first_imgDear Editor,During the 2015 election campaign, I’ve seen just how easy it was for a person to be fooled. Even some die-hard PPP supporters fell victim to the APNU/AFC lies and deception strategy.Rice farmers were promised $9,000 a bag for paddy. Now they’re getting less than what they earned under the PPP/C. Sugar workers were promised a 20% increase. We all know now how that turned out — over 5,000 sugar workers lost their jobs when the APNU/AFC administration closed the factories.On the campaign trail in 2015, with the words “youth” and “jobs” boldly printed on a banner used as a backdrop, the then presidential candidate, David Granger, urged the crowd to vote for change because the PPP Government was failing to create jobs for our youth.“When I go up and down the East Coast, what do I see? Young men and young women who cannot find jobs. I go to some Mario’s Pizza Hut and what do I see? Young women with eight CXC subjects slicing pizza. Young men with ten CXC subjects (are) conductors of mini-buses.” Then after he became President, a young reporter asked President Granger, “Every night I leave Stabroek Market Square, where I go to buy cook-up rice. There is a big sign that says “job creation” with your face and the Prime Minister’s face. We’ve seen no large scale job creation at this time. Can you say what are the Government’s precise plans towards this?” With a straight face, Granger replied, “There is no magic wand… The Government cannot provide jobs in the Government service, in the Police Force or the Defence Force… Employment is not something to be provided by the Government, there is self-employment. If it is making pepper sauce, or guava jam, or guava cheese, or plantain chips, these are commodities which can be sold in our own restaurants. For example, there are a lot of fish and chips shops now, you can sell cassava chips or sweet-potato chips; you can sell cook-up rice.”This is a damning indictment of a leader who misled the electorate pre-election to win votes.Then again on the 2015 campaign trail, the then AFC/APNU candidate Khemraj Ramjattan made a promise to supporters in Berbice that he must have known was beyond his pay grade. “As part of taking care of the people, we have to ensure that certain industries that are the foundation of this economy, Guyanese economy, are looked after. And in Berbice here, there are two major ones: the sugar industry and the rice industry. And I want to tell you that the propaganda you are hearing that the APNU/AFC coalition is going to ground both industries to the dirt, it’s all lies. We are not going to, in any way, close the sugar industry.” Now it is being proposed by WPA Executive member Professor Clive Thomas and supported by leading members of the coalition, that “some portion of the net cash flow from oil should be dedicated to giving cash transfers to every single household in this country. Whether it be US$5000 per year or whatever it works out at, we can do the calculations, but there must be a mechanism which dictates that every single household — and by extension, every single person — would see the benefit of oil and gas in terms of a cheque or cash.”While I am strongly supportive of using oil revenues to lift Guyanese out of poverty; to provide real job opportunities for our youth; and a decent take-home pay for our teachers, nurses, and men and women in uniform; And while we must provide the best educational and medical services money can provide, giving all Guyanese the elusive “good life” the Government has failed to deliver, this US$5,000 giveaway is nothing more than a gimmick to once again fool the Guyanese people in an effort to win re-election in 2020. As the region’s leading economist, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo recently said in his press conference, “They do not have the means to do so. They are raising expectations unnecessarily and spreading false hopes… US$5,000 a year multiplied by 200,000 households gives you a figure of US$1 billion. We are only going to collect in the first four years US$300 million a year (from oil revenue).” This Government is desperate, and is likely to do desperate things to stay in power. The APNU/AFC coalition has a history of misleading Guyanese, and they’re counting on us having short memories.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

first_imgShawn Jerrick, 32, formerly of Anns Grove, East Coast Demerara, will have to spend three years in prison and an additional 12 weeks for possession of narcotic and illegal spirits. The sentences will run concurrently, however.The businessman who operates an unlicensed liquor shop at Buck Hall Village, Essequibo, Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court. Jerrick pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics for the purposes of trafficking charge.According to the prosecution case, on 19 May during a police raid, 70 grams of cannabis was found on his business premises. Acting on information, detectives of G Division of the Guyana Police Force journeyed to Jerrick’s premises where cannabis was found in an abandoned washroom in his upper flat.He told the court that business is “slow” and he was trying to “catch a fast hand”. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment along with a fine of $30,000.In addition to that charge, the police also alleged that on 19 May, 2016, during the police raid 568 millilitres and 16 quarter bottles of high wine were unearthed.The defendant is unlicensed to sell the liquor.Jerrick was further charged for being in possession of wine, malt and liquor without a valid licence. For that charge he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six weeks in prison.At the end of the trial he broke down as he begged magistrate Scarce to fine him.However, Magistrate Scarce explained to him that he must face the consequences since what he did were illegal.last_img read more

