…and JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo pointed out that by offering tax amnesties to those folks who haven’t paid their taxes, Finance Minister Winston Jordan was opening up serious “moral hazard” questions. The PPP’s General Secretary also noted this danger was identified by the IMF. Well!! Who told Jagdeo to raise this moral hazard danger!??!! Jordan came out swinging: “I don’t know what’s all this nonsense about moral hazard Jagdeo’s talking about!!”This reaction was so heated and personal your Eyewitness assumed Jordan thought Jagdeo was accusing HIM of some moral lapse…like being caught in flagrante delicto?? But it soon became clear Jordan’s ire was raised because he didn’t fully comprehend the meaning of the term “moral hazard” as used by Jagdeo, who’s an economist. As such, the term refers to a situation when somebody has an incentive to take risks that OTHERS will pay for.It’s like the fella who’s carelessly installing expensive but required electrical wiring because he has big home insurance: he figures he’ll just buy a new home if the place burns down!! In the case of the taxes, all Jagdeo said was, “People know that when you have tax amnesties, anyone can go in there and work out special deals because it is not transparently done.”Now he was talking as an economist who’d been Finance Minister for years and President for another 12!! He KNOWS what goes on with these “amnesties”!! Jordan, however, insisted, “There would be no reduction of tax; none at all…it is just the penalties that would be waived.” From his reaction, it’s even clearer Jordan really doesn’t understand the ramifications of “moral hazard” – which is fatal for a man in charge of our national finances.He should’ve considered Jagdeo’s caution from at least two different perspectives rather than his rose-coloured glasses. Governments in general – and this government in particular – may have policies that are straight up. But the policies have to be executed by INDIVIDUALS – and this is where moral hazard enters the picture. Take the duty-free policy on vehicles for returning Guyanese…the policy’s very clear…but we know about the runnings – like with the Mook’s Lexus SUVs!!So, with the tax amnesties, shouldn’t Jordan conduct a check (an audit!?!) on how the amnesties were applied. The second area’s even more fundamental – and Jordan should be spanked for missing it. In Guyana, taxes have to be paid ahead of time – quarterly. A businessman who’s allowed to NOT PAY ON TIME – with no penalties imposed – will be encouraged to go this route. THAT’s moral hazard!!The Government loses because it has lost the opportunity costs of the taxes not paid up front!And we wonder why the economy’s tanking?!…and Amerindian (under) developmentPM Nagamootoo, in his role as apologist for the PNC-led Government with a column in the Chronic, confronts moral hazard issues every time he writes!! He recently expatiated at length about how much the Government’s done for Indigenous Peoples. One wonders which world he’s living in!! He mentioned the radio station – broadcasting Government propaganda day and night!! He spoke of his visit to the Rupununi last year when he observed the rainy weather flooding – apparently completely oblivious to the same flooding this year. Meaning nothing was done about it!! He went on and on about all kinds of innocuous Government programmes – all part of the Government’s pappy show about “doing something”.But reality kicked in when Allicock, the individual who he boasted invited him to the Rupununi, was quoted in the same Chronic bemoaning that 40,000 out of 48,000 Amerindian youths were unemployed!!So much for the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme Nagamootoo boasted about!!The sad fact is Nagamootoo is just a shrill PNC shill!!…in constitutional interpretationThe moral hazard question was raised when former PPP Exec Ramkarran – noting all Richardson had to show was the Parliament’s amendment of Art 90 “adversely affected” Art 1 and 9 to be unconstitutional – yet praised the CCJ’s decision.Denying thousands of citizens from contesting the presidency doesn’t “adversely affect” democracy?
