As Guyana prepares for the benefits from the impending oil and gas industry, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are being urged to use technology, not only to expand their knowledge, but to also become more efficient so that they are better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that would be available when oil production commences.Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, addressing a gathering at the Small Business Development Finance Trust Inc (SBDF), said the future is bright for SMEs in Guyana but asked whether those enterprises are ready to harness the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead.To this end, he encouraged small business owners the use technology to expand their knowledge of their respective fields.“In Guyana, many business opportunities are abound and these opportunities will increase in the near future. The Small and Medium Enterprises have to position themselves to grasp these opportunities. In looking forward to opportunities, focus must not be lost of the challenges these businesses face. While some may be systematic, some of the challenges can be overcome by knowledge and innovations,” Dr Ganga posited.Citing a 2016 Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) study which finds that SMEs in the Region are, among other things, disparate, known for deficiencies in quality and consistency; weaknesses in packaging, costing and pricing, the Central Bank head noted that many opportunities are foregone because SMEs are not capable of maximising those opportunities due to weaknesses they exhibit.Against this backdrop, he called on these enterprises to put their houses in order. Dr Ganga, noted that extensive knowledge of production, markets, operations, finance, innovating and so on, will go a long way in ensuring success.“While some may argue that formal training is needed in some of these areas, I would suggest that knowledge abounds on the Internet. Knowledge is empowerment and any topic could be researched on the Internet. This freely available knowledge could lead to improved products and services, market strategy, provide links to new markets and allow for improving efficiencies,” the Central Bank Head stated.On the other hand, pointing to Government’s initiative to set up Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hubs countrywide, one of the Directors at SBDF, Mohamed Ali, also encouraged farmers to take advantage of technology.“Access the Internet and look at market prices what the millers are getting per ton for the rice, see what paddy prices are so you become educated and you can speak armed with knowledge,” he stated.Ali added too that the use of technology in the agriculture sector can boost efficiency, particularly within the rice sector. “If you go on the net, you will see farmers today are using drone technology… If a farmer has 600 or 300 acres, he need not walk the entire field, he can sit at the back and send the drone up and the drone can show him the status of the conditions of his rice – where is disease and where needs more fertiliser – and even monitor his workers…,” the Director asserted.He posited that all of these technologies driven measures will also help to reduce production costs.
In this city, costly reports are used to generate some headlines for a politician before they are retired to one of City Hall’s many dusty shelves. Hopefully, Rice and her team will do a better job than their predecessors, but it’s hard not to be skeptical. The city needs to get tough on the hard-core gangsters and get help to the vast majority of young people who lack educational skills, role models, alternatives and hope. What the city has lacked until now has been the political will to confront this problem head-on. It’s time for real action; Los Angeles can’t afford another 25 years of throwing money into the endless money pit of ineffective efforts to get rid of gangs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Civil-rights activist Connie Rice, L.A.’s ubiquitous consultant on civic issues, says Los Angeles needs a new way of thinking about gangs. That’s her pitch on a proposal to win a $465,000 contract for creating a new gang-fighting strategic plan for the city. She is surely correct that the city, which to many Americans is synonymous with street gangs, is in need of a new direction. After more than a quarter century of trying to stop street gangs from terrorizing the city’s neighborhoods, recruiting a new generation of boys and girls and turning our communities into war zones, very little has been accomplished. Not that we haven’t been trying, though in a piecemeal fashion, through a collection of little programs, gang injunctions and law enforcement. All together, the city of Los Angeles spends $26 million a year on various gang prevention and intervention programs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Despite that investment, the efforts don’t appear to have done much to stop or even slow the spread of gang influence or the resulting violence in Los Angeles. For instance, the city has 26 gang injunctions that put severe restrictions on identified gang members in various parts of the city, but not one gang member ever named in the injunctions has managed to meet the terms of renunciation – which suggests there’s little follow-up, few successes. Taxpayers are getting a dreadful return on their investment, yet City Hall keeps funding programs that do very little and demand even less of them. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who has been spearheading an effort to evaluate and renovate the city’s collective gang efforts, said: “We’ve been wasting a lot of money in this city.” The City Council, on Cardenas’ recommendation, is set to approve the contract Friday with Rice and her panel of gang experts at the Advancement Project to create a “Gang Activity Reduction Strategy.” Rice said the eventual goal is to create a plan rooted in the community that sets a goal of never losing one more child to gang life. It’s a noble goal. But even the most innovative plan the smartest brains in anti-gang policy-making could come up with will have little hope of success in coming to fruition in the morass of City Hall bureaucracy.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is a list of upcoming neighborhood council meetings: Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Monday at Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way (use back entrance), Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Beachy Avenue Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 896-5860. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 416-0554. Studio City Neighborhood Council will hold a candidates forum, 7 p.m. Wednesday at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Enter Gate A. Board seat election, 3:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium foyer at Walter Reed Middle School, 4525 Irvine Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400. Panorama City Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. Tarzana Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 28 at Tarzana Elementary School, 5726 Topeka Ave., Tarzana. Call (818) 345-1966. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. March 28 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. North Hills East Neighborhood Council (forming), 7 p.m. April 3 at Valley Korean Center Presbyterian Church, 15204 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (818) 831-2330 or see www.prnc.org. West Hills Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 5 at the 911 Communication Center, 23001 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 719-8656 or see www.westhillsnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 5 at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. April 5 in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. April 10 in the library at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 503-2399 or see www.shermanoaksnc.org. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. April 13 in the conference room at Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see www.OldGranadaHills.org. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A woman who was jailed for life for luring a Donegal man to his execution has lost an appeal against her conviction for murder.Mary Ryan met up with businessman Manny O’Donnell, 53, at a Glasgow hotel in 1998 before he was driven to woodland and shot and stabbed 22 times.Ryan and co-accused Francis O’Donnell, both 39, were convicted of O’Donnell’s murder. Manny O’Donnell was originally form Lettermacaward and was later buried there after this death.Appeal judges rejected claims that there was insufficient evidence at the original trial to secure convictions.Mr O’Donnell – a wealthy businessman in the construction industry – was known to be an IRA fundraiser and suspected of having links to criminal enterprises in Scotland.During the trial, the court heard how Ryan worked for Mr O’Donnell and her boyfriend, Patrick Devine, was a ganger in a tar-laying squad.Francis O’Donnell had worked in the same squad as Devine before becoming Mr O’Donnell’s personal driver.Following the discovery of Mr O’Donnell’s body, in woodland near East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Ryan had given conflicting accounts to police of her movements.Initially she said she was with Devine in his flat on the night of the crime.But in a final interview with detectives she claimed she met Mr O’Donnell by arrangement at the Tinto Firs Hotel, in Glasgow’s Newlands area, to go to a business meeting in the west end of the city.Ryan said as she drove them out of the hotel car park, two gunmen wearing balaclavas jumped into the back of the car and shot her boss twice.She also claimed that afterwards, they gave her back the keys of the car and her mobile phone and told her to walk home and not report the crime.The burnt out vehicle was later found at a car park in Newton Mearns the following morning.Following their trial, Ryan and Francis O’Donnell were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.The murder charge against Devine was found not proven.All three were found guilty of setting fire to the hired Renault Megane which took Mr O’Donnell to his death.Following lengthy appeal proceedings, Ryan and O’Donnell’s case was heard by Lord Mackay, sitting with Lord Osborne and Lord Nimmo Smith.The appeal judges heard that the murder victim ran “irregular” businesses with wages paid in cash, gangers employed without proper health and safety certificates and shell companies used to defeat the interests of creditors.Ryan’s lawyers argued that there was insufficient evidence to allow the jury to convict her of the charge.It was claimed that the evidence was sufficient to establish that she was present when the murder was committed, but not that she knew it was to take place or that she was acting along with the killers.But Lord Mackay rejected the submission, and said: “In our opinion, the jury heard evidence which entitled them to convict her on the charge of murder.”ENDSWOMAN JAILED FOR LIFE FOR LURING DONEGAL MAN TO HIS DEATH LOSES APPEAL was last modified: August 28th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:MANNY O’DONNELLMARY RYANmurder
Gers conceded twice in just over a minute on their way to the loss Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED no dice Latest Football News ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 MONEY Gers started the game very well Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Spartak caretaker boss Raul Riancho had accused fans of trying to destroy their club after they reacted angrily following a fourth consecutive home defeat in the league and his name was roundly booed before the game.But the home supporters got behind their team from the start and Roman Zobnin came close to rewarding them with a long-range strike.The goal spree began inside five minutes as Roman Eremenko headed Middleton’s corner into his own net under pressure from Lassana Coulibaly.The hosts responded well and Allan McGregor made two stops from Salvatore Bocchetti before being beaten in the 22nd minute by Lorenzo Melgarejo’s back-post header after Ivelin Popov turned Jon Flanagan one way and the other before delivering an excellent cross. RANKED REVEALED Steven Gerrard will be wondering how his side lost that game However, Alfredo Morelos had a goal controversially ruled out for offside with the visitors 3-2 in front near the end of a breathless first half.But Luiz Adriano headed another equaliser in the 58th minute and Connor Goldson – who scored a first-half own goal – inadvertently diverted Sofiane Hanni’s strike into the net seconds later.Nikola Katic hit a post for Rangers in time added on to an extraordinary game.The result blew open Group G as Rangers, pre-match leaders, slipped to third, one point behind Villarreal and one ahead of Rapid Vienna.Middleton was handed his second start for Rangers after a hamstring injury ruled out Ryan Kent while Katic was also among five players brought in following Saturday’s victory over St Mirren. 