PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is retired as the head coach of Ohio State’s football program, but the three-time national title-winning head coach is staying close to the sport.The former Buckeyes’ head coach has been down in Atlanta, Georgia for the New England Patriots-Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl matchup.A photo of Meyer at a Super Bowl party went viral on social media.Ohio State’s head coach was spotted with Snoop Dogg.Meyer posted the photo on social media, too.Wow pic.twitter.com/PXF7smvtl9— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 3, 2019Meyer seems to be enjoying the retirement life so far.The former Ohio State head coach’s wife, Shelley Meyer, has said that he’s at peace with his decision.“I would say 100 percent peace of mind,” Shelley Meyer told The Dispatch. “Actually, 99 percent peace of mind because what’s next is kind of still a gray area.“But his demeanor has changed completely since he made the decision and made the announcement. He just looks happier. He acts happier. Urban can be pretty jovial. I know you guys only get glimpses of it in press conferences. But he’s pretty funny and fun, and I just hadn’t seen that. He’s acting like that again.”Meyer is staying close to Ohio State, as he’ll be an assistant AD for the Buckeyes. He’ll also be teaching a class in the business school.
The Budget for 2018 was passed in Parliament by a majority today with 155 votes for and 56 against it during the third and final reading.Speaking ahead of the final vote, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera said that the 2018 Budget is founded on the themes of a Blue Green Budget and Enterprise Sri Lanka. “This is a budget to harness Sri Lanka’s marine and natural resources in a sustainable manner, whilst unleashing the true potential of our greatest resource – our people. For too long our people have been suppressed by an overbearing state and by archaic legislation which are a vestigial link to our colonial past. Our education systems have excluded our talented youth and denied opportunities for the realization of their capabilities. Young entrepreneurs have been unable to access affordable finance to bring to life their business ideas. As a result, our youth have become accustomed to waiting for the government to provide them with some relief – be it a government job, or some form of concession or handout. Our companies got accustomed to open ended protection from competition. Sri Lanka as a whole got stifled into a defensive mindset,” he said. “We envisage the day when the farmer’s daughter becomes an agribiz-entrepreneur, when the fisherman’s son becomes a seafood exporter. Sri Lanka needs to go back to its roots of being a nation of entrepreneurs, a nation of traders. To do this we must be open to global trade, embrace competition, and take on the world and win. Whilst the Government will not be a nanny state, we do not forget the vulnerable, and those who need the support of the state. The Budget has made substantial allocations to ensure appropriate safety nets and support for those adversely affected by market dislocations. However the Government will not protect those who stifle competition at the expense of the greater good of society,” he added.The Minister also said that the proposals in Budget 2018 for further liberalization of markets are designed in a manner to promote competition and contestation in markets. He said competition drives innovation, productivity improvement, and service excellence, all of which in turn support better and more affordable products and services for citizens, and will enhance living standards in Sri Lanka. The Minister said that the Budget is the first step in a journey to reverse the mindset and to empower Sri Lankans to take control of their own destiny. He said the Budget also focuses on liberalization to unlock the barriers to greater investment, trade, and start-up enterprises. It also allocates resources to provide training and skill development for youth to equip them with the capabilities to take advantage of such opportunities.
The Guyana Government has expressed it’s concerns about the developments in neighbouring Venezuela.See full statement below:Press Statement by the Government of the Co-operative Republic of GuyanaThe Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is following with attention and deep concern the evolution of events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in particular with regard to the potential for grave consequences both for its civilian population, and for the peace and security of Latin America and the Caribbean.Guyana reiterates its rejection of violence and the threat or use of force as acceptable means for the resolution of conflict, and calls upon all parties involved to vigorously pursue the search for a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis for the benefit and well being of the Venezuelan people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBorder controversy: President Granger calls on UK to show solidarityJune 12, 2015In “Politics”PPP supports Govt’s position on Venezuela’s unrestJanuary 24, 2019In “latest news”CARICOM reaffirms support for Guyana’s sovereignty, territorial integrity in face of Venezuela threatDecember 26, 2018In “Environment”