At least six persons are confirmed dead as a result of a tragic motor accident involving a National Transit Authority (NTA) bus that occurred yesterday on the Kakata/Gbarnga highway, near Zeanzue in the proximity of the infamous Gbartala Town.Dr. Jefferson Sibly of Phebe Hospital confirmed the death of six passengers, including children. Several others, among them, one of Nimba County’s famous musicians, Levi Zenaway, sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County.Bong County Police Detachment Traffic Commander, Augustine Kanneh, told the Daily Observer that the accident occurred near Gbartala before approaching Zeanzu Town.He said more than 60 passengers were on board the NTA bus with plate #5138 from Monrovia en route to Ganta, Nimba County.Inspector Kanneh quoted some of the passengers as saying that the driver was on high speed when he lost control and plunged the vehicle into a valley.Up to press time last night, identities of the dead have not been established.Nearby residents who rushed to the scene of the accident, particularly women, wept.Inspector Kanneh told this newspaper that officers from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) were expected on the scene.He also said that the driver of the NTA bus, whose identity was not revealed, and who survived the crash, is in police custody.Police are working with survivors to establish the cause of the accident.Meanwhile, latest report says family members of some of the victims arrived from Ganta, Nimba County.Some citizens who spoke to the Daily Observer attributed the increase in motor car accidents on the road to “reckless driving.”They therefore called on the government to monitor and control speed limits on the country’s highways to prevent deaths as a result of excessive speed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Beda beat Lyceum, 88-73, in a rematch between back-to-back finalists in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Calvin Oftana registered a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to power the Red Lions, who swept the Pirates in the championship round the previous two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Evan Nelle and James Canlas also made their imprint with their all-around brilliance.Nelle was at his best in the fourth quarter, where San Beda pulled away. He finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCanlas, meanwhile, collected nine points, four rebounds and three assists.Donald Tankoua also shone with 19 points for the Lions, who kept their record unblemished at 7-0. Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Deaf South Korean tennis player notches landmark win The Scores San Beda 88 – Oftana 20, Tankoua 19, Doliguez 15, Nelle 14, Canlas 9, Bahio 8, Abuda 3, Etrata 0, Soberano 0, Cuntapay 0, Alfaro 0, CarinoLyceum 73 – Nzeusseu 18, Marcelino JC 13, David 10, Marcelino JV 8, Santos 6, Ibanez 5, Navarro 4, Pretta 3, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 0Quarterscores: 29-17, 44-36, 61-58, 88-73ADVERTISEMENT Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open View comments
“Our plan would be to educate the students about the affects of bullying and the damage it can cause through a presentation with the entire student body in attendance,” said Newhook.“We would include short and long-term affects, statistics, why bullying is a problem and what to do about it,” added Sharman.The pair explained they would also like to recruit older students at the high school to be “Safe Faces,” or persons other students could turn to if they are being bullied. They said those Safe Faces would not be responsible for fixing the problems themselves, but instead would listen and then report those problems to teachers or the administration. They said training and protocols would be established for those students, who would also have to be approved of by school staff.The pair said the program would have the positive impacts of reassuring students, parents and staff that the school is a safe place where problems are dealt with in a positive way, while also providing the student volunteers with a sense of accomplishment, and a great qualification to put on their resumes. They added there would be no initial start-up costs to the program, though they would look for grant opportunities so they could hire guest speakers and create promotional materials in the future. They said they are looking to start the program after the Christmas break and continue it in perpetuity.Advertisement Two groups of two students each presented the proposals they came up with when asked by their teacher, Pamela Broderick, how they could affect positive change in their school community. Broderick said the students were asked to come up with an issue, conduct research and surveys to understand the issue, and then come up with a formal proposal and present it to the school’s staff and administration.“All along they were doing lots of research, a lot of reading and a lot of writing, so we met many of the prescribed learning outcomes in the curriculum through this project,” she said.The team of Laura Sharman and Mackenzie Newhook decided to tackle the issue of bullying, a problem they said their high school is not immune to.- Advertisement -“After surveying students in our school, we discovered that over 50 per cent of them felt bullied sometimes or often,” said Newhook, adding that they surveyed about half of the students in their school.“Despite this devastating amount, only 21 per cent of students actually report being bullied to an adult or someone they trust,” added Sharman.Newhook said the affects of bullying don’t just go away after high school, but can stick with the victims and create problems for them well after the bullying occurs. To address this problem, the pair proposed the formation of a student-run campaign to raise awareness of bullying in their school.Advertisement “We are also hoping that if it goes well at the high school, maybe we could introduce it to the elementary school, because bullying is a big problem with younger students as well,” said Sharman.The next presentation was from Tristan Hammon and Jay Kelly, who were advocating in their proposal to extend the lunch break at their school to 40 minutes from 30 minutes.