LONDON, England: ‘BoltFest’ continues today, while throwers Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle created Jamaican history at the World Championships on yesterday’s first day of competition inside a rocking London Stadium. Damar Forbes qualified for his second-straight long jump final at a major championships after last year’s Olympic effort, while a couple of other big-name Jamaicans are in line to make their first appearances today, with Elaine Thompson and O’Dayne Richards, who won shot put bronze at the Beijing 2015 instalment, highlighting a day where 16 Jamaicans are expected to go into action. Bolt recovered from a so-so start to clock 10.05 seconds in winning his 100m heat, with Yohan Blake (10.13) and Julian Forte, who led all qualifiers with a personal best-matching 9.99 clocking, also securing safe passage to today’s 7:05 p.m (1:05 p.m. Jamaica time) semi-final. The final is set for 9:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m). Dacres became Jamaica’s first discus finalist at the World Championships, when he defied the odds in 2015 to book a spot in the medal round. No one was surprised this time around, as the impressive Jamaican overcame a poor series, to log a best effort of 64.82m. Smikle had two foul throws but secured the last qualifying spot with a 63.23m throw ensuring that for the first time in history, two Jamaicans will be throwing for discus medals at the World Championships with the final set for 7:20 p.m. (1:20 p.m). LOOKING TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE Thompson will look to continue her dominance in the women’s 100m when she faces the starter at 11:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m Jamaica time) in the first round, where she will be joined by Jura Levy, Simone Facey and Natasha Morrison. Jamaica has the luxury of fielding four women in the field, as opposed to the usual three, due to Thompson’s Diamond Race triumph in the event. The double Olympic champion leads the world with a 10.71-second clocking and should comfortably book her spot here. Nathon Allen, Demish Gaye and Steven Gayle are in line for the men’s 400m heats at 10:45 a.m. (4:45 a.m.) with Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Ricketts competing in women’s triple jump qualifying at 11 a.m. (5 a.m.) Ramone Bailey failed to advance in yesterday’s long jump action, with a 7.76m effort in qualifying, while Senoj-Jay Givans, 10.30 ran seventh in his 100m heat. firstname.lastname@example.org
A decade after the last financial crisis which roiled the world, it has become obvious to most observers that more than facile cosmetic “tweakings” are needed for us to return on the path of sustainable development. This conclusion has forced many leaders of countries in crisis to re-examine the structural bases of their economies in an attempt to craft comprehensive and coherent responses that go beyond merely ameliorating symptoms. Such fundamental reappraisals have raised the demand for us to go beyond merely aspiring for “democracy”. Our expected oil revenues from 2020 demand that we discuss this issue.The triumph of the neo-capitalist model over the socialist alternative at the end of the 1980s was supposed to have delivered us to the “end of history” and beyond ideology. The victorious neo-liberals never felt it necessary to really articulate an “ideology”, they merely elaborated its tenets as “common sense”. Its most popular exposition, dubbed the “Washington Consensus”, was merely the title an economist tagged on to his compilation of demands made by the IMF/World Bank on faltering Latin American economies.However, after the collapse of the neo-liberal project in 2008, it is clear that the extreme ideologies – pure socialism and unfettered capitalism – have both failed: the former because of insufficient incentives, and the latter because of booms and busts, unproductive speculations, uncontrolled negative externalities, and unfettered greed. As most of the countries attempt to pick up the pieces from the neo-liberal tsunami, they are all – to a lesser or greater extent – adopting policies from the “middle-way” social democratic (S.D.) tradition pioneered in Europe over a century ago.These include a “mixed economy” of both privately and publicly owned enterprises; a wide range of subsidised or publicly provided social services, especially health and education; rigorous regulation of enterprises for the benefit of wider societal interests; progressive taxation; rule of law; and social justice and entrenched human rights, etc. Those counties that held on to their S.D. policies to a greater degree, such as Germany and India, have fared better than those that plunged deepest into the neo-liberal vertigo of market fundamentalism – such as Britain and the US. The latter duo’s praxis, dubbed “Anglo-American” capitalism by the Germans, have however still denied the assumption of any ideology.At onset of the crisis, the greatest focus was placed on rescuing the financial system, which had crumbled because of the false assumption (market fundamentalism) that the self-regulated