Banks DIH launches relationship building programme

first_imgHundreds of residents from East Berbice-Corentyne attended the inaugural Banks DIH Limited “Relationship Festival”.The two-day festival was held on November 25 and 26 on the Corentyne and at Rose Hall/Canje.Banks DIH Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis welcomes New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred HeywoodBanks DIH Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis, at the cocktail reception for business leaders and key stakeholders, said in fulfilling the “Passion for Excellence”, we must build on teamwork, coordination, cooperation and maximise our efforts for the end result.“We are in Berbice because we want to hear from you, so that we can better understand your needs and look at ways of strengthening our relationship,” Reis added.He further noted that the company continues to build on its relationships with key stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, suppliers and employees.“Our mission is clear, but we must embrace the understanding of corporate governance and the adherence to morality and value systems which are visibly practised.”The Relationship Festival took the form of an exhibition of the company’s products, cultural presentations and a children’s play park.Sampling of Tastee Snacks at Scottsburg Community Centre at the Relationship Building FestivalResidents were treated to samples of the newly repackaged Tastee Snacks in a variety of flavours; the new addition to the I-CEE brand – Mango and Pear, and D’Aguiar’s Moscato and Port wines.last_img read more

Revised Forest Policy, Plan for Cabinet

first_imgThe Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) on Friday held a presentation on the reviewed National Forest Policy Statement and Forestry Plan in an effort to fine-tune the revisions before the Natural Resources Minister presents it to Cabinet.The revision of the National Forest Policy Statement and Forestry Plan began in 2017, and the GFC’s consultants, The Consultancy Group headed by Dr Rory Fraser, would have held over 211 consultations with various stakeholders in the sector.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanAccording to the Natural Resources Minister, he would have received the revised policy and plan some two weeks ago, but he advised that a final review be held so that when he takes it to Cabinet he could say all consultative approaches were exhausted.He noted that completion of the review is another step towards ensuring a well-managed and orderly forestry sector.“This revision fulfills a part of Government’s commitment to maintain an excellent standard in the sector, and (it is) also internationally acceptable. We are happy to see that the process of review was successfully completed,” Minister Trotman stated.The minister explained that the policy and plan was last updated in 2011, and with advancement of the sector it became outdated, hence the reason for the revision.“It is critical that we have an updated Forest Policy and Forest Plan. Guyana has publicly committed to a Green State Economy, as described in the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This strategy highlights the importance of forests in combating climate change, and also emphasizes the ecological and environmental services of forests to humanity and the promotion of sustainable energy initiatives within the forestry sector,” Trotman added.“Importantly also, the revised National Forest Policy and Plan have been developed within the framework of the Constitution of Guyana and with regard to relevant international commitments on the environment, particularly as they relate to forests and biodiversity,” he noted.He further related that the revised Forest Policy effectively embraces the Green State Development Strategy and the framework laid out for the advancement of a green economy in Guyana.“Guyana serves as a model of sustainable development and environmental security worldwide, demonstrating the transition to a decarbonized and resource-efficient economy that integrates the multi-ethnicity of our country and enhances quality of life for all Guyanese,” Minister Trotman related.Additionally, GFC Commissioner James Singh outlined the objectives of the Forest Plan and Policy, and discussed the revision with the stakeholders.“A National Forest Plan can be considered as the work programme for the Forest Policy. It contains details and logically ordered programmes, activities, expected outcomes and indicators. It also identifies roles and responsibilities for various stakeholders, and establishes a strong foundation to monitor and evaluate implementation, and make relevant recommendations,” he noted.Singh explained that there would be a collaborative effort between the private sector and various Government agencies for the implementation of the policy. He, like the minister, said the need for updating the 2011 National Forest Policy and Plan was influenced by the significant changes in the sector, coupled with the implementation of the Green State Development Strategy.“It was further noted that we must now increase our efforts to accurately value…there was also a need for national level integration, streamlining of work plans of the relevant agencies,” he noted.The revised policy addresses issues arising from the economic, ecological, social and governance standpoints. The principles that guides the policy include balanced decision-making, inter-generational equity, local benefit, and the protection of the natural capital base.The revised policy and plan reflects moving away from utilizing forests for just wood, and is a cornerstone of the country’s national patrimony.last_img read more