first_imgCrosley showed progress but placed second in the Marmonte League as junior. Crosley’s days of being second-best ended Saturday. He won the 152-pound division CIF championship in dominant fashion, pinning Santa Ana’s Miguel Hernandez with 40 seconds left in the second period of the title match at the Southern Section Inland individual tournament at Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga. Crosley’s pin was his fifth of the two-day tournament and his 27th of the season. That ties him with Justin Patterson for second place for most career pins, one short of the school record held by Eric Blackwell. “It was easier than I thought it was going to be,” Crosley said. “It has been a big chance for me and I owe it all to my coaches. I guess all the hard work paid off. I hope this gets me a bye next week.” Royal’s Kevin Dunn was also a winner. Dunn, who improved to 47-2, pinned Santa Ana’s Humberto Berrera in the 125-pound final to win his second straight CIF title and giving Royal two CIF individual champions in one season for the first time. “Never would I have thought Shane would have done what he did today,” Royal coach Richard Camarillo said. “He waited moved his way up the ranks to shine. “As for (Dunn), his experience showed out there today. He’s just being Kevin.” Royal will send three wrestlers to Master’s meet next weekend, as Highlanders junior Sam Mestaz was fifth in the 112-pound division. The top five wrestlers in each division qualify. Simi Valley’s Mikey Murphy and Matt Bruno reached the finals in their respective divisions, the only time the Pioneers have had two CIF finalists in the same season. Murphy pinned Santa Ana’s Cesar Justo to win the 135-pound title, but Bruno lost to Temecula Valley’s C.J. Knowland in the 160-pound final. The Pioneers’ Shawn Munson qualified with a fifth-place finish in the 215-pound division. Westlake of Westlake Village’s Arian Ghaffari took second place after losing 3-2 to Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona in the 119-pound championship. Westlake will have three wrestlers at the Master’s meet. Dan Nguyen beat Santa Ana’s Freddie Benito to take third place in the 130-pound division and sophomore Jason Villavisencio placed fifth at 103 pounds. Agoura will also send three wrestlers, as Brent Goldwater took third at 189 pounds, Jeff Tabachnick was fourth at 103 and Dayne Santoro was fourth at 135. Thousand Oaks’ Eric Kanney qualified with a fifth-place finish in the 152-pound division but gave up his spot to Temecula Valley’s Nick Noriega because the Lancers’ wrestler has an appointment at West Point on the same day as the Master’s meet. Moorpark’s Esteban Torres also qualified with a third-place finish at 171 pounds. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Shane Crosley waited his turn. The Royal High of Simi Valley wrestler spent last season trying to make a name for himself in the Highlander’s junior varsity program. He spent numerous hours in lengthy practices trying to improve his technique. last_img read more

first_img Pogba helped United win the Europa League two days after Manchester bombing 1 Devout Muslim Paul Pogba has revealed he found life in Manchester difficult following the bomb atrocity which took the lives off 22 people in the city last month.Pogba started for Manchester United in the Europa League final in Copenhagen, two days after bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.The France international, who joined United from Juventus in a world record £90million transfer last summer, says Abedi’s action had nothing to do with religion.Speaking in the July/August issue of Esquire magazine, Pogba said: “It’s a very difficult moment but you cannot give up. We can’t let them get in our heads – we have to fight for it.“Sad things happen in life but you cannot stop living. You cannot kill a human being. To kill a human being – it’s something crazy, so I don’t want to put religion on it.“This is not Islam and everybody knows that. I won’t be the only one saying that.”United landed the League Cup and Europa League last season, securing Champions League football in the process, despite patchy form.But Pogba is happy with life at Old Trafford and always believed he would return to Manchester after leaving for Italy in 2012.He said: “I left Manchester to play. That’s all I wanted. Even though I was young, I felt I could play now and I didn’t want to wait.“So if it wasn’t with Manchester it would be with someone else. But in my mind, I knew, ‘It’s not finished, I might come back’.“My mum told me, ‘You’ll come back one day’. And here I am: having a haircut in Manchester.”last_img read more

