The dust has not settled on the reactions to Budget 2017, but the dominant sentiment appears to be one of disappointment. This was exacerbated when Finance Minister Winston Jordan confirmed during his budget speech what he had strenuously denied up to then: economic growth had ground to a halt and only increased production in gold allowed an adjusted growth rate of 2.6 per cent to be projected for 2017. This is a far cry from the double-digit growth rate needed over at least a decade for a near-term significant rise in standards of living.Ever since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Governments in mixed economies have generally followed the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, who proposed specific Government interventions to smooth out the regular business cycles or the deeper ones that result in depressions. They accomplish this through the revenue and expenditure measures of annual budgets in tandem with monetary policy that influences interest rates.But in the postwar era, with the challenge of the Soviet Union’s socialist model of Government interventions to deliver targets for growth in the various sectors of the economy via “five-year plans”, it became expected that Governments of mixed economies would follow suit in their annual budgets.From this perspective, the three traditional functions of mixed-economies’ budgets – allocative, distributive and stabilisation, were now deployed to deliver targeted growth rates. And it is this imperative that seemed to have escaped the Finance Minister in crafting Budget 2017.Take for instance, the allocation of resources between “public goods” – those, such as infrastructure – bridges and sea walls – that are essential to the citizenry, but are not provided for by the markets, and private goods. The Government announced it would be looking for private partners to construct the highway between Linden and Mabaruma, and also would be issuing bonds to embark on other infrastructural projects. Both of these measures will have the Government competing with private investors for funds and reduce the overall efficacy of investment decisions through what is called the “crowding out effect” because of higher interest rates.The Government, on the other hand, has steadfastly refused to consider the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHEP) that was totally funded by loans and grants and which would have been serviced by payments that presently go to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL). This win win situation was scuttled by the parties in Government when they were in Opposition and they have obdurately not heeded the calls of the domestic and international business community.For the distributive function of the budget, the Government uses its taxation and expenditure (fiscal) policies to assist in a fair distribution of income to the population as a whole. But what the Government has done is to increase the tax burden on the relatively minuscule middle class and this is giving them either a disincentive to work harder – since the marginal income earned will be taxed at the higher rate – or an incentive to cheat on their taxes. Either way, the economy will not grow as fast as it could have.In its stabilisation function, the Government can use its influence over monetary policy to stimulate growth of the economy by setting macroeconomic targets for, say, job creation and savings rather than just keeping inflation down. For Governments such as ours that are seeking to stimulate growth, inflation rates of two per cent are simply ridiculous and betray a tendency to stick to a course of action that has long been discredited.Another area where the Government has not shown enough creativity in crafting its budget is to, on one hand, complain that the price of sugar on the international market is set by players such as Brazil and India that heavily subsidise their producers and on the other, to declare that we cannot subsidise ours. They ignore the fact that when we close down half of the sugar industry, as they have decided, the economy will shrink and workers will be pushed on the breadlines.
0Shares0000Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton (L) and Nico Rosberg wave to the spectators following qualifying session of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, in September 2015MELBOURNE, March 16 – Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will renew his tense rivalry with Nico Rosberg as Mercedes look to pick up where they left off in Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.The German team has ruled Formula One for two years, winning 32 of the 38 races and posing the burning question heading into this year’s record, 21-stop season: who is going to stop the Silver Arrows? Flamboyant Englishman Hamilton, 31, is bidding for his third win at Melbourne’s 5.303 kilometre (3.295 mile) Albert Park street circuit — one with McLaren Mercedes in 2008, and last year’s dominant start-to-finish victory over team-mate Rosberg.He has savoured a celebrity lifestyle in the downtime after his triumphant 2015 season, and claimed the last six months have been the best of his life.“Having a blast travelling, sports, gaming, parties, doing fun stuff training, sky-diving,” he recounted recently.But now it’s down to business after winter testing and Hamilton is ready to reassert his dominance over Rosberg and the rest of the F1 field.“I have been racing for a long time and always managed to get myself in gear. I am fit and ready to go. I just do me. I do the same thing I always do,” he said.“Coming into this year, I really feel like it’s a clean slate. When I arrive at the track, I don’t feel like I’m world champion — that’s why I have number 44 on my car and not number one.“I’m number 44, the same as I was when I first started racing. I was here to beat everyone and that’s how I’m going into the first race.“Testing was just incredible, the best I can remember in my career. The car feels even better than last year’s from both a performance and reliability perspective, which is saying something.”