“Have you ever been rushed to consume your lunch, because the students at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School are rushed every day to do so, and it’s not fair,” said Kelly.Hammon said their proposal was to reduce the morning and afternoon and recesses by five minutes each so that 10 minutes could be added on to the lunch break. Kelly added that 126 students out of 145 they surveyed agreed the lunch break was too short.“It’s a scientific fact that consuming your food in a fast manner can lead to obesity,” said Hammon. “When you’re eating too fast, you’re brain can’t send a signal saying that you’re getting full, so you tend to overeat.”Advertisement “This can apply to any situation, it doesn’t just have to be in school. I could go and fix something further in my community, and that’s just awesome!” she said. “The benefits would be more time to eat, which means more time to prepare a healthier meal, as well as more time for activities, more time to just get a mental break and more time to socialize with your friends at school,” added Kelly. “All of these benefits are helpful to students and staff.”When asked whether an increased lunch break might lead to more time for conflicts between students, Kelly said their research did not indicate that would be a problem at their school.They said there would be no cost to extending the lunch hour unless the school administration decided it needed a lunchtime supervisor, which they determined would cost an additional $750 per school year.Board chair Richard Powell said a decision to extend the lunch break would ultimately have to come from the board.When asked, the four students all agreed that the project really engaged them in a way that perhaps just a written assignment could not. They added the project taught them valuable skills such as taking surveys and public speaking. Newhook said she learned that one person can make a difference in their world when there’s a clear process in place to do so.Advertisement
0Shares0000Manchester United’s head coach Louis van Gaal waves to fans before their English Premiership league soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Britain 12 September 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 23- Arsene Wenger has blasted media speculation surrounding Louis van Gaal as disrespectful.The Arsenal manager said on Wednesday that he has “huge respect” for Van Gaal, his Manchester United counterpart, and the Dutchman’s previous success. And Wenger refused to answer questions about the future of Van Gaal amid speculation United could be lining up a move to replace him with Jose Mourinho, who was recently sacked by Chelsea.“I do not want to go into a world of speculation,” said Wenger.“I personally have a huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful.“This guy has worked for 30 years in football and has delivered unbelievable quality of work. I think it is a bit disrespectful what is going on there.“I think a lot has been made on that (Mourinho’s departure), and I do not need to add anything.“I do not want anyone to lose their job, my personal feelings on that front is that it is always sad when someone loses their job.”It is not just Van Gaal, but Manuel Pallegrini at Manchester City is rumoured to be under threat, with Spaniard Pep Guardiola touted as a possible successor when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season.And while Wenger said he would welcome Guardiola in the Premier League, he said it was unfair for managers to announce in advance their future plans.“Yes, I would welcome (him) to the competition,” said Wenger.“Personally I don’t like the fact that the managers come out so early for what they will do, because it’s not necessarily good for their own team, nor for the speculation about the managers who are going through a little bit of a difficult patch.“I think he is of course a top-quality manager, nobody would dispute that. Not so much for what he has won already, because Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins today.“But I think about the positive attitude he has towards the game and the fact he wants his team to play football in a positive way. I respect that highly.”Arsenal, who beat third-placed Manchester City 2-1 on Monday, travel to Southampton on Saturday where victory would take them top of the Premier League if Leicester City fail to win at Liverpool.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Radamel Falcao will START Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.The Colombian striker was dropped for the defeat against Southampton last Sunday, a match which Louis van Gaal’s side lost 1-0.But the 28-year-old has been recalled for the trip to west London.Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Carrick, Valencia, Di Maria, Mata, Blind, Rooney, Falcao.Subs: Evans, Januzaj, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Valdes, McNair, Wilson.QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Austin, Zamora.Subs: Caulker, Ferdinand, McCarthy, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Taarabt, Zarate. Radamel Falcao 1