3 Popov beat Flanagan in the air but headed over but the Rangers left-back soon enjoyed a better moment as Rangers regained the lead in the 27th minute.Flanagan’s through ball found Candeias unmarked as the winger beat the offside trap before producing a brilliant 18-yard finish.Middleton soon saw a low cross turned just wide by a Spartak defender but there was an own goal at the other end in the 35th minute as Goldson sliced a clearance past McGregor after Nikolai Rasskazov had run on to a pass inside Flanagan and delivered a low cross.Rangers were back in front six minutes later when Middleton drilled home after getting the break of the ball following some direct running from Morelos. The Colombian swept home a Candeias cross moments later but was denied by a dubious offside decision.The break failed to halt the momentum. McGregor made a good stop from Hanni within two minutes of the restart and Rangers threatened on the break before the third equaliser. Again McGregor saved from Hanni but the ball looped up for Adriano to head home.Hanni got his goal a minute later when his long-range strike clipped the boot of Goldson and flew into the top corner.Bocchetti headed against the bar as Spartak took control but there was still more drama as Katic headed against a post from a stoppage-time corner before the hosts scrambled the ball behind.Gareth McAuley was thrown on for a debut but Spartak survived the second set-piece to clinch victory. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rangers conceded two goals in the space of a minute to slump to an agonising 4-3 defeat at Spartak Moscow despite leading the game three times.Steven Gerrard’s men made a good start, going into half-time with a 3-2 lead thanks to strikes from Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton as well as an own goal. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow
Shark researchers from Donegal are understood to have pulled off a world first after fitting a camera to the dorsal fin of a giant basking shark.A basking shark off InishowenThe camera was deployed by a team from the Irish Basking Shark Project on the dorsal fin of a six-metre basking shark, just south of Malin Head.It was recovered via a mini VHF directional finder 25 hours later about five miles west of the initial deployment site. Emmett Johnston, a spokesman for the team based in Inishowen, said they are delighted by the footage they recovered.Mr Johnston said the recent good spell of weather has brought large numbers of sharks off the coast of Donegal.“We got about 3 hours of footage, plus body acceleration, roll and movement data which we are correlating with the video footage.“We haven’t seen sharks in such good numbers since 2010. The good weather has brought the sharks to the surface for longer periods and created suitable conditions for large aggregations to form. “The sharks are gathering in the many small bays and inlets on the north coast to feed on the dense clouds of plankton, literally yards from the shore line.”WORLD FIRST AS RESEARCHERS FIT CAMERA TO FIN OF DONEGAL SHARK was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Basking SharkscameraInishowen
Harvey’s Point Hotel this morningDONEGAL is basking in glorious sunshine this weekend – with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 19C.Forecasters say we should enjoy it however as showers may return to parts of the county tonight and tomorrow.The west of the county could see showers around dusk. However there will still be bright sunny spells on Sunday and into Monday. The good news however is the mildness will continue with steady temperatures for the next week of between 17C and 19C.So get out there whilst you can.Our picture was taken at dawn at the Harvey’s Point Hotel. GORGEOUS WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL AS SUN SHINES AGAIN! was last modified: October 5th, 2013 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:Donegal Dailydonegal weathersunshine
The Hanami Event, a celebration of Japanese culture and custom, is to take place on campus at LYIT on April 25th next.The event will commence at 12pm, with the plantation of a cherry blossom tree by the Gardening Club on campus, with an array of Japanese themed activities and food available until 3pm. It is hoped that this event will encourage future cultural events on campus and that, in organising this event, more people on campus will become aware of other cultures and customs.A number of Japanese people living in Donegal will host events ranging from an origami demonstration to basic Japanese language classes. There will be Japanese animation shows, karaoke and guest lectures on Japanese art and culture.Please feel free to drop into LYIT on Thursday 25 April, 2013. This event is open to the community. Please see the itinerary of events below. LYIT IS TURNING JAPANESE – I REALLY THINK SO! was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Japanese eventLYOT
Paris St-Germain’s ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to table a £12m bid for Blues and England star Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole is believed to be a target for Ancelotti along with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to take Raul Meireles to Real Madrid.Torres to Russia?The Mirror and the Daily Mail suggest another former Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink, is keen to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for bid-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.Anzhi are planning to offer £35m for Torres, the Mail say, while the Mirror claim it will be more like £45m.And The Sun claim Chelsea are ready to spend £35m on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.The Mail also report that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will snub interest from CSKA Moscow and that Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Andy Johnson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green is set to join QPR after agreeing a £50,000-a-week deal, The Daily Mail report.The England international, 32, will soon be a free agent after West Ham refused to meet his pay demands.It is claimed that Rangers opted for Green after briefly considering Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Brendan Rodgers is trying to persuade Salomon Kalou to snub Schalke and sign for Liverpool now he’s left Chelsea.Rodgers, who recently took over as manager at Anfield, knows Kalou well from his time on the Blues’ coaching staff.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook