New kickboxing club grow roots in Rai Coast

first_imgThe new club called Basamuk Kickboxing Club was formed by employees of Ramu NiCo based at its refinery plant.The idea of starting the club was initiated by David Pango, who hails from Erave, where the PNG’s renowned and world kick boxing champion Stanley ‘Head-hunter’ Nandex comes from。Pango, who is a martial artist himself before decided to mobilise interested employees of Ramu NiCo Basamuk Refinery, its contractors and village youths to go into kickboxing to keep fit and have good discipline and self-control in their individual lives.He said many a times mine workers after work retreat into their rooms and sleep without doing much physical exercise.“I want to instill the discipline of keeping physically fit amongst the workers, so we are able to live healthy and longer life. He added that another thing is that workers after spending time at their work place go to the mess and have heavy meals.“The club wants to encourage workers to exercise to keep fit and cut down on fatty foods and stick to healthy diet and do more physical exercises,”he said.Pango also encouraged youths from neighboring villages to join, however, he emphasized that the lessons and skills taught are not to be abused and used for beating up people unnecessarily in the community.Club secretary Jonathan Karato said the Basamuk Kickboxing club is new, they are appealing to potential sponsors to help them send a team to attend sanctioned tournaments in the country.Last month, Pango organized a trip for one of the club elite fighter Daniel Kawas to travel to Goroka for a tournament, however, the event was cancelledlast_img read more

Ushuru, Nairobi City Stars eye KPL return

first_img0Shares0000Ushuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta (left) follows proceedings during his side’s National Super League match against Nairobi Stima on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Both Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru FC were relegated at the end of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League season, but, they now eye a return to the high table of Kenyan football next year.Ken Kenyatta’s Ushuru came close last season after finishing third in the regular season, but slipped to a 2-1 aggregate loss to Thika United in the play-off thus failing to land back into the top flight. City Stars on their side have struggled to get back to the top but they hope the 2018 season can come with better tidings.The two sides have not started the new NSL season as strong as they would have wished but each bounced back into hope over the weekend with vital wins. Ushuru were 3-1 winners over Nairobi Stima while City Stars beat Kibera Black Stars 2-1.“It was vital for us to get this win because we haven’t started the season strongly. It comes as a relief to the players especially in our bid to get back to the top tier league,” former captain John Amboko who now serves as the team’s head coach said.Nairobi City Stars head coach John Amboko issues instructions on the touchline during his side’s National Super League match against Kibera Black Stars on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe however hopes that the team’s financial status can improve to aid in their bid, but he says nonetheless, they will fight to keep their dream on course.“We just need to take a step at a time and keep the winning momentum. It is hard because of financial issues but hopefully things can get better,” the tactician offered.Ushuru meanwhile ensured the dream stayed on course with their third win of the season and head coach Ken Kenyatta has challenged his boys to pull up their performance after a sluggish start.“It hasn’t been an easy season but hopefully we pick up as we progress. Last season we got to the play-off and lost and this season, our ambition is to go all the way. It is not easy though because every team has that single dream and the competition is tough,” Kenyatta said.Ushuru and City Stars lay side by side at 10th and 11th on the log with 11 points a-piece, though the taxmen have a better goal aggregate.Western Stima coach Richard Makumbi during a past Kenyan Premier League. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Western Stima, relegated from the top tier at the close of last season continued with their journey back to the top, picking their fifth win in eight matches beating fellow promotion hopefuls Bidco United 1-0 in Kisumu.Bidco lie third on the standings with 14 points, three behind the leaders.Kenya Police meanwhile kept their push to earn promotion with a nervy 2-1 win over Nakuru-based St. Joseph’s Youth in Naivasha. The side coached by renowned tactician Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi are second in the standings with 15 points, two behind leaders and a match at hand.Meanwhile, the youthful Kibera Black Stars dream of making it into the top tier in their second season in the NSL. They currently sit fifth in the standings with 14 points off four wins and two draws.Kibera Black Stars currently sit fifth in the standings with 14 points off four wins and two draws. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have dropped some points in the last three matches and lost some tempo but those are the lessons that our young boys have to take,” head coach Geoffrey Oduor said.“Each of the 19 teams in the NSL want to get promoted and we are also taking that seriously. We are taking a match at a time and giving it the best shot. If we end up getting it, then that will be a plus for us,” the tactician added.NSL Weekend ResultsKCB 3-1 GFE 105, AP4-2 Nakuru All Stars, Western Stima 1-0 Bidco United, Modern Coast 0-0 Talanta, Isibania 1-2 Coast Stima, Kenya Police 2-1 St Joseph’s Youth, Nairobi City Stars 2-1 Kibera Black Stars, Ushuru 3-1 Nairobi Stima, Kangemi All Stars 2-1 Green Commandos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Raheem Sterling will only be happy if he’s playing regularly, says Liverpool team-mate Sturridge