first_imgBayo has scored 8 goals this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Vipers SC 1-0 Wakiso Giants FC St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende Tuesday, 05-11-2019KITENDE – Vipers SC maintained their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Wakiso Giants FC on Tuesday afternoon.Just like it has become a norm, Fahad Bayo scored the only goal of the afternoon.The striker who has now netted 8 league goals this campaign, scored the winner on the half-hour mark after he was played in by Bobosi Byaruhanga.The victory sees Vipers move onto 30 points for the season having won nine and drawn the other three.For Wakiso, this was their third loss in as many games at it sees them remain on 13 points from their first 12 games.Venoms dominant but fail to score as many as their dominance suggestsVipers have been the best side in the league this season and showed why, from the very start of Tuesday’s contest.Brian Kalumba shot wide inside the opening minute before Allan Kayiwa saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Fahad Kawooya.Karim Watambala blasted one from distance and Wakiso Giants custodian Yasin Mugabi made a mess of the effort before recovering at third time of asking.Vipers were extremely dominant in the early exchanges but were struggling to create clear openings.With frustration starting to set in, Watambala, Bayo and Bobosi Byaruhanga all tried their luck from distance but could not trouble Mugabi as their efforts went wide of the target.Mugabi was proving to be the only piece standing in the way of Vipers’ opening goal as he pulled off a breathtaking stop to deny Watambal in a one on one situation.However, at the half hour mark, he was finally beaten.Bayo chested down Byaruhanga’s well weighted ball, shrugged off Fahad Kawooya before rifling into the back of the net.The league top scorer could have added two more goals to his tally before the break but shot over from a Kalumba cross before seeing an effort foiled by Mugabi.Byaruhanga who had an extremely brilliant first half had a shot tipped over for a fruitless corner by Mugabi.Early in the second half, Byaruhanga played Bayo through on goal but once again, Mugabi was their to save Wakiso.Wakiso start life after Kefa Kisala in miserable fashionThis was the first game after Wakiso parted ways with Wakiso Giants FC but it did not bring any feel good factor with former player Steven Bengo in charge.From the on set, the Purple Sharks were second best and struggled to create chances. It took them 33 minutes before Kirizestom Ntambi shot wide off an Hakim Ssenkumba pass.With no clear openings to thread passes into, Ramathan Kateregga shot from distance but his effort went straight at Fabien Mutombora.Wakiso Giants had an a penalty attempt waved away late in the first half after Hassan Ssenyonjo went down in the area under the challenge of Siraje Ssentamu.Vianne Ssekajugo got Wakiso’s best chance of the afternoon but pulled his effort wide after he was sent on his way by Ntambi.Ntambi saw a header from Ssenyonjo’s corner kick cleared off the line by Kalumba.Inside additional time at the end of 90 minutes, Ssekajugo was denied by Paul Willa’s last ditch block as Wakiso searched for a leveller.In their next engagements, Vipers are away to Maroons FC while Wakiso Giants host Busoga United FC.How both teams startedVipers SCFabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Allan Kayiwa, Brian Kalumba, Fahad BayoWakiso Giants FCYasin Mugabi (GK), Ramathan Kateregga, Simon Namwanja, Swaibu Musa, Fahad Kawooya, Hakim Ssenkumba, Lawrence Bukenya, Kirizestom Ntambi, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Viene Ssekajugo.Comments Tags: Bobosi ByaruhangaFahad BayoSteven BengoUganda Premier Leaguevipers scWakiso Giants FClast_img read more

first_imgRosses Radio will be returning to the airwaves on Saturday 21st July 2018, broadcasting live on 98.6fm from 9am until midnight.Rosses Radio is situated in the Sean Tech Building on the Gweedore Road, Dungloe. The radio station has been active since 2014 and received its first broadcasting license in August 2016.This is Rosses Radio’s third license to be approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Organisers say Rosses Community Radio is a tool for personal and community development. It is committed to inform, educate and entertain through the wide range of programmes throughout each Saturday.It is a voluntary organisation with over 20 presenters who are committed to providing a range of musical genres and varying skills in presenting.The Rosses Radio Team is delighted to be able to broadcast live on 98.6fm once again!On Air & On LineEvery Saturday – 9am to Midnight9-10The Country Show10-12The Morning Show12-1The Golden Hour1-2The Sports Desk2-3The Anything Goes Show3-4Ceol, Caint Agus Comhrá4-5Folk Like Us5-6Retro Rock6-7The Alternative Show7-8Off The Cuff8-9Monthly Specials – Rolling Shows9-12Repeats of Earlier Shows Rosses Radio returns to Donegal’s airwaves this weekend was last modified: July 17th, 2018 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:BroadcastdonegalRosses Radiolast_img read more

first_imgDespite a slowing global economy, South Africa remains one of the most promising emerging markets. It is also Africa’s most sophisticated and diverse economy.South Africa has a diverse economy built on mineral wealth, technology and financial services. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s position at the tip of Africa is key to its importance as an investment destination. This is true for both commercial opportunities within its borders and the potential it offers as a gateway to the rest of the continent – a market of some 1-billion people.The country has enormous potential as an investment destination, offering a unique combination of highly developed first-world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.Here are just 10 of the many reasons to do business in South Africa:1. Sound economic policies2. A favourable legal and business environment3. World-class infrastructure4. Access to markets5. The gateway to Africa6. Trade reform and strategic alliances7. The cost of doing business in South Africa8. The ease of doing business in South Africa9. Industrial capability and cutting-edge technology10. Global competitivenessSound economic policiesSouth Africa’s disciplined fiscal framework promotes domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increases the economy’s outward orientation.Key economic reforms have created solid macroeconomic