Jagdeo against full ministerial control of Natural Resources Fund

first_imgDays after the Government laid the Green Paper in the National Assembly, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo raised concerns over the total control of the Natural Resources Fund by the Finance Ministry.The Green Paper sets out preliminary plans on how the Government hopes to manage the revenue from oil and other natural resources, with clear objectives of the Natural Resources Fund.A drill shop offshore GuyanaJagdeo reminded that he had initial objections to Government’s plans for the Fund but now that the Green Paper has been made public, he finds the plans to be even more worrying.The document states that the Finance Ministry will be responsible for the overall management of the Fund, including requested withdrawals in the annual budget proposal.“…calculating the Fiscally Sustainable Amount; drafting the Investment Mandate; entering into the Operational Agreement with the Bank of Guyana and drafting the annual report and reporting on the Fund through the annual budget,” the document said.As such, Jagdeo said he disagrees with the Minister’s total control for various reasons, but zeroed in on Jordan’s silence on the signing bonus from ExxonMobil. “This is the same Minister who lied to the country about the US$18 million signing bonus, saying that Guyana never received it and never asked for it. He lied to Guyanese for over a year. And it is the same Minister who will now have full control.”Meanwhile, in the document, it sets out specific rules, including the Fiscal Rule, which caters for the development gaps, both in terms of human capital and physical infrastructure, that exist and the need to accommodate development spending via the National budget.To oversee these decisions, the Government has recommended the establishment of a macroeconomic committee which would consist of five members, including a representative of the Finance Minister.In terms of the management of the fund, a sovereign investment committee would be responsible for advising the Minister on the investment mandate but would also include a representative.Further, the Green Paper states that the Bank of Guyana (BoG) will be the operational manager of the Fund. The Opposition Leader has already expressed deep concern about this proposal.Although the Government has catered for a representative from the Opposition to sit on the Fund, Jagdeo has already objected to this proposal stating that politicians should not be included.“We don’t want politicians… we, ourselves, to manage this money. This Fund has to be independently, technically managed … not by politicians again and stored at the Central Bank. We have a problem with that model. It departs radically from best practices, like Norway and the other countries,” he had stated.Further, Jagdeo also criticised the Government for peddling a political assessment of the oil and gas sector. “The real substantive matters are still not being addressed,” he said, while noting that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has been engaged in a lot of fluff talks with members of the public on this matter.Referring to Jordan’s recent comments, the Opposition Leader noted that while the Minister promised billboards to announce the inflow of oil monies, he recalled that it was he who denied that ExxonMobil paid a US$18 million signing bonus to Guyana for over a year and a half.“The truth was finally exposed after a document was leaked to the media… People will see through this game of the APNU/AFC. They talk about oil and gas, but it is not realistic what they are saying… they are painting a rosy picture: that oil will solve everything. This is not so,” he added.Jagdeo also rubbished Jordan’s statement which sought to create the impression that hotels and flights were filled and this was a direct indication that things would improve in the economy. “What about the economy that is falling apart?” he queried, while noting that 30,000 persons have lost jobs since the coalition took office.Now that the Green Paper has been laid, it paves the way for the proposed legislation on the Sovereign Wealth Fund to be laid in the National Assembly which looks at addressing two main issues: stability of the economy and saving for future generations. Advice was sought from international agencies.last_img read more

Employers help craft immigration bill, but don’t like the result

first_imgSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a co-author of the bill, said the point system was devised so America “can compete for the best minds that exist in the world.” Robert P. Hoffman, a vice president of Oracle, the business software company, endorsed that goal, but said the bill would not achieve it. “A merit-based system for allocating green cards may sound good for business,” said Hoffman, who is co-chairman of Compete America, a coalition of high-tech companies. “But after reviewing the proposal, we have concluded that it is the wrong approach and will not solve the talent crisis facing many U.S. businesses. In fact, in some ways, it could leave American employers in a worse position.” “Under the current system,” Hoffman said, “you need an employer to sponsor you for a green card. Under the point system, you would not need an employer as a sponsor. An individual would get points for special skills, but those skills may not match the demand. You can’t hire a chemical engineer to do the work of a software engineer.” Business executives said they were in a better position than the government to decide what talents were needed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Employers, who helped shape a major immigration bill over the last three months, said on Sunday that they were unhappy with the result because it would not cure the severe labor shortages they foresee in the coming decade. In addition, employers expressed alarm as they learned that the Senate bill would require them to check a government database to verify that all current and former employees – aliens and citizens alike – are eligible to work in the United States. The Senate begins debating the bill today. Supporters, including the White House, had hoped that senators would finish work on it this week, before the Memorial Day recess. But leading members of Congress said Sunday that the bill would take more time and could face significant hurdles. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that the immigration bill “can’t possibly be completed before Memorial Day.” On the ABC News program “This Week,” McConnell said the Senate would need at least two weeks to digest and amend the bill, which he described as “a big, complicated piece of legislation.” At the same time, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, expressed concern about a central element of the bill, under which the government would establish a point system to evaluate would-be immigrants, giving more weight to job skills and education and less to family ties. “I have serious objection to the point system that is in the bill now, but perhaps that can be improved,” said Pelosi, D-Calif., asserted that this part of the bill, ardently sought by the White House and Republican senators, could undermine “family unification principles which have been fundamental to American immigration.” Besides revamping visa preferences, the bill would offer legal status to most of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants and increase penalties for employers of undocumented workers. In the last few years, employers have become a potent force in the debate on immigration, pleading with Congress to authorize more visas for workers in both high-skill and low-skill categories. last_img read more

Wage bill minus COLA refused

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “By not considering my bill, the committee is playing politics with people’s lives,” he said. The governor’s press secretary, Margita Thompson, said Schwarzenegger opposes an annual inflation adjustment, but stopped short of saying he would veto a bill containing that provision. “He believes it would eliminate flexibility and use dated information in order to impose on the private sector the same automatic spending that has caused the state budget crisis,” she said. Schwarzenegger vetoed minimum-wage increases in 2004 and 2005, but announced in January that he would support an increase this year without an annual inflationary adjustment. The bill he vetoed last year included such a provision. Although the Republican governor said his change of heart did not indicate a shift to the political left, his backing of Maldonado’s bill was widely seen as an attempt to cultivate a more moderate image as he prepares to run for re-election this fall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Similar bills that would give 1.4 million minimum-wage earners a $1-an-hour raise, then adjust their pay each year to keep up with inflation, were approved Wednesday by committees in the Assembly and Senate. But the Senate committee refused to vote on a rival bill backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that includes a $1 increase but not an annual cost-of-living adjustment. The senator carrying Schwarzenegger’s bill, Republican Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, urged the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee to reconsider its decision and pass his bill to avoid another veto. “Governor Schwarzenegger looked me in the eye and told me he would again veto a minimum-wage increase with (inflation) indexing,” Maldonado said. “I take Governor Schwarzenegger at his word. last_img read more

Mark Warburton does not regret banishing Joey Barton at Rangers

first_img possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Warburton left Rangers in February 2017 2 silverware 2 highlights gameday Mark Warburton does not regret banishing Joey Barton during his controversial time at Rangers.Warburton was in charge of the Scottish club when a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Celtic led to a fiery post-match confrontation with Barton. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade impact The midfielder never played for Rangers again as the club eventually terminated his contract and he admitted some of the words he used ‘overstepped the mark’.Speaking exclusively to Jim White, Warburton stands by his actions and maintains that Barton’s behaviour was unacceptable.Mark Warburton learned of his Rangers ‘resignation’ on TVHe said: “I haven’t spoken to Joey since. I did what was right for the squad of players. I felt Joey’s behaviour on that day was inappropriate and crossed a very important line.“Joey’s got opinions, he will defend his corner and he will speak his mind.center_img Barton never played for Rangers again following the incident Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade RANKED MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “I would’ve acted the same if it happened again. You have to take the right stance which you believe in.“Timing is important in football. Don’t forget our season, up until Christmas, coincided with Celtic having the best season in their history.“Joey’s a winner, and of course he came up to help Rangers win the title, we all wanted to do that. But we also said it will take time.“He did make a few very outspoken comments. Maybe some thought could’ve been given to that.” smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

