Demtoco forecasts better performance for 2020

first_imgThe Demerara Tobacco Company (Demtoco) is anticipating a hike in the sale of cigarettes locally. The expected improvement in spending power comes in light of the development of the country’s lucrative oil and gas industry.“…with the prospect of oil production in 2020, we anticipate improvements in the purchasing power of our consumers which should lead to increasing opportunities for business sustainability and growth,” said Demtoco’s Managing Director, Christopher Brown, in his review published in the 2018 Annual Report.“The economic forecast for Guyana suggests brighter prospects for the country and for Demerara Tobacco Company,” he noted.Last year, sales grew by 4.5 per cent from $6.1 billion in 2017 to $6.4 billion in 2018. Demtoco said this resulted mainly from its consumers “appreciating and choosing our brands, versus the illicit competition”.Despite the fact of an increasing presence of the illicit trade, the company said it was able to maintain volume stability relative to 2017.In fact, Demtoco’s Bristol, Pall Mall and Dunhill brands all posted increased sales volumes, contributing to the growth experienced in 2018.Even as it anticipates an increase in cigarette sales, the company said it continues to support laws and regulations prohibiting the sale of these products to anyone under the legal minimum age of 18.In order to achieve this, the company worked directly with retailers to uphold the law and it even supported distributors in providing training and point-of-sale materials for use by retailers to help uphold the minimum age laws.Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the USA.“We understand the concerns about our products and are working hard to conduct our business responsibly, in an industry seen by many as controversial,” Demtoco said.Demtoco last year recorded a 14.4 per cent increase in profits before tax, making a stunning rebound after five consecutive years of decline.Chairman Marcus Steele attributed this success to the firm’s strong leadership and its key business partnerships, notwithstanding the challenge it now faces with complying with the new regulations and the challenges it continues to face with the illicit trade.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid ramp up interest in World Cup winning Chelsea star

first_imgAtletico Madrid have prioritised the signing of Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle before the close of the transfer window, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The Spanish champions are rebuilding their attack having lost Diego Costa and David Villa since the end of last season and they want Schurrle to complete a devastating front three alongside recent recruits Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann.Atleti boss Diego Simeone is a huge admirer of the German’s talents and believes his hardworking attitude and versatility would be ideal for his side.The 23-year-old joined Chelsea in an £18m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and netted nine times in 43 matches during his first season in England.He followed that up with three goals in Brazil during Germany’s successful World Cup campaign, and he has been expected to play a more prominent role at Stamford Bridge next term.However, Atletico will fight hard to sign him, although Simeone must sell at least two players to fund a move for the striker.Simeone is expected to offload midfielder Josuha Guilavogui to Wolfsburg while Sunderland retain an interest in Uruguay international Cristian Rodriguez. Andre Schurrle 1last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Popular local supermarket seeks staff

first_imgJob Vacancy: Simpsons Supermarket, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal are seeking enthusiastic, hardworking individuals to come join their team.Management are currently recruiting for a full-time checkout/sales assistant and full-time deli assistant.Checkout/Sales AssistantREQUIREMENTS: Exceptional customer service skillsGreat attention to detailYou will also be required to stock shelves and maintain a clean and tidy environment in the storePrevious retail customer service experience is essentialDeli AssistantREQUIREMENTS:Previous experience in food service is essentialApplicants for both positions must be reliable with a mature attitude and demonstrate:A passion for the delivery of excellent customer serviceEnjoyment in working as part of a high performance teamAn ability to learn quicklyAn ability to work under pressure in a fast moving environmentA flexible attitude towards working hoursEXPERIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY ARE ESSENTIAL. MUST BE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE. To apply, send your CV to or drop a CV into the shop.Job Vacancy: Popular local supermarket seeks staff was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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first_imgA PIZZA takeaway said ‘Arrivederci’ to children at a town school on their last day.Pupils from Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny have been regular customers of Pat’s Pizza on Main Street for many years.But the students move tomorrow and Friday to their brand new school – too far away for lunchtime trade. So Pat’s Pizza gave away free pizzas to pupils on Wednesday as well as free bars of chocolate.The pupils however returned the favour.Many of them left tips for the staff.The new school on a 8.5-acre Carnamuggagh site includes a library, outdoor teaching areas, an art room, rooms for woodwork and technical graphics, a music and drama room, science rooms, a special needs room, a computer suite, kitchenette, fitness centre, GAA and soccer pitches, basketball and tennis courts and a gymnasium that can also be used for school events. Pupils missing Mac’s Mace opposite the old location at a cramped Sprackburn House needn’t worry.Mac’s has won the catering contract for the new school which now has 245 pupils.The new school has room for 100 more pupils as it continues to expand.Micheál Ó Giobúin, school principal, said: “The new school is no more than the children and staff deserve.” ARRIVEDERCI BAMBINI! FREE PIZZA FOR COLLEGE KIDS ON LAST DAY IN TOWN was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste AilighletterkennyMicheál Ó GiobúinPat’s Pizzalast_img read more

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first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This article is aimed at men. It is going to be blunt and straight to the point and may offend. 

We live in an age where everything is computerised.You name it; you can do it online.The trouble with this is that the majority of our lives are being spent in front of a computer. As men, we sit too much, drink too much coffee, stress too much, don’t sleep enough, have pretty awful diets and don’t exercise enough.Once upon a time, when food was food and there were no computers or video games, people used to go outside.You heard that right kids, OUTSIDE.You know that place where you go to get into the car, so you can drive to the gym and walk on a treadmill, or spin on a bike. What is the result of the last few years of prosperity and technology?We have a generation of men who are skinny fat!This new body type is probably the most unhealthy that we as men are facing.Skinny fat looks like this:

The extremities (arms and legs) are completely normal looking. In some cases they are actually thin, whereas the trunk of the body is carrying quite a bit of excess body-fat.When you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt you will look relatively normal. It won’t look as if there is a problem. However, when you remove the t-shirt it will look as if you are wearing your grandfather’s skin for a shirt.You will have “moobs”, belly fat and probably a muffin top.To put it bluntly, you are beginning to look like a woman!This is not an insult to women. It is natural for women to carry fat on certain parts of their bodies. Men simply should not be holding fat in the same areas. This might seem a bit extreme, but when you look at the health and hormonal issues that are being studied regarding this issue, this is no laughing matter.A recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association found that;If you are skinny fat and get diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to die as if you are overweight and get diagnosed. 

You simply do not have the muscle mass that an overweight person has to protect you.Testosterone levels in skinny fat men were also found to be extremely low, with oestrogen levels being overly high.A simple test: when you wake up in the morning, are you flaccid?If you are in your twenties and you consistently wake up like this, something is not right.Stress levels are also extremely important in the issue of skinny fat.Most people these days have stressful jobs, stressful commutes to work, and stressful lives outside of work.They survive on coffee and energy drinks, are always on their phone or computers, never get into full deep sleep, which leaves nearly every situation they face feeling stressful.This leaves cortisol levels high which in turn, will hamper the body’s ability to build muscle and to burn fat.So let’s round this up;If you recognize yourself in this description, you probably have moobs, belly fat and a muffin top, the testosterone levels of a 16 year old girl and the stress levels of a mortgage broker when the 2008 crash happened.So what do we do?How do we fix this problem and get men back to being MEN?The first step is cleaning up your nutrition.Stop eating pre-packaged and processed foods and reduce your consumption of refined carbs.Reduce your consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol.Eat protein at every meal.Increase your intake of healthy fats.Take a multi vitamin, quality fish oil and a vitamin D supplement.Doesn’t sound fun? Enjoy having Moobs!Start lifting weights, aim for reps of between 6-10 reps and 3-6 sets per exercise.Concentrate on the larger muscle groups and hit the big lifts like the squat, chin ups/lat pull down, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press.STOP DOING CARDIO, you do not need it.Trying to burn fat with excess cardio without building muscle will only leave you a skinnier fatter version of what you previously were.Reduce you time online, especially before bed.Preferably, there should be no screen time for 2-3 hours before bed.What could you do instead?Here’s a few ideas: GO OUTSIDE, GO TO THE GYM OR READ A BOOK.Sooner or later you will have to face up to the fact that, if you are skinny fat, you are on the road to severe health issues in the near future.How you deal with this is your choice, try and make it a good one.#TrainSmart 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnMenskinny fatlast_img read more

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Eden Hazard is scared of my tactics, jokes returning legend Frank Lampard

first_img Derby County boss celebrates knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED And in his pre-match press conference Lampard was in a playful mood, insisting the Belgian superstar may not wish to play on Wednesday night due to his tactics which he believes will nullify him. Latest Football Stories huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED ADVICE REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 1 Derby County manager Frank Lampard has joked Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard may be too scared to play against his side in the Carabao Cup – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2, at 7:45pm.In his first year as a boss, the legendary midfielder has already beaten Manchester United in the competition and now takes his Rams to Stamford Bridge, where he spent 13 seasons of his career. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “He is an absolutely outstanding player in world football,” Lampard declared.“Let’s hope he wants a rest.“I think he’s scared of coming up against my team!”You can watch back the video below…Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham for £11m and played a vital part in the Blues’ Premier League success that brought three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and Champions League.In May 2013 he surpassed Bobby Tambling’s long-standing goal record of 202 and left the club in 2014 with a total of 211.last_img read more

