Gov’t Considers Exchanging Lands with NHT for Budgetary Support

first_imgAdvertisements Gov’t Considers Exchanging Lands with NHT for Budgetary Support InformationMarch 4, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says the Government is looking at the option of providing the National Housing Trust (NHT) with lands in exchange for the $44 billion contribution from the Trust to support the national budget. Addressing the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, February 27, Minister Falconer stated that the NHT is always in need of lands for housing solutions, and that “the Government does, in fact, own thousands of acres of land, which could be of benefit to the Trust”. She said discussions are ongoing over whether this kind of transaction could be an option, and would further inform the public when these talks are concluded. The Government will be utilising $11 billion per annum for four years from the NHT for budgetary support. This is part of a number of measures being taken to ensure that the country signs an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An IMF deal will allow access to critical funding as well as indicate to other multi-lateral partners that the Government is prudently managing its fiscal affairs. It will also boost investor confidence. RelatedNo Let Up in NHT Housing Provisionscenter_img RelatedGov’t Considers Exchanging Lands with NHT for Budgetary Support RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s Historylast_img read more

Ex-Proximus chief Leroy joins DT board

first_img Related Previous ArticleChina 5G base stations approach 500KNext ArticleHuawei warns of £18B hit to UK economy from 5G ban Chris Donkin Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Author Tags Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom eyes 5G, fibre lead Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Home Ex-Proximus chief Leroy joins DT board AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 09 SEP 2020 Deutsche Telekom appointed former Proximus CEO Dominique Leroy (pictured) as its new board member for Europe, a year after the executive’s move to KPN was scuppered by an investigation into alleged insider trading.In a statement, Deutsche Telekom said Leroy would take responsibility for its Europe segment at the start of November, replacing Srini Gopalan who is changing remit to cover its home market of Germany.CEO Timotheus Hottges said in addition to bringing 30 years experience in consumer goods and telecoms, Leroy will provide the operator “with very good support in our political and regulatory work”.Leroy spent five years at the helm of Proximus, having also worked in a number of other roles at the Belgian incumbent. Previously she worked at consumer goods giant Unilever.She had been set to take over at the helm of KPN in December 2019, having already announced her departure from Proximus.However, following a well-publicised insider trading investigation by Belgium’s stock market, authority KPN cancelled the move citing “uncertainty”.The case against Leroy was eventually dropped in July, after she agreed to pay a €107,841 settlement with the Financial Services and Markets Authority. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backlast_img read more