market could best spread the risks it was supposed to intermediate. In S.D. fashion, governments have had to move in massively at both the national and international (IMF) levels to stop the haemorrhaging, which is still ongoing. As the crisis inevitably spilled over into the real economy, the major S.D. tools of governmental fiscal and monetary policies were ratcheted up; they had become standard after WWII. This is also ongoing.There is now an acceptance of the fundamental S.D. position that Government must play a greater role in ensuring the goals of society are fulfilled, and the primary goal is that programmes must deliver the greatest good to the greatest number (in all social groups), and not just to the top one per cent. With this in mind, it is quite appropriate that other S.D. programmes for social justice are being proposed at this juncture.The collapse of the neo-liberal paradigm does not mean an atavistic return to the ideas, policies and practices of the postwar social democratic era. Social democrats must also learn from the mistakes of that era, and retain what was valuable in the failed experiment, including a commitment to sound fiscal policy and a rejection of protectionist restrictions on trade in goods and services. This constant adjustment to the test of experience rather than arguing only from first principles is the distinguishing feature of the ideology of social democracy.It is hoped that as Guyana gears up for the next General Elections, the political parties entering the fray would situate their programmes within a coherent paradigm of development.
Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC regime has of late taken several actions that are obviously ill-advised and have severely impacted the poor class of people in our country. According to several media reports, the Georgetown M&CC have removed vendors from Robb Street, between Alexander and Bourda Streets.These vendors have plied their trade in this area for many years and this is their sole source of income for themselves and their families. Many of these vendors are single mothers, hustling hard to put food on the table for their children. Now, without warning and/or consultation they are being removed by the bullish actions of the Town Clerk, Royston King.Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, who was at the time acting as Mayor in the absence of Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, has issued a public statement saying he is unaware of the directive to remove the vendors.President David Granger and several ministers are on record as stating that the regime is not responsible for finding jobs for the people. The President urged them to become entrepreneurs and create their own jobs.The Bourda Market vendors did not have to be so advised. Most of them have been vending their goods for years. They are self-employed and some even create employment for others.At a time when the economy is grinding to a halt and unemployment is on the rise, the City Council has taken the malicious initiative to take away the livelihood of these hardworking people.No employment is being created by the regime. Indeed, all their measures being implemented thus far target small producers and micro-businesses.This is the same group the regime talks about promoting. But their actions speak the opposite, discouraging development of this sector.At the time of going to press, it was reported that the City Council backed down due to the militant protests of the vendors.The small entrepreneurs are feeling the brunt of the regime’s heavy-handed policies. A case in point is the dilemma a young farmer at Strathhavon, East Coast Demerara experienced at the heavy hands of the regime.Hamekarran Narine, like other cash-crop farmers, planted his crops on an unused plot of the government reserve. (Cash crop farming is done with the imperative that if the government wants the land, they can have it after the harvest). For some reason, Narine was singled out and his garden was weeded down.Some two thousand bearing bora plants were destroyed by a stone hearted administration. The poor man was not even allowed to reap his crop. When he protested this dastardly action, he was allegedly told to ‘go and thief.’ This gentleman has a wife and three children to provide for.These are not stories in isolation. These actions are a continuation of a regime fixated with order. It is a reflection of the militarisation of the state. Order at all cost! It does not matter if employment is not available. It does not matter that the government is doing nothing to encourage employment. Those self-employed persons are being destroyed.The President and his ministers’ words are sounding very hollow when they speak of people creating their own jobs. When this is done, these ‘jobs’ are being taken away in the most vicious manner. These vindictive actions will also exacerbate the serious social problems we are facing.Every day we read in the press of multiple robberies taking place throughout Guyana. These actions will further fuel the criminal spiral in our country. Guyana is sinking in a sea of incompetence and corruption. The working class is being stifled and entrepreneurship is being destroyed.The regime is leading us back to a time of grave economic crises and a collapsing social sector.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
