The late Sibyl Wells donation to Wellington Library exceeds $100,000

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down jason B · 225 weeks ago Being left that kind of money, hopefully they will spend it smart. That will do a lot for the library. Report Reply 0 replies · active 225 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Jo Plumb, Wellington Public Library Director, along with several members of the Library Board of Trustees and library patrons joined together Thursday at a reception to celebrate National Library Week and to announce a generous gift received from long time Wellington resident Sibyl K. Wells. Sibyl WellsMs. Wells was a graduate of Wellington High School and went on to work for the Allis-Chalmers dealership for 35 years and then the Sumner County Clerk’s Office for 20 years before retiring. Ms. Wells died October 20, 2015 at the age of 97.Ms. Wells’s donation, which exceeded $100,000, will be used in accordance with the library’s mission and values; to support the library’s endeavor to be responsive to the ever changing information needs of the community and to support diverse programming, and up-and-coming technologies.The Board of Trustees is very grateful to receive such a generous gift to further the Library’s programming and mission. The Wellington Public Library will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. It is one of the few Carnegie Libraries still in use in Kansas.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Surveyors, Land Sellers and Buyers Beware – Criminal Conveyance of Land Law in motion

first_imgDue to the numerous land conflicts in the county, the Government of Liberia has passed into law “An Act Against the Criminal Conveyance of Land”. Criminal Conveyance means that anybody who knowingly, willfully or purposely transfer or deliver something such as a right or property to another person or persons or group of persons or an institution or institutions through dishonest means will face the full force of the Law.The Act was signed by President Sirleaf on August 26, 2014 after it was passed by the both Houses on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and Monday, September 3, 2014 respectively.The Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land, published into Handbills by authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is an amendment of Chapter 15 Subchapter B, Section 15.21 of the Penal Law of Liberia.The Law says, a person is guilty of criminal conveyance of land, a felony of the second degree, if he/she conveys to another through sale, gift or mortgage and or lease, a parcel of land that he/she has no title to by purchase, gift or inheritance evidenced by a deed, traceable to the Republic of Liberia, from the lawful owner or by any other lawful means.The Law also says that a person is guilty of third degree felony if he/she knowingly purchases a parcel of land which he/she knows or have reason to know does not belong to the seller or is being criminally conveyed. A surveyor who encourages, persuades, surveys, uses his influence or in any other way participates or conspires with anyone in the sale or purchase of a parcel of land, knowing or being in the position to know that the seller of such land has no lawful title is guilty of a first degree felony punishable by both a fine to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, and a prison term of not less than ten (10) years.Additionally, a surveyor who surveys a land without a notice to all adjoining property owners, consistent with existing law, regulation or executive order or procedure, is guilty of a felony of the third degree.The Law further states that a district commissioner, land commissioner, city mayor, township commissioner, or any other local government official, or a person charged with the responsibility to archive land deeds and records, or traditional chief, elder, or any person holding a powerful traditional position, who abuses his/her authority to unduly influence or compel an individual or group of individuals to convey a parcel of land or any portion thereof, knowing or being in position to know that the land so conveyed belongs not to the person or persons conveying same or knowing or being in the position to know that without the use of such influence or compulsion a conveyance of said land is not possible is guilty of a felony of the second degree.A legislator or a person holding a national level position such as minister, deputy minister, director general, deputy director general, any ranking officer of a law enforcement agency, or any other public official or law enforcement officer who abuses his/her office by influencing or compelling the conveyance of a parcel of land, knowing or having reason to know that without the use of such influence or compulsion a conveyance of said land is not possible is guilty of a second degree felony.A person guilty