Woods gives us reason to be excited

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Listen to what Tiger Woods said Sunday after finishing the Honda Classic. Forget his even-par 70. Forget his 12th-place finish, his best in a PGA Tour event in 30 months. Forget his 128 mph swing speed, which ranks him ahead of so many of the fastest, strongest and longest young players in the game today. Forget all of that and listen to what he said leaving here . . . “The last couple days, it felt easy to play tournament golf,” Woods said. That’s the real story here this week. That is the giant stride Woods made here this week. It’s the giant dose of hope he created with the Masters six weeks away. It’s the giant promise he generated in reawakening the possibility that he really may not be done making history. It felt “easy” to play tournament golf again. There’s a mountain of achievement in those words, because this game has looked so damn hard and painful for him to play for so long. What we saw this week was encouraging, but what we didn’t see was almost as encouraging. No wincing in discomfort. No doubling over in pain, no limping. In just his third PGA Tour start after his fourth back surgery, a fusion that left a lot of us thinking we might never see him play again, Woods is way, way ahead of even his own schedule. Listen . . . “I didn’t really know what to expect,” Woods said of coming back this year. “My expectations have gone up.” So have everyone else’s. Full-field scores from the Honda Classic Honda Classic: Articles, photos and videos There was something special in this week’s performance that will make too many of us rush too far ahead, but that was the story this week. Tiger speeded things up. He dramatically changed the narrative around him with his unexpected run into contention. He made those six weeks until the Masters suddenly seem like enough time to get himself ready to compete for a green jacket again. That seems crazy given where he was a few short months ago, but listen . . . “I’m just building towards April,” Woods said. “I’m trying to get myself ready for that, and I feel like I’m right on track for that.” Tiger got himself on track on an extremely penal golf course at PGA National, in blustery winds that magnified misses and exposed imprecise ball striking. Woods didn’t win this week, but he finished third in driving distance at 319 yards per drive. His driver may not be perfect, but it’s no longer a liability. It’s a weapon again. His iron play got a whole lot better this week. He was first in proximity to the hole this week. Yeah, nobody hit it closer. He was 10th in hitting greens in regulation. He hit 14 greens in regulation Sunday, most in a round since he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in the summer of 2015. His 12th-place finish overall here, by the way, was his best since then. The short game’s still looking good. He was T-11 in scrambling. His putter didn’t allow him to take advantage of all those improvements. He was 18th in strokes gained putting. Mostly, Woods got beat by the Bear Trap this week. He dumped a shot in the water Sunday at the 15th, cutting his shot too much into the wind there. It was his second rinsed shot there this week, leading to his second double bogey there. Woods was 8 over through the Bear Trap’s trio of holes (Nos. 15-17) for the week. He was 8 under everywhere else. After missing the cut at the Genesis Open last week, where he was so wild off the tee and with his iron play, the question this week was whether he could simply make the cut. He didn’t win this week, but he changed the nature of the questions about what may lie ahead for him. Listen . . . “I know it’s been a long time, but I remember how to do this,” Woods said. Joey LaCava, Woods’ caddie, knows how the expectations will change now. “I see strides, good positive things going forward,” LaCava said. “I didn’t want to panic when he didn’t play well at LA last week, and I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but it’s nice to see him moving forward. I think he hit the ball better every day this week. LaCava said Woods seemed to get tired in the middle of Sunday’s round. He said being gym fit and golf fit walking 72 holes are different things. It’s another area where Woods can get better. Mostly, LaCava liked how Woods reacted with his name climbing the leaderboard going into the weekend. “It’s nice to see him get the juices flowing and get amped up a little bit and hit the ball farther,” LaCava said. “You can see a difference in mentality. Woods could feel it. Just listen . . . “I had control of my game,” he said. There’s so much promise in those words.last_img read more

Album Review: Kirby Sybert Releases ‘Happy People Make Happy Things’ [Video/Audio]