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first_imgSt Eunan’s ExtensionSt Eunan’s Secondary School in Letterkenny has been granted planning permission for a major 900 pupil extension at its site at College Road. The permission was granted despite several objections form residents in nearby Hawthorn Heights.Book to chart history of Donegal’s ‘boat church’ A new book on Newtowncunningham’s All Saint’s Church, written by Burt man Donal Campbell, is to be launched this Saturday in the Columbian Hall.Presidential seal of approvalLetterkenny woman Emma Megannety has designed a unique piece of jewellery for incoming President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.Northern skies! Donegal County Council is leading a project aimed at integrating people from Northern Ireland who have moved into Donegal’s border towns and villages in recent years.Floody hellLifford is part of several regions across the country which is at risk from flooding, DCC’s Director of Transportation and Roads John McLaughlin has told Cllr Gerry Crawford.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal fans on Hill 16 for today’s double header against Kerry.Donegal 1-10 Kerry 0-17Donegal have failed to win their first All-Ireland minor football title despite a brave fight against Kerry in today’s final at Croke Park.Declan Bonner’s young side did themselves and their county proud giving the hot favourites a real scare when losing out by four points. Trailing by six points half way through the second half, Donegal roared back to within a point and were unlucky not to go in front, Kerry goalkeeper Ryan pulling off several brilliant saves to maintain his side’s narrow lead.Donegal, making their first ever appearance in a minor final, took an early lead against the favourites when Brennan tapped over the first point of the game.The Kingdom hit back with two points to lead by a single score after five minutes but Declan Bonner’s youngsters bounced back and led by 0-03 to 0-02 when McGonagle put over the bar from 50 metres.After keeper Shane Ryan reacted brilliantly to deny a Donegal goal, Kerry put over two unanswered points to lead by 0-05 to 0-03 after 15 minutes. Both sides exchanged points to keep two between at the break.Dublin started the second half the much brighter and raced into a four point with 35 minutes gone.Both sides exchanged points before Kerry wasted several good scoring chances to extend the lead before John Campbell ended an excellent Donegal move to reduce the deficit.After Jamie Brennan struck a Kerry post, the Kingdom broke and regained their four point lead.Two long distance points, one a free from keeper Ryan, put Kerry six points in front with 11 minutes left. A brilliant Brennan goal brought Donegal back into the game two minutes later, his left foot shot giving Ryan no chance.Harley reduced the deficit to  two points a minute later.Ryan produced a brilliant save to prevent a Donegal goal as Kerry started to crack under consistent  pressure.A brilliant long distance free from Lorcan Connor made a one point game with six minutes to go. However, Kerry settled themselves in the dying minutes to put over three unanswered points to put them four ahead.Ryan pulled off another brilliant save in the dying seconds.At the final whistle,Declan Bonner’s youngsters were given a standing ovation by the thousands of Donegal fans.Now, it’s over the Jim McGuinness and his senior side. Come on, Donegal !!!HEARTBREAK FOR BRAVE DONEGAL IN ALL-IRELAND MINOR FINAL was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:donegalfinalFootballHeartbreakKerryMinorlast_img read more

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Science Reporter Says Scientists Are Like Cattle

first_imgA science reporter lists several reasons why scientists are about as trustworthy as bankers.The Science and Technology Editor at The Conversation, Akshat Rathi, should know about scientists.  Not only does he hold that prestigious editorial position, he has a PhD in organic chemistry from Oxford University as well as a Bachelor of Technology in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.   Rathi doesn’t trust the opinions of scientists to be right any more than he trusts other fallible professionals, judging from his latest column on The Conversation, entitled, “Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers.”  He also has help from a Nature article that found serious flaws in that paean of scientific reliability, peer review:Here we show that even when scientists are motivated to promote the truth, their behaviour may be influenced, and even dominated, by information gleaned from their peers’ behaviour, rather than by their personal dispositions. This phenomenon, known as herding, subjects the scientific community to an inherent risk of converging on an incorrect answer and raises the possibility that, under certain conditions, science may not be self-correcting.Here are some of Rathi’s reasons for keeping scientists off their pedestals:One of the reasons is that, once a hypothesis becomes widely accepted, it becomes very difficult to refute it, which makes it, as Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University recently put it, “vampirical more than empirical – unable to be killed by mere evidence.”… as humans, scientists try to be rational but remain stuck on certain views in the face of contrary evidence.… some scientists make up data to further their careers.… the “publish or perish” culture forces scientists to consciously or unconsciously gravitate towards results that support their conclusions.… the peer review system does not always live up to its high aims.Subjectivity wins.Scientists are subject to a “herd mentality.”Rathi ends by quipping that the Nature article itself might be an example of herding.His list is interesting but incomplete.  He might have added the observation by C. S. Lewis that there is not one thing represented by “science” but “only particular sciences, all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.”  We should not be looking for “scientific” truth, he said, but rather logical truth.  Write in and tell us other reasons for being wary of scientific claims.  Let’s use the sacred cows of science for hamburger rather than for worship. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Kenya repairs damaged image