stability. Taxes have been reduced, tariffs lowered, the fiscal deficit brought under control, and exchange controls relaxed.The National Development PlanDespite its bright prospects, South Africa still faces the key challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The National Development Plan is a bold effort to overcome these.The plan aims, by the year 2030, to:achieve a real annual economic growth rate of 5%,reduce inequality,and rein in unemployment from its current 25% to a mere 6%.Two ambitious economic frameworks support the targets of the National Development Plan.The New Growth Path aims to create a more developed and equitable economy, largely by creating 5-million jobs.The Industrial Policy Action Plan aims to promote broader participation by historically disadvantaged groups in the mainstream of the industrial economy. It plans large-scale state investment in infrastructure, small business and skills development, and interventions targeting specific areas of the economy.The South African Reserve Bank, the central bank, maintains its independence from the government. Its programme of inflation targeting has shown good results in stabilising both interest and exchange rates.South Africa’s investor-friendly policies also make it clear that foreign investment is welcome.Read more about South Africa’s economic policiesA favourable business and legal environmentSouth Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) rates among the top 20 exchanges in the world by market capitalisation.The JSE is regarded as a mature, efficient, secure market with world-class regulation, trading, clearing, settlement assurance and risk management. It has harmonised its listing requirements, disclosure and continuing obligations with those of the London Stock Exchange and offers superb investor protection.The World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index rates South Africa first in the world – out of 140 countries – for financing through the local equity market, and second for the regulation of securities exchanges.The index also rates South Africa first for the strength of auditing and reporting standards, and gives it third place for both the efficacy of corporate boards, and the protection of minority shareholders’ interests.South Africa’s legal system is based on Roman-Dutch law, although aspects of it – particularly company law and the law of evidence – have been heavily influenced by English law.General commercial legal practices relating to transactions and the drafting of commercial agreements are generally globally applicable and in line with international norms and conventions.South Africa’s globally admired and progressive Constitution – which includes a Bill of Rights – is the highest law of the land, regulating the protection of human rights and the principles behind all legislation. One of its guarantees is the independence of the judiciary.Trade and industry takes place a free enterprise economy. The courts are open to foreigners on exactly the same terms and conditions as South African citizens. But many commercial disputes avoid the courts, instead being resolved with arbitration and by agreement between the parties.Sanctity of contract is protected under common law, and independent courts ensure respect for commercial rights and obligations.World-class infrastructureSouth Africa has world-class infrastructure – including a modern transport network, sophisticated telecommunications and superb tourism facilities.The government has identified massive infrastructure projects as key to boosting the country’s economic growth rate and creating employment, and is spending billions of Rands on getting the investment ball rolling.South Africa’s success in hosting the world’s largest sporting event, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has shown that the country is capable of undertaking – and successfully completing – major projects on time.Read more about South Africa’s infrastructureAccess to marketsIts position at the southern tip of the continent gives South Africa easy access to the 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – with a combined market of over 250-million people.The country is also an excellent launchpad to the islands off Africa’s east coast, and even the Gulf States and India.South Africa is a trans-shipment point between the emerging markets of Central and South America and the newly industrialised nations of South and Far East Asia.Major shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The country’s seven commercial ports form the largest, best equipped and most efficient network in Africa.The gateway to AfricaAfrica, with 200- to 300-million of its people approaching middle-class status, is seen as the next great growth story after China and India.The McKinsey Global Institute has identified Africa as the world’s second-fastest growing region. This growth is “creating substantial new business opportunities” for global companies.South Africa allows easy access to the other markets of sub-Saharan Africa. It is the economic powerhouse of the continent and considered a dynamic force in the Southern African Development Community.Sharing borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, its well-developed road and rail links provide the platform and infrastructure for ground transportation deep into sub-Saharan Africa.South Africa also has the resident marketing skills and distribution channels to open up commercial ventures into the rest of Africa.South Africa has a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions to encourage commercial activity. The country’s trade rules favour a further expansion in its already burgeoning international