first_imgContemporary singer, songwriter multi-instrumentalist, photographer, and videographer Kirby Sybert makes his solo full-length debut with Happy People Make Happy Things, which arrived back on August 7th. Kirby sings, plays guitar, keys and drums in addition to recording and producing a large portion of the album from the bedroom of his Philadelphia home. It is a return to the simplicity and joy of creating something on one’s own terms while taking the recordings to fantastic levels despite the lack of fancy, expensive studio gear.Happy People Make Happy Things is an introspective sonic journey highlighted by Sybert’s soulful vocals, psychedelic guitar riffs, rubbery bass lines, and drums that hit right in the pocket. Each of the nine original songs on the album are reflections of the only constant in the human experience–change.The album opens up with the swelling “Ease Fulfillment”, which was written and recorded in one night at home. Kirby sings, “Fighting hard to claim my stake/In an industry I’ve grown to hate/People laugh, but it’s all fake?Whoa-oh, what a waste/Shake my hand and stab my back/Does anyone get anywhere like that?/On that note, I’m headed out, back home to my family”“Winds of Change” would not be out of place on the Band‘s Music From Big Pink and centers around the continual growth experienced by human beings. The song was first conceived during a late-night jam session in Austin, TX when Kirby was on tour playing guitar with Philadelphia favorites, Mo Lowda & The Humble. The track features guest vocals by Mo Lowda’s Jordan Caiola who co-wrote the tune, and reminds the listener of classic Americana as more of a throwback to The Eagles or Tom Petty.“My Maker” has the feel of a Black Crowes song, and Kirby’s vocals sound like Chris Robinson here. Of the track Kirby says, “This is my rumination on death and living in the moment. It’s a constant reminder for me to step back and enjoy what’s going on around me.”Kirby Sybert – “My Maker” [Live][Video: kirby tv]“This Life” is a sparse acoustic number that sounds like it could have been written in the Laurel Canyon artist collective of the 1960s, while “Without You” is more of a funky, 70s-era inspired jam.“I also started writing a lot about love in the familial sense. I was trying to get away from the traditional love type song and exploring more ideas of how I love on a daily basis,” added Kirby. “This Life” is reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, a lovely track with a nice acoustic jam.“Donny” is Kirby’s tribute to Donny Hathaway’s tragic death, how his daughter Layla carries on the Hathaway legacy, and was originally written and recorded with his former project, Kirby and the Vibe Tribe. This song might be confused with some previous Black Keys releases. On the haunting “Better Than I Was”, Kirby experiments with shifting vocal pitches and playfully enjoys playing a sinister role. “I’ll Be There For You” is a clap-along tune, and an anthemic ode to friendship inspired by a car accident Kirby’s roommate was in and how important it is to show up.Happy People Make Happy Things takes listeners back to simpler times, with tracks that throw back to classic artists from an earlier period, as well as more modern artists like Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, or Band Of Horses. Kirby’s style is unique and interesting and broad, and a full listen through the album will take one on a journey.Having grown up in central Pennsylvania, Kirby found himself in New York City for a short stint before settling in Philadelphia where he discovered a scene filled with musicians and creatives that fully embraced him.“This city has really opened me up to being an artist and has allowed me to continue that artistic journey,” he added about his creative journey. “It’s got such a vibrant music scene in all parts of the city, and I’m thankful to be a part of the little sliver myself and my friends have carved out. After moving I really started integrating myself in the scene and playing a lot of shows with a lot of people.”In addition to fronting his own band, Kirby often pops up in other bands around Philadelphia primarily playing guitar, keys, and sometimes finding himself behind the drum kit. He has spent the last several years touring with Mo Lowda and The Humble – at first as a photographer and videographer and currently as a guitar player.“Artistically I have two parallel paths in my creation, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember,” Kirby said. “Both music and photography/videography are constantly changing and evolving. The more I see and hear the more my artistic output changes. It’s cool too, traveling as a musician and meeting other artists who are in a similar boat as I am. I’ve collaborated and made so many relationships with my ability to shoot stuff while out on the road. I feel fortunate to be able to tap into these two very creative outlets and have people respond in such compelling ways to what I create … I want people to take away the positivity that I’m trying to convey and to have them look into themselves to find what their purpose is.”Kirby Sybert will play select shows in support of Happy People Make Happy Things as soon as the world opens back up and fans can gather and bask in the joy that is experiencing live music together.Stream the entire album via the Spotify player below.Kirby Sybert – Happy People Make Happy Thingslast_img read more

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Reaches Early Milestone In Work To Increase Underground Ventilation

first_imgA bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft being excavated at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPPWIPP News:CARLSBAD — A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft — an EM 2020 priority — located west of the WIPP plant.The $75 million shaft sinking is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground. When completed, it will be WIPP’s largest shaft at 26 feet in diameter, reaching 2,275 feet, with drifts, or passageways, being excavated at the 2,150-foot level to match the rest of the WIPP underground that will eventually connect to the shaft.Shaft excavation has reached 56 feet by using a mini excavator and crane-lifted buckets. Contractors will drill small holes in one-half of the bottom of the shaft and set off small emplaced explosive charges in a sequential pattern. The debris will be excavated, and the process repeated.The work will be ongoing, 24 hours a day, five days a week, with an additional single shift on Saturdays. During the shots, blast mats will cover the top of the shaft and a location being excavated to install an angled piece of ductwork to feed air into the shaft. WIPP has implemented safety measures to alert motorists approaching the construction site.A round steel cage will be lowered into the shaft for workers to set the charges during excavation activities down to 100 feet. When the excavation reaches 100 feet, a five-story multiplatform unit will be lowered into the shaft for the work. That unit has a remote-controlled excavator underneath it, and two holes in its structure to allow buckets to be raised and lowered with excavated material.last_img read more

