Orville Higgins | Two bulls cannot rule in one pen

first_img Two years on, Durant has his two rings and may be headed for a third, but all is not well in what we thought was basketball paradise. We probably should have seen this coming. Draymond Green is not the most talented player on the GSW roster, but he is the muscle and the enforcer behind this team. He is the bad boy on an otherwise very classy organisation. He is the one who most plays with his heart on his sleeve. When a big superstar joins an already successful team it’s a given that the other star players have to modify their games and their egos to facilitate him. It is not difficult to see that Draymond would be the least accommo-dating to Durant. One can almost see Green sizing up Durant from early and feel he was ‘soft’, which in many ways is the very opposite of what Draymond represents. Draymond grabbing a rebound and not passing to Durant is not the real reason for the stand-off. That’s just on the periphery. The real reason is about two guys trying to prove who is the real alpha dog. From Draymond’s point of view Durant is still an uncommitted ‘outsider’ who came to Golden State for personal and convenient reasons. The fact that Durant has not pledged his long term future to the team only makes it worse. On the other hand, Durant sees himself as the superior basketball talent to Green and, therefore, shouldn’t have to take a backward step to him. Therein lies the basis for real fireworks. Management sus-pended Draymond for one game, which is subtly telling him that they take Durant’s side in the ongoing drama. Draymond may well interpret this as the organisation seeing Durant as being ahead of him in terms of importance to the team. His pride will not make him take this lightly. No bully likes to feel emasculated. If this stand-off continues, and I don’t see it stopping, then one of them will leave for next season. Two bulls won’t be able to rule in one pen. This isn’t merely a sports story. This is an ongoing case of the nuances of human interaction with humans. Can management keep the two focused on winning another title or will the personal issues between the two prove damaging to the team? The sports gods are writing their own scripts on this one. Unlike regular novels, we can’t simply go buy the book and read the ending. We simply will just have to wait and see. Not welcoming For virtually all my life I have been a voracious reader of novels. I may have told the story before of how I took up reading as a child only because I never wanted to do housework, and I found out very early that my mother would not disturb you to do anything once she saw you reading. I must have read thousands of fiction in my time and they all have one thing in common. They all make you think this COULD have happened. The better novels may have surprising twists and turns in the plot, but by the time you finish you almost feel you could have seen the finish coming. The latest stand-off between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors (GSW) is something that a good novelist could have made into a first-class book. All the ingredients are there. Not too many great novels are written on sports anymore. I was spell bound as a child when I read Michael Anthony’s The Games Were Coming, and CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary remains an all-time favourite. What we are witnessing now between these two NBA stars would be a classic storyline for a first-rated sports novel. Think about it. When Durant left Oklahoma City he was rated top three, at least in the NBA. He knew, however, that his legacy would be affected by the lack of rings. With the American public’s penchant for using titles to determine greatness in basketball, Durant felt compelled to join a team that had won the title just before he joined them. The move was called wimpish and weak in many circles.last_img read more

Basil: The Great

first_imgThese are tumultuous times. A lot of drama is unfolding in Guyana because of the Government’s inability to understand both the ‘mood’ of the populace and its ‘resentment’ for poorly thought out policies and initiatives that appear burdensome, discriminatory and unnecessary.The satiation is made more complex when one examines the rising levels of tension between the Government which is the Executive policy-maker and the Judiciary which is duty-bound to defend the law.A classic example can be found in the recent exchanges between representatives from both branches of Government on issues which have engaged the attention of the Courts, and require the interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana.While the Judiciary appears to be discharging its mandate independently and in line with the tenants, as well as spirit of the Constitution, the Executive is throwing a tantrum as opposed to acting maturely whenever judgments are handed down that are not within its favour.The Government, through its Attorney General Basil Williams, is displaying a lack of grace, dignity and self-respect. It is behaving as though it is desperate, spiteful and vengeful.One may even say that the responses and movements made after the Judiciary takes a position on various issues demonstrates a lack of knowledge, intelligence and basic understanding of key principles of law on the part of the Government.This can be seen in the attacks made by the learned Attorney General against the Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon. For weeks now, he has been laying blame for the State’s failure to win several cases against prominent figures in the Opposition at the feet of Ms Kissoon.He has resolved in his mind that she is “unprofessional” and somehow compromised because of her perceived or imagined closeness to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and his predecessor Anil Nandlall. Also, Mr Williams appears to be convinced that some conspiracy is afoot within the Judiciary to tarnish what, no doubt will be his short “stint” as Attorney General if he continues to act so irrationally.What is strange, however, is the fact that Mr Williams has not laid any blame at his feet for allowing cases to be filed in the courts in the first place, which are misconceived and bad in law. He does not seem to understand that as the Government’s chief legal advisor, he is duty-bound to vet all of these cases and ensure that are arguments put forward by lawyers from his chambers, including the Solicitor General and her deputy, are sound.He is not exempt from appearing in person whenever necessary if he feels that the Judiciary will be biased. After all, he is a specially anointed and ‘hand-picked’ Senior Counsel, and any failure on part of Ms Kissoon as he has alleged is also a failure on his part.His decision to continue his diatribe in the media against Ms Kissoon is unprofessional and could be deemed racially motivated if the public was to understand the full context of his protestation as some other lawyers do.Not even the Acting Chancellor Carl Singh is exempt from the Attorney General’s wrath and discontentment in many respects.Recall how Mr Singh was given notice about the Government’s dissatisfaction with him being in that current portfolio. He should have responded to the comments of Messrs Trotman and Williams with more force. The Chancellor should have sanctioned the Guyana Chronicle which was in contempt of Court.No amount of window-dressing by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and polemic explanations can undo the tone and focus of those attacks. These attacks along with the shameful libellous statements made against other judicial office holders, like the Deputy Registrar, by Mr Williams does not augur well for Guyana’s democracy and the principle of separation of powers.Mr Williams would be serving the public well if he implements more programmes to tackle the backlog of cases in the Judiciary and address forthwith the efficiency of the same. He could turn his eyes away from politics for a moment and give good advice to the Government that could correct major flaws in a series of poorly framed and conceptualised legislation which were tabled and passed in Parliament that have vexed the public across the political divide.Make no bones about soon the Government will have its way. Carvil Duncan is being removed from the Commissions on which he serves. Soon Mr Singh will retire and a new Chancellor will have to be appointed. There will also be a vacancy in the office of Chief Justice which will have to be fulfilled.No one is safe from Basil – the Great, if they dare oppose him or challenge his legal acumen, especially if they win or appear sympathetic to the PPP. If the Government’s chief cultural advisor can call for the burning of a media conglomerate (part of the fourth estate) and remains on the job. Then Basil – the Great will face no sanction from his superiors for attacking the Judiciary, I think.last_img read more

Gor to unveil new bench on Thursday

first_img “We have disbanded the entire Gor Mahia technical bench. All the members were on a three month probationary period that ends on March 31 and we have decided to discontinue the probation,” Gor chair, Ambrose Rachier announced.Former player, Bob Ogolla will take temporally charge assisted by Tom Ogweno who was appointed the interim team manager. Jolawi Obondo (Technical Director/Team Manager), Zablon Otieno (Assistant Coach), Razak Siwa (Goal Keepers Coach) and Julius Owino (Fitness, Strength and Conditioning Coach) were also been sent home.Rachier said pressure from fans had not informed the decision to dispense of the services of the Cameroonian who was appointed after a ‘rigorous process of recruiting persons to constitute the Gor Mahia technical bench.’“We have actually not sacked any coach, this is the first time we are disbanding the bench. I want to correct the impression that we have been guilty of sacking the coaches.“What we have done, is not sack the coach, we feel it’s the responsibility of the entire technical bench and that is why we have disband it,” the chair charged.The last straw for Anaba came on Sunday when Gor were beaten 1-0 at Karuturi Sport in Naivasha in a result that saw their volatile fans turn on the coach. That followed their stunning 1-0 reverse to newly promoted Muhoroni Youth and the 3-0 hiding they received in Maputo at the hands of Ferroviario de Maputo in their first-leg CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round clash in Mozambique.“We set a target of winning a number of trophies up for grabs in 2012 and defending the one we won last season. It has become evident our technical bench is not working towards this goal,” Rachier stormed.The new man in charge has the stern test of reversing the 3-0 score against Ferroviario in the return leg of the CAF Confederation tie this weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5- Gor Mahia will unveil their new technical bench on Thursday after sending head coach, Anaba Anono and his entire team packing.The Cameroonian national who was confirmed to the post ahead of this season and his backroom staff led by his assistant Ken Odhiambo were shown the door on Monday after the club lost four games on the trot.last_img read more

Leadership on traffic …

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Democratic presidential contender was in town Monday, stressing the need for a light-rail system that would run alongside our overwhelmed freeways. If elected president, Richardson says, he would make building such practical mass transit in L.A. a top priority. Now, we know better than to take campaign promises at face value. Still, it’s stunning to see an out-of-state leader do what no one in L.A. or California ever does: address the problem intelligently, and offer a solution proportionate to its magnitude. It seems moving up California’s primary has already achieved its purpose – getting the candidates to pay more attention to the state. Or at least one candidate. So, what do the others propose for L.A.’s traffic mess – Hillary? Rudy? Barack? Mitt? John? The other John? We’re waiting … HOW refreshing it is to hear a politician speak thoughtfully about the traffic crisis in Los Angeles! How heartening it is to see a public official propose making a real investment in the city’s future. And how surprising it is that said public official comes from … New Mexico. Really. The politician who is talking most seriously about the L.A. traffic situation these days is New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. last_img read more

LEGAL EAGLE KEVIN WINS TOP AWARD

first_imgA Co Donegal man has been awarded one of Ireland’s top legal awards.Kevin McLaughlinKevin McLaughlin has been awarded Litigation Specialist of the Year 2013 by the Irish Institute of Credit Management at the annual IICM Credit Awards held at the Conrad Hotel on 22nd November 2013.Kevin, from Malin Head, works for Hugh J. Ward & Co Solicitors & Credit Management Outsource Solutions (CMOS) Limited Hugh Ward commented, “This reflects Kevin’ knowledge, expertise and contribution to the legal aspects of our full end to end credit management services and I wish to congratulate Kevin on behalf of all our 51 staff members and clients.” Kevin McLaughlin, Chief Operations Officer of Hugh J Ward & Co Solicitors and Credit Management Outsource Solutions (CMOS) Limited said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the Irish Institute of Credit Management in this way.“We see winning this award as a reflection of our commitment to providing our clients with exemplary service as well as balancing the needs of their debtors in a fair and balanced way.”Kevin is a graduate of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.  LEGAL EAGLE KEVIN WINS TOP AWARD was last modified: November 28th, 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:Kevin McLaughlinMalin Headlast_img read more

Keita and Fabinho return to Liverpool starting line-up for trip to Southampton

first_img REVEALED Below you can see the confirmed line-ups.Southampton: Gunn, Valery, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Long, RedmondSubs: McCarthy, Stephens, Austin, Gallagher, Armstrong, Targett, SimsLiverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, ManeSubs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Moreno, Shaqiri, Origi getty Fabinho only came on as a second-half substitute against Spurs deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Naby Keita and Fabinho have been handed starts for Liverpool’s Premier League clash at Southampton on Friday night – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made two changes from the team that beat Tottenham on Sunday which sees club captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner drop to the bench. huge blow shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 LIVE ON talkSPORTcenter_img tense LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT It means Virgil van Dijk will lead the Reds out against his former club despite concerns he was carrying an ankle injury following the Spurs game.Elsewhere, Alisson stays in goal along with an unchanged back four and the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane start together once more.Southampton have also made two changes to their team that beat Brighton on Saturday with Janik Vesetergaard replacing Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long coming in for Danny Ings, who is ineligible to face his parent club. no dice REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Southern Africa’s greenest dairy

first_imgThe greenest dairy in the southernhemisphere is due to open in October2011 in the Eastern Cape province.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)The advanced OneStep technology meansmore efficient use of resources, and lowerenergy consumption.(Image: Coega Dairy)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Marlize SmitCoega Dairy marketing director+27 83 703 3727RELATED ARTICLES• Woolworths tests green refrigeration• Nestlé expands operations in SA• Saving SA’s abalone• SA firms turn to green pest control• VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shopWilma den HartighA newly established local dairy company has taken the lead in milk processing, and boasts the smallest carbon footprint of any dairy in the southern hemisphere.The idea to establish a dairy with green credentials came about in 2010, when a group of Eastern Cape dairy farmers decided that they wanted to create a facility that could add value to locally produced milk. The farmers wanted to maintain the high quality of their products, but also had a vision to process milk using more eco-friendly methods.The Coega Dairy initially invested R50-million (US$7.3-million) in advanced ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing equipment that makes it possible to produce UHT milk, also known as long life milk, more efficiently.Coega Dairy CEO Dr Hennie Kleynhans said that no other dairy in the region or on the continent has invested in the advanced technology, known as OneStep, and internationally, he is only aware of a dairy in Spain that is using it.According to Kleynhans, this is because the technology is new in the market and besides being very expensive to install, would require dairies to undergo a complete overhaul of existing infrastructure.However, given the cost squeeze on dairy producers in South Africa, Coega Dairy deemed the investment worthwhile.Local trade magazine DairyConnect reports that South African milk producers face tough competition from countries where milk can be produced more competitively or where farmers receive subsidies. In South Africa, producers also have to contend with increasing input costs and low producer prices.The founders of the Coega Dairy realised that the technology could help them overcome some of these challenges: it allows for more eco-friendly milk production while also performing exceptionally on cost savings.Investing in the best green technologyCoega Dairy’s marketing director Marlize Smit said that the new UHT processing plant is significantly more efficient than conventional UHT equipment used in other South African plants.The Coega plant makes use of OneStep technology, which reduces the need for various steps during production. This means that milk can be processed faster, using fewer resources, at a lower cost.Energy and water consumption is considerably reduced, while the end products, which also include butter and custards, still maintain their high quality and have enhanced taste profiles.“The new plant is one of the most modern UHT plants, and one of the top green dairy plants in the world,” Smit said.The processing unit uses half as much energy, water and chemicals and generates 50% less effluent, of which 65% is recycled. The technology cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 40%, which results in a lower carbon footprint compared to world average values.According to Kleynhans, ordinary dairy plants use three litres of water to produce one litre of milk. In comparison, the OneStep technology makes it possible to use only 300ml of water per litre of milk. He noted that some dairies can use less water using traditional technology, but this is difficult as it requires extreme efficiency.Greening the dairy industryThe dairy industry struggles with eco-friendly operations. Production plants require daily cleaning, and this uses large quantities of water and chemicals. Cleaning chemicals are expensive and once used, are released in the effluent, which could harm the environment.“Many dairies do treat their water, but this is still not efficient,” said Kleynhans.Unlike traditional dairy plants, the OneStep technology design only requires cleaning every 60 hours, using fewer chemicals. This means less water and fewer chemicals, but an increase in production time, as less downtime has to be scheduled for cleaning.Establishing a green dairy and sourcing milk from farmers using eco-friendly farming methods is a step in the right direction for the local dairy industry. For the consumer, it also shows that farmers and the rest of the value chain know how important it is to produce food and beverages more sustainably.The switch to green technology anticipates changing consumer demands.“Eastern Cape dairy farmers are being pro-active. Consumers expect green products these days. It isn’t an option anymore,” said Smit.The farmers are also working towards greening the entire value chain, from the farm to the consumer.Smit said that the Coega Dairy will source milk predominantly from pasture fed cows raised in the province’s unpolluted surroundings.Coega Dairy products will be packaged in paper cartons, of which the majority can be reclaimed and recycled to make new paper products. The milk will also not be transported over long distances, which reduces the logistics and transport carbon emissions.Representative ownershipAt the moment 13 commercial milk farmers own the Coega Dairy, but next year the ownership structure of the company will change to ensure a benefit for all participants in the value chain.By 2012, dairy farm workers, black farmers and farm managers and factory workers will own 40% of the company’s shares.Additionally, said Kleynhans, the dairy will have a further positive economic impact on the Eastern Cape by creating 350 direct and 750 indirect jobs.Towards the end of 2011 when the plant becomes operational, milk will be sourced from black owned and managed dairy farms, many of which are highly successful.“These farmers milk over 25 000 litres of milk daily,” said Kleynhans. “Some also own close to 2 000 cows and on a properly managed farm, farmers can milk 15 to 20 litres of milk per cow per day.”Ownership of the company will be expanded further to include joint ventures with Amadlelo, a black empowerment agri-business concern, with the purpose of training black farm managers through shared milk production.Construction underwayThe Coega Dairy is currently under construction at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) just outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It will be fully operational in October this year.Kleynhans said that with the infrastructure available, the road network and a reliable source of power at the Coega IDZ, it was the most suitable site for the new dairy.Extensive environmental impact assessments and relocation of vegetation, animals and insects were also undertaken before construction started.“Vegetation, animals, insects and even spiders, snakes and rats were relocated to a nearby site,” he said.Next year the Coega Dairy plans to install a second plant at the site. This will be valued at R192-million ($28.6-million) and will include value-adding equipment.last_img read more

