By Dialogo March 25, 2010 Haiti will decentralize its economy and has designed for this purpose an infrastructure investment plan that will be presented at the international donor conference to be held in New York on 31 March, Haitian finance minister Ronald Boudin declared. “Hypercentralization did not serve the goal of development. We can’t reproduce the Haiti that existed before the 12 January earthquake,” Boudin declared during the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The capital, Port-au-Prince, and its surrounding region, severely affected by the earthquake, concentrated around 60% of the Caribbean country’s economic activity. In New York, Haiti hopes to present “an ambitious reconstruction plan” based “on the decentralization and relocation” of industrial production, the minister explained. Speaking to the member countries of the IDB, Boudin promised a plan of “massive infrastructure investments” for this purpose. These plans will be implemented by a mixed commission, headed by the Haitian prime minister and a representative of the international community, before then becoming entirely Haitian. Haiti hopes to obtain a minimum of 3.8 billion dollars for the next year and a half at the New York conference, and up to 11.5 billion for the next decade. Boudin confirmed earlier information from a source at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that tax collections will fall 50% for 2009, representing a budget gap of up to 350 million dollars.
Share Strictly Come Dancing (SCD) has waltzed back onto our screens, with the BBC’s flagship reality show overlapping ITV’s X-Factor and dominating the viewing figures.Simon Cowell and co managed a paltry 5.4 million compared to its rivals 10.2 million, but is this popularity on screen mirrored in the betting community?Jess Bridge of Ladbrokes has spoken to SBC about the strictly phenomenon, a dwindling X Factor and the overall popularity of this TV genre: “Reality betting is huge and a multi-million pound market for us throughout the calendar year. In the past X Factor has had the X Factor with punters and it would come out on top in the war of the wagers, however, as the ITV show’s viewing figures dwindle further south and Strictly’s rocket north, we are seeing the same mirrored within betting patterns.”As betting patterns mirror viewing figures, what has happened to make people switch off what was once the standard bearer? Bridge shed some light, adding: “I believe this is because both viewers and punters of X Factor have grown a little tired with the same old stories and cliches happening year after year. “In a former life bets would pour in on Ella Henderson or Olly Murs winning X Factor because they’re a “normal’ person and this could change their life, rather than Strictly simply furthering a celebrity’s career, but the format has become a little jaded and everyone knows now it’s a near certainty there will be a ‘controversial’ act, such as Jedward, Rylan or Honey G, that will a) make the live shows, and, b) get quite far in the competition, thus reducing the credibility of the show which then has a knock-on effect to the eventual winner.” Fifteen celebrities have kick started their SCD journey, with ex JLS member Aston Merrygold the favourite at 5/2 with Ladbrokes. It is, however, another ex-singer turned star of the stage that has attracted the early attention of one punter, Bridge commented: “Aston’s the favourite due to his background in JLS and the fact he went to a stage school during his youth. He ticks all the boxes of a dancer that will go far in the competition so we’ll be keen to keep him onside. “The biggest wager of the series placed to date has been £1000 on Alexandra at 5/1 – placed before the first show (last) weekend – but as the weeks go on and punters start to get a better idea of who will actually be a serious contender for glitterball glory the large stakes will soon start rolling in.” Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Share
Submitted by Lt. Governor Brad OwenAspire, serigraph; ink on cotton by Peter BoomeA display of Coast Salish hand-carved objects, serigraphs and painted canvases by University Place artist Peter Boome is currently on display in the office of Lt. Governor Brad Owen.A native of McCleary, Boome is an Upper Skagit Tribal artist specializing in Coast Salish art. Peter earned his AA from Northwest Indian College, his bachelor’s degree from the Evergreen State College and a doctorate in law from the University of Washington. He is currently finishing his Masters of Environmental Studies at Evergreen State College. His work has won numerous awards and is collected internationally.Boome’s work reflects the culture and experiences of indigenous peoples of the northwest coast with a specific emphasis on the environment and human relationship with the natural world. He currently resides in University Place with his wife Lois and their children.Peter Boome retells his motivation for his work, Aspire, featuring a raven who steals the sun and returns it to the sky.“I created this design for the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as part of a fund-raiser. I happened to be preparing to graduate from law school at the time and was doing some serious self-reflection. An unfortunate truth of being an Indian and growing up on a reservation is there are not many positive expectations placed on me. Be that as it may I was preparing to graduate from law school despite societal expectations or the lack thereof. I started thinking of the famous story of the raven and the sun.Kindred Spirits, serigraph; ink on cotton by Peter BoomeThe story basically states that the raven stole the sun and returned it to the sky. I couldn’t help but admire the audacity of the raven. Why did he think he could do what he did? Why did he put himself in a position to be criticized, mocked, or even killed if he were to fail?As I thought about that story I realized that I had surpassed any expectations that had been placed on me as a youth. I had a successful career as an artist having shown around the country and being internationally collected. I was also about to experience academic success well beyond my own wildest expectations. I realized one the main reasons for my personal success was my willingness to ignore social expectations and simply have the audacity to have goals and pursue them.It is amazing what we can accomplish when we simply put our heads down and work, when we have a goal and decide to go for it, even if we don’t have a road map to success, we can figure it out and make it happen. This piece is called “aspire” because when we aspire to succeed we will.”Ten of Boome’s works of art and four hand-carved objects are featured in the lobby of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Please stop by and visit or check out our brochure. Our doors are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on the second floor of the Legislative Building in Olympia. Facebook104Tweet0Pin0