SPE Aberdeen Elects New Chairman

first_imgThe Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Mr. Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015.Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than twenty years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally.He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University.Lowdon said: “I am extremely privileged to have been selected by my peers as Chairman of the Aberdeen Section, particularly during this milestone year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.“The positive changes that Anthony Onukwu has put in place throughout the last two years have been critical to our Section’s success and this is a platform that I intend to continue building upon. As the SPE International President, Dr. Helge Haldorsen, discussed at our 40th anniversary dinner last month, Aberdeen needs to play an instrumental role in shaping the next phase of exploration and production and SPE, as a facilitator of innovation and knowledge sharing, must support this.”Lowdon has been significantly involved in SPE for 13 years and in particular, has been instrumental in driving forward the SPE Aberdeen Schools Career Guidance programme on a voluntary basis. This specific interest in raising the profile of the oil and gas industry amongst young people is also well illustrated by his role in establishing and promoting the successful Junior Energy Apprentice competition within schools.Lowdon continues: “Having previously been Vice Chair of SPE Aberdeen’s Schools Career Guidance committee, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take an interest in a career in the oil and gas industry. SPE Aberdeen provides a focal point between industry and education, each year organising events and initiatives which demonstrate how qualifications can be transferred into a career path.“It is this type of work that attracted me to SPE in the first place, along with the dedication that is shown on an almost daily basis by each of our volunteers. I’m looking forward to working with each and every one of them to advance the SPE Aberdeen Section.”Press Release, September 03, 2014last_img read more

Reifer, Haynes appointed to bring back passion – Skerritt

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): New Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt said the decision to appoint Floyd Reifer and Robert Haynes to interim positions of head coach and chairman of its selection panel, respectively, was designed to try and bring back a “sense of pride and aspiration” to the West Indies team.Skerritt said that these two key features too often appeared absent from the Windies team in recent times, and the moves were in a bid to try and reignite the passion among players.“West Indies cricket, at its best, has always been a representation of the hopes and aspirations of the Caribbean and an illustration of the heights of excellence that our West Indian people can attain when we work together as one,” said Skerritt before he confirmed the appointments during a media conference, which was webcast ‘live’ from the Coolidge Cricket Ground on the CWI website. PUBLIC GOOD “That is why West Indies cricket has been aptly described as a ‘public good’ that belongs to millions of West Indian people all across our region and the world.“When our cricket teams and gifted individuals showcase excellence on a world stage, we walk taller as a people, and we beam with pride as we look at our own young West Indians face up with confidence and God-given talent to the best competition from across our globe.”On the decision to appoint Reifer, Skerritt said: “Our landmark decision to introduce a well-suited, young West Indian professional as our men’s team coach is, therefore, a clear indicator of the seriousness of our West Indian-first policy and represents a commitment to celebrate the best of what it means to be West Indian. PERFORMANCE RECORD “This decision also underscores the need for fresh thinking and an even more urgent need to embrace our new all-inclusive selection policy, and in the midst of change, we have no doubt that our West Indian players, led expertly by Jason Holder, will be well prepared going to the World Cup.“Our performance record overseas under international coaches has been dismal at best. All of our victories in ICC tournaments have been with the help of [West Indian] coaches. That is also why we have decided to give the opportunity to a young, but seasoned professional, who lives among us and who has dedicated his life to developing our young people and teaching them our cricket culture.”On the appointment of Haynes, Skerritt said: “He is the most experienced and best suited for this responsibility at this time. We are confident we have found an interim chairman who shares the philosophy of inclusiveness and our belief in the new selection policy.“Because of his impressive record of good relations with players and past players, we have no doubt that [Haynes] will engage with players everywhere, strictly in the interest of what is best for West Indies cricket.”The widely expected appointments of Reifer and Haynes followed a CWI board meeting on Tuesday. The two are expected to remain in the roles through the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales and the Windies’ home series against India in July-August.last_img read more

Gardaí launch investigation into Buncrana fire

first_imgGardaí have launched an investigation into the major fire which tore through buildings on Main Street and Ferris Lane Buncrana on Sunday night.A number of businesses and residences were destroyed in the blaze, which broke out after 9pm.John Barr’s drapery shop and the Buncrana Plaza venue were worst affected by the destructive inferno. The public is being warned to stay away due to health and safety risks. Gardaí have confirmed that they are probing the circumstances surrounding the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-93661555 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Gardaí are also advising members of the public to avoid the area where possible as there is currently a significant asbestos risk as a result of the fire.Fire Service personnel are currently at the scene and a portion of the Main Street/ Ferris Lane area of the town remains closed.There are diversions in place along Castle Avenue and the Cassie road. These diversions will remain in place until a full technical examination of the scene has been completed. Featured photo: Ian CallaghanCommunity devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blazeGardaí launch investigation into Buncrana fire was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranafireGardailast_img read more