Proposal would freeze check-cashing permits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have no banks and people are transit dependent so they get sucked into these cashier checking establishments that charge you enormous fees,” he said. “It’s taking the money out of our community and not reinvesting it in any meaningful way.” Thomas Leonard, executive director of the California Financial Service Providers industry group, countered that check cashing businesses fill a void left when banks leave communities. “It’s discouraging, frankly, when we see these things,” he said. “We get targeted and the consumer is the one that really gets hurt on these things.” Consumers do not share officials’ concerns, Leonard said, as shown by the growth of the industry. “If they don’t like the fees you’re charging they find an alternative,” he said. “Consumers vote with their feet.” Gail Hillebrand, senior attorney with the nonprofit Consumers Union, said that consumers end up caught in a “debt treadmill” because they might not realize up front all the costs associated with check cashing businesses. “It’s certainly promising that local policymakers are beginning to look at the economic drain in their communities imposed by petty lending,” she said. Reyes’ motion, which is modeled after a similar ordinance in Oakland, would halve the issuance of new permits to such businesses for at least a year while the Planning Department comes up with new controls. The motion now heads to the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles would stop giving permits to new check cashing businesses until the city devises a way to regulate them more strictly, under a law proposed this week. If an ordinance were enacted, Los Angeles would join a number of other California cities that have taken steps in recent years to crack down on the growing check cashier industry. Councilman Ed Reyes, who introduced the motion, said he has concerns about the aesthetics and logistics of the businesses as well as their economic effects. His motion was seconded by Councilman Alex Padilla, whose North San Fernando Valley district has many such businesses. Reyes noted that some of the communities he represents, such as Cypress Park, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights, have many low-income residents and few full-service financial institutions. last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil has accused the Government of discouraging participation in State apprenticeship schemes by hitting participants with €540 in student fees.Charlie McConalogue TDThe new student ‘contribution’ for FÁS apprentices, which was introduced in Budget 2014, kicked in this week.Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has described it as “an extremely short-sighted and anti-jobs measure” that will discourage job seekers from up-skilling. “This is another anti-jobs measure that slipped under the radar when Budget 2014 was announced in October. From the beginning of this month, job seekers who chose to up-skill and train under a State apprenticeship scheme will now be hit with hefty student fees,” explained Deputy McConalogue.“The bottom line is that many of job-seekers who take this leap simply cannot afford to hand over an estimated €540 in third level fees for the 10 week period that they attend classes at one of the Institutes of Technology.“These fees are on top of the other costs associated with attending college and committing to a multi-annual apprenticeship programme” he said.He added there is no doubt that the additional cost will prevent many job seekers from entering these highly valuable apprenticeship programmes. “Until now the State has covered their student contribution fees in order to encourage job seekers to up-skill, gain valuable training and experience, and get back to work.“It makes no sense to penalise people who commit to such extensive training programmes that result in real jobs. The very last thing we want to do is make it more expensive for job seekers to leave the Live Register and get the skills they need to get back to work. It’s an extremely short-sighted measure that must be reconsidered.” ANTI-JOBS MEASURE SEE FAS APPRENTICES HIT WITH STUDENT FEES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueFÁSlast_img read more

Man released without charge in case of missing Sligo woman

first_imgUPDATE 11.11am: A body has been found in the search for missing 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Co. Sligo. The body was found by search teams this Tuesday morning and has not yet been formally identified. Investigations continue into the case of missing Sligo mother Natalia Karaczyn following the arrest and subsequent release of a suspected male this morning. A 32-year-old man had been detained at Ballymote Garda Station in connection with Ms Karaczyn’s disappearance on Monday. He was released without charge early this morning. Investigations are ongoing. The case has been linked to Co. Donegal as Gardai seek information on a Donegal-registered car in relation to the disappearance.Gardai are appealing for information in relation to the movements of a beige Peugeot estate car 308, partial registration number 09 DL on Sunday morning, the 29th April, 2018 in the Sligo area.Natalia KaraczynThirty-year-old Natalia went missing from her home in Crozon Park, Sligo early on Sunday morning, 29th April 2018.Natalia is described as being 5’8″ in height, slim build with green eyes and medium length straight blond hair. When last seen she was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, black jacket and black sandals with open toe. Gardaí in Sligo are concerned for Natalia’s safety and any persons who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station on 071 – 9157000, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Man released without charge in case of missing Sligo woman was last modified: May 1st, 2018 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) Tags:Missing personNatalia Karaczynlast_img read more

Shock as church library is vandalised

first_imgA popular open library at St. John’s Church Killybegs has been closed due to an act of vandalism.The church community were disheartened on Wednesday to see that their ‘Little Free Library’, which stands at the gate of the church, had its door broken in.The St. John’s library was opened in March 2018 as a way of the church giving back to the community. It was accessible 24/7 for everyone in the community to take an adult or children’s book to enjoy. The library was regularly restocked with titles to entertain and educate locals. However, due to the damage caused, the library has been closed until further notice. Rev Lindsey Farrell issued a public message on Facebook yesterday, saying: “Disappointing to hear of the vandalism of our Little Free Library this morning. We are so thankful for the support of the community and hope to have it back up and running – and in even better shape – very soon! “We pray that those who carried out the act would see the error of their ways and instead use their energies and time in ways that would further enhance our beautiful town.” Shock as church library is vandalised was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Killybegslittle libraryst john’s churchlast_img read more

