Ranks of the Guyana Police Force stationed in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) have arrested a gold miner after he was found in possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition.The discovery was made sometime around 09:45h on Saturday morning at Seaballi Backdam.According to reports, Police ranks unearthed an unlicensed .380 Semi-Automatic Pistol and 22 live matching ammunition in the miner’s possession.The 33-year-old suspect of Mabura Landing, Upper Demerara River, was taken into custody and is being processed for court. He is expected to be arraigned at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
ARCATA >> Following a pair of non-conference games where things were a little closer than some might have thought, the Jacks got to breathe a little easier down the stretch Monday night.It was in large part because of what they did the first 35 minutes or so.Getting contributions from up and down the roster, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team hit 19 3-pointers en route to a season-high point total and rolled to a convincing 111-78 win over Simpson University at Lumberjack Arena.“Offensi …
23 October 2015Austerity measures that were introduced to reduce wastage in the public sector had led to the government reducing its spend notably, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said when tabled his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in the National Assembly on 21 October.In 2013, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan, the Treasury announced wide- ranging measures to reduce public spending, issuing an instruction for government credit cards to be closed, and for the cost containment of consultants, travel, entertainment and eventing expenses by all government departments.Finance Min Nhlanhla #Nene delivers his Mid Term Budget Policy Statement #MTBPS [Gallery] https://t.co/GUqG2xItgN pic.twitter.com/FzXRvz5ktt— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 22, 2014Those measures were now starting to bear fruit, Nene said, adding that “across all national and provincial departments. a 3% decrease was achieved in spending on consultants. and a 47% decrease in catering, entertainment and events expenditure”.When they were introduced, the Treasury also announced that spend on official travel would be reduced, with only ministers and director-generals allowed business class travel allowances. Other measures to cut spending included motor vehicle bulk buys and limited hotel allowances.Nene said there was further light at the end of the tunnel as far as government spending was concerned.“Preliminary budget data indicate that there will be further reductions in these categories of spending over the medium-term expenditure framework period, contributing both to value for money and improved public service delivery.” While there was not yet full compliance with these ongoing measures, “the Treasury is currently revising the cost containment instruction to review thresholds and clarify its implementation, especially on expenditure related to conference”.Expenditure ceiling projected to rise by 2.5%The minister went on to highlight expenditure that was necessary for effective national growth, proposing that the Treasury increase spending over the long term to sustain debt levels when the economy experienced turbulent times.South Africa is experiencing a projected slow growth of 1.5% in 2015. With the economy buckling under energy constraints and other external factors, the minister warned that “the expenditure ceiling remains the primary tool to stabilise debt. No resources will be added to the spending ceiling over the next two years.“Beginning with the 2016 Budget, government will align spending limits in the outer year of the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) with the long-term path of GDP (gross domestic product) growth, building on government’s countercyclical and sustainable approach to fiscal management.”This would link the expenditure ceiling to the long-term fiscal guideline, which would link spending to projected economic growth. That growth was expected to rise to 2.8% – on condition, Nene warned, “that government eases electricity, transport and telecommunications infrastructure constraints by 2018”.“The long-term guideline gives expression to the fiscal principles of countercyclicality and debt sustainability. It will ensure that spending grows at a stable rate over the business cycle.”A countercyclicality approach was adopted at the height of the 2008 global meltdown; it means the government increased its spending when times were hard, and slowed it to fall within GDP growth when the economy stabilised.This helped the country ride the tide, with government rolling out large capital projects, including the construction of stadiums that were used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.An expenditure ceiling should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate large shocks and structural changes to the economy, Nene stressed. “However, where structural improvements in revenue are apparent, through tax policy changes, improved administration or economic shifts, a corresponding increase in the spending ceiling will be considered.”R200-million set aside for nuclearMedupi power station is coming to life – Download the latest issue of our insights magazine http://t.co/t4DHvDUURR pic.twitter.com/IS5WUMt76H— KPMG South Africa (@KPMG_SA) October 7, 2015In a media briefing before his speech on Wednesday, Nene emphasised the need to invest in solving energy challenges for the country. With R200-million reserved for this direction, he said South Africa had made good progress in powering the nation, over and above the nuclear option.