ‘cultural override.’”Potential ecological factors have to be ruled out before we can be sure that the Bili-Uéré chimps are just being choosy about their meals, Hicks is quick to add, but genetic explanations are unlikely, he said, “as all Eastern chimpanzees appear to have diversified very recently in prehistory, with little genetic differentiation.”Though the behavioral similarities demonstrated by the Bili-Uéré chimps across such a large region could have arisen through other means, Hicks believes that social learning is the most likely explanation for the development of this unique animal culture.Field assistant Kisangola Polycarpe next to a freshly-pounded termite mound. Leguga Forest 2008. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.“Although it is possible that these patterns could reflect ecological factors or genetic differences, I find them to be much more consistent with cultural diffusion,” he said. In other words: “A chimpanzee in a particular community invented a certain behavior, it became the community norm and then it spread through the surrounding forests via territorial expansions or immigrating females, until hitting some natural barrier.”The Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population’s range actually occupies two very different habitat types on the two sides of the Uele River: savanna woodland forest mosaic to the north and tropical moist forest to the south. Though the behaviors of the population overall are strikingly similar, it’s perhaps not surprising that Hicks and team did discover some geographic variation, such as a lack of honey-digging tools to the south of the river even though the same types of bees are common there. Meanwhile, long driver ant probes and fruit-pounding sites were found only to the north of the Uele River.“One would think, given the diversity of chimpanzee behaviors elsewhere, these chimpanzees would have reacted to the different habitat types and invented a different material culture,” Hicks said. It’s possible that the Bili-Uéré chimps have only recently colonized the area. “Perhaps chimpanzee traditions are rather conservative, and they have not had time to differentiate their behaviors to match the very different habitats they were colonizing,” Hicks speculates. He and his colleagues plan to visit the Ituri Forest, which lies about 400 kilometers southeast of the Bili-Uéré region, later this year to test the theory that the Bili-Uéré chimps are part of an even more widespread behavioral realm that occurs across northern DRC.Cleve Hicks holds the skull of a poached chimpanzee at a hunting camp south of Bili in 2016. Bushmeat is a major threat to free-living great apes. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, 2016.Whatever the reason for the distinct behavioral similarities shared amongst the Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population, Hicks says that this research can help us understand how culture spread through generations of our ancient hominin ancestors. “It could be that we are observing the first stages in behavioral differentiation between subpopulations,” he said. “Whatever the case, we are very lucky to have this ‘natural laboratory’ in Northern DRC to study the spread of chimpanzee traditions.”The team’s findings about the Bili-Uére chimp culture could also have important implications for the conservation of chimpanzee populations. “We have evidence from Bili-Uére, for instance, that chimpanzees living in areas hunted more heavily by humans no longer make ground nests and reduce their amount of vocalizing, probably to avoid detection by hunters. This must have an impact on their social lives,” Hicks said.“To the south of Uele River the apes are being slaughtered as gold and diamond mines spread across the region. This has not yet happened in the more remote Bili-Gangu Forests north of the Uele. If they disappear, the tragedy of their loss will be compounded by the accompanying loss of a priceless opportunity allowing us to understand how great ape traditions spread across time and space. Our activities are robbing these apes not only of their forests but their ‘wisdom of the elders,’ their ingenious cultural solutions to survival in the forests and savannas developed over hundreds or thousands of ape generations.”Young Bili chimpanzee in the Gangu Forest, 2006. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.CITATION• Hicks, T. C., Kühl, H. S., Boesch, C., Dieguez, P., Ayimisin, A. E., Fernandez, R. M., … & Hart, J. (2019). Bili-Uéré: A Chimpanzee Behavioural Realm in Northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Folia Primatologica, 90(1), 3-64. doi:10.1159/000492998Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animal Intelligence, Animals, Apes, Charismatic Animals, Environment, Great Apes, Mammals, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Bridging the gap: The chasm that’s killing Guyana