of Criminal Conveyance of land maybe sentenced in the following manner:A person guilty of a second degree felony shall be given a prison term of not more than five (5) years and made to restitute an amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land, for the first offense. A person guilty of criminal conveyance for the second time shall be given a mandatory five (5) year prison term, the maximum prison term for a second degree felony and required to restitute the amount equal to double the gain received from the criminal conveyance of land. Any other repeated offence shall be punishable similarly, with not right of parole or probation. A person guilty of a third degree felony under this law shall be punished by both a fine to be determined by court, the maximum which shall not be more than double the gain and a prison term of not more than three (3) years. A surveyor guilty of a first degree felony under this law shall be punished both by a fine and a prison term of not less than ten (10) years and a permanent revocation of his license to practice as a surveyor.The minimum length of a person guilty under this subchapter shall be imprisoned for is one (1) year for a third degree felony, three (3) years for a second degree felony and five (5) years for a first degree felony.The good thing about this Law is that it excuses no one; whether you are big person in government or an ordinary man in the street, the Law will hold you accountable if you sell land to more than one person. Therefore, those who are criminally selling land, buyers and surveyors, please control yourself and avoid the double sale of land. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gangs back in school

first_imgSimi Valley Democrats’ fault Re: “L.A. exports gang terror” (Feb. 7): I have lived in L.A. County for 36 years and have watched the gang-terror problems escalate with nothing being done to stop it. Then it dawned on me that the city and county have been run by Democrats over that entire time. This shows the complete incompetence of the Democrats to solve serious problems. How many people do we have to have killed in L.A. so that we won’t offend someone? We don’t need a “three-day summit” to tell us what is wrong. We want the City Council and county supervisors to get off their liberal butts and get some guts and start fighting the problem. Congress has not solved the problem in its own backyard so why does it think it can solve Iraq? Re: “Mayor, police chief vow to crack down on gangs” (Feb. 4): Dying isn’t worth it. Last Friday two police officers were involved in a shooting that injured a 21-year-old gang member. As stated in the article, according to Bratton and Villaraigosa, “The rise of gang violence was partly to blame on school dropouts.” There will always be gangs. Instead of worrying about getting rid of gangs, I think a goal should be getting these gang members to start taking seats in the classroom instead of seats in a car in pursuit of a drive-by. There are teachers that want to teach. Let’s find a way to get these individuals taught instead of killed. – LaMese Smith – Allan L. Griffith Stevenson Ranch `Pobody’s nerfect’ Re: “A life of reaching for the stars crashed back down to earth” (Feb. 7): Even the most pristine glamorous agency the world’s ever seen has its blemishes. A celebrated space traveler has fallen from the stars to the point of serving time for a human behavior that’s anathema to the status we place on astronauts. They’re just as frail and as human as the rest of us, and, it seems, just as nuts as everyone of us. See, NASA? “Pobody’s nerfect.” Not even you. – John C. Weaver Palmdale True compassion Re: “Animal killing on way out” (Feb. 4): If we count those dogs whose immune systems break down from the stress of overextended hold periods in L.A. city shelters and those that die from injuries from dogfights caused by overcrowding, would “no kill” statistics be so admirable? A survey at a city shelter this week disclosed that merely keeping animals alive seems more important than the quality of their lives. Dogs – especially pit bulls – are held in small kennels up to six months, while insanity causes them to spin for hours from boredom and throw themselves against the sides of their cages in self-mutilation. Eventually they are euthanized anyway because they become (if they were not originally) so dangerous they cannot be adopted. If we did what is best for obviously unadoptable animals within a humane time frame, would we not have more space and money for adoptable pets, provide a more pleasant shelter atmosphere, and truly be acting with compassion? – Phyllis M. Daugherty, director Animal Issues Movement Los Angeles White boxer pup Re: “Fighting chance sought for white boxer pup” (McCarthy column, Feb. 1): I have a beautiful white boxer and the lady who was going to put him down because it was white is absolutely