In the Ohio village of Carey, waist-deep water swirled through the tiny downtown, submerging cars to their rooftops. Dozens of flooded streets made it impossible to cross the town. The Carey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was evacuated, with 28 residents transferred to a local hospital. Firefighters used boats to rescue families from flooded homes in Bucyrus after nearly 9 inches of rain fell, and the Upper Sandusky school district in north-central Ohio canceled the first day of school. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, thousands of homes were damaged: A preliminary survey by the American Red Cross in Minnesota identified about 4,200 affected homes, including 256 complete losses, 338 with major damage and 475 that are still inaccessible, said Kris Eide, the state’s director of homeland security and emergency management. About 100 flood victims met with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a sometimes contentious meeting Monday during which he cautioned against expecting miracles, especially because many flood victims don’t have insurance. Preliminary damage reports in Wisconsin topped $38 million Tuesday and were expected to keep rising. In Oklahoma, which recorded a gust of 82 mph and rainfall of 11 inches, about 300 homes and businesses were damaged in the Kingfisher area and in Caddo County in southwestern Oklahoma, officials said. Numerous flood warnings remained in effect through today and Thursday, and Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency in 24 counties.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAYS MILLS, Wis. – Water-weary residents across the Midwest began counting their losses Tuesday as damage estimates from this weekend’s deadly flash floods climbed into the tens of millions. The rain moved into Ohio, where roads flooded, schools canceled classes and residents were rescued from flooded homes by boats. The death toll from the two storm systems – one in the Upper Midwest and the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin in Texas and Oklahoma – climbed to 22 when searchers found the body of a man tangled in a tree about four miles from his wrecked, upside-down car near a creek south of Lewiston, Minn. Most of Gays Mills, a village of 640 people in southwestern Wisconsin, had been under water Sunday night. About half of the village was accessible Tuesday, and the growl of sump pumps filled the air as residents made their way back in. “It’s heart-wrenching, man,” said Deb Holtz, 48, who found the furniture shop she runs with her husband in Gay Mills coated with mud. “Makes me want to cry.”
Joint 6. Everton won seven consecutive Premier League matches between March and April 2014 – Roberto Martinez oversaw a stunning seven match winning run for Everton in spring 2014, which took the club from seventh to fourth in the table. Sadly for fans of the Toffees, Everton then lost three of their next four matches to finish fifth. 8 Joint 6. Newcastle United won seven consecutive Premier League matches between September and October 1996 – Two decades ago Newcastle came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title, but their best winning streak in the division actually came the following season. With Alan Shearer alongside Les Ferdinand in attack, the Magpies blew away the opposition early on in the 1996/97 campaign, including a 5-0 thrashing of champions Man United to make it seven wins in a row. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, they won just one of their next nine matches, Kevin Keegan quit in January and they had to settle for a runners up place behind Man United again. 1. Arsenal won 14 consecutive Premier League matches between February and August 2002 – In top spot it’s Arsenal’s 2002 champions, who reeled off 13 wins in succession to storm to the title, taking their run to 14 victories in a row with opening day success in the following campaign. This run was part of a 30-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League which laid the foundations for the famous unbeaten season in 2003/04, and a record 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. At time of writing, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories in the Serbian league, but how does that compare to the best runs in European club football?Here are the best winning streaks…1. Benfica won 29 games in a row in the Portuguese league between 1971-19732. Dinamo Zagreb won 28 games in a row in the Croatian league between 2006 and 20073. Celtic won 25 games in a row in the Scottish league between 2003 and 2004=. Dinamo Tirana won 25 games in a row in the Albanian league between 1951 and 19525. Malmo won 23 games in a row in the Swedish league between 1949 and 19506. PSV Eindhoven won 22 games in a row in the Dutch league between 1987 and 19887. Bayern Munich won 19 games in a row in the German league between 2013 and 2014 8 8 8. Tottenham Hotspur won six consecutive Premier League matches between October and December 2011 – find out which seven clubs can boast longer winning streaks in the Premier League era, just click the arrow above – Olympiakos’ 17-game winning streak in the Greek league came to an end last night with a draw against Platanias the first time the Greek champions have dropped points since last May. In Serbia, meanwhile, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories, as they eye up the longest winning streak of all-time in European domestic football (more information on that record can be found below). But how do the Premier League’s finest compare? England’s top division is a much more competitive affair than the Greek and Serbian leagues, and we’ve rounded up the top eight clubs ranked by winning streaks in the modern Premier League era. We start with Spurs, whose glorious team of Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart chalked up half a dozen Premier League victories on the spin in 2011. Joint 3. Liverpool won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between February and April 2014 – It seems a long time ago now, but in spring 2014 while their near neighbours Everton were winning seven on the spin Liverpool were charging towards the Premier League title, courtesy of a