first_imgEveryone agrees that strategic execution is important, but the disconnect between strategy-making and strategy-execution continues to plague this People’s National Congress (PNC)-dominated Government across all sectors.Irrespective that this 2018 Budget is the biggest ever, what is sorely missing from this document are the ideas that can competently secure optimal value for money. Thus, billions are wasted every year on expenses that have negligible impact on the people: such an overseas travel and accommodation by Ministers to useless trips, like a mercury conference, which the President attended in Switzerland. On many occasions, it appears that the intended beneficiary of the 2017 spending programme in the Public Sector was not the ordinary people, but a PNC/Alliance For Change (AFC) elite political cabal, their friends, and their families, as this small group of under-100 PNC/AFC folks enjoy a good life.In the real world, a nation’s leadership typically drives strategy-making; but from his performance over the last 30 months, we must not expect much from President Granger. Like his predecessor, former President Ramotar, they unfortunately are both unfit and under-skilled for the job at hand.There is now enough evidence to prove that he is incapable of setting the required strategic direction for the nation, and that is why we are seeing so many pageants in the presidential function today; it is all a diversionary tactics to hide Granger’s incompetence.If one were to ask Granger the hard question on the goals and developmental metrics of his Government, it is clear as day he would float. If one were to ask him to define his strategy as a President, he may say, “Taking the Guyanese to the good life”. But what is the good life? And how does he plan to take the people there?You see, unless you can define the mission and lay out the “HOW”, you are nothing but a loser as a CEO; and clearly, this is the role Granger seems to have acquired a “legal transport” over – a political loser. An economy must be project managed; and like him or hate him, this is where Bharrat Jagdeo shone.It is clear as day that President Granger is unaware of the details of the workings of the Public Sector Implementation Programme (PSIP), and this is his fundamental failing. Rather, he has outsourced it to two other gentlemen; Harmon (a lawyer) and Jordan (who calls himself an economist). But clearly, in their competition for power, they have collectively bungled the entire project management process. So, in the final analysis, there is little alignment between the strategy and the required project-based work; and thus the strategy is difficult for the ordinary public servant to understand.If the public servants who have to do the day-to-day detailed implementation are struggling to understand the strategy of the Government, then they are not adequately enabled to proceed appropriately at delivering value and results.The bottom line remains that Granger does not offer adequate clarity to connect the dots between the works the implementers are responsible for executing, and how those relate to the desired strategic outcome. Thus, unless Granger learns his job quickly, this economy is doomed.Today, all we are observing is the prioritisation of the pageantry projects, like repainting State House rather than fixing the productive sectors, like the sugar industry. The praxis for the entire decision-making process under Granger is extremely flawed, because he is spending billions of dollars on projects that will not be generating money, but would be sucking even more money from the economy.My grandmother left me with an elementary skill many moons ago – you must always invest in real estate, and never in fancy, expensive cars. At the London Business School, this principle was confirmed by real evidence, with the professor clarifying why this strategy is important to expand wealth.If one observes this 2018 Budget, it has just under a billion dollars in travel, hotels, and food for the big boys. But what is startling is if one observes the Ramotar years vs the Granger years, one would see exposed the backward mentality of Granger (shine clothes and nice dresses while the ordinary people are put on the breadline on the sugar estate). There is no better explanation of this backward pageantry mentality of Granger than by exposing that he would have spent three and a half times as much as Ramotar on State House over a three-year period, as the table below extracted from the 2018 Budget exposes.It is clear that Granger does not get the fact that “pageantries” do not feed and house the nation. Even Burnham knew better on how to serve the people. Wither Guyana under Granger?last_img read more

‘Right Policies, Political Will Can Transform Liberia’