ridiculous. My white boxer just celebrated her 13th birthday. I feel all puppies should be given a chance to have a loving home. Don’t put them down just because of their color. – Joyce Scanlin Granada Hills `Dinette Set’ cartoon “Dinette Set” cartoon (Feb. 1): Usually “Dinette Set” will make me shake my head in agreement with whatever Julie Larson is poking fun at with the characters in her strip. But the Feb. 1 cartoon made me sad and upset. Let her use her people characters to do and say stupid things, but never, ever show them mistreating an animal. I find her cartoon showing an animal locked in a cage, unable to get to its food and water anything but amusing. If she is running out of silly stuff for her characters to say and do, let her find another way to get her point across. Using a helpless animal for others’ enjoyment is too cruel. Not funny, Julie, no way, no how. – Nina Mintzer Reseda It all makes sense now Re: “Unfixable Earth,” “Political hysteria” (Your Opinions, Feb. 8): The writers ask us to believe that global warming is a creation of a “certain political agenda” whose only proof is bad computer climate models for an untold purpose of mass panic. Their na ve scientific arguments are so compelling that I’m sure Dominick Odorizzi and Tom Snyder can also prove that the Universe revolves around the flat Earth. Mankind never landed on the moon, as it’s actually made of cheese and that the dodo bird is alive and well in a time-share condo in Santa Monica with Elvis. – Howard Barr Burbank Driving in diapers I’m envious of the astronaut who drove 900 miles without having to stop to use the bathroom or for gas. Please let me know the make and model of the car and the brand of diapers. – Phil Leslie Tarzana City Council dictates Re: “United front defeats council” (Feb. 4): According to Marshall Abernathy, the airport hotels are denying “living wages” to airport hotel workers, and “continue to underpay and steal tips from poverty-level employees.” If these hotel workers are at poverty level, which I assume is minimum-wage level, they are in that position because they have little or nothing to offer in the way of marketable job skills. It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The L.A. City Council should not attempt to dictate terms of wages and benefits to private enterprises that are not doing business directly with the city. – Charles Robinson Saugus All-night barking The Feb. 6 letter from reader Lisa Freedman underscored a problem that has vexed my entire neighborhood for years. I have the misfortune of living next door to a woman who, by letting her six captive dogs bark and howl for all hours of the day and night, has completely destroyed the charm of this neighborhood. After enduring hours of incessant all-night barking and howling, I feel like I’m living in some inner-city slum – and not Sherman Oaks. I understand that Orange County has recently passed a law that provides criminal penalties for pet owners who fail to regulate the noise pollution created by their animals. This sort of legislation is sorely needed in the San Fernando Valley. – Thomas R. Atkins Sherman Oaks 34-year-old slaying Re: “Bittersweet end to 34-year-old Valley slaying” (Feb. 6): It is good to know that justice is still being served. The real hero in this story of the stamp-collecting killer is Detective Rick Jackson. With leads dried up and evidence scarce, this detective could have just chosen to give up and leave this homicide case alone with the other 9,000 backlogged cold cases. But thanks to this agent’s diligence and patience over this two-year investigation, society has one less person to worry about. Though the known killer, Francis J. Fico, is now deceased and can’t pay for what he did to the Akopian family, they can now rest, knowing that this killer will not be hurting any more families. – Chey Ban Northridge 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bask(et)ing in pampering gifts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY — Carol Reniger sells all kinds of stuff at her shop, including footballs, motorcycles, handcuffs and hair dryers — all made of chocolate. She even has chocolate remote controls for couch potatoes, all part of her stock for making gift baskets to suit just about any recipient. “We have a little bit of a lot of different things. We always look for different items, things that aren’t readily available in a grocery store. If I don’t carry it, people can bring in their own items,” she said, explaining some of her secrets to success during 15 years in the gift basket business. In fact, Reniger and her Baskets n’ Bows shop, along with another local gift basket business in Moorpark called Gift Chicks, were named among the top 50 such businesses in the nation by Gift Basket Review magazine in its June issue. Reniger and Gift Chicks’ owner Lexa Finley will be honored in Boston in September