How to Create a Bully-Proof Workplace

first_img— Designate points of contact so employees know where to turn for help. We may not get bullies to admit that they are wrong, but their harmful behavior can be discouraged by individuals standing up for themselves in a workplace culture designed to support a bully-free work zone. A bully-free workplace is a place where all workers are fully engaged and committed to the organization’s mission, while maintaining positive relations with all stakeholders in the company; where workers communicate honestly—and respectfully—with colleagues, peers and bosses; where leaders engage with employees and listen carefully to gauge the pulse of the organization; and where relationships are reciprocal and responsibility is shared. It’s a place where bullies’ misbehavior is dealt with seriously so everyone can get on with their work. — Do not stay silent if you experience bullying or see it. Remember, when someone exhibits bullying behavior and gets away with it, it reinforces the behavior. — Take a stand for yourself. Stay calm, but refuse and rebuke the bad behavior in a forthright way. Peter J. Dean, PhD., is the founder and president of Leaders By Design, a company that provides  leadership development for executives.center_img More than 1 in 4 Americans deal with an on-the-job bully. While there are no general civility or anti-bullying laws in place at the federal or state levels, companies that want to vanquish bullying in the workplace can adopt their own guidelines or codes of conduct. That begins by enforcing a policy statement asserting that all people, regardless of race, gender, background, belief system or position in the company, will be treated with respect, dignity and civility. In addition, the policy should state that any type of bullying that demeans, diminishes, defames or belittles a person through rumors, lies, devious and selfish acts, unilaterally boastful comments about self and derogatory comments about others, antisocial or aggressive behavior, or any acts that create a hostile work environment will not be tolerated. — Discuss bullying behavior and its consequences openly with your team. Review the most appropriate ways of addressing it and eradicating it. Here are some strategies for managing bullies out of your business that I and my co-author, Molly D. Shepard, recommend in our book The Bully-Proof Workplace: Essential Strategies, Tips and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath (McGraw-Hill, 2017): — Examine your own behavior to ensure that you are setting a good example. Remember, as a leader in your organization, you are a role model who can influence others, like it or not.last_img read more

Neymar & Mbappe ‘get PSG privileges’

first_imgNeymar Neymar and Mbappe enjoy PSG ‘privileges’, says Rabiot Joe Wright 17:57 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) kylian mbappe neymar - cropped LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Neymar PSG Kylian Mbappé Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The big-money strike duo get a certain level of star treatment at Parc des Princes, admits a club colleague, but there is no jealousy amid team-mates Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe get certain “privileges” at the club, according to team-mate Adrien Rabiot.The Ligue 1 leaders stunned the football world last August when they signed Neymar from Barcelona after activating his €222 million release clause.That world-record transfer was followed by a deal for Monaco striker Mbappe, who moved to Parc des Princes on a season-long loan deal and will join on a permanent basis for a reported fee of €180m this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The forwards have formed a devastating attacking trident with Edinson Cavani in 2017-18, helping PSG to a 10-point lead at the top of the table and a place in the Champions League knockout stages, with Unai Emery’s side aiming for a clean sweep of trophies.Rabiot says the pair enjoy a certain star treatment at the club but he insists he has no reason to be envious.”Neymar doesn’t think of himself as a star,” he told L’Equipe. “In the dressing room, he’s a very straightforward guy.”He could be a bit more arrogant, but that’s not the case at all.”He is necessarily someone who has some privileges. Kylian does, too. It doesn’t bother me and I don’t pay it any attention. I’m not jealous of either.”PSG face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday in a match that could have a huge impact on the future of Zinedine Zidane.The Madrid head coach is under pressure to deliver a third successive triumph in Europe’s top competition, with his side 19 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona and out of the Copa del Rey.Rabiot expects the holders to be fired up for the encounter but considers the tie to be finely balanced.”Madrid will want to save their season,” he said. “They will be really motivated. They have great experience in this competition, which is less so in our case.”In my view, it’s 50-50.”last_img read more