“We’re not just looking at nuclear; we’re looking at the entire energy mix and nuclear is part of that energy mix and (the money) has been set aside to support the preparatory work that has been done.“Ultimately what the National Treasury and Department of Energy would want to see is a situation where we are able to address our energy challenge in totality.”He named the opening of the first unit of Medupi and the ongoing success of the Independent Power Producer programme, adding, though, that more still needed to be done to ensure that South Africa had an adequate and reliable supply of energy to power a modern economy.Another development was the government’s alleviating of the pressure of Eskom’s financial position with a R23-billion equity investment financed from the sale of Vodacom shares. Additionally, it was revising its integrated resource plan, which maps out the country’s future energy mix, including options for renewables, coal, gas and nuclear power.“The state has built partnerships with the private sector to address the electricity-supply gap, making additional capacity available through the renewable energy programme. This initiative is being extended to include investment in base- load coal generation plants,” Nene noted in his address to Parliament.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now We use the word “dissatisfaction” to describe the gap between the status quo and some better future state. It might mean that your dream client is unhappy with something now. They might have some pain that they can point to. It might also mean they have aspirations. They might have a vision of where they want to go in the future. We call it dissatisfaction, but it’s really just a way to confirm that there is some gap between the present state and some better future state.If there is no gap, there is no reason to change. Sometimes your dream clients recognize the gap themselves. They can tell you exactly what’s wrong and what is required to make it better. You love it when you walk and your dream client has a list of problems, challenges, and issues that you can help resolve, don’t you? It means there is a reason to change. It means you can be compelling.But sometimes you find your dream client and they aren’t unhappy with the way things are going now. In fact, things are working out rather well in their opinion. Focusing on pain doesn’t work. But that doesn’t mean that your dream client shouldn’t be dissatisfied. You may need to work to show them that even though they’re not dissatisfied, that they may be capable of producing even better results. This provides a reason to change. It might also be compelling.Some of your dream client contacts may be change agents. They may operate from the idea that, “If it ain’t broken, break it!” They believe that there is always improvements to be made and that you can’t allow the status quo to take hold, lest you become complacent. They always see a brighter future. They are always moving away from the status quo and towards “better.” They have aspirations. They frame them in the positive.Some of the opportunities in your pipeline aren’t going to become deals. They have no dissatisfaction. Your dream clients don’t recognize a gap themselves. You haven’t done anything to show them that they have good cause to be dissatisfied if they’re not. And they don’t have a compelling vision of a better state that they want to bring to life. Whether they are moving away from something identifiable and negative or towards something identifiable and positive, you need dissatisfaction because you need a compelling reason your dream client will change. Without it, you have no deal.QuestionsCan you define the dissatisfaction in every opportunity in your pipeline?Can you define what the dissatisfaction should be in the “opportunities” where you can’t define the dissatisfaction?What do you do when you can’t find pain?How do you elicit your dream client’s desired future state when it’s positive, not an identifiable, negative pain?
The Canadian PressOTTAWA _ The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board says Canada’s GDP would get an annual boost of $27.7 billion if barriers were removed to ensure Indigenous people can participate in the economy.The group’s latest report, to be released Tuesday, says equal economic opportunity for Indigenous peoples would help Canada address ongoing economic challenges caused by low productivity and demographic pressure from an aging population.It also notes the productivity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples would match that of their non-Indigenous counterparts if they received the same level of education and training.The report says an additional $8.5 billion in income could be earned every year by the Indigenous workforce if education and training gaps are closed.For example, it suggests B.C. could stand to benefit to the tune of $1.4 billion a year in additional income earned by more than 125,000 workers, while Ontario could bring in an additional $2 billion through more than 169,000 workers.The board says the Indigenous labour force is underutilized, despite the fact the Indigenous population is young and growing fast.Dawn Madahbee Leach, the board’s interim chair, says economic development can also assist in reconciliation efforts.“I can tell you first-hand, when somebody is provided with a job, they are able to provide for their families with regards to basic needs like shelter and food and then they become a role model for their children,” she said.“This report deals … with helping our people to help themselves through employment, through education and training.”[email protected]