in conjunction with the Jubilee Gift Basket Convention and the Boston Gift Show. The selection of the top 50 was based on business success, including gross revenues, but the financial details were not disclosed. Both Reniger and Finley started their businesses at home but eventually had to move to much larger commercial locations to handle the snowballing work. “I started eight years ago in my bedroom, and got so busy my husband couldn’t go to bed at night,” said Finley, whose shop is now at 5301 N. Commerce Ave. in Moorpark. Her reason for going into business in the first place was her interest in gift baskets she had received herself and the challenge of seeing what she could produce. Both she and Reniger said the key to their success is customer service — giving customers what they want and making sure they are satisfied. Both of them do work for corporations, including real estate companies and housing developers who give baskets to welcome people to their new homes. Something unusual Finley created was a presentation of garden gifts inside coiled garden hoses, which served as the basket. Then there are the customers who want to send romantic packages: “We once had two men vying for the same woman,” Finley said. The woman got a basket from one, and the other man came to Gift Chicks saying he wanted to one-up the other guy. “A lot of husbands send bath-and-body pamper baskets to their wives when they screwed up and are in the doghouse,” Finley said. Reniger said some customers want to send X-rated baskets, but she discourages such business. Although many people bring their own personalized gifts to be included, both Finley and Reniger try to keep on hand enough items to personalize the baskets themselves. If not, they go out on quick shopping trips. “If someone calls and says my grandma rides horses and plays tennis, we can get something if we don’t have it already,” Finley said. “My best talent is I’m a very good shopper.” Reniger started working out of her home in 1991, and the business grew so much she opened a retail store in Simi Valley in 1996 and moved to a bigger location in 1999. She said she was working seven days a week, 12 hours a day, and eventually decided to scale back to an industrial showroom at 4565 Industrial St. to do mainly corporate work, without so many walk-in clients. Linda White, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley, said the club has purchased baskets from Reniger for years and used them to raise money for the club. “Carol has always made excellent baskets for us,” White said. “Because she does such a good job, we’re able to raise a lot of money with them at our auctions.” A lot of people tell Reniger that her gift baskets are too pretty to open, but that can be a mistake, as in the case of the lady who left her fruit basket unopened in her mobile home until the pineapple exploded. “I tell them you have to open it up,” Reniger said. “That’s what it is for.” Industry surveys done by Gift Basket Review show that the price of corporate gift baskets plunged from a high of $80.42 in 2003 to $58 in 2004, then rose again to $61.89 in 2005. For individual consumers, average prices climbed from $42 in 2003 to $46 in 2004 to a current national average of $48.41. Of the gift basket store owners surveyed by the magazine, 87 percent are anticipating a good holiday season this year, with only 7 percent fearing a decline in orders. The top challenges to the industry are competition from large merchants and discounters and the cost of gasoline. “The gas prices are a problem,” Reniger said. “Everything is passed on to us. The shipping costs more, delivery costs more.” Many gift basket company owners say they are searching for more unique ideas to satisfy their customers, according to the magazine. The business owners also say they see a need to respond to the nation’s aging consumers by including more healthy foods in their gourmet packages. “I’m getting more requests for healthy foods, fruits and nuts,” Finley said. But Reniger said she finds it rare for people to ask for health food. “The demand is for more decadent things,” she said. “I have found they would rather do the spa-and-candle-type stuff. If someone is on a diet, they would rather order a spa basket with soaps and lotions and candles, a pampering basket.” — Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.comlast_img read more