Arenas entertains Vegas during game

first_imgIt was typical behavior from the quirky “Agent Zero,” but he got away with this escapade in the spirit of All-Star Weekend. “Yeah, I think Eddie saw it, and I don’t think he was happy,” Arenas said in reference to Washington coach Eddie Jordan, who led the East team. “Oh, you know how coaches are. I just wanted to put on a show for the fans.” VIVA PREGAME SHOWS The introduction to the game had every bit of the distinct, outsized Las Vegas flair you might expect, from the flashing lights and brightly plumed showgirls to the appearances by many of Sin City’s most famous entertainers. The crowd was welcomed by magicians Siegfried and Roy – with Roy Horn making a rare public appearance since being bitten by one of his white tigers in October 2003. They introduced famed Vegas crooner Wayne Newton, who belted out “Viva Las Vegas” amid sparks, neon and showgirls. After the Eastern Conference team was introduced, Newton played guitar and fiddle during a rendition of James Brown’s “I Feel Good” under a strobe light, followed by his signature “Danke Schoen.” After the West All-Stars were introduced, Newton returned with his showgirls for the finale. Shaquille O’Neal appeared to be the biggest fan in the building, clapping wildly and pumping his fist in Newton’s direction. Acrobats are nothing new in this circus-loving town, yet Gilbert Arenas couldn’t resist getting in on the act. The Washington Wizards’ star guard sneaked away from the Eastern Conference’s timeout huddle during the second half on Sunday night to join a troup of trampoline dunkers, finishing off a sequence of acrobatics with a big slam and a loud ovation from the Las Vegas crowd. center_img The Thomas & Mack Center also was appropriately packed with stars who provided a one-game return of Gucci Row – the nickname for the courtside seats when they were filled with Las Vegas’ richest and most glamorous people during coach Jerry Tarkanian’s run of standout UNLV teams. A small sampling of the celebrities at courtside: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver sitting near Diddy; Jay-Z, who idly dribbled the game ball during the first timeout, and Beyonce; Eva Longoria, fiancee of West All-Star Tony Parker; Ludacris, Prince and Dave Chappelle sitting in a row; and Steve Carell, Harold Ramis and Jeremy Piven just a few seats down. A VOTE FOR DIRK Dirk Nowitzki picked up another MVP endorsement Sunday night – from David Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff, the well-traveled actor and German singing celebrity who’s currently starring in “The Producers” at the Paris Las Vegas casino, said he would choose the Mavericks star over two-time winner Steve Nash of Phoenix. “I think Dirk’s going to get it this year, and he deserves it,” Hasselhoff said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

£42m striker, Ibrahimovic, England U21 ace and more Chelsea transfer rumours

first_img 5. Antoinne Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – It seems this rumour will only perish if Chelsea actually complete the deal. Griezmann was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, and reports claim that he remains firmly on the Blues’ radar. With the Frenchman remaining Atleti’s biggest attacking threat, it’s little wonder their interest lives on. 6 6 6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – With 17 goals in the Bundesliga this season so far, it’s unsurprising that Aubameyang has been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, though, are not the only Premier League club interested, with Arsenal and Manchester United said to be considering an offer. According to reports, the Gabon international will cost a minimum of £42million, which could price Chelsea out of any deal – that is unless they sell one of their prized assets. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – click the arrow above to see more Chelsea transfer rumours – Ibrahimovic’s current deal at the Parc des Princes expires next summer, leaving the Swede eligible to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a new club in January. And, according to reports, he is considering an offer from the reigning English champions. Mourinho is said to be keen on luring the striker to Stamford Bridge and has put a deal on the table. At the age of 34, it seemed the Premier League would miss out on the decorated forward, but if there’s one man capable of bringing him to England, it could be Mourinho. 4. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) – With Diego Costa becoming an increasing problem for Mourinho, and Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao simply not trusted to deliver the goods, Berahino has emerged as a target for the Blues. Reports claim the club are considering a £20million bid in January, but West Brom’s director of football Richard Garlick has insisted the England Under-21 striker is not for sale. 3. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) – Teixeira recently revealed that negotiations have taken place with Chelsea and Juventus, suggesting he is looking to leave the Ukraine in the near future should a suitable offer come in. With 21 goals in 14 league appearances already, the 25-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe and would add to the growing Brazilian contingent in south west London. 6 6 6 6 2. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – Manchester United were said to be have made a number of big-money bids for Germany international Muller in the summer, but the Red Devils had to settle for the one Bayern Munich star in Bastian Schweinsteiger. Now it seems Chelsea are interested in trying their luck. According to reports, Muller is the man Mourinho wants to replace Diego Costa – but as a player who often operates in the no.10 role, is he the attacker the Blues need? With Chelsea battling at the wrong end of the table, manager Jose Mourinho is expected to be busy spending Roman Abramovich’s money in the January transfer window.And following the bib drama involving Diego Costa at the weekend, a new striker seems to be a priority for the reigning Premier League champions.In light of this speculation, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest rumours on Chelsea, with plenty of big-name players wanted to save the Blues from ending their season as it began.last_img read more