A boy smiles for the camera at EvaOrango school in Orango Island of BijagoArchipelago in Guinea-Bissau.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ousmane BadianeAfrica director for the International FoodPolicy Research Institute+1 202 862 email@example.com• Dr Andrew KanyegirireCAADP Communications Manager+27 11 256 3615AndrewK@nepad.org The record prices of staple grains in 2008 made investment in agriculture an attractive proposition for countries exporting as well as importing food. The African Union (AU), with its mix of producers and buyers, has been steadily gearing up for self-sufficiency.Shortly after Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika became AU chair in 2010, he announced a plan to make Africa food secure in the next five years.Martin Bwalya, head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) said the AU’s seven-year roadmap to put the spotlight on farming so as to promote food security and economic growth, and reduce poverty, was set in motion five years ago.By the end of 2010, the agriculture development plans of 18 African countries had undergone a rigorous independent technical review and were being rolled out.Over 60% of Africa’s people live in rural areas and most depend on farming for food and income. Agriculture contributes between 20% and 60% to nations’ gross domestic product.In a document called The African Food Basket, Mutharika spelt out the details of his plan, which requires countries to allocate a substantial portion of their budget to agriculture, provide farming input subsidies, and make available affordable information and communications technology.This would be possible with the help of a new strategic partnership between countries, donors, aid agencies and the private sector.CAADP, initiated in 2003, covers all the main aspects of Mutharika’s plan, including African governments’ commitment to devote at least 10% of their budgets to agriculture.Under the programme, countries draw up comprehensive investment plans that include the four CAADP pillars: sustainable land and water management, improved market access and integration, increased food supplies and reduced hunger, and research, technology generation and dissemination.“We expect the countries to contribute at least 10% of the annual expenditure budget demonstrating local ownership and responsibility,” said Bwalya.He added while development aid financing remained important, it was also crucial that countries consider measures to attract direct private sector financing to agriculture.Uganda, one of the 18 states to undergo the review process, has met about 65% of its funding requirements from its own budget.The AU’s development agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which runs CAADP, helps countries to mobilise funds.Is achieving food self-sufficiency in five years a realistic goal? It would be a tough call, said Ousmane Badiane, director for Africa at the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute.He noted that the AU had 53 members with varying degrees of agriculture investment, development and needs, and some countries did not have the structural capacity to reach the target of food self-sufficiency for many reasons including civil conflicts.Going regionalA more realistic option, Badiane said, would be for countries with the potential to improve food production to produce enough to feed their less productive neighbours. This called for expanding regional trade and investment in transportation, including ports, railways and highways linking countries.AU members have begun to take regional economic integration “seriously”, noted Calestous Juma, professor of international development at Harvard University in his recently released book, The New Harvest.He lists regional markets as one of the three opportunities that could fortify Africa’s food security against the rising threat of climate change.There are at least eight regional economic communities, “that are recognised by the AU as building blocks for pan-African economic integration”; these include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, or Comesa, and the East African Community. However, “Regional cooperation in agriculture is in its infancy and major challenges lie ahead.”Regions could become food secure “by capitalising on the different growing seasons in different countries and making products available in all areas for longer periods of time”, he wrote.Both Mutharika and CAADP emphasise the development of regional markets. Mutharika listed 12 regional trade corridors identified by the various regional economic communities and suggested the AU draw up an institutional framework for each corridor.Science and technologyIn his book Juma lists advances in science and technology as another factor that could propel Africa towards food self-sufficiency, and