first_imgThe new Kenya: President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are optimistic about the future of the eastAfrican country. ( MagubaneFollowing the post-election violence in December 2007, Kenya is to host a peace conference in February to help salvage its tainted image.Announcing the plans on 8 January, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the forum, which will be held in the first week of February, will play a role in bringing together more than 2 000 delegates, including local and international branding and peace experts.The three day conference is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 February and will be instrumental in charting a way forward for the east African nation.“We have had many occasions to look back in the past, usually through task forces and commissions, the result has largely been to assign blame on who did or did not do what,” he said.  He emphasised that the aim of this conference, however, will be to help the country map a way forward for itself. “We will be meeting to lay the foundation of the nation we want the next generation to build on,” he added.A South African delegation has also been invited. Those attending include; businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, Former Organisation for African Unity Secretary General Dr Salim Salim and former Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.Themed “One Kenya, One Dream: The Kenya We Want”, Odinga said that among those expected to deliver keynote addresses will be former and current world leaders including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohammed and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.Former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano is also expected to address delegates at the conference.The prime minister added that the expected outcomes of the conference, including findings and recommendations, will strengthen on-going efforts in national reconciliation and inter-group harmony, which he said, is the central goal of the grand coalition government.He also said the forum will be used to demonstrate to the world that Kenyans are determined to solve their problems peacefully through open debate.“We want to sit down as a nation and discuss tribalism or negative ethnicity as a problem. The intention will be to create strategies of promoting national unity out of the diverse ethnic groups that make what we call Kenya.”Learning from past mistakesA special tribunal is to be held in the east African country to bring to book those responsible for instigating the violence.The concept of the tribunal came about after one of the recommendations, made by the Commission of Inquiry into the eruption of post-election violence, which rocked the country at the beginning of the year.The commission, led by top legal eagle Justice Philip Waki, gave the Kenyan government a December 2009 deadline to form the tribunal, failing which; the matter would then be taken to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands.The United State’s ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger says the American government welcome a request for them to supply investigators for the special tribunal.“We are prepared to commit US$1.5 million (R10-million) to support electoral reform, and we would welcome a request to provide investigative experts for the Special Tribunal.”Ranneberger said Kenya’s reformation should form part of the implementation of both the Waki Report and that of the Kriegler Commission, also set up to investigate the post-election violence.Both the Kriegler and Waki reports recommended that the discredited Electoral Commission of Kenya be replaced and that a special investigative council be set up.Annan has already been handed a secret envelope containing the names of the principal suspects involved in instigating the latest violent outbreak.The envelope is currently being kept at an undisclosed UN office for “safekeeping”.The government has also formed a cabinet sub-committee mandated to work on the implementation of the Waki Report.The violence revisited    The period of violence followed the disputed 27 December 2007 presidential elections in which both presidential candidates at the time, the now President Mwai Kibaki and then opposition candidate Raila Odinga (now prime minister), claimed victory in the elections.The violence which followed the election shambles left over 1 300 people dead and about 350 000 others displaced.The unrest tore apart Kenya’s political parties and ethnic groups as they fiercely disputed the results of the elections in which President Mwai Kibaki allegedly defeated opposition candidate Raila Odinga.Due to the violence, traffic on highways from the port of Mombassa to Nairobi was restricted, causing massive delays in delivery of various goods.The retail sector also took a knock, with commercial shops eventually being forced to close their doors to the public. In some cases shops were plundered or destroyed.The pockets of Kenyans were hardest hit as the price of food across the country sky-rocketed due to insufficient supplies.In smaller towns milk and bread became an expensive luxury and the price of fish (one of Kenya’s staple foods) tripled in the town of Kisumu, while the price of flour doubled.In urban areas, such as Nairobi, fuel prices increased significantly with a litre of petrol costing around £1 (R15) and in some cases £2 (R30).Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Related articlesKenya on the mendAfrican leaders unite economiesAfrica catches investor’s eyesUseful linksGovernment of KenyaRaila Odinga biographyMwai Kibaki presidentlast_img read more

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