trade.The special International Headquarter Company (IHQ) regime is aimed at positioning South Africa as a holding company gateway for foreign multinationals investing into Africa.Trade reform and global strategic alliancesSouth Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories.In 2011 the country was admitted to the BRIC group of major developing economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – now renamed BRICS.In 2015 the BRICS group set up the New Development Bank to help finance the growth of emerging economies. Each of the five countries has a 20% shareholding in the bank, which has an authorised capital investment of US$100-billion.The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, China. Its first regional office, the Africa Regional Centre, is to be set up in South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg.The BRICS countries have also established a Contingent Reserve Agreement, in which they undertake to provide financial support to each other in the event of balance of payment problems.South Africa also has special relationships with the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland), the Southern African Development Community, and the European Union. It also has bilateral agreements with Mozambique and Zimbabwe.The country has become a key trade and investment partner to China, today a major investor in Africa.Plans are afoot for a continental free trade area to boost commerce within Africa, opening up opportunities for South African companies.Trade agreements further the aims of the South African government to accelerate growth and industrial development. The Economic Development Division (ITED) of the Department of Trade and Industry is responsible for trade negotiations.The cost of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries for foreigners to live and do business in – with a first-world infrastructure and high living standards ensuring good value for money. While energy costs have increased in recent years, the government plans to meet the country’s growing energy needs with renewable and efficient sources.South Africa petroleum prices compares favourably with other continental markets. Private sector and multinational oil companies refine and market nearly all imported petroleum products in southern Africa.Telecommunications costs are coming down. The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, while the landing of several submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa has boosted the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.South Africa’s corporate tax rate – 28% for the 2016/2017 tax year – compares favourably with a number of developing countries. Professional labour costs are far lower than those in developed economies.The ease of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa ranks at 73rd out of 189 countries in the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s 2016 Doing Business report.The report is an annual survey of the time, cost and frustration of complying with legal and administrative requirements of doing businesses.The survey rates the ease of doing business in South Africa as higher than major developing economies such as Brazil (116), China (84), India (130) and Nigeria (169). It also scores far above the sub-Saharan African average rank of 143.All companies planning to do business with the South African government and the general business community must comply with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policies. These aim to redress imbalances and broaden the economic access to members of historically disadvantaged communities.Industrial capability and cutting-edge technologySouth Africa’s manufacturing output is increasingly technology-intensive.The high-tech manufacturing sectors – machinery, scientific equipment and motor vehicles – enjoy a growing share of total manufacturing production.South Africa’s technological research and quality standards are world-renowned. The country has developed a number of leading technologies, particularly in the fields of energy and fuels, steel production, deep-level mining, telecommunications and information technology.CompetitivenessSouth Africa ranks at 49th out of 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index.South Africa is the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa, and claims the middle ground among the BRICS countries – behind China (28) and Russia (45), but ahead of India (55) and Brazil (75).South Africa’s government provides incentives for value-added manufacturing projects, support for industrial innovation, improved access to finance, and an enabling environment for small business development.Industrial development zones have been established in close proximity to major ports and airports, offering world-class infrastructure, dedicated customs support and reduced taxation.South Africa has a well-developed and regulated competition regime based on best international practice. Competition legislation follows European Union, US and Canadian models.The law places various prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct, restrictive practices (such as price fixing, predatory pricing and collusive tendering) and abuses by “dominant” firms, defined as companies with a market share of 35% or more.Sources:South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alayna DeMartiniEven with higher rates of poverty in Ohio’s major cities, urban school districts are outperforming rural districts, a recent study by The Ohio State University shows.Rural schools, particularly in Appalachia, tend to have lower average test scores than schools in urban areas, despite city districts having higher poverty rates and a larger proportion of students with limited English proficiency, said Mark Partridge, a professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and one of the study’s authors.On average, school districts with more minority students and more poverty require additional money to achieve the same academic standards as districts with larger shares of white and affluent student populations, Partridge said.