Will 2010 prevent a South African jobs bloodbath?

first_imgNikolaus EberlAccording to a recent edition of the Sunday Times, South Africa is heading for a jobs bloodbath, as local economists predict severe losses of employment in 2009, especially in the automotive and mining sectors.Said T-Sec chief economist Mike Schussler: “We’re in deep trouble, and we’re definitely heading for a very deep recession. I expect a bloodbath for jobs; anywhere between 200 000 and 300 000 losses for the year.”In light of these dire predictions, what are the prospects of 2010 Fifa World Cup turning the fortunes of South Africa Inc around and providing a much-needed boost for consumer and investor confidence, both at home and abroad?A comparative analysis of the socioeconomic benefits of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, held in Germany, revealed the following: one year after the final whistle was blown, the German economy recorded significant improvements in key indicators, such as unemployment (down by 29%), foreign leisure tourism (up by 31%), business and convention tourism in the hosting city of Berlin (up 49%), consumer confidence at a 27-year high and exports up by 14%. And in the third quarter of 2007 Germany jumped to the top of the Nation Brand Index, up from its previous seventh place.In summary, the 5 August 2007 edition of Time magazine titled their cover story “Germany Revs Up: The Nation’s Economy Gathers Speed”, while the Financial Times, notoriously critical of Germany, wrote admiringly of a “new economic miracle”, and Germany’s leading weekly, Der Spiegel, analyzed how “German Economic Boom Creates Job Machine”.So, how exactly did hosting the world’s biggest sporting event contribute to reversing the economic downturn of a nation that only a year before was diagnosed by its own president as “entering collective depression”, and was labeled by their very own media as suffering from Konsumverweigerung, a newly coined economic term denoting consumers’ refusal to purchase.For the first time in the history of Fifa World Cup hosts, Germany used the tournament deliberately as a platform to transform the national brand image and to convert visitors to brand advocates. The German president launched a nation branding campaign, titled Land of Ideas, the keystone of which was the Walk of Ideas, six gigantic sculptures in the city center of Berlin, each representing a major German innovation – such as the automobile, Einstein’s theory of relativity and the Aspirin tablet.At a nominal cost of any global advertising campaign, with a total budget of less than €25-million (R275-million), the Land of Ideas brand campaign generated tremendous PR exposure for Germany’s new brand image, resulting in more than 3.5-billion media contacts worldwide and more than €100-million (R1.1-billion) in media coverage, and catapulting Brand Germany to the top spot of the BBC World Services’ survey of the most trusted country brands.In a similar fashion, Australia used the 2000 Sydney Olympics as leverage for a complete re-branding proposition for the country. The Brand Australia programme was established as a four-year strategy built around three core elements: repositioning the country by capitalising on media, aggressively seeking convention business, and promoting pre- and post-games touring. Accordingly, Sydney profited from:US$6-billion (R50-billion) of worldwide media exposure as a direct result of the gamesUS$1.6-billion (R13-billion) in specialised travel media exposure as part of the Visiting Journalists Programme, under which an average of two journalists a day were invited by the Australia Tourist Commission (ATC) between 1999 and 2001US$1.2-billion (R10-billion) in convention business for the state of New South Wales, and hosting a record 49 international conferences as one of the world’s top convention destinations in the year 2000On the heels of the Sydney closing ceremony, the managing director of the Australia Tourist Commission, John Morse, said the Olympics changed forever the way the world sees Australia and that Australia’s international tourism brand had been advanced by 10 years.The success of Australia’s tourism branding campaign was reflected in the steady rise of Brand Australia in the Nation Brand Index (NBI) over five years, until it was voted the most favorite tourism destination by international audiences in the second quarter of 2005.Says Simon Anholt, the author of the NBI: “What this tells us is that much of the world has an appetite for all things Australian. Now is the time for Australia to be producing great Australian-branded products, culture, events, services, ideas, and media as fast as it possibly can. Anything that reflects, promotes and sustains those essential and admired Australian values will sell.”Referring to Germany’s “new economic miracle” after hosting the World Cup, the Financial Times noted that miracles happen by design, not by accident. With just over 400 days to go to the 2010 kickoff, the time has come to engage a nation branding campaign that will convert brand agnostics to brand advocates for country and continent and stimulate the global appetite for all things (South) African – failing which future generations will decry Africa’s lost branding opportunity of a lifetime.The author of the bestselling book BrandOvation™: How Germany won the World Cup of Nation Branding, and the sequel The Hero’s Journey: Building a Nation of World Champions, Dr Nikolaus Eberl holds a PhD from the Free University of Berlin and a postgraduate diploma from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Dr Eberl’s research study of Germany’s nation-branding success story during the 2006 Fifa World Cup was featured extensively by Carte Blanche, and he is currently engaged in 2010 commentary for Business Day and CNBC Africa. Dr Eberl recently introduced the 2010 Scorecard: Converting Visitors to Brand Advocates, which measures the 10determinants of delivering the country 2010 promise to “host the most successful Fifa World Cup ever”.last_img read more