– ‘Fighting all the way’ –Rosberg claimed pole at the last six races of the 2015 season, and swept to victory in the final three grands prix.But pundits point out that each of those victories came after Hamilton had clinched the drivers’ championship in the United States.The acrimonious rivalry between the two Mercedes drivers reached breaking point when Rosberg petulantly threw his cap at Hamilton after he sealed the title in Austin.The German, who again shapes as Hamilton’s fiercest championship rival, has vowed to fight all the way during the 2016 title race.“I look forward to this battle with the world champion,” Rosberg said heading into Melbourne.“He has beaten me for the past two years and he is the benchmark. That is what I am going for and trust me, I will be fighting all the way.“I need to hope that he doesn’t have an awesome season like last year and that for me everything falls into place and I get everything out of it. There is no magic bullet.”Adding spice to this year’s exchanges is Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff’s vow to stand back and allow Hamilton and Rosberg more freedom to battle on the track, with no team orders from the pit wall.“The regulations help us because there is much less engineering input, less guidance in terms of how to drive the car,” Wolff said.“It is more up to them how they drive the car. Our role is to step back a little and leave it up to these two to fight it out in the track.”Four-time drivers’ champion Sebastian Vettel, who won three GPs last season, looms as the biggest threat to the dominant Mercedes duo in his Ferrari.Vettel and Ferrari chipped away at the tearaway Mercedes team last year and the German is steadfast in his belief that good times are just around the corner for Ferrari, who have won six times in Melbourne.“We know Ferrari are very close — but we’re not sure if we’re ahead or behind,” Rosberg said, after eight days of testing in Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says England are still odds-on to qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals despite their defeat to Wales.He also turns his attention to Tuesday night’s Champions League action and reveals Chelsea are 9/4 outsiders to beat Porto after their recent poor run of form, while Arsenal are big favourites [2/5] to see off Olympiacos.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The best lesson we learned from this all is that when we see it coming, we need to have a proactive approach that engages the kids in communication, in conversation,” said Rich Russell, student support services director for the Whittier Union High School District. The walkouts, which began March27, ended March31, but only after student participation dwindled in the face of letters mailed home to parents. The letters reminded students about the Whittier district’s truancy policies and made clear the consequences of walking out of classes. At the same time, administrators at individual schools organized on-campus forums for students to express their opinions. “Every school did something that gave kids the opportunity to discuss the issues around the immigration legislation,” said Russell. “That was really positive. “In the future, we need to be more proactive in providing those opportunities.” For students who did participate in the walkouts, the consequences varied by school district. Many students were allowed to attend Saturday school or detention to make up for lost class time. In the Whittier Union district, students who had parental permission to participate in the walkouts received “unexcused” absences, meaning they could not make up any missed class work. But administrators at the El Rancho Unified School District allowed students who brought notes to school from a parent to receive excused absences, said Assistant Superintendent Susanna Smith. Those who did not bring an absent note from home were given additional homework assignments that could be made up by attending Saturday school. “We feel we dealt with the situation as it occurred,” Smith said. “We followed the same practices and procedures that we would if a student was absent on any given day. “And if they violated state education code or our policies, we dealt with them accordingly, with citations and any suspensions we felt were in order.” One El Rancho student, who district officials say they identified as the person who raised a Mexican flag atop an upside-down American flag in front of Montebello High School – prompting a national outcry – wrote a letter of apology addressed to the high school. Officials said the student also was disciplined, but they declined to say how. “Again, we see this kind of activity as a teachable moment as an educator,” Smith said. “We provided lesson plans and lesson packets to teachers to follow at the middle schools and high school for classroom discussion. “I visited and observed classrooms while these were being held and they were very positive,” she added. School officials in Montebello, Whittier and Pico Rivera agreed that their main focus during the walkouts was to keep students safe. When students started jumping fences, officials decided to simply open gates to maximize safety, Russell said. “We’ve had conversations with law enforcement and we reviewed things we did and what we should do in the future should the need arise,” Russell said. “And it all revolves around student safety and staff safety.” Now top administrators and police are discussing what they should expect May1, he added. “We were pleased with the cooperation and communication we had with Whittier police and the sheriff’s departments during the walkouts,” said Russell. “That was helpful, and I think it did a lot to help us react appropriately and keep kids in school.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562)698-0955, Ext.3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Last month’s wave of student walkouts at Whittier-area schools was followed by a surge of minor disciplinary actions ranging from ordering students to attend Saturday school to giving them detention. A few students were suspended. But no one was expelled, local school officials said. Now, education officials are hoping they learned a few lessons from the walkouts to employ in the event of more disruptions on May1, when some Latino leaders have called for students to stay out of schools to protest congressional moves to crack down on illegal immigration. This time, local district officials say they will try to stem any walkouts by providing more on-campus forums where students can discuss the immigration issue.
