During the debate on the “Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill 2017”, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo suggested that on the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) the Government had proposed for the petroleum revenues that are expected to start flowing from 2020, they should follow the example of Norway rather than our neighbour Trinidad and Tobago. During the last election campaign, the People’s Progressive Party has already suggested a SWF.The suggestion seems to have struck a raw nerve in Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who burst out: ““How dare you lecture us? …we will not be lectured by the Leader of the Opposition on good governance!!” This intemperate outburst was rather unfortunate, to say the least, since it touches on what will perhaps be the most important decision to be made in the country in this century: what to do with our oil revenues.While there is no one definition of a SWF – and that in itself tells a story) – it is generally accepted they are dedicated Government-owned investment vehicles (“sovereign) funded by identified foreign exchange inflows which manage those assets separately from official reserves and invest them with a “buy-and-hold” perspective. Both Trinidad’s and Norway’s SWF’s (respectively “Heritage and Stabilisation Fund” (HSF) and Pension Fund Global (PFG) are based on oil revenues unlike those of China – the largest, based on revenues from “non-commodities”. While both countries belong to the “International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds” (IFSWF), which follows the non-mandatory “Generally Agreed Practices and Principles (the GAPP) known as “the Santiago Principles”, these focus on the investment principles to be followed rather than what revenues flow into the funds and how they are expended. These, however, are the crucial variables that the Opposition leader would have been emphasising.From a utilisation perspective, SWF’s can be broadly classified as “savings” or “stabilisation” funds – or a mixture of both. In Trinidad, the Government is required by law to deposit 60 per cent of the surplus of actual oil revenue over projected oil revenue. In this way, the Government can “game” its HSF by ensuring the projections are either negative or very minimal. In 2009, for instance, the projections were negative and no funds went into the HSF, yet when in 2013, oil spiked to over US0/barrel, the 60 per cent surplus was not deposited without any repercussions.While Trinidad’s HSF purports to be a mixture, in reality, based on its history the emphasis has been used for “stabilisation” due to profligate current spending that ensures budget deficits. After 50 years of oil production, the HSF had just US billion in 2015 and US billion has already been used for “stabilising/spending” since. The Government has announced it will now split the Fund into two components – Heritage and Stabilisation, but it is almost certain not much will be left for future generations in an economy where Government expenditure is still over 33 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Very little of the Fund was used for diversification and TT’s economy is an example of “Dutch Disease”. From the utterances of Trotman and the Finance Ministry, Jagdeo has good reason to fear Guyana is going down the road of Trinidad.In Norway, on the other hand, explicitly seeking to avoid Dutch Disease, ALL petroleum revenues go into its SWF and only a maximum of four per cent can be used for interventions in budgetary current spending. As a result of this discipline, their PFG has grown to US0 billion in assets even while the country has over two billion Euros in debt. While in the last two years Norway has had to make emergency withdrawals from the funds because of low oil prices, these have scarcely made a dent in their PFG because of the size of the latter.One report from the IFSWF recommends: “small population, resource-dependent, non-diversified economies must use SWFs to convert resource windfalls into permanent financial assets through tightly controlled savings.”Appropriating these resources, to do otherwise would be to doom us into poverty in perpetuity.