first_img Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge 1 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge hopes team-mate Raheem Sterling will remain at the club and believes the 20-year-old will only be happy if he is playing regularly.Sterling has put contract negotiations on hold until the end of the season after reportedly rejecting a new £100,000-a-week offer, although he insists the decision is not motivated by money.The England international has been linked with a host of European heavyweights where he may not be guaranteed first-team football, and Sturridge feels that could be a defining factor when the contract saga concludes.“I don’t know what Raheem wants to do but it is just important to be able to play regularly,” said the Reds’ striker.“As long as he is playing regularly he will be happy – I don’t think it is anything to do with anything other than that and I hope he will stay at the club.”Sturridge has experienced a similar dilemma before, having left Chelsea for Liverpool in January 2013 after being marginalised and deployed as a winger at Stamford Bridge.“It is important to play games and gain experience so whatever decision he [Sterling] makes I am behind him 100 per cent,” said the England strikerSturridge formed a stunning partnership with Luis Suarez last season, scoring 24 league goals in a hugely profitable campaign, but this season has been badly curtailed by an injury that sidelined him for five months.Since his return in January, Sturridge has acknowledged he has struggled to regain his sharpness with just four goals in 15 appearances and has received some criticism for his performances.“It has taken time to get back into the groove. I have missed a lengthy time and gaining sharpness while playing games is not easy in a league like the Premier League – you can’t ease yourself back in because the games are very fast,” he added.“It is the sharpness and fitness side of things. It takes a long time and that is the whole point of having a long pre-season.”“I am looking forward to helping the team this season and towards next season I will be right back to where I was, because I would have had a pre-season I will be back to the sharpness and fitness levels I had before.”last_img read more

House considers universal food warning labels

first_img “They haven’t to date, have they?” said Will Rostov, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety in San Francisco. The legislation would pose the most immediate threat, activists and California Attorney Gen. Bill Lockyer charge, to Proposition 65. Passed in 1986, it requires consumer warnings on a range of products, including food, that include contaminants known to cause cancer or birth defects. The measure is responsible for warnings to pregnant women about mercury in certain fish, an example cited Thursday by Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento. Matsui noted that doctors warned her pregnant daughter-in-law about mercury levels. But, she said, “What about all those who cannot have adequate pre-natal care? Most of us never think to go to the FDA Web site before we put together our grocery list. We see the sign as we shop.” Thirty-seven state attorneys general argued in a letter this week that food safety is a matter of state jurisdiction. “There is nothing in the public record showing that federal uniformity in this area provides a greater level of protection to consumers or is in the public interest,” the state attorneys wrote. “Without question, the target of this bill is Proposition 65,” they said, adding, “There is no evidence this popular initiative has harmed consumers or merchants.” But Stephanie Childs, spokeswoman for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, disagreed. She noted favorably that the bill would pre-empt California’s warnings about acrylamide, a chemical in French fries and potato chips that state officials say causes cancer but that industry groups believe does not. “If California inaccurately labels acrylamide, then how is California to trust its label?” Childs said. Having different standards, she added, “allows for increased confusion for the consumers.” Despite its popularity in the House, the Senate has not introduced a similar measure. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein wrote a joint letter last month urging the Senate to block the measure. Southern California supporters of the standardization include: Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside; Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks; Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Long Beach; and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach/Long Beach. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – California warning labels could get ripped off the shelves under legislation Congress launched Thursday to try to create a national standard for food warnings. A House vote is expected next week on the National Uniformity for Food Act, which would prohibit states from creating labels that differ from federal requirements. But Democrats already are calling it an assault on consumer protection – and a direct attempt to gut a 20-year-old California law that requires companies to disclose the existence of dangerous toxins. “Don’t be fooled by the label this bill has,” Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, said as debate opened on the House floor. “This bill is the most sweeping change in decades to our nation’s efforts to protect the food supply. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.” 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 More than 225 lawmakers from both parties support the bill, including 12 Californians. They and industry advocates say different warnings in every state hurt business and confuse consumers. Creating a national Food and Drug Administration standard for labeling “would ensure consistency instead of this hodgepodge of different, and yes, even contradictory warnings among states,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga. He and other backers noted it would allow states to petition the FDA to include their warnings nationally. “If it’s worthwhile for the state of California, I trust that the FDA would hold it’s worthwhile for the 49 other states,” Gingrey said. But food safety advocates said they don’t trust that the FDA will enforce stricter standards. last_img read more


first_imgRosses Community News:Rosses CDP Befriending Service: We currently have trained volunteers to visit older people in their homes in the Rosses area for one hour a week to chat and have a cuppa. If you would like a visit from one of our volunteer’s contact Norah on 074 95 61686.There are places available for the following courses:  Child Protection Training, Safe Pass, First Aid, Manual Handling.  These courses will commencing shortly if there are adequate numbers.  Book before 18th September.  Contact 074 9561686. The following activities will commence in CDP na Rosann:  English Classes – 4th September at 7 p.m. Kurling – 9th September at 2 p.m. Active Retirement – 29th September at 11 a.m. Playmatters – 5th October at 10 a.m.The 2015 Parenting Plus Programme will begin on Friday 18th September 2015 in the Rosses CDP.The course is a practical and positive evidence based course which is designed to help parents develop their existing parenting skills and learn new techniques which will help manage and solve everyday parenting issues.In addition the course will help to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships whilst promoting children’s learning and confidence. If you are interested in the course please contact the Rosses CDP in Dungloe on 074 9561686 or Caroline Barrett at Downstrands on 0873652577 by Wednesday 9th September.Selection of Autumn wear now available in Siopa Pobal na Rosann, Main St., Dungloe.  If you have a few hours to spare, we would appreciate if you would volunteer in our shop.  Contact 074 9561686.COMMUNITY NOTICE: ROSSES CDP SET UP BEFRIENDING SERVICE TO HELP ISOLATED ELDERLY PEOPLE was last modified: September 11th, 2015 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:FeaturesNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more

SA’s “biggest’ online retailer

first_imgAugust 30,, one of three budget airlines operating in South Africa, is now amongst the country’s top online retailers – and may be the biggest.According to BA-Comair’s no-frills carrier, 65% of its passengers use the Internet to book their tickets – with a R25 reduction in ticket price for doing so.“We have available 1.2-million seats a year and we will sell over a million of them,” says Gidon Novick, executive director of the started three years ago with one plane servicing one route and has grown to a five plane company servicing five routes and offering taxis, car hire and hotel bookings. 40% of its customers travel on business.Besides the cost savings, transacting online is more convenient. Even in the first three months of operation, more than half of’s bookings were made directly over the net.“People love booking on line”, says Novick. “The airline does offer other ways to buy tickets, but then it expects its passengers to pick up the fee for the higher transaction costs involved.”Low-cost carriers in demandLow-cost carriers have flourished in developed markets where population densities are high, and there are several examples of successful ventures in Africa.The most recent player to taxi onto South Africa’s runways is Civair, which intends to offer low-budget flights direct from the UK to Cape Town and Durban later in 2004. A return ticket from Durban to the UK is expected to cost about R3 000.Locally, is already being challenged by another new entry in the market, 1Time. 1Time aims to offer three domestic flights a day between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The increased competition has been great for the consumer, sparking something of a price war between the new market recently announced that it had slashed fares to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George and Durban by up to 30%, with one-way tickets going for as little as R199 (previously the tickets ranged from R400 to R900). 1Time countered by offering a guaranteed maximum fare of R581 or less on one-way journeys between Johannesburg and Cape Town.Optimum was the first successful e-business take-off in South Africa since the hi-tech meltdown in late 2000.The innovative airline was intent on turning more people into air passengers. However, in the process, it was turning more South Africans into online customers.BA-Comair executives insisted on simplicity. The no-frills marketing promise had to be echoed in system design and the user interface.The system behind the savings was built locally – with the help of Microsoft South Africa. There were several global distribution systems in place, but those systems can be huge, complex and unwieldy.Mark Berman, principal technology specialist at Microsoft SA, calls it “a highly customized solution,” which has allowed the airline to drive its transaction costs down to near zero.He says the success of a solution like proves the value of partnering teams with appropriate competencies. In technology terms, he says, “familiarity does not breed contempt, it breeds optimum solutions.”Source: Adapted from Proudly South reporterlast_img read more

SA ready for Rea Vaya

first_imgThis Rea Vaya station in Johannesburg will start operating at the end of August. Commuters will now have affordable, safe transportation in and around the city. School children will also benefit immensely from the BRT system as it will cover a number of stops around the city. (Images: Rea Vaya)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa’s transport system is set for a major boost when phase one of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system comes into effect on 30 August in Johannesburg, Africa’s leading economic hub.Named Rea Vaya – meaning “we are going” in township slang – the project will start operating at 23 of its 27 stations across greater Johannesburg.About 3.5-million trips are made in the City daily. Of these, 47% are made by public transport including minibus taxis, trains and busses.The system, however, has not been upgraded or improved over the years, resulting in public transport becoming increasingly unreliable and unsafe to use.But, according to Head of Transport in the City of Johannesburg, councillor Rehana Moosajee, the current state of transportation in the City, and the country as a whole, will soon be a thing of the past.“Johannesburg’s commuters will have a first taste of their own world-class public transport system.“We must never forget that BRT is … for the elderly and school children to travel safely, for mothers that need to reach their children speedily and for people with disabilities to have access.”Phase one A, will consist of a main route, known as the trunk route, which will run from the Regina Mundi station in Soweto to Ellis Park East in Johannesburg’s central business district.Supported by four complementary routes, the 143 busses included in the roll out plan will make stops at several key places in the City including University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus, the fashion district, the City’s cultural hub Newtown, the City library and the Johannesburg art gallery.At a media briefing on the progress made on BRT, Moosajee revealed some facts and figures of phase one A of the project;25.5km of dedicated lanes have been constructed, which will serve an estimated 69 000 passengers on a daily basis.3 300 jobs were created during the building phase of Rea Vaya.It’s expected to generate R158-million (US$20-million) in its first year of operation and will use a smart card system, which passengers can reload at approved vendors’ kiosks.One of the attractive features of BRT is its affordability. Bus fares will range between R8 ($1) for a full trip using both the trunk and complementary routes, and R3 (39 cents) for the complementary routs running within the city.Buses will arrive at stations every three minutes during peak hour and every 10 minutes during off peak hours.SA transport new lookThe BRT system is part of the South African government’s plan to overhaul the public transport system in the country, ahead of the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.BRT has been designed on similar types of public transport models developed in Columbia, France, Australia, Equador and Brazil.In the countries where the system has been tried and tested, BRT benefits cited have been its efficiency and reliability, its friendliness to people living with disabilities and the elderly, as well as its decreased energy consumption and vehicle emissions.Cape Town, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will also be rolling the BRT system concurrently, and in Cape Town, the system is expected to be operational in March 2010.Roping in the taxi industryOne of the biggest challenges in rolling out the BRT system has been the resistance from the minibus taxi industry, currently Johannesburg’s majority means of transport.The taxi industry’s concerns have been the anticipated major job losses and collapse of the industry when the new BRT system is implemented.  The industry is also concerned with how the new system would fall in line with the government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, which is already underway.The taxi recapitalisation programme, approved in 1999, was set up to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road, as well as introducing a new non-cash based system.Government partnered with the industry to remove old, unroadworthy taxis by offering operators a “scrapping allowance” to replace ageing and unsafe minibus taxis with newer models.According to a survey conducted in 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles in South Africa.Most of the vehicles were at least 10 years old and no longer fit for road use as public transport.Government had planned to spend R7.7-billion ($56-billion) over seven years to finalise the system.In the wake of confusion over the future of the taxi industry, on 24 March, Johannesburg was brought to a standstill when taxi drivers staged a major protest against the new BRT system.Taxis blockaded major highways around the City, causing traffic standstills on various key roads to and from the City.In the wake of the unprecedented move by the taxis, President Jacob Zuma pleaded with the council that Rea Vaya should be put on hold, to give the new administration a chance to acquaint themselves better with the project and the grievances of the taxi industry.Fortunately, significant progress has been made with the industry, represented by the National Taxi Association, Top Six and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council.After a steering committee was set up, both the City of Johannesburg and the steering committee have been able to reach some agreements with regards to the future of the taxi industry in Johannesburg. Local taxi operators have now been offered a stake in the new bus operating company as well as a stake in the station management companies.Some taxi drivers will be employed as bus drivers, as well as station managers.Those previously in the taxi industry will also have the opportunity to invest and own companies linked to the BRT system.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesCape Town’s new bus systemNew infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupFirst glimpse of the GautrainUseful linksRea Vaya City of Johannesburg Scrap Taxilast_img read more

Cat’s in the Cradle: Family Websites Long Forgotten?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Sampa, the start up company best known for allowing families to upload and privately share pictures, blog posts and other milestones is closing its doors. In a letter sent to RWW, CEO Paul Gross explains, “There is no big story behind it, just the simple version of we ran out of money and the business models we tried didn’t work out.” RWW first covered Sampa in June 2006 and the service certainly evolved since then. It went from being an overly techie-looking blogging platform to a user-friendly family tool with built-in family tree, baby countdown timer and import functionality from Flickr and YouTube. While the company did manage to raise $1 million dollars in the Spring of 2008, they were forced to realize the sad reality that by the Fall of 2008, they were unable to build the company they’d envisioned. Said Sampa co-founder Marcelo Calbucci,”One by one [our] potential partners started to fall off our whiteboard, because they decided to built in-house, or they acquired a similar solution to Sampa, or because they weren’t ready to do the deal. On Friday, June 1st, 2009, our last chance was gone…We’ll be shutting down our servers for good in August (which will give our customers many weeks to export their content) and liquidating the corporation.”Despite having shaped itself into a great tool, in the current market, Sampa’s closure seemed a high possibility. Sampa was often compared to the more well-known Yahoo GeoCities service. When ReadWriteWeb profiled the closure of GeoCities in April we predicted that a number of web site building tools would also meet their unfortunate end. As non-commercial users increasingly produce content for 3rd party networks and blogs, the family web-building space becomes even smaller. Sampa recommends users export their baby-related site materials to TotSites, their family journals to Cozi and their general purpose blogs to WordPress. Another smart option might be Picalily. Meanwhile those looking for a simple family tree application might want to try Geni or Genoom. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Finance minister P. Chidambaram speaks at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgP. ChidambaramP. CHIDAMBARAMUNION FINANCE MINISTERIs politics overtaking the new economy? Let us first understand what is the new economy. The new economy for which the doors were opened in 1991 is based on a few fundamental postulates. First, an open and competitive economy. Second, adherence to fiscal prudence. Third, promotion,P. ChidambaramP. CHIDAMBARAMUNION FINANCE MINISTERIs politics overtaking the new economy? Let us first understand what is the new economy. The new economy for which the doors were opened in 1991 is based on a few fundamental postulates. First, an open and competitive economy. Second, adherence to fiscal prudence. Third, promotion of investment, in every sector and from as many sources as possible. Fourth, growth that creates employment opportunity. Fifth, a growth which is inclusive and embraces all the sections of the society. There are, of course, some other elements but I do not wish to make it a very long list. Suffice for my purpose today to emphasise the need for open and competitive economy, adherence to fiscal prudence, job creating growth, inclusive growth and promotional investment. Many believe that the 9.2 per cent growth is despite government, I wish good luck to those who believe that. I think government is critical to growth, therefore it would not be wise to dismiss the role of government.DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICS CAN IMPACT GROWTH BY PUSHING WRONG POLICY OR BY HOLDING BACK THE RIGHT POLICIES. Now let us define the nature of politics today. In my view, the current politics is determined by the rise of regional parties, the coalitions at the Centre, the dysfunction that seems to characterise law-making by Parliament, the effectiveness of executive and regulatory action and the role of the media.Consider first the regional parties. They have gained a much greater voice today than ever before. Add to this the Left which, while being regional also, has a national outlook and footprint. Then you have coalitions at the Centre. Today it is a Congress-led coalition and two years back was led by the BJP. Both coalitions have a dominant presence of regional parties which are not wedded to any ideology and can shift from one coalition to another. I believe we will see more coalition governments not only at the Centre but also in the states. This is because people are unwilling to trust absolute power to any one political party. So, we must understand this . Now consider the role of Parliament-it is essentially to make law. But Parliament makes few laws these days and chaos rules. The Appropriation Bill is passed mostly without debate. The Vote on Account is taken without debate and amendment to the Banking Laws was made without debate. Surely, some day, civil society will ask is this law or the intended law? Can you make law without debate? Dysfunctional status of Parliament is something we should worry about. Contrast that with the role of executives and regulatory agencies. Policy decisions, which require no Parliamentary approval, are moving smoothly. So are executive and regulatory actions. Then finally there is the media. It is no longer possible to say that the media has no role in shaping politics. The media is playing a very powerful role and sometimes a disconcerting role. Pricing power to one section of industry also brings advertising power and thus lobbying power. I think the media must recognise its power and therefore must voluntarily place limitation on how it presents news, how it fosters debate and how it takes a position in the editorial columns.advertisementP. ChidambaramSo, is politics overtaking the new economy? My answer is the politics shaped by these forces has clearly overshadowed the economic reforms. As one put in a position to carry out economic reforms, I do not say that we are overwhelmed or that we feel that we have been defeated. Has the new politics overtaken the new economy? Well, thankfully not. If it did we would not have 9 per cent growth. The economy continues to move at a brisk pace. Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills and energies of our people. The young generation of India today is driven by the desire to create wealth. Inventiveness, innovations, entrepreneurial skills and risktaking are driving India’s economy. I do not think any political factor can ever overwhelm that force. Dysfunctional politics though can impact growth by pushing wrong policy or holding back right policies.While there is a welcome check on governmental neglect and carelessness, politics is currently not supportive of good economics. Good and forward-looking politics can drive India’s growth to 10-plus per cent.DiscussionQ. How do you balance attracting foreign investment with the interests of the Left parties and of the common man? Chidambaram: It is not easy because of the current state of politics. The large number of regional parties, in a coalition or supporting a coalition, have necessarily to defend their interests. I think one must show a great deal of empathy for the political process that we are working with today. This is a new and a very difficult process.advertisementQ. We need to bring structural reforms in social sectors if inclusive growth is to be a reality. Chidambaram: Many of these issues cannot be addressed by the Central Government. Many of them have to be addressed at the state level and the sub-state level. To ask the Central Government to take responsibility to address these is asking it to do the impossible. Therefore, we must ask ourselves the question, what is the quality of people we are electing at sub-state and state levels and not only look at Parliament and the Government of India. There is so much to be done at the state and the sub-state levels.Q. Do we need to take a fresh look at Central, state and concurrent list of subjects which were drawn 60 years back to ensure accelerated and inclusive growth? Chidambaram: In politics, there are two contrary pulls today. One section believes that since states are neglecting their responsibilities, the Centre must take over areas like primary education and primary healthcare. The other view is that the Centre has no business in these areas and should shed its responsibilities in favour of the states. I think this debate has not reached a final conclusion. Over the past decade, the debate seems to be swinging in favour of the Centre playing a more active role. I don’t know though how the Centre can manage all these responsibilities.Q. What we are concerned about is majority or minority view should not suppress the other view. Our perception is that the tail is wagging the dog. How can industry help you in this? Chidambaram: Well, certainly industry can help if it stops complaining about the little tweaking of a tax rate here or a tax rate there. Industry is doing well, so is the services sector. I offer my congratulations. But when the government turns its attention to neglected sectors, industry must willingly share that burden. Industry must play a role in macro economic stability. You can’t only look at balance sheets. The latest figures show inflation rates for primary foods and fuel have come down while they have gone up for manufacturing. Please don’t allow core inflation to be entrenched.Q. GDP growth is 9 per cent, it could be 15 per cent also, if we have good governance and a bureaucracy that is answerable. Chidambaram: I think it is unfair to paint the whole bureaucracy with the same brush. Bureaucracy is like a horse. If you know how to ride your horse, you can get things done or you will be taken for a ride. Today, the individual in society is far more empowered that ever before with provisions like the Right to Information Act. You should use these to place a check on the government.last_img read more