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has declared that the path to Liberia’s economic transformation will depend on the right policies and the political will to act by the government.Speaking at the second anniversary of the National Toiletries Incorporated in Bernard Farm, outside Monrovia on Friday, he said destiny did not bring Liberians “together as a nation simply to be hewers of wood and to keep our necks to the grinding stone.”He reechoed a statement he made during the dedication of the new Central Bank of Liberia building, saying that out of the ashes of despair, “we can build a new nation, using that edifice as a symbol of what is possible.”“Today I say again, come and see.” He was referring in part to Mr. Fomba Trawally, whose inspirational story of himself from a wheel barrow pusher to owner of the Liberian National Toiletries Incorporated as a chapter in the emergence of the new Liberian economy.“I have always said that poverty is not our destiny. To those who have any doubt about this, I say see what this poor young man from Lofa, Fomba Trawally, has done,” Dr. Jones said.As a nation, Liberia can do the same, he repeated. “Trawally’s story is a story of hope and my message to Liberia is to be hopeful. Out of the valley of poverty, we can lift ourselves to the mountain of prosperity,” Dr. Jones declared.“Indeed, something good can come out of Liberia and therefore we must create the environment that will bring forth more Fomba Trawallys,” Dr. Jones urged.Not only can it be done, it must be done and with faith in the Liberian people, it will be done, Dr. Jones said. “It will make Liberia a better place. This is about laying the cornerstone for the new Liberia that we must build; it is about unleashing the potential of our country,” he stated.An empowered and vigorous Liberian private sector will be Liberians’ declaration of independence, “and in addition to the flag and the national anthem we will then be on the road to freedom from the claws of poverty,” Dr. Jones stated.He made it clear that economic empowerment of Liberians will not just happen and argued that change at the margins, while certainly can be called progress, “will not be the impetus for transformative change.”Dr. Jones emphasized that showcase meetings and talking about the private sector do not amount to a plan and making things up as the nation goes along is not a strategy.“Simply calling the private sector the engine of growth will not make it so and a culture of national dependency can hardly be a rallying call for transformative economic empowerment,” he said.Liberians, he said must come to a national consensus that building a Liberian middle class, based on a vibrant private sector, with Liberians playing a meaningful role, is a national priority.“Then we need a holistic plan of action to be implemented by people who believe that the economic empowerment of Liberians is an idea whose time is long overdue; people who will not speak out of both sides of their mouths, pretending to be for change while using subterfuge to fight the agents of change,” Dr. Jones stated.Liberia, he said, has lost the 20th century, and well meaning Liberians cannot sit back for “us to lose this century. So it is time to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.”Turning to the country’s microeconomic stability, Dr. Jones said good policies don’t come from the sky, “they come from people—their thinking, their competence, their commitment, and how they relate with their fellow citizens. Leadership must believe in something good; must believe in the people; must have a caring heart; must have the courage to act on the basis of conviction for the greater good.”Dr. Jones argued that economic empowerment of Liberian entrepreneurs is key to macroeconomic stability and therefore policy makers must believe this to be the case.He explained that access to finance at affordable rates coupled with other supportive measures for Liberian entrepreneurs, including nurturing a more friendly business environment, will be an important aspect for planning a more balanced approach for macroeconomic stability.Dr. Jones explained that there are times when proactive economic policies are needed. “In some places they call it ‘affirmative action.’ The Liberian economy, to get on a path of greater relevance for the Liberian people, needs carefully crafted affirmative action, meaning we need more economic policies that reflect the context of the Liberian experience.”Dr. Jones said the Central Bank of Liberia has demonstrated visionary thinking with encouraging results. “As of end of July 2015, 198 borrowers had benefitted, including 26 loans to gain home ownership from the National Housing Authority.“Deposit with Afriland Bank has facilitated lending to 47 farmers in 10 counties, some being prominent personalities.”On the Liberia Business Association initiative, Dr. Jones said banks involved have made 152 loans to businesses in 14 counties. “One of the Liberian entrepreneurs benefitting from the initiative is the owner of the National Toiletries Incorporated, providing jobs to 62 Liberians.“Compare the impact of the U$5m deposit with the billion-dollar investments in the extractive industry. As in other countries, even highly developed economies, the major source of employment is small and medium-scale businesses.”He concluded that with vision and commitment, “we can use the resources that we have, even if not much, to transform lives; that we do not have to wait for others to do what we can do for ourselves.Mr. Trawally, president of the National Toiletries Incorporated recounted his journey where he was once pushing wheelbarrow and has now transformed into the owner of a company that manufactures an assortment of toilet tissues and paper towels that are presently being sold throughout the country.He appealed to the Ministry of Commerce for another five years tax credit to enable the company stand on its feet and commended the ministry for its assistance since the company was established in 2011.Present at the occasion were several officials, including Mr. Richard Tolbert, former chairman of the National Investment Commission, Rep. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Paynesville Mayor Cyvette Gibson, a representative from the US Embassy, Mr. John Davis, president of LBDI, representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and LIBA, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Laila Ali on gender-breaking ballot for Boxing Hall of Fame