Atletico Madrid ace Kevin Gameiro Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton are all vying to sign Atletico Madrid hotshot Kevin Gameiro this January.According to reports in Spain, the Premier League trio all believe they are in with a shout of luring the French striker to England once the window opens.The former PSG man scored 12 goals in 31 league outings last term but has struggled for game time this season, starting only three times.Those opportunities look set to dry up even further when fellow striker Diego Costa arrives in January which will nudge Gameiro even further down the pecking order.So it has been suggested that Atletico will look to sell the 30-year-old when the window opens and there is no shortage of clubs willing to sign him.And Spanish outlet Don Balon says that no fewer than three English clubs are currently part of the race to sign him.Everton and Newcastle have struggled for goals this season so a new striker is a priority for both clubs.Tottenham, meanwhile, are still looking for options to take the burden off of Harry Kane with summer arrival Fernando Llorente still yet to score a goal for the club. 1
20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) 7. Alexis Sanchez (inside left) 11. Mesut Ozil (inside right) 24. Hector Bellerin (right wing-back) 11 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (centre-back) 11 31. Sead Kolasinac (left wing-back) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) – click the right arrow to see the predicted Arsenal XI You can listen to live commentary of Arsenal v Manchester United on talkSPORT from 5:30pm on Saturday, December 2.The Gunners are riding on the crest of a wave right now after five wins in six Premier League games, but the Red Devils will be looking to burst their bubble at the Emirates.A 5-0 win over Huddersfield keeps them firmly in the top four, but manager Arsene Wenger must do without Alexandre Lacazette, and has minor injury worries over Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Alex Iwobi (leg) as his side host a familiar foe on Saturday night.So, how could the Gunners line-up against Manchester United? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI listed in squad number order… 11 11 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield) 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 8. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 11
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Auburndale shot just 33 percent but made 19 of 23 from the free throw line and took care of Stratford 47-41 in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Auburndale High School.Paiton Richardson scored 13 points, and Taylor Gotz had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Apaches (19-4). Gotz was 6 of 6, and Allison Linzmeier went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the way for Auburndale.The Apaches swept all three matchups from Stratford this season.Auburndale led 18-8 after one quarter before Stratford (15-9) chipped away, cutting the Apaches’ lead to 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter.Auburndale moves on to a Division 4 regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.Auburndale handed Marathon its only loss of the season, a 45-33 defeat back on Jan. 6. Marathon beat the Apaches at Marathon in a rematch on Feb. 6, 47-39.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 47, Tigers 41Stratford 8 11 12 10 – 41Auburndale 18 10 6 13 – 47STRATFORD (41): Statistics not provided. Record: 15-9.AUBURNDALE (47): Allison Linzmeier 1-3 4-4 6, Cheyenne Karl 3-8 2-3 8, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Sylviann Momont 0-3 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 5-8 3-3 13, Shannon Yahnke 2-4 3-5 7, Taylor Gotz 3-14 6-6 12. FG: 14-42. FT: 19-23. 3-pointers: 0-1 (Momont 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Gotz 12). Assists: 9. Record: 19-4.
30 December 2005New legislation will require organic farmers to use only organically produced seed to grow crops and feed livestock, but no one in South Africa produces 100% organic seed. Now empowerment company Diverse International has taken the gap in the market and set up a community seed production project in the Klein Karoo, an area hit hard by poverty and unemployment. The project, known as the Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (KKOI), will improve the lives of the people of Zoar, a tiny village between Ladismith and Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Chairperson Liz Eglington says the project, run from the farm Amalienstein, will create jobs and alleviate poverty by producing and marketing organically produced fruit and vegetables.Most of the world’s organic producers use non-organic seed in their operations. But pending South African legislation will soon restrict fruit, vegetable, herb and cereal producers to using only certified organic seed if they wish to maintain their certified organic status. Even the feed used in organic animal production will have to be produced from organic seed.Unfortunately, there is no organic seed available in South Africa. Empowerment group Diverse International identified this shortage as a market opportunity and launched the National Organic Seed Project.The group has spent over four years planning the project and has established partnerships and relationships with various government departments, seed companies, overseas buyers and funding organisations to support the project. They lacked only the farmers to grow the seed.Zoar is ideally situated for organic seed production, given the Klein Karoo’s dry climate. The mountains that separate the valleys help prevent contamination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Klein Karoo ideal for organicsOnly a few places in the world are suitable for organic seed production. The Klein Karoo, with its dry climate, is one such place and is already one of the country’s largest seed-producing regions.It is also ideally situated for organic production because several mountain ranges separate the land, helping prevent agrichemical contamination and cross-pollination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Diverse International approached the KKOI to spearhead the project because they were already involved in organic production in the area.Eglington believes the project will do more than benefit commercial farmers – it will transform the entire Klein Karoo.