El Segundo park plan steps ahead

first_imgBy Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER El Segundo’s goal of turning a 55-acre parcel of Los Angeles city-owned land on its western border into parkland is picking up steam. Residents will have an opportunity today to hear the city’s proposal and sound off on the plans, which would make the property stretching from Imperial to about Grand avenues legally accessible to residents. Taking control of the property will legitimize these activities and allow El Segundo police to better patrol the property, said Peter Lewis, a resident who helped launch the project about a year ago. “In my heart of hearts, I believe it’s a win-win,” he said. “We don’t have to share the exact same vision, but we can have a common vision.” But despite city promises to step up police presence should El Segundo pursue the idea, some residents have already expressed safety concerns about allowing people on property so close to sensitive sites like Scattergood and Hyperion. “Unless the pathway visitors are prescreened and other proactive measures implemented, I will not support unfettered access, as it represents too great a threat to my family and neighbors,” resident David Burns, the city’s former emergency services coordinator, wrote in a letter to the editor in the Daily Breeze last year. Burns did not return several telephone messages for comment this week. El Segundo has estimated costs to rehabilitate the property – including fencing off an oil derrick and installing a remote-control-operated gate for police access – at about $450,000, Busch said. Those costs do not include fees to lease the property from DWP, said Busch, who would not reveal initial figures. “It’s a good chunk of money; however, in return, our city gets access to (a) stretch of land that some residents currently go into illegally,” he said. With no identified funding source or City Council approval, the project is at least a year from realization, Busch said. El Segundo is no stranger to turning leftover land into parks through lease agreements, having long leased land from Southern California Edison for use as Freedom Park for a $1 fee, Busch said. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.El Segundo has so far received an initial OK from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executives about leasing the 3/4-mile stretch of property running between its Scattergood Generating Facility and the city’s western corridor, said Councilman Eric Busch. A DWP spokesperson did not return telephone calls for comment Tuesday. Officials at Hyperion Treatment Plant, which abuts the property, also approve of the project. “We are fine with whatever is determined regarding that right-of-way,” said Lauren Skinner, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Public Works Department. “We don’t think it poses a security concern for us.” For years, sneaky residents have squeezed through holes in fencing surrounding the property to catch a glimpse of Malibu or the Hollywood sign, to walk dogs or just find a quiet moment. last_img read more

Shanghai Shenhua offer escape route for Man City outcast Samir Nasri

first_img Samir Nasri [left] in action for Sevilla 1 Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua have made a move for Manchester City outcast Samir Nasri.The former Arsenal man has just finished a season out on loan at Sevilla, who are still not sure about signing him permanently.There appears no route back into the first team at City so a departure this summer is inevitable – although it has been reported that the club have slashed his asking price because of a lack of interest.But now there is a formal proposal on the table, according to reports in France, with mega-rich Shenhua hoping to take him to the far east.The Chinese club are currently managed by Gus Poyet and Foot Mercato have claimed that they have already lodged an offer for Nasri.The 29-year-old made 23 La Liga appearances for Sevilla, scoring twice.last_img read more

Manchester United goalkeeper commits future to Red Devils

first_imgEngland Under-21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed a new contract at Manchester United, the Premier League club have announced.The 21-year-old, who had an impressive loan spell at Shrewsbury last season, has committed to the Old Trafford outfit until 2020, with the option of a further year. 1 Henderson’s performances for the Shrews, which earned him a place in the PFA League One Team of the Year, attracted interest from elsewhere but he was keen to stay with United.Henderson told MUTV: “I’m really delighted. Coming off the back of last season and playing games at Shrewsbury and having a good season there, to return to the biggest club in the world and put pen to paper again is a great achievement for me and my family. It’s another dream come true. Henderson enjoyed a successful loan spell at Shrewsbury Big congrats to @DeanHenderson after the #MUFC keeper signed a new contract at Old Trafford today! ✍️More info:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 14, 2018“Obviously, there was a lot of interest after last season, when I’ve done well going out and playing but United are the biggest club in the world and have been my club since day one so, of course, they are always first in my mind.”Henderson has previously had spells at Stockport and Grimsby.last_img read more