“Given the characteristics of their student body, urban schools are doing really well. Rural areas could be doing better,” said Partridge, who is also chair of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy within CFAES.Ohio has made advances, particularly in the past decade, in giving more per-pupil funding to districts with higher rates of poverty, but there’s still a wide gap, Partridge said.How to reduce those inequities has been debated since 1997 when the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that the state’s method for funding public education was unconstitutional.Districts in Ohio’s major cities and rural areas don’t receive the funding they need to bring up the performance of their students to match that of students in other districts, Partridge said.That’s because schools are funded in large part by local property taxes, so the highest-valued homes generate the greatest amount of tax money for a school district. State funding helps offset the differences.It’s not enough, however, Partridge said.“We’re not anywhere close to balancing out the inequities,” said Partridge, who co-authored the new study with Bo Feng, an assistant professor at West Virginia’s Marshall University and former research associate for the Swank program, and Rodrigo Perez Silva, who received his PhD from CFAES and is currently an assistant professor at the Universidad Mayor in Chile.The study, which examined school funding in 2017, determined that 329,742 students in 34 school districts across the state require additional funds to help them achieve a passing grade. The average funding gap per pupil, according to the study, is $32,251, which amounts to $10.6 billion a year for the state.“That’s clearly not feasible,” Partridge said. “It’s too much money given all of the state’s other needs.”The Ohio legislature currently is considering a proposal presented in March by Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, that would increase overall state funding by $700 million over two years. While nearly half of U.S. states have reduced per-pupil spending in the last eight years, Ohio increased its spending by 5.8% between 2008 and 2016, the study shows.Compared to other states, Ohio’s per-pupil spending is close to the national average, the study found. In 2016, the state spent $13,552 per pupil annually — $6,000 less than New York, the highest-spending state and $6,000 more than Utah and Idaho, the lowest-spending states. Ohio spent more per pupil than neighboring states including Michigan, which spent $12,506 a year per pupil.Still, additional aid for Ohio’s poorest school districts will not only likely improve school performance but also help spur the growth of businesses in those areas of the state, Partridge said. A good public school system is critical to drawing and keeping businesses, he said.For rural areas especially, a strong public school system can increase the likelihood that people move to the area, he said.“Rural areas are not going to keep all their young people,” Partridge said. “But the kind of people who are more inclined to move to rural areas are in their 30s and 40s, with a family, and are interested in the local school system.”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts His confidence may be misguided, but it’s not hard to see where it comes from. His company and other cloud-storage providers are arguably succeeding in obliterating another storage device—what Tina Fey’s Claire in Date Night called the “computer sticky thing.” (That’s a USB drive or thumb drive to you and me.)For Dropbox users, dragging and dropping files into a desktop folder that automatically syncs to the Internet is far easier than saving to a thumb drive, ejecting said drive, stashing it in a purse or pocket, and crossing your fingers that you’ll remember where you put it. And for mobile users, cloud storage is a godsend. Although thumb drives still get sold, and they’re getting cheaper all the time, they’ve already dropped out of their brief pop-culture spotlight—after just a couple of years, Date Night seems dated. But thumb drives were a convenience, not the primary data repository of our digital lives. There are serious flaws in Houston’s premise that Dropbox is the hard drive’s “spiritual successor.”First of all, Dropbox isn’t replacing the hard drive, it’s just moving it to a different location. Every bit of data in “the cloud” actually lives in tangible drives at some physical data center somewhere. And in the home, Dropbox still functions better with a computer’s hard drive than without. See also: Thinking Outside The Dropbox: The Cloud Company Straps On Its Platform ShoesStorage industry analyst Tom Coughlin agrees.