German firm wins major SA solar contract

first_img3 December 2013A German company has landed its biggest ever solar contract – thanks to South Africa’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers.Juwi AG, which has its headquarters in Worrstadt, will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for an 86-megawatt (MW) solar park in Prieska in South Africa’s sun-drenched Northern Cape province, the company said in a statement last week.Juwi will be working with Sonnedix, an independent solar power producer based in Amsterdam, which landed the contract as one of six solar projects awarded in the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP).Sonnedix’s South African partners include Mulilo Renewable Energy and Ixowave Women in Power.Known as the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park, it will be larger than any PV plant currently on line on the African continent, and will be Juwi’s fifth project in South Africa.“The project … represents an investment of more than R1.2-billion,” Olivier Renon, South Africa country manager of Sonnedix, told news website PV-Tech last month. He said construction was expected to begin in the second half of 2014, and the park should start generating electricity to the South African grid by the end of 2015.Under the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will have to come from renewable resources. The Department of Energy’s REIPPP, introduced in August 2011, will help meet this target.The programme has helped investment grow from “a few hundred million dollars” to US$5.7-billion last year, according to the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report published in July by REN21, the global renewable energy policy network.SAinfo reporter, Juwi and PV-Techlast_img read more

Part II: Oh, the Places You’ll Go…

first_imgCreating an effective awareness campaign begins with raising your own awareness. In Part I of this series, our focus was on the importance of being aware of the corporate culture in which your awareness campaign will be created. Once you’ve made key leadership aware of your plans – and even invited them to join you in developing them – it’s time to start thinking about the audience the campaign will target.Know Your AudienceOh, you may think you already know your audience. They’re the ones you’ve identified as a gaping void in need of filling with expanding knowledge and improved performance, aren’t they? But what we’re talking about here is getting to know them at a deeper level:What type of materials will resonate with them?How will information be delivered in such a way that they will understand it?What platform will keep them the most engaged?How often do they need to receive information?Will they require incentives to keep them interested?Will the content or tone need to be geared to specific groups within the company?Will you aim to reach everyone with a single message?Will the message need to be in a language other than English in certain regions in order to ensure every associate understands the same message?Understanding the complexity of your intended audience will help build both credibility and engagement. Consider doing a simple 5-8 question survey and/or conducting a few focus groups, and your direction may soon become clearer.- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more