called for more investment in the creation of regional hubs of research and innovation.Research is being carried out by groups created under Nepad, such as the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Network, which has been leading research on food crops, including banana, teff, cassava, sorghum and sweet potatoes. More investment in networks, especially agriculture-related ones, could produce far-reaching results.Fertiliser and subsidiesUnderuse of fertilisers has often been cited as a major cause of low production in Africa. Only four countries – Egypt, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa – have exceeded the 50 kilograms per hectare target set by the AU, Mutharika noted in his plan.Fertiliser use in Africa accounts for less than 10% of the world average of 100 kilograms per hectare. “Just five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria) account for about two-thirds of the fertiliser applied in Africa,” Juma said.Mutharika, who promoted the provision of subsidised fertiliser in Malawi, makes a strong case for this approach. At present 19 African countries are implementing various programmes providing fertiliser.Juma sees leaders like Mutharika, who has prioritised food security as the third factor that could set Africa on the path to food security. The Malawian government devotes 16% of its national budget to agriculture.Yet Badiane of the International Food Policy Research Institute sounded a note of caution on subsidies and cited the case of Senegal. After independence the West African country put in place an agriculture subsidy programme in the 1960s that was even more comprehensive than Malawi’s. “It had a dramatic effect on agriculture in Senegal, but by 1979 one of its [agriculture] agencies had worked up a deficit amounting to 98% of the national budget.”Carefully managed subsidies, run for a short term, and aimed at strengthening existing markets and agricultural infrastructure, were a lot more effective, he said.The Rwandan government provided free fertiliser to farmers for four years after 1994. In 1998 it wanted to hand over importing and distribution to the private sector, which unfortunately lacked capacity, so the government continued to procure and import fertiliser but left distribution and selling to the private sector.Since then, aid from financial institutions has helped the private sector build capacity to import, and at least 20 bodies now import several hundred metric tons of fertiliser, Badiane said.Way forwardThe AU’s plans for agriculture also tackle other major issues affecting food security, such as irrigation (only 4% of Africa’s crop area is irrigated, compared to 39% in South Asia); improving soil fertility (more than 3% of agricultural gross domestic product in Africa is lost annually as a direct result of soil and nutrient loss); post-harvest storage loss (sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40% of its harvest per year, against 1% in Europe); setting up databanks to share early warning information and energy.There is a high level of engagement between countries on agriculture. “They meet regularly and we support them in building evidence-based information,” CAADP’s Bwalya noted.If they stayed the course in implementing CAADP, Badiane said in five years a large number of African countries, if not food secure, would be in a much better position to feed themselves.Source: Irin News
Spanish international Pedro’s desire to leave one of the biggest clubs in the world in order to further his career was a key factor in persuading Chelsea to sign him from Barcelona, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.But Mourinho refused to gloat at having apparently put one over rivals Manchester United, who had been regarded as favourites to secure his signature.”I only want to beat Manchester United on the pitch,” the Portuguese told a news conference. “I don’t want to say we won, that’s not the point.”Also read: Spain forward Pedro joins Chelsea from Barcelona He is nevertheless delighted to have given Chelsea an extra attacking option and has already been impressed with Pedro’s attitude.”He wants something more for his career, that’s an evident sign of ambition.”He won everything playing with all these stars but he wants more and I’m really happy with that.”When I’m told a player wants to leave Barcelona or Real Madrid, these giant clubs, I always ask ‘why?’Also read: Chelsea captain buys himself a Ferrari 275 GTB “He loves Iniesta, Messi, Neymar and those guys but will leave the comfort zone and come here to a new club, new country, new culture.”Signing Pedro and the Ghana international Baba Rahman, a left-back, from Bundesliga club Augsburg has given Chelsea a boost after a sluggish start in defence of their Premier League title.They drew 2-2 at home to Swansea after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off, and then lost 3-0 to Manchester City.advertisement”We are not happy (with results) but we are calm,” Mourinho said. “This week we got a very good young left-back and we got one of the best attacking players in the world.”