“There is value in both local and cloud copies of files, and Dropbox currently supports synchronization between the cloud and a computer—and thus on a local [hard drive],” he told me via email. Your Dropbox files are actually copied to your computer’s local drive, allowing for offline access. Coughlin “expects they will continue to do this.”And Dropbox unveiled a new crop of coding tools earlier this month. One key feature: allowing other software developers to benefit from this same hybrid online-offline access to Dropbox files. Score another point for the local hard drive. Hard Truths About Cloud StorageThe fuzzy thinking around the cloud isn’t peculiar to Dropbox. All cloud-focused companies have to contend with a few ongoing, universal truths:  adriana lee Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud For Security And Privacy, They Can’t Beat Your Local DriveAllow me to state the obvious: If you want your data to be hack-proof and completely inaccessible to others, don’t put it on the Internet. Period.Many cloud-storage companies use external data centers, and that can be a dicey security issue. Although Dropbox encrypts user data, it winds up on Amazon’s S3 servers.The biggest obstacle to Houston’s push to the cloud may be public distrust, thanks to the U.S. National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM surveillance program. Dropbox was listed alongside tech giants like Google and Microsoft as companies cooperating with government data requests. Dropbox says it has “a small number of employees who must be able to access user data for the reasons stated in our privacy policy (e.g., when legally required to do so).”Houston, We Have A ProblemDropbox is a useful service, especially for sharing the occasional file. For groups of people working together, Dropbox may be a smarter solution than hard-to-maintain file servers. But replacing the hard drive as the ultimate stash for ordinary consumers’ personal files? That goes way too far.Drew Houston isn’t the first tech exec to make bold, outlandish marketing claims. CEO Marc Benioff launched his software company, which rents software over the Internet, with the rallying cry “The end of software!” The truth is, Salesforce makes money selling software in a slightly different way than companies used to sell it. And Dropbox isn’t replacing hard drives as much as tweaking the way we use them, so we get more out of them. (See Salesforce heralding its enterprise cloud services as “The End of Software.”) But it’s clear his lofty fantasy doesn’t square with the realities of today’s Internet. And until it does, Dropbox has an impossible mission on its hands. Feature image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Kubina Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently declared, “We are replacing the hard drive.”To illustrate his point, he even invoked a Hollywood example: “Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment.” Maybe so, but the actor has another famous film that describes Dropbox’s end game even better: Mission Impossible. The Fluffy Cloud Has A Hard Metal CenterGranted, classic hard drives—specifically hard-disk drives—are an easy target. They’re already on the way out, making way for solid-state drives using flash-memory chips, which have no spinning platters or other moving parts. These storage components are faster and sexier, and they’re getting more affordable all the time. But Houston wasn’t parsing technologies—he was referring to the whole concept of local storage, which most consumers lump together under the “hard drive” moniker.  Tags:#cloud computing#cloud storage#Dropbox#File Sharing#hardware#online storage They Rely On The Internet“People will always need to have files available through their hard drive for easy, secure and quick access, not to mention at those times when they can’t rely on—or don’t have—an Internet connection,” says Vineet Jain, CEO of Egnyte, a firm that specializes in both local and cloud IT infrastructure.Those are actually two issues—speed and access. There’s simply no faster way to open a file than from your own local drive. That’s especially true if you’re talking about big media files. Trying to access or stream videos or music can be an exercise in frustration for Internet users suffering from dropped connections and slow speeds. And good luck with avoiding those if you live in a rural area. The Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department say only 40 percent of rural households have access to high-speed cable Internet service.They Rely On An Internet That’s Capped And ThrottledThings aren’t idyllic for users with home broadband and high-speed cellular networks, either. Even as fixed and wireless broadband providers are pushing us to do more and more over the Internet, they’re instituting data caps and speed throttling to limit our Internet usage or at least make it more expensive. AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon are just a few of the providers who engage in these practices, and they cover a majority of the Internet and smartphone users in the U.S.Although accessing or editing simple text documents online doesn’t require hefty Internet pipes, the bandwidth load balloons when you include photo and video editing, streaming whole music libraries and movies, or accessing other types of large files. They’re PriceyDropbox offers a modest 2 gigabytes of storage for free. How small is that? Forget about your music library: You can only store about 250 songs in that space. You can refer friends to get more storage, but you still won’t get anywhere near a decent music library.Sure, Dropbox is handy for quick access on mobile devices. But you know what else mobile devices do? Generate a lot of files—especially photos and videos. With cameras getting better all the time, like Nokia’s crazy-good 41-megapixel model, image files just keep getting bigger. If you want to keep them and not just toss them up on Instagram, you’ll need terabytes of storage, not gigabytes.What does Dropbox cost? For its paid tiers, you can buy 100GB, 200GB and 500GB of storage for $99, $199, and $499 per year, respectively. You can buy a one-terabyte hard drive—1,000 gigabytes—for $59 now.last_img read more

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