Santi Cazorla has revealed Arsene Wenger has made no indication this will be his last season in charge of Arsenal.The veteran French coach recently celebrated 20 years in charge of the Gunners, a spell which has seen the club win the Premier League three times, as well as six FA Cups.However, the 66-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, and there have been no indications from the board that a new deal is being rushed through to completion.Cazorla, though, maintains whatever Wenger’s future plans may be, the Arsenal boss has not dropped any hints they would not include extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium.“The truth is we do not have that feeling in the dressing room,” said Cazorla, in an interview with Spanish broadcaster Cope on its This is Football podcast.“The boss has not indicated that this will be his last year. Not at all.“He is fully focused on this season and I do not know what he is planning for the future.“Today I do not rule him (out of ) continuing another season because he has not said he will leave.“It is in his hands and he is the one who has to make the decision, but today I would say that he may continue.”Cazorla, whom Wenger brought to the club from Malaga in August 2012, continued “Arsene is an icon at the club. He has spent 20 years here and every bit of praise to him would not be enough.“There was a time when fans demanded the club to fight for the Premier League title again or do something big in the Champions League.“We were aware of that and I hope the club can take a step forward and Arsenal can be fighting for big things this season.”On his own future, Cazorla added he felt “happy” and “valued” at Arsenal, with reports suggesting the playmaker could be set for a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid. 1 Will Arsene Wenger sign a new contract with Arsenal?
Finn Harps held on for dear life to grab their first point of the season against Galway United tonight.Finn Harps 1 Galway United 1By Chris McNulty at Finn Park Sean Houston’s first-half goal was cancelled out by ex-Harps man Kevin Devaney early in the second half on a night when Paddy McCourt made his first Harps start.With both sides having lost their opening two games, it was, even in the third week of the campaign, billed as a six-pointer and the end result after they came under siege in the second half, will be a relief to Finn Park faithful.It had all looked so positive for Harps when Houston, after being fed by McCourt, opened the scoring, but they never really looked like winning it after Devaney struck.They did throw the contents of the kitchen at the goal in added time, but were unable to sneak it. There were only 57 seconds gone in the second half when the Tribesmen drew level as Devaney broke through and capitalised on a mix-up to fire home.It was the worst possible way for Harps to begin the second half – and they’d been warned twice before the break.Seven minutes after Houston’s opener, Galway were inches from a leveller.Devaney released Ronan Murray, who rounded Ciaran Gallagher, but went too wide.Devaney latched onto Murray’s pull-back and fired off the post with Gallagher relieved to gather from Gavan Holohan’s follow-up. Just before half-time, Vinny Faherty had a golden chance for Galway, but fired tamely wide when he ought to have, at least, tested Gallagher.Devaney, again, was the architect, with his trickery as Galway went agonisingly close to hitting the front, but Murray clipped off the far post with Harps all at sea at the back.Harps, who had started with promise, took some time to find their way again and it was the 69th minute before Eddie Dsane – also making his first Harps start tonight – managed to go clear, but Conor Winn was out to save.It was Galway, though, who were looking the more likely and Faherty headed off the top of the crossbar at a time when it seemed as if Harps were clinging on by the tips of their fingers. It hadn’t appeared that way earlier in the night.McCourt created the goal for Houston, playing a neat pass to Houston, who did well to fire past former Harps metinder Winn to the bottom corner.McCourt was included as one of three changes to the Harps side from that which lost 5-3 to Bray last Friday, with Dsane also making his debut and Packie Mailey given a first start of 2017.Damien McNulty, Jonny Bonner and Michael Funston were the men to make way in the reshuffle.It was from a quickly and cleverly played McCourt corner, in the 13th minute, that Harps had their first opportunity with the in-rushing Caolan McAleer drilling low from 20 yards, but David Cawley made the clearance from an awkward attempt by the Omagh man.The same two players combined for the hosts when McCourt’s fine ball into the right channel invited an effort from McAleer, but his effort was saved by Winn.In Horgan’s first season as Harps manager, in 2014, Winn was the Harps goalkeeper, while Kevin Devaney – who spent a time on loan at Finn Park in 2011 – was also named in the Galway side.The cagey opening continued with defender Lee Grace heading over the top before Houston broke the deadlock.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Ethan Boyle, Packie Mailey, Killian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll; Aidan McAleer, Sean Houston, Barry Molloy, Eddie Dsane; Paddy McCourt, Ciaran O’Connor. Subs: Gareth Harkin for McCourt (59), Danny Morrissey for O’Connor (59), Jonny Bonner for Dsane (71).Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Lee Grace, Stephen Folan, Mark Ludden; Gavan Holohan, David Crawley, Alex Byrne, Kevin Devaney; Ronan Murray; Vinny Faherty. Subs: Padraic Cunningham for Faherty (81), Conor Melody for Murray (85), Gary Shanahan for Devaney (90).Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).All square as Finn Harps hang on for a point against Galway was last modified: March 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Galway UnitedOllie HorganPaddy McCourtSean Houston