first_imgHiguain, Ronaldo help Juventus beat Leverkusen 3-0 LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown FILE – Laila Ali speaks onstage at Sports Illustrated 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Rich Polk/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated/AFPCANASTOTA, N.Y. — Laila Ali is among the first female fighters to appear on the ballot for the 2020 class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.The daughter of Muhammad Ali was joined by 11 others Tuesday for an international panel of voters: Sumya Anani, Regina Halmich, Holly Holm, Susi Kentikian, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Jisselle Salandy, Mary Jo Sanders, Laura Serrano, Ana Maria Torres and Ann Wolfe.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley and Timothy Bradley are among the dozen boxers added to the men’s modern ballot for 2020. The others are Jorge Arce, Vuyani Bungu, Joel Casamayor, Diego Corrales, Carl Froch, Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio Tarver and Israel Vazquez.Balloting results will be announced in December. Induction is June 14 in Canastota, New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Upscale eateries eyed for Valencia mall addition

first_imgThe main objection to the plan approved Tuesday night came from attorney Hunt Braly, representing Town Center Drive restaurants in a dispute with the owners and operators of parking structures over how parking is reserved and otherwise allocated. Braly did not return a call seeking comment. A city study ordered after an earlier commission meeting on the expansion found ample parking at the mall and noted the dispute didn’t weigh in on the city’s review the current project, Hardy said. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Westfield is in talks with the restaurant chains, including Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Kitchen, which earlier announced plans to open at a new regional center under construction at Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway, Hardy said. “There’s a lot of interest from some fabulous restaurants and retailers who are excited to be there,” Dickey said. Westfield hopes to break ground in the fall and open the expanded and remodeled mall in spring 2009, Dickey said. Among the retail potentials are Williams-Sonoma; Coach, a high-end handbag and accessory store; Sephora beauty products; Bebe, a men’s and women’s clothing chain; Baby Style; and Apple Computer Inc., Hardy said. A parking structure also is planned, near Valencia Boulevard and Citrus Drive, and likely will include some first-floor business that would be “wrapped” by the structure. The expansion is one of two or three new phases planned, company officials have said. The next phase likely would include another anchor department store to join an enlarged Macy’s as well as J.C. Penney and Sears. SANTA CLARITA – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory and Ruth’s Chris Steak House are among the 10 or so restaurants eyed to help anchor a Valencia mall expansion. The eateries would help anchor what planners are calling a “lifestyle center,” pleasant for pedestrians. Approved 4-0 Tuesday night by the city Planning Commission, the center also would include higher-end fashion and accessory shops. “The idea (is) these retail opportunities and dining opportunities will be designed in a way to create an outdoor living-room environment, family-oriented – with public art, an area for children’s play, a more adult area (and) water amenities,” Lisa Hardy, Santa Clarita’s planning manager, said Wednesday. The Westfield Corp., which owns the Westfield Valencia Town Center, is seeking to add 260,500 square feet to the mall on the east side, spokeswoman Katy Dickey said. last_img read more

Beverly Hospital earns five stars

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital ranks among the top 5 percent in the nation for making its patients less likely to experience life-threatening complications or even death. HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company in Golden, Colo., based its results on three years of data collected and evaluated from 2003 through 2005 covering 28 different procedures. Beverly Hospital was one of only 266 facilities of the nation’s 4,791 non-federal hospitals to receive this distinction. The report, according to HealthGrades officials, is to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information to people seeking medical treatment.last_img read more