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No, no, no — yes! You’ve scanned through what feels like millions of job posts and have finally found one that’s worthy of further investigation. But the frustration ensues as you begin reading. From qualifications to company descriptions, it becomes overwhelming. So, you exit the window and miss out on what could’ve been the perfect opportunity. While job descriptions can be tough to decipher, there are ways to answer your own questions and ease the decision on whether or not to apply. Here’s how to get the answers you need: 1. Can I grow at this company? Looking closely at the job you’re applying to is obviously important, but so is knowing where you can go from there. In fact, 82 percent of candidates feel seeing the team structure and where the job fits into the organization is important, according to a recent report of 4,505 job seekers.[Related: How to Nail an Interview With a Values-Driven Company]Knowing where the positions fits within the organization will help you decide if there’s room to grow. If room for growth isn’t explained in the job description, using the job title is the best place to start. Go to the company website and look for the “About Us” page to see where your job title fits into the hierarchy. Sometimes the best place to find information about a company’s opportunities is from current and former employees. Glassdoor has options for job seekers to not only find jobs, but see comments, reviews, and salaries. 2. Does this fulfill my passions?Finding a job you’re passionate about is an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. While half of the previously mentioned CareerBuilder survey respondents are wondering, “Are they looking for someone like me?” you should be asking, “Am I looking for someone like them?”[Related: 4 Steps to Land Your Dream Job]Go directly to the position’s main duties and line them up with the company’s mission statement. Are you able to see how the everyday tasks lineup with the overall progress of the company and customers? It isn’t just your position that affects your passion for a career—it’s the company as a whole. Look to the website for the organization’s values and compare them to the impact you hope to have on customers—or even the world. 3. Is the salary worth my career move?Asking yourself this question can be tricky because sometimes a career move is worth a drop in pay. Before applying, decide what amount you’re willing to sacrifice for a career you’re happier with—or what amount will encourage you to leave your current position. When a listed salary doesn’t quite fit your needs or career goals, don’t rule the position out just yet. Many companies are willing to negotiate on salary if they feel you’re the perfect candidate for the job. However, if a salary isn’t listed, Glassdoor offers ways to see what others in similar positions are making.4. Do my skills fulfill the requirements?Understanding what skills a company is willing, or not willing, to negotiate on is difficult. It’s important to never look at a job description in basic black and white—be creative. Listing the number of years of experience a qualified candidate needs is a great example of where companies might have wiggle room. Think beyond typical work experience and consider volunteer opportunities, education, or even skills you acquired from previous positions.[Related: 6 Skills That Will Get You the Job]Certain areas of knowledge are set in stone, but there are some skills you may be able to work around. For example, if you’re applying to a sales position, but have no sales experience—it’s time to move on. However, lacking certain software or computer skills could be overlooked if you’re a quick learner. When considering skills and requirements, it’s important to be honest with yourself and the company. Overselling your skills or ability to learn new things quickly could set you up for a stressful start — or worse, failure. 5. Will I fit into the company culture?Companies are putting more focus on employer branding, so many are openly sharing values, beliefs, and benefits within job descriptions. A job post that explains what a potential candidate might love about the company points to an employee-centric environment and deserves a closer look. [Related: How I Got My Job: Finding a Company Culture You Love]Make a list of what you’re looking for in an employer. For example, flexibility options, location, company size, a fun office culture, or even a transparent leadership system. Once you have your list, compare it to the job description. Checking off most of your needs might mean you’ll fit right in with this company and its employees.[Related: Seven Company Culture Questions You Must Ask Before Accepting A Job Offer]Networking is a great way to get into the heart of a company. Connect with current employees through social media to get a feel for a company’s passions and perks. You’ll find some employees are posting fun co-worker activities, while others have pictures of their favorite pet sitting next to them in their home office. TELL US! What tricks do you have for deciphering a job description? Let us know on Facebook @Glassdoor