“Many small-scale farmers in the Klein Karoo are struggling to survive, never mind remain sustainable, and most lack access to markets,” she says. “But farmers can be empowered through the production of organic seed. Organic seed can even be produced in people’s backyards and then sold to a central marketing agent.”The first step in realising this dream is to set up a training centre to teach farmers organic seed production techniques. Initially, Eglington and her KKOI colleagues wanted to buy a farm from which to provide the training. But they found this was too expensive, and it would be better to conduct the training on an existing farm. After thorough analysis and research, Amalienstein was identified as the most suitable project site.Amalienstein is owned by the South African government, and was made available to the Zoar community under the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. Unfortunately, the 7 000ha farm currently runs at a substantial loss. Of the 5 000 people living in the community, fewer than 30% are employed on the farm.“There isn’t any work here,” says Hendrik January, chairperson of the Zoar Community Trust. “A handful of people are employed at Amalienstein and on other farms in the area. The rest of the people depend on seasonal and piece work.”Small-scale farmers are organic farmersAmalienstein is ideal for the National Seed Project as it already has the required infrastructure and the storage facilities. Existing enterprises on the farm, such as the dairy and small-scale farming projects, will continue, but as organic projects.James Jacobs, a Zoar Community Trust member, says most small-scale farmers are already farming organically because they cannot afford agrichemicals. For most of these farmers the switch to organic farming will be natural.“The organic seed initiative will have many spinoffs for the community,” Jacobs says. It will not alleviate poverty – it will eradicate it.”Eglington believes the project will create many job opportunities, and not only in agricultural production.“Our vision is to turn the entire Zoar community into an organic village,” she says. “First we want to set up the organic training centre. To do this we will need trainers and administrative staff. Compost, compost teas, organic sprays, pesticides, repellants and fertilisers will be made from material sourced from Amalienstein. This will create job opportunities in the making and marketing of these products.”The farm will produce organic seed and seedlings for international and local markets, while vegetables and fruit, and other byproducts of seed production, will be sold or consumed locally. The production of value-added organic products, such as herbal and medicinal plants, essential oils, soaps and even cosmetics, is also planned. This will again provide production as well as marketing and processing opportunities.Community ownershipEglington emphasises that KKOI and Diverse International don’t want to take over Amalienstein.“We need a training centre and Diverse International needs seed. But we want the community to take ownership of the project and benefit from it. We will supply expertise and support as long as the community needs it.”As Amalienstein is owned by the government, KKOI will require approval before it starts anything new on the farm. Eglington has met with Western Cape agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry and says he’s willing to look at the feasibility document of using Amalienstein for the seed project. She says Dowry wants the entire Zoar community to buy into the project before approving it.Kannaland district mayor Magdalene Barry is optimistic the project will take off.“Zoar is sitting on a goldmine,” she says. “All the community leaders have bought into the dream. Now we only need the community to vote and commit to the project – and that will be easy since the benefits of the project are very transparent and people have been suffering under poverty for a long time.”This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission.
HomeDigital MarketingParse.ly, Notablist make internal data public to help marketers see beyond walled gardens The tech stack and IP address history for Beadfest.com, per NotablistTwo New York City-based companies are — separately — making available their internal marketing data: Parse.ly is unveiling its “attention map” of Net topics, and Notablist is detailing the tech stacks behind brands’ emails.About the Currents platform. Parse.ly’s new Currents attention platform is out in a free version and two premium levels. The company claims it is the first to provide an aggregated depiction of actual browser and app sessions of content and audience attention, without employing info from social media and search engines.The data is aggregated from the company’s Analytics core platform, which measures internet topics for individual brands. It assesses the interests of a billion people reading 8 million articles monthly across the 3,000 websites and several dozen apps owned by 400 media companies that are Parse.ly’s clients, with such groupings as story clusters, topics, categories, traffic sources and geography.The Wall Street Journal, for instance, uses Parse.ly Analytics to determine what its paid subscribers are reading, compared to its anonymous visitors.Why marketers might use this. The Currents attention platform, Parse.ly CTO and co-founder Andrew Montalenti said, provides a view of how audiences are spending their time, without relying on search engine data, social media or the walled gardens of Facebook, Twitter, Google and the like.This kind of topic attention is more predictive of audience behavior, he said, than demographics, social media or search queries. A Parse.ly study earlier this year found that, for instance, Net attention data can more accurately predict a movie’s box office success (or not) before actual revenue figures are released, compared to other techniques.Alternatively, a marketer might determine the most active topics surrounding certain subjects, such as smartphones, and decide to buy search ads based on related keywords.Notablist’s email tech stacks. Email intelligence provider Notablist is similarly making available to its clients the full tech stack behind a brand’s emails — info that it previously detected internally but did not release.Founder Michael Johnston told me that he wasn’t aware of anyone else who provides this kind of tech stack info for emails “to the extent we do.” Services like Datanyze, he said, “can tell you what a company’s web stack looks like, but because they derive their data from scanning web pages, they have no insights into email tech stacks.”Every week, the company tracks the complete tech stack and IP address history of the past several years for the 550,000 emailers it tracks. This info is derived from the code and other signals behind a given email.Johnson said his client’s email stacks can include as many as 400 different components — ad networks, dynamic content providers, content relationship managers, ad agencies, content delivery networks and more.These services, he noted, are sometimes provided by the ESP and sometimes by the brand working with its ESP.The big picture. Johnston pointed out that this intelligence can be useful to sales efforts. An ESP, for instance, might want to know the services and the providers offered by a competitor, or an ad network might want to pitch itself as better than an emailing brand’s existing ad network.Both Parse.ly and Notablist are making available data that their platforms were already acquiring but that had not yet been released to customers and the public. In doing so, both marketing intelligence providers have put themselves into what they see as unique competitive positions, providing info that is not otherwise available.In Parse.ly’s case, that move could position it as a key analytics provider for marketers wishing for some leverage outside of the Facebook/Amazon/Google dominance, obviously a key driver behind the release of a free version. Notablist is now positioned as a key piece in a new kind of sales strategy: see what email-related services are being used by a targeted brand.Both moves are part of the trend these days to employ unique information the way armies employ a good vantage spot: to dominate a position. But, while Notablist’s email stack intelligence could be replicated by another vendor willing to do the analysis and having access to some number of brand emails, Parse.ly is in the unique position of aggregating its publishers’ readers to create a non-search/non-social bird’s-eye view of what people find interesting on the Net.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. 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Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement richard procter What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Elon Musk#FCC#Google#SpaceX#Sprint#T-Mobile#The Information#Wall Street Journal The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Google will sell wireless service plans directly to consumers, managing both calls and mobile data on a cellular network, The Information reports. Sources close to the deal say that Google will pay Sprint and T-Mobile for access to their mobile networks, according to The Information. What’s more, if the contract with Sprint results in a large enough influx of new Google mobile customers, the telecom can renegotiate its deal, The Wall Street Journal reported. This news reveals another prong of Google’s desire to bring the Internet to every nook and cranny of the Universe. Earlier this week, Google bought a piece of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration startup, investing $1 billion in the company in order to further develop satellites that could beam the Internet back at the Earth.On Friday, Google sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commision asking for more access to high-frequency radio bands. According to the tech giant’s request, such access would allow for crazy new innovations like beaming broadband down from hot air balloons and drones. This missive came on the heels of another one sent in late December lobbying for access to telephone poles, which would allow Google to deploy Google Fiber at one tenth the cost it currently does. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Here is a closer look at the install and configuration of the Intel WS-MAN translator for Microsoft SCCM SP1. The included video should be used as a reference only and not a replacement for the steps defined in the following documentation.High Level Installation steps & reference documentation: Configuring ISS Certificate WS-MAN Translator Install & Configuration Enabling support for Intel WS-MAN translator within SCCM SP1 Matt Royer
Insights into the mysteries of the heart have earned Eric N. Olson the 2013 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. Olson studies the genetic signals that control muscle cell development—particularly cardiac muscle—at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He and his colleagues have shown that newborn mouse hearts can regenerate to a surprising degree in the first week after birth. They have also identified a number of proteins and microRNAs that promote regeneration in older mouse hearts. The annual prize, first awarded in 1996 to honor Jonas Salk, recognizes “investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects.” (Salk received support from the foundation to create his polio vaccine.) Heart defects are some of the most common birth defects, affecting about one out of every 125 children born in the United States. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The prize is well-deserved, says Didier Stainier, who studies heart development at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Olson has made “outstanding contributions” to understanding heart development and disease, he says. Deepak Srivastava, who worked as a postdoc under Olson and now studies cardiac development and regeneration at the Gladstone Institutes at the University of California, San Francisco, says Olson “has trained a whole legion of independent investigators who populate the field.” Outside the lab, Olson plays guitar and harmonica in a rock band called the Transactivators. One song, called “Mamas Don’t Let Your Stem Cells Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” is a tribute to the Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research that he holds at UT Southwestern. Olson will receive the $250,000 prize at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May. Brian Coats for UT Southwestern Eric N. Olson