Eskom CEO on sustainability council

first_imgIts objectives include being a leading business advocate on sustainable development, participating in policy development to advance sustainable development, and promoting the business case for sustainable development. Eskom, one of only two African members of the WBCSD, said that it saw the nomination of Dames onto the council’s executive committee as an important step in the advancement of Africa’s climate change contribution. “Eskom has been a member of the WBCSD for a number of years, and I am delighted to be nominated onto the executive committee of this globally renowned organisation,” Dames said in a statement this month. South African Brian Dames, CEO of state power company Eskom, has been appointed to the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments as well as non-governmental organisations. “The WBCSD has played an important role in shaping Eskom’s strategic direction and allows us to benchmark our performance, share best practice and access cutting-edge thinking in the sustainable development field.”center_img Membership of the council is by invitation of its executive committee to companies committed to sustainable development and to promoting the role of eco-efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 23 December 2010 Commitment to sustainable developmentlast_img read more

Mayookha books Olympic berth

first_imgMayookha Johny took her second medal with a new national record in triple jump while shot putter Om Prakash Karhana finished third as India won two bronze on the penultimate day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Saturday.Mayookha, who won gold in the long jump on the opening day of the event, came up with another good performance in the triple jump. The Kerala girl created a new national record, clearing 14.11 metres in her fourth leap.Mayookha also booked a berth for the London Olympics bettering the ‘B’ standard (14.10) of qualifying mark for the mega event. Mayookha’s compatriot MA Prajusha finished seventh with a jump of 13.63 metres.China’s Xie Limei won the gold with a season’s best 14.54m while Valeriya Kanatov of Uzbekistan (14.14m) won the silver.Om Prakash Karhana with his shot-put bronze medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Saturday. APIn men’s shot-put, defending champion Om Prakash won bronze with a throw of 19.47m. Ming-Huang Chang of Chinese Taipei won the gold with a championship record of 20.14m. China’s Jun Zhang won the silver (19.77m). Another Indian, Saurabh Vij, (18.72) finished fourth.India have now eight medals – one gold, one silver and six bronze with a day to go. Decathelete Bharat Inder Singh, discus thrower Harwant Kaur and OP Jaisha in women’s 1,500 metres won bronze on Friday, adding to Mayookha’s gold and Vikas Gowda’s silver and Preeja Sreedharan in the women’s 10,000m on the opening day.In the 400m hurdles on Saturday, Satinder Singh came sixth with a timing of 51.93sec. In women’s 5,000m, Kavita Raut (16: 23.06) came a distant eigth and Suriya Loganathan (17: 19.44) ninth.advertisementIn the men’s competition, Suresh Kumar came sixth (14: 05.64) as DR Mootumaa of Bahrain won the event with a new championship record of 13: 39.71. In the process, he bettered the timing of India’s Bahadur Prasad, who clocked 13: 41.70 in 1993 and has since held the record.It was also the first gold medal for Bahrain at 5,000m in the Asian Championships. After two good days, Sushmita Singha Roy had a disappointing third day in heptathlon. She finished fourth with 5,179 points. In the three events on Saturday, she came ninth in the 800 m and fifth in the long jump and javelin throw.Ghamanda Ram (1: 51.76) and S Joseph (1: 52.97) qualified for the men’s 800m finals at seventh and eighth places.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

Fire is back in Mark Barroca as title drought ends for Magnolia

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnolia’s title also broke its four-year championship drought that dates back to when it completed the Grand Slam for the 2013-14 season.READ: PBA commissioner: No precedent to suspend Mark Barroca on groin hitAnd the victory lit a fire in Barroca’s heart that he thought got extinguished during the years when they couldn’t win a trophy.“Now that we won, the heart and the desire seems to have returned,” said Barroca who was the Finals MVP in the 2014 Philippine Cup. “We have to maintain this going into the next conference and we’ll go to the All-Filipino again where we lost in the Finals [against San Miguel].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño But six years since then, Barroca, now one of the leaders of that same team, has come full circle, steering Magnolia to the 2018 Governors’ Cup.“I think the difference was I was just a rookie during my first championship,” said Barroca in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 102-86 Game 6 win over Alaska Wednesday at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefREAD: Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP“Now I’m the senior and the one leading my younger teammates and the chemistry’s different this time around.” View comments LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Top pick CJ Perez inks three-year max deal with Columbian Dyip Barroca, 32, also won his second Finals MVP making him the third player in the Magnolia franchise to win more than one joining legends James Yap, who has four, and Marc Pingris, who also has two.And the wily point guard did this while also providing guidance to young star Jio Jalalon, who is six years his junior.READ: Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero“Coach [Chito Victolero] always tells me to always talk to Jio because I’m one of the seniors of the team,” said Barroca who had 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists against the Aces.“That role is crucial in our dynamic and that’s how James treated me when I was a rookie, the older guys were telling me what to do and I accepted the roles they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Mark Barroca was just a humble rookie when he won his first PBA title back in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup.Standing third in the pecking order behind Roger Yap and Jonas Villanueva, the former national team star had no other choice but to learn from the veterans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more