Originally published on Workology blog. Rule #1 – Don’t Get Drunk at the Holiday PartyRule #2 – Don’t Get Drunk at the Holiday PartyJust continue replaying the rules over and over again and you’re halfway there.For HR, the holiday season can bring a huge variety of reports, emotions, tasks, and more. As the HRNewbie in the office, it is your job to figure out what that role means for your career, but it’s more important that your employees understand what this role means to them, as their support.Support Struggling EmployeesWhile the holiday season is a wonderful time for a large number of our employees, for some, the holidays represent a part of their lives where everything wasn’t wonderful. We’re generally not licensed counsellors, but we still have the responsibility of being a listening ear for those employees who may have lost a loved one, are in a financial struggle for the holidays, have bad family memories, or just feeling lonely. Whatever the problem may be, their emotional being is just as important as that of employees who are celebrating.Being an introvert during the holiday season brings out more stress for people. Coworkers want to talk about their holiday plans, family traditions, and end of year parties. Don’t force your employees to be apart of these conversations, but don’t allow them to rude – and this also goes for you. It’s still the end of the year and a lot of projects needs to be finished and some even still need to be started, but it is still your responsibility to get out and have conversations with your employees. If you don’t know what’s going on, you won’t know what role you can play in helping them achieve their end of year goals.Plan A Good PartyIn my experience, HR is the department that gets the holiday party together. We plan, we budget, we send out the invitations, we decorate – we are the holiday party. It is important that in the rush of getting it done, we don’t forget to take moments to ourselves and enjoy. The arrangements will go off flawlessly, no one will say anything offensive, Bob and Jerry from the mail room won’t get into a fight, and no one will try to cop a feel on the coworker they’ve had a crush on the entire year. Trust me.But don’t limit your work partying to your workplace.Participate in your local SHRM end of the year chapter party. Making the connections that will help you and the company thrive into the upcoming year. Continue the rules given at the very beginning of this post, but always have fun. Use the opportunity to get ideas on activities for your company’s end of the year holiday party. You don’t want to go to a boring SHRM party (and it won’t be boring), so don’t force your employees to come to an end of year party that won’t keep them entertained. Showing appreciation is a great way to bring in the new year, it’s even better if the company or organization can keep the same energy throughout the year.Surviving the holiday season as an HRNewbie can be overwhelming. It’s a big learning curve to take in what your company has been doing for the team over the past few years, how you now fit in, and what value can you bring to the table. But you can do it and have a happy holiday, too.
This morning, Google announced two enhancements to their OpenID API. For end users, they have rolled out a popup-style interface for simpler logins with fewer redirects and less confusion. They also extended their Attribute Exchange to include more user data, such as first and last names, preferred language, country, and other, more personal information available via the Google Data API.At the OpenID blog, David Recordon wrote this morning, “This means that Google users signing into sites… now have a much better user experience, one on par with Facebook Connect.” The screenshots below show the new login in action. Tags:#Data Portability#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell According to this morning’s entry from Yariv Adan on the Google Code Blog, the new UI “is designed to streamline the federated login experience for users. Specifically, it’s designed to ensure that the context of the Relying Party website is always available and visible, even in the extreme case where a confused user closes the Google approval window.”The post continues with a specific use case. OpenID products company JanRain is using the new API in their RPX offering. The first step on the login page “is identical to that of the ‘full page’ version, and does not require any changes in the Relying Party UI,” read the blog.”In addition to signing into sites using their Google accounts, users are also sharing specific data with the Relying Party website. The data shared can range from the user’s email, first and last name, preferred language, and country, to other information available through the Google Data API, including the user’s Contacts List, Web Albums, or Calendar.Adan writes, “Google strongly believes that the data our users trust us with belongs to them and should always be available for them to use. By providing users with more secure means to share their data, they can benefit from a much more streamlined, personalized and socially relevant experience when they log in to trusted websites.”The new process also allows a streamlined conversion process for Relying Party websites. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Related Posts Facial recognition and detection software is a hot button issue on the Web right now. Facebook has stirred a hornets nest by using facial recognition with users’ pictures, asking people to tag their friends. Google has said that is a line of creepy it will not cross. Facial detection software is not just limited to the Web though. A new startup in Chicago called SceneTap uses facial detection and people-counting cameras to scope out your local bar to tell you “what is going on.” What is the male-to-female ratio at your favorite club? Who is buying drinks? SceneTap cameras see it all and provide the data to users and bar owners. Seem a little creepy? Maybe not as much as you might think. SceneTap’s stated goal is to give real-time information into your local bar scene. As such, it is a location-based service that gives you information, deals and social media connections, location information and more. It is kind of like Yelp plus Foursquare plus Groupon with Facebook and Twitter integration, operating in real-time. According to founder and CEO Cole Harper, the footage collected by SceneTap is not meant to be looked at by anyone. There is a demarcation between “facial detection” and “facial recognition” that SceneTap says it does not cross. The way it works is that there is a camera facing the door of the bar. A person comes in and the camera creates a box around the face, analyzing the eyes, nose and facial structure. It takes that data and scans it through a database to find the most similar type of match. Are you a 25-year-old female? That is what the SceneTap camera is trying to find out. The cameras are not monitored by people and information is not stored. Bar owners do not have access to the feeds as the stream is encrypted from the backend. SceneTap does technically have access to the visual feed but Harper says that it would only be used for maintenance.Big Data for Bar Owners for the First TimeThe value proposition for bar goers and bar owners is significant. Fundamentally, SceneTap is trying to bring big data on a granular level to the restaurant industry. It analyzes what type of people are coming in, what they are buying and when they come and go. That information can be cross-referenced with promotions, advertisements and on-site staff (does Bartender A bring in more male patrons than Bartender B, for instance).This is not the type of information that restaurants and bars have ever had access to. Even with the most sophisticated point-of-sale systems, the ability to have specific gender-related data on a timeline that can be studied over a period of time is not available. Yet, add SceneTap data with the POS system and all of a sudden restaurant owners know everything about their clientele.For bar goers, it provides real-time information to help you decide where you are going. Is Bartender A working? How many girls are there and how old are they?SceneTap will launch in Chicago in the middle of July and have partners in select cities across the country shortly thereafter including New York, Boston, Miami, Austin, Columbus, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Diego and Las Vegas. dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Data Services#news#NYT#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
President Trump signed an executive order (EO) on October 12 entitled Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has often been at odds with Republicans on health care, spoke at the signing, calling the EO the “biggest free market reform of health care in a generation.” The EO states that it seeks to improve choice and competition in the health insurance marketplace by prioritizing three areas for change: association health plans (AHPs); short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI); and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).The EO, among other things, aims to expand employers’ ability to use tax-advantaged HRAs for their employees’ health care needs. “HRAs are employer-funded accounts that reimburse employees for healthcare expenses, including deductibles and copayments. The IRS does not count funds contributed to an HRA as taxable income,” the EO notes.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) places limits on the use of HRAs for health insurance, such as restricting their use for the payment of health insurance premiums. “They were previously popular among small businesses that wanted to reimburse their employees’ expenses, rather than offer group plans,” according to the EO.The EO also direct that changes be made to allow AHPs to be offered across state lines, with more limited and, therefore, likely less expensive coverage, to small businesses and others who form groups to purchase health insurance. Changes to STLDI would expand the availability of that type of less-costly insurance available to more individuals.Currently, one-third of all the counties in the U.S. have only a single insurance option and, next year, one half of all counties will have one insurer, and many will have none, according to Trump. In the coming months, the administration plans to take additional measures toward the stated goal of repealing and replacing the ACA, Trump told reporters. “We will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace the ACA,” he added.Democratic lawmakers began criticizing the EO immediately after its signing. “Actions like these create extreme uncertainty that will undoubtedly saddle middle class families with higher cost, less coverage and fewer protections,” House Ways and Means ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., said in a statement. “I hope Republicans will join with Democrats to find bipartisan solutions to further strengthen our healthcare system to bring down costs, strengthen consumer protections and cover more Americans.”Trump recently indicated his intention to work with Democrats on health care, having consistently voiced frustration with Republicans for failing to repeal and replace the ACA (TAXDAY, 2017/07/31, C.1). “”I called [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., yesterday to see if [Democrats] want to do a great health care bill. Obamacare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” Trump said in an October 7 tweet.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffPresidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United StatesHealthcare Executive Order Key MessagesLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or con