Spotlight on open access learning

first_imgRay Maota Open access resources will benefit everyone, especially pupils, as they will be able to access valuable information which would have been out of their reach if they had to pay for it.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.Formore images, visit the image library) Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University, said that it was important to bridge the divide and to set up processes for the free flow of information to and from developing countries.(Image: Stellenbosch University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Reggie RajuBerlin 10 Conference: programme chair+ 27 21 808 4641RELATED ARTICLES• A winning open education system• Take-away content to help pupils• Open access to SA journals• Education goes mobile with VodacomOpen Educational Resources (OER) is a system that uses digital materials for teaching, learning and research, and makes them freely available online.While many OERs are developed in industrialised countries, developing nations should themselves be more than mere consumers of them.OERs are to be shared, exchanged, expanded and adapted – with appropriate attributions.After becoming the first African university to sign the Berlin Declaration on open access to knowledge in science and humanities in 2010, Stellenbosch University will also become the first African host of the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference.Berlin 10 is the result of a meeting organised in 2003 by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project, where international experts were brought together “with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide”.The result was the signing of The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a document outlining the promotion of the internet as a medium of stimulating knowledge worldwide.Building on the widely accepted Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Berlin Declaration also calls for authors not to expect payment for their research and for them to give permission to others to use their work, so as to accelerate the pace of scholarship and research.Talking open accessThe Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, where unrestricted access to research material is to be discussed, will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in the Western Cape from 6 – 8 November 2012.The conference has been held annually since 2004 and to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, China and – most recently – the US – have hosted it.Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University, said: “Stellenbosch University will be a proud host of this prestigious event along with the Max Planck Society; the Academy for Science for South Africa; Unesco; and, the Association of African Universities.”Making research more accessibleBotman said that the time is right for Berlin 10 in South Africa.“South Africa and its academic and research institutions are at the juncture where they are formally adopting open access principles.“Africa is a near silent, almost invisible contributor to global research, but the research that is being conducted on the continent is not easily accessible to the international audience.”Botman said that it was therefore important to bridge the divide and to set up processes for the free flow of information to and from developing countries.“In my capacity as the vice president of The Association of African Universities, it is my obligation to see that higher education on the continent benefits from Berlin 10 but more importantly that Africa fully embraces open access itself,” he said.Signatories of the Berlin DeclarationSignatories of the Berlin Declaration will add value to the worldwide research output and at the same time make their mark as a progressive institute“Since Stellenbosch signed the declaration, five other institutions in South Africa have done the same,” said Botman.These are: the University of Cape Town; the University of the Free State; the University of Pretoria; the University of South Africa; and the University of Johannesburg.There are 10 other African institutions that have already signed the declaration, including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana; the National University of Lesotho; and, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.If your institution wants to sign the Berlin Declaration, your highest representative needs to send an email or letter to the president of the Max Planck Society, indicating his or her wish to be listed as a signatory of the Berlin Declaration.Botman said: “Stellenbosch University is also one of a small group of institutions worldwide that have started to publish some of their journals using open source software.“In October 2011 the university launched 11 titles now being made available in this way.”Registration for the conferenceRegistration to attend the conference is now open and early birds will get a discount.Those who register before 15 September 2012 pay R3 300 (US$391), while those who miss that deadline will pay R4 000 ($474).The registration payment includes registration for the main conference, as well as lunch and coffee/tea breaks; workshops; conference and workshop material; the welcome function; and a gala dinner including transport.For payment and account details visit the Berlin 10 website.last_img read more