fantastic 11-game winning run. The Reds went from fourth to first, but no Kopite will need reminding that the run of wins wasn’t enough to see them over the line. 8 8 Joint 3. Chelsea won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2009 – Chelsea’s 11 wins in a row spanned the 2008/09 season and the following campaign, with five wins in a row closing out the campaign under Guus Hiddink’s first spell as interim manager, then a further six victories to kick-start a double-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti. 8 Joint 3. Manchester City won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2015 – City’s best winning run in the Premier League spans two seasons the 2014/15 campaign and the start of the present season. While their six-match winning run last spring saw them finish runners up to Chelsea, five wins on the bounce in August and September 2015 helped get their title challenge off to a great start, although it remains to be seen if those 15 points will help them claim the title. 2. Manchester United won 12 consecutive Premier League matches between March and August 2000 – The Red Devils were completely dominant in the Premier League at the start of the millennium, and they ended the 1999/2000 season with 11 straight wins, including four victories after the title had been claimed. That gave them top spot by an astonishing 18 points ahead of runners up Arsenal, and they started the next season with another win to get the ball rolling for a third title in a row. While a draw in their second match of the 2000/01 season ended United’s winning streak, they still ended up clinching the Premier League title with five games to spare. 8 8
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCharlotte St. Martin, executive director of the league, called the deal “a good compromise that serves our industry.” “What is most important is that Broadway’s lights will once again be shining brightly with a diversity of productions that will delight all theatergoers during this holiday time,” she said. NEW YORK – Broadway stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night to end a strike and almost immediately return to the stage most of the two dozen plays and musicals that have been shut down for more than two weeks. The settlement came after two days of marathon, all-night sessions and months of negotiation between Local 1 and the League of American Theatres and Producers. The walkout, which began Nov. 10, has cost the city and theaters millions of dollars in lost income. Bruce Cohen, a spokesman for the union, confirmed the agreement ending the 19-day work stoppage. “We’re glad there’s a deal, and everyone should go back to work and the public should go see a Broadway show,” Cohen said. Most shows were expected to resume performances today, the league said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester United are ready to hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract after the Swedish superstar broke every Old Trafford fitness record. It would keep the striker at the club close to his 38th birthday after being described by an insider as ‘the kind of talisman not seen at the club since Eric Cantona’. (Sunday Mirror)England right-back Kyle Walker has agreed a new £19.5million deal to stay at Tottenham. The 26-year-old will extend his contract in north London days after Christian Eriksen committed his future to the club. (The Sun)Antonio Conte has asked Chelsea’s power brokers to sanction a world-record bid for Atletico Madrid hitman Antoine Griezmann next summer. The French forward has an £86million release clause in the new contract he signed in the summer. (Sunday Express)Chelsea’s new manager has a message for his fiery striker Diego Costa: Keep calm and listen to Antonio Conte. The Italian is hoping he can tame the beast, or at least focus its aggression in a more productive manner. (Daily Mail)In-form Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has demanded a reasonable release clause be inserted in a new deal at the Ligue 1 club. The Arsenal target has netted six goals in three games to highlight why Arsene Wenger’s Gunners and West Ham registered their interest in the summer. (The Sun)Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is close to signing a new contract. The 23-year-old winger will put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Old Trafford. (Daily Star)?Former Everton boss David Moyes has told Ross Barkley his time will come again with England’s national team. Moyes’ Sunderland face the Toffees on Monday evening. (Daily Star)Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are close to signing new contracts at the Emirates Stadium (Sunday Mirror)Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson has revealed he turned down the chance to follow captain Ashley Williams to Everton. The Icelandic midfielder, 27, says he is happy in Wales and is discussing a new deal. (Sunday Mirror)Ronald Koeman’s Toffees are planning a January raid on Watford for striker Troy Deeney, who signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road in the summer. (Sunday People)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Jose Mourinho left fuming over refereeing mistakes in Manchester derbyManchester City news: Pep Guardiola leaps to the defence of under-fire goalkeeper Claudio BravoPremier League results: Tottenham irresistible at Stoke, Arsenal in penalty drama and West Ham stunned by comebackPHOTO: Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov loses a TOOTH during Manchester derbyChelsea fans mock Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as Kevin De Bruyne helps Man City to derby victoryWatford FC news: Troy Deeney thanks showboating West Ham players for inspiring their victory at the London StadiumLISTEN: Jurgen Klopp reveals half-time team talk from Liverpool’s win over Leicester