The Manual Wind: Conquest to Heritage

first_img This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations The throwback timepiece is a theme holding strong within the watch world.  Brands are digging deep to pull out their history’s best designs and reinvent them for the new consumer.  With this simple concept, the deeper the history the more profound the designs.  Having been the first official timer of the modern Olympics, Longines is one of those brands with plenty of history to recall.  Their new release takes it back with there cushion shape chronograph, the Heritage 1973.  A remake of their original cushion chronograph, the Conquest, the case has stayed the same but all else is different.Staying true to the Conquest in it’s size, the Heritage 1973 has good wrist presence at 40mm in diameter;  the cushion style case takes care of that.  Making this a true modern throwback are the dial, finishes, and movement.  Offered in a couple of dial variations, silver and black, subdial finishes differ as well as accents.  The case finishing is both matte and shiny for a more modern look as well.  Under the dial lies an ETA based column-wheel chronograph with exhibition case-back to complete this timepieces’ modernization.  A high quality movement is just an added bonus from yet another brand under The Swatch Group umbrella.Longines has joined the ranks of the remake watch culture with this 1973 tribute chronograph.  With its detailed finishes and movement, The Heritage 1973 chronograph is all new on the inside but stays true to form on the out.  With a Swatch Group boost, this new release has achieved both exceptional style and value all priced at a very reasonable $3,250. 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacationlast_img read more