first_imgFour Masters Club Notes 11/04/2016Coaching Academy: The 2016 coaching academy for 4-7 year olds started last Saturday in Tír Chonaill with over 60 boys and girls (and parents) taking part in the drills and the games the astroturf was a hive of activity. New players and parents are always welcome to come along any Saturday morning from 11am. Parents are asked to stay with their children during the academy. Indoor coaching: Thanks goes to all the coaches and parents who helped out with the U6 indoor coaching since January. Outdoor coaching for this U6 group will start in the next few weeks.U8 Boys Football: Training on Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Tír Chonaill. New players always welcome.U14 Boys Football: The U14 played a number of games in the last week, losing out away to Aodh Ruadh on Friday before beating Ardara at home tonight. The boys play St Nauls at home next Monday night at 6:30pm.U18 Boys Football: The minors lost out to Bundoran last Wednesday night. THE Boys are now down to play at home to St. Nauls this Wednesday, throw in at 7pm. Reserves: The reserves made it 2 wins out of 3 games on Sunday with a comfortable 2-10 to 0-07 win over Naomh Muire. Special mention goes to Daniel Martin who made his reserve debut on the day.Senior Mens Football: The senior beat Naomh Muire by 7 points with the early goals making the difference. The seniors and reserves play at home to Malin this Sunday, throw ins at 1:30pm and 3pm.Donegal GAA: Well done to Kate Keaney who helped Donegal ladies defeat Cavan on Sunday in Tír Chonaill. Hard luck to Karl Lacey and the Donegal team on their defeat to Dublin on Sunday. Good luck to Aaron McCrea and Thomas McGowan who play for Donegal U18 and U17 teams this weekend against Monaghan in the Ulster league semi finals in Clones. Goodluck to Cathal Canavan, Brian Fegan, Cian Hegarty and Jamie Crawford who start their Donegal U16 development squad year with a game away to Roscommon on Sunday.Social Night: Mr and Mrs will be held in Doms Peir 1 on Friday night at 9pm. Come along and support the club for a great nights entertainment.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included. Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS EARN SUPERB HOME WIN OVER NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more


first_imgA CRAZED thug who attacked another man without provocation, leaving him with possible life-long injuries, has been jailed for 18 months.Michael McMenamin, 22, from Millfield in Buncrana, “should have known better” as he had been a victim of an attack himself.Yet on February 16th 2009 he carried out a nauseating and unrelenting attack on a Co Derry man on the Cockhill Road in Buncrana, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard. A stomach-turning account of the injuries suffered by John McCormick, from Dungiven, was given to the court.The 23-year-old suffered a broken nose, a smashed cheekbone and a broken eye-socket.He continued to receive treatment for his injuries 18 months later, suffering from severe headaches, his girlfriend told Gardai in a victim impact statement.Judge John O’Hagan praised McMenamin’s barrister, noting that he had “left no page unturned” in telling the court that his client had deeply regretted the incident and had tried to move on in his life.Mr McMenamin had been for counselling and had also gone on to study at LYIT and in Derry. He had also been the victim of an assault.However Judge O’Hagan said it must be accepted that anyone is entitled to walk down a main street in Buncrana at 2.30am in the morning or at anytime.Mr McCormick’s life, said the judge, had been “torn apart” by the attack.McMenamin, said Judge O’Hagan, had been to see counsellors but he told him: “There is nothing psychiatrically wrong with you. You are perfectly sane.”He added: “You actually know what it’s like to be on the other end (of an attack).”In a lengthy and considered summing up, Judge O’Hagan said he had considered imposing the maximum five year prison sentence for such crimes, but had to consider all the evidence and mitigation before him.A guilty plea, he said, had saved the State considerable expense and the presence of the accused’s father in court was welcome. “It doesn’t always happen,” said the judge.Taking all the evidence into consideration, it would be wholly inappropriate to deal with the case by way of community service.Judge O’Hagan sentenced McMenamin – who had a lengthy previous record for assault – to two years in prison, suspending the last six months.McMenamin was handcuffed in the court and led away to begin his sentence, a female friend crying loudly as he was taken into custody.The thug’s dad hugged him and said ‘good luck son’ as he was taken away.At hearing. Copyright donegaldaily.comJAIL FOR THUG WHO BATTERED INNOCENT MAN was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:buncranaCockhillDungivenLetterkenny Circuit Courtthug jailedlast_img read more


first_imgFOOTBALL Special drinks maker McDaids have a limited edition fizzy drink – featuring Donegal’s senior players.Now you can order a McLoone, a Lacey or a Walsh.Just be careful however when you ask for a Murphy’s! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FOOTBALL SPECIAL UNVEIL NEW ALL-IRELAND LINE-UP was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:all-irelanddonegalFootball Speciallast_img read more

What direction SA’s economy?