Southern Baptists go to ‘war’ internally

first_imgAfter purging liberals from their ranks, Southern Baptist conservatives who won control of their denomination are now taking aim at each other. The Rev. Wade Burleson, a Baptist leader from Oklahoma, says fellow conservatives who crusaded to only elect leaders who believe the Bible is literally true are carrying their campaign too far, targeting Southern Baptists who disagree with them on other issues. These leaders, he wrote on his blog, are “following the same battle plan conservatives used to defeat liberalism,” and have started a “war” for the future of the SBC. Burleson’s postings may have already cost him a leadership role in the denomination. Trustees of the Southern Baptist international missionary agency took the first step this month toward ousting him from their board, accusing him of “broken trust” for writing about a meeting on his Web site. Still, Burleson opposed the ban on speaking in tongues privately. He viewed the move as a dangerous effort to vet conservatives for purity, and said so on his blog. “Sadly, the Southern Baptist Convention is now moving toward a time when everyone must look the same, talk the same, act the same, believe the same on the nonessentials of the faith, or else you will be removed as ‘not one of us,”‘ he wrote in a Dec. 10 entry. About a month later, trustees voted him out. Delegates to the annual Southern Baptist gathering in June will decide whether to approve his removal from the board, which guides the work of more than 5,000 missionaries worldwide. Just two years earlier, a leading Baptist conservative had warned about the very infighting that Burleson is describing. The Rev. Morris Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, said conservatives must realize they have won the battle with liberals over biblical inerrancy and should now stop fighting. “I am concerned now that we have affirmed by vigorous endeavor that Southern Baptists are people of the Book, that we will develop a censorious, exclusivistic, intolerant spirit,” he said, in a speech to the denomination’s annual meeting. “If this occurs, we will be the poorer for it.” Asked recently to comment on Burleson’s allegations, Chapman said in a phone interview that the convention was in transition. “It is not uncommon for some who are accustomed to being in a crusade to have difficulty deciding when that period of time has concluded,” he said. The Rev. Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest Divinity School in North Carolina and a critic of the conservative takeover, said the Southern Baptists are burdened by competing goals: attracting new members, while creating strict boundaries between the convention and other Christians that end up making them appear “mean.” “The Southern Baptist leadership is so ideologically driven that it’s almost impossible for them not to continually draw lines and narrow the boundaries,” he said. “In the early stages, this was publicly evident with the moderates and liberals. Now, when the convention meets annually in June, you wonder who they’re going to throw out this year. There’s always somebody.” Burleson said he has received hundreds of e-mails and letters from around the world in response to his blog postings and that “99 percent of them are very positive.” He said he was “deeply hurt” by the trustees’ actions, but, as a matter of conscience, will continue to warn about what he sees as a dangerous trend throughout the 16.4-million-member denomination. “If the crusaders sheath their sword, I promise, I will sheath mine. I do not want to fight my fellow conservatives,” Burleson wrote on his blog. “However, the stakes of this war are too great to roll over without a fight. This war is about the future of our convention.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The seemingly minor conflict has broader significance. Southern Baptists are trying to reverse several years of stagnation in membership growth, partly through an ad campaign called “Caring People” that is meant to soften their image. Complaints of hardball church politics would undermine that effort. “Conservatives who loved the battles of decades past have fallen victim to a crusading mentality of bloodthirst,” Burleson wrote. “Since all the liberals are gone, conservative crusaders are now killing fellow conservatives.” Burleson first rankled the board over an obscure policy change: Trustees of the International Mission Board voted in November to bar future missionaries from using a “private prayer language,” or speaking in tongues in private. Previously, missionaries were discouraged from speaking in tongues publicly, but their private prayer was not monitored. The practice is common among Pentecostals, whose spirited brand of Christianity is spreading rapidly throughout countries where Southern Baptist missionaries work, and in the United States. Many conservative Protestants, however, reject the practice. last_img read more

Current Premier League players ranked by career goals so far

first_img 12 6. Romelu Lukaku has scored 67 Premier League goals 13. Eden Hazard has scored 48 Premier League goals – scroll through the gallery to see the other current top scoring players in the league 2. Jermain Defoe has scored 150 Premier League goals 12 12 12 12 12 12 9. Yaya Toure has scored 59 Premier League goals 11. Harry Kane has scored 54 Premier League goals Jermain Defoe joined Michael Owen on 150 Premier League goals following his strike in Sunderland’s 3-0 win against Hull.Now he’s only got to score 110 more to catch top scoring Alan Shearer who is out on his own with 260.Here, talkSPORT looks at the current goal-getters.All-time top 10:Alan Shearer: 260 Premier League goalsWayne Rooney: 194 goalsAndrew Cole: 187 goalsFrank Lampard: 177 goalsThierry Henry: 175 goalsRobbie Fowler: 163 goalsJermain Defoe and Michael Owen: 150 goalsLes Ferdinand: 149 goalsTeddy Sheringham: 146 goalsScroll through the gallery to see the current top scoring Premier League players. 4. Peter Crouch has scored 96 Premier League goals 12. Gareth Barry has scored 52 Premier League goals 3. Sergio Aguero has scored 110 Premier League goals 5. Daniel Sturridge has scored 69 Premier League goals 10. Christian Benteke has scored 55 Premier League goals 12 12 12 12 7. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have both scored 60 Premier League goals 12 1. Wayne Rooney has scored 194 Premier League goalslast_img read more