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I’m also a single mother raising six-year-old twins, one with special needs. So trust me when I say that I get the feeling of having too much to do with too little time.In considering what I can, in fact, control, I’ve begun to embrace how I work instead of how much. My inspiration for this goes as far back as the Industrial Revolution, when factories pushed their workers to produce more by logging additional hours, only to find that, once workers began to exceed about 48 hours per week, productivity leveled out. If you’re a knowledge worker — someone who needs an active and creative brain to excel — it may actually pay to work fewer than 40 hours per week. Just six hours of work per day on mentally challenging activities may be your ideal maximum.So, how can you get more done while working less? Here are my top three road-tested recommendations.1. Set Your LimitsI tracked my time for a week to see how much I work. The tracker revealed that I work roughly 42 hours a week, and that works for me. Sure, I don’t always complete everything on my to-do list during the workday, but I’ve learned to be okay with that. After all, things are never really “done” — new tasks pop up all of the time, and, if I don’t guard against it, I could have an endless supply of draining duties that split my focus and actually hinder my productivity in the long run.Take an audit of your time and figure out where your tipping point is. Ask yourself: How much time do I need to put in to tackle the necessary tasks? At what point am I losing focus and hindering my productivity? When am I doing my best work? Where does my output lag? What is my most sustainable schedule? Then, once you’ve identified your limit, honor it.For those who have to work more than a typical work week, try to arrange your time for mentally challenging activities when you are most able to tackle them. For most people, that is often early in the workday. Know what makes you the best version of yourself and protect your time as best you can. This will enable you to optimize your time at work and place your full attention on what you aim to accomplish. At the same time, it will allow you to honor your life outside of the office by turning off your work-brain and focusing on your friends, family and passions.How to Spot Burnout Before It’s Overtaken Your Life2. Take Active Control of Your TimeIt is crucial to know your priorities and plan accordingly. How much time do you want to devote to each project? How much time do you have available? Be realistic and honest with yourself. Pay close attention to how long it takes you to complete any given assignment, and then plan ahead and build that block of time into your calendar.When I get an email that requires follow up, I preemptively carve out an appropriate amount of time to complete that follow-up task on a date a few days before it’s due. The task of handling the follow-up appears on my calendar just like a meeting would. That way, I know I will remember to complete the task and I am confident I will have enough time to do so. Without this method, I may find myself scrambling to get things done at the last minute and failing to appropriately plan the rest of my schedule.I find that on weeks when I forget to schedule my time I feel more frazzled, as if I’m constantly playing a game of “catch up.” These are the weeks when I find myself falling behind and failing to complete what I set out to accomplish. Don’t fall into this trap. Build a sustainable, reasonable schedule and stick to it. This will help you set your limits and work smarter. I urge you to be conscious of your time and to own it, not the other way around. Let’s start prioritizing our time off of work as much as our time at work.3. Outsource as Much as PossibleI have the privilege of making a decent salary that affords me the ability to outsource a lot of the things that I don’t like to do. I have a housecleaner to handle the deep cleaning around my house, but more importantly, I have a cadre of sitters who not only watch my kids, but do my laundry, prep meals ahead of time, run errands, etc. I also make use of delivery services (for groceries, meals, shopping) to reduce my time spent doing things that I don’t enjoy. This may not work for everyone, but recent research suggests that people who spend money to save time report overall more life satisfaction. So, find the job you like the least and figure out how you can afford to not do it. You will be happier, I promise.This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. The Well is the digital magazine of Jopwell, the career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native American professionals and students. 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Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed they’re in talks with Chelsea for Bertrand Traore.The 21-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer having failed to establish himself in the first team at the club.Speaking at a press conference, Aulas said: “We want to bring Bertrand Traore to the club. There are advanced talks there, but many clubs are interested.”“We absolutely want to do the deal.”Lyon have tracked Traore all season as they prepare for life without Alexandre Lacazette, who finally looks to be leaving the Ligue 1 club in the close season.
Leicester City have joined the battle for Swansea City attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson.The Leicester Mercury says the Foxes will have to pay at least £40 million to tempt Swansea into even discussing a potential deal for star man Sigurdsson.The Foxes are one of several clubs considering making a move for the Iceland international.They face competition from Everton and his former employers Tottenham for the 27-year-old.However, the Swans are determined to hang on to their talisman and only a staggering would even tempt into considering allowing him to leave.