first_imgJP LandmanSouth Africa’s new cabinet is a careful balance between different interest groups – and between different views on the economy. On the one hand we have people like the new minister of economic development, who comes from a fairly socialist and government-centred view of the world. On the other are people such as Trevor Manuel, who have learned about the limitations of the state.There will be serious debates about economic policy, including:macroeconomic policy (interest rates and budget balances)industrial policy (which industries the state should support and protect)microeconomics (the economics of individual sectors such as textiles, health and vehicle manufacturing, where tariffs, relevant infrastructure and specific supply side measures are important decisions)This is a new phase in South Africa’s democracy, and will be a new experience for the country’s political economy.When the Growth, Employment and Redistribution Programme (Gear) was introduced in 1996 after that year’s currency crisis, it was very much a top-down affair. The left has not forgiven Mbeki for that, and took their revenge. This top-down approach is the way macroeconomic stability was introduced in a score of countries in Latin America and even India, the world’s largest democracy, in 1991 – five years before Gear.Politics and economic policy-making do not always mix, as we saw in the old South Africa and what we currently see in Latin America.High road and low road scenariosThe high-road scenario is that the macro framework remains: a floating currency, budget discipline that will enhance national savings, tight focus on inflation (preferably through inflation targeting), and an open and outward-looking economy.The debate can then move on to questions such as:How can South Africa get onto a growth path that is more labour intensive?How can capital best be mobilised to finance infrastructure development?What are the next reforms to be undertaken to lift the growth capacity of the economy? Industrial policy and micro-economics can play a huge role in this.The low-road scenario is that the macro framework gets jettisoned. This is unlikely due to the cash-flow squeeze caused by the global crisis and South Africa’s infrastructure programme.A more realistic risk is that we develop a huge dependence in the state to deliver growth and development. This takes us into a developmental state framework. Not a developmental state as it was practiced in the East or Latin America, but with a unique South Africa identity to it. Will it be a market-friendly developmental state or a statist one? The choice will determine South Africa’s growth.How much is enough?By how much should the country grow to sustain its progress? As always, I like to convert it to per capita income growth, as that takes care of population growth.Over the first 15 years of democracy per capita incomes were lifted by 30%. All else flowed from that. Just to repeat some of the results of that 30% rise:More than 4-million jobs were created taking the percentage of the working age population that is employed from 39% to 44%. (Unemployment is not falling as much as 4-million new jobs would suggest because more young people enter the labour market looking for jobs. It is an issue of demography, not failure to create jobs).Huge progress has been made in providing housing, water, sanitation and electricity to millions of people.A social security net has been established that helps close to 14-million people every month at a cost of 4.8% of GDP.This year the public sector will invest 8% of GDP in infrastructure.(It is no surprise that the African National Congress was returned to power with a huge majority in the recent elections – millions of lives have changed, even if other millions have not.)To repeat the above and more would again require a 30% rise in per capita incomes over the next 15 years. That in turn will only require economic growth of 2.4% a year. That is not a demanding growth rate, and one South Africa should be able to achieve. If the figure looks low it is because the country’s population growth rate is low.But do we want to up our game? A difference of just 1% growth a year – annual growth of 3.4% – can bring that 30% rise about in 10 years, not 15. In a six-year period of 3.4% growth, 2-million more jobs can be added to the economy.All the benefits achieved above will again be reaped, but in a shorter time. It will make a huge contribution in wiping out the country’s developmental deficit.Will we plod along, or strive for the 6% growth that the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative targeted? That is for me will be the test of Jacob Zuma’s new government, and we will see over the term of this parliament how things develop.JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. He consults to SA largest private wealth business, BoE Private Clients, and works with several SA corporates on future scenario trends. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics and social capital.Among some of the unique research projects his consultancy has undertaken was the role of public institutions in battling corruption (quoted by the UN in a report on corruption), the interplay of demographics and economic growth, and an overview of trends around poverty alleviation in SA. Whilst working as an analyst on the JSE in the 1990s he was voted the top analyst in political trends.He is also a popular speaker who has addressed diverse audiences locally and internationally and enjoys consistently good ratings.He has a BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch (1978), studied Economics and Development Economics at Unisa (1979 and 1980) and later at Harvard (1998 and 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003).last_img read more


first_imgTite got his nickname as a talented young player from Tite got his nickname as a talented young player from Luiz Felipe Scolari, Dungas predecessor, who reportedly garbled his name when he introduced him to the directors of a local football club. He hung up his boots at the relatively young age of 28 due to knee injuries and turned to coaching, leading Gremio to win the Brazilian Cup in 2001. Corinthians fans credit him with nothing short of a renaissance. “Thanks to you, my children watched Corinthians win more titles in two years than I saw in 20 and my father in 40. Thank you Tite!” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Tite deserves the national team, but the national team and the CBF dont deserve Tite,” tweeted another. The new coach inherits the team in the middle of a troubled World Cup qualifying campaign. They are currently in sixth place in their regional group, which would be too low to qualify. Brazil prides itself on being the only team to have played in every World Cup, and leads the all-time winners list with five titles. Meanwhile, Olympic team coach Micale will be in the spotlight when the Rio Games kick off on August 5 and Brazil goes for its first football gold. Chief on the player list should be Barcelona striker Neymar, who was absent from the Copa America after his club side made that a pre-condition of releasing him for the Olympics. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

Ashton Agar set for recall as Australia hint at twin spin for Mirpur

first_imgAshton Agar looks set to play his first cricket Test in four years against Bangladesh on Sunday after coach Darren Lehmann suggested Australia would go with two spinners for the series opener in Mirpur.The 23-year-old left-arm finger spinner made his Test debut as a teenager in the 2013 Ashes series, starring more with bat than ball in two matches against England that remain his only experience of the longest form of the game.With Steven O’Keefe having been dropped despite a brilliant tour of India earlier this year, however, Agar is in the driving seat to get the nod ahead of uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in a twin spin attack with Nathan Lyon.The tourists were robbed of their only practice match by the Dhaka rain on Monday, which Lehmann said made it even less likely he would radically overhaul his team from that which finished the tour of India in March.”We obviously haven’t played too much, so we’re fairly settled in where we want to go,” he told reporters in the Bangladesh capital.”That decision will be made later, once we start to have a look at the test wicket and the conditions. Most likely, I think we’ll play two spinners.”Agar toured India with Australia earlier this year but never got a chance to play as his fellow left-armer O’Keefe took 19 wickets at an average of 23.26, including 12 in the first test at Pune.O’Keefe, 32, was fined A$20,000 ($15,838) for “highly inappropriate behaviour” towards a female cricketer while drunk at an award ceremony in April, however, and was dumped for the Bangladesh tour in favour of the younger man.advertisement”Steven was excellent over there but we’ve decided to go with Ashton,” Lehmann said.”He’s got the all-round game and hopefully he’ll take it to the next level so if we wanted to play three quicks he could bat up the order, for example. He gives us a lot of flexibility in that way.”Young Swepson is a good prospect as a leg-spinner…it’s really tight between all the spinners but Ashton himself has batted really well, he’s a gun fielder and he’s got his length right with the ball.”The first Test starts on Sunday